Program Manager, Connections (Pre-K partnership program)
Bay Area Discovery Museum
May 29, 2018
Based on experience
Full Time - Experienced
Connections is a research-backed community partnership program that is part of Bay Area Discovery Museum’s initiative to dramatically improve school readiness programs and services for under-served Bay Area communities. The Program Manager, Connections is primarily responsible for the planning, development, implementation and evaluation of the BADM’s Connections Program. This position promotes the Bay Area Discovery Museum and the use of its resources to community partner organizations that serve low-income, preschool children and families. This is a full-time, non-exempt position reporting to the Associate Director, School & Community Partnerships.
Implementation of educational programming (60%)
Develop and maintain trusting relationships with partner organizations and their surrounding communities and provide exceptional customer service in accordance with BADM standards.
Act as a key contributor to the ongoing refinement of interdisciplinary, developmentally appropriate curricula that work to accomplish the learning outcomes articulated in the Connections Program logic model.
Lead delivery of programming for Connections partner classrooms, including children, teachers, and parents/caregivers at both outreach and museum visits, in accordance with BADM educational philosophy and pedagogy.
Facilitate teacher and parent meetings with partner schools and organizations.
Train, supervise and evaluate the facilitation and associated tasks assigned to the Bilingual Program Coordinator, Connections.
Provide training and guidance for Schools and Community Partnerships team members, and any museum staff and volunteers that support Connections programming and help with administrative tasks.
Administration, planning, and evaluation (40%)
Oversee events calendar, including:
Scheduling outreach to schools
Scheduling museum visits
Reserving, tracking, and submitting invoices for payment of group transportation
Coordinating use of BADM classrooms and other program spaces
Manage communication with Connections partners.
Supervise the administrative work of the Bilingual Program Coordinator, Connections.
Ensure goals and objectives for Connections are met, including:
Administering and tracking on-going internal evaluations
Recording and documenting progress of the program
Primary person in charge of the database for Connections partners and resource tracking.
Assist in planning and management of the Connections budget.
Assist Development department with preparation of Connections related grants and funding by providing content and informing proposals.
Collaborate with BADM directors to think strategically about potential Connections expansion and partnership shifts. Inform revision process in regards to positioning, goals, and language used to describe Connections internally and externally.
Other duties as required.
Degree or certification in early childhood education, child development, informal education or equivalent work experience in a related field required
Demonstrated knowledge of child development and developmentally appropriate teaching practices required
Bilingual in Spanish, Cantonese or Mandarin strongly desired
Ability to communicate clearly (in person, on the phone, and in writing) and work effectively with a variety of people from diverse socio-economic and cultural backgrounds
Demonstrated skill at balancing the prioritization and execution of routine daily detail-oriented tasks and long-term projects
Ability to engage in sustained, high-energy interactions with large groups of young children, families and teachers, while being responsive to the changing needs of the group and maintaining high standards of customer service
Ability to work as a collaborative and flexible team member in an active, fast-paced environment
Experience in community engagement, parent advocacy, subsidized preschools or social work strongly desired
Familiarity with Bay Area agencies and services for low-income families strongly desired
Basic computer skills including Microsoft Office applications and web-based survey/questionnaire services required
Must possess current California driver’s license and have reliable access to a car; local travel required
About Bay Area Discovery Museum
The Discovery School is a Reggio-inspired preschool housed at the Bay Area Discovery Museum, utilizing child-directed curriculum and based on current educational research coming out of the Center for Childhood Creativity. Our program is the first licensed preschool housed within a Museum in California, and we are fortunate to offer a low student to teacher ratio, an incredibly warm parent community, and opportunities to collaborate with staff of both the Museum and the research based CCC (Center for Childhood Creativity). In addition, we are blessed with a beautiful natural setting, looking out over San Francisco Bay and the Golden Gate Bridge as we step out of the classroom.
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