CAREER

Coordinator, Community Programs

Position Summary:

The Coordinator, Community Programs (Coordinator) will coordinate and assist in the successful instruction and implementation of PTM’s umbrella of educational programming and field trip offerings. The Community Programs Coordinator is expected to understand the importance of cultural competency and inclusive practices. Additionally, the Coordinator must understand Philadelphia’s educational landscape, and must have an instructional background in play-based informal learning. The Community Programs Coordinator will also work closely with caretakers and should have experience working with diverse populations.  In addition to instruction, the Community Programs Coordinator will report to the Community Programs Manager, where they will be expected to support outreach initiatives, assist with school tours/field trips, keep track of administrative tasks for programs, instruct as needed, help to train staff on relevant curriculums, and support the evaluation processes of programs. The Community Programs Coordinator will actively support the Community Programs Manager in engaging pre-K and kindergarten teachers, early childhood learning centers, and the School District of Philadelphia, as equal and valued partners in the program development and implementation.

This position is part of the AFSCME Local 397 bargaining unit.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Develop and maintain an organized administrative workflow to track the progress of community-based programs, including but not limited to Kinder Launch and Play Builders.
  • Assist with school tours and field trips as needed.
  • Holistically support children entering PTM’s early learning programming through the implementation of a multi-dimensional curriculum designed to prepare them for a successful transition to early learning, pre-k or kindergarten, socially, emotionally, and academically.
  • Develop a strategic outreach plan to work with the Philadelphia school district and community partners to support recruitment for array of programming.
  • Provide the children and families resources and tools to use as children make the transition through various developmental learning stages.
  • Support curriculum development, maintain an emphasis on cultural competency and support learning.
  • Work collaboratively with Museum Learning staff.
  • Collaborate with designated schools and local childcare organizations and non-profits to recruit caretakers and children to participate in Community-Based programs at Please Touch Museum, and update the program applications, intake forms, and other necessary documents as needed, track, organize and maintain information.
  • Prioritize the Parkside community as it pertains to outreach; help to build and maintain relationships with local organizations that center on local families.
  • Provide technical support and lead instruction/classroom support during Kinder Launch, Play Builders and other sessions as needed.
  • Keep track of events, program registration, and program statistics.
  • Organizes meetings and supports communication with Museum Learning staff.
  • Contributes to project reports across the Museum as needed.
  • Assists with program assessment and evaluation as it pertains to outreach.
  • Assist Museum Learning and Development departments on program-related administrative projects as needed.
  • Participate and help schedule educational advisory group meetings composed by PTM.
  • Administratively organizes and supports program aligned educational programs, workshops, events, spaces, and experiences for children, families, and educators.
  • Supports continued development of various program curriculums, resources, and print materials.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Associates or Bachelor’s degree required, field of study: Education, Early Childhood Education, or related field (humanities/liberal arts).
  • Experience of 3-5 years teaching in an early childhood setting and coordinating administrative tasks required.
  • Excellent written and verbal skills; experience writing curriculum, educational resources, and promotional copy.
  • Knowledgeable about supporting families and children in the transition to daycare, pre-k, or kindergarten. Knowledge of Philadelphia school district structure, Philadelphia school/learning landscape, national and local curriculum standards. Understanding of national and local curriculum and standards.
  • Excellent organizational and project management skills and attention to detail required.
  • Ability to initiate connection and build new relationships with partners and stakeholders.
  • Occasional in-person and virtual outreach required.
  • Advanced Microsoft Office skills and knowledge/willingness to be trained on database software.
  • The ideal candidate will have excellent writing, communication, and interpersonal skills. They will be highly organized, have an eye for detail, and the ability to think creatively and proactively.  Experience tracking statistics and preparing evaluation reports. Proven track record for developing the highest quality and educational programs for multigenerational audiences, with a special interest and expertise in early learning and Kindergarten Readiness. Knowledge and understanding of Kindergarten Readiness, standards and child development is required. Understanding of the importance of inclusion, diversity and equity within urban education is central to working with our families. The ideal candidate will also have experience with accessibility considerations for children and caretakers. The successful candidate will demonstrate an understanding of the role of museum education in lifelong learning, 21st century skill-building, and learning through play.
  • Innovative and inclusive mindset to create a high-quality and equitable experience for all participants.
  • Awareness and implementation of accessibility considerations for all learners as an instructor and coordinator.
  • Knowledge of the Philadelphia educational landscape and neighborhoods throughout Philadelphia. Work to understand issues relevant to various areas of the city.
  • Consideration of issues of inclusion, diversity, and equity as it applies to children and caretakers.
  • Ability to think creatively and use new technologies to expand outreach and program impact.
  • Strong project management skills required to oversee day to day departmental operations, as well as long-term planning. Ability to accurately prioritize concurrent projects and practice effective time management strategies.
  • Ability to develop meeting agendas and record meeting notes.
  • Excellent communication with all audiences including program facilitation, internal and external meetings, public speaking, conference presentations, interviews. Ability to maintain a creative, collaborative, cooperative approach to developing and presenting education programs.
  • Remains informed of current research, best practices, trends, and activities in museum education, early learning, and Kindergarten readiness. Demonstrates an understanding of the value and role of the Museum in informal and formal learning.
  • Ability to maintain a creative, cooperative approach, constructive approach to job performance. Demonstrated commitment to anti-racist education.
  • Ability to embrace and demonstrate the Museum’s Mission, Values, and DEIBA Commitment.
  • Must have PA Act 153 clearances (PA criminal history, FBI fingerprints, and PA Child Abuse) completed prior to hire.
  • All employees are required to have COVID-19 vaccination, and flu vaccination, as a term and condition of employment.

Physical Requirements & Environment:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

PHYSICAL

  • Is regularly required to use hands.
  • Must be able to reach with hands and arms.
  • Must be able to use hands and fingers continuously.
  • Able to remain stationary for extended periods of time.
  • Is frequently required to stand and walk for long periods of time; will frequently be required to move from one position to another.
  • Ability to perform the physical requirements of the position, i.e., pushing, pulling, reaching, bending, squatting, kneeling, and climbing.
  • Required to talk and hear.
  • Able to see and read computer screens.
  • Able to read fine print and/or normal size print.
  • Ability to walk up and down flights of stairs; and stand for periods of time every day.
  • Ability to lift and/or move up to 10 – 20 pounds.
  • Ability to climb stairs.
  • Ability to grasp objects, type, pick up objects, move objects or hold objects.

ENVIRONMENT  

  • This job is performed in a public and office environment. The employee must be able to focus on assigned tasks where activity and interruptions are constant and demanding.
  • Visitor facing environment.
  • The individual performing this job must be comfortable in an environment where people are coming and going regularly.
  • The noise level in the work environment is typically moderate but ongoing, noise level may be overstimulating at times.

The statements in this job description are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being executed by the employee assigned to this position. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of the position or individual and may change at any time with or without notice.

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.

It is the policy of Please Touch Museum to ensure equal employment opportunity without discrimination or harassment on account of a person’s race, color, religion, creed, sex, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, pregnancy, national origin, age, citizenship, marital status, family status, veteran status, genetic information, disability or any other protected group or status.

Equal opportunity is applied in all aspects of the employment relationship and personnel actions, including but not limited to, recruiting, hiring, orientation, assignment, employee development, discipline, promotion, demotion, transfer, assignment, separation, pay and compensation, benefits, layoff and recall, granting of and return from leave of absence, training and education, employee facilities, and social programs. Furthermore, all employment decisions, policies, and practices are in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local anti-discrimination laws.

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