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

Event Staff

OVERVIEW

Title: Event Staff
Department: Marketing and Communications
Reports to: Senior Manager, Event Services
Type of Position: Part-time, non-exempt, as needed

The part time Event Staff at The New Children’s Museum assist in the preparation, set up, and execution of special events at the Museum. They work to ensure that our clients have a positive, fun, and educational experience. Event Staff are part of the Events Services Team in the Marketing and Communications Department, reporting to the Senior Manager, Event Services. Training is provided by Events Services, Education, and Visitor Services and will touch upon: customer service, the exhibition and artwork, guest interaction, safety, and more.

Ideal Event Staff candidates are those who enjoy working in a high energy environment, are calm under pressure, can think critically and who thrive in a team setting. An interest and enthusiasm for the events industry is a plus.

RESPONSIBILITIES

• Work with Special Events Lead as instructed for setting up event area;
• Facilitate client and vendor load in/out including but not limited to tables, chairs, stanchions, signage and sound equipment;
• Work with Special Events Lead to ensure the needs and requests of clients are met throughout the event;
• Provide information about the current exhibition and offer suggestions for engagement to guests;
• Provide consistent, positive and excellent customer service to all vendors, clients, guests and other Event Staff;
• Maintain a neat, professional appearance, following Museum uniform and grooming policy;
• Clean and stock galleries and studios as needed;
• Troubleshoot visitor issues;
• Ensure the safety, orientation and comfort of visitors;
• Communicate with the Museum’s janitorial team to identify safety issues;
• Ensure the safety and cleanliness of all public areas;
• Assist guests in administering first-aid and complete incident reports;
• Provide post event feedback to Senior Manager, Event Services to ensure accurate follow up with client;
• Attend Employee Training Programs as required;
• Additional duties as required.

QUALIFICATIONS
• Available to commit to an inconsistent part-time schedule, particularly evenings and weekends;
• Minimum two years of related customer service work experience;
• Positive attitude and team player;
• Outgoing, friendly manner and solid communicator.
• Bilingual skills 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 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 a high level of movement and requires observance of safe work practices, fire regulations, and avoidance of falls, trips, and similar office work hazards. Due to the nature of the position, weekend 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. Email to careers@thinkplaycreate.org and reference “Event Staff” in the subject line. No phone calls, please. 

Teaching Artist

OVERVIEW

Title: Teaching Artist
Department: Education & Exhibitions
Reports to: Manager, Visitor Programs and Manager, Education
Type of Position: Part-time, Non-exempt, 15-29 hours/week

Teaching Artists at The New Children’s Museum 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 (a new model of children’s museum whose mission is to stimulate imagination, creativity, and critical thinking in children and families through inventive and engaging experiences with contemporary art) and theory of change. They perform in a dynamic group environment and work collaboratively to deliver high levels of creative engagement.

Teaching Artist candidates must be experienced in working with children, early childhood development, hands-on art, group management, and teamwork. To effectively engage participants, Teaching Artists must enjoy working with diverse audiences and be solid public speakers who can manage groups. Ideal candidates should be versed in different art media and techniques and be knowledgeable about contemporary art. To provide enriching activities that stimulate creativity, Teaching Artists need to embrace their role as facilitators of learning and have a solid understanding of age-appropriate activities (toddler to teen) that engage children physically and cognitively. Regular training meetings cover these topics and provide for additional professional development. This position is supervised daily by department leads and reports to and evaluated by Education and Exhibitions department managers with support from department leads 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.
  • 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.
  • Plans and develops activities, lesson plans, and other curriculum for early childhood programming.
  • Collaborates with other visitor experience staff to perform engagement strategies as directed by department leads.
  • Supports program assessment by performing administrative duties such as evaluations, reports, and tracking.
  • Assists with minor installations and light fabrication/construction as needed.
  • 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).
  • Effectively engage Museum volunteers.
  • Additional duties as required.

In particular, we are seeking candidates with experience in any of the following:

  • Early childhood education
  • Working with children with special needs
  • Art therapy
  • Classroom instruction and group management
  • Various art media specialization
  • STEAM
  • Making/Tinkering

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Minimum of one (1) years 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
  • Strong customer service work experience
  • Demonstrates experience and passion for the arts, art-making, child development, and teaching
  • Ability to project plan, prepare, and organize
  • Enjoys working with and understand 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
  • Required availability of 15 hours per week between 8am and 5pm, must work weekends and some evenings
  • Mandatory availability during summer hours, beginning May to September
  • Flexible to work during peak holiday seasons, beginning November-January
  • Daily access to internet and communication via email is required
  • 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 and three references, 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. No phone calls, please.

