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Executive Director

Posted

Location: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S.A.

Museum Overview

The Betty Brinn Children’s Museum is dedicated to providing hands-on educational experiences that help children build fundamental cognitive, social, emotional and physical skills during their formative years, and to educate adults about the profound influence of early learning on a child’s academic and lifelong success. The Museum is a private, nonprofit organization that opened its doors in 1995, thanks to a grassroots effort begun by three Milwaukee women: Therese Binder, Susie Gruenberg and Julie Sattler-Rosene, determined to create a place where families in southeastern Wisconsin could learn and play together. The Museum is named in honor of Betty Brinn, a successful Milwaukee businesswoman who spent most of her childhood in foster homes and orphanages throughout Wisconsin. As an adult, Betty dedicated her life to helping underrepresented women and children in the Milwaukee area secure health care. Her legacy continues to impact the city of Milwaukee in this treasured educational landmark.

Museum exhibits and programs reflect developmental milestones recognized by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, as well as state and national academic standards, and promote school readiness by focusing on early literacy; beginning science, technology, engineering, arts, and math concepts; the development of planning and problem-solving skills; cooperation, self-esteem and self-discipline; and physical coordination. The Museum’s mission is supported by the design of age-appropriate, hands-on exhibits and programs for children, and adult education programs that focus on early childhood brain development, learning styles, parenting skills and how the museum environment can be used to promote a young child’s cognitive, emotional, social and physical growth. The Museum is committed to ensuring access by all children and families in the community and served over 85,000 people in 2018 at reduced fees or for free. The Museum’s Maker Initiatives were established in 2013 to expand the organization’s core learning-by-doing mission to the larger community through year-round maker programs at the Museum, community outreach, the annual presentation of Maker Faire® Milwaukee, and the establishment of its satellite makerspace, Brinn Labs, in 2018.

Position Overview

The Betty Brinn Children’s Museum is seeking a dynamic, visionary leader with a proven track record of success in management to serve as its next Executive Director. The Executive Director will provide leadership, vision and direction for all aspects of the organization to achieve the Museum’s mission and goals. Ideal candidates will have a passion for early childhood education in all its forms, and the Maker movement, with a focus on learning by doing, an appreciation for creativity, and the ability to embody and communicate that passion as a primary ambassador for the Museum in the community.

The Executive Director will serve as the Museum’s primary representative in the media, in fundraising contexts and in community settings. He or she will have a desire and ability to successfully develop relations with the community and diverse constituents, including individuals, corporations, foundations, other nonprofit organizations and more. Working closely with the Board of Directors, the Executive Director will focus on strategic and operational planning for the future. Moreover, the Executive Director will be able to manage the growth and development of the Museum to address the specific and evolving needs of children, families and the greater community. A leadership approach that is as accessible, supportive and empowering is essential, balanced by strong decision-making and results-oriented accountability. We seek a principled leader with a proven successful track record of sound financial administration and strong operations management.

For more information and to learn more, visit bbcmkids.org and brinnlabs.org.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

Strategic Vision and Leadership

  • Collaborate with the Board to refine and implement the Museum’s strategic and annual plan including objectives and strategies with clear performance measures.
  • Ensure that the budget, staff, programs and operations are aligned with the Museum’s core mission.
  • Provide inspirational leadership and direction to all staff; ensure the continued development and management of a professional and efficient organization.
  • Establish effective decision-making and operational processes that will enable the Museum to achieve its long- and short-term goals and objectives.
  • Cultivate a strong and transparent working relationship with the Board and ensure open communication about the measurement of financial, programmatic, and impact performance against stated milestones and goals.

Fiscal Management and Fund Development

  • Develop and execute short and long-term comprehensive fund-raising development plans including for individual major donors, foundations, public sources and new events.
  • Create and maintain effective annual fundraising strategies to meet Museum goals.
  • Establish and oversee financial plan including revenue and expenses to ensure financial integrity, growth, and stability of the organization.
  • Manage annual audits and ensure that Museum stays current with its fiscal reporting responsibilities.
  • Maintain consistent communication with Board Finance Chair and the Board at large on all fiscal developments.
  • Cultivate relationships with (potential) major individual, foundation and corporate donors.
  • Ensure that a flow of diversified funds is received to make continuous progress toward the achievement of the Museum’s mission and, that those funds are allocated properly to reflect present needs and future potential.

