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 that further Please Touch Museum as a leader in childhood learning and development. The Museum Learning Department creates programming for routine daily visitors, special events, and school groups.
- Develops and facilitates programs for children, families, and schools that utilize the Museum’s exhibits and build early-childhood and social-emotional learning skills.
- Program content areas include drop-in toddler programs, literacy programs, school field trip programs for K-3 students, family, and K-4 programs in Centennial Innovations.
- Collaborate with Marketing Department to create and execute programming content Museum events, including but not limited to, cultural celebrations, museum family festivals, and selected holidays.
- Coordinates and maintains usage and inventory of floor programming supplies.
- Ensures Museum programming, events, and experiences are inclusive and accessible.
- Coordinates logistics for Museum programs and experiences.
- Tracks program performance metrics under the guidance of the Manager, Museum Programming and Director, Research & Evaluation.
- Contributes to the facilitation of all departmental initiatives (programs, workshops, events, experiences, and spaces) across all learning disciplines offered.
- Actively maintains an interest in and contributes to professional learning conversations on current practices, topics, and discussions in Early Childhood Development and Education, Museum Education and content that is relevant to Please Touch Museum.
- Assists management with training, developing, and updating facilitation and program development standard operating procedures as needed
- Assists Manager of Educational Programming and Museum Learning Supervisor to oversee professional development projects carried out by Museum Educators that are specific to programming content area.
- Takes necessary initiatives to ensure work exemplifies and aligns with best practices in Early Childhood and Museum Education.
- Assists with the development of print resources, including marketing materials, curriculum, self-guided resources, and lesson plans
- Administrative duties including maintain and responding to emails, calendar, and other departmental communications, preparing for facilitation and engagement, routine cleaning of department materials and spaces, tracking program metrics, and other duties as assigned or delegated by Manager of Educational Programming.
- Supports efforts to create spaces conducive to play. Observe the play environment and thoughtfully considers what modifications, if any, are necessary to allow the child and family to play.
- Other duties as assigned.
- Bachelor’s degree required; master’s degree preferred: education, museum studies, urban studies, anthropology, youth development, social work or 3-4 years or more teaching in a classroom or informal educational setting.
- Minimum 2 years’ experience teaching children and their families aged 0 – 8 in an informal and/or formal setting.
- Informal education experience strongly preferred
- Must be able to politely and effectively interact with all museum visitors and colleagues and willingness to problem solve in fast paced environment while maintaining a professional attitude
- Openness to learning new content and skills outside of area of experience and comfort zone
- Knowledge of museum education and interpretation best practices
- Motivated, reflective, self-starter who proactively and frequently communicates with colleagues and supervisors about exhibit engagement and facilitation experience
- Excellent written and verbal communications skills
- Ability to carry out customer service tasks with a positive and approachable demeanor
- Ideal candidate thrives in a fast-paced environment and has the flexibility to think on their feet.
- Qualified applicants must be able to submit sample of work pertaining to their experience with Early Childhood and/or museum education with their cover letter, resume.
- Must have PA criminal history, FBI fingerprints, and PA child abuse clearances. All background check clearances must be completed prior to hire.
- All employees are required to have COVID-19 vaccination, COVID-19 booster, and flu vaccination, as a term and condition of employment.
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.
Physical Requirements and 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.
- Repeating motions that may include wrists, hands, and/or fingers.
- Must be able to reach with hands and arms.
- Is frequently required to stand and walk; 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, climbing.
- The employee must be able to focus on assigned tasks where activity and interruptions are constant and demanding.
- The noise level in the work environment is typically moderate but ongoing, noise level may be overstimulating at times.
- The individual performing this job must be comfortable in an environment where people are coming and going regularly.
- Ability to walk up and down flights of stairs; and stand for periods of time every day.
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. Other duties may be assigned in addition to those described in this document.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.