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Employment Application Process

EdVenture is committed to creating a positive, challenging and rewarding work environment for all staff and volunteers. We are an equal opportunity employer and strive for diversity in all jobs at all levels with the organization. All resumes and applications are maintained on file for six months. Open positions will remain listed on this page until filled.

Applications are accepted only for specific job vacancies as posted and are only accepted via email. Applications should be completed and emailed to jobs@edventure.org. Please put the position(s) for which you have applied in the subject line of the email. In addition to the application, a cover letter and resume are required for all full-time positions. You will be notified by phone or email, if you are chosen for an interview. We are unable to respond to your phone calls or emails about specific positions.

In addition to our paid positions, we offer many Volunteer and Intern Opportunities as well. Please email volunteer@edventure.org for more information.

 

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Current Available Positions (updated 7/1/2014)

President & CEO

Manager of Grants and Proposals

Club EdVenture After School Educator

Experience Team - Program Guide

Special Events and Membership Coordinator

Museum Educator

 

President & CEO

Reports directly to the Board of Directors

FULL TIME/EXEMPT

MISSION

EdVenture's mission is to inspire children, youth, and the adults who care about them to experience the joy of learning.

ABOUT THE MUSEUM

EdVenture Children's Museum, opened in 2003, is recognized as one of the leading children's museum in the country. It was built in the historic Congaree Vista District of Columbia, the State's Capital, and surrounded by the University of South Carolina campus. The 92,000 square foot, two-story facility has eight world-class exhibit galleries, a library, learning laboratories, resource centers and two additional outdoor gallery spaces, all providing more than 350 individual hands-on exhibits. In addition, EdVenture's program staff offers a full complement of outreach programs tailored to the diverse community the museum serves including standards-based school programs, afterschool programs, homeschool programs, early childhood programs, distance learning, camps, cooking and fire safety programs and numerous professional development opportunities for educators. EdVenture averages 200,000 visitors each year representing all 50 states and 18 foreign countries. Forty percent of their visitors are from areas beyond the Midlands. Eighty percent represent families, with the remaining twenty percent attending as organized groups including school field trips, civic organizations and church clubs.
All exhibits at EdVenture are hands-on and experiential. The centerpiece, and first thing visitors see as they walk through the front door, is EDDIE®, the world's largest, walk-through child at 40 feet high and 17.5 tons. There is also Maker Works which offers five different maker spaces within one large gallery for children and families to use their imagination to build, create, construct and innovate. Within Body Detectives, guests can participate in the BioInvestigations Lab where they work with EdVenture's science educators to generate live experiments.
As one of South Carolina's most innovative educational resources for children and youth, EdVenture is committed to playing a major role in empowering students to make their
futures bright and filled with opportunity. Many of their programs have been designed based on the maker education movement which promotes more opportunities for young people to build confidence, foster creativity, and spark interest in science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) and the arts.
The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) selected EdVenture as one of only ten libraries and museums nationally to receive the National Medal for Museum and Library Service. In 2012, Woman's Day included EdVenture in the "Top 10 Children's Museums to Visit" and in 2013 Grandparents.com named EdVenture one of the "10 Best Children's Museums". 

THE OPPORTUNITY

Over the last decade, EdVenture has become a regional destination for interactive learning and play for children and families in South Carolina and the Southeast. EdVenture has continually expanded programs and opportunities to further its mission. In order to carry forth their mission into their next ten years and continue to address the specific needs of children and families in South Carolina, the Board has identified three core overarching principles to help guide the organization's work:

  • Healthy Development: promote, encourage and facilitate the healthy development of South Carolina's children.
  • Learning Success: enhance public perception and recognition of EdVenture as a valued link to learning success for children and families.
  • Strong Communities: be recognized as a catalyst for building strong communities.

These core principles will frame the ongoing planning, discussion and decision-making that will result in a new, comprehensive, long-term strategic plan followed by the creation of a business plan to achieve it.

POSITION SUMMARY

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the President & CEO is responsible for the executive leadership and day-to-day management of the museum. S/He works closely with and is accountable to the Board in the planning, development and implementation of the vision, mission, and goals of the organization for both annual and multi-year components of its strategic agenda. Ongoing collaboration with the governing boards and management of various private and public sector partners is a key component of the position. The President & CEO cultivates and nurtures relationships with external stakeholders including members, donors, visitors, corporations, foundations, and community partners to carry out the mission. S/He is responsible for developing and presenting the annual operating budget; hiring, developing and evaluating qualified staff; cultivating and soliciting gifts and grants; overseeing program development and implementation to ensure the highest quality of content and delivery; and assuring that all laws, regulations and policies affecting the museum as a not-for-profit corporation are fully met.

