WHO WE ARE Thinkery is where Austin’s children and their families come to enjoy play-based, inquiry-rich, hands-on learning experiences. We believe that innovative, play-based, STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) learning experiences are a powerful way for children to develop problem-solving skills, critical thinking, and curiosity about the world around them. Our exhibits and programs encourage children—alongside with their caregivers—to solve creative challenges, explore a variety of materials, and to develop new ways to complete unfamiliar projects. Through these activities, children gain the tools and confidence to develop and grow into enthusiastic, creative, lifelong STEAM learners and thinkers: thinkeryaustin.org
WHO YOU ARE You will support the museum by serving as a project manager to implement new processes and procedures intended to bolster adult engagement in children’s learning in the museum. You have strong research, evaluation, and project management skills. A passion and experience with informal science education is a plus. The position is a full-time exempt role, funded through an Institute for Museum and Library Services funded project titled “Supporting Adults as Children’s Learning Facilitators: A Museum-University Research Partnership. This is a temporary position beginning October 1, 2019 and runs through September 30, 2021, with the possibility of extensions based on continued grant funding. You will be an employee of the museum reporting directly to the Director of Learning Experiences and will work in close conjunction with Dr. Cristine Legare with the Department of Psychology at The University of Texas at Austin. More information about Dr. Cristine Legare and the Evolution, Ontogeny, and Variation in Learning Lab can be found at: www.cristinelegare.com<www.cristinelegare.com>. Qualified applicants will be asked to submit a 2-page statement of research interests and up to two publications.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS
* Conducting a literature review and observational research in advance of a comprehensive gallery assessment to identify priority areas for new exhibit signage and gallery prompts; * Developing, prototyping, and evaluating exhibit signs and test prompt cards in English and Spanish bilingual formats, aligned with the museum’s education framework (emphasizing STEAM, play-based learning, and inquiry for children of different ages); * Evaluating and recommending new visitor engagement prompts and signage informed by the above findings; * Managing and executing the collection of data and train others to assist in the data collection and evaluation process; * Analyzing large scale quantitative datasets of parent-child interaction and children’s learning; * Writing and publishing papers for scientific journals; * Assisting with the development of new staff training informed by research findings; * Assisting with the curation of a new online and on-site parent resource gallery including best practices from the field; * Identifying future research needs for the museum; * Documenting all relevant processes, particularly regarding gallery assessment and evaluations, in order to support Thinkery’s institutional knowledge; * Convening museum and community advisors project meetings; * Manage a federally funded grant project including timeline, budget, deliverables and resources * Report on federally funded grant project including deliverables, evaluation, budget monitoring, etc.; * Represent Thinkery’s key values of inclusion, excellence, respect, innovation, playfulness, cooperation, and creativity; * Support a culture of cross organization communication, collaboration and information sharing KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES
* Strong interpersonal skills * Highly advanced statistical skills are required (SEM, multi-level modeling, Bayesian statistics). * Experience with behavioral coding software (Datavyu or similar software) * Experience implementing evaluation measures including observation and surveys is expected. * Proven skills in project management, technical writing, statistical analysis, conceptual thinking and problem-solving abilities. * Fluency in English and Spanish (preferred). * Advanced computer skills in Microsoft Office Suite and Excel * Advanced data analyses skills and proficiency with statistical software (including R) are required. EXPERIENCE & EDUCATION:
* Ph.D. in psychology, education, cognitive science, museum studies, or a closely related field, with experience conducting research on the development of scientific reasoning, causal learning, and early science education is preferred. Master’s degree in related field is required. * 3+ years studying parent-child interaction and historically underrepresented communities is preferred. * Knowledge of informal learning educational philosophies and theories. * Ability to identify and develop appropriate assessment strategies, instruments, and tools (i.e. including surveys, observations, interviews, focus groups, and prototyping) supporting a wide range of research and evaluation activities. * Ability to collaborate effectively with professional colleagues within and outside the Museum. * Prior experience conducting research and evaluation in education, museums, and/or non-profit environments (preferred). OTHER REQUIREMENTS
* Schedule and availability reflect that the organization is a 7-day-a-week operation. Days and hours of work are largely Monday through Friday, 9 am to 5 pm, with flexibility for personal needs and preferences. Periodic duties outside of/in excess of regular work week schedule during seasonal high-volume times. * Assist in engaging and sustaining volunteers through introduction, information sharing and oversight. Proactively provide support ensuring each volunteer has a productive, safe and meaningful experience. PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to:
* Observe and react to the needs of guests, staff, volunteers, and community partners. * Move throughout the museum * Communicate and exchange accurate information with guests, staff, volunteers, and partners in a variety of formats including in-person, electronically, and over the phone. * Detect and respond to safety hazards * Occasionally work in outdoor environments * Operate a computer efficiently and accurately BENEFITS
* Affordable Medical, Dental, and Vision coverage * 100% paid Short-Term and Long-Term Disability Insurance * 100% paid Basic Life and AD&D * 80 hours of vacation time and 96 hours of sick time accrued each year * 13 paid holidays per year * 403B Plan This job description should not be construed to imply these requirements are the only duties, responsibilities and qualifications for this job. Incumbents may be required to follow any additional related instructions, acquire related job skills, and perform other related work as required. This job description may be updated as needed. The Thinkery is an Equal Opportunity Employer. This company does not and will not discriminate in employment and personnel practices on the basis of race, sex, age, handicap, religion, national origin, sexual orientation or any other basis prohibited by applicable law. Hiring, transferring and promotion practices are performed without regard to the above listed items. All candidates offered a position will be required to submit to a background and reference checks.
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