Staff Leadership and Operational Planning 

  • Support and promote the Museum’s mission and continue to advance those principles.
  • Lead the staff by setting expectations, being accessible, delegating and empowering.
  • Develop metrics to benchmark organizational health and maintain accountability.
  • Establish a culture of performance excellence and continuous improvement.
  • Demonstrate and lead efforts for diversity and inclusion among staff, partners and suppliers.
  • Oversee sales, visitor experiences and product/exhibit development.
  • Ensure strong management and staff through training and ongoing staff development.
  • Refine, maintain and execute educational philosophy of the Museum.
  • Continue and expand programs to service low income and underserved communities, including those served by social service agencies and people with special needs.
  • Set operational and cultural tone for the organization through demonstrated transparency and communication
  • Oversee the delivery of a superior Museum visitor experience, community outreach efforts and a high-quality revenue generating exhibit for sale and rental program.

Community Relations and Partnerships

  • Create lasting and beneficial partnerships with private and public leaders in the community.
  • Oversee public relations and marketing efforts and events.
  • Professionally and with energy, advocate for, and represent the Museum in the community and with media.
  • Build and sustain strong relationships with key partner constituents in the public, private and nonprofit sectors.

Board Relations and Governance

  • Collaborate with Board leadership to develop long term vision, strategy and goals for the Museum.
  • Maintain clear and transparent communication with the Board Chair and Executive Committee.
  • Ensure that the Board of Directors has the necessary information to effectively perform its fiduciary and governance responsibilities.
  • Partner with Board members on donor cultivation and solicitation.
  • Serve as a key liaison between the staff and the Board to ensure that the decisions of the Board are communicated and implemented.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Minimum of a B.A. degree from an accredited university. Advanced degree preferred
  • Prior nonprofit leadership experience preferred; management of a complex program, department and/or organization preferred
  • Familiarity with best practices in early childhood education
  • Substantial board development, fundraising, marketing/branding and fiscal management experience a must
  • Ability to set clear priorities, delegate, and guide investment in people and systems is essential
  • Experience in developing and executing long term and annual plans including objectives, strategies and financial and non-financial measurements
  • Excellent coalition building skills with an ability to communicate and work effectively with a variety of internal and external stakeholders; a persuasive negotiator able to achieve consensus amongst differing opinions
  • Outstanding presentation, writing and communication skills and the experience and proclivity to be an outgoing spokesperson, relationship builder, and fundraiser
  • Strong commitment to the professional development of staff; successful track record of recruiting and retaining a diverse team
  • Proven capacity for leadership, including the ability to effectively assemble and motivate a team of professionals to achieve ambitious and measurable results
  • Proven ability to develop and maintain meaningful relationships with diverse and key stakeholders
  • Experience with a major capital campaign effort is a plus

Instructions for Executive Director Applicants

For full and confidential consideration, please email all items below, combined into one document, to BBCM@leadingtransitions.com no later than 5:00 p.m. CT on Thursday, June 20, 2019:

  1. A letter describing:
  2. Your qualifications for this Executive Director position
  3. Your specific interest in the Betty Brinn Children’s Museum’s mission
  4. Your salary parameters
  • Addressed to Mindy Lubar Price, President & CEO – Leading Transitions
  1. A detailed and updated resume; and
  2. The names of, your relationship to, and contact information for, three professional references.

Please note:

  • References will not be contacted until a candidate has been notif
  • Background and verification checks will subsequently be performed, with candidate permission.
  • All inquiries and interactions with potential candidates are kept in strict confidence.

 

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Creative Lab Manager

Posted

Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Organization: OliOli (see www.olioli.ae)

CREATIVE LAB DESCRIPTION The Creative Lab is a hands on tinkering and making space for kids and families. The exhibits and activities in the Creative Lab Gallery are designed to facilitate opened-ended exploration and creation by children of all ages and their families.

The Creative Lab Team specializes in the development, and facilitation, of high quality, hands on making and tinkering activities for children that take place throughout the museum. These programs range from Drop In Activities, Weekend Workshops, Holiday/Summer Camps, After School Programs, Field Trip Experiences, Special Events, Off-site Outreach Programs, Corporate Team Building, and more.

From high tech to low tech, and the artistic to the engineered, we teach kids and families how tinker, design, make, and create together.

