A Peoria Park District Facility

Jobs at the PlayHouse

The PlayHouse hires for the following part-time positions as needed:

PlayHouse Artist

 

POSITION: Part Time

The Peoria PlayHouse Children’s Museum is hiring three artists to plan and facilitate art education experiences with young children. This is a pilot program, laying the groundwork for what we anticipate is a scalable arts education program working with more classrooms throughout the region.

REQUIREMENTS:

  • High school diploma (required); additional college course work and/or Bachelor’s Degree are preferred.
  • Experience, coursework or degree in Art, Education, or related field is preferred.
  • Experience or interest in working with young children.
  • Experience or interest in working in a museum and/or classroom environment.
  • Ability to interact positively and spontaneously with visitors of all ages.
  • Ability to plan and work with PlayHouse education staff and teachers.

This position is under the supervision of the Education Manager, and is responsible for the following:

DUTIES:

  • Attend one 3-hour training.
  • Design one 60-90 minute lesson and present this lesson in 2 early childhood classrooms that involves looking at art and exploration of art materials.
  • Attend one PNC Family Night at the PlayHouse
  • Lead one Open Art Studio at the PlayHouse (Sunday afternoon, 12-5pm), rooted in your own art practice.
  • Advise the PlayHouse on art materials to purchase for in-classroom and museum use
  • Meet with Education Manager as needed, including one meeting in June to reflect on the program and plan for 2018-19.
  • All activities take place between November 2017 and June 2018.

We anticipate that this project will include up to 15 hours of meeting and teaching time, with another 10-15 hours of independent planning time.

OTHER:

  • Pay rate: $600 year stipend
  • Must be available to work select weekdays, one select evening (Family Night) and potentially one weekend day.

To apply, please complete this application and return it as soon as possible, and no later than October 31, to the Park District.

Maker Playologist - Experience Facilitator

POSITION: Part Time (average 20 - 25 hours per week).

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Successful candidates must have experience and comfort with basic carpentry tools. Must have demonstrated experience building or constructing things from a variety of materials, such as wood, metal, plastic, reclaimed/recycled materials.
  • Experience or interest in interacting with and leading children 0-8 years of age in open-ended art or building related projects.
  • Must have experience or interest in working with children and families in an informal educational setting.
  • High school diploma or equivalent required. Some college preferred. Experience in a similar role may be substituted for all of part of the educational requirements.
  • Must have excellent customer service skills.
  • Experience or desire to work with a highly diverse audience in a busy atmosphere.
  • Ability to interact positively and spontaneously with visitors.
  • Ability to contribute to an atmosphere of teamwork and positive energy among staff and volunteers.
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously with a minimal degree of supervision.

DUTIES:

  • Work in the Real-Tools exhibit, interacting with visitors as they learn how to use hand carpentry tools and complete carpentry projects.
  • Facilitate visitors’ play experiences in a welcoming, enthusiastic, and open-ended manner.
  • Deliver high quality customer service by answering questions and assisting visitors.
  • Monitor the orderly operation of the museum including communicating rules to visitors/field trips and following safety standards and sanitation requirements. Routinely walk through galleries and straighten as needed.
  • Continually organize exhibition spaces throughout the day. Perform cleaning and resetting of exhibitions for opening and closing procedures daily. Spot clean as needed.
  • Assist in setup, delivery and visitation.
  • Report supply needs and exhibition repairs or maintenance to supervisor in a timely manner.
  • Lead planned and impromptu activities as necessary.
  • Report all visitor comments, complaints and trends to Operations Manager in a timely manner.
  • Follow and support all aspects of the Park District’s safety program.
  • Attend all staff meetings as required.
  • Perform all other duties as assigned.

OTHER:

  • Starting pay rate is $10.00 per hour.
  • Typical work hours are assigned and performed during the 8am – 5pm time period while the facility is open, seven days per week. Some hours will be assigned outside after 5pm for events and programs, as necessary.
  • Includes weekdays, weekends and some evenings and holidays.
Information regarding how to apply for positions can be found at the bottom of the page.

