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The Science Center of Iowa & Blank IMAX Dome Theater engages and inspires Iowans along their journey of lifelong science learning.

Thank you for your interest in joining our dedicated, enthusiastic staff!

Use the filters below to view full-time, part-time, cafe/event, internship and preschool positions. Once you have identified a position to apply for:

  • Complete SCI’s application materials.
  • Email application materials, including a cover letter and resume, to scihr@sciowa.org or send to 401 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Pkwy, Des Moines, IA 50309.

For more information, contact scihr@sciowa.org.

Positions

  • Bartender

    Classification: Part-time, Non-exempt
    Department: Retail Operations
    Reports To: Cafe Coordinator
    Direct Reports: None

    Position Overview:

    This position is expected to provide exceptional guest service to all patrons of the Science Center of Iowa, especially at any special events, to guests or clients. Under guided leadership from the Café Coordinator and the Director of Retail Operations, the Bartender Associate will also be responsible for operational duties as assigned, to ensure a satisfactory experience for all guests, patrons and clients of the Science Center of Iowa.

    Responsibilities:

    • Independently execute bar operations for internal and external events and facility rentals
    • Accurately process all cash and credit card transactions
    • Consistently check identification of guests to ensure patrons meet minimum age requirements for alcohol purchases
    • Maintain cleanliness of work area
    • Maintain optimal food safety practices
    • Stock merchandise and inventory as needed
    • Assist Cafe Coordinator with tasks and duties related to events
    • Additional duties as assigned

    Requirements:

    •  Must be of legal age to sell alcohol in accordance with Iowa Laws
    •  Must have food & beverage service, retail and strong customer service experience
    •  Must have a personable, enthusiastic and engaging personality
    •  Enjoy working in a fast-paced environment
    •  Must be able to multi-task and accomplish various duties
    •  Must be flexible, open-minded and able to react to guest and organizational needs
    •  Ability to lift a minimum of 35 lbs.
    •  Knowledge of alcoholic beverages
    • Well groomed, clean and presentable
    • Must uphold the integrity of SCI

    Working Hours: Part-time hours will be assigned to support special events in addition to daily operations. Shifts may include some evenings, weekends and holidays.

    To Apply: Email your resume and completed application materials to scihr@sciowa.org.


  • Cafe Associate

    Classification: Part-time, Non-exempt
    Department: Retail Operations
    Reports To: Cafe Coordinator
    Direct Reports: None

    Position Overview:

    This position is expected to provide exceptional guest service to all patrons visiting SCI’s Food Chain Cafe. Under guided leadership from the Cafe Coordinator and the Director Retail Operations, the Cafe Associate will also be responsible for operational duties, as assigned, to ensure a satisfactory experience for all guests and patrons visiting SCI.

    Responsibilities:

    • Maintain a commitment to excellent guest service in Cafe and all areas of SCI
    • Greet and tend to the needs of all guests in a timely manner
    • Processing all cash and credit card point-of-sale transactions accurately
    • Provide knowledgeable information regarding product offerings and general SCI information for guests
    • Accurately check all identification necessary to ensure patrons meet minimum age requirements for the purchase of alcohol products
    • Maintain the cleanliness of tables, floors, counters and windows
    • Maintain optimum food safety standards as required
    • Stock, merchandise and inventory Cafe supplies and products
    • Assist Cafe Coordinator with various tasks and duties as assigned

    Requirements:

    • Must be of legal age to sell alcoholic beverages in accordance with the State of Iowa
    • Must have food service, retail, and/or strong customer service related experience
    • Must maintain a professional and polite demeanor at all times
    • Enjoy working with people in a public setting
    • Have great problem solving skills
    • Needs to have accurate and efficient bookkeeping/money handling skills
    • Well groomed, clean and presentable
    • Ability to multi-task various duties and projects
    • Ability to lift 35 lbs. 
    • Must uphold the values and integrity of the Science Center of Iowa

    Working Hours: Part-time hours varying between the hours of operation for SCI and the Blank IMAX Dome Theater. This may include a combination of shifts during days, nights, weekends and holidays.