POSITION OVERVIEW The Creative Lab Manager will oversee all of the exhibits, activities, and operations of the Creative Lab Gallery. This includes the day to day set up of the gallery, as well as the maintenance, repair, and continual improvement of its exhibits and activities. The Creative Lab manager will train museum staff on how to facilitate these different exhibits and activities. The Creative Lab is the hub for art supplies, tools, and materials for the entire museum, and the Creative Lab Manager will be in charge of the organization and management of all of these supplies.

The Creative Lab Manager will assist the Director of the Creative Lab in all aspects of Creative Lab programming, from ordering and preparing materials, to teaching workshops, camps, classes and facilitating other types of events. The Creative Lab Manager, with the assistance of the Director of the Creative Lab, will also have the opportunity to develop new exhibits, activities, tinkering experiences, camps, workshops, and other programs.

The Creative Lab Manager will work towards OliOli’s vision of creating awesome experiences and memories for children, acting as OliOli’s brand ambassador, with the primary objective of engaging with all visitors in an empathetic, thoughtful and joyful manner.

Ideal candidates have strong experience as educators or teachers; strong experience and interest with making, tinkering, and creative use of technology; and most importantly, are looking for a highly collaborative opportunity where they can design, and implement their most exciting ideas for museum exhibits, activities, and programming.

KEY DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Maintain all daily operations of the gallery:

○ Prepare, setup, repair, and improve all of the activities and exhibits in the Creative Lab

○ Train, and help, museum floor staff on how to facilitate these activities in the Creative Lab

○ Manage, purchase, track, and organize all the tools and materials of the Creative Lab

○ Help keep the gallery, its classroom, cabinets, and work areas neat and tidy.

  • Assist in all aspects of Creative Lab programming

○ Help with the setting up, preparation, and facilitation of all Creative Lab programs, including but not limited to, weekend workshops, holiday camps, school group workshops, offsite events, and museum wide activations.

○ With the assistance of the Director of the Creative Lab , prototype and develop new exhibits and activities for the Creative Lab Gallery as well as develop new workshops, camps, and other programs

○ Ensure safe use of tools and machines by visitors and colleagues

○ Support other museum colleagues as needed for special events and programs

  • Improve communication with visitors to the Creative Lab

○ With the assistance of the Director of the Creative Lab, develop and implement new signage and instructional videos for our exhibits and activities

○ Help develop new ways to get feedback from visitors

○ Assist in developing new ways to track visitor numbers to the Creative Lab Gallery and our programs

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Strong interest in prototyping and making
  • Ability to learn technical skills quickly
  • Fluency with using computers and G Suite (Google Docs, Sheets, Etc)
  • Ability to take initiative, work independently, and problem solve in a fast paced work environment
  • Strong organizational and time management skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills and customer service experience
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to interact positively with children, adults, and large groups
  • Experience working with young children (ages 2-13) and their families in informal or formal education settings
  • Experience developing and facilitating, lesson plans, curriculum, classes, activities, or workshops for kids
  • Ability to work with diverse staff and visitors
  • Excellent grasp of the English language. Arabic is a plus

PREFERRED TECHNICAL SKILLS Candidates should have basic understanding of, and experience with, at least 3 of the following:

  • Vector based digital design programs (Illustrator or Inkscape)
  • Digital Fabrication with a Laser Cutter
  • Simple 3D modeling (TinkerCAD or Sketch Up)
  • Basic block based coding (MakeCode and Scratch)
  • Microcontrollers (Arduino, micro:bit, Raspberry Pi)
  • Hand tools and small power tools (Hammers, Saws, Clamps, Drills)

MOVING

  • This position would require moving to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.

GENERAL REQUIREMENTS & PHYSICAL DEMANDS

  • Be an ambassador for the OliOli brand; ensure that every visitor’s experience at OliOli meets or exceeds expectations, specifically through inclusive, culturally appropriate, positive and memorable interactions with a friendly and sincere approach
  • Contribute to a positive, team-based, work culture
  • Collect and communicate visitor’s feedback and suggestions
  • Attend to guest queries, and complaints. Amicably resolve matters with any dissatisfied guests
  • The role is expected to be physically demanding and the candidate must have the physical and emotional capacity to deal with the role’s requirements
  • This position requires the ability to do one or more of the following throughout the day stand, sit, walk, bend, and reach above and below shoulder level, carry objects of differing sizes and weights. Involves frequent repetitive motion
  • The noise level in the work environment is highly variable, from quiet to loud
  • The working timings include morning and/or evening shifts. Weekends and holidays work are required

SCHEDULING REQUIREMENTS

  • Working weekends (Fridays and Saturdays) is a requirement for this position. Off days will be on weekdays (Sunday – Thursday). Scheduling will be coordinated with the Director of the Creative Lab
  • School and government holidays are the busiest times for any museum. All employees must be prepared to plan their vacations for different periods of time.

