Founded in 1999, Cool Culture<http://coolculture.org/> connects young
children and their families living in poverty to educationally enriching
experiences available through New York City’s world-renowned cultural
institutions. Through their extensive partnership network of 400 of the
City’s early education programs (Child Care, Head Start, Pre-Kindergarten,
and Title 1 Schools) they provide 50,000 underserved families free,
unlimited admission to 90 participating museums, botanical gardens and zoos.
Such cultural experiences are critical to children’s early development and
later success in school and life. In the process, they support the cultural
vitality of local communities, help museums develop diverse audiences for
the future, and equip parents to serve as their child’s first educator.
Cool Culture is an outcomes-driven, small but quickly growing organization
with a highly committed team. Cool Culture is a diverse team committed to
social justice, a more equitable society, and speaking for those whose voice
has been silenced.
Position: Education Manager
Cool Culture is seeking a highly motivated and organized Education Manager
who will be responsible for oversight, planning, implementation, and
evaluation ofLiteracy Through Culture, a network of approximately 5
museum/preschool partnerships in collaboration with Bank Street College of
Education. The program collaborates with museums to create programming that
increases children’s observation and self-expression skills by integrating a
partnering cultural institution into the preschool classroom curriculum, and
as importantly, into a family involvement program.
The Education Manager supervises two staff members: One who coordinates the
Chinatown Family Explorers Club, a preschool/museum partnership network and
parent leadership program in Manhattan’s Chinatown; The other staff person
coordinates Literacy Without Walls, Cool Culture’s professional development
and cultural access program for elementary schools.
Additionally, the Education Manager will collaborate with museum partners to
lead professional development workshops in museums for parent coordinators
and early childhood teachers from Cool Culture’s partnering early education
programs and elementary schools. The education manager creates educational
resources for use at family festival events and for online access by Cool
Culture families and educators.
The Education Manager will report to the Education Director.
Your responsibilities will include…
* Oversee goal-setting, planning, implementation and evaluation of
Literacy Through Culture (LTC)
* Set short and long-term goals for program, conduct program
evaluation, and make program modifications as needed.
* Coordinate a team of 3 LTC consultants who work “in the field” to
facilitate the partnerships.
* Develop and deepen relationships with participating museum
educators, early childhood directors, teachers and family coordinators.
* Work with consultants to design professional development workshops
for earlychildhood educators and family coordinators about using visual
inquiry with children in the classroom, and in their work with parents.
* Plan and facilitate professional development workshops that
introduce family and parent coordinators to family learning in museums.
* Collaborate with host cultural institutions to co-design staff
* Ensure content is relevant and accessible to participants.
* Manage education staff and program reporting
* Supervise and mentor staff in their own program coordination
* Coordinate data collection and goal-setting amongst the education
team, to ensure relevancy to mission and continual program improvement.
* Compile program data and write narratives on education programs and
outcomes for use in grant reports, applications and other sharing with
internal and external stakeholders.
* Create educational resources and contribute to family events
* Develop educational materials and activity guides for use by parents
with children three through six years of age.
* Develop resources for parents that support educational family visits
to cultural institutions.
* Increase the visibility of education programs and their impact
* Work with Education Director and Communications Manager to
incorporate programming into social media and communications messaging.
* Work with Education Director to plan for long-term evaluation,
documentation, and dissemination of best practices through conference
presentations and other means.
We’re looking for….
* Someone with a minimum of four years of experience demonstrating
increasing levels of responsibility in arts education, museum education, or
early childhood education.
* Someone who is organized and has experience in managing teams.
* Someone with experience as a supervisor or team leader.
* Someone with strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to
work well with a group, independently, and with community members of diverse
* Someone with strong project management and analytical skills; a
demonstrated ability to take primary responsibility for a diverse number of
projects and to complete them in a timely manner with limited supervision.
* Somone with the ability to work collaboratively and with diverse
constituencies including parents, educators and museums.
* Someone who has an interest in social justice and arts education.
* Someone with a masters in Arts Education, Museum Education,
Education, Social Work, or a related field.
* Someone with formal training in early childhood education and/or
* Someone who is bilingual Spanish/English.
How will we know you’re the right person for the job?
Please complete the following application by midnight EST on Monday,
September 2nd. These short-answer questions are designed to replace a cover
letter; please take your time on them and copy in your answers from a
What happens if you’re selected?
You’ll be invited to join Cool Culture in their Brooklyn office as their
Education Manager. The start date is negotiable, but they’re looking to hire
someone by September 2013. The work schedule is flexible, but will include
multiple evening meetings, and some weekend meetings and events.
You’ll receive a salary of $45-$55K, depending on your level of experience,
with a full benefit package. If you have any questions about the role,
please feel free to email Abe Taleb abe.taleb[at]rework.jobs. We look
forward to reading your application!
Anti-Discrimination Policy and Commitment to Diversity
Cool Culture does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, ethnicity,
national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or gender expression.
Cool Culture is committed to maximizing the diversity of their organization,
as they want to engage all those who can contribute to this effort.