Position Summary:

Museum Learning staff facilitates programs, coordinates events, and guides experiences that encourage families, to discover, imagine, get curious, and learn through play. Our work contributes to unparalleled experiences for every visitor. Through our interactions with visitors, we embrace diversity and encourage our visitors to think differently and open their minds to the world around them. Museum Learning is committed to excellence in developing programs, events, and experiences to further Please Touch Museum as a leader in childhood learning and development. Museum Learning Coordinators initiate, design, and facilitate transformational, educational programs, workshops, events, spaces and experiences that offer young children and unparalleled experiences.

Essential Functions:

  • Develops and facilitates programs for schools, children, and families that build early-literacy skills. Ensures Museum programming, events, and experiences are inclusive and accessible
  • Coordinates logistics for programming, experiences, and events
  • Tracks performance metrics and facilitates evaluation efforts
  • Organizes, cleans, and maintains programming supplies, materials, and Department spaces, including Theater, Creative Arts Studio, Makerspace
  • Each Coordinator is assigned a content area specialization but is required to contribute to the development and facilitation of all Departmental initiatives (programs, workshops, events, experiences, and spaces) including Toddler, Science, Literacy, Makerspace, Creative Arts, Performing Arts, Events, Accessibility, Field Trips & School Readiness
  • Frequently and consistently assesses and communicates program, events, and experiences effectiveness in terms of engagement, success, mission, and execution; refines and refreshes programs as needed on an ongoing basis
  • Attends all Museum Learning and Museum All Staff meetings, trainings, and 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 in addition to content that is relevant to Please Touch Museum’s exhibits, programs, events, and experiences
  • Assists Management with training and developing and updating facilitation and program development standard operating procedures as needed
  • Takes necessary initiative to ensure work exemplifies and aligns with best practices in Early Childhood, Museum Education, and designated area of specialization
  • Coordinates and maintains partnership with organizations, schools, performers, and institutions
  • Assists with the development of print resources, including exhibition text, curriculum, self-guided resources
  • Collaborates with Museum Departments and Museum Initiatives as assigned
  • Administrative duties including maintaining and responding to emails, calendar, shift schedule, and other Departmental modes of communication, preparing for facilitation and engagement, routine cleaning of Department materials and spaces, and other duties as assigned or delegated by Museum Learning Management
  • Museum Learning, Coordinator will be assigned additional responsibilities as the Museum brings back and reimagines play
  • Supports efforts to create spaces conducive to play. Observes the play environment and thoughtfully considers what modifications, if any, are necessary to allow the child and family to play
  • Ensures spaces are cleaned and reset utilizing department standard operating procedures
  • Utilizes Museum resources to provide playful learning opportunities when assigned or when appropriate
  • Actively engages in training and professional development and engages in reflection to ensure they provide unparalleled experiences for all visitors
  • Other duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s/Associate Degree and preferred Master’s degree: Education, Museum Studies, Urban Studies, Anthropology, Youth Development, Social Work, or 3-4 years or more teaching in a classroom (a Keystone Star rating of 3 and above for Pennsylvania schools) or an informal setting (babysitting experience does not apply)
  • Minimum of two years’ experience teaching children and their families aged 0-8 in a formal and/or informal setting; museum education experience preferred
  • Must have a child clearance background check prior to hire (includes fingerprinting). Must be willing to authorize a criminal background check.
  • Enthusiastic, Energetic, Responsible, Punctual, Flexible, Reliable, Creative, Organized.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Identifies as an Early Childhood Educator. Passionate about developing and facilitating transformative and innovative literacy programs for young learners and their families.
  • Knowledge of best practices in Early Childhood literacy.
  • Preferred advanced experience, training, or certification in yoga and/or mindfulness.
  • Must show demonstrated commitment to Anti-Racist education
  • Must have a child clearance background check prior to hire (includes fingerprinting).
  • Qualified applicants must submit sample of work pertaining to their experience with Literacy and/or SEL education with their cover letter, resume, and job application.
  • Ability to kneel, crawl, and crouch for extended periods of time. Must be able to interact with the public throughout 60,000 square feet of exhibits for 4-6 hours with breaks. 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.

Working Conditions:

Physical Demands: Requires sitting, standing, bending, reaching and lifting per above. 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.

 

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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