Knock Knock Children’s Museum (KKCM) is seeking a dynamic individual with a solid background in Early Childhood Education and a passion for learning through play to develop and deliver a wide range of activities focused on ages 0 - 8.
The Early Childhood Specialist will manage and present Knock Knock’s early learning initiatives and parenting support activities. The incumbent will act as the Museum’s internal consultant and advocate in the area of early childhood development for all museum departments; assist in the development of early childhood/learning, training and professional development content for museum staff, volunteers and external organizations; and represent the early childhood mission of KKCM to outside agencies and institutions.
The Early Childhood Education Specialist will be supervised by the Associate Director of Learning Innovation and work closely with Education Department to develop and make available appropriate training. Further, s/he must work collaboratively from within the Education Department to coordinate program initiatives with other KKCM departments.
Knock Knock Children's Museum
1900 Dalrymple Dr.
- Bachelor’s degree in early childhood development or closely related career field required; - Minimum of 2 years of experience working with young children and adults in a learning environment, preferably a museum setting; - Experience with social constructivist and Reggio Emilia learning models is a plus; - Must work well in a collaborative environment; - Have demonstrated leadership skills; - Must have excellent presentation skills; - Must have excellent, demonstrated interpersonal skills in working directly with children and families; - Excellent writing and communication skills essential to communicate with varied KKCM constituencies; - Excellent skills in organizing, determining priorities and taking initiative, willingness and ability to work toward objectives, shifting priorities when needed; - Proficient computer skills, including Word, Excel, Outlook, blogging and comfortable with using social media; - Knowledge of evaluation techniques and software is required; - Perform basic mathematical calculations; - Knowledge of budget development and monitoring; - Ability to work evenings and weekends when required; - Prior museum experience, especially children’s museum, is a plus; - Tolerate frequent interruptions in the work process; - Perform analysis on data to form reasonable conclusions and be able to demonstrate findings to others. The following abilities are required for the position: (a) Visually keep track of visitors, materials and exhibit functioning on the museum floor; (b) Comprehend and speak English extensively and clearly with the public; (c) Hear children’s voices; (d) Assist visitors in emergency situations; (e) Display dexterity necessary to facilitate play in the exhibits environment; (f) Stand and move among exhibits for extended periods; (g) Climb up and down stairs or use an elevator daily; (h) Bend, kneel, climb and reach; (i) Lift 25 pounds.
Responsibilities: - Assisting in the design, preparation and delivery of Early Childhood initiatives; - Training and mentoring Play Workers and Volunteers; - Functioning as the early learning consultant and advocate across all KKCM departments, models developmentally appropriate interactions and consults as a regular member of the exhibits experience team; - Preparing and overseeing curriculum alignment of all activities based on Louisiana State Standards; - Developing and preparing training content and materials based on consultative observation in conjunction with other KKCM specialists, the Director of Operations and the Museum Floor Manager; - Representing the early learning mission of KKCM through professional development; - Working with Department Directors to implement a regular program of observation to ensure continuing high quality educational experiences; - Staying current with Early Learning research and utilizes it to promote museum education opportunities; - Assisting in development and monitoring of relevant budgets; - Assisting in grant writing and reporting to maintain approved early learning and parenting programs; - Acting as an ambassador to area agencies and other institutions to establish and nurture collaborations that foster early learning, parent support and adult education as appropriate; - Other duties as assigned.
To Apply for the Position: Please submit, via email, the following application documents: cover letter, resume’, and a list of three to five references including email and phone numbers for each reference in ONE - PDF document with Positon Title in subject to: Opportunities@knockknockmuseum.org