From the job boards – 5 1


I occasionally share interesting job postings, and my thoughts about them, on this blog.  Here is the latest crop.

Tudor needed for college Oceanography (Perhaps the tutoring should start with learning to spell the word tutor.) 

Sexual Misconduct Prevention Specialist This wins for most provocative title.  Description: The Sexual Misconduct Prevention Specialist reports to the Senior Director of Health and Wellness to further the university’s commitment to develop and implement education programs for the prevention of sexual misconduct. S/he will also have an important dotted line relationship to the Director of the Office of Equal Opportunity to ensure the university meets its programmatic responsibilities in supporting the university’s Title IX and Sexual Harassment policies…

Corporate Program Assistant: Following is yet another full-time job masqueraded as a pat-time position.

This position is part time, 4 days per week (Monday through Thursday). Primary responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following: Artwork Exhibition •Prepare artwork installation/rotation paperwork, including: Loan Forms, Receipts and Care & Handling Guidelines; •Prepare wall labels for artwork installations; •Prepare exhibition checklist following installation for distribution to corporate member primary contacts; •Attend and assist at weekly art loan exhibition installations and rotations; •Responsible for appropriate care and handling of program inventory; •Assist with staging, unwrapping and rewrapping of artwork; •Assist Art Loan Coordinator with Mimsy database entries, as needed; Member Relations •Maintain and update the Raiser’s Edge donor database and paperwork files for Corporate Members; •Generate financial reports via Raiser’s Edge database; •Track membership renewal dates and prepare annual renewal requests; •Prepare membership renewal confirmations; •Conduct prospect and current member research; •Track corporate member museum visitation; •Provide assistance to Art Loan Manager in updating Lending Artist records and in   processing of   Lending Artist membership renewals; •Under the guidance of the Art Loan Manager, assist in researching prospective Lending Artists; attending open studios, gallery exhibitions, etc.   Marketing and PR Efforts: •Under the guidance of the Head of the Corporate Program and the Marketing and PR Coordinator update Corporate Program marketing and advertising, coordinate the Corporate Program marketing calendar, support the Program’s social media initiatives and assist the Head of the Corporate Program and fellow staff identify new opportunities for program recognition in regional media;   Corporate Program Events: •Assist with planning and execution of annual Corporate Night Reception; •Assist with the planning and execution of special corporate member outreach; programs including artist talks, corporate benefit fairs, and related industry trade shows; •Represent the corporate program by participating in local-area business networking events; •Represent the corporate program at special events including exhibition openings, annual benefit, annual meetings, etc. Other (!!!)    Maintain office supply inventory and place orders as needed;    Assist with the planning and execution of special corporate member outreach programs including artist talks, corporate benefit fairs, and related industry trade shows;    Assist with planning and execution of annual Corporate Night Reception;    Represent the corporate program at special events including exhibition openings, annual benefit, annual meetings, etc.;    Maintain professional growth and development through self-directed learning and through seminars, workshops, and conferences (as institutional budget allows); This position requires additional evening, weekend, and early morning hours in support of department events and meetings.

Now, I ask you, what’s part-time about this?  What?  (The pay, certainly, but not the responsibilities!)

A friend was recently interviewed for a 40 hour a week position. They were cagey in the 1st interview about salary.  Here’s why:  “This is a contract position, so you are not eligible for benefits, paid sick or paid vacation time.”

That’s just plain wrong.  We expect you to do a full  year of work for full-time hours, you just won’t get any benefits.

Another Provocative title: Lip Reading Instructor/Teacher (to work contract with individuals on an as needed basis.)

Part-time Delightful & Happy Sales Associate for Women’s Boutique (South Boston) A new woman’s consignment shop located in the heart of South Boston, is seeking a delightful and happy person for a part-time Sales Associate position… Uh, maybe they mean they want to hire someone who is out-going, personable, warm, and friendly.  How do you require someone to be “delightful and happy”?

