Job Opportunities

If you are interested in the position below, please send an email with your resume to: jobs.orpheumkids@gmail.com or by mail to OCSM, Attn: D. Rydell, 346 N. Neil Street, Champaign, IL 61820

Education Coordinator - Deadline: January 23, 2015

The Education Coordinator is responsible for planning and implementing educational programs and events. This person facilitates field trips, museum trips, clubs, group visits, special events, outreach, and camps. PLANS AND FACILITATES EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMMING and ensures a positive and educational experience for Museum visitors. - Develop and implement field trip, camp, and club curricula. - Generates camp and club registration, and other correspondence with program participants. - Works closely with and communicates openly with Director of Operations. - Facilitates safety and security of the museum and its patrons. - Prepares Education Report for Education Committee and tracks the number of participants in education programming, clubs, field trips, and outreach. - Contributes to the development of brochures and newsletters for all area school teachers to alert them to educational opportunities for the upcoming school year. - Writes and administers education grants. - Contributes content ideas to exhibits. - Attends all staff meetings and special events. - Identifies and recruits instructors for camps and clubs. Trains staff and volunteers to assist or lead educational programs. - Organizes all field trip kits and materials. - Other duties as assigned. See Museum Associate Job Description. REQUIREMENTS - Degree or current student in education, science, or other related field. - Excellent time management and organizational skills. - Prior experience working with kids. - Interest in science and education. - Excellent communication skills and ability to interact positively with children, adults, and large groups. - Ability to react positively to a rapidly changing environment and make good decisions under pressure. - Ability to work with diverse staff and visitors. Please call the Orpheum at (217) 352-5895 or email info@orpheumkids.com for more information.

Executive Director

The Orpheum Children's Science Museum is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Executive Director. Candidates should have a successful track record in Management, Development, Programming and Fiscal Responsibility and have experience in writing grants. A Bachelor’s degree is required optimally in a science, business, or education field, and at least two years’ experience in museum management, non-profit management, education, fundraising or marketing. This is a part-time position with the potential to develop into full-time. Responsibilities will include: • Fundraising and Business Development • Oversee fundraising initiatives including the identification of and outreach to potential individuals, corporations, foundations and public funding sources. • Develop and establish strategies to approach donors and funding courses in the public and private sector, including the preparation and coordination of proposals as well as support and maintenance of relationships with partners, allies and the community. • Identify and seek out opportunities for earned revenue through programming and events that support OCSM goals and objectives. • Increase membership numbers for the OCSM. • Foster relationships with members and community partners. • Advise the Board of Directors of trends, needs and growth opportunities and strategies in the Children's Museums field and specifically for the OCSM. The Museum is accepting applications immediately and will begin interviews November 17; the application process will remain open until the position is filled. CV's, Resumes, and Cover letters and inquiries may be sent via email to jobs.orpheumkids@gmail.com or by mail to OCSM, Attn: D. Rydell, 346 N. Neil Street, Champaign, IL 61820.

Museum Associate - Deadline: January 23, 2015

The Museum Associate (MA) provides a positive and friendly face for the museum while on the museum floor. Performs duties at the front desk and supervises volunteers while on duty. MA facilitates safety and security in the museum at all times. This position reports to the Director of Operations. DAILY ACTIVITIES Responsible for daily activity of the museum: visitor relations, cash handling and sales transactions; basic daily bookkeeping, gift shop sales, restocking supplies, animal care and maintenance; general cleaning and maintenance of the museum, administrative offices and conference room; daily inspection, routine maintenance, and resetting exhibits. - Facilitates a positive and educational experience for guests by maintaining quality, cleanliness and a positive attitude. - Facilitates safety and security. Reports incidents, accidents, and fills out an incident form. - Manages cash, checks, and credit card transactions in a fast-paced environment. - Is knowledgeable about our camps, programs, membership and policies. - Maintains a daily report that is accurate and complete. - Documents daily activities. - Assists with field trips, birthday parties, programs, and events. - Assists with teaching summer camps as requested. - Performs opening and closing duties when required. Checks all doors upon leaving. - Participates in cleaning the museum and exhibit repairs, reporting as needed to the Director of Operations. - Communicates messages, phone calls, emails, and/or visits accurately. - Attends all staff meetings and special events. - Other duties as assigned. KEY AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY - Animal Care: Humane sanitary daily care of the resident animals, including feeding, daily cleaning, and weekly cleaning as assigned. - Birthday Parties: Staffing and facilitating birthday parties, helping patrons and guests with the event. Providing programming as needed for the event. - Clubs, Classes, Camps: Leading and facilitating clubs, classes, and camps as assigned. - Field Trips: Leading educational field trips in the museum as assigned and trained. - Chores: Completing daily chores for museum maintenance and documenting completion of all chores. - Documentation: Accurate and thorough documentation of registration activity, museum records, and planning documents in print and electronically as needed. - Special Events: Staffing special events as assigned both at and away from the Museum. OPTIONAL BUT PREFERRED - Prior experience working with kids. - Interest in science and education. - Previous cash handling experience. - Excellent communication skills and ability to interact positively with children, adults, and large groups. - Ability to react positively to a rapidly changing environment and make good decisions under pressure. - Ability to work with diverse staff and visitors. Please call the Orpheum at (217) 352-5895 or email info@orpheumkids.com for more information.