Job Opportunity- Science Central: Exhibit & Facilities Intern

Exhibit & Facilities InternScience Central

POSITION DESCRIPTION:  Involvement with informal, hands-on, educational science center programs (physical, natural and applied sciences); the Intern will work with the Exhibits & Facilities Director and the Exhibits & Facilities Manager to determine which new exhibits are needed or existing exhibits are to be repaired. The Intern would assist with researching repairs (tools, materials, etc.) and creating new exhibits. Once approved, the Intern would initiate repairs and/or design and construct the exhibits and help install them.

The Exhibits & Facilities Intern will be responsible for researching, designing, constructing and installing hands-on science exhibits at Science Central. The Intern would also be involved with maintaining and repairing existing exhibits.

Duties and responsibilities may include:

  • Design and build new exhibits or components of exhibits
  • Research and purchase exhibits and facilities parts and equipment
  • Install and maintain new exhibits
  • Install and maintain traveling/temporary exhibitions
  • Maintain, clean, repair and install permanent exhibits
  • Demonstrate good teamwork and communication with staff

REQUIRED SKILLS:  Engineering, design, mechanical aptitude; comfort with and interest in science and education; both team-oriented and self-directed; flexibility; problem-solver; professional in attitude and appearance; energetic, enthusiastic. Be able to lift 40 lbs.

QUALIFICATIONS:   Building Construction Management; Construction technology; Design Technology; Engineering Technology; Industrial Technology; Manufacturing, Production & Operations; Mechanical Engineering Technology; Pre-engineering; and Visual Communications.

SCHEDULE:  Temporary intern position August 2017 – April 2018.  10-20 hours per week. Schedule would be flexible, with days and time to be agreed upon by Exhibits & Facilities Director and Intern.

SALARY:  $10/hour

APPLY:  Open posting, positions filled as needed. Send cover letter, resume and list of professional references (minimum of 3) to:

Human Resources Director
Science Central
1950 North Clinton Street
Fort Wayne, IN  46805
Fax: (260) 422-2899

Science Central is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Job Opportunity: Fort Wayne Philharmonic – Patron Services Associate

Duties and Responsibilities:The Patron Services Associate is responsible for processing patron ticket orders, exchanges, special ticket requests and donations received with ticket purchases, including cash handling, and accurate computer entry. Customer service responsibilities include outbound calling, greeting all guests at The Phil Center and handling patron issues and concerns. Estimated schedule is 20-25 hours per week, including some evenings and weekends.


The successful candidate will have a personal commitment to symphonic music, demonstrate the ability to work in a fast paced, high energy environment and manage multiple projects simultaneously. S/he will have excellent telephone and sales skills, possess a strong attention to detail, and good computer skills. S/he will be able to demonstrate a willingness to be a team player in a highly collaborative environment. The successful candidate will possess the following customer service traits; conscientiousness, respectful, shows initiative, good listener, persistent, coachable, positive, resourceful, polite, and unflappable.


$9.25 per hour. Benefits include paid vacation, holiday and sick leave.

Application Deadline:

September 15, 2017

Application Procedure:

Send letter of application and resume via mail or email to

Doug Dennis, Patron Relations Manager
4901 Fuller Drive, Fort Wayne, IN 46835.

No phone inquiries, please.

Meet the Funders 2017

Tuesday, August 22

Join us for the 16th annual Meet the Funders event presented by the Paul Clarke Nonprofit Resource Center. There are two portions beginning with a panel discussion, followed by the forum sessions where nonprofit attendees can learn about each foundation in more detail.  This year representatives from Arts United, Lincoln Financial, McMillen Foundation, PNC Bank 2016 MTF paneland St. Joseph Community Health Foundation will be participating.

Panel │9:15-10:00 a.m. │ACPL Theater

The Panel portion begins promptly at 9:15 with funders discussing how their foundation meets its mission through grant awards. Questions for the panel will include:

  • What wisdom would you like young organizations and new grant seekers to know about grant seeking and grant requests?
  • What is the best way to approach your foundation as a first time grant seeking organization?
  • What makes a grant proposal stand out in your mind as well-written and compelling?
  • What are the worst mistakes a grant seeker could make with your foundation?
  • If an organization is granted funding, what kind of information does your foundation require in a grant report, how frequently and how does it affect any future grants? Registration requested but not required.

Forum │10:15 – 12:05 p.m. │Theater, Globe, Meeting rooms A, B & C

MTF forum2016After a fifteen minute break attendees will convene in one of the five locations above to hear from each of the funders in more detail.  This also provides attendees an opportunity to ask more specific questions of  foundation representatives. Register for the Forum here.

Who should attend?  Any staff, or board member of a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in Allen County and Northeast Indiana (three presenting funders award outside Allen County); new, or novice proposal writers; executive directors, board members of young nonprofit agencies (under 3 years of operations); free-lance grant writers or individuals considering a career in nonprofit development.

