Meet an EMP: Mickey Maley

mickeyYears in Museum Field: 4

Degrees/Certificates: B.S. Physics with a Minor in Theatre Arts from Susquehanna University
M.S. Ed. (in progress) Leadership in Museum Education from Bank Street College of Education

Current Occupation: Public Programs Manager at The Franklin Institute

Previous Museum Experience: Museum Programs Supervisor – The Franklin Institute, Interpreter – The Franklin Institute, Camp In Assistant Manager – The Franklin Institute

Other Relevant Work Experience: District Executive – Cradle of Liberty Council, Boy Scouts of America
Cub World Camp Director – Musser Scout Reservation, Boy Scouts of America

Did a mentor play a significant role in your career development? I had an itch to go back to school and work towards a Masters degree, but could not decide on what nor where to study. I spoke with three people: Steve Snyder, Hillary Olson, and Liz Kelley. All three of whom I would consider a mentor in my career development. The conversations about what to do and continued support from them have been a great motivator in continuing my education at Bank Street College of Education.

How does your current position fit into your career plan? This position is allowing me to build my confidence as a leader in the museum field, while continuing to work on my skills as an administrator, content trainer, and program developer.

What museum organizations do you belong to? Philly EMP, Philadelphia Museum Education Roundtable, American Alliance of Museums, Association of Science and Technology Centers

What do you know now that you wish you knew when you began in this profession? I wish I knew of more opportunities in the field. I honed in on the Franklin Institute because I loved it as a kid, and my degree was in a science field. It might have been easier to build a better resume of museum experience if I knew of other ways to get involved.

What do you enjoy most about your position? I have an opportunity to work with a lot of different people, different departments, and learn from their experience. This job presents opportunities to make my own mark on the institution through program planning, and other projects.

What is it that keeps you engaged at work? Each day is entirely different than the last. We engage many visitors of the days of the week, and I have the privilege of working with a diverse science presenter staff and volunteer team. There are always new people, new programs, and new events to engage in!

Mickey’s unique college education experience fit nicely as a science presenter at the Franklin Institute. However, it took three years to get a foot in the door. In that time Mickey worked for the Boy Scouts of America in their camps, as a recruiter, fundraiser, and unit administrator for a preset geographical area in the Delaware Valley. He left the BSA in the fall of 2009, and after a brief stint as a human resources coordinator at GSI Commerce, was hired at the Franklin Institute as an Interpreter in February of 2010. After a successful first year and few months, Mickey was promoted to Museum Programs Supervisor in October of 2011. Mickey was promoted to Public Programs Manager late in 2013. Some of Mickey’s favorite museums outside of Philadelphia are the Lower East Side Tenement Museum and American Museum of Natural History in New York City and COSI in Columbus OH.

Fun Fact: In high school, Mickey played on the same football team as NFL star Matt Ryan

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