 

Admissions and Retail Attendant

POSITION: Part Time (Average 24 - 29 hours per week)

REQUIREMENTS:

  • High school diploma or equivalent required. Some college preferred. Extensive experience in a similar role may be substituted for all of part of the educational requirements.
  • Minimum of one year experience in a customer service role, ideally a museum or other visitor attraction setting.
  • Must have excellent customer service, problem solving and organizational skills.
  • Must have experience or interest in working with children and families in a highly diverse informal educational setting.
  • Practical understanding of ages and stages of child development.
  • Knowledge of basic telephone and PC functions including Microsoft Office.
  • Ability to maintain focus and professional demeanor in a highly demanding atmosphere.
  • Ability to create an atmosphere of teamwork and positive energy among staff and volunteers. Experience working as or with volunteers preferred.
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously with a minimal degree of supervision.
  • Ability to establish and maintain good working relationships with co-workers and the general public.
  • Must be able to interact effectively and respectfully with adults as well as children of all ages.
  • Must demonstrate an ongoing commitment to learning and innovation.

DUTIES:

  • Open and close Welcome Desk computer systems according to defined procedures.
  • Perform cashier duties including handling cash, check and charge transactions.
  • Promote and sell PlayHouse Children’s Museum admissions, memberships and programs.
  • Clean and maintain an organized and well-stocked front desk area and assist in exhibition cleaning and organizing on a daily basis. Perform spot cleaning in other areas as needed.
  • Interact with museum visitors by answering questions about the Peoria PlayHouse Museum, Peoria Zoo and Luthy Botanical Gardens programs and ticket options.
  • Interact with the general public and privately booked groups, school groups, and birthday parties and ensure an excellent experience for all visitors.
  • Light clerical work: answering and directing phone calls, data entry and other duties as assigned.
  • Check in and direct guests for museum workshops and programs.
  • Manage lost and found area.
  • Attend all staff meeting s and trainings as required.
  • Perform all other duties as assigned.

OTHER:

  • Pay rate is $10.00 per hour.
  • Typical work hours are assigned and performed during the 8am – 5pm time period while the facility is open, seven days per week. Some hours will be assigned outside after 5pm for events and programs, as necessary.
  • Includes weekdays, weekends and some evenings and holidays.

Music instructor for tot time program

POSITION: Part Time

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Musical ability, including the ability to play an instrument, ideally guitar or other stringed instrument such as ukulele or mandolin.
  • High school diploma or equivalent required. Some college preferred. Degree in Education, Art or Early Childhood Development a plus.  Extensive experience in a similar role may be substituted for all of part of the educational requirements.
  • Some experience working with young children, and interest in working with children and families in an informal educational setting.
  • Ability to interact positively with visitors.
  • Ability to plan and work with colleagues.

DUTIES:

  • Assist in leading a 20-minute weekly music class for 1-3 year olds and their parents as part of the Peoria PlayHouse Children’s Museum Tot Time Program. This includes:
    • Teaching and leading 2-3 new songs each week
    • Distributing small instruments (shakers, bells, etc) to children so they can play along
    • Engaging parents as well as children
  • Work with PlayHouse Instructor to plan a 20-minute experience, and select songs specific to a theme that changes each week

OTHER:

  • Pay rate is $12.00 per hour. We anticipate one planning hour every week, and two hours of teaching per week.
  • Tot Time is Wednesdays. Must be available on Wednesdays 9:45am – 11:15am.

 

 

How to Apply for Jobs at the PlayHouse :

Applications are available at the Peoria Park District Administration Office or can be downloaded/printed from www.peoriaparks.org under “Join Our Team”.  Applicants may submit a resume, but to be fully considered for this position an application must be completed.  Applications will be reviewed until position is filled.

To ensure full consideration, applications/resume should be forwarded in a timely manner to: PEORIA PARK DISTRICT -  Human Resources Manager, 1125 West Lake Ave, Peoria, IL  61614 or fax to: (309) 686-3352.

The Peoria Park District hires without regard to race, religion, sex, age, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, unfavorable discharge from military service, or disability to perform the tasks of the job.  All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply.  AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER.
The Peoria PlayHouse Children's Museum

The Peoria PlayHouse Children's Museum