Berkshire Museum

39 South Street
Pittsfield, MA 01201
www.berkshiremuseum.org
berkshiremuseum@gmail.com

Date Posted:
December 13, 2019

Region:
Western Massachusetts

Category:
Education/Instruction

Type:
Full-Time

Early Childhood Education Specialist

Description:

The Early Childhood Education Specialist is responsible for the development and implementation of educational and public programs for early learners, including birth to grade 2 and their caregivers, interpreting the museum’s natural science and arts collection. Programming includes educator-led programs, outreach, and assisting with teacher professional development workshops. The Early Childhood Education Specialist will develop and deliver curriculum consistent with the mission and vision of the Museum, interpretive goals, and that meets state and national standards.

Primary Functions and Major Responsibilities:

Reporting to the Chief Experience Officer, the Early Childhood Education Specialist will interact with the experience, engagement, operations teams and audiences of all ages to perform the following duties:

Duties include:

· Educator-Led Programs: Pilot and test new educational programs and curricula materials for birth to grade 2 students and families consistent with the museum’s WeeMuse initiative. Develop, implement, and present educator-led programs for visiting toddler to grade 2 school groups including pre-tour information for teachers, school tour content, and post-tour teacher evaluations. Programs focus on the exhibitions, collections and mission of the Berkshire Museum following departmental models and educational philosophy, and are compatible with MA, NY State and 21st century learning standards.

· Curriculum: Assist with the development of curriculum consistent with the mission and vision of the Museum in collaboration with the Experience Team and Chief Experience Officer.

· Educational Outreach and Special Programs:Develop and present educational activities for a variety of on- and off-site programs including, but not limited to camps, classes and special programs for targeted populations. Participate in related community organizations as appropriate.

· Professional Development for Teachers and Museum Staff: Working with the Experience Team, assist in the development, scheduling and presentation of workshops and programs for pre- and in-service professional development for teachers and museum staff. The focus of this work is creating opportunities for museum led professional development for Pre K teachers. Maintaining current knowledge of educational (both school and museum) theories as well as local and national curriculums and learning standards.

· Promotion and Marketing: Assist in the development of education collateral including print and online copy.

· Budget: Work directly with the Chief Experience Officer in preparing annual budget and goals for education portion of the interpretation departmental budget. Prepare budgets for grant proposals.

· Experience Team Support: Perform other responsibilities as assigned

Qualifications:

3 years of experience working as an educator (formally or informally).

  • Candidate is trained in early childhood education.
  • Experience working with the general public, in a museum or other public program setting is a plus.
  • A minimum of an Associate’s Degree in early childhood education. Bachelor’s degree preferred and/or combination of Associates Degree with demonstrated professional experience.
  • Excellent writing and public speaking skills necessary.
  • Ability to work effectively under minimal supervision and in a team oriented environment.
  • Must communicate professionally with administrators, educators, and the general public.
  • Sense of humor and total enjoyment of work is an absolute must!
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule as needed including occasional evenings, weekends, and holidays.
  • Candidate must maintain a current Massachusetts driver’s license, personal automobile insurance and a safe driving record.
How To Apply:

Please email resume and cover letter to clanglois@berkshiremuseum.org

Apply by:
January 13, 2020
About this Organization:
Berkshire Museum offers a unique array of exhibitions, activities, and attractions for visitors of all ages. From fine art and ancient objects to fossils; from an aquarium of native and exotic creatures to the Feigenbaum Hall of Innovation, it is a community museum: a place where everyone, from toddlers to elders, can learn, play, explore, innovate, be engaged and inspired.