Position Summary:

Director of Community Engagement & Inclusion (Director) is responsible for developing the strategy and implementing the plan for Please Touch Museum’s mission-aligned school and community-based programs, partnerships and initiatives. Building off of PTM’s commitment to be a mirror to the city in which we live and the communities we serve, the Director will work to build PTM’s capacity to provide informal learning experiences which support the academic and social-emotional development that children need to thrive in the classroom and beyond. The Director will lead PTM’s work with key stakeholders in the Parkside neighborhood and throughout the city as a means to facilitate the Museum’s important role in building relationships as we support the needs of children from diverse and underrepresented communities. The individual will work to support the Museum’s goal to be a leading 21st century children’s museum that reflects and supports the richly diverse community that visits each year through a commitment to inclusive programs, exhibits, and staff. The Director will support the Museum’s efforts to transition into an essential resource among Philadelphia’s educational institutions.

Essential Functions:

Community Engagement

  • Create and maintain an outreach strategy that seeks to create or strengthen partnership opportunities between the Museum and external stakeholders, including educational leaders and educators, community services providers, university leaders, government representatives, and faith leaders.
  • Act as a liaison and facilitator for the Museum’s Parkside Community Advisory Council (PCAC), leading all monthly meetings. Deepen relationships with current PCAC members and grow PCAC engagement, membership.
  • Expand external community programs that provide educational resources, programs, and supplies to the Museum’s neighboring communities.
  • Oversees the planning and implementation of the Museum’s low cost/no-cost programs, including reduced admission First Wednesdays and accessibility programs like Play Without Boundaries.

School & Museum Engagement

  • Develop and implement a strategy and tactical plan for a school-museum partnership program and collaborative curriculum to be implemented both in and outside the Museum with K-5 grade students.
  • Collaborates closely with Director, Museum Learning on programs, community resources, partnerships, presentations, and publications and school curriculum development.
  • Oversees the Museum’s budding Kindergarten Readiness initiatives including programs and resources that assist families with young children who are transitioning into Kindergarten.
  • Fosters community and city rollout and support of Kindergarten support programs across Philadelphia families, schools, and educational leaders.
  • Liaises with Philadelphia School District and City Office of Education officials to build awareness of Museum programs, initiatives, and deepen partnership opportunities.
  • Works closely with Director, Research & Evaluation, to assess community and school program goals and impacts, and collaborates on research partnerships.
  • Ensures programs and partnerships foster an inclusive Museum environment for staff and visitors. Upholds the Museum’s commitment to provide welcome experiences for all visitors and expand opportunities for diversity of thought.
  • Collaborates closely with internal Museum team to evaluate and revise existing business models with a long-term goal of providing essential supports and programs to children and families.

Administrative

  • Creates a budget and meets annual financial targets and metrics established in the annual operating plan.
  • Identifies and develops projects for grant funding related to programs and works with the Development team to help secure funding.
  • Represents the Museum in development efforts, particularly those related to obtaining funding support.
  • Acts as a spokesperson for Museum, as it pertains to her/his respective areas.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree required, Masters preferred, with an emphasis on education, communications, social work, or related field.
  • Minimum five years leading successful community-based programs engaging children and families.
  • Proven track record of creating diverse, inclusive, and successful community partnerships.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to establish rapport and build successful collaborations with diverse families, staff, community stakeholders and partners.
  • Comfortable working in environments of cultural diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Must understand multicultural programming to meet the needs of a diverse audience.
  • Understanding of early childhood education, curriculum, and informal learning environments.
  • A track record of performance excellence in meeting targets and objectives.
  • Responsive and enthusiastic for leveraging expertise available among thought-leaders on issues such as child development and trauma-informed care.
  • Strong analytical thinking skills.
  • Proven project management experience that includes scoping and building professional relationships, planning and integration of people and resources, managing risk and planning for contingencies.
  • Ability to manage multiple, complex priorities within demanding timeframes.
  • Exceptional communication skills (written, public speaking, and presentation) as an advocate for the Museum through reports, presentations, and proposals.
  • Demonstrated budget management skills.
  • Must have PA Criminal History, FBI fingerprints, and PA Child Abuse Clearances. All background check clearances must be complete prior to hire.

The position’s essential functions listed above describe the general nature and scope of work. Other responsibilities, duties and skills may be required and assigned, as needed.

Please Touch Museum offers an excellent work environment, benefit, generous time off package and competitive salary. To apply for this opportunity, please fill out our online application. Should you have questions on the application process or require assistance in completing our application please email employment@pleasetouchmuseum.org.

Please Touch Museum is an Equal Opportunity Employer that actively seeks and employs without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, transgender, pregnancy, medical condition, national origin, age veteran status, disability, citizenship, ethnicity language, socio-economic status, family or marital status or other classifications identified and protected by applicable federal, state or local laws. This policy governs all aspects of employment, promotion, assignment, discharge, training, wage & salary administration, employee benefits, application of policies and other terms and conditions of employment.

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