Education & Programs Manager
Westchester Children’s Museum
The Westchester Children’s Museum (WCM), located in the historic north bathhouse on the boardwalk at Playland Beach, is a vibrant, interactive learning space providing children, families, and school groups the opportunity to nurture curiosity, enhance knowledge and ignite imagination through creative hands-on exploration. The Museum is committed to broadening knowledge of the arts and sciences, the environment, multiculturalism, and the local and global communities in an educational and recreational atmosphere. WCM was founded over 20 years ago by a group of educators and dedicated volunteers that recognized the need for this type of learning environment in the Westchester area. Since then, the Museum has grown into 21,000 square feet of interactive space that entertains and educates well over 25,000 guests each year.
The Education and Program Managers (E&PMs) are active participants in the Education & Experience Department, participating in school workshop, field trip, and public/event program planning, implementation, and evaluation for WCM.
The E&PMs work collaboratively to oversee the educational content and management of school and public programs, all related grant-funded projects, and represent the educational mission of WCM within the Museum and with outside agencies and institutions.
Job Requirements & Responsibilities:
– Ensure high quality early childhood, elementary, middle school, and family learning experiences at WCM.
– Oversee the development, presentation and marketing of an 18-month, mission-focused schedule of free (with Gen Admission/Membership) and fee-based classes, camps, special events, school workshop programs, field trips, and professional development opportunities.
– Collaborate with the Museum Experience Manager team (MEMs) to identify, design, and implement a series of necessary administrative systems and procedures to improve WCM’s ability to effectively offer, sustain, and scale school/public programming and exhibitry.
– Coordinate with the MEMs team to develop and deliver Educator, Playworker, and Volunteer Training procedures, ensuring they are conducted on a regular basis and with current exhibits and program information.
– Develop, prepare, and manage the budget for school program workshops, public program classes/events, and field trips.
– Work with the Director of Development and Executive Director to assist in writing grants, preparing grant budgets, monitoring programming aspects of grant budgets, and assist with grants reporting.
– Participate with leaders to develop and communicate educational strategy that furthers the vision and mission of WCM.
– Represent WCM’s mission and maintain an awareness of current early childhood and elementary education trends through participation in professional organizations.
– Bilingual English and Spanish required, with translation experience a plus
– Bachelor’s degree in a related field and 5+ years experience in education and/or nonprofit setting
– Demonstrated experience in program management
– Previous experience working with young children and their families in an informal learning environment required
– Experience with individuals with disabilities/special needs a plus
– Experience with volunteers a plus
Skills and Abilities:
– Computer skills (database, word processing, spreadsheets, etc)
– Good organizational skills, ability to design administrative systems and evaluate data.
– Excellent communication and writing skills.
– Understanding of and commitment to human services.
– The following abilities are required for the position: a) Communicate appropriately and clearly both verbally and in writing with telephone callers, office visitors, and co-workers. Comprehend and speak English and Spanish with the public and co-workers; b) Ability to operate computers, printers, and telephones and general mobility throughout the building is required; c) Sit for extended periods of time; d) Lift items weighing up to 50 lbs. e) Climb up and down stairs or use an elevator daily; f) Tolerate dust and fumes from general cleaning and maintenance procedures. g) Perform duties related to the position in a variety of settings including outdoors and offsite locations.
Other: (a) Display the reading skills necessary to proofread written materials; (b) Negotiate travel locally and nationally; (c) Tolerate frequent interruptions in the work process (d) Perform analysis on data to form reasonable conclusions and be able to demonstrate findings to others.
(e) Manual dexterity necessary to handle bills and coins
Must have access to reliable transportation, a valid driver’s license, and appropriate liability insurance for driving a vehicle. Must be able to work a flexible schedule including weekends, holidays, and occasional evenings.
Salary or Compensation:
$47,500 – $52,500
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