Program Team Lead

Science Museum of Minnesota
Jobs - Part Time & Seasonal
St. Paul, MN

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The Science Museum of Minnesota knows that the diversity in our communities generates better ideas, inspires creativity and is essential to building a positive workplace. As an employer of choice we hire and retain the best employees by valuing differences, creating a collaborative work environment, and providing promotional and career development opportunities.

Join our Lifelong Learning team as a Program Team Lead and help lead multiple groups of youth participants ages 3-16 in Science Museum summer camps, classes, and other educational events onsite at the Science Museum in Saint Paul and offsite at locations within the Twin Cities metro area. Provides work direction and guidance for a team of between 3 and 10 Program Assistants and/or Program Counselors.

This is a seasonal position for summer 2019. 

Work Environment & Schedule: Work both indoors in classroom settings and outdoors in all climate types, surrounded by more than 100+ children. Occasional bending, lifting, pushing, or pulling up to 25 lbs. Hours of work - Ability to work Monday through Friday during summer. Evenings and/or weekends occasionally during fall and spring. 

Job Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Serve as contact and leader to manage program logistics and paperwork while keeping to prescribed schedule.
  • Work in collaboration with the Program Staff Manager; work independently and cooperatively with team members to ensure goals and objectives for participation are being met.
  • Provide guidance and support to Program Assistants and Program Counselors in problem solving across all aspects of the program, ensuring all perspectives are considered (with support from Program Staff Manager).
  • Organize, lead, and supervise large group icebreakers, recreational activities and other large group interactions. Supervise program participants.
  • Monitor program participants to ensure they are actively engaged; proactively assist Instructors and participants with activities; and recommend Program Specialist or Manager intervention when appropriate.
  • Encourage participants' engagement and enthusiasm in program activities by modeling behavior expectations and helping create a positive learning environment.
  • Use appropriate strategies when working with learners with special needs and from diverse backgrounds.
  • Attend to the emotional needs of program participants, engage in active listening, demonstrate empathy, help if you are able, and communicate any issues to the Instructor, Program Specialist, and/or Manager. Advocate for participants who need extra assistance or accommodations.
  • Troubleshoot and handle any health, accident, or discipline problems or questions; serve as lead and first point of contact with internal partners, such as department staff, and Visitor Relations Security (VRS) to ensure positive outcomes for all. Work in collaboration with VRS and/or department staff to complete any necessary reports or communications.
  • Communicate directly with parents and caregivers (in person or by phone) about behavior, health, injuries, and other issues or concerns regarding program participants.
  • Understand and keep current on all safety and emergency procedures through established annual training. Follow and model all policies and procedures to ensure all safety precautions are adhered to; ensure Program Assistants, Program Counselors, and program participants do the same.
  • Serve as a leader, assigning tasks and/or responsibilities as needed to support the logistical aspects of program (including organizing daily attendance sheets, registrations, room signs, games bin, and lunch carts).
  • Become familiar with assigned program staff and encourage positive interactions throughout the duration of the program, promoting positive morale and camaraderie. Advocate for program staff who need extra support or training.
  • Broaden and strengthen knowledge and application of behavior management techniques and group leadership dynamics within the goals of the programs
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Must be at least 18 years old.
  • High School diploma / GED or equivalent.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of age appropriate behavior management and conflict resolution for preschool, school age, and family audiences.
  • Demonstrated aptitude for creativity, curiosity, passion, enthusiasm, integrity, and a strong professional ethic. Ability to convey information effectively.
  • Documented experience providing one to one childcare and leading groups of children (preschool, school age, or young adult).
  • Documented ability to contribute in educational team settings.
  • Documented experience working directly with stakeholders or parents.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Cultural competency and experience working with diverse communities.
  • Willingness to be open and respectful of all backgrounds.
  • Fluency in language(s) other than English valued (Hmong, Somali, Spanish).

Starting rate: $12.27+ hourly / Depending on Qualifications.

The job duties describe the general nature and level of work assigned to this position and is not an exhaustive list. For some positions, detailed procedures may be outlined in supplemental documents.

We exist to turn on the science and inspire learning, inform policy and improve lives. We envision a world in which all people have the power to use science to make lives better. We value science as an essential literacy and strive for inclusion inside and out so that our museum and our people reflect and respond to the diverse needs and cultures of our community. It is the museum’s policy and practice to hire and promote qualified job seekers from a variety of backgrounds and experiences. We offer benefit packages for full-time and part-time employees.

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