Thinkery is where Austin’s children and their families come to enjoy play-based, inquiry-rich, hands-on learning experiences. We believe that innovative, play-based, STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) learning experiences are a powerful way for children to develop problem-solving skills, critical thinking, and curiosity about the world around them. Our exhibits and programs encourage children—alongside their caregivers—to solve creative challenges, explore a variety of materials, and to develop new ways to complete unfamiliar projects. Through these activities, children gain the tools and confidence to develop and grow into enthusiastic, creative, lifelong STEAM learners and thinkers.
The Preschool Aftercare Teacher implements Thinkery’s Preschool program, a childcare facility owned and operated by Thinkery. The program offers Thinkery developed curriculum to children (ages 3 and 4) from September through May and summer programming from June through August.
The ideal candidate will be a passionate, committed early childhood educator who understands the practices to support the development of early ages, particularly preschool ages 3 and 4.. Ideal candidates are inspired by delivering high-quality and developmentally appropriate early childhood content that integrate early STEAM, social-emotional development- and early literacy with play- and inquiry-based learning. The position is full-time and reports to the Preschool Site Director, collaborates with a Lead Preschool Teacher, and coordinates with other preschool teaching staff, education team, guest services, accounting, operations, and the families enrolled within early childhood programs. This is a part time position at 20 hours per week supporting our aftercare program working from 2 pm to 6 pm Monday through Friday.
- Maintain an organized, clean, fun, and interactive preschool classroom.
- Adhere to Thinkery’s health and safety protocols.
- Encourage creativity, exploration, and decision-making by the children.
- Demonstrate passion for nurturing the development of children.
- Positive, responsible, flexible, and professional attitude towards children, families and colleagues, regardless of the situation.
- Comply with Minimum Standard Rules of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (TDFPS).
- Consistently and effectively interact with parents and guardians of prospective and current program participants.
- Assist in Thinkery’s implementation of early childhood research initiatives in partnership with The University of Texas.
- Effectively use parent communication and student assessment tools.
- Work collaboratively with Lead Teacher on a daily basis.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES
To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following:
- Proven understanding of early childhood development, early STEAM subject matter, educational theories and resources. Behavior management skills for addressing challenging behavior in the classroom.
- Commitment and passion for the Museum’s approach to learning and inspiring others.
- Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills. Strong presentation skills required.
- Excellent time management, project management, organizational and analytical skills.
- Ability to creatively problem-solve and remain calm and positive during challenging situations.
- Must be flexible and patient.
- Collaborative and proactive team member.
- Able to handle a fast-paced, varied and busy work environment.
- Experience and desire to work with diverse populations.
- MS Office Suite proficiency required.
- CPR/First Aid certification required.
- A minimum of 24 clock hours of Early Childhood Pre-service training within the last 12 months is strongly preferred (minimum of 8 hours required upon hire, with remaining 16 hours to be completed within first 90-days).
- Spanish fluency strongly preferred.
- Serve as an ambassador for Thinkery in communicating and furthering the mission and goals of the institution.
- Flexible and willing to fill cross functional roles to support museum operations
- Represent Thinkery’s key values of inclusion, excellence, respect, innovation, playfulness, cooperation, and creativity.
- Support a culture of cross organization communication, collaboration and information sharing.
- Assist in engaging and sustaining volunteers and interns through introduction, information sharing and oversight. Proactively provide support ensuring each volunteer has a productive, safe and meaningful experience.
- Ability to meet all state mandated health and background screening including fingerprinting.
- At least one year of experience in a licensed childcare center.
- Meets minimum preparation and experience required for certification as an Early Childhood Education Teacher.
- Complies with all state education and licensing standards and maintains validation of credentials for the position (i.e. professional development).
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.
This position is active. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to:
- Observe and react to the needs of students, staff, volunteers, and community partners.
- Move throughout the museum.
- Manipulate and move components weighing up to 25 pounds, including those that may be low to the ground or above eye level.
- Communicate and exchange accurate information with students and their parents/guardians, staff, volunteers, and community partners in a variety of formats including in-person, electronically, and over the phone.
- Detect and respond to safety hazards.
- Regularly work in outdoor environments.
This job description should not be construed to imply these requirements are the only duties, responsibilities and qualifications for this job. Incumbents may be required to follow any additional related instructions, acquire related job skills, and perform other related work as required. This job description may be updated as needed.
The Thinkery is an Equal Opportunity Employer. This company does not and will not discriminate in employment and personnel practices on the basis of race, sex, age, handicap, religion, national origin, sexual orientation or any other basis prohibited by applicable law. Hiring, transferring and promotion practices are performed without regard to the above listed items. All candidates offered a position will be required to submit to a background and reference checks.