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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 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

  • Facility Rental Coordinator

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

    Position Overview:

    The Facility Rental Coordinator executes the day-to-day venue rentals for event clients, in collaboration with the Community Engagement Manager. This person works with venue clients, caterers, vendors and guests, creating exceptional customer service throughout the partnership with the clients. This position coordinates internal and external communication with the clients and internal staff. This person also educates clients about offerings, enforces the facility rules and regulations and secures the needed resources and locations in the building.  

    Responsibilities:

    • Coordinates facility rental events from pre-event, event and post-event phases
    • Researches, schedules and conducts sales calls and schedules appointments that promote the range of facility rental options SCI has available, including follow-up on all facility rental inquiries
    • Successfully interacts and serves as the point-of-contact for external clients, caterers, wedding/event planners, vendors, service providers and guests to ensure excellent and high quality guest experiences at the Science Center of Iowa
    • Actively engages and responds promptly to venue clients, vendors, service providers and guests along with communicating their concerns to the Community Engagement Manager
    • Provides guidance and assistance for event setup based on agreed upon layout specifications between client and Community Engagement Manager, while overseeing vendor set up, teardown and cleanup of event spaces
    • Ensures total compliance with the Science Center of Iowa contracts, rules and regulations
    • Effectively anticipates and responds promptly to the needs of all guests and vendors
    • Maintains knowledge of Science Center of Iowa programs and events to better serve guests
    • Manages multiple short-term and long-term priorities in an effective and organized manner in the execution of successful events while understanding the balance of day-to-day museum operations and priorities for facility use
    • Stays informed about competing and complimentary facility rental options in Des Moines and in the region in order to maintain competitive edge for the Science Center of Iowa
    • Assists with reporting of facility rental revenue and expenses while keeping accurate detailed records for each event
    • Demonstrates creativity and innovative thinking with respect to maximizing facility rental options beyond those already included in the current plan
    • Other duties as assigned by Community Engagement Manager

    Requirements:

    Education and Experience

    • A bachelor’s degree in an appropriate field is preferred
    • Minimum of one year experience in an events-related function at a cultural attraction or in a corporate environment
    • Event planning or hospitality services experience preferred
    • Experience with point-of-sale and donor database software

    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

    • Ability to work independently as well as in a team environment
    • Ability to apply basic mathematical concepts such as algebra, geometry and monetary transactions
    • Excellent written and oral communication skills
    • Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized solutions
    • Ability to coordinate both big picture and minute details, both in the short and long term
    • Ability to successfully pass a criminal background check
    • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office suite

    Licenses and Certificates

    • Valid drivers' license preferred

    Schedule and Working Hours: Full-time, which will include, but not be limited to nights, weekends and possible holidays. Schedule will vary based upon Science Center of Iowa events and administrative needs. Typical schedule is Tuesday through Saturday.

    To Apply: Email your resume and completed application materials to scihr@sciowa.org by August 27.


  • 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.


  • Part-Time Preschool Teacher

    Classification: Part-time, Non-exempt

    Department: Preschool

    Reports To: Preschool Director

    Scope:

    This position is responsible for assisting the development and implementation of the Science Center of Iowa Preschool program.

    Responsibilities:

    • Assist with classroom activities
    • Prepare and maintain classroom for daily use
    • Meet with classroom teach to devise daily plans and prepare material for daily use
    • Communicate daily with parents
    • Meet with Preschool staff once a month for planning and activities of the ensuing month
    • Attend and assist with all parents/preschool special events during the school year
    • Create and design classroom games and materials
    • Other duties as assigned

    Requirements:

    • Maintain current First Aid, Universal Precautions, CPR and Mandatory Reporter credentials
    • Pass a full physical examination and TB test every two years
    • Excellent teaching and communications skills
    • Love of children
    • A desire to work with and teach preschoolers
    • Inexhaustible patience
    • Must enjoy working as part of the Science Center of Iowa team
    • Must be able to pass background checks and DCI fingerprinting

    Working Hours: Varies based on class schedules—typically Monday through Friday afternoons

    To Apply:

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


  • Substitute Preschool Teacher

    Classification: Hourly, Non-exempt
    Department: Preschool
    Reports To: Preschool Director

    Position Overview: This position is responsible for assisting the development and implementation of the Science Center of Iowa Preschool program.

    Responsibilities:

    • Assist with classroom activities
    • Prepare and maintain classroom for daily use
    • Meet with classroom teacher to prepare materials for daily use
    • Communicate daily with parents on any discipline problems that might arise
    • Meet with Preschool staff once a month for planning and activities of the ensuing month
    • Attend and assist with all parent/preschooler special events during the school year, if desired
    • Create and design classroom games and materials

    Requirements:

    • Maintain current first aid, universal precautions, CPR and mandatory peporter credentials
    • Pass a physical examination and TB every two years
    • Excellent teaching and communication skills
    • Love of children
    • A desire to work with and teach preschoolers
    • Inexhaustible patience
    • Must enjoy working as part of the Science Center of Iowa team
    • Must be able to pass background checks and DCI fingerprinting

    Working Hours: Varied hours; needs to be available during normal school hours Monday through Friday 7:15 am–5:30 pm.

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


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