Thanksgiving Point
  • Education
  • $26,520 + DOE
  • Salary
  • Full Time

Medical, Dental, employer/employee split, LTD, PTO paid holidays, Thanksgiving Point Membership

JOB DESCRIPTION:  Coordinators are key positions in the Thanksgiving Point Education Department; responsible for overseeing the leadership, administrative, and programmatic endeavors of the department. Program Coordinators support part-time explorer staff in ensuring the delivery of high-quality and transformative educational programs that cultivate curiosity from the natural world. Additionally, program coordinators are responsible for the direct supervisions and support of programs including but not limited to: staff professional development, program supervision and evaluation and more. The education department needs a Program Coordinator with expertise in early childhood education (to support preschool programs, facilitation efforts, and more) as we move towards our next strategic planning phase where we seek to ensure sustainability of our programs and quality improvement of programs that meet the mission of Thanksgiving Point. The program coordinator will have responsibilities in revenue generation, program planning and evaluation, staff supervision and supports, and budgeting.


RESPONSIBILITIES:  The program coordinator will have four major areas of responsibility:

1) Guest Facilitation at our Museums and Experiences. The coordinator will be responsible for bringing knowledge, expertise, and training to the education department in the specified areas of early childhood education. With this expertise, this individual will be responsible for ensuring a high level of training and development for staff to increase our skills and ensure a higher level of presence for guest facilitation across all Thanksgiving Point experiences; Farm Country, Museum of Ancient Life, Museum of Natural Curiosity, Ashton Gardens, and in late 2018 the new Butterfly Biosphere.


2) Educational Programming and Partnerships. The program coordinator will be responsible for the direct development, supervision, and evaluation of programs that emphasize early childhood learning; increasing the department of education's overall capacity to offer high-quality inquiry-based learning in all our programmatic areas. Samples programs include: Tales for Tots, preschool, embryology, outdoor learning, and more.


3) Camps, Birthday Parties, and Classes at Thanksgiving Point. The coordinator will be responsible for envisioning, planning, prototyping, and implementing camps and classes to accommodate the diverse learning needs of youth either in the early childhood or adolescent phase in life. Expanding upon and increasing quality of programs as needed with additional responsibilities to generate revenue from these programs.


4) Collaborative Decision Making. In this area, Coordinators directly supervise and support 'Cog Leadership Groups' that ensure the ongoing and specific goals and objectives of our department are met. Within the 'Cog System' Coordinators work collaboratively with education department staff to create goals and set leadership objectives for the department. 'Cogs' serve as a primary place of innovation and leadership for Thanksgiving Point's Education Department and are crucial to our ongoing success.


SHIFTS, HOURS AND DAYS REQUIRED: The program coordinator is a full-time, exempt, employee at Thanksgiving Point that will work a general Monday through Friday schedule with occasional Saturday and evening responsibilities. A total of 40 hours a week within or near the general operation hours of 8AM to 5PM.


SKILL REQUIREMENTS:  The coordinator will have unique education and work experience to meet the specific needs of the department in early childhood education. The individual can also have a combination of education and experience that will help us advance our collective mission for early childhood programming. Specific skills include: a high level of knowledge of child development, an understanding of how to plan and execute classes or programs for our age populations of interest, and a commitment to learning through play, engagement, and cultural identity.


MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:  Two years of professional experience with early childhood education and/or adolescent education with proven success in educational classes and/or program development. A bachelor's degree in early childhood education, education, or similar field is required.


EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE PREFERENCES:  Preference will be given to individuals who possess the following knowledge and skills:

  • A deep understanding of inquiry-based learning and how to facilitate this type of learning across the human lifespan.
  • A bachelor's degree in education or related field with emphasis in early childhood education plus three or more years of direct and dedicated professional experience with these age populations.
  • A knowledge base and vision for empathy in human learning with the ability to respond positively to change and uncertainty.

Fluency in Spanish and working knowledge and experience in culturally relevant pedagogy.

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