TRAITS & CHARACTERISTICS

  • Ability to learn technical skills and interest in growing those skills
  • Self-starter and self-motivated; thrives working in a team-oriented and collaborative environment
  • Lots of positive energy; respectful of diversity; patient and empathetic; friendly; courteous
  • Interest and enthusiasm for working with children and families
  • Ability to work with diverse staff and visitors
  • Adaptable to perform a variety of duties

EDUCATION College degree is required. Majors in art, technology, design, or education will be a plus.

SALARY AND BENEFITS Salary will range from AED 12K – 14K a month depending on experience. Benefits:

  • Relocation allowance
  • Health insurance
  • Annual return air-ticket back home (once every 12 months)
  • Gratuity in accordance with UAE law
  • 30-days annual leave

HOW TO APPLY Interested, and qualifying, candidates must send an email with CV and Cover Letter attached in PDF format to CreativeLab.OliOli@gmail.com. Please put Creative Lab Manager in the subject line.

 

 

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Labs Manager

Posted

Location: Washington D.C., U.S.A.

Duties

The Labs at DC Public Library is comprised of three Labs: The Fab Lab, a makerspace offering classes, programming and reservations for emerging technologies and more established equipment; The Studio Lab, where Library customers can learn and reserve time with audiovisual technology and equipment for audio and video recording, editing and more; and The Memory Lab, a personal digital archiving space where residents can convert and preserve content on obsolete or near-obsolete formats. Labs staff not only provide classes for the public, but also supply training and best practices in STEM/STEAM and audiovisual instruction for library staff systemwide.

  • Serves as the Library’s lead specialist and advocate on maker and audiovisual technologies, and as an advisor and resource on maker and studio spaces to library staff and stakeholders. Makes recommendations regarding kinds and levels of services needed to better serve target populations.
  • Together with the Labs at DC Public Library staff, conceptualizes, plans, and carries out services and projects for the Library system relating to maker and audiovisual technologies.
  • Promotes the use of Labs equipment and programming, advising customers of appropriate services, and involving the library in local and national maker networks. Leverages and collaborates with local network to provide library services to District residents of all ages.
  • Analyzes department workflows and develops process improvements in services, including instructional and learning pathways for Labs services.
  • In collaboration with colleagues, implements a training plan to educate all library staff on basic services offered in the Labs, and opportunities for similar, appropriate services at other locations.
  • Works as part of the Central Library leadership team to ensure smooth operations of the facility and a positive customer experience throughout the building.
  • Fulfills other Supervisory Librarian duties and responsibilities.

 

Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree in Library Science from an ALA-accredited institution or other related field.
  • Five years experience providing direct public service in a library or educational setting including three years’ experience.
  • Facilitating and leading trainings on emerging, maker and/or audiovisual technologies.
  • Developing services and programs, including working with community partners, such as schools, nonprofits and other government agencies.
  • Designing and implementing improvements to processes, services, programs and initiatives.
  • Experience supervising staff and creating a positive and productive department culture.
  • Knowledge, experience and familiarity with instructional design.

To apply, or for additional details, please visit our website at http://dclibrary.org/about/careers

Equal Opportunity Employer

 

 

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MakerSpace Coordinator

Posted

Location: Texas, U.S.A.

The University Libraries at Texas State University are seeking qualified applicants for a MakerSpace Coordinator. Reporting to the Director of Technology Engagement, this position will oversee the operations, programming and ongoing development of a brand new, 3000 sq. ft. makerspace at Alkek Library. To view the full job posting, visit: https://jobs.hr.txstate.edu/postings/25117.

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Makerspace Coordinator

Posted

Location: Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.A.

FT/PT:                       FT beginning fall of 2019

Status:                        Exempt

Reports To:               Assistant Head of School

The Orchard School
Founded in 1922, Orchard is an independent, non-sectarian, Progressive school for 550 students in preschool through the 8th grade. Orchard is committed to advance each student’s academic success, self-confidence, open-mindedness, ethical character, leadership, and love of learning. Located in north Indianapolis on a 43- acre wooded campus with a state-of-the-art facility, Orchard promises academic excellence through a well-rounded education, engaging the natural curiosity of students in an active, child-centered, and experiential learning environment.  We seek, and strive to maintain, a diverse and inclusive school community, and are committed to the principles that promote diversity, equity, and inclusion. We value the skills, knowledge and experiences a diverse workforce brings to our school.