What will I get out of those three hours?

For newbies – a better understanding of philanthropy in our community; specific knowledge about the foundations represented and probably some very good tips from them.  Seasoned professional will learn what, if anything, has changed at one or more of their potential or present funding partner. Board members and volunteers – the more you learn about foundations in our community the better prepared you are to support your nonprofit’s staff and programs with understanding.

There is still time to register!


August 23rd @ 4pm: Because Robert Said So

Henry Martyn Robert   1837-1923 

Here’s the history of how we came to have Robert’s Rules of Order:

Henry Martyn Robert was an engineering officer in the regular Army. Without warning he was asked to preside over a public meeting being held in a church in his community and realized that he did not know how. He tried anyway and his embarrassment was supreme. This event, which may seem familiar to many readers, left him determined never to attend another meeting until he knew something of parliamentary law.

Ultimately, he discovered and studied the few books then available on the subject. From time to time, due to his military duties, he was transferred to various parts of the United States, where he found virtual parliamentary anarchy, since each member from a different part of the country had differing ideas of correct procedure. To bring order out of chaos, he decided to write Robert’s Rules of Order, as it come to be called.  Source:

So, does presiding over board meetings give you chills?  Do you worry about not understanding Parliamentary Procedure?  Then this month’s 23rd@4pm program will help you be a more parliamentary leader.  Attendees will learn about:

  • Order of relevance
  • Purpose of parliamentary procedure
  • Basic principles
  • Typical order of business
  • Presiding officer’s role
  • Types of motions and how to handle one
  • Debate and its rules

Register here

Webinar: 5 Common Legal Traps for Nonprofits & How to Avoid Them

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 wildap logo.1

2pm ET │Free

Have you ever worried your organization could have some hidden legal risks? Often it’s what we don’t know that can come back to haunt us. This is why Wild Apricot has invited Erin McClarty, nonprofit attorney and strategist, to present a free webinar on August 23 on the most common legal issues she sees nonprofits face, and what to do about them.

In this free webinar, Erin will show you:

●The 5 most common legal traps for nonprofits
●Several solutions and tools to reduce your risk
●The best jargon-free resources every nonprofit should read
Read about the presenter and register here.

Free Webinar: Managing the Complexities of Nonprofit Growth


Tuesday August 15, 2017, 2:00 PM Eastern

In a recent industry study, 80 percent of nonprofit finance professionals say their organization plans to grow in the next 12-18 months. Nonprofit growth presents its own unique set of challenges, and, if not managed properly, can actually hurt your organization. With challenges and opportunities in mind, how do you prepare your budget, staff, and organization for growth?

What You Will Learn from this Live Interactive Webinar:
• Evaluate growth strategies through a risk management framework.
• Prepare for internal controls and processes for increased compliance complexities.
• Develop people strategies to accommodate for growth (including managing different generations).
• Identify technology requirements for accommodating growth.

Presented by npt_copy  &  abilia


Job Opportunities – Science Central, New Openings

 POSITION: Exhibits & Facilities ManagerScience Central Logo

POSITION DESCRIPTION:  Science Central, a hands-on science center located within a large historical building, is currently hiring a self-motivated, organized, creative, and skilled exhibits/facilities/building technician. Mid-level management position. This person is a jack-of-all-trades who will turn-on and off, maintain, repair, clean and install interactive exhibits; design, fabricate and install new exhibits; design and install original exhibits; assist with daily functioning, maintenance, repairs and cleaning of the building, grounds, facilities, and its components; assist with housekeeping; research and help purchase exhibits, exhibits parts, facilities parts and equipment; maintain exhibits and building repair records; maintain parts, cleanliness and safety of exhibits and facilities (carpet, restrooms, tile, etc.) storage areas and exhibits repair areas; coordinate planning for, installation and de-installation of large traveling/temporary exhibitions; participate in numerous exhibits/facilities-related staff and committee meetings; train and supervise exhibits & facilities volunteers.

REQUIRED SKILLS:  Experience in facilities and construction projects; experience with maintenance and installation of electronics, cabinetry, etc.; must have strong hand tool skills; knowledgeable of various materials such as woods, metals, and plastics; knowledgeable of cleaning and cleaning supplies; must be a creative problem solver, highly organized; strong analytical and project planning skills; must be time-oriented and detail-driven; ability to multi-task and follow-through; must have flexibility and capability to adapt to changing priorities and schedules; ability to use a fork lift and know fork lift safety; safety-conscious, identify on own what is unsafe or broken, and make necessary repairs and corrections; must be comfortable with heights and ladders; comfortable with/around computers; valid Drivers License and ability to drive; must be a people-person, team-player, able to work with staff and visitors; strong communication and interpersonal skills, keep staff informed of projects and timelines; successful completion of Criminal Background Check.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:  The position is physically demanding and requires frequent standing, walking, kneeling, stooping, climbing, balancing, pushing, and heavy lifting/moving (large exhibits, crates, machines, etc.); exposure to high and low temperatures, and outside weather conditions; exposure to loud sounds, heights, and moving mechanical parts.

