CAREER

Museum Learning Educator

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.

Three key responsibilities of Museum Learning staff:

  • 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.

Essential Functions:

  • Facilitates interdisciplinary, and innovative educational play-based programs, events, experiences for museum audiences including family, public, community-school, and accessibility programs.
  • Provide a regular presence on Museum 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 communication, preparing for facilitation and engagement, routine cleaning of Department materials and spaces, and other duties as assigned by Management.
  • Actively participates as a facilitator and assists in making experiences, events, and programs effective and magical, rather than passively assisting.
  • 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.
  • Support Admissions and Member Services as needed, including Carousel Roles and inform visitors of ticketing and membership opportunities.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Minimum 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.
  • 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 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 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.
  • 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 and stand for extended periods of time, as well as kneel, crawl, and crouch to interact with our youngest visitors.
  • 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 (PA Act 153). All background check clearances must be completed prior to hire.
  • COVID-19 vaccination and booster as well as an influenza vaccination are required 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.

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 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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