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

Studios Coordinator/Preparator

TITLE: Studios Coordinator/Preparator

DEPARTMENT: Education & Exhibitions

REPORTS TO:  Manager, Visitor Programs

TYPE OF POSITION: Full-time, Non-Exempt, Monday-Friday, Occasional weekends

JOB RESPONSIBITIES

The Studios Coordinator/Preparator at The New Children’s Museum is a key member of the Education and Exhibitions team.  The person in this position is responsible for coordinating and executing the preparation, installation, and maintenance of all physical components in the Museum’s art studios.  This role requires project management skills as well as hands-on fabrication and art-making skills.  The Studios Coordinator/Preparator works closely with the Manager, Visitor Programs, Programs Lead, and Teaching Artists to plan, design, and build high-quality studio environments and supports our team by providing the proper tools and supplies to deliver arts engagement in order to fulfill the Museum’s creative mission and vision.

The Studios Coordinator/Preparator must be able to develop and execute ideas to support the Education and Exhibitions team, demonstrate efficient and thorough work practices, and devise solutions to different work challenges in a fast-paced, interactive, public setting.   This person must enjoy working as a leader and team player alongside creative staff.  The best candidate has excellent communication skills and is able to work professionally with all levels of Museum staff.  The ideal professional should have an interest in art and design, a strong connection with the local arts community, understand the needs of children of all ages and their caregivers, have a passion for children’s education and welfare, and respond to the Museum’s mission and theory of change.

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES

Studios Project Coordination

  • Coordinate, execute, and maintain the vision and objectives for all hands-on studios.
  • Implement project planning tools to oversee multiple and concurrent projects, timelines, budgets, and expenses.
  • Coordinate interdepartmental calendars, communication, and requests for studio installations.
  • Support Manager with organizing and facilitating external partnerships with artists and other professionals.
  • Regularly prototype and evaluate studio projects and accompanying physical structures (furniture, tools, equipment, and props).
  • Work closely with the Programs Lead to ensure that project development materials by the Teaching Artist team is organized and supported for training and execution.
  • Facilitate project planning meetings with teammates.

Hands-on Fabrication Duties

  • Design and fabricate studio environments that may include furniture, interactives, props, shelving, and other display components.
  • Perform on-going repairs and maintenance in studio environments.
  • Oversee and participate in design, build, and installation projects by external partners.
  • Organize and lead studio turnovers and installations.
  • Facilitate shop trainings and establish woodshop/storage procedures with the Exhibitions and Facilities Teams to ensure that all front and back of house studio spaces are safe and well equipped.
  • Maintain storage and woodshop in a clean and safe working condition as stated in the Workshop Policies and Procedures manual.

Studios Operations

  • Oversee all art supplies and physical elements in the studios including the back of house storage.
  • Perform regular checks on safety, cleanliness, and materials inventory.
  • Oversee all supply ordering, shipping and receiving, and tracking new and current vendors.
  • Supervise part-time staff, volunteers, and interns performing materials preparation and special projects.
  • Observe visitors in the studios to evaluate and share visitor experience data with the team.
  • Support Teaching Artists with furniture load in/out for facility events.
  • Act as back up to Managers and Leads as needed.

 

Additional duties

  • Attend staff meetings and interdepartmental meetings as required.
  • Facilitate and receive art supply donations from local community members and organizations.
  • Assist Education and Exhibitions programs and team members as needed.
  • Participate as alternate to Manager in the Museum’s Safety Committee.
  • Handle emergency situations (when necessary, call 911, contact Senior Staff, ensure incident report is completed).

 

QUALIFICATIONS

Education

Bachelor’s Degree is required.  A concentration in Art, Design or related field is highly recommended.

Experience and Characteristics

  • Minimum of three (3) years’ experience in planning and executing projects ideally for a museum, theatre, school or other large organization serving a participatory, public audience.
  • Broad knowledge of art-making processes, carpentry, metal-working, materials and techniques.
  • Expertise with power tools, drills, saws, scissor lifts, building practices and construction methods.
  • Experience in design software programs such as Google Sketchup and/or Adobe platforms.
  • Knowledge of vinyl printing software and vinyl application.
  • Ability to work in a woodshop with knowledge of safe work practices; OSHA training will be required within 90 days of hiring.
  • Experience working in an office and setting; Microsoft Office experience required.
  • Must be a positive team-player with demonstrated ability to work collaboratively.
  • Dedicated and comfortable working in an environment with children and the general public.
  • Ability to work well under pressure with conflicting demands.
  • Creative, adaptable, dependable, and self-directed.
  • Knowledge of the local arts community is desired.
  • Able to work weekends, evenings, holidays, and overtime as needed.
  • Bilingual/Spanish-speaking 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. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and working at a video display terminal.

WORK ENVIRONMENT

The majority of work is performed in an office 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, some weekend and evening hours will be required.

TO APPLY

Please submit your resume and salary requirements along with a thoughtful cover letter that clearly describes how your skills and experience meet the qualifications of this position.   Please be sure to explain your interest in pursuing or continuing your career in the non-profit sector.   Additionally, please submit a digital portfolio of at least five images of completed projects that demonstrate the required fabrication experience for this position.  Email cover letter, resume, salary requirements, digital portfolio, and three professional references to careers@thinkplaycreate.org and reference “Studios Coordinator/Preparator” in the subject line.  No phone calls, please.

Updated 10.3.17

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 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.

Special Closure!

Our Lower Level is closed this Saturday and Sunday for the WOW Festival. The rest of the Museum is open to the public!