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Montana State University Early Childhood Coordinator (Fixed Term) in Bozeman, Montana

Position Details

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Announcement Number STAFF - VA - 24343

For questions regarding this position, please contact:

Trisha King,, 406-994-5276

Classification Title Program Coord II

Working Title Early Childhood Coordinator (Fixed Term)

Brief Position Overview

Museum of the Rockies ( MOR ) seeks a creative and dedicated Early Childhood Coordinator. The Early Childhood Coordinator is a critical member of the museum’s Education Department. He/she/they will need to bring to the position relevant experience and an understanding of informal education. They will have passion for the museum’s interdisciplinary mission and a drive to effectively grow the museum’s early childhood and family audience.

Position Number 4N2127

Department Museum of the Rockies

Division Museum of the Rockies

Appointment Type Classified Fixed Term

Contract Term Fiscal Year


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FLSA Non-Exempt

Union Affiliation FOCUS-MFPE

FTE 1.0

Benefits Eligible Eligible

Salary $20.49 per hour, commensurate with experience, education, and qualifications

Contract Type Classified Fixed Term

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Recruitment Type Open

Position Details

General Statement

The Museum of the Rockies’ Early Childhood Coordinator is responsible for achieving and maintaining excellence in museum programming for children and family audiences. They design and implement a variety of programs focused on: early childhood classes; the Martin Children’s Discovery Center exhibit; and other activities for families. Under the direction of the Director of Education and Public Programs and in collaboration with other staff members, the Early Childhood Coordinator will develop and oversee the museum’s early learning programs, fostering curiosity and engagement for the museum’s youngest visitors and their families. The Early Childhood Coordinator facilitates early educational programs for children ages 0-5 and their caregivers, including our weekly Sensational Babies, Little Learners, and Preschool Pioneers classes. Utilizing multisensory and developmentally appropriate methods for these programs, the Early Childhood Coordinator facilitates learning experiences that focus on MOR content related to cultural history, natural history, and astronomy, engaging this age group with accurate content and meeting best practices in informal education. As we grow and expand our educational mission, we are looking for an innovative educator with expertise in early learning able to further our goals.

More information about the early learning program and schedule can be found via this link

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develop and teach creative and engaging curriculum for children ages 0-5 years old as part of weekly early learning classes

  • Collaborate with CDC staff to develop and implement programming for children and families in the Children’s Discovery Center

  • Create and lead programming for Family Days and other multi-generational weekend events

  • Demonstrate a desire, commitment, and ability to work with children and their adult caregivers

  • Maintain a positive and enthusiastic attitude with children, families, and staff

  • Ensure that activities are effectively and safely implemented using developmentally appropriate practices

  • Demonstrate effective problem–solving skills, patience, and flexibility

  • Other responsibilities as requested

    Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

  • Demonstrated previous experience teaching or working with infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and their families

  • Relevant knowledge of early childhood development and the use of developmentally appropriate practices when interacting with infants, toddlers, and preschoolers.

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills

    Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

  • Bachelor’s degree in Human Development & Family Science, Child Development, Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, or equivalent

  • Previous experience working in informal or formal education or childcare settings

  • Previous experience creating innovative curriculum or programming, facilitating safe and developmentally supportive lessons, sensory experiences, and hands-on activities with young children

  • Demonstrated experience partnering and/or co-teaching with others

  • Willingness to gain introductory knowledge in and teach natural history, cultural history, and astronomy content

    The Successful Candidate Will

The successful candidate will be creative, friendly, professional, and have a thirst to engage, inspire, and educate diverse audiences. He/she/they will be committed to engaging diverse audiences.

  • First Aid and CPR certification

  • An interest in building relationships with the community that will positively reflect on the museum

  • A passion for cultural and natural history

  • Knowledge of informal education principles and practices

  • Demonstrate effective organizational skills

  • Plan in a collaborative manner

  • Possess the ability to multi-task and problem solve

  • Communicate effectively with a diverse set of constituents

  • Have strong computer and organizational skills

  • Support the museum’s mission and vision; and maintain a positive outlook to engender confidence among staff, volunteers, and colleagues

  • Creative, enthusiastic, and responsible team player

    Position Special Requirements/Additional Information

  • Must be able to work some weekends and evenings as needed, planned in advance.

  • Must have, or able to obtain, a valid Montana driver’s license to be able to drive Museum vehicles upwards of 100 miles.

This job description should not be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements, but a general description of the job. Nothing contained herein restricts Montana State University’s rights to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

Physical Demands

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily with or without reasonable accommodations. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

This position has supervisory duties? No

Posting Detail Information

Number of Vacancies 1

Desired Start Date Upon a successful search

Position End Date (if temporary)

Open Date

Close Date

Applications will be:

Screening of applications will begin on May 24, 2024; however, applications will continue to be accepted until an adequate applicant pool has been established.

Special Instructions

Diversity Statement

Montana State University values diverse perspectives and is committed to continually supporting, promoting and building an inclusive and culturally diverse campus environment. MSU recognizes the importance of work-life integration and strives to be responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

In compliance with the Montana Veteran’s Employment Preference Act, MSU provides preference in employment to veterans, disabled veterans, and certain eligible relatives of veterans. To claim veteran’s preference please complete the veteran’s preference information located in the Demographics section of your profile.

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