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 Employment Opportunities in Cambridge


POSTING DATE: June 6, 2018

Cambridge residents are especially encouraged to apply.

Department: Libraries
Job Title: Manager, Library STEAM Programs
Job Code: M218-701
Civil Service Position: Non Civil Service position
Union Affiliation: None
Hours Per Week: 37.5 hours per week. A flexible schedule is required including working some evenings, Saturdays and Sundays in support of programs and events.


The Cambridge Public Library with its seven locations will become the public hub for STEAM learning in the City of Cambridge. In an exciting partnership, Cambridge STEAM Initiative (an initiative of the Department of Human Services and Cambridge Public Schools), and STEAM at the Library will combine forces to advance the work already accomplished by both entities in fostering equity and access by engaging families and the public in quality STEAM learning experiences. As such, the Library STEAM Program Manager will collaborate with Cambridge STEAM Initiative and Library STEAM team to drive the Library's STEAM agenda, spearhead new initiatives around STEAM learning, and create high quality STEAM curriculum. This position will report to the Library's Manager of Innovation & Technology. Specific duties include but are not limited to the following:

Strategy & Planning:

  • Creates a clear, compelling and achievable vision for STEAM at the Library, including the Main Library and all branches
  • Communicates, coordinates, and works with staff to generate an understanding of STEAM learning and the CPL's mission, services, and role in this area, both internally and externally
  • Works with Library staff and Cambridge STEAM Initiative team to drive strategic, appropriate, and innovative STEAM programs, services, collections, and spaces
  • In collaboration with Cambridge STEAM Initiative's Quality Manager, initiates, develops, coordinates, schedules, implements and evaluates STEAM programs for all ages (children through seniors) and skill levels (beginners through advanced)
  • Assists in designing library spaces to optimize the public's engagement with and participation in STEAM programs and activities
  • Reaches out to the community to invite and engage a diverse group of people to participate in STEAM programs, especially residents who are under-resourced and/or underrepresented in STEM fields
  • Advances the Library as the destination in the City to discover, learn, and experience new technologies and STEAM opportunities

STEAM & Technology Operations

  • Oversees the daily operations of the library's STEAM lab/maker space, to be known as the "Garage"
  • Supports STEAM programming in all library locations and travels to branches to assist with programs and staff training
  • Assists and instructs patrons in the use of STEAM related library resources, tools, and technology; Engages library users in making, creating, and designing with technology
  • May recruit and coordinate volunteers who will provide STEAM programming for the "Garage"
  • Improves processes and workflows to make an outstanding customer experience
  • Creates an environment that is conducive to learning and appropriate for a range of learning activities
  • Maintains appropriate standards of behavior per the CPL Behavior Policy, ensuring mutual respect and safety in programs
  • Provides computer and technology maintenance, including troubleshooting and providing technical support

Training & Communications

  • Trains staff on new STEAM related technology and software and effective pedagogy; develops and implements technology training, instruction plans, and materials
  • Develops and maintains relationships and partnerships with other City staff, businesses, community groups, schools, etc. to foster collaborative programs and services around STEAM and advance creative making in the community
  • Creates content for professional development and represents the CPL on professional taskforces, at conferences, in webinars, etc.
  • Attends continuing education and professional development opportunities
  • Develops measuring tools and creates reports to communicate STEAM outcomes and impacts
  • Communicates effectively with the public, staff, and administration
  • May be responsible for maintaining timely content on a portion of the Library website
  • Communicates CPL STEAM programs and philosophies, goals, and results to stakeholders

Perform other related duties and responsibilities as assigned for the good of the department and library


  • A Bachelor's degree required, preferably in science, technology, education or related field
  • Proven successful experience in science/STEAM education with a solid foundation in science, engineering, and/or math
  • 3-5 years of experience successfully managing STEAM-related efforts including writing curriculum, instruction, and overseeing a makerspace/innovation lab
  • Technical sophistication: experience with computer programming; understanding of basic networking and computer science concepts; familiarity with graphics and CAD applications; comfort with desktop and web-based productivity and collaboration software; ability to independently pick up new technical skills as needed. 
  • Demonstrated interpersonal skills necessary to work effectively and collaboratively with diverse groups; Ability to thrive in a working environment with constant public contact with people from all backgrounds and age groups
  • Ability to identify and analyze a strategic direction and to develop and implement programs and activities to address areas of community interest/need
  • Outstanding project management skills; Demonstrated experience facilitating meetings and convening and leading committees and workgroups
  • Willingness to be flexible and adaptable in an environment of a new initiative with a lot of change; Ability to train and lead others in new processes
  • Excellent skills in programmatic planning for technology, STEAM in out-of-school time learning spaces, and creative makerspaces
  • Ability to creatively solve problems and negotiate and handle stressful situations in a positive manner
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to collaborate and establish effective working relationships
  • Ability to frequently adopt and teach new tools, software, and technology
  • Experience working in large complex organizations and in the public sector strongly preferred. Willingness to seek and develop an understanding of the role, mission and functioning of a large urban public library system
  • Able to anticipate needs, organize work, set priorities, use time effectively, work independently, and meet deadlines; Ability to multi-task, prioritize multiple competing demands; Exceptionally self-motivated and self-directed
  • Exceptional customer service orientation. Ability to work with non-technically orientated end users. Appreciation of and sincere desire to work in a diverse, urban setting
  • Experienced in external outreach with potential vendors and collaborative partners
  • Excellent judgment    Tact    Empathy    Patience    Maturity    Sense of humor  

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:  Physically able to operate a variety of technical equipment such as computers, scanners, printers, and mobile devices; Ability to sit and use computer workstation, including keyboard and visual display terminal, for extended periods of time; Must be able to pay close attention to details and concentrate on work; Time management ability to set priorities in order to meet assignment deadlines; Sufficient clarity of speech and hearing or other communication capabilities which permit the employee to communicate effectively; Sufficient vision or other powers of observation which permit the employee to read printed and online materials. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

WORK ENVIRONMENT:    Works in assigned area, including office areas, training rooms, library and city locations including outside venues as necessary; Normal office exposure to noise and interruptions; Attends and participates in various programs as requested to enhance skills associated with the position.

RATE: $72,364 - $85,629 (includes 2.5% COLA effective 7/1/18) plus excellent benefits


Internal applicants submit a job bidding form and 2 copies of both your resume and letter of interest; external applicants submit both your resume and letter of interest via email to: or to Personnel Department, Room 309, City Hall, 795 Mass Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02139. Fax (617) 349-4312.  Resumes and letters of interest requested by 07/09/18.  Position is considered open until filled.

The City of Cambridge is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. Women, minorities, veterans, members of the LGBTQ+ community, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


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