Missouri History Museum
  • 25-Sep-2019 to 24-Nov-2019 (CST)
  • Early Childhood/Family Programs
  • St. Louis, MO, USA
  • Starting base rate: $14.90
  • Hourly
  • Full Time

Comprehensive benefits package

Position Summary:

The Early Childhood and Family Programs Coordinator develops and implements innovative education programs that engage families, youth groups, and early childhood audiences in the museum environment. This position splits time working in the History Clubhouse 30-40% of the work week and spending the remaining hours on program preparation and delivery.

Essential Functions:

  • 12-16 hours per week in the History Clubhouse:
    • Lead a team of Early Childhood and Family Programs Museum Educators to implement weekly programming that happens inside the History Clubhouse (including Storytelling programs and special events)
      • Interact with a variety of family, youth, and early childhood groups during their visits to the History Clubhouse
      • Interpret historical content when interacting with both children and their caregivers
      • Sanitize and ensure cleanliness and organization
      • Work to ensure safety of visitors
      • Work to protect gallery space from misuse
      • Coordinate with resource protection and visitor experiences teams regarding programs, groups, and schedules
      • Ensure opening and closing procedures are complete
  • 24-28 hours per week on program preparation and delivery:  
    • Schedule weekly rotations for Early Childhood and Family Programs Staff and volunteers working in the History Clubhouse and facilitating Early Childhood and Family programs
    • Assist with staff training for working in the History Clubhouse and facilitating Early Childhood and Family programs
    • Develop and evaluate programming that happens inside the History Clubhouse (including Storytelling programs)
    • Assist with the development, coordination, implementation and evaluation of all Early Childhood and Family Programs (including but not limited to Parent & Me Programs, Da de los Muertos, Family Nights, Scouts programs, Winter Getaway, MLK Celebration, Summer Family Fun Series, Early Childhood Group Visits and Outreach programs)
    • Request and check out library books for storytelling programs


  • Interact with MHS visitors in a friendly and professional manner, providing a welcoming presence.
  • Attend bi-weekly update meetings with supervisor.
  • Purchase and maintain necessary supplies and equipment.
  • Report program attendance and progress regularly
  • Attend and actively participate in educational and professional training as scheduled.


  • Bachelor's degree in Education, Early Childhood Development, Human Environmental Sciences, Family and Consumer Sciences, Museum Education, Museum Studies, or related field required
  • Minimum 3 years of experience working with children ages 10 and under and at least one year of experience working with children ages 2-5
  • Minimum 2 years of program management experience
  • Must have occasional weekend and evening availability
  • Physically able to stand and walk for long periods of time during day-long programs
  • Physically able to lift supplies and small furniture up to 20 pounds on occasion
  • Physically able to work with children at their level, including kneeling and sitting on the floor

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with staff scheduling and training preferred
  • Experience facilitating bilingual (English-Spanish) programs preferred


  • Strong background in museum interpretation
  • Strong background in early childhood and/or family program development and delivery
  • Knowledge of educational pedagogy, educational trends and the needs of early childhood educators, families, and groups
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Comfortable speaking publicly in large and small group settings
  • Strong ability to work as a member of a team
  • Strong ability to make sound, on-the-spot decisions that reflect changing or unexpected needs of the Museum's visitors
  • An interest in and passion for history
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint)
  • Trained or willing to be trained in First Aid, CPR, and AED

Preferred Skills:

  • Bilingual in English and Spanish preferred; fluency in any language other than spoken English is also a plus
  • Familiarity with Reggio approach and/or constructivist approach to learning highly preferred
  • Experience working with children with disabilities preferred

Deadline to Apply: Position open until filled.

Please upload cover letter and resume when applying.

An Equal Opportunity Employer

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