Working at The Children’s Museum is a fun way to get involved in your community, to meet interesting people (and animals), to help children discover and learn new things, and to learn about science, nature and the stars.
The Children’s Museum
950 Trout Brook Drive
West Hartford CT. 06119
Part-Time Seasonal Informal Educators- Summer 2018
The Children’s Museum in West Hartford, Connecticut offers hands-on fun with science and nature for younger children and families, school and community groups, and home schooled children. At the Museum and in classrooms throughout Connecticut, we encourage children to become creative thinkers and lifelong learners. Children engage in our interactive labs, workshops, multi-sensory exhibits and demonstrations, a live wildlife sanctuary, state-of-the art digital science dome planetarium shows and movies, vacation camps, sleepovers, birthday parties, scout activities, and special events. Our unique Children’s Museum Preschool, co-located on our West Hartford campus, integrates science experiences into early childhood learning. Nearby Roaring Brook Nature Center in Canton offers environmental exhibits, nature programs, concerts and acres of outdoor hiking, bird watching, and winter cross-country skiing.
Multiple Seasonal Educator positions are currently available at our West Hartford CT location. Length of position and required hours will differ depending on specific educational role. All Summer Educator applicants should have a minimum of two years of College-level studies or career experience in; physics, chemistry, earth science, agriculture/horticulture, or other environmental or biological sciences. Experience engaging children in informal learning environments is expected along with a strong confidence level for communicating with their caregivers (parents, grandparents and teachers). Applicants must be willing to commit to the duration of the positon as stated in the descriptions below. All Applicants must successfully pass a background check. Hours and salary vary by position.
Seasonal Outreach Science Educator
Description: The Summer Outreach Educator will work alongside our Education Coordinator and year-round Educators to develop and deliver hands on science education programs within schools, libraries and other community locations throughout Connecticut. Educators collaborate on the development of informal Science curriculum and hands on activities and exhibits to ensure an overall positive learning experience that is tailored to the ages and experiences they are presenting to. Science topics include; Physics, Chemistry, Earth science, Biology and Environmental Science. A strong knowledge of general science principles is expected. Educators will routinely handle live animals during presentations. Adherence to all safety protocols will be required. This position requires confirmation of a clean driving record and the occasional use of a personal vehicle, for which mileage re-imbursement will be provided. This position is considered seasonal at approximately 40 hours per week and will fall between mid-June and August 24th. Only Applicants with consistent availability during this time will be considered for this role. Rate range $11.25/hour.
Outdoor Environmental Educator/Gardener
Description: The Children’s Museum maintains a 1,300 soft screened in butterfly enclosure that is designed as a natural environment for native butterflies. In addition raised garden beds are maintained to demonstrate a variety of educational initiatives. This summer we are launching a “Kids can Compost” initiative and composting stations will be built, maintained and used as an educational resource for programs made available to our visitors. We are seeking a hands on Gardener/Environmental Educator to assist in the maintenance of our gardens and compost and to lead daily programs for our visitors utilizing these resources. This role requires a very active person who will work outdoors in all weather conditions to plant, maintain and harvest as well as turning and managing the compost. They will work with education staff and the Director of Operations to design and lead hands-on gardening and compost programs for families and large groups attending the museum. This positon is outdoors in all types of weather and requires heavy lifting with routine bending. A strong knowledge of horticulture, agriculture and sustainability is required. This position is considered seasonal at approximately 28-30 hours per week and will fall between early May and mid-September. Some weekend hours will be expected. Only Applicants with consistent availability during this time will be considered for this role. Rate range $11.25/hour.
Summer Science Camp Educators
Description: The Children’s Museum has fun and learning planned throughout the year, even when the kids are out of school! In the summer the museum runs a multi week summer day camp program for children in grades 1 thru 6. Each camp week has a science theme and is packed with scientific investigation, experiments, crafts, and educational games all in the safe and educational environment of our museum. The Science Camp Educator works alongside our Camp Manager to design, plan and implement hands-on science activities in a fun day camp setting. Applicants working towards a science degree, with a solid understanding of general science principals are preferred. Education majors will also be considered. The Camp Educator works Monday through Friday Approximately 40 hours/week from Early June thru August 24th. Rate range $11.25/hour.
Summer Science Education Assistants
Description: The Children’s Museum has fun and learning planned throughout the year, even when the kids are out of school! In the summer the museum runs a multi week summer day camp program for children in grades 1 thru 6. Each camp week has a science theme and is packed with scientific investigation, experiments, crafts, and educational games all in the safe and educational environment of our museum. Education Assistants work Monday through Friday and aid our Museum Educators in planning and implementing science based activities, crafts and educational games. At times Education Assistants will rotate through the museum exhibit areas and will be trained to lead simple science, craft or other learning activities with the general public including adults and children. This role is ideal for someone with some background in education and supervision experience with children. Training is provided to ensure all safety protocols are maintained. This position is considered seasonal at approximately 35 hours per week and will fall between Mid-June and the second to the last week of August. Only Applicants with consistent availability during this time will be considered for this role. Rate: Minimum-$10.50/hour. College students with less than two years completed college level education may be considered for these roles.
Please send resume and a cover letter, detailing your preferred position and identifying any limitations to availability.
or mail to
Director of Operations
950 Trout Brook Drive
West Hartford CT. 06119
Job Title: Development Coordinator
SUPERVISOR’S TITLE: Senior Development Coordinator
SALARY: Commensurate with experience
EXEMPT/NON-EXEMPT: Full-time, Exempt
The Development Coordinator will identify, engage, cultivate, solicit, and steward current and prospective donors, in expanding their financial support of the work of the Museum. He/she will be responsible for meeting an annual revenue target by working with an assigned portfolio of donors and prospects to advance the mission of the organization and assist donors in creating meaning in their lives through giving to the Museum. This position will also be responsible for organizing a range of events and other activities geared toward building ongoing support from donors. This position will be a contributing member of the Development team.