Visitor Services Associate

Title: Visitor Services Associate

Department: Education and Exhibitions

Reports to: Manager, Visitor Services and Human Resource Coordination

Classification: Part-time, hourly

The role of the Visitor Services Associate is to support the Education and Exhibitions Department in providing a quality museum experience for all visitors. The Visitor Services Associate works directly with the Manager, Visitor Services and Human Resource Coordination and the Welcome Desk Lead to ensure that our visitors have a positive, fun, and educational experience from the moment they arrive at the Museum. The Visitor Services Associate acts as the hub of information for Museum happenings, and facilitates general visitor communication about the Museum and surrounding areas via telephone and in person. Visitor Services Associates are responsible for greeting and welcoming visitors as they arrive in the parking garage and enter the Museum, as well as providing high-quality service with ticket and membership purchases and visit planning suggestions. Visitor Services Associates also facilitate birthday parties at the Museum to ensure that party visitors have a positive, fun, and creative birthday party experience. Depending on scheduling, each Visitor Services Associate may be assigned to fulfill all of the above three areas of responsibility on a given workday.

Ideal Visitor Services Associate candidates are those who enjoy working with people of all ages and backgrounds, as well as those who have a strong desire to provide consistent, excellent customer service to visitors.

RESPONSIBILITIES

Parking Garage

  • Open and/or close the visitor parking garage at the beginning/end of the Museum’s public hours.
  • Greet motorists and direct them to parking spaces.
  • Promote and sell parking and daily admissions.
  • Check in members.
  • Provide information regarding Museum programs and services, including but not limited to school visits, camps, birthday parties, etc.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Welcome Desk

  • Cash register opening and closing procedures in accordance with written policies & procedures.
  • Sell daily admission tickets, parking, and merchandise to visitors, and check in existing members.
  • Promote and sell memberships.
  • Answer main Museum phone line or return voicemail messages; respond to customer inquiries and visitor complaints and concerns.
  • Provide information regarding Museum programs and services, including but not limited to school visits, camps, birthday parties, etc.
  • Data entry for new/existing members in Raiser’s Edge (Membership database).
  • Monitor cash in reserve banks to ensure adequate change is maintained. Notify Manager, Visitor Services if smaller bills and coins are needed.
  • Update daily workshop schedule and announce times to all staff via walkie talkie.
  • Working knowledge of all aspects of the Museum’s point of sale (POS) system – QuickBooks POS. Provide maintenance when necessary. Contact vendor when necessary.
  • QuickBooks POS report generation and metrics reporting. Provide information about the current exhibition and offer suggestions for engagement to visitors.
  • Maintain Welcome Desk Will Call sheet.
  • Monitor visitor sign-in log and distribute badges. Notify Manager, Visitor Services if more badges are needed.
  • Monitor sticker and receipt tape supplies. Contact Manager, Visitor Services to replenish stock.
  • Maintain inventory stock of the following items used or offered to patrons at the Welcome Desk/Lounge:
  • Administrative supplies
  • Museum information pamphlets
  • Membership forms
  • Customer feedback and visitor experience forms
  • Restaurant recommendations
  • Prepare item request list for low or out of stock items and submit to the Manager, Visitor Services.
  • Assist with Lost and Found.
  • Troubleshoot visitor issues.
  • Ensure the safety, orientation, and comfort of visitors.
  • Ensure the safety and cleanliness of public areas.
  • Handle emergency situations (Serve as lead in calling 911, contact Senior Staff, and ensure incident reports are completed).
  • Promote the Museum’s mission.
  • Provide feedback to the Manager, Visitor Services regarding work-related issues.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Birthday Parties

  • Set up party room prior to guests arriving.
  • Communicate the party schedule and content to the birthday party host family upon arrival.
  • Assist the birthday party host family with set up, clean up, and time management for the duration of the party.
  • Be present in or near party room while it is occupied with visitors.
  • Answer birthday cost/content questions that may arise.
  • Escort birthday party host family to the Welcome Desk at the conclusion on the party to process payment. Ensure that the checkout form is properly filled out.
  • Work cooperatively with multiple departments including Operations, Visitor Services, Education and Exhibitions, etc.
  • Clean up party room prior at the conclusion of the party.
  • Troubleshoot visitor issues.
  • Ensure the safety, orientation, and comfort of visitors.
  • Ensure the safety and cleanliness of the party room.
  • Handle emergency situations (Serve as lead in calling 911, contacting Senior Staff, and ensure incident reports are completed).
  • Provide feedback to the Welcome Desk Lead regarding work-related issues, comments, or concerns.
  • Other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS

Education:

  • Two years college experience preferred.

