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The Association of Children’s Museums (ACM) is seeking a creative, thoughtful, and energetic Program Specialist, Strategic Initiatives to provide resource development and content creation, design and facilitation of meetings and trainings, logistics coordination, and some program/project management for funded projects, specifically Museums for All and Fostering Character Through Children’s Museums, as well as other projects as assigned by the Director of Strategic Initiatives. You will also manage the assessment of resources, content, meetings and trainings created and offered to evaluate their effectiveness and their ability to engage, and make revisions based on user feedback. This job is a perfect fit for you if you enjoy working with people, sharing engaging, meaningful and helpful information, bringing order to chaos, using your creativity, collaborating with other professionals, and ultimately having positive impacts on the lives of children and families.

This is currently a grant funded, full-time, exempt position reporting to the Director of Strategic Initiatives.
Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Provide overall management and/or coordination of specific projects, including tracking and managing tasks, deadlines, and some deliverables.
  • With the Director of Strategic Initiatives, lead the development of project content and deliverables.
  • Schedule, attend, and participate in and/or lead regular project internal and external meetings.
  • Coordinate work of and/or manage communications with project advisors and partners.
  • Oversee the processing of contracts, manage re-grant distributions, reimbursement requests and
    tracking if any, payment of project consultants and advisors, monitor activities for compliance with
    contracts, and manage conflict resolutions.
  • Oversee, manage and coordinate logistics for project meetings (in-person and virtual) including
    locations, meals, a/v, and travel as needed.
  • Assess resource development needs through review of previous evaluations feedback, as well as
    through ongoing communications with program participants and ACM staff.
  • Develop unique online resources and toolkits to fulfill program participants needs; work with the ACM
    team to prioritize resources and their rollout, as well as the look and design of resources and toolkits.
  • Create and/or acquire training procedure manuals, guides, and materials as needed.
  • Plan and manage professional development for projects as needed.
  • Maintain records of resource development activities and results of assessments and feedback.
  • Working with ACM communications team, upload resources and toolkits, and monitor how often
    online resources are accessed.
  • In collaboration with the Director of Communications, ensure maintenance of project webpages, and
    develop and implement a communications plan for each project (to include direct communications
    with partners, as well as via the ACM website, electronic newsletters, ACM Groupsite, and special
    emails about project activities and opportunities).
  • With the Director of Strategic Initiatives and the Museums for All Program Manager, prepare project
    reports for funders/partners, and project updates for the field, the ACM board and funders.
  • Develop conference sessions for InterActivity and other conferences as relates to project activities.
  • Perform other related duties as required

Qualifications and Skills Required Skills/Abilities:

  • Creative thinker with a belief in the vital need for creating equity, access, and inclusion for all, and a
    passion for the positive power of helping children grow in positive character development and
    understanding and activating their own agency.
  • Passion for ACM’s mission/vision, and for providing superb service to ACM’s members & partners.
  • Demonstrated outstanding communication skills (speaking, writing, editing), with strong presentation skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, and the ability to work effectively and respectfully with diverse people
    and communities; experience in relationship-building and management preferred.
  • Collaborative & flexible, with proven ability to grow positive relationships, internally and externally.
  • Demonstrated high standards in work products and careful attention to detail.
  • Experience in managing multiple projects simultaneously. Ability to prioritize and work under time
    constraints. Strong organizational skills required.
  • Some evening and weekend work as needed.

    Education and Experience:
  • At least 3 years of project and/or program management experience required. Work experience with
    meeting/event planning helpful.
  • At least 2 years of training, professional development-related resource creation, providing instruction
    to groups of people, and/or adult education desired.
  • Museum, nonprofit, or association work experience preferred.
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher preferred. Equivalent combination of education & experience considered.
  • Experience in software applications, including Microsoft Office Suite, and databases is desired.

    Physical Requirements:
  • Prolonged periods sitting at a desk and working on a computer.
  • Must be able to lift up to 15 pounds at times.

    The Program Specialist, Strategic Initiatives is a full-time, .8 FTE/32 hours a week, exempt, remote work eligible position reporting to the Director of Strategic Initiatives. The annual salary range is $44,000-$49,000 depending on experience, plus benefits. This is a currently a grant-funded position through 6/30/2027. To apply, please send cover letter and resume to: Please list the position title in the subject line. Priority will be given to applications received by June 21, 2024. Application screenings will begin June 24, 2024, with an ideal start date in September 2024. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

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