Reports To: Director of Education
Kohl Children’s Museum of Greater Chicago is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide experiences and memories to build a foundation for a lifetime of learning. Through our museum space in Glenview, IL, we offer engaging learning environments featuring interactive exhibits and programs that encourage young children to become effective learners through play. As part of our commitment to ensuring that every child has access to the best learning experiences possible, we extend our footprint throughout the Chicagoland area through outreach programs, traveling exhibits, and partnering with educators to inspire meaningful change in the education of young children.
The Education Specialist is responsible for ensuring a quality visitor experience in the museum program and exhibit areas, teaches museum workshops to school groups and childcare groups, and develops and trains staff on age appropriate program activities.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Assist with the development and documentation of early childhood educational programming, following established lesson plan templates, Illinois Early Learning and Development Standards and Common Core Standards
- Assist with the development of written materials including lesson plans, program activities, workshop materials and training manuals
- Coordinate group visit activities, conduct focused field trips and support other Museum education programming and activities
- Coordinate and conduct the Museum’s signature education programming, including Early Childhood Connections, Early Science, and Early Math
- Conduct the Museum’s public program activities, including Tech Play Lab, Science Sleuths, Tinkering Tuesdays, Art Studio, and Kitchen Creations
- Assist with and conduct grant-funded and fee-based professional development workshops
- Engage visitors through developmentally appropriate practices to enhance exhibit experiences
- Maintain storage and prep areas
- Develop evaluation tools for programs to assess effectiveness and track program evaluations
The ideal candidate will have the following:
- Minimum of an Associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education or related field (Education Specialist I). Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education or related field (Education Specialist II)
- Type 04, 03 or 10 Certification preferred
- A minimum of 1 year demonstrated experience in an early childhood education setting (PreK – grade 3) or children’s museum setting (Education Specialist I). A minimum of 3 years’ demonstrated experience in an early childhood education setting (Pre K – grade 3) or children’s museum setting (Education Specialist II)
- Experience working with and/or developing STEAM programs
- Bilingual in Spanish or Polish, a plus
- Proficiency in office technology and software (Microsoft Office suite)
- Exceptional oral, written and presentation communication skills
- Friendly demeanor and ability to work with individuals of all levels of an organization
- Excellent organizational skills with ability to manage deadlines and prioritize workload to meet business needs
- Must have a valid driver’s license, own vehicle and good driving record
- Must have flexibility with work schedule, as necessary, to support weekend scheduling and/or evening activities
- Covid-19 full vaccinations are required for all employees at hire (subject to reasonable accommodation for individuals with medical conditions or religious beliefs that prevent getting vaccinated)
Customary office-related activities: standing, walking, sitting, bending
Moderate lifting (up to 25 pounds)
HOW TO APPLY:
Please apply on our website at www.kohlchildrensmuseum.org. For more information about the position or the Museum, please visit our website.
Kohl Children’s Museum is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.