Saint Louis Science Center

  • Manager, Early Childhood (Regular Full-Time)

    Job Locations US-MO-St. Louis
    Posted Date 1 week ago(12/4/2018 11:50 AM)
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  • Overview

    Do you learn through play? Then you belong in the Discovery Room!

    At the Saint Louis Science Center, our mission is to ‘ignite and sustain lifelong science and technology learning’. We seek to make science fun through informal, interactive learning experiences. We are a team of educators, entertainers and science enthusiasts! Our expert staff, passionate volunteers, educational and corporate partners all work together to make the Saint Louis Science Center one of the top 10 in the country.


    The Discovery Room is designed for young children, ages one to eight, and their families, to experience science play together. In this space, children immerse themselves in science play, deepen their understanding of how the world works, and test new ideas. Adults join in these experiences by playing alongside their children while strengthening their own knowledge of science. Staff support this experience through conversations and joining in the play.


    The Manager of Early Childhood Education is the heart of the early childhood experience at the Science Center. Share in the wonder and joy of science play while engaging with visitors of all ages in the Discovery Room and through early childhood programs. This position is also responsible for the development of new and exciting programs that activate both the Discovery Room as well as the Science Center’s overall Early Childhood portfolio, and developing partnership engagement strategies at the regional and national level.


    Program Design and Project Management

    • Manage the design of new programs that meet Education Division strategic goals and advance the Science Center’s community engagement initiative. Develop Early Childhood curriculum that meets Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Implement projects and lessons plans based on this curriculum.
    • Participate in a user-centric program development process as a member of project teams to conceptualizing new programmatic initiatives and institution projects. Support the Associate Director of Gallery Programs in strategic planning efforts for new initiatives and projects. Act as a team member for projects fulfilling Science Center initiatives as requested and assigned.
    • Support the integration and implementation of best practice program evaluation techniques into program design. Utilize findings from evaluations to continuously improve program for sustainability and community relevance.
    • Evaluate team performance and review resources to ensure learning and developmental goals of curriculum are supported and accomplished against projected competencies, departmental changes, and other external factors, as well as the near- and long-term goals of Education Division.

    Early Childhood Operations

    • Manage the operations of Early Childhood and Discovery Room programming, under the supervision of the Associate Director of Gallery Programs and Visitor Engagement. Manage daily operations of the Discovery Room, including oversight of; inspection reports, exhibit maintenance, animal care, and opening and closing procedures.
    • Support the implementation of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) that utilize best practices in organizational and project management. Support compliance and implementation of divisional SOPs.
    • Manage Early Childhood program annual operating budgets.
    • Participate in the hiring process for new, high-performing, motivated Early Childhood and Discovery Room Educators. Provide feedback for annual reviews as requested by colleagues.
    • Support the expanded use of volunteers and interns for the delivery of teacher programming.

    Inter-Departmental Connections and Communication

    • Communicate operational needs with other Science Center departments to ensure program and project success.
    • Plan, manage, deliver, and evaluate professional development and informal education training for all Early Childhood Educators appropriate to the performance of their assigned duties.
    • Provide program, financial, and statistical information as needed to the Science Center’s Institutional Advancement team in support of fundraising efforts.
    • Provide needed program information and assets to the Science Center’s Marketing team.
    • Attend staff meetings and training sessions to encourage teamwork, strengthen and promote communication and enhance professional growth.

    National and Regional STEM Education Community Engagement       

    • Network and engage with the national and regional STEM education community to cultivate key partnerships and programming clients.
    • Engage and network with regional school and community leaders, and as part of civic teams and boards, to continuously find partnership opportunities.
    • Represent the Science Center at local, regional, and national conferences, and participate in professional development opportunities for continual self-improvement.

    Personnel Management

    Train, supervise and evaluate paid staff, volunteers, interns and work study students. Including: includes; developing and orienting staff to the Discovery Room gallery.


    Growth Mindset

    Act as an active, engaged Science Center employee with creative problem solving skills who demonstrates a willingness to take initiative to achieve program learning objectives.


    Flexible Schedule

    Science play can occur any day or time, within or beyond museum hours (9:00 am-5:30 pm). The ability to work weekends and holidays is required to accommodate the needs of our visitors.


    Physical Demands
    Science play in this setting requires good stamina and range of motion. Be prepared to be on your feet most of the day. You will bend, kneel and lift as you work and play. We also ask that you can lift up to 40 pounds. 


    • BS or BA in a relevant Early Childhood Education or Science field required. Master’s degree preferred.
    • 3-5 years of informal science education or cultural institution experience; emphasis on early childhood required.
    • Experience creating curriculum and/or informal education programs highly desirable.
    • Interpretive training, CIG Certification is a plus.


    • Must have a valid driver’s license and driving record that allows for the use of Science Center vehicles.
    • Be open to become Media trained by the Science Center’s Media team for on and off site promotion of the Saint Louis Science Center.


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