ECHO’s mission is to educate and delight people about the Ecology, Culture, History, and Opportunity for stewardship of the Lake Champlain Basin. ECHO is a dynamic learning and teaching community committed to engaging diverse public audiences in hands-on learning; providing experiential, relevant and lifelong educational experiences to guests; and inspiring environmental stewardship of the Lake Champlain Basin. The Assistant Teacher for Early Childhood supports the Youth Programs Manager to develop and deliver programs for the remaining 18 months of a two-year, grant funded Early Science Learning Initiative. The Assistant Teacher is responsible for delivering science programs to preschool groups at ECHO and coordinating materials and logistics related to early childhood programs. The position includes performing regularly for preschool groups, managing systems and materials related to preschool programming, and working collaboratively to develop and implement early science learning curricula.
Schedule: Twenty-four hours per week, scheduled as needed per teaching schedule. This is a temporary position funded for the grant period of April 1, 2017 through September 30, 2018.
Supervisory Responsibilities: None
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Deliver, hands-on science programming to preschool groups visiting ECHO.
Assist with curriculum development for early science programs, professional development workshops, and family science festivals.
Coordinate logistics for early science programs, professional development workshops and annual family science festival, including materials, refreshments, and cross-department communication.
Assist with purchasing and managing program materials, training materials, and curriculum kits.
Work with ECHO’s registrar to schedule and coordinate Classroom Field Trips and Science Programs at ECHO.
Greet and orient preschool groups as well as other school groups arriving at ECHO.
Maintain participant database and communicate with program participants and partner organizations regarding program information.
Coordinate grant-related data, such as contact lists, program evaluations, and online analytics.
Assist with grant report writing, as needed.
Other duties as assigned.
Qualifications: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Education and/or Experience:
Minimum of Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education.
At least 2 years preschool teaching experience.
Content background in STEM preferred.
Curriculum development experience preferred.
Essential Job Skills & Abilities
Excellent customer service skills, including positive attitude and willingness to put the visitor experience first.
Familiarity with Vermont’s Early Learning Standards and Framework.
Passion for supporting early science learning and/or school science readiness.
Comfort and skill engaging preschool groups in interactive, hands-on science programming.
Comfort with technology and ability to integrate media into program teaching.
Excellent team player able with strong collaborative and communication skills.
Strong work ethic and organizational skills, dependable and punctual.
Highly flexible and able to adapt to a fast-paced, dynamic environment.
Work Environment: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.
Work is performed partially in a regular office setting and in classroom spaces throughout the science center. The Assistant Teacher for Early Childhood must be able to work at a computer for several hours at a time. The position also requires the individual to effectively communicate subject matter in various classroom and education settings.
Application Instructions: ECHO is an Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes resumes from individuals who will contribute to our diversity. Send resume and cover letter to ECHO Job Search. Please put Early Childhood Teacher in the subject line of the email and send to: email@example.com.
Application Deadline: Friday, March 24, 2017.