Museum Educator

Children's Museum of Pittsburgh

http://pittsburghkids.org

Website Children's Museum of Pittsburgh

Date: 03/10/2021
Status: Full-time; Hourly Non-Exempt
Reports to: Education Team Manager
Compensation: $13.00 per hour

About The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh:

The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh provides innovative and inclusive museum experiences that inspire kindness, joy, creativity and curiosity for all learners. We forge connections with artists, community partners and neighbors to work on behalf of children, youth and families. We have a vision to transform education. We believe people of all ages can benefit from different types of learning experiences. We value Learning, Experimentation, Partnerships, Diversity, Kindness, Good Design as well as Art and Artists, and Reflection and Improvement.

About the Position:

The Museum Educator leads the efforts to deliver learning experiences for museum guests that enhance the impact of the permanent and temporary exhibits in support of the Mission. They integrate inquiry-based learning experiences across the Museum Campus, both at Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh and MuseumLab. The Museum Educator works primarily with the general public and school groups in the development and facilitation of dynamic educational programming.  Experience working both on a team and independently with a wide demographic of guests is required to ensure a vibrant, integral, and essential element of the Museum experience.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Collaboratively and independently develop interactive learning experiences with Audience Engagement Manager, Arts Manager, and Making Manager for organized groups, facility rental clients, and general visitors in museum exhibits and educational spaces.
  • Works as part of an education team to create and maintain a high-functioning, visitor-centered team supporting the audience engagement through facilitated experiences. Assists in support of interns and volunteers in an efficient and caring manner to create and maintain a high-functioning, learner-centered team.
  • Deliver experiences that reflect and tap the expertise of internal and visiting artists, and activate the exhibit spaces with changing, exciting experiences.
  • Represents the best innovative audience engagement techniques and assists other departments / managers in effective engagement experiences.
  • Participates in reflective practice, including research-oriented work
  • Records visitor attendance and feedback for programming improvements.
  • Monitors and assists visitors, ensuring safe interactive experiences that may involve tools and physical movement throughout exhibit and educational spaces. Awareness and initiative in addressing potential problems. (e.g. broken exhibits, disgruntled visitors, child injury, etc.)
  • Understands and is able to perform emergency procedures (e.g., fire evacuation, accident reporting, Code Adam) to guarantee lower-risk during the experience.
  • Follows appropriate safety and security procedures and uses equipment and materials properly.
  • Positively represents the museum by providing welcoming and inclusive customer service
  • Sharing expertise with peers and learning from peers.
  • Responsible for primary delivery of engagement offerings that grow in impact over time; incorporate the Museum values of joy, creative exploration and curiosity; and are clearly aligned to the Museum mission
  • Responsible for primary delivery of engagement offerings that grow in impact over time; incorporate the Museum values of joy, creative exploration and curiosity; and are clearly aligned to the Museum mission
    Ensure that activities in the exhibit spaces are appropriately organized and prepared for general guests or for specific age ranges (e.g. school groups).

Qualifications:

Education:

  • Education or work experience in a related field (e.g. fine art, creative art, interactive media, theatrical arts, informal or inquiry-based teaching, education, etc.) required.

Experience & Skills:

  • Daily interest and enthusiasm for working with children, youth and multi-generational groups.
  • Must be dependable and adaptable in effective communication and performance with diverse guests; additional experience with families, educators, administrators and creative peers strongly preferred.
  • Strong problem-solving experience, flexible thinking and ability to adjust expectations and actions as needed.
  • Commitment to continued learning for both personal and team growth.
    Physical Requirements, and Equipment Usage:
  • Walking, Standing, and Sitting: The duties and responsibilities associated with this position will be performed in a stationary position (standing or sitting) for approximately 20% of the workday, and will also require movement throughout museum spaces to interact with visitors and activate museum experiences.
  • Verbal Communication: This position frequently communicates with visitors while facilitating museum experiences. The Museum Educator will be expected to exchange accurate and helpful information, and communicate issues to team members and/or supervisors.
  • Lifting:  Occasional lifting and moving of furniture, equipment, and supplies weighing up to approximately 50 lbs.
  • Manual Dexterity: The Museum Educator will operate various equipment, including but not limited to (kilns, power tools, saws, etc.)

Work Environment, Hours of Work, and Travel Requirements:

  • Weekend availability is required, and occasional evening availability is preferred
  • Occasional travel may be required.
  • Essential duties of this position will be performed in a museum environment, which includes interaction with the public and exposure to children and families.

Clearances:

  • FBI fingerprint, PA Child Abuse (Act 33) and PA Criminal (Act 34) Clearances are required.

The physical demands and work environment characteristics are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, ancestry, national origin, gender, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, marital status, religion, age, disability, gender identity, results of genetic testing, veteran or military status, or any other characteristic or trait protected by local, state, or federal law.

If you are interested in applying for this position, please complete our online application found at: https://pittsburghkids.org/job/jobs

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