Position title
SUMMER PROGRAMS FELLOW
Description

Boston Children’s Museum is seeking a creative, aspiring museum educator with demonstrated experience in a collaborative environment. Summer Programs Fellows will assist with programs for the facilitation of hands-on play and exploration experiences that are developed for Museum visitors. These programs span a wide range of areas, and include STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math), performing arts, identity exploration, and more. Program structures can vary from drop-in to workshop style. Outdoor programs are one of the highlights of the Museum summer experience. Summer Programs Fellows will work with Museum educators to learn the programs, best practices for facilitation, and successful approaches for working with our visitors, as well as have a chance to work with an educator to design and facilitate their own programs.

The Summer Programs Fellow position provides an excellent opportunity to gain experience working in a Museum, across multiple teams with focuses on varied aspects of museum education. 

The ideal candidate is available full-time with the flexibility to work a weekend day and some evenings as required.

Two positions available.

Responsibilities
  • Individuals will be assigned and trained to deliver specific public programming as well as assisting with projects.  While the types of programs vary, summer programs have a higher emphasis on outdoor programs, which can sometimes be messy (including materials such as mud, paint, etc.). 
  • Work with Program team members to learn best practices for facilitating programs and engaging with our visitors, following the Learning Framework.
  • Interact in positive and supportive ways with Museum visitors.
  • Prepare program materials, and clean and restock materials for use in future sessions.
  • Serve visitors from diverse populations in a courteous and professional manner.
  • Engage with children and families in the Museum in a positive, educational, creative, and respectful way.
  • Attend program team meetings and project-related meetings as needed.
Qualifications
  • College students or graduates in related fields of education, family learning or informal education, etc.
  • Work experience in education, family learning, or informal education, and the ability to engage with families in a hands-on, child-centered, and open-ended manner
  • Experience with children ages 0 – 10
  • Ability to react positively to a rapidly changing environment and make good decisions under pressure
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work well with diverse, intergenerational audiences, in an energetic, friendly, outgoing, and professional manner
  • Ability to follow instructions with punctuality and attention to details 
  • Experience in customer service in a public or retail setting preferred
  • Ability to be outdoors in summer weather and willingness to be messy
  • Fluency in a second language is preferred

 

REQUIREMENT

  • 5 days/week
  • Work schedule must include at least one weekend day
  • Flexibility to work evening events and/or holidays
Working Conditions

Physical Demands: Must be able to sit, talk, write and type frequently; walk, bend, stoop or kneel occasionally; lift, reach overhead, push, or pull up to 25 pounds. 

Work Environment: Normal office environment with exposure to typical office equipment and supplies. i.e., desktop computer, multi-line phone, fax, printer, and shredder.  The Office space and Museum exhibits can be a fast-paced environment, and occasionally may be loud and noisy during peak seasons. Summer Programs Fellows often spend time outside facilitating programs with occasional messy materials.

Other Factors: Must have flexibility with work schedule and hours to support the Museum’s programming and events schedule, holidays, weekends, and or school vacation weeks as required. Some travel for external events, meetings, or training. Some work may be performed remotely as approved by the manager.

Contacts

jobs@bostonchildrensmuseum.org

About

OUR MISSION

Boston Children’s Museum engages children and families in joyful discovery experiences that instill an appreciation of our world, develop foundational skills, and spark a lifelong love of learning.

OUR VISION 

Boston Children’s Museum is a welcoming, imaginative, child-centered learning environment that supports diverse families in nurturing their children’s creativity and curiosity.  We promote the healthy development of all children so they will fulfill their potential and contribute to our collective well-being and future prosperity.

OUR VALUES

Creativity. Respect. Excellence. Accountability. Thoughtfulness. Equity.

Boston Children’s Museum is a curious, experimental, and creative learning organization. We have a child and family-centered focus, welcoming and respecting all Museum audiences. We collaborate and show mutual respect and support for our colleagues. We recognize that each person has equal, intrinsic worth and deserves to be treated with dignity. We are a culture that innovates, changes and pushes boundaries to keep the museum relevant. We are responsible to each other and strive to keep our commitments to our colleagues. We commit to high ethical standards. We recognize the importance of work-life balance, respecting the importance of personal growth and family. We have an ongoing commitment to fairness in all aspects of the Museum and we embrace alternative ways of thinking.

Employment Type
Full-time, Temporary
Duration of employment
6/18/2024 - 9/2/2024
Job Location
308 Congress St., Boston MA, 02210
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