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

Teaching Artist

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

JOB DESCRIPTION

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 application below. No phone calls, please. 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.

Museum Playworker

TITLE: Museum Playworker

DEPARTMENT: Exhibitions and Education

REPORTS TO: Manager of Exhibition Development

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

DESCRIPTION:

Museum Playworkers at The New Children’s Museum (“NCM”) work to support open-ended, child-directed play experiences within the Museum’s installations and other public spaces. The Museum Playworker’s role is to observe what is happening at the Museum and to respond in ways that create an environment in which all can play. Museum Playworkers receive special training in playwork– a practice that originated on adventure playgrounds in the United Kingdom. Ideal Museum Playworker candidates are curious and playful people who enjoy working with people of all ages and backgrounds, who understand the needs of children of different ages, who like to help others and communicate information, and who thrive in a team setting. A passion for children’s play and welfare, a strong interest in the arts, and a desire to learn about playwork practice is essential.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

Play provision and visitor interaction

  • Support the play process, modeling creative and respectful ways to interact with children in the ways children choose to play. Greet and engage adult visitors and support them in their chosen roles, which may include play partners, observers, learners, or mentors.
  • 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.

Exhibition cleaning, safety and artwork development

  • Clean and stock galleries to ensure the safety and cleanliness of all public areas.
  • Work as a team to open and set up exhibition spaces in the morning and close them at end of day.
  • 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.
  • Communicate with the Museum’s maintenance team to identify safety issues.
  • When appropriate, assist commissioned Museum exhibition artists to test future artwork/installation components;.
  • Assist in formative, front-end, summative and remedial exhibition evaluation by documenting the experiences of children and adults.
  • Troubleshoot artwork issues and notify Exhibitions Assistant or Coordinator of any artwork damage that cannot be resolved.
  • Participate in weekly deep cleanings that require some physical labor.

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, including at least one full weekend day.
  • Available to work weekends, holidays and occasional evenings.
  • Available to commit to a weekly, ongoing team meeting every Tuesday.
  • Ability to work successfully with children, parents and caregivers from a diversity of backgrounds.
  • 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 application below. No phone calls, please. 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.

Updated 11/17

Visitor Services Associate

Title: Visitor Services Associate

Department: Marketing and Communications

Reports to: Manager, Visitor Services

Classification: Part-time, hourly (15-29 hours per week)

Hourly Rate: $12.00 per hour

 The role of the Visitor Services Associate is to provide quality customer service to all visitors. The Visitor Services Associate works directly with the Manager, Visitor Services and the Visitor Services 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 Visitor Services 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 01/08/2018

Marketing & Communications Internship

Title: Marketing and Communications

Department: Marketing & Communications

Reports to: Manager, Marketing & Communications

Dates: Three months, Flexible

Hours: Minimum of 7 hours per week

Salary Rate: Unpaid; College Internship Credit available

Requirement: Performance evaluation to be completed by The New Children’s Museum at the end of the internship

The New Children’s Museum (“NCM”) is currently looking for a Business Development Intern to support the Marketing & Communications and Membership teams. The ideal candidate has a strong aptitude for business, marketing and/or sales and excellent interpersonal and communication skills. The Business Development Internship is highly recommended for college students pursuing a Business or Marketing degree and looking to gain experience with a non-profit organization.

INTERNSHIP RESPONSIBILITIES

The Marketing and Communications Intern will be primarily responsible for assisting the Marketing team with all day-to-day projects as well as planning/public relations for our annual Mass Creativity event. The Intern will work closely with the Manager of Marketing and Communications, the Multimedia and Marketing Coordinator, and the Marketing Assistant.

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Copywriting and Editing
  • Posting Calendar Listings
  • Processing Donation Requests
  • Assisting with Press Release Writing
  • Concierge Outreach
  • Monthly Reporting
  • On-the-floor Surveys
  • Admin Organization and Archiving
  • Help with Preparation and Public Relations for Annual Mass Creativity Event
  • Social Media Posting and Planning

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Working toward a degree in Communication or Marketing.
  • Basic understanding of marketing and public relations.
  • Exceptional written/oral communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Must be highly organized and demonstrate proficiency in conducting research.
  • Must express interest in non-profit work and/or marketing.
  • Proficient using Microsoft Office and Outlook.