Building Donor Relations
- Advises the Development Team on the process to assure timely cultivation, solicitation, follow-up, data entry and tracking.
- Tracks gift activities and donor recognition, and continually evaluates program results, and reports results to development team.
- Assists in developing strategies to increase donor participation in The Children’s Museum Group.
- Develop and execute the Annual Fund Campaign for the Museum, including direct mail, personal solicitation, phonathons, and online giving programs.
- Manage and execute retention and stewardship activities; creating and implementing customized engagement and recognition plans for individual donors according to their cumulative giving to the organization.
- Develop and implement creative materials for use in cultivation, solicitation and stewarding donors and prospects including web information, written articles in the Museum’s newsletter, the donor wall and other annual fund specific materials.
- Participate in the development of monthly, quarterly and annual reports.
- Help determine fundraising strategies, goals, and expenses for annual development plan; manage and report on progress.
- Plans and coordinates events to support donor giving, including preparing invitee lists and invitations, planning logistics, arranging for donor follow-up, and setting event fundraising goals.
- Work with staff and volunteer leadership to maximize financial support of events including; identifying and soliciting potential event sponsors.
- Manage all aspects of event production.
- Actively researches prospective individuals capable of making a gift and recommend appropriate strategies for solicitation.
- Identifies potential legacy gifts from top donor group as part of stewardship efforts, and determines strategies for solicitation.
- Processes bequests, including but not limited to tracking related information and determining appropriate recognition.
- A./B.S. degree from an accredited college or university
- Three years of fundraising experience
- Ability to exercise initiative; work independently, but as a team player
- Ability to handle multiple projects and consistently meet deadlines
- Strongly detail oriented, high level of accuracy and good prioritization skills
- Must be willing to work some events and weekends and be flexible with hours as required by the position
- Ability to work in a fast-paced and energetic environment
- Excellent outreach, relationship management skills
- Ability to manage up to organization’s leadership to ensure all deadlines are met and relationships steward
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and Blackbaud software. Ideally experience with Blackbaud’s ALTRU software.
- Must work well as part of a team and also be able to function independently on projects
- Experience in event planning and execution
The Children’s Museum is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Please provide a cover letter outlining your interest, experience and salary requirements, plus a resume. Applicants selected to receive an interview will be asked to submit three references.
Submissions must be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Development Coordinator” typed in the subject heading.
Part Time Co-teacher/Assistant Preschool Teacher
The Children’s Museum Preschool is currently seeking applicants for a part-time co-teacher/assistant teacher position. This position is a full year position tentatively scheduled for 11:30-5pm. This position may have opportunities for additional am hours on an as needed basis.
Providing a safe learning environment, planning and implementing play-based and child-driven classroom learning activities, meeting individual needs of the children and documenting observations, and the ability to withstand physical demands of the preschool day.
- Familiarity with the Ct Early Learning and Development Standards and prior preschool experience preferred.
- Associates Degree in Early Childhood or Bachelors in a related field with early childhood credits.
- First Aid/CPR/Admin of Medications/Epi Pen certified or willingness to obtain
- Must possess the qualities to care for and work with children in all capacities, demonstrate a strong level of both verbal and written communication skills to assist parents/guardians, communicate and work positively with co-workers, and follow all background check/licensing mandates.
To apply please forward resume and cover letter, including minimum hourly salary expectation, to: email@example.com
Part Time Marketing/Graphics Design Coordinator
The Children’s Museum Inc., West Hartford CT. is currently seeking an enthusiastic and motivated individual to fill the part time role of Marketing/Graphics Design Coordinator. The Children’s Museum is a private, non-profit institution, founded in 1927. As the fifth oldest children’s museum in the nation, the museum’s mission is to provide life-long learning and innovation among children, adults and their communities. The Museum strives to assist in the development of curious, confident and innovative individuals and to be a valued asset and partner within the community. The Marketing/Graphics Design Coordinator will work alongside our program, exhibits and development staff to creatively market and promote our brand, programs, exhibits and events.
This part-time Coordinator will assist with website management, oversee social media accounts, and act as the primary liaison for advertising and public relations. The position requires a knowledge of graphic design, including a proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite and Microsoft Office. The ideal candidate must be able to work independently as well as part of a team. They should be able to identify newsworthy content within the organization and the appropriate channels through which to distribute it. Experience in marketing, public relations, communications, graphic design or a related field is a MUST.
- Manage organization’s website, including regularly updating graphics and seasonal information.
- Grow and manage organization’s social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Should be able to identify, create and cultivate appropriate content for each channel. Experience with Facebook Advertising is a plus.
- Set up and manage online sales screens thru Blackbaud Altru software.
- Graphic design creation of marketing materials such as flyers, signs, print ads, website banners, and more.
- Identify, coordinate communications and direct projects with outside vendors.
- Maintain community and media relations.
- Make direct outreach to media outlets when necessary.
- Coordinate paid advertisements and identify new promotional opportunities.
- Write and distribute Press Releases.
- Design and distribute email communications.
- Collaborate with Museum colleagues to create appropriate marketing material.
- Background in social media/ability to run a successful social media campaign
- Knowledge of WordPress
- Exceptional writing and editing skills
- Excellent communicator and creative thinker
- Ability to manage multiple projects concurrently
- Graphic design experience
- Experience with Constant Contact and Blackbaud’s Altru software is a plus
Please e-mail letter of interest, resume, salary requirements, professional references, a writing sample and graphic design sample to: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are interested in volunteering at The Children’s Museum please contact Jennifer Parker at (860) 231-2824 ext. 380.