Advance your career by working at The Franklin Institute!
Cover letters and resumes for part- and full-time jobs can be submitted to our Human Resources Department in a variety of ways:
If you are interested in a position but don't have a resume, you may fill out an Employment Inquiry Form.
You will be asked which job you are interested in. Please select a job from those listed below or your form will be discarded.
Provide your email address and the Employment Inquiry Form will be emailed to you immediately. Simply reply to the email and answer the questions. Your address will never be shared with anyone outside The Franklin Institute; we value your privacy.
MUSEUM PROGRAMS SUPERVISOR
Full-Time, 37.5 hours per week; Tuesday-Saturday
Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor's degree in science, education, museum education, or a related field. Strong customer service aptitude (both internal and external customers), experience working with volunteers and working knowledge of museum educational programs are essential. Strong interpersonal, organizational and communication skills, highly motivated and self-directed with an outgoing personality and enthusiasm for science and technology. Able to handle multiple projects, take direction and complete all other duties as assigned. Must be able to work a Tuesday-Saturday schedule with occasional evening hours required.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities: Supports daily museum educational programs for the public. Duties include developing and scheduling museum floor programs, activities and events; overseeing the daily functions of Floor Programs; providing support for program development and implementation. Serves as Museum Programs Floor Supervisor. Creates, coordinates and supervises daily program schedule for volunteers and staff; including communicating daily programming to other museum departments. Works with Museum Programs staff to ensure high-quality science education experiences for all TFI visitors. Assists with hiring, training and evaluating volunteers and staff in all Floor activities, demonstrations and shows. Develops educational programs and activities for the public. Assists other Museum team members to develop educational materials, programs and activities as needed. Assists with the maintenance, purchasing and management of relevant equipment, supplies and live show props.
INSTITUTIONAL GIVING COORDINATOR
Full-time, 37.5 hours per week. Some evening and weekend hours required.
Minimum Qualifications: A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college/university and 1-3 years related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience, are required. Excellent writing skills, strong verbal communication skills and ability to communicate clearly with staff, donors, and organization leaders a must. Additional experience in customer service setting preferred. A competency in Microsoft Office software is ideal; and knowledge of Raiser's Edge preferred. Must be extremely detail-oriented and able to multi-task and prioritize requests from multiple people in a timely manner; a strategic thinker, strong writer, excellent proof-reader and highly attentive to detail. The position requires a proactive team player who wants to enjoy work and colleagues. Must be a self-starter and have impeccable organizational skills. Knowledge of museum protocol is helpful, but not required. Excellent computer and phone skills are crucial. Some evening and weekend hours are required.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities: Assist with the execution of day-to-day operations of Development Department while coordinating all institutional giving activities and supporting the efforts of front-line fundraisers. Provide high-quality administrative, content-development and writing support on both internal and donor-facing projects. Provide high quality support to donor-facing colleagues including Vice President of External Affairs, Director of Institutional Giving and Government Relations, and members of the institutional giving team. Working as part of the Institutional Giving team, coordinate acquisition and renewal of donors to the Corporate Membership program and other Institute projects including the Philadelphia Science Festival and Awards Ceremony and Dinner, with activities including, but not limited to: Continuously researching and identifying new potential sources of funding; Developing and implementing solicitation schedules; Drafting, preparing and mailing solicitation letters; Overseeing the acknowledgment of gifts; Assisting in development and implementation of effective cultivation and stewardship plans; Tracking revenue and maintaining an accurate sense of progress toward goal at all times; Actively managing relationships with corporate contacts; Providing and fulfilling benefits; Contacting current and potential supporters to schedule meetings and/or share information about the Institute; Ensuring accurate data and contact information in master database. Working with the Director of Institutional Giving and Government Relations and the Manager of Corporate Giving, provide high quality support to the Executive Corporate Committee and the Awards Corporate Committee. Assist with the writing of grant proposals to private foundations for general operating and project specific support. Coordinate all on-site and off-site arrangements; develop presentation materials and complete comprehensive preparatory information for Institute attendees; capture and record complete meeting debriefs; implement follow-up plans. Manage hard and soft files and update information, plans and actions in Raiser's Edge, communicating activity progress to appropriate Institute staff in a timely and accurate fashion. Assist with planning and implementation of events, and engaging and cultivating institutional contacts as attendees; provide on-site management for weekend and evening events as necessary.
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR
Full-time, 37.5 hours per week
Minimum Qualifications: M.Sc. or M.Ed. required, Ph.D. or Ed.D preferred. Minimum of 5 years of increasing project management experience, including responsibility for program development, implementation and oversight in formal and/or informal education settings. Must be proven leader of educational programs in complex learning environments in formal or informal education settings, preferably both. Minimum of 7 years of inquiry-based teacher / facilitator professional development experience with particular expertise in the middle and high school years. Experience developing STEM curriculum with particular expertise in the middle and high school years. Robust knowledge of pedagogy and inquiry-based, hands-on education. Minimum of 7 years working directly with partner educational organizations/institutes serving the K-12 community. Demonstrated understanding of the NGSS. Ability to work exceptionally well with various levels of professionals including associates, managers, assistant directors, directors and vice presidents. Must be effective communicator with proven record of giving oral presentations and drafting written reports. Demonstrated capacity with major communication and data analysis software.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities: The Professional Development (PD) Director will be joining a team committed to adult learning in and out of schools. The PD Director will spearhead partnerships with schools, develop and implement programs for educators with a focus on middle and high school level science content, and will work with department members to support facilitators of science learning in a variety of formal and informal settings. The primary responsibility for the PD Director will be the cultivation of relationships and development/implementation of workshops and capacity building efforts that both support the New Generation Science Standards and leverage the strengths of the informal environment of the museum, including program development and implementation for the Professional Development Department as well as cross-institutional efforts related to inquiry-based science instruction.
