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Public Programs Coordinator


The Public Programs Coordinator is responsible for the overall administration, development, coordination, implementation, and evaluation of all visitor program offerings created by the DuPage Children’s Museum’s Education and Programs department. The Public Programs Coordinator works closely with the Museum Experience Manager, as well as a number of other DCM Management and Specialist staff, to meet the museum’s programmatic needs.

- Candidates must have a Bachelor’s degree, or equivalent degree, and at least 2 years related experience required. Master’s degree, or in pursuit, a plus.

- Candidates must have worked in a museum, educational setting, or youth program, with experience in classroom management and establishing a strong rapport with a young audience.

- Candidates must demonstrate organizational skills and attention to detail.

- Candidates should be familiar with the NAEYC Standards, as well as the Illinois Learning Standards (ILs) and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

- Bilingual abilities, experience with students with special needs, or English Language Learners (ELLs) is a plus.

- Candidates will be required to prepare a example gallery program using information provided by the department.

- Demonstrate a thorough understanding of DCM Mission, philosophy, policies, and procedures to ensure a high quality experience for all visitors. Work collaboratively with all departments to ensure optimal visitor experience is provided.

- Design, develop, implement, lead/facilitate, manage, and evaluate a wide variety of visitor programming for the museum, including appropriate documentation, in collaboration with the Museum Experience Manager.

- Coordinate and manage all programmatic needs, including the research, collection and/or purchasing of materials, reservation of spaces/venues (in and out of the museum), and establishing, engaging, and maintaining community partners.

- Coordinates with Exhibits department for programmatic needs for new exhibits.

Ensures that all visitor programming is mission-driven.

- Collaborate with the Specialist Team to support their programmatic needs, utilize their expertise for other programmatic initiatives, and assist in the management of the Education and Programs department Intern schedules as they pertain to programmatic needs.

- Assists Museum Experience Manager in the supervision of Play Facilitation Staff performance, in regards to museum, off-site, and after-hour events/programming. Mentors staff through frequent on-floor interactions. -

Lead/Facilitates programming personally, as needed.

- Identifies training needs (including professional development opportunities) and collaborates with Education and Exhibits staff in the development and presentation of training materials.

- Assists Museum Experience Manager in ensuring that appropriate program, educational, exhibit, customer service, and safety knowledge have been acquired by staff before they are assigned independent programmatic responsibilities in the museum.

- Proactively develops policies and procedures for museum programming to support the museum mission and strategic goals; implements approved policies; evaluates policy/procedure and initiates modifications as needed.

- Serves as Manager-on-Duty on rotation, as assigned.

- Collaborates with the Manager of Volunteer Resources to supervise and train volunteer facilitators and assistants, and schedule volunteer shifts.

- Develops and maintains systems to guarantee that a sufficient inventory of ongoing program materials (components, consumables, and manipulatives) is available for visitor use including an inventory restocking schedule, through collaboration with the Museum Experience Manager.

- Provides the Marketing and Development departments with required program information and details, as assigned.

- Drafts annual programming budget for approval; administers and monitors the approved budget, in collaboration with the Museum Experience Manager.

- Works collaboratively with all museum staff to ensure program and event set ups are accomplished appropriately.

- Supports all Museum initiatives and helps communicate those initiatives to department staff and visitors.

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Name Description
Deadline 11/10/2017
Date Listed: 09/21/2017
Organization DuPage Children's Museum
Web Address
Address 301 N Washington St.
City Naperville
State/Prov IL
Country United States
Postal Code 60540
Job Listing
Job Status Full-Time
Exemption Status Exempt
Application Instructions For consideration, please send your cover letter, resume, and programmatic portfolio, as a single PDF, to Please put PUBLIC PROGRAMS COORDINATOR in the subject line to indicate the position of interest. DuPage Children’s Museum is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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