Position Summary:

PTM seeks a dynamic and energetic early childhood educator with an understanding of the Parkside, Belmont and Mantua communities! Experience working within urban education settings and knowledge of inclusive teaching practices strongly preferred. The Kindergarten Readiness Coordinator will provide an instruction style that is both welcoming and inclusive to all Kindergarten Readiness participants. Compassion, excitement and interest in the surrounding community is a requirement. This position will engage children and caretakers in the importance of learning through play; developing kindergarten readiness skills; with an emphasis on highlighting the importance of social emotional development. A collaborative attitude and ability to implement lesson plans as designed while also improvising with creativity when needed is necessary for this position.

The Kindergarten Readiness Facilitator will be expected to implement the goals of PTM’s Kindergarten Readiness Experience grant project via instruction and classroom support.

Essential Functions:

  • Facilitates interdisciplinary, and innovative educational play-based instruction throughout Kindergarten Readiness sessions. Serves as one of the lead instructors for Kindergarten Readiness.
  • Help to prepare the classroom for each session, including creating name tags and organizing session materials.
  • Prepare technology needs for each session.
  • Awareness and implementation of varied instructional strategies to accommodate accessibility needs.
  • Creates a welcoming, hospitable, playful environment for all visitors.
  • Keeps Kindergarten Readiness team informed about issues pertaining to instruction, children, and caretakers.
  • Attention, sensitivity and care regarding issues of inclusion, diversity and equity as it pertains to caretakers and children.
  • Attends all Museum Learning and Museum All Staff meetings, training, professional development. Actively maintains an interest in and contributes to professional learning conversations on current practices, topics, and discussions in Early Childhood and Museum Education.
  • Administrative duties including maintaining and responding to email, calendar, shift schedule, and other Departmental modes of communication, preparing for facilitation and engagement, routine cleaning of project materials and spaces.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • High School Diploma or GED required.
  • Associate or bachelor’s degree in early childhood education or experience in Childcare Education preferred.
  • Innovative, Enthusiastic, Energetic, Responsible, Punctual, Flexible, Reliable, Creative, Organized, Well-spoken.
  • Must be able to effectively and politely interact with all Museum visitors and colleagues and willingness to problem-solve in a fast-paced environment while maintaining a sense of humor.
  • Must exhibit a mature, flexible, and professional demeanor in both presentation and actions. Must be able to self-monitor and correct behavior. Emulates best practices in safety when utilizing tools and materials in the Kindergarten Readiness Classroom.
  • Openness to learning new content and skills outside area of experience and comfort zone.
  • Motivated, reflective, self-starter who proactively and frequently debriefs and communicates frequently with colleagues and supervisors about exhibit engagement and facilitation experiences.
  • Ability to engage children and adults in a welcome, energetic, friendly, outgoing, and professional manner.
  • Discretely and proactively attends to visitors’ needs and concerns with a patient, kind, gentle, and caring attitude and manner.
  • Actively participates as a facilitator and assists in making experiences, events, and programs effective and magical, rather than passively assisting.
  • Ability to support an educational framework and facilitate a program and event accordingly.
  • An emerging or retired professional that strives to apply their education studies/skills in a Museum setting.
  • Proficient in Outlook, Word, and Excel. Able to write and respond to professional communications.
  • Ability to kneel, crawl, and crouch for extended periods of time. Able to move and lift heavy objects up to 30 pounds (tables and chairs, bins with supplies, carts with materials, etc.)
  • Valid Driver’s License.
  • CPR and First Aid training preferred.
  • Must have PA Criminal History, FBI fingerprints, and PA Child Abuse Clearances. All background check clearances must be completed prior to hire.
  • COVID-19 vaccination is a requirement for 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.

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 shall be 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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