Museum Instructor, Learning Labs (PT)
The Museum Instructor is responsible for assisting in the development, coordination, presentation and evaluation of timely, effective, content-rich and high-quality programming for school groups. The primary task of the Museum Instructor is to facilitate meaningful educational experiences for school-age learners that are standards-based and help learners engage with the exhibits.
The Museum Instructor will deliver science, social studies and early childhood programs which complement school museum visitations with classroom learning. The Museum Instructor will also help develop and implement school programs that reflect the current research and practice of the Cincinnati Museum Center, including special exhibits, OMNIMAX, Theater Live! programming and help conduct ongoing evaluation of these programs.
The Museum Instructor part time position is flexible according to the needs of the department. It is a non-exempt position working approximately three days (24 hours) a week, Monday through Friday with occasional evenings or weekends.
Duties and Responsibilities
- 55% - Assist in the coordination, presentation and evaluation of all school age Learning Labs and Theater Live! Programming by providing meaningful educational experiences for school-age learners that are content-rich, high quality, standards-based and help learners engage in active learning experiences.
- 5% - Assist in the co-ordination, presentation and evaluation of all Teacher Workshops that focus on Learning labs and utilize the Cincinnati Museum Center’s collections and research.
(30%) Program Development:
- 15% - Research, write and create educational materials for Prek-9th grade Learning Lab programs that relate to the Ohio Revised Academic Content Standards and National Curriculum Standards.
- 15% - Research, write and create educational materials for special exhibits and OMNIMAX as requested.
- 5% - Learns and presents existing and new educational programs to illustrate effective presentation techniques for learning lab volunteers through trainings and hands on experiences to ensure volunteers are knowledgeable in content, learning styles, object-based presentations, and accurate interpretation of the Cincinnati Museum Center’s exhibits as defined by the curatorial staff.
- 2% - Updates calendars and schedules for staff and volunteers as needed.
- 2% - Assist in the organization and restocking of supplies for programming
- 1% - Serve as a presenter when scheduled volunteers for school groups are absent.
All other duties as assigned.
A degree in education or related field is preferred. A background in educational program development and delivery is highly desirable. Theater background and/or experience encouraged. Must be self-motivated, work well in a group setting with strong attention to detail, flexibility and follow-through. Good interpersonal skills are a must due to the interaction with visitors, education program staff, volunteers, and other Cincinnati Museum Center staff. Must be willing work as a team with the education department and build relationships with teachers, school systems and community organizations.
The conditions for the position of Museum Education include working:
- Weekdays with an occasional nighttime or weekend activity
- Dusty and sometimes damp work environment
- Areas that fluctuate in temperature
- On the floor in the museum with varying noise levels
- With a wide range of customers with varying needs and learning levels
- With constant flexibility while maintaining structure to programming
- Includes working in an office, classroom, museum and auditorium environment
- Must be willing to work with Cincinnati Museum Center’s live animal collections for use in programming which include reptiles and amphibians.
The position of Museum Educator is considered a physically demanding position. It requires the individual to:
- Stand for long periods of time
- Walk long distances at a fairly quick pace while talking
- Lead groups of students and chaperones up large stairwells
- Project voice for long periods of time in noisy environment plus hear responses from student questions.
- Lift heavy objects, move furniture and equipment that is vital to programming (minimum lifting requirement 35 lbs.)
- This position also does not often allow times for regular breaks or lunchtimes and may be somewhat repetitive in nature dependent on scheduling.
To Apply: Send resume or application (applications are available at the Visitor Services kiosk at Union Terminal) by ONE of the following methods with job title, past wage history, and wage expectations:
Email in MSWord or PDF format only to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mail: Cincinnati museum Center
1301 Western Avenue
Cincinnati, Ohio 45203
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