career opportunities

We pride ourselves in having innovative employees who love to think, play and create! We are excited to have the following openings:

Open Positions

Major Gifts Officer

TITLE: Major Gifts Officer
DEPARTMENT: Development
REPORTS TO: Vice President, Development
Classification: Full-time, exempt

The New Children’s Museum seeks an experienced development professional with superb interpersonal, organizational and prospect development skills to support the objectives of the Development Department. Candidate must have non-profit fundraising experience that involves extensive work with individual donors and a track record of growing donations in both number and size.

Essential duties include:

  • Oversee The Museum’s $800,000+ annual Individual Giving Campaign, including annual fund gifts at all levels, donations toward large-scale exhibitions and multi-year commitments
  • Steward a growing portfolio of 75+ donors
  • Utilize the “breakfast, lunch and coffee” approach to build relationships to maximize giving, knowing that the most valuable time spent is either in person or on the phone with these important contacts
  • Schedule a minimum of four donor meetings/visits per week (two with a potential donor and two to steward current donors)
  • With the support of the Development CRM Specialist, create a plan for and carry out a minimum of four appeals annually, utilizing direct mail, email, social media, on-site signage, etc. to raise critical annual funds
  • Strategically include Board members and staff members from other departments in site visits/meetings with donors
  • Assist the Vice President, Development with Board member stewardship
  • Work with the Vice President, Development to steward major gift donors and prospects
  • Play an instrumental role in the annual benefit event and other donor-related eventsthroughout the year, including: planning, securing underwriting and ticket sales, mingling with donors during events and following up
  • Ensure all individual donor benefits are fulfilled throughout the year
  • Maintain an active list of individual major gift prospects and create/pursue a plan to cultivate them
  • Consistently utilize Altru database to track Individual Giving moves management
  • Take responsibility for the cultivation, solicitation, gift closure and stewardship of prospective donors and donors in portfolio

    • Conceive of, develop, and write fundraising proposals and in so doing collaborate with the Senior Grant Writer, Development team, Education + Exhibitions team and the Marketing + Communications team

  • Develop fundraising strategies that correlate with Museum exhibitions and programs and align with donor philanthropic objectives
  • Identify potential Board members to put before the Nominating Committee
  • Regularly attend external events that provide the opportunity to network with currentand prospective donors
  • Play an active role in bi-monthly Development Committee meetings
  • In collaboration with the Vice President, Development, design, manage andimplement an annual Planned Giving plan, including committee formation, identification of professional legal expertise, prospect and member engagement activities and education/professional development
  • Maintain physical and electronic records for the Individual Giving Campaign
  • Other duties as requested by the Vice President, Development

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Certificate in Fundraising and/or advanced degree preferred
  • Minimum seven years’ experience in the development field required
  • Outstanding interpersonal and communication skills, characterized by the ability to listen, to speak, and to write well, with a strong commitment to customer service and the ability to inspire and engage
  • Must be detail-oriented, highly organized and demonstrate proficiency in creating thoughtful donor correspondence, conducting research and managing database requirements
  • Must be proficient with Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel Spreadsheets and Outlook+ Calendar
  • Strong background in working with boards, volunteers and donors
  • Experience soliciting and closing five- and six-figure major gifts
  • Planned giving experience preferred
  • Capital and/or endowment campaign experience preferred
  • Experience developing and monitoring budgets preferred
  • A desire to discover and understand all facets of the organization, its programming and its role in the greater San Diego community
  • Knowledge of the San Diego philanthropic community preferred
  • Experience managing interdepartmental, multi-faceted projects required
  • A self-directed, entrepreneurial spirit
  • Team player able to work collaboratively with development colleagues as well as interface effectively with other departments
  • Experience using Altru or equivalent CRM database highly desired
  • Available to occasionally work weekends and evenings, as needed

Supervisory Responsibility

The Major Gifts Officer will not have direct supervisorial responsibility, though they will have regular assistance from the Sr. Development Coordinator and Sr. Grant Writer to successfully manage the Individual Giving Campaign.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, talk and hear.

TO APPLY

Please submit your resume, cover letter that clearly describes how your skills and experience meet the qualifications of this position, three professional references and salary requirements via email to careers@thinkplaycreate.org and reference “Major Gifts Officer” in the subject line. No phone calls please.

Design and Fabrication Coordinator

TITLE: Design and Fabrication Coordinator

DEPARTMENT: Education and Exhibitions

REPORTS TO: Manager of Exhibition Development

Classification: Full-time, non-exempt

Compensation: $18 per hour

The Design and Fabrication Coordinator at The New Children’s Museum works with commissioned artists and museum staff to build art installations for young children and their families. The ideal candidate is an expert maker with a sense of humor, a teamwork approach and a commitment to building and maintaining artwork that is much-loved and used by children.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

The following reflects the Museum’s definition of essential functions for this position but does not restrict the tasks that may be assigned. The Museum may assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this position at any time due to reasonable accommodation or other reasons.

Exhibition Maintenance

  • Conduct preventive maintenance of all commissioned artwork at the Museum and anticipate potential issues before they happen.
  • Assess and repair damaged artwork elements quickly and efficiently.
  • Oversee organization, safety, and cleanliness of workshop, including consulting with Studios Coordinator on making recommendations for equipment purchase and repair.
  • Track and organize back of house inventory of exhibition audio-visual equipment and other materials.
  • When artwork elements require specialized maintenance, provide detailed repair information and oversee transportation of artwork to contractors/specialists.

Exhibition Development, Fabrication and Installation

  • With Manager of Exhibition Development and Exhibitions Coordinator, meet with exhibition artists and museum staff to plan the design and fabrication of immersive art installations and other projects for young children.
  • Research proposed installation and construction methods and assess costs.
  • Identify and suggest solutions for potential safety and durability issues.
  • Design and fabricate pedestals, furniture, walls, temporary partitions, and other support structures for exhibitions, as well as other museum projects, as needed.
  • Develop, interpret, and implement shop drawings and compile material cut and hardware lists.
  • Coordinate with shipping agents, artwork conservators, two-dimensional object framers and installation specialists such as carpenters, painters, art handlers, lighting experts, heavy metal handlers, video/audio technicians and other contract service providers, as may be required for the installation and de-installation of contemporary artwork.
  • Develop de-installation and installation schedule for new installations.
  • Assist in hiring and oversee temp/part-time preparatory crew for installations.

Departmental and Administrative Duties

  • As a member of the Education and Exhibitions department, participate in departmental, interdepartmental, all-staff and other team meetings as required.
  • Assist with preparing and tracking exhibition maintenance and repair budgets.
  • Additional duties as required.

QUALIFICATIONS

Experience:

A minimum of three (3) years of experience building museum exhibits AND/OR equivalent experience in licensed trade(s). Four-year degree preferred.

  • Knowledge of standard tools, practices, equipment, and methods used in exhibit installation and safe work practices related to the installation of art.
  • Experience applying user research and formative evaluation and working with an iterative development process (including prototyping, formative evaluation, and revision based on visitor input).
  • Experience working with artists as well as experience designing and building for children highly preferred.
  • Expertise in the use of scissor lifts required and experience with boom lifts and fork lifts preferred.
  • Skill in the use of power tools such as drills, routers, jigsaws and circular saws (including table saw).
  • Museum quality finishing/painting abilities.
  • Commitment to safety and knowledge of shop safety guidelines/procedures.
  • Ability to problem solve and balance conflicting demands.
  • Ability to analyze situations and respond quickly to deliver effective solutions.
  • Ability to communicate ideas to other team members in appropriate media as necessary (models, SketchUp, hand sketches, etc.).
  • Extremely reliable and dependable.
  • Efficient time management skills.
  • Excellent speaking and interpersonal skills.
  • Experience with access and accessibility, and universal design.
  • English, fluent in both spoken and written form.
  • Advanced skills in the following areas are a plus: metal fabrication, welding, acrylic fabrication, and upholstery.
  • OSHA certification a plus.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

The physical demands described herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, talk, see and hear. The employee is required to stand, walk and lift or move up to 30–50 pounds; occasionally lifting up to 100 pounds. The employee must be able to verbally communicate in a concise manner.

