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City Park New Orleans

15 Henry Thomas Drive

New Orleans, LA 70124

504-523-1357

Today's Hours 9:30am - 4:30pm

City Park New Orleans

15 Henry Thomas Drive

New Orleans, LA 70124

504-523-1357

Early Learning Director

STRATEGIC JOB DESCRIPTION 

Every employee at the Louisiana Children’s Museum has the same Strategic Job Description. It includes three elements, listed in order of priority.

  • Your first priority – Is to achieve the organization’s purpose. In other words, you in particular are responsible for everything.
  • Your second priority – Is to help others achieve the organization’s purpose.
  • Your third priority – Is to carry out your job function.

POSITION SUMMARY

The Early Learning Director directly oversees the First 1,000 Days initiative, including onsite learning programs and opportunities, virtual learning programs and opportunities, “at home” programs and professional development and training programs.  The museum’s growing commitment to strengthening the ecosystem supporting our youngest citizens – those between birth and age 3 – is exemplified in the work planned and executed by this team member. The Director is responsible for development, coordination, and delivery of the onsite early learning programming at the Louisiana Children’s Museum, advancing the “language” and commitments of the First 1,000 Days initiative. They are responsible for training and mentoring staff and monitoring early learning programs throughout LCM. The Early Learning Director will understand and model child development practices for children and adults alike, modeling healthy behavior and practices for our adult visitors when facilitating programs. This position works closely with the CEO and CLO to ensure age appropriate play based activities are delivered to advance the museum’s mission.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  1. College degree required; degree in early childhood development
  2. Deep knowledge of child development from birth to age 5
  3. 3 or more years of full time experience working with young children in a formal or informal learning environment
  4. Familiarity with Reggio Emilia approach, including documentation processes and the use of documentation panels for adult learning
  5. Willingness to actively contribute to positive work culture of the organization
  6. Must demonstrate initiative and have a high level of energy and enthusiasm
  7. Good organizational and multitasking skills
  8. Strong communication, presentation and training skills

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

  1. Work with the CEO and CLO to implement the First 1,000 Days initiative and associated programs. Qualifications include deep knowledge of child development from birth to age 3, and experience working with parents and caregivers of young children on their journey of parenting young children during key social-emotional attachment periods
  2. Communicate all details of programs to Marketing Director and Development Director Qualifications include experience telling the stories of young children’s capacities as important advocacy tools.  Prior experience working with marketing personnel / committees to share information, Development staff to understand impact from investors and general public to see value in investing in young children.
  3. Document – Collect multi-media samples and materials to show the interactive experiences, parent learning, written summaries and evaluations of all programs, necessary information for grant reports, monthly summaries and budget tracking for programs.  Qualifications include experience with Reggio Emilia inspired documentation materials and panels, with collecting and sorting parents’ reflections as well as children’s thinking and learning expressions. Experience with data collection (numbers and dollars) that are accompanied by narrative reports.
  4. Model engagement with children and their adult caregivers for LCM staff and adult visitors alike.  Qualifications include deep understanding of child development, and roles that adults play in shaping experiences that are helpful in child development.
  5. Using the First 1,000 Days plans, develop, prepare, and deliver the birth to 3 programming in Play With Me.  Qualifications include deep understanding of child development, and roles that adults play in shaping experiences that are helpful in child development.
  6. Keep the programming supply areas clean and organized
  7. Other duties as assigned

Essential Characteristics

  • Passionate about the importance of hands on experiences for early learners and has the ability to communicate this to children and their parents / caregivers.
  • Organized with strong time management skills
  • Enthusiastic, self-motivated, team player
  • Creative, strategic, and resourceful thinker
  • Steward of relationships (guests, members, program and community partners)
  • Leadership qualities found in all of our staff: courage, humility, a life-long love of learning, a yearning to excel and help others excel, a deep moral code, excitement about the world, a sense of humor, the ability to illustrate your visions, and a genuine interest in people

KEY RELATIONSHIPS

Reports to:  Chief Learning Officer

Supervises: Play With Me gallery assistant(s), First 1,000 Days employees

Coordinates with: Impact Area Managers, Visitor Services Manager, Chief Advancement Officer

Interacts with: Visitors, LCM community partners, volunteers, all LCM staff

TOOLS

  • Learning Framework
  • First 1,000 Days program planning
  • Educational Program Calendar
  • Experiences Planning Tool

TO APPLY:              

Please provide a resume and cover letter to Julia Bland at careers@lcm.org.  In your cover letter, please address the “Qualifications” under each Key Responsibility of the job description and outline how your skill set aligns with our requirements.  If a cover letter is not submitted with your resume, your application will not be considered.  Please no phone calls.  Thank you for your interest in the Louisiana Children’s Museum.