Please Touch Museum is seeking an enthusiastic and creative educator to coordinate the development and implementation of performing arts programming. The Performance Arts Coordinator will guide and facilitate programming in our Playhouse Theater and create and facilitate performing arts-based programs that enhance museum exhibits and events.
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 accessible and inclusive programs for children, families, and schools for open studio, workshops, special events, and pop-up floor engagements that build Performing Arts Education learning skills and are integrated into existing programs, including but not limited, to Storytime, Discovery Carts, and Pop-up Play programs.
- Plays an active role in reimagining performing arts programing in the museum and will be assigned additional responsibilities as Performing Arts experiences are reintegrated in daily operation in the Playhouse Theater, throughout the museum and within the community.
- Coordinates the maintenance of the Playhouse Theater as a learning environment and maintains usage and inventory of consumables and non-consumables used for performing arts programing.
- Tracks performance metrics and facilitates evaluation efforts including, but not limited to, assessing program effectiveness and refines and refreshes programs on an ongoing basis.
- Contributes to the development and facilitation of all Departmental initiatives (programs, workshops, events, experiences, and spaces) across all learning disciplines offered.
- Attends and actively engages in all Museum Learning and Museum All Staff meetings, trainings, and professional development sessions and engages in reflection to ensure they provide unparalleled experiences for all visitors.
- Assists Management with training, 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 Performing Arts Education.
- Works with manager of Creative Experience to build and maintain relationships with partner Organizations and Performers.
- Coordinates logistics for Performing Arts programming, experiences, and events and acts as an onsite contact for outside partners and performers.
- Conducts 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 children and families to play.
- Assists in Museum Learning daily operations including cleaning and resetting museum for play-based learning and facilitating programs beyond their focused content area.
- Other duties as assigned.
- Bachelor’s degree required; master’s degree preferred: education, museum studies, creative and performing arts, urban studies, anthropology, youth development, social work, or 3-4 years or more teaching in a classroom or informal educational setting.
- Available to work Sunday-Thursday.
- Minimum two years of experience teaching children and their families aged 0 – 8 in an informal and/or formal setting, preferably in a performing arts related space.
- Knowledge of performing arts and practice commonly used in preschool and elementary education programs.
- Must be able to interact with all museum visitors and colleagues politely and effectively and have a willingness to problem solve in a fast-paced environment while maintaining a professional attitude.
- Openness to learning new content and skills outside of area of experience and comfort zone.
- 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.
- Identifies as a performing artist and educator with a passion for developing and facilitating transformative and innovative exploratory opportunities for self-expression.
- Advance experience in performing arts in areas of dance, music, and drama.
- Experience maintaining a theater space.
- Qualified applicants must be able to submit a sample of work pertaining to their experience with Early Childhood and/or museum education with their cover letter, resume. Must have PA Act 153 clearances (PA criminal history, FBI fingerprints, and PA Child Abuse) 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 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 email@example.com.
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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.