Position Summary:

Reporting to the Director of Community Engagement and Inclusion, the Kindergarten Readiness Coordinator will coordinate and assist in the successful completion of a 2-year grant. This position is grant-funded through June 2022. Extension of the position is contingent upon further funding and expansion of the Kindergarten Readiness Program beyond the initial pilot phase.

Please Touch Museum’s Kindergarten Readiness Program will actively engage 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. The overall goals of the grant are to holistically support children entering kindergarten through the implementation of a multi-dimensional curriculum designed to prepare them for a successful transition to kindergarten, socially, emotionally, and academically, and provide the children and families resources and tools to use as children make the transition to kindergarten.

Key Functions:

  • 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 West Philadelphia Parkside neighborhood and issues relevant to that community.
  • Consideration of issues of inclusion, diversity and equity as it applies to children and caretakers.
  • Attention to grant timeline to support team in fulfilling grant benchmarks and administrative requirements pertaining to the program
  • Recruitment of families for participation to meet grant requirements by June 2022
  • Support and update social media in collaboration with our marketing team
  • Develops and maintains an organized administrative workflow to track the progress of the Kindergarten Readiness project
  • Collaborates with local childcare organizations and non-profits to recruit caretakers and children to participate in the Kindergarten Readiness Program at Please Touch Museum.
  • Maintain and update the Kindergarten Readiness application as needed, track, organize and save information
  • Provides technical support and some instruction/classroom support during Kindergarten Readiness sessions
  • Develops and maintains systems and databases for grant-related purchases, tracking and inventory, calendar of events, program registration, and program statistics
  • Organizes meetings and supports communication with Kindergarten Readiness Advisory Group
  • Contributes to project reports across the Museum.
  • Negotiates, contracts, and liaises with external experts and teachers, providing direction and monitoring of external vendors according to established guidelines, procedures, and policies.
  • Assists with program assessment and evaluation.
  • Assist Museum Learning and Development departments on Grant-related administrative projects as needed.
  • Serves on collaborative project teams to advise and develop current and future Museum Kindergarten Readiness Initiative.
  • Administratively organizes and supports grant aligned educational programs, workshops, events, spaces, and experiences for children, families, and educators.
  • Supports continued development of Kindergarten Readiness curriculum, resources, and print materials.
  • Actively engages with the Museum and Education community locally and nationally to maintain knowledge of best practices in Kindergarten Readiness and align Museum work accordingly
  • May assist and coordinate staff trainings related to Kindergarten Readiness.
  • Passionate and knowledgeable about supporting families and children in the transition to 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.
  • Comfort working within unfamiliar environments; ability to initiate connection and build new relationships with partners and stakeholders.
  • Occasional in-person and virtual outreach required.
  • Group sales experience preferred.
  • Advanced Microsoft Office skills and knowledge of databases.
  • Demonstrated experience in developing educational resources, curriculum, and written reports for statistics and budgets. Sensitivity toward issues of inclusion, accessibility, diversity and equity.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or comparable experience will be considered.
  • Excellent organizational skills, ability to prioritize, and attention to detail.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Must possess excellent computer skills. Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word and Excel).
  • Ability to work independently and on a team.
  • Must have Pa Criminal History, FBI fingerprints, and PA Child Abuse Clearances. All background check clearances must be complete prior to hire.
  • COVID-19 vaccination is a requirement for hire.

Working Conditions:

Physical Demands: Requires sitting, standing, bending, and reaching. May require lifting 15 – 20 lbs. Requires manual dexterity sufficient to operate standard office machines such as computers, fax machines, calculators, the telephone, and other office equipment. Requires normal range of motion, hearing, and vision.

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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