Reports To: Manager of Education
Hours: Full-time, occasional weeknight and weekend hours
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 include:
• 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 and Early Math.
• Conduct the Museum’s public program activities, including Math Counts, Science Sleuths, Tinkering Tuesdays, 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.
The successful candidate will possess 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 Experience working with and/or developing STEAM programs, a plus.
• Computer proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel).
• Excellent oral, written and presentation skills.
• Valid Driver’s License, own vehicle and good driving record.
• Flexibility with work schedule to support evening and weekend activities.
• Bilingual in Spanish, a plus.
Physical Activities include:
• Customary office-related activities: standing, walking, sitting, bending.
• Moderate lifting (up to 25 pounds).
For immediate consideration, please submit your resume and cover letter along with salary requirements to Cheryl Crawford, Human Resources at firstname.lastname@example.org.