Trade Show Booth Girl Wanted  compensation: $100.00 Same day pay Trade Show Booth Girl Wanted (Boston $100.00) Thurs April 24th 4pm to 8pm Little or No Experience is fine (will train) We are currently looking for Promotional Trade show booth girl. ($100.00) Beautiful Booth girl to help provide the buzz and exposure for Industrial products. The position are responsible for engaging consumers at booth for appointment setting. Providing support to the event team, distributing samples, and ensuring guests and industry professionals in attendance have a memorable experience. The trade show booth girl will: Engage with consumers and increase brand awareness Explain product and promotional items Create a “buzz” to gain consumer attention Get and Set up appointments from consumers Educate consumers on the value of the brand Wear fitted jeans, skirt or dress Qualifications Three Recent photos must be submitted for consideration Must be 22 years of age or older and provide a valid driver’s license Possess excellent people skills and outgoing personality Comfortable standing in heels four hours speaking and setting up appointments Punctuality is required Reliable transportation

This was advertised on Craig’s List Boston with an accompanying photo of a very provocatively dressed, light-skinned woman that looked more suited for a Playboy magazine than an ad a booth girl for MassHousing’s 24th Annual Greater Boston MWBE Trade Fair. The description is an anachronism to say nothing of being blatantly sexist and clearly discriminatory. 

Seasonal Chocolate Interpreter Description: The ** Church, in the heart of Boston’s historic North End, seeks applicants for seasonal, part-time positions on our education staff. Applicants must be available for weekends, holidays, and able to work through October. Additionally, candidates must be available for weekday and weekend shifts as well as holidays. Interpreters will work as part of a team in Captain Jackson’s Colonial Chocolate Shop…The interpreter would be responsible for educating visitors on the history of chocolate by performing chocolate making demonstrations and placing chocolate in a historical context as well as performing retail operations for the chocolate shop and adjacent colonial print shop, The Printing Office of Edes and Gill. Interpreters would be responsible for welcoming visitors, providing information on the **Church, the Freedom Trail, and the City of Boston, maintaining the cleanliness of the chocolate shop, restocking supplies and merchandise, packaging of printed goods and shop merchandise, cashiering, working with the colonial printer and chocolate shop co-worker, and soliciting voluntary donations. Interpreters will be required to wear period clothing, but not perform first-person interpretation.

I found the title alluring.  The hours, once again, ask for total availability albeit seasonally.  

Assistant Curator-Hoofstock, Cats/ Full Time, With Benefits) Responsibilities: Supervises and participates in the daily care and feeding of an assigned section of the animal collection (hoofstock including but limited to giraffe, large cats, ostrich and cranes), including cleaning, maintenance and minor repair of enclosures, observing animals, enrichment, behavioral conditioning, animal welfare, participating in veterinary rounds and procedures, assisting with and maintaining records. The AC is also responsible for interacting with zoo guests, and participating in meetings. Requires strong leadership abilities for scheduling work assignments, issuing instructions, monitoring performance (including writing and conducting annual evaluations), explaining policy, assisting in administering corrective action, and insuring proper and efficient operation of assigned area in compliance with all zoo policies and procedures. Requirements: High School Diploma or GED; college degree in related field; may substitute 4 yrs paid zookeeping experience in lieu of college degree, at least six years zookeeping experience. TB tested negative before starting, agrees to be rabies vaccinated if not already, good work history, must speak and read the English language, and possess written and oral communication skills such that instructions and information of a technical nature can be understood, must possess a valid drivers’ license and be able to drive a full size vehicle on public roads, must have demonstrated general knowledge and skill development in the management of animals in a zoo, and to train others in these areas safely, Must be able to lift at least 50 lbs., ability to use hand and small power tools, must be able and willing to work weekends, holidays, and overtime, eligible to acquire a Massachusetts gun license by the end of the 6 month introductory period. May be required to handle and use firearms, must possess the ability to supervise others effectively.   Interesting job for someone who likes to work with animals.

I wonder why this curator needs to handle a gun?   The only thing worse than having a job (or what looks like a job) is not having one.(If you need one.)

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About Candelaria Silva

Candelaria Silva-Collins is a marketing, community outreach and programming consultant; writer; and trainer/facilitator who lives in Boston, Massachusetts. She has designed and facilitated workshops on a wide variety of topics including communication, facilitation, job search skills, team building, and parenting issues. She currently coordinates the Community Membership Program of the Huntington Theatre Company. Her work as Director of ACT Roxbury was profiled in several publications, including The Creative Communities Builders Handbook. Candelaria’s children’s stories, short stories, essays and reviews have been published in local and national publications and she is an active blogger. Her publications include the booklets, Handling Rejection; Pushing through Shyness: Networking Tips when You’re Shy, Slow to Warm Up or Just don’t Feel you Belong; and Real Questions about Sex & Relationships for Teens: A Discussion Guide for Parents. She has served on the boards of Goddard College, Wheelock Family Theatre, Boston Foundation for Architecture, and Discover Roxbury. She is currently Chair, Designators of the Henderson Foundation.


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