Position Summary:

Museum Learning Educators execute multi-faceted educational programs, experiences, and events in the Museum, virtually, and offsite with activities for young children, their families, and group, including nontraditional museum audiences and/or underserved populations. Educators implement programs in the visual and performing arts, science, social-emotional learning, and early childhood in a variety of exhibits and studio spaces. Educators will lead daily programming, facilitate exhibit experiences, and provide excellent customer service.

This is a part-time, seasonable position (September-June, 20-29 hours per week).

Essential Functions:

  • Facilitates interdisciplinary, and innovative educational play-based programs, events, experiences for museum audiences include family, public, community-school, and accessibility programs
  • Provide a regular presence on gallery floor
  • Creates a welcoming, hospitable, playful environment for all visitors
  • Frequently assesses and communicates program, events, and experiences
  • 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 in addition to content that is relevant to Please Touch Museum’s exhibits
  • 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 Department materials and spaces, and other duties as assigned by management
  • Museum Learning, Educators 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
  • Supports Admissions and Member Services as needed, including Carousel Roles and inform visitors of ticketing and membership opportunities
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications:

  • High School Diploma or GED required
  • Associate or bachelor’s degree in education, Art History, Science, Anthropology/Sociology, and/or Museum Studies preferred. Pre-service or retired educators encouraged to apply.
  • Must be able to work weekend hours
  • 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 Studio spaces
  • 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 comprehend an educational framework and facilitate an event, 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 walk, stand, 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.)
  • 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 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 required in addition to those outlined.

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 is 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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