SCHEDULE:   Full-time. Irregular schedule, must be flexible. Schedule will include weekdays, weekends, early hours and evenings.

SALARY:   Exempt, salaried position, $23,660/year, with full benefits.

APPLY:  Open posting, position filled as needed. Send completed application (, cover letter, resume and list of professional references (minimum of 3) to:

Human Resources Director

Science Central

1950 North Clinton Street

Fort Wayne, IN  46805

Fax: (260) 422-2899


Science Central is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Additional information 

FILLED- POSITION: Education Director

POSITION DESCRIPTION:  Science Central, a hands-on science center (physical, natural and applied sciences), is currently hiring a self-motivated, creative, outgoing, highly-skilled and organized individual to direct its education department (on-site, outreach, distance learning, etc.).  This is a professional, senior-level position, reporting to the executive director. As a member of the leadership team, the job requires previous experience in informal science education, program development, staff management, time management, project planning, and handling many projects at the same time. This is a “hands-on” position and the employee will spend much of their time doing as well as directing. Duties will include – lead in the development, planning, scheduling, staffing and presentation of all informal and formal programs; responsible for the continuous growth and monitoring of all revenue and non-revenue programs, numbers, finances and data; hire, train and manage outreach, school/public and special programs full-time, part-time and seasonal staff; have a strong presence in the educational community (schools, universities, community centers, scouts, etc.); manage various Strategic Plan components; participate in and lead various internal and community committees; assist with researching, writing, and reviewing grants; help write and review print and social media materials and ads; care for small aquarium and terrarium animals and equipment.

Additional information

FILLED – POSITION: Graphics Design Coordinator

POSITION DESCRIPTION:  Science Central, a hands-on science center is currently hiring a knowledgeable, self-motivated, self-directed, part-time graphics designer. This person will create new layouts/templates or use existing layouts for various print materials and electronic formats; might assist with press releases and social media.

Additional information


FILLED – POSITION: Marketing Manager

POSITION DESCRIPTION: Science Central, a hands-on science center (physical, natural and applied sciences), is currently hiring a knowledgeable, self-motivated, self-directed, creative, outgoing, highly-skilled and organized individual to assist with all aspects of marketing (advertising, press releases, public relations, media, social media, web-based campaigns, graphics design, digital presence, print layout, etc.). This is a mid-level position. Applicants should have strong writing skills and graphic design experience. This is a “hands-on” position. Duties will include: develop print and web banners; price, develop and place tv/radio ads; help coordinate and maintain the calendar for, and write and design newsletters, brochures, press releases, etc.; create new layouts/templates or use existing layouts for various print materials; design and coordinate the layout of exhibit interpretive signs;  help maintain partnerships with media and community organizations; act as the primary person to maintain web site, digital signage and social media outlets; organize and maintain electronic and hard copy marketing and funding files, and records; participate in and help lead Strategic Plan components such as marketing plans; both attend and lead internal committee meetings and external community meetings

Additional information

POSITION: Development & Marketing Director

POSITION DESCRIPTION: Science Central, a hands-on science center (physical, natural and applied sciences), is currently hiring a self-motivated, creative, outgoing, highly-skilled and organized individual to direct its development, grant writing, fundraising events, advertising, and public relations.  This position is a professional, senior-level job reporting to the executive director and requires significant experience in those work areas, high-level writing skills, the ability to multi-task, and extensive knowledge of community/regional funding sources. This is a “hands-on” position and the employee will spend much of their time doing as well as directing. Duties will include – research, write, review and monitor grants; write interim and final grant reports; develop and update the grant/development databases and due dates; establish and cultivate sponsorships with businesses and corporations; fully manage fundraising events such as the annual gala and golf outing; both attend and plan staff and committee meetings; develop banners and tv/radio ads; coordinate and maintain the calendar for, and write and design newsletters, brochures, press releases; direct graphic design activities; develop and coordinate partnerships with media, community organizations and foundations; maintain web site and social media outlets; organize and maintain all electronic and hard copy marketing and funding files and records; cultivate members as a donor base; supervise full- and part-time staff; manage Strategic Plan components such as marketing plans, annual fund, fundraising plans, etc.

Additional information

POSITION: Part-time Housekeeping Specialist

POSITION DESCRIPTION: Involvement in an informal, hands-on, educational science center (physical, natural and applied sciences). Responsible for cleaning the building for general public, school group visitors and special groups. This includes all parts of the building (restrooms, lunchroom, exhibit areas, lobby, classrooms, offices, etc). Will also do some cleaning product stocking, and could involve minor exhibit repairs and installations.

Additional information

Applications may be sent to:

Human Resources Director

Science Central

1950 North Clinton Street

Fort Wayne, IN   46805

Fax: (260) 422-2899