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 pounds. 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 submit your application below. No phone calls, please. 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.

NO PHONE CALLS, PLEASE.

Programs Assistant

TITLE: Programs Assistant

DEPARTMENT: Education and Exhibitions

REPORTS TO: Manager, Visitor Programs

TYPE OF POSITION: Full-time, Non-exempt (40 hours per week)

SALARY: $14/hr

The Programs Assistant at The New Children’s Museum is a key member of Visitor Programs and the part-time Teaching Artist team. This position is responsible for the daily performance of the team, program implementation, and administrative support for Visitor Programs. The Programs Assistant will work closely with the Manager, Visitor Programs, the Studios Coordinator/Preparator, and Teaching Artists to assist with the development, training and evaluation of hands-on art projects, deliver high quality visitor experience, and accomplish the overall creative vision of the Museum. The Programs Assistant will work alongside other administrative staff and floor staff to ensure that all arts engagement programs are represented and performed with high standards.

Ideal candidates for the Programs Assistant position have a passion and experience in arts/community engagement, arts education and/or child development, as well as strong administrative skills. Programs Assistant candidates must enjoy working with children and families of all backgrounds, understand the needs of children of all ages, and have a passion for children’s education and welfare. This person must enjoy working as a leader and team player alongside a creative staff. The best candidate will be able to communicate professionally and effectively with all levels of Museum staff, oversee multiple and concurrent projects and maintain quality within budget, timeline, and programmatic goals.

RESPONSIBILITIES

Teaching Artist Oversight (40%)

  • Assist Manager with supervising daily programs and projects to ensure staff is prepared, arriving on time, and fulfilling their duties.
  • Create staff assignments and make scheduling edits for Teaching Artists.
  • Facilitate team huddles to communicate information and troubleshoot challenges.
  • Support staff training and create procedures for hands-on activities and special programs.
  • Lead monthly team meetings with fellow supervisors and assist with program communication.
  • Mentor and evaluate the development of Teaching Artist staff with Manager, Visitor Programs.

Administrative duties (40%)

  • Support Manager with creating monthly-quarterly staff schedules based on programs/seasons.
  • Work with administrative staff to plan quarterly program calendar and manage team workload.
  • Assist Manager with payroll edits.
  • Assist with Marketing: communicate website updates and promotional needs.
  • Assist with project fact sheets and other documents to track and organize projects.
  • Track program attendance and other related data on computer software.
  • Assist with creating surveys and gathering information for evaluations and reports.
  • Act as Programs representative on day of programs/events as needed.
  • Help maintain digital project and photo archive.
  • Attend interdepartmental meetings to represent activities and programs as needed.
  • Handle emergency situations (when necessary, call 911, contact Senior Staff, ensure incident report is completed).
  • Other duties as assigned.

Co-develop, facilitate, and evaluate hands-on content (20%)

  • Support Manager and collaborate with Teaching Artists to develop and facilitate age-appropriate projects and experiences for Visitor Programs including Studios (workshops and drop-ins), Toddler Programs, seasonal programs, and special events.
  • Provide guidance and quality control to the team during project development.
  • Facilitate programs and projects with the team as needed.
  • Collect visitor and staff feedback, assess projects, and make necessary adjustments with Teaching Artists to preserve high quality.
  • Assist Manager and Studio Coordinator/Preparator with Studio turnovers. 

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor of Arts Degree in Art, Art Education, Child Development or related field.
  • Minimum of (1) year employment at The New Children’s Museum; or (2) years professional experience in art education, arts management or related field.
  • Minimum (2) years of related customer service experience.
  • Demonstrated experience serving as a team lead or in a supervisor role.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and Outlook required.
  • Familiarity with When I Work scheduling software and Altru preferred.
  • 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 and be an imaginative, flexible and resourceful individual.
  • Ability to contribute to program ideas, develop effective plans and execute with excellence.
  • Highly organized with great attention to detail.
  • Comfortable with working in a public and social setting.
  • 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 internship. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this position, 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. Heavy lifting, climbing, and strenuous physical activities are essential responsibilities of the job. 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 thoughtful cover letter that clearly describes how your skills and experience meet the qualifications of this position. Email to careers@thinkplaycreate.org and reference “Programs Assistant” in the subject line. NO PHONE CALLS.

Submit Your Resume + Cover Letter!