    To Apply: Email your resume and completed application materials to scihr@sciowa.org.


  • Campaign & Special Initiative Manager

    Classification: Full-Time, Exempt
    Department: Community Engagement
    Reports To: VIce President of Community Engagement
    Direct Reports: No

    Position Overview:

    The Campaign & Special Initiative Manager is responsible for the coordination and advancement of fundraising for major campaigns and special initiatives. The manager will work with staff and campaign volunteers to reach identified goals outlined in the campaign and project plans.

    Responsibilities:

    • Guides the implementation of the tactices to achieve campaign targets, milestones and, ultimately, success; ensures project plan and timeline are maintained, implemented and adjusted as necessary
    • Collaborates with staff and volunteers to ensure the plan and timeline are high priorities; provides support to them as needed
    • Establishes and maintains working and supportive relationships with volunteer leadership and supports volunteer engagement; convenes, supports and manages overall relationship with assigned committees and task forces
    • Serves as the liaison with outside partners to facilitate the phases of the project plans
    • Manages specific prospect lists in partnership with the Vice President of Community Engagement and volunteer campaign leadership, conducts research as necessary and supports cultivation and solicitation strategies for individuals, corporations and foundations
    • Monitors cultivation and solicitation activity with prospective campaign donors and participates in teh cultivation and solicitation of selected donors as appropriate and directed
    • Develops positive relationships with current donors and provides stewardship to the donor cultivation process
    • Facilitates effective and efficient communication with science center staff and campaign volunteers
    • Oversees campaign tracking, maintaining rigorous detail, and creates standard and ad hoc reports on campaign activity on a scheduled and as needed basis
    • Plans, or assists in planning, and execution of campaign meetings and events - including agendas, logistics and follow-up notes
    • Oversees receipt of campaign gifts and maintenance of gift records and acknowledgements
    • Helps maintain and distribute campaign messaging and marketing materials
    • Helps oversee a campaign office and monitoring of the budget

    Requirements:

    Education and Experience

    • A bachelor's degree in an appropriate field
    • Extensive fundraising preferred with 2-5 years of experience securing major gifts, grants, sponsorships and annual contributions; media relations
    • A strong working knowledge, comfort and use of CRM systems in general

    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

    • Well-organized; attention to details and able to work independently
    • Able to contribute constructively to various teams as an active participant; and productively engage others throughout the organization
    • Strong analytical and critical thinking skills with a good vision for opportunities to enhance the success of SCI
    • Able to work on multiple projects and proposals simultaneously and to meet established deadlines
    • Trustworthy and of high integrity, showing high respect for confidential donor informaiton
    • Must be flexible
    • Proficient with computer software with a preference to Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and donor database management

    Licenses and Certificates

    • Valid drivers' licence preferred
    • Must be able to pass a criminal background check

    Working Hours: Full time, which will include, but not be limited to nights, weekends and possible holidays. Schedule will vary based upon SCI events and organizational needs. 

    To Apply: Email your cover letter, resume and completed application materials to scihr@sciowa.org by July 5. Review of applications will begin immediately and remain open until the candidate is hired. Only electronic applications are accepted. No paper applications will be considered.


  • Membership Associate

    Classification: Part-Time, Non-exempt
    Department: Membership
    Reports To: Community Engagement Manager
    Direct Reports: No

    Position Overview:

    The Membership Associate position provides data entry and customer service support to the Science Center of Iowa Membership team.