CANDIDATE PROFILE

We seek an accomplished leader with a vision and proven ability to inspire others to build upon the organization's success and to reach a higher level of mission attainment. Experience working in an organization that values and sustains a strong public-private partnership and a high level of community engagement and impact would be ideal. The desire and ability to easily blend into the community culture is expected, including efforts to reach out to multiple and highly diverse constituent groups.
The person we seek will have the ability to passionately articulate the story of the museum's mission and plans. This person must eagerly and enthusiastically assume the role of the public face of the museum. A background in the successful development of constituent relations that result in major individual gifts, foundation grants, corporate sponsorships and other sources of philanthropic support will be a significant factor in candidate selection. Experience using traditional and non-traditional fundraising techniques is expected.
This person must demonstrate consistent success in selecting competent staff and developing a cohesive team of professionals. A leadership approach that is described as accessible, supportive, and empowering must be demonstrated, but also balanced by strong decision-making and results-oriented accountability. An understanding of informal, hands-on education programs in a setting like the museum would be highly advantageous. The ability to utilize as well as motivate volunteer resources is strongly valued.
We seek a business-principled leader with a successful track record of astute financial administration and strong operations management. Knowledge and experience gained from working in cultural, entertainment, or destination venues is highly desired. A keen understanding of what it takes to promote highly-effective, customer-centric practices and attitudes from within (i.e. enhancing the visitor experience) is a must. Expertise in the area of childhood development would be a plus.
A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university is required; a graduate degree(s) is highly preferable. Evidence of continuing education in museum management, general business, finance, marketing or related disciplines would be expected.

To apply for this position of President & CEO, please send a current resume and letter of introduction to Kittleman & Associates, LLC at resumes@kittleman.net.

 

Manager of Grants and Proposals

Reports directly to the Vice President of Development

FULL TIME/EXEMPT

JOB SUMMARY

Raise financial support for EdVenture through the preparation and submission of grants, proposals, print and online applications for support from corporate, foundation, and government (local, state, federal) funders.   

Work Schedule and Conditions: Regular daily schedule of 40 hours per week with some travel, evening and weekend work required in an office environment and in the community.

General Responsibilities include:

Grant Research, Writing and Management

  • Working in partnership with the VP of Development, garner financial support for EdVenture by researching, writing, submitting, and stewarding proposals, grants, and sponsorships from corporate, foundation, and government sources to support EdVenture’s mission and programs.
  • Work with Education and Museum Experiences program staff in the development of grants (including preparation of narratives and budgets).
  • Establish and manage an active grant and proposal funding calendar, in collaboration with the Development Administrator, to ensure proposals and reports are completed on time.
  • Circulate appropriate information to staff and schedule regular meetings with VP of Development and staff to review funding opportunities and progress.
  • In cooperation with the VP of Education and VP of Development, explore funding opportunities with key corporate, foundation, and government contacts to determine the best funding opportunity that fits the needs of EdVenture and the wishes of the donors.
  • Collaborating with the Education Department, develop a list of new potential funders across corporate, foundation, and government sectors and prioritize the timing of proposals with VP of Development.

Stewardship and Documentation

  • Coordinate all grant reporting required by funders, ensuring that project directors meet reporting deadlines.
  • Work with staff and funders if and when grant activities need to be re-negotiated.
  • Track, record, and report cultivation, solicitation and stewardship strategies for current and potential funders in Altru database.
  • Provide monthly reports to the VP of Development, VP of Education, and CEO to ensure maximum transparency and coordination.

Perform other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required:

  • Bachelor’s degree in humanities, sciences and/or education; graduate degree preferrred
  • Minimum 3 years of proposal and grant writing experience
  • Demonstrated success in securing funding for non-profit organizations
  • Exceptional oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a team environment
  • Strong skills in organization, time management and managing multiple projects simultaneously
  • Demonstrated record of setting and achieving goals and meeting deadlines
  • Ability to describe the intersection of the funding needs of EdVenture with the funding desires of potential supporters
  • Proficient with MS Office 2010 (especially Word and Excel); knowledge of fundraising software (Blackbaud Altru preferred)

Materials and Equipment Used:  Personal computer, fax, calculator, copier, telephone.

 

Club EdVenture After School Educator

Reports directly to Club Edventure Programs Site- Coordinator/Program Coordinator

PART TIME/NON-EXEMPT

JOB SUMMARY

This position works closely with the Club EdVenture Program Site-Coordinator to implement After School Program’s curriculum located at selected school sites.  After-school programs target young children, youth and their families, teachers, and educational administrators.
This staff member will work in collaboration with both Program Staff and Vista Coordinator in maintaining all materials and supplies, assisting with coordinating parenting initiatives and meetings with regular school day teachers to provide developmentally appropriate practice and activities to all enrolled students. Ensures appropriate communication about Club EdVenture Programs internally (with Club EdVenture Site-Coordinator) and externally with each (school administrator and in school site newsletters).

