Museum Educators are motivated, outgoing, and creative individuals, who, through informal teaching and customer service skills, provide an exceptional visitor experience to all children and caregivers. Educators use play, experimentation, and developmentally appropriate facilitation practices to enhance the museum experience, all while learning skills and best practices to succeed in the education, museum, and informal education space.
Museum Educators will spend their time facilitating programming and staffing exhibit spaces, welcoming and orienting visitors, and supporting educational initiatives.
**These positions are perfect for those who would like flexible work (and some additional money) over the holidays, especially those with an interest in early childhood education or museums. Also great for those who simply enjoy helping kids learn while seeing a gorgeous view of the Golden Gate Bridge every day, depending on the whims of Karl the Fog.**
These seasonal roles will be scheduled between December 1, 2019 and January 5, 2020.
Both full and part-time positions are available. Starting pay for Museum Educators is $15.50 per hour.
Museum Educators are:
• Caring. Educators honestly and authentically care about the children, caregivers, and families that visit the museum. From first time visitors to regular members, every visitor’s experience is important.
• Creative Problem Solvers. Educators love to make things, and they love to experiment with new and novel tools and techniques. Educators approach every challenge with vigor and take pride in solving problems.
• Diverse. Museum Educators are a group of roughly 15 individuals from different backgrounds, with diverse levels of education and myriad interests.
• Curious. Educators love to learn. They are lifelong learners, and take every opportunity to grow from interactions with each other, with other museum staff, and with museum visitors.
The ideal candidate is:
• Interested in working with children and their caregivers. You are enthusiastic about the museum’s target audience of children aged 0-10 and their caregivers.
• Outgoing. You enjoy people and conversation.
• Playful. Creative thinking, exploration, experimentation, and play are part of your personality and are part of what you are looking for in your next job.
• Welcoming. You welcome everyone to your space with a smile.
• Motivated. You seek out new challenges and think of new and exciting ways to engage visitors of all ages.
• Curious about working in museums or STEM education. You are looking for an entry level position that offers training and experience in the education and/or museum field.
• Flexible. You are open-minded and excited by change, because every day is different at the Bay Area Discovery Museum. You are available to work at least one day each weekend.
The Bay Area Discovery Museum values:
• Creative problem solving. We believe in the importance of flexibility, persistence, hard work, and thoughtful, intentional effort in tackling challenges and finding solutions.
• Collaboration. We feel working with others is critical for success, seek a diversity of perspectives and ideas, and strive to be inclusive and transparent in our work.
• Respect and integrity. We believe in being collegial, being friendly and supportive, being authentic in our relationships, and being true to your word.
• Learning and reflection for continuous improvement. It is important to evaluate our efforts so we may improve upon our work, seek out evidence in support of our decisions, and take calculated risks that help us achieve our objectives.
• Drive towards results. We value taking initiative, getting work done, delivering results, and following through on commitments.
Please be prepared to provide a resume, which will be requested during the application process.
Our mission: To transform research into early learning experiences that inspire creative problem solving.
At the Bay Area Discovery Museum (BADM), we believe that providing children with the high-quality early learning experiences they need to be successful is the best investment we can make as a society.
Whether at the museum or in the community, BADM provides experiences that spark children’s natural curiosity for the world around them, while building their creative problem-solving skills and STEM content knowledge. Both on-site and off-site, BADM facilitates research-backed learning experiences that are fun and engaging for children and families. At our one-of-a-kind location at the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge, this includes hands-on exhibits, rich STEM and art programming, an on-site preschool, and camps and classes. Off-site, our museum educators bring hands-on STEM programming to students and families at schools and libraries in all nine Bay Area counties.
We believe that these research-backed on-site and off-site experiences should be made available to all children and families, and offer a variety of access initiatives toward this goal. We are able to serve:
• 350,000 visitors each year, including nearly 100,000 with free or reduced admission
• 10,000 member families
• 26,000 children through our school and community programs
• 587 schools and 215 libraries through all nine Bay Area counties
Additionally, BADM’s research and advisory division, Research, Evaluation, and Innovation (REI) is working at a national scale to advance the research that informs our understanding of childhood creativity, advocate for its critical importance, and inspire the next generation of innovators, thought leaders, and problem-solvers.
BADM is committed to being a welcoming and inclusive space for all, and is continuously working toward the institutional goal of representing the diversity of the Bay Area in both our visitorship and staff.
WHAT WE OFFER
The Bay Area Discovery Museum (BADM) offers a high-energy, results-oriented, creative and fun environment. Employees enjoy free monthly lunches and breakfasts, reciprocal admission benefits at other museums, quarterly all-staff celebrations, professional development trainings, and more. All staff members are valued for their contributions toward creating a high-quality experience for visitors, and their work allows us to achieve our mission.
BADM provides 100% employer-paid medical, dental, vision, life, and long-term disability insurance to all full-time employees, as well as generous paid time off starting at four weeks per year.
In addition, we offer the opportunity for each employee to make a unique impact on more than 350,000 museum visitors each year on-site and many more in the community through BADM’s research-backed school and community programs.
The Bay Area Discovery Museum is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity.
NOTE TO CANDIDATE
Due to the sensitivity and requirements of our positions, you should expect to undergo and be cleared of an employment background/criminal check, if extended an offer for employment. You may also be asked to provide proof of educational degree(s), licenses, or credentials pertinent to the position.
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