The mission of the Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus is to create extraordinary experiences that champion the wonder and joy of childhood. The Children’s Museum has an opening for a full-time School Programs Manager.
Position: School Programs Manager
FLSA Status: Exempt, full-time
Schedule: Monday-Friday 8 am - 5 pm
Occasional weekend, evening, holiday and additional hours may be required.
Salary range: $32,500-$35,000
Open: June 21, 2017
Close: Open until filled
Responsibilities and Essential Functions
- Set vision, priorities, and yearly goals for the Museum’s programs for school audiences. Strategically drive positive results in program attendance, student outcomes, instructional practice, and team capacity.
- Ensure School Programs and the staff who deliver them are exemplars of excellence and developmentally appropriate practice in early childhood education and active learning.
- Hire, train, supervise, and coach professional Museum Educators (5 staff members). Lead, develop and motivate this high-performing team around strategic priorities, and ensure accountability. Recognize and resolve conflicts through diplomacy.
- Oversee the development, scheduling, implementation and evaluation of Museum School Programs (including student field trips, outreach programs, family access nights) and Museum Day Camps.
- Supervise curriculum development and revision for all School Programs and Day Camps. Effectively interpret and apply relevant national and Colorado State Academic Standards to program development and evaluation.
- Manage and lead the Museum’s Growing Scientist program, an inquiry-based, early childhood science enrichment program supporting STEM learning in seven local public schools. Cultivate and manage essential partnerships for this program, including Denver Public Schools and Adams 12 Five Star School District; individual schools, building principals and classroom teachers; students and families, the Denver Botanic Gardens and the Butterfly Pavilion.
- Develop and deliver pedagogically sound and content-rich teacher professional development trainings in support of the Growing Scientists program goals.
- Manage budget in program areas, including revenue goals, expense budget, and all tracking and reporting for grants related to Growing Scientists and School Programs.
- Manage Museum’s scholarship and access program for schools serving low-income students; with the School Programs Reservation Specialist, oversee attendance goals and work with Development and Finance Departments to monitor scholarship funds for programs and student transportation.
- Support Museum Low Sensory Mornings and Family Access Night programming for families of children with disabilities and other priority audiences; cultivate and manage relationships and communication with partner organizations.
- Serve as member of the Education Department’s senior leadership team. Contribute to Museum floor coverage, staff training, program facilitation, special events, and Education Team initiatives as needed.
- Open and close the Museum daily with Education team; clean and reset exhibits throughout the day as needed.
- Supervise School Programs Reservations Specialist (scheduling, communication and logistics) and oversee room and resource assignments for programs.
- Train and serve as “Manager on Duty” for the Museum; assume required leadership, customer service and emergency response responsibilities.
- Other duties as assigned.
- Minimum one year leadership and supervisory experience
- Minimum of one year experience developing and facilitating educational programs in science or STEM education and/or early childhood
- Bachelor’s degree in education or related field
- Fluent English proficiency, verbal and written. Bilingual Spanish preferred.
- Ability to lift up to 50lbs and stand for extended periods of time (up to 6 hours)
- Wear appropriate attire and uniform when on duty
- Ability to qualify to drive Museum vehicles
- Ability to pass Museum background check
- Ability to lead, develop and motivate a high-performing team around strategic priorities. Expertise in staff training, empowerment, and accountability. Experience coaching adult professionals and delivering feedback.
- Demonstrated ability to develop curriculum and implement high-quality, educational programs for early childhood and school-aged children.
- Strong experience in planning, presenting and facilitating professional development to teachers. Specific expertise in early childhood pedagogy, STEM education and inquiry-based science education.
- Demonstrated experience recognizing and resolving conflicts or potentially controversial situations through diplomacy.
- Flexible and energetic. Excellent problem solving skills.
- Ability to deliver outstanding customer service and respond with professionalism and competence in a busy, public-facing leadership role.
- Ability to manage a budget, organize time and prioritize tasks on multiple assignments, and balance workload effectively.
- Ability to work independently with minimal direction and with a degree of ambiguity in a complex, dynamic environment.
Please send professional work history, qualifications and letter of interest to:
Sarah Brenkert, M.S.Ed.
Senior Director of Education and Evaluation
Please title subject line “School Programs Manager.” No phone calls, please.
Be advised that due to the high volume of applicants, we are only able to directly contact those candidates whose skills and background best fit the needs of the position, however please check your inbox and junk mail for any correspondence. If you are a returning applicant, please note that cover letters must correspond with the position for which you are currently applying.
The Children’s Museum of Denver of Marsico Campus is an equal opportunity employer. The Museum is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse staff committed to serving the needs of all our visitors and we encourage applications from individuals of all backgrounds.