Community & School Learning Senior Manager - DuPage Children's Museum

Community & School Learning Senior Manager

Position Title: Senior Manager, Community and School Learning
Status: Full time, exempt, benefits eligible
Job Classification: Community and School Learning
Salary Range: $43,000 – $57,000 annually

Position Purpose: Do you value the importance of diverse learning environments? Are you dedicated to expanding play and educational opportunities for children in under-resourced communities? The vision of DuPage Children’s Museum is that all children reach their full unique learning potential through equitable access to hands-on play and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) based experiences. Striving towards this vision requires a highly engaged, creative, and passionate team that operates in a positive, inclusive, and diverse organizational culture.

The Senior Manager Community and School Learning plays a vital part in extending the vision of DCM beyond the walls of the Museum by developing partnerships with school and community organizations while building and maintaining programs to serve the educational needs of the children, caregivers, and educators that are part of those organizations.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Develop partnerships with schools including child care centers and elementary schools (public, parochial, and private).
  • Develop partnerships with community based organizations including libraries, cultural centers, family support service organizations, and scout groups including those who might not be traditional museum partners.
  • Develop evidenced-based, standards-aligned education programs using child-centered practices that are engaging, fun and develop content affinity for the following audiences:
    • K-8 students at the Museum, virtually, and in school settings.
    • K-8 educators participating in professional development.
    • Caregivers and families participating in parenting workshops.
  • Hire, train, coach, and develop staff.
  • Nurture a collaborative, fun work environment using positive reinforcement management strategies.
  • Create and implement evaluation tools to track program effectiveness and quality.
  • Manage budgets for multiple programs with general and restricted lines.
  • Support fundraising efforts as required.
  • Maintain program schedules that efficiently utilize staff and other resources.
  • Manage material components of programs including procurement and distribution.
  • Communicate program attendance, impact and effectiveness to internal stakeholders.
  • Align programs to academic standards,including NGSS, Common Core,and others as appropriate.
  • Partner and collaborate with other Museum departments, not limited to, Marketing and Development to promote and support Community and School Learning.

Job Relationships:

  • Reports to the Chief of Play and Learning
  • Assistant School Program Manager, Community and School Program Facilitators, Early Learning Specialist, and Community Access Specialist report to this position.
  • Maintain excellent relationships with other Museum departments.
  • Maintains excellent relationships with community partners, schools, and other external organizations.
  • This role assists in the management of employee(s) and/or volunteers and helps direct, coordinate, and evaluate these individuals.

Education and Experience:

  • Experience implementing education programs in formal and informal settings required.
  • Experience establishing and maintaining long term organizational partnerships.
  • Demonstrated experience in program and staff management.
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent degree related to education and 5 years related experience required. Master’s degree is a plus.

Skills and Abilities:

  • Superior written and oral communication and organization skills.
  • Experience and proficiency with Google Suite and MS Office.
  • Must be able to work independently and exhibit initiative to solve problems, including tracking situations until appropriate resolution is achieved.
  • Ability to self-manage and self-motivate.
  • Must be a team player.
  • Fluency in Spanish, and/or other languages aside from English, a plus.
  • Knowledge of the Suburban Chicago area social service and school networks.

Other Requirements:

  • Comprehend and speak English extensively and clearly with the public; hear children’s voices.
  • Physical requirements include stooping, kneeling, bending, standing, squatting/crouching, crawling, pushing/pulling, reaching above the shoulders, ability to respond rapidly, climbing up and down stairs or using an elevator daily, working outdoors or exposed to sunlight/heat, and lifting up to 25 lbs.
  • Tolerate noise and dust in the environment and handle disinfectant and cleaning materials.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and appropriate liability insurance.
  • Must be available to work evenings, weekends, and some holidays.


Download an Application
Please include a cover letter and your resume.

Submit to:
DuPage Children’s Museum
301 N. Washington St.
Naperville, IL 60540
Attn: Human Resources