Work Schedule and Conditions: Part-time of 20 hours per week, from 2:00-6:00pm.  Some evenings and weekend work may be required. The staff will occasionally be required to assist in lifting and carrying heavy objects and materials. 

General Responsibilities include:

  • Assists in implementing and planning related activities for the Club EdVenture Programs. This includes implementing STEM activities, ordering and disseminating supplies, writing lesson plans. Programs include, but are not limited to after school programs and school district(s) collaborative partnerships upon requested.
  • Prepares for on-site coordination and supervision of afterschool staff, assures all after-school programs are well staffed, notifies Program Coordinator of substitute educator need, assures all programs are following and implementing the Club Edventure staff as required.
  • Maintains and submits accurate weekly records, files, and data systems for EdVenture reporting (e.g. attendance, student data-qualitative and quantitative, standardized testing scores, Assures all information is submitted by deadline to Program/Vista/Finance Coordinators/staff.
  • Assists in identifying staff training needs and appropriate staff and/or volunteers to deliver "special" programs/training when necessary or identified by school administration.
  • Assists in evaluating all staff for pre-monitoring by Club Edventure Manager.
  • Delivers regular feedback to staff through group and one-on-one meetings.
  • Offers emotional support and guidance to staff, and parents.
  • Collects and prepares all newsletter information.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required:

  • Minimum of 9 semester hrs. (from an accredited college) in child development, early childhood, elementary, middle school education or other related fields.
  • Minimum of 2 years of relevant educational setting; teaching experience, and/or knowledge of after-school programs.
  • Should be interested in working with children, youth and families,
  • Should be a team player and have an understanding of managing and collaborating with other stakeholders.
  • Must have a desire to provide high quality customer service, and knowledge of program evaluation techniques.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Computer literacy required, including MS Office.
  • Certificates, Licenses, SLED clearances, valid SC Driver’s license

Materials and Equipment Used: Personal computer, fax, calculator and copier.

 

Experience Team - Program Guide

Reports to the Guest Experiences Manager

PART TIME/NON-EXEMPT

JOB SUMMARY

Responsible for the quality of the guest's and school group experience in the museum. Facilitates exhibits, presents school & public programs, and safeguards the exhibits.

Work Schedule and Conditions: Schedules will be developed in a monthly pattern. Weekday mornings, and some evening and full days due to outreaches are required. Program Guides are occasionally required to assist lifting and carrying heavy materials.

Primary Responsibilities and Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Providing the highest standards of customer service.
  • Working with staff to offer excellent school programming and experiences for the guests.
  • Ensuring gallery spaces are properly cleaned, organized and materials stored in appropriate areas.
  • Presenting programs to day camps, day cares, and school groups.
  • Ensuring that all school programs materials are inventoried and properly stored.
  • Assisting with the check-in of all group admissions.
  • Mentoring youth in the Museum Apprentice Program (M.A.P.).
  • Assisting with the maintenance and operation of the Blooming Butterflies Exhibit Bloom Room.
  • Opening and closing of exhibit areas. Prepares materials and cleans area for daily use.
  • Representing EdVenture in a professional manner when responding to questions and concerns of the guests and volunteers.
  • Reporting conditions of the exhibits to the appropriate staff and performing first-line response to making the exhibits safe for visitors.
  • Participating in special activities and other projects as needed and related to duties as assigned

Materials and Equipment Used: Personal computer, fax, calculator and copier.

 

Special Events and Membership Coordinator

Reports to the Director of Marketing
Position Type: Full Time/Exempt

Summary: The focus of this position is to raise financial support through events and memberships, in order to develop and maintain relationships to benefit EdVenture.

Work Schedule and Conditions: Regular daily schedule of 40 hours per week with some travel, evening and weekend work required in an office environment and in the community.

Primary Responsibilities and Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Special Events (45%)
  • Develop and lead planning for special events to raise funds for EdVenture.
  • Recruit and cultivate volunteers to help with the planning, sponsorships, leadership, and implementation of special events.
  • Set calendar for special events and coordinate messaging with the Marketing dept.
  • Manage staff and board involvement at events.
  • Manage budgets and oversee the work of others monitoring budgets to ensure that net funds raised exceed budget.