Experience & Characteristics:

  • Minimum two years of related customer service/sales experience.
  • Available to commit to a consistent, part-time schedule that includes weekends, holidays, and occasional evenings.
  • Ability to promote sales with ease.
  • Outgoing, friendly, positive attitude.
  • Ability to effectively communicate to visitors the content and value of the Museum’s exhibitions, studios and programs.
  • Ability to work successfully with children, parents and caregivers from a diversity of backgrounds.
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written.
  • Willingness to be certified in First Aid and CPR.
  • Cash handling skills required.
  • Must be an exceptional role model with a demonstrated ability to work with a team to accomplish goals in a supportive, collaborative and empowering manner.
  • Excellent problem-solving skills – must have a positive, creative approach to both and be an imaginative, flexible and resourceful individual.
  • Demonstrated ability to contribute to program ideas, develop effective plans and execute them with excellence.
  • 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. Due to the nature of the position, weekend hours will be required.

TO APPLY

Please submit your resume, three professional references, salary requirements, and a thoughtful cover letter that clearly describes how your skills and experience meet the qualifications of this position. Email all of the above to careers@thinkplaycreate.org and reference “Visitor Services Associate” in the subject line.

NO PHONE CALLS, PLEASE.

Updated 12/5/16

Museum Playworker

THE NEW CHILDREN’S MUSEUM—POSITION DESCRIPTION

TITLE: Playworker

DEPARTMENT: Exhibitions and Education

REPORTS TO: Exhibition Assistant

TYPE OF POSITION: Part-time, Non-Exempt (15-29 hours/week)

DESCRIPTION:

Playworkers at The New Children’s Museum work as a team to support open-ended, child-directed play experiences within the Museum’s public spaces. Playworkers are at the heart of the Museum’s theory of change, which proposes that if we provide children with artistic exposure and engagement, then children will experience personal successes that increase skill development in the areas of optimism, creativity, confidence, interpersonal skills, problem solving, and critical thinking. As part of the Exhibitions team, Playworkers also work with the Exhibition Development Manager, Exhibitions Coordinator, and commissioned New Children’s Museum artists to prototype and test future exhibition elements and concepts.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

Play provision and visitor interaction

  • Work to create a climate that is conducive to play—behavior that is personally directed, freely chosen and intrinsically motivated.
  • Intervene in carefully measured ways to support the play process, modeling creative and respectful ways to interact with children through play.
  • Develop good communication with adult caregivers and engage those adults in appropriate play opportunities.
  • Value caregivers as important partners in the museum by maintaining frequent contact with and engaging them on their own terms; support caregivers in their chosen roles, which may include play partners, observers, learners, or mentors.
  • Provide inclusive physical and verbal cues that allow caregivers to obtain information on the museum, its philosophy, artworks, and programs.
  • Recognize and adjust for each individual child’s and adult’s cognitive, physical, cultural, and social differences.
  • Provide opportunities for families to witness and talk about their play experiences.
  • Engage in strategies that help museum experiences resonate after families leave, providing resources, ideas or inspiration for extending play beyond the visit.
  • Engage in a daily individual and group reflective practice that includes recording observations of children’s play and sharing them, in order to consistently improve and adjust to diverse play experience at the Museum.
  • Learn about and be prepared to communicate information about Museum artworks and artists, deepening visitor experience and encouraging visual literacy and critical thinking.
  • Assist the birthday party host family with set up, clean up, and time management for the duration of the party. Answer questions as needed.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Exhibition cleaning, safety and artwork development

