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

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.

Camp Counselor

TITLE: Camp Counselor

DEPARTMENT: Education and Exhibitions

REPORTS TO: Education Lead

DATES: June 5 through August 25, 2017

HOURS: 8:00 AM through 5:00 PM

TYPE OF POSITION: Temporary Full-time (up to 40 hours per week)

SALARY: $11.50 per hour

The New Children’s Museum is seeking qualified applicants to fill our Summer Camp Counselor positions. We are looking for individuals who are enthusiastic about the arts and working with children. Counselors will engage campers in daily activities, help to facilitate art projects, and monitor for safety. Counselors will also assist teaching artists and NCM staff with daily operations as needed.

The Museum’s Summer Camps are artist led and offer experiences in a wide array of media. The program serves children from ages 4 through 12 and will run from June 12, 2017 through August 25, 2017 between 8am and 5pm each day. Please see our website for more information about our camps. https://thinkplaycreate.org/learn/camps/summer-camps/.

 

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Position reports directly to Camp Counselor Lead and Education Lead
  • Engage all campers in activities, both in the classroom and throughout the Museum.
  • Work together with teaching artists and external instructors to communicate project directions to campers and facilitate progress.
  • Monitor camp activities and camper actions for safety.
  • Assist instructors as needed with supplies, set up and cleanup of classroom and other related duties.
  • Provide a safe, nurturing, and inclusive environment for all campers with all levels of ability.
  • Provide one-on-one and group support.
  • Meet daily with Camp Counselor Lead and/or Education Lead.
  • Other duties directly related to this program.

 

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Must be at least 18 years old.
  • Friendly, enthusiastic, and outgoing personality.
  • A knowledge of and/or interest in art making.
  • Must work well with children ages 4 –12.
  • Experience working with children in an educational field preferred.
  • Experience working with children with special needs is a plus.
  • Must be dependable and punctual.
  • CPR and First Aid Certified preferred (training will be available, date and time TBD)
  • Our camp program runs from June 12 – August 25, 2017. There is no camp scheduled the week of July 17 – 21, 2017. We ask that applicants commit to 5 or more weeks of camp, and are available Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Mandatory trainings are required for all hired positions during the week of June 5-10, 2017; days and times TBD.
  • A background check is required upon hire.

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 school/classroom 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 “Camp Counselor Position” in the subject line. NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE.