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.
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
Assistant Exhibits Technician
The Children’s Museum Inc. in West Hartford CT seeks to fill a full time Assistant Exhibits Technician position. The Assistant Exhibits Technician works alongside our Exhibits Coordinator to clean and fix existing exhibits and will contribute to the building and installation of new exhibit components.
- Regular inspection/testing of all exhibits, inside and outside, to determine needed repairs
- Daily cleaning and routine maintenance of existing exhibits
- Upkeep and repair of electrical and mechanical equipment used in exhibits and programs
- Monitoring and restocking of disposable components to hands on exhibits
- Assist in the repair of electrical, mechanical, and computer equipment used in exhibits and programs
- Maintain exhibit repair documents and logs
- Assist in the planning, constructions and installation of new exhibits
- Assist with installation, de-installation, packing and shipping of traveling exhibits
- Engage with visitors within the exhibit areas to instruct on exhibit use, answer questions and encourage engagement
- Assist with cleaning and maintenance of both indoor and outdoor museum spaces as needed
- Minimum 2 years work experience, individual must be over 18 years of age
- Must demonstrate the ability to work efficiently and effectively both independently as well as with a team
- Must be willing and able to do repetitive tasks like cleaning and stocking
- Professional and personable demeanor with the public and with fellow staff
- Organized at record keeping with attention to recognizing repetitive issues and to address them promptly
- Flexibility to reschedule hours to meet deadlines is required
- Some evening and weekend hours required
- Ability to use a variety of tools including hand and power tools
- Demonstrated experience doing electrical, mechanical and technical repair
- Must demonstrate the ability to adapt existing technology, equipment and parts to be used in unique ways
- Willingness and ability to work outdoors in all weather
- Ability to do physical labor, including climbing ladders, lifting heavy exhibits and equipment, reaching overhead, pushing and pulling objects and to work in cramped or awkward spaces, such as under and behind exhibits by crawling, or kneeling
- Willingness to work in close proximity to live animals in enclosures in our exhibit areas
- Must be able to recognize potential safety concerns and maintain safe working areas
Position: Facilities Assistant
Reports to: Facilities Lead and Director of Operations
Job Summary: To assist in routine housekeeping, outdoor grounds maintenance and exhibit and building maintenance projects.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Entry level part-time position requires approximately 24 hours a week, with opportunities to expand hours for special seasonal projects. The ability to lift 50lbs and an understanding that this position requires both indoor and outdoor work is required. Tasks may include but are not limited to routine janitorial cleaning, seasonal outdoor ground maintenance, snow removal, painting and assisting Museum Caretaker with maintenance projects. Candidate must show they can communicate effectively with a team, respond positively to instruction, be punctual and committed to good attendance and maintain a positive attitude with a pleasant personality shown to other staff and museum guests.
If you are interested in volunteering at The Children’s Museum please contact Jennifer Parker at (860) 231-2824 ext. 380.