Membership Program (25%)

  • Manage EdVenture’s membership program, including onsite, online and mail sales, campaigns, and renewals, and develop and implement member upgrade programs.
  • Plan and implement member-only programs and opportunities through the year.
  • Develop a prospect identification plan and strategies for implementation to upgrade members to $500 and $1000 levels; coordinate with development staff. 
  • Create and implement strategies to generate a higher level of engagement (and ultimately support) for EdVenture among members, sponsors and event guests.

Corporate Sponsorship (20%)

  • Cultivate and solicit corporate sponsorships to raise funds for exhibits, museum programs and events.
  • Engage and manage board and volunteers in the identification, cultivation and solicitation of corporate sponsorship.
  • Steward ongoing relationship with corporate sponsors to keep them informed of EdVenture’s impact and news and to increase their giving and loyalty.

Communications and Documentation (10%)

  •  Maintain accurate and up-to-date records of communication with prospective and current sponsors in database.  Use Moves Management process.
  • Record critical donor and sponsor information in central database, including all communications.
  • Provide individual and team progress updates to Development colleagues and CEO to ensure maximum transparency and coordination.

Perform other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required:

  • Bachelor’s degree in marketing, business and/or related field
  • Minimum 5 years of progressively responsible experience in special event management, sales, fundraising, program activities and volunteer management
  • Exceptional relationship building skills
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Strong skills in organization, time management and managing multiple projects simultaneously
  • Demonstrated diplomacy and collaboration skills to work effectively with members, sponsors and volunteers

Materials and Equipment Used:  Personal computer, fax, calculator, phone, copier

 

Museum Educator

Reports to: Director of Educational Services

Position Type: Temporary Part-time/Non-Exempt

EdVenture Children’s Museum, the South’s largest children’s museum, seeks a Museum Educator to join its creative and dynamic team. Responsible for developing and implementing school and group programs, both at the museum and at off-site locations for students in grades K through 8. This position also develops and implements camps during school holidays, winter, spring and summer vacations, home school programs, assists afterschool programs, exhibit related programming, identified public programs, supports educational staff with seasonal special events and large family programs, and grant related initiatives.

Work Schedule and Conditions: Regular schedule of 25 hours per week, flexible weekday and weekend schedule, in office and at school and community sites. Occasionally required to assist in lifting and carrying heavy materials. This position may be modified to reflect Full Time (40 hours) and/or exempt on or before September 1, 2014.

Responsibilities include:   

  • Writing, developing, and delivering programs for traditional school audiences, including on-site field studies and outreach programs, home school programming, and distance learning offerings.
  • Prepares and provides programs to students in our onsite school and group programs, as well as extended day programs, including our Camps and afterschool offerings.
  • Assisting with the implementation of programs for after school audiences, including Club EdVenture, Future Leaders, and other out-of-school groups.
  • Developing and implementing on-site camp programs during school holidays, breaks and summer vacation.
  • Assists education and museum experiences teams with special events and large family events. Developing and presenting educational programs on the exhibit floor, as scheduled.
  • Developing training schedules and conducting ongoing trainings of program guides on school and group programs.
  • Assisting in the coordination of EdVenture’s initiatives including, but not limited to, scheduling, logistics, purchasing and other deliverables.
  • Assisting in the procurement of materials and supplies for school and group programs.
  • Organizing program resources and materials to accommodate daily program needs.
  • Assisting in the training of all education programs delivered to EdVenture staff members.
  • Ensuring that all programs are of the highest quality and meet the museum’s mission and education goals, as well as South Carolina curriculum standards.
  • Participating in special activities and other projects as needed and performs related duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required
Minimum Qualifications: Qualifications include BA/BS degree in elementary and/or middle school education preferred. Minimum of two years experience in education, child development or other related areas preferred. Applicant should have an understanding of hands-on and informal learning, a commitment to providing high quality guest services, and knowledge of evaluation techniques. He/she should have experience in program development, understanding of adolescent development, strong organization and communication skills, pleasant personality, good interpersonal skills, professional and groomed appearance, commitment to diversity, ability to work as a team player, ability to meet deadlines, discretion and good judgment in daily activities. Excellent oral and written communication skills, strong interpersonal skills and demonstrate good judgment are necessary.  Must be a proficient writer with excellent proofreading skills. Proficient with computer software, especially MS Office.

Education and/or Experience: Earned a Bachelor’s degree (BA/BS) from four-year college or university (or working toward completion of program), with relevant work experience.

Materials and Equipment Used: Computer, phone, fax, calculator, copier and database systems.

 

If you are interested in applying for any of the above positions, please open and print a job application and email it along with a cover letter and resume to EdVenture's Human Resource Department to: jobs@edventure.org. No phone calls please.

 

EdVenture is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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