Job Opportunities

Send resume and cover letter via email to or by mail to OCSM, ATTN: D. Rydell, 346 N. Neil Street, Champaign, IL 61820.

Executive Director

The Orpheum Children's Science Museum is seeking a dynamic candidate for the position of Executive Director. A bachelor's degree is required optimally in science, business or education and at least two years experience in museum management, non-profit management, education, fundraising or marketing.

Executive Director Responsibilities

- Direct and participate in fundraising, grant writing and business development.
- Provide oversight to daily operations, staff and building maintenance of OCSM.
- Oversee fundraising initiatives including the identification of and outreach to potential individuals, corporations, foundations and public funding sources.
- Identify and seek out opportunities for earned revenue through programming and events that support OCSM goals and objectives.
- Increase membership numbers for OCSM.
- Foster relationships with members and community partners.
- Advise the Board of Directors of trends, needs and growth opportunities and strategies in the children's museums field and specifically for OCSM.

Museum Associate

The Museum Associate (MA) provides a positive and friendly face for the museum while on the museum floor. Performs duties at the front desk and supervises volunteers while on duty. MA facilitates safety and security in the museum at all times. This position reports to the Director of Operations.

Responsible for daily activity of the museum: visitor relations, cash handling and sales transactions; basic daily bookkeeping, gift shop sales, restocking supplies, animal care and maintenance; general cleaning and maintenance of the museum, administrative offices and conference room; daily inspection, routine maintenance, and resetting exhibits.

• Facilitates a positive and educational experience for guests by maintaining quality, cleanliness and a positive attitude.
• Facilitates safety and security. Reports incidents, accidents, and fills out an incident form.
• Manages cash, checks, and credit card transactions in a fast-paced environment.
• Is knowledgeable about our camps, programs, membership and policies.
• Maintains a daily report that is accurate and complete.
• Documents daily activities.
• Assists with field trips, birthday parties, programs, and events.
• Assists with teaching summer camps as requested.
• Performs opening and closing duties when required. Checks all doors upon leaving.
• Participates in cleaning the museum and exhibit repairs, reporting as needed to the Director of Operations.
• Communicates messages, phone calls, emails, and/or visits accurately.
• Attends all staff meetings and special events.
• Other duties as assigned.

• Animal Care: Humane sanitary daily care of the resident animals, including feeding, daily cleaning, and weekly cleaning as assigned.
• Birthday Parties: Staffing and facilitating birthday parties, helping patrons and guests with the event. Providing programming as needed for the event.
• Clubs, Classes, Camps: Leading and facilitating in clubs, classes, and camps as assigned.
• Field Trips: Leading educational field trips in the museum as assigned and trained.
• Chores: Completing daily chores for museum maintenance and documenting completion of all chores.
• Documentation: Accurate and thorough documentation of registration activity, museum records, and planning documents in print and electronically as needed.
• Special Events: Staffing special events as assigned both at and away from the Museum.

• Prior experience working with kids.
• Interest in science and education.
• Previous cash handling experience.
• Excellent communication skills and ability to interact positively with children, adults, and large groups.
• Ability to react positively to a rapidly changing environment and make good decisions under pressure.
• Ability to work with diverse staff and visitors.