The Position
The Orchard School’s Makerspace facility and program reflects our commitment to inspire a culture of innovation in our community.  Legendary shop teacher Fred Lorenz empowered generations of students to design and build their visions, and Orchard’s Makerspace reflects the innovative problem solving and practical applications that are at the heart of hands-on learning.

The Makerspace Coordinator is primarily a teaching position focused on immersing students in Design Thinking and an appreciation for creating and building.  We are looking for an extraordinary teacher of children and adults alike, with a passion for discovery through tools, engineering principles, technology, and making.  S/he will also be an innovative educator with the vision and momentum to create, and continually refine, a curricular scope and sequence that advances Orchard’s mission, philosophy, and enduring commitment to Progressive education. Drawing upon Stanford’s Design Thinking Process (Empathize, Define, Ideate, Prototype, Test), the Makerspace Coordinator will work with students and faculty across our pre-school through eighth-grade program to help them define problems, develop prototypes, and build things by hand.  Beginning with the premise that empathy is at the center of all meaningful design, the instructor will work with students to develop their understanding of a variety of tools and technologies, including woodworking hand and power tools, 3D modeling and printing, circuits and electronics, and robotics. The ideal candidate will have the drive and initiative to expand upon Orchard’s long history of teaching students to use tools and technologies to make the world a better place.

Specific Duties

Curricular work

  • Promote, oversee, and support all program elements of the Fred Lorenz Makerspace and associated work spaces
  • With guidance from the division directors, develop and deliver learning opportunities that invite grade-level and specialty classes to the Fred Lorenz Makerspace
  • Design and deliver faculty trainings, and serve as a faculty coach and mentor in the areas of design and fabrication
  • Create learning experiences for Orchard students in the fields of design thinking, fabrication, engineering, robotics, coding, and computational thinking

Non-curricular work

  • Maintain ultimate responsibility for all operations of the Fred Lorenz Makerspace, including equipment maintenance, supply ordering, budgets, capital purchases, safety procedures, room scheduling, and volunteer coordination
  • Maintain an active presence in the local, regional, and national communities of design, making, engineering, and fabrication
  • Develop partnerships with external organizations to both support the mission of the Fred Lorenz Makerspace and provide additional learning opportunities for students, both at Orchard and throughout Indianapolis
  • Serve in a public-facing capacity to represent the Fred Lorenz Makerspace to external visitors
  • Other duties as assigned

Physical Demands

  • Mobility to roam 43-acre site and hand dexterity to utilize various shop tools
  • Occasional lifting of up to 50 lbs.

Qualifications and Attributes

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in related field
  • Multiple years of experience as an educator in areas such as design thinking, fabrication, engineering, robotics, coding, or computational thinking
  • Experience and comfort working with a wide variety of tools and technologies; including but not limited to woodworking tools, robotics, and 3D printers
  • Experience leading workshops, trainings, and projects for faculty
  • Excellent organizational and planning skills related to schedules, resource allocation, and long-range planning
  • Must be able to travel in and out of town from time to time for training and education
  • Must possess a valid and current Indiana driver’s license to utilize Orchard School vehicles on a regular basis
  • A commitment to education
  • Ability to carry out hands-on, experiential learning activities that advance the targeted learning outcomes
  • Affinity and enthusiasm for working with children
  • Capacity to inspire children
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Sound judgment and emotional maturity

Benefits

The Orchard School values our employees and offers a total compensation package designed to attract and retain talented individuals who make our school successful. Benefits include:

  • Health and dental insurance
  • Employer paid life insurance
  • Employer paid long and short-term disability
  • Retirement Savings Plan
  • 11 paid personal days
  • Tuition reimbursement

Candidates should apply by sending a resume and cover letter to hr@orchard.org by Monday, April 15th.   Please place “Makerspace” in the email subject line.

Orchard values diversity and seeks talented students, faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds. Orchard does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion or national origin in the administration of its admission, tuition assistance, or employment determination.

The Orchard School is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools and is accredited by the Independent Schools Association of the Central States.

For more information about The Orchard School, please visit: www.orchard.org.

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