Responsible for all aspects of the administration and implementation of teacher professional development efforts for TFI. Leading the organization and delivery of grant-based and service-for-fee professional development, including budgeting, scheduling, delivery, data collection, evaluation, analysis and report generation. Working with partners, organize and ensure a connection for public-private partnerships to support inquiry-based professional development. Working with the Learning Technologies staff, develop a comprehensive distance-learning program to support effective inquiry-based STEM teaching and learning. Working with TFI staff in the thoughtful planning and implementation of cutting-edge ideas around science literacy and improved societal recognition for STEM disciplines. Working closely with the development department, strategically examine grant opportunities to sustain professional development efforts. Support collaborative partnerships with international organizations/institutes to support STEM teaching and learning.
Unscheduled Part-Time; 2-3 days a week
Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor's degree is required. Must have excellent organizational and project coordination skills, be self-motivated and have the ability to work independently, as well as be extremely proficient in using Microsoft Office applications. Must have excellent collaborative and interpersonal communication skills.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities: The primary function of this position will be assisting with the planning; organization, coordination and fulfillment related to community-based informal science education projects. Responsibilities include providing support for teacher and student informal science workshops, scheduling meetings and spaces, managing the purchase and preparation of educational and office materials, date entry, and copying. Other responsibilities include: organizing events; supporting updates of program curriculum materials; and maintaining general day-to-day operations of projects. Day-to-day operations incorporate performing administrative duties for department including processing reimbursements and expense reports, managing project files/records, entering data from program registrations and evaluations, and other tasks as assigned. This part-time position is grant-funded and supports the department's related administrative responsibilities, program materials, and logistics of these on-going initiatives.
TRAVELING SCIENCE SHOW PRESENTER
Unscheduled Part-Time (UPT), Schedule Varies
Minimum Qualifications: BA/BS required, preferably in science or education. Experience in teaching, public speaking or theater. Excellent public speaking skills necessary; experience with the outreach programs helpful. Must enjoy driving and working with children. Valid driver's license required.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities: The Traveling Science Shows Educator/UPT Position performs science education shows for schools and other organizations. The Traveling Science Show Educator/UPT will be paid a flat rate per show and will be provided with training and materials. The UPT's weekly schedule will vary and will be considered an as needed basis. This position is essential to meet demand during busy TSS times.
THEATER CONSOLE OPERATOR
Unscheduled part-time, working weekends, evenings, holidays, and as scheduled for special events and rentals.
Minimum Qualifications: Attention to detail required. Most of this work is behind the scenes, but customer service skills are a must. Any previous audio/visual experience is preferred, but not required. Ability to work under stressful conditions and handle emergency situations; good eyesight and hearing for working with equipment in low light situations with varying audio levels.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities: The operation of all daily programming in the Tuttleman IMAX, Fels Planetarium, Franklin 3D Theater and Musser Live Demonstration Theater requiring precise repetition in sequence. Primary duties include working with specialized technology and other members of the team to ensure all films/shows play properly. Technical troubleshooting as well as sanitizing 3D glasses will be done on a daily basis. Evening special events require staying calm under pressure.
OPERATIONS TECHNICIAN I
Shift work and a variety of days and changing shifts, nights and weekends required.
Minimum Qualifications: High school diploma; two year degree preferred or technical school certification. 3-5 years experience repairing and troubleshooting in electronic, mechanical, and computer fields. Proficient with computer and software. Must understand how to use basic tools and shop equipment.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities: Maintain museum exhibits; troubleshoot and repair museum exhibits and maintain all electronic devices. Good understanding of computer and A/V equipment required. Travel is required for some exhibit installations. Lifting is required under 100 lbs. Electronic certifications and training required.
GREETER I (TEMPORARY)
Unscheduled part time, 19 hours per week, including weekends and holidays. Temporary through April 2014 for One Day in Pompeii.
Excellent interpersonal skills; outgoing and friendly demeanor; one to two years of customer service experience.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities: Provide information concerning directions, show times, and activities in or around the museum; greet school buses and group orientations; check visitors for proper admission; challenge inappropriate behavior; assist with lost children.
SALES AND SERVICE REPRESENTATIVE I (TEMPORARY)
Unscheduled Part-Time - 5-19 hours per week. Schedule will vary, but mostly weekends, some evening, holidays a must. Temporary through April 2014 for One Day in Pompeii.
Minimum Qualifications: High school education; Computer proficiency and willingness to learn new systems. History of customer service experience in an attraction venue preferred. Excellent cash handling skills/experience a must.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities: Provide excellent customer service, process guests through ticketing, membership, will-call, and coat check. Clean workstations and ticketing booth. Stock the ticketing desk. Become knowledgeable about theater shows, special events, and exhibits.