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STEM Engagement Manager - Mid-Hudson Children's Museum

  • July 26, 2022 10:25 AM
    Message # 12862555
    Amelia Whitworth (Administrator)

    Job Location: Poughkeepsie, NY

    Job Title: STEM Engagement Manager

    Institution: Mid-Hudson Children's Museum

    Institution Website: https://mhcm.org/

    About the Institution: The Mid-Hudson Children's Museum's (MHCM) mission is to empower children and their families, and it's vision is a community in which each and every child develops curiosity, confidence and self-worth.

    MHCM is the ONLY children’s museum in the Hudson River Valley between the larger New York City and Albany markets. The Museum is located in the heart of the historic waterfront in Poughkeepsie, just steps away from the Poughkeepsie Metro-North train station, the Walkway Over the Hudson’s Elevator, fabulous restaurants, and two waterfront parks.

    MHCM has three areas of programmatic focus that direct its work in exhibits and educational programs: school readiness, health and wellness, and community-building. It’s galleries feature a variety of open-ended exhibits that encourage young children to practice and develop age-appropriate cognitive, physical and emotional skills. The Museum is dedicated to engaging and serving a diverse audience of families from all socio-economic and ethnic backgrounds and of all abilities and needs through special admission and membership programs. For more information, please visit www.mhcm.org.

    Job Description: The Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum is at a pivotal time in our 33 year history. Located on the banks of the Hudson River in Poughkeepsie, NY, we have been providing rich programming to children ages 0-6 for several generations. Now, after a rigorous process of analysis, planning and the installation of our new permanent exhibition Science Revealed, the Museum has positioned itself to broaden our reach to serve ages 7 through 12 as well. All to be supported by expanding our experiential STEM programming platform. The culmination of these efforts will be reflected in our upcoming name change to the Mid-Hudson Discovery Museum.

    With that said, we are now ready to bring on an innovative museum STEM educator that is looking to challenge the traditional boundaries of informal education to achieve more effective educational outcomes. Based on your combination of education and practical experience, you will bring a fresh perspective of how to excite and engage young minds sparking the curiosity required to love and pursue learning for a lifetime.

    DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

    Program Planning, Development and Delivery (70%)
    Planning: Works with executive director to advance the Museum's three strategic initiatives (School Readiness, Health & Wellness, and Community-Building) by mapping out annual education initiatives, programs and schedules. Helps identify potential community partners to enhance Museum impact. As needed, provides content, planning and support for new exhibit development and special events.

    Museum Programming: Develops and delivers activities, programs and workshops for young children and/or their parents and caregivers. Creates curriculum and lesson plans for weekly playgroups, camp, Starlab planetarium shows, family and parent workshops and other new programming initiatives.

    Field Trip, Outreach and Group Programming: Develops and delivers programs for incoming school field trips, school outreach and summer camp groups. Field trip programing and content should be aligned with state/national standards for elementary and middle school education. Then coordinates all related scheduling, bookings and contracts.

    Educational Content Development (20%)
    Field Trip and Outreach Programs: Reviews, updates and creates new field trip programs for pre-school to early middle-school audiences. Ensures program alignment with Museum's strategic initiatives.

    Table-top Activities: Responsible for creating and presenting new table-top activities that can easily rotate throughout the Museum's galleries. Works collaboratively MHCM staff on evaluating activities.

    Special Event Activities: Works collaboratively with other MHCM staff to plan and implement activities for special events (exhibition openings, seasonal events, member’s only nights, etc.)

    Grant Planning: Assists the executive director in conceptualizing new or expanded educational programs for grant applications.

    Other (10%)
    Cross-department collaboration: Works collaboratively with MHCM staff on Museum-wide initiatives such as volunteer training and strategic planning.

    Special Events: Attends and provides staffing support to special events (may involve occasional evenings and weekends).

    EXPERIENCE AND SKILLS
    Required:
    Passionate about MHCM mission and about working with families with young children
    4-year college degree
    Strong computer aptitude (specifically Microsoft Word and Excel, and comfort using databases)
    Excellent judgment and decision-making skills
    Self-directed, proactive and comfortable working independently, yet able to take direction
    from others; able to take feedback and make adjustments as necessary
    Able to work, prioritize and focus on multiple projects amid frequent interruptions

    Strongly Preferred:

    Master degree (or higher) in early childhood or K-5 education
    Museum educator experience at a children's museum or similar setting
    Practical experience with, and an appreciation for, Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    Bilingual (English-Spanish) or fluency in Spanish
    Experience developing and delivering programs to all age audiences inclusding special needs children
    Field trip and outreach booking and program delivery experience
    Working on grant-funded projects, especially reporting and evaluation aspects
    Curriculum development experience with strong research skills
    Summer camp management/coordination
    Volunteer management experience

    For a full job description and how to apply, visit https://mhcm.org/about/employment/ 

    This Position is: In-Person

    Position Type: Full-Time

    Salary range: $44,000-$52,000

    Benefits: Health Insurance, Paid time off, Contribution to Retirement Plan

    How to Apply: https://mhcm.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/STEM-Engagement-Manager_Position-Announcement-July-2022.pdf

    Job Closing Date: 9/30/2022

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