  • Maintain a physical environment that is comfortable and engaging for both children and adults; clean and stock galleries to ensure the safety and cleanliness of all public areas.
  • Troubleshoot visitor issues and be trained and prepared for emergencies.
  • Ensure the safety, orientation and comfort of visitors. Assist parents/caregivers in administering first-aid and complete incident reports.
  • Share information on daily offerings, future programs and membership opportunities with adult caregivers.
  • Communicate with the Museum’s maintenance team to identify safety issues.
  • When appropriate, assist commissioned Museum exhibition artists to test future artwork/installation components; document the experiences of children and adults as well as support the documentation of exhibition experiences.
  • Load in and out of furniture and supplies throughout the Museum for facility events and birthday parties as needed.
  • Other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Two years college experience preferred.
  • Experience with contemporary art, performance, improv, and/or playspace design a plus.
  • Available to commit to a consistent part-time schedule, at least three days a week .
  • Available to work weekends, holidays and occasional evenings.
  • Ability to work successfully with children, parents and caregivers from a diversity of backgrounds.
  • Willing to learn and grow with other members of the Museum community by participating in staff development opportunities.
  • Positive attitude and team player.
  • Solid communicator: participate as a member of our community in which collaboration, dialogue, and exchange are practiced values.
  • Outgoing, friendly manner and ability to engage with visitors with ease.
  • Flexible and adaptable, with a sense of humor.
  • Willing 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 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. Due to the nature of the position, weekend hours will be required.

 

TO APPLY

Please submit your resume and three references by e-mail to careers@thinkplaycreate.org and reference “Playworker” in the subject line. Failure to provide the requested information will render your application incomplete and not eligible for consideration.

Every resume is carefully reviewed, but please note that due to the large number of applications received for each position at the Museum, only candidates whose backgrounds most closely complement the requirements of the position will be contacted directly. We are unable to respond to phone calls.

Art Studio Internship

THE NEW CHILDREN’S MUSEUM – INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITY

 Title: Art Studio Interns

Department: Education & Exhibitions

Reports to: Manager, Visitor Programs and Studios Preparator

Dates: Minimum 3 month commitment beginning January 2016

Hours: Minimum 6 hours per week, required completion of 120 hours if applicable

Salary Rate: Unpaid; College Internship Credit available

The New Children’s Museum is currently looking for an Art Studio Intern to support the Education and Exhibitions (“EE”) Department.  The ideal candidate has a strong background in the Arts with hands-on experience in art-making, design, minor fabrication and installation work.  The Art Studio Internship is highly recommended for college students pursuing a degree in Art and looking to build their portfolio and gain experience with a non-profit, contemporary arts organization.  The Museum is specifically looking for 1-2 Interns to support with preparing for a new, sustainable art program opening in the fall of 2016.

INTERNSHIP RESPONSIBILITIES

The Art Studio Intern will be primarily responsible for supporting key aspects of visitor programs at The New Children’s Museum.  The Art Studio Intern will work closely with the Manager of Visitor Programs, Studios Preparator, Programs Lead, Teaching Artists and other key staff members from the Education and Exhibitions team.

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Support Museum Programs and Preparator teams with on-going site-specific installations for visitor programming, special events, and art projects
  • Assist with organization and facilitation of art material resources from community donors and   in-kind support
  • Assist with basic preparation of props, fixtures, and other finished objects
  • Assist with maintaining studio spaces during museum hours
  • Support the Teaching Artist team with hands-on workshops and special activities
  • Additional duties as needed

 

 QUALIFICATIONS

Education

  • Associate of Arts Degree or minimum of two (2) years college experience required.

Experience

Public Engagement:  At least one (1) year experience in working parallel to the public, children and/or families in a professional setting.  Knowledge of safe work practices with or around the public.  At least one (1) year in working within a team setting.  Able to communicate effectively and perform work in a high-energy, dynamic, and collaborative environment.  Superior customer service skills.  Excellent speaking and interpersonal skills.

 

Fabrication:  At least one (1) year of creative experience in painting, sculpture, design fabrication, and art installation.  A minimum of one (1) year of experience of using basic hand tools, painting, and finishing.  Knowledge of practices and methods used in exhibit installation and safe work practices related to the installation of art, props, lighting, furniture, and display systems.  Knowledge of shop safety guidelines and procedures.  Ability to problem solve and to work well under pressure with conflicting demands.  Extremely reliable and dependable.  Efficient time management skills.

INTERNSHIP REQUIREMENTS

Knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, Internet; experience with Adobe software a plus

Access to internet required for on-going communication purposes

Access to mobile laptop or tablet required for onsite projects

Able to commit to a minimum of 3 months

 

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

The physical demands described herein are representative of those that must be met by an intern to successfully perform the essential functions of this internship. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  While performing the duties of this internship, the intern is regularly required to sit, talk, see and hear. The intern is required to stand, walk and lift or move up to 30-50 pounds.  Heavy lifting, climbing, and strenuous physical activities are essential responsibilities of the job.  The intern 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 send a resume and cover letter to: lbautista@thinkplaycreate.org.  Digital portfolios are encouraged.