WORK ENVIRONMENT

The majority of work is performed in a workshop environment with attendant noise level and requires observance of safe work practices, fire regulations, and avoidance of falls, trips and similar work hazards.  Due to the nature of the position, some weekend and evening hours will be required.

TO APPLY

Please submit your resume along with a thoughtful cover letter that clearly describes how your skills and experience meet the qualifications of this position. Resumes without a cover letter will not be considered.

Teaching Artist

TITLE: Teaching Artist

DEPARTMENT: Education and Exhibitions

REPORTS TO: Manager, Visitor Programs and Manager, Education

Classification: Part-time, Non-exempt

Compensation: $12.50/Hour

BENEFITS

  • Option for off-site parking or MTS Bus/Trolley pass
  • Option for 403 B Retirement plan with current 3% match

 SCHEDULE REQUIREMENTS

  • 15-29 hours/week
  • Minimum 2 weekdays plus 1 weekend day
  • Available during the hours of 9am-5pm
  • Mandatory availability during summer months: May to September
  • Available to work peak holiday periods: November to January

The New Children’s Museum is a new model of children’s museums whose mission is to stimulate imagination, creativity, and critical thinking in children and families through inventive and engaging experiences with contemporary art.

Teaching Artists are key members of the Visitor Experience team who work directly with the Museum’s diverse audience of children and families.  They tap into the participatory nature of art and the positive outcomes that result from engaging in the arts.  By realizing this potential, Teaching Artists help connect our visitors to the Museum’s mission and theory of change.  They perform in a dynamic group environment and work collaboratively to deliver high levels of creative engagement. This position is supervised daily by department assistants and reports to and is evaluated by Education and Exhibitions department managers with support from assistants and other administrative staff.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Teaches daily activities including art studio workshops and group tours that are age-appropriate and involve a variety of art media (clay, collage, painting, sculpture, improvisation, performance, etc.).
  • Facilitates early childhood and school-age programs, camps, outreach, and other special programs as assigned with training.
  • Helps to organize and maintain all studio, art-making, gallery spaces, and the Arts Education Center.
  • Ensures the safety, orientation and comfort of visitors and provide excellent customer service.
  • Collaborates with other visitor experience staff to perform engagement strategies and develop art projects as directed by department leads.
  • Maintains communication with supervisors and team members in person and via email.
  • Attends monthly, mandatory meetings and trainings (part time staff and all-staff meetings).
  • Additional duties as required.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Minimum of one (1) year college experience or equivalent work experience and minimum of one (1) year experience with teaching and/or art-making to children
  • Minimum two (2) years experience working with children and/or families in a private and/or professional setting, preferably in a museum, school, daycare center, or as a nanny or tutor
  • Knowledge of early childhood development, hands-on art-making and group management
  • Strong customer service and team work experience
  • Understands the needs of children and families of all backgrounds, ages, and abilities
  • Able to communicate effectively and perform work in a public, high-energy environment
  • Outgoing, friendly manner and ability to promote the Museum’s mission and sales with ease
  • Positive attitude and excellent team player
  • Extremely reliable and dependable
  • Highly adaptable, collaborative, flexible, and able to problem solve creatively
  • Willingness to be certified in First Aid and CPR.
  • Bilingual a plus 

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

The physical demands described herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, talk, see and hear. The employee is required to stand, walk and lift or move up to 30-50 pounds. The employee must be able to verbally communicate in a concise manner.

WORK ENVIRONMENT

The majority of work is performed in a museum environment with attendant noise level and requires observance of safe work practices, fire regulations, and avoidance of falls, trips, and similar office work hazards.

TO APPLY

Please submit your resume along with a thoughtful cover letter that clearly describes how your skills and experience meet the qualifications of this position. Email to careers@thinkplaycreate.org and reference “Teaching Artist” in the subject line.  Resumes without a cover letter will not be considered.

NO PHONE CALLS ACCEPTED PLEASE.

Submit Your Resume + Cover Letter!

Accessibility Morning!

Join us Saturday, August 25th from 8:00am to 9:30am for a variety of high-sensory activities and designated sensory-break zones. Our Accessibility Mornings give special needs families the opportunity to explore the Museum with comfort and safety before the Museum opens to the general public. Register here!