Museum Educator – Flint Children’s Museum

EMPLOYEE CLASSIFICATION:   Non-exempt, paid time-off

WORK SCHEDULE:  40 hours per week

REPORTS TO:  EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

JOB SUMMARY:  The Museum Educator translates early childhood education principles and research into interactive play activities in a variety of areas.  The Museum Educator must have a passion for working with young children and promoting the mission of inspriring a lifelong love for learning through the power of play.  Responsible for the development and implementation of educational content that meets core standards for all exhibits, programs, school outreach activities, and traveling exhibits.  Models positive and considerate ways to enhance visitors’ overall learning experience by making education fun.  

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Develops high quality, innovative programming that reflects the mission of FCM.
  • Fosters a dynamic, playful, comfortable and accessible educational environment.
  • Serves as the lead in developing educational programs such as field trips, in-school programs, and after-school enrichment that respond to the needs of the school community.
  • Directs classroom and gallery programs for all groups.
  • Provides content training to Visitor Service Associates to enhance the guest experience.
  • Responsible for the development, implementation, oversight, and evaluation of special programs including monthly themes, quarterly changing exhibits and other outreach/ special programs.
  • Cultivates partnerships with community organizations and stakeholders to maintain FCM as a leader in early childhood interactive learning.  Attends meetings to identify needs and program opportunities.
  • Responsible for accurate and complete program record keeping.
  • Marketing responsibilities include writing program descriptions, contributing to lead articles, and program photographs. 
  • Serves as a member of the Management Team, actively contributing to annual plans, annual budget preparation, grant request development and program reports.
  • Attends events and programs as a representative of FCM.
  • Responsible for ensuring adequate inventory of educational supplies. 
  • Consistently works in a positive and cooperative manner with all staff and promptly responds to visitor needs.
  • Maintains a safe environment by following and enforcing FCM’s standards and policies.
  • Participates in regularly scheduled staff meetings and ongoing trainings.
  • Remains current with FCM’s policies, standards and communications.
  • Performs additional tasks as assigned by the Executive Director.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelors degree in Education or closely related field. 
  • Knowledge of learning theories.
  • Ability to work independently with minimal direction.
  • Good verbal, written, and presentation skills.
  • Must be able to prioritize and plan activities in a timely manner.
  • Ability to adapt to changes in the work environment and balance competing demands.
  • Flexibility and reliability to work evenings, weekends, and special events.
  • Experience with Microsoft Office Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and Outlook.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education.
  • Experience in development and oversight of programming in a museum or other learning setting.
  • Knowledge of learning theories and inquiry-based hands-on learning.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

  • Work is performed in an office environment and out of doors (up to 40%).
  • Must be able to climb, bend, stoop and reach.
  • Must be able to walk and/or stand for long periods.
  • Working in confined spaces is sometimes required.
  • Must be able to push, pull or lift at least 25 pounds.
  • Must be able to read and write various forms of material and recognize symbols and colors.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES

None. 

To apply, submit your resume, cover letter, and other supporting documents to kroddy@flintchildrensmuseum.org. No phone call please.

Posted on the MMA website 8/31.


        
 The Michigan Museums Association is supported in part by an award from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Michigan Museums Association       313-334-7643       PO Box 5246, Cheboygan, MI 49721      lcbrisson@michiganmuseums.org

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