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, and spaces that offer young children and families unparalleled experiences.

Essential Functions:

  • Develops and facilitates programs for schools, children, and families that build early-childhood learning 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, and 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, event, and experience effectiveness in terms of engagement, success, mission, and execution; refines and refreshes programs as needed on an ongoing basis.
  • 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.
  • 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, and self-guided resources.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 who is passionate about developing and facilitating innovative programs and experiences that help children and families: build and apply the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to develop healthy identities; manage emotions and achieve personal and collective goals; feel and show empathy for others; establish and maintain supportive relationships; and make responsible and caring decisions.
  • Experience teaching multi-disciplinary programs for families and young children in informal settings.
  • Passionate about using exhibits and toys to provide hands- on, play-based learning opportunities for children and adults.
  • Knowledge of Informal Learning pedagogy (object-based learning, slow learning, Visual Thinking Strategies, etc.).
  • Knowledge and experience applying childhood development to program development and facilitation.
  • Demonstrated experience in developing educational resources (Family Activity Guides, Gallery Guides, Seek and Finds, Lesson Plans).
  • Qualified applicants must submit sample of work pertaining to their experience in early childhood and/or Museum education with their cover letter, resume, and job application.
  • Valid Driver’s License required.
  • 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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