    Responsibilities:

    • Enter and verify membership sales from the weekly transfers from the Blank Park Zoo and Living History Farms
    • Review daily membership sales for accuracy and correct any errors
    • Print and mail membership cards and thank-you letters
    • Send monthly renewal letters and emails
    • Answer membership questions via email and phone calls
    • Sell memberships over the phone and at the SCI Box Office
    • Provide assistance at events for member check-in
    • Perform essential membership duties on weekends and when Membership Specialist is out of office
    • Other duties as assigned by membership team

    Expectations:

    • Understand and support the purpose and policies of the Science Center of Iowa
    • Understand the structure of the membership program of the Science Center of Iowa
    • Respect the confidentiality of sensitive information
    • Offer the use of your skills or experience
    • Be flexible in accepting assignments and guidance
    • Perform assigned responsibilities willingly and courteously to the best of your ability
    • Provide timely notification of tardiness or absence to the Membership Specialist
    • Comply with rules and guidelines outlined by the Science Center of Iowa

    Qualifications:

    • Ability to work independently as well as in a team environment
    • Excellent communication skills
    • Highly proficient on computers and database management
    • Detail oriented, and self-motivated
    • Availability to work 15-20 hours per week

    Working Hours: Part-time, which will include, but not be limited to weekends. Schedule will range from 15-20 hours per week, including at least one weekend day per week.

    To Apply: Email your resume and completed application materials to scihr@sciowa.org by July 1.


  • Development and Communications Intern

    Position Overview:

    The Science Center of Iowa serves more than 300,000 people each year and has a mission of engaging and inspiring Iowans along their journey of lifelong science learning. With both full-time and part-time staff helping in every area of SCI’s mission, the need for volunteer support through internship opportunities is essential. The Community Engagement Team at SCI consists of a development team and communications team, among other areas. We are seeking a qualified intern to support development by identifying, initiating, researching, compiling and completing written charitable grant proposal applications, leading and supporting events including fundraising events as well as ongoing SCI events such as our Mixology and Girls in Science Initiatives. Additionally, the internship would include supporting communications and social media for the organization.

    Responsibilities:

    • Work with Director of Advancement and Special Events/Community Engagement Coordinator to plan, execute and attend fundraising events, special events and ongoing events at SCI
    • Help with creating content for donor newsletters and solicitations
    • Distribute information about SCI events and programs to community partners and news organizations
    • Work closely with the SCI Grant Writer to develop and implement the charitable initiatives for the Science Center of Iowa
    • Assist in the daily operations and planning calendar for proposal writing and due dates
    • Identify new funding opportunities and implement strategies for securing new commitments and renewing existing grants and partnerships
    • Collaborate with SCI staff and subject matter experts to ascertain accurate information and identify opportunities for funding support
    • Write, edit, prepare proposals and applications for funds sought from individuals charitable foundations and corporations, as well as other funding sources, both locally and nationally, to support SCI strategic initiatives
    • Assist with other marketing and communications tasks as needed

    Qualifications:

    • Enjoy working with people of all ages and backgrounds
    • Strong analytical and critical thinking skills with a good vision for opportunities to enhance the mission of SCI and its overall development goals
    • Excellent writing and editing skills, able to present information concisely and persuasively
    • Must be able to work on multiple proposals simultaneously, providing detail-oriented work, troubleshooting, writing, editing and planning guidance while consistently meeting deadlines
    • Demonstrates strong interpersonal and verbal communication skills; excellent listener with excellent follow-through skills
    • Must be trustworthy and of high integrity, showing high respect for confidential donor information
    • Demonstrates general computer proficiency with access to a PC compatible-systems
    • Punctuality and dependability are key
    • Ability to learn how research items
    • Other duties as assigned

    Expectations

    • Understand and support the purpose, structure and policies of the Science Center of Iowa
    • Conduct yourself in accordance with the standards of conduct and ethics of SCI
    • Be flexible in accepting assignments, perform assigned responsibilities willingly and courteously to the best of your ability, and accept the guidance of the Director of Advancement
    • Comply with the dress requirements of the Science Center of Iowa
    • Respect the confidentiality of sensitive information
    • Provide timely notification of tardiness or absence to the Volunteer Manager

    Working Hours: Generally will be Monday through Friday during normal operating hours of 9:00 or 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Will need to attend events on evenings/weekends when necessary. A total of 10 hours per week would be necessary for this position. This is an unpaid internship.

    To Apply: Email your cover letter and resume to volunteer@sciowa.org.


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