Title: Lead Educator
Employee Classification: $15.50/hour, Full-Time
Work Schedule: Saturday-Wednesday, other occasional days as needed
Reports to: Director of Education and Volunteers
Job Purpose: Promote Seattle Children’s Museum’s mission in several capacities, across departments, throughout the week. Excellent communication skills with diverse audiences and willingness to work weekends required. Implement Museum-wide and special event themed activities, intended to enrich visitors’ play-based learning experience. Provide role modeling to parents regarding developmental milestones, and the value of purposeful play. Deliver Educational Extras to participating groups, and support visitor experience by “re-setting” exhibit spaces to be “learning ready” throughout the day, as well as support monthly programming through program material preparation and theme “turnover”.. Encourage open-ended art exploration and facilitate on-going theme-based individual or collaborative art projects within the Imagination Studio.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
15% Imagination Studio Facilitation (Approx. 1-2 days/week):
- Set-up and clean-up of art studio space at Museum opening and closing.
- Maintain a high level of studio cleanliness and prepared materials throughout hours of operation.
- Interact with families and role-model question that encourage extended learning.
- Facilitate exploration with mixed art media, encouraging self-expression, gross and fine motor skills.
- Provide positive customer service; upholding Museum safety and security policies.
- Effectively manage the studio time slot system (weekends and heavy traffic).
55% Educational Programming:
- Prepare for and clean up Museum area affected by educational programs.
- Facilitate daily educational programs, informed by Washington State Standards.
- Under the direction of the Director of Education, contribute to new program development and revisions.
- Performer Wrangler and Support- set-up, tear down, performance support needs for special events, as required.
- Support camp programming, breaks, and aftercare as needed.
- Engage and model spontaneous, developmentally appropriate interactions within exhibits.
- Role model “purposeful play” to caregivers and staff in exhibit spaces.
- Support camp programming and maintain staff/student ratio and supervision.
- Communicate program purposes and daily schedule to visitors and staff.
25% Maintain Museum Cleanliness:
- Clean props and exhibits throughout the day.
- Maintain supplies and usability of the lobby activities.
- Maintain education resources and storage areas.
- Contribute to maintenance of education supplies and resource inventory and tracking.
- Provide visitor escorts and conduct brief tours
- Participate in opening and closing cleanings, spills and replaced bathroom supplies.
Participate in Interdepartmental Collaboration and Training:
- Uphold Museum policies, practices and standards, including consistent use of Museum approved language and communication.
- Participate in training sessions to review existing material and policies, and engage in new skill building strategies.
- Assist with data entry projects, mailings, and other projects as assigned, including lost child/caregiver response efforts.
Education: Some experience working with young children required. Coursework in Child Development, Early learning or Museum Studies preferred, experience engaging youth in Art and/or Theater desired.
Experience: Experience working with children and families in a customer service-oriented environment required. SCM promotes and actively works to create an inclusive environment. Familiarity with fast-paced work environment, assessing multiple priorities/objectives is an asset. Ability to engage within diverse communities and non-dominant cultures necessary. Current food handlers and CPR a plus.
Skills: Basic computer skills, office, word, excel, and the ability to lift 50 lbs. necessary. Excellent communication skills and willingness to work as a team. Flexibility, creativity and initiative, and the ability to discern priorities within a busy environment is key to success.