Maker Space Specialist

Posting ID : A1068469066
Date Posted : 2015-08-18
Category : Education Teaching

Status:Part-Time (28 hours/week)
Reports to:Visitor Engagement Manager

We collaborate to create transformative learning experiences through the arts and sciences.

Organization Overview
Portland Children's Museum consists of three aligned entities: (1) the Museum, where exhibits and programs serve the public both on- and off-site, (2) Opal School, a fee-based preschool and K-5 public charter school, and (3) the Museum Center for Learning, which documents and disseminates fresh approaches to education and provides professional development for educators. In this description, Museum, School, and Center refer to the specific entity, while Portland Children's Museum (or, "the organization") refers to the whole

Job Overview
Develop and facilitate engaging visitor-driven explorations with recycled materials for families with young children as part of a team delivering high quality experiences for Museum visitors. This hands-on position involves a significant amount of time working with visitors and volunteers in the Museum's maker space, encouraging experimentation, invention, and creativity using a variety of tools and materials.

Job Responsibilities
Facilitate in the maker space (40% of time)
Welcome and orient all visitors to the maker space in an engaging manner
Support visitors' creative explorations through positive interactions, demonstrations, and verbal prompts
Observe how visitors' engage with the materials, environment, and each other, and seek ways to deepen their engagement
Note any additional support or information Floor Facilitators need in the maker space and collaborate with the Visitor Engagement Manager to make positive changes

Manage materials and environment (25% of time)
Order, solicit, organize, store, distribute, and track inventory of all materials and tools for maker space programming, including sourcing, gathering, and prepping recycled materials for the maker space and occasionally for other Museum programs that need recycled materials
Maintain clean and organized storage spaces
Maintain the maker space budget and track expenses
Collaborate with the Guest Services Supervisor on training Facilitators to work in the maker space and keeping them up-to-date on policies and new activities

Develop, evaluate and document (20% of time)
Develop activities and revenue-generating workshops that will bring out visitors' creativity, both in the maker space and in support of special events
Observe and document visitors' behavior in writing, through sketches, and/or in photographs
Modify the activities to deepen visitor engagement
Invite and implement observations and ideas from Facilitators when appropriate
Assist with short- and long-term planning and improvements to the maker space
Stay current with maker space innovations in other institutions, and develop a network of maker-space colleagues

Communicate (10% of time)
Ensure that all Museum stakeholders know about projects in the maker space and any relevant changes in policy
Work with the Sales Manager to establish cash management practices, pricing policies and seasonal sales activities
Answer visitors' questions about maker space projects, including inquiries made by phone and email

Supervise (5% of time)
Serve as Manager on Duty as needed
Identify opportunities for volunteers to support the maker space; collaborate with the Community Engagement Manager to recruit, train, and supervise volunteers in the maker space

Associates Degree or equivalent experience preferred
One year experience working with children and/or families
Experience developing hands-on education programs
Knowledge and experience using various tools and materials used in maker spaces, such as wood working, wiring, electronics, sewing, and/or recycled construction
Educational philosophy aligned with Museum mission, vision and values
Genuine passion and curiosity about how young children and their families make meaning using various materials
Team-player who is dependable and self-motivated
Excellent communication and customer service skills
Ability to prioritize tasks and meet deadlines
Positive attitude in challenging situations
Strong commitment to diversity
Readiness to work evenings and weekends as needed; schedule will include at least one weekend day

To apply
Send letter of interest, resume and three professional references and required salary with Maker Space in the subject line.

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