EMPLOYMENT

The Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry is always looking for energetic, upbeat people who love to work with children.  In particular, we are looking for individuals who have experience in education, theater or child care.

We also encourage anyone interested in CML to check out our volunteer options.

Current openings are list below.
Please click on the position title for full details and instructions on how to apply.
Thank you for your interesting in joining the CML team.

Development Specialist

Development Specialist
Full-time, exempt

Love what you do! Join the Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry team.

Located in beautiful downtown Charleston, the Children’s Museum of Lowcountry is a non-profit children’s museum dedicated to engaging young children’s potential through experiences that spark imaginations and stimulate curiosity using the power of PLAY.

The Development Specialist will be the key strategist and fundraiser, having interactions with our individual and corporate donors, and managing 1-2 fellow fundraising team members. The DS will coordinate, plan, and implement activities and resources necessary to achieve fundraising goals and campaign objectives for the Children’s Museum. Successful candidates embrace this multi-faceted position which will include (but not be limited to):

  • Developing and maintaining relationships with current corporate and individual donors and supporters through cultivation efforts, including regular calls and contact.
  • Driving new donor development by researching and maintaining an ongoing pipeline of potential supporters; including contacting, and soliciting donations and sponsorships from new sources.
  • Maintain database, grant, and giving calendars, and supporter information to facilitate regular and up-to-date management of gifts, acknowledgements, participation, and other relevant donor-record information.
  • Plan, develop, and implement, fundraising event(s) including in-person, written, and digital campaigns engaging with board members, committee volunteers, and other staff as necessary.

The Children’s Museum is a small staff organization made smaller by the COVID-19 pandemic but still serving thousands of children, their caregivers, and educators. Our team members exhibit flexibility, a culture of support and teamwork, nimbleness, and co-leadership that have allowed us to remain mission-centered and reaching the community in new and unique ways throughout this challenging time. All team members can be expect to be part of this work from time to time and should have a comfort level being around small children. The Development Specialist should also expect in-office work beginning immediately.

You are the right candidate for this job if you:

  • Have 5+ years of experience in non-profit fundraising with progressive responsibilities. You are especially qualified if those non-profits include the arts & humanities, attraction-based, and/or education-based non-profits. An additional bonus if you have, or are trying to achieve, your CFRE.
  • Are visionary and strategic – open to new, innovative ways of fundraising, but grounded in best practices, with the flexibility to move between both.
  • Have experience on capital campaigns or other major campaigns.
  • Are comfortable in an open-office setting and being part of a small, tight-knit team.
  • Are motivated, articulate, and effective at making phone calls or meeting with donors and supporters and enjoy communicating the mission of the museum/providing regular updates to your portfolio.
  • Are a skill writer, able to distill a sense of urgency, a sense of accomplishment, or a sense of gratitude with the written word.
  • Are energetic, positive, and goal-driven and are not afraid to take risks or try something new.
  • Are relentless in your passion for the mission of the museum and your belief in the rights of all children, their caregivers, and educators to get access to the best possible learning-through-play experience at the museum.

The Development Specialist will report to the Executive Director.

Work Hours:

The Development Specialist will be expected to work a full-time work week, typically Monday-Friday in-person at the museum. Flexible weekend and evening work is expected occasionally, based on the needs of the organization.

Compensation and Benefits:

This position starts at $48,000-$55,000 depending on experience.

Full-time employees enjoy a variety of high-quality benefits at CML including:

  • Comprehensive medical (with employer subsidy), dental, and vision insurance through national healthcare providers.
  • Free downtown parking
  • Free enrollment for the employee’s children in CML’s camps and programs.
  • Nonprofit reciprocity pass for access to local partners.

The Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry is an equal opportunity employer who strives for a team that reflects the community. All members are encouraged to apply for this opportunity.

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to Nichole Myles, nichole@explorecml.org.

**We thank you for your application. Please note that only qualified individuals will be contacted.

Digital Fundraising Associate

Digital Fundraising Associate
Full-time, exempt

Love what you do! Join the Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry team.

Located in beautiful downtown Charleston, the Children’s Museum of Lowcountry is a non-profit children’s museum dedicated to engaging young children’s potential through experiences that spark imaginations and stimulate curiosity using the power of PLAY.

The Digital Fundraising Associate will be leaning into a new and exciting role as a member of CML’s development team. This entrepreneurial position will work the Development Specialist and the Executive Director to develop, plan, and implement online/digital fundraising activities using a variety of platforms in the digital space including but not limited to social media, text messaging, and crowdfunding activities to support CML’s operational and capital fundraising efforts. Successful candidates embrace this entrepreneurial position which will include (but not be limited to):

  • Developing, and monitoring new initiatives in the online fundraising space, primarily aimed at recruiting many donors, giving under $100 per transaction.
  • Researching, pricing, and presenting options for digital fundraising platforms being cognizant of existing budgets and potential to raise.
  • Maintaining database, calendars, and supporter information to facilitate regular and up-to-date management of gifts, acknowledgements, participation, and other relevant donor-record information.
  • Working closely with the communications team to coordinate and share information and opportunities to constituents on a variety of channels.
  • Support fundraising event(s) including in-person, written, and digital campaigns engaging with board members, committee volunteers, and other staff as necessary.
  • Working in the individual donor space, making thank-you calls, drafting acknowledgements, and researching donor potentiality.

The Children’s Museum is a small staff organization made smaller by the COVID-19 pandemic but still serving thousands of children, their caregivers, and educators. Our team members exhibit flexibility, a culture of support and teamwork, nimbleness, and co-leadership that have allowed us to remain mission-centered and reaching the community in new and unique ways throughout this challenging time. All team members can be expect to be part of this work from time to time and should have a comfort level being around small children. The Digital Fundraising Associate should also expect in-office work beginning immediately.

You are the right candidate for this job if you:

  • Have 2+ years of experience in non-profit fundraising. You are especially qualified if that experience in non-profits includes the arts & humanities, attraction-based, and/or education-based non-profits. An additional bonus if you have, or are trying to achieve, your CFRE.
  • Are visionary and strategic – open to new, innovative ways of using digital tools for fundraising, but grounded in best practices, with the flexibility to move between both.
  • Have experience with crowdfunding, Day of Giving, text-to-give or other digital methodologies.
  • Are comfortable in an open-office setting and being part of a small, tight-knit team.
  • Are a skilled and creative writer, able to distill a sense of urgency, a sense of accomplishment, or a sense of gratitude with the written word.
  • Are energetic, positive, and goal-driven and are not afraid to take risks or try something new.
  • Are relentless in your passion for the mission of the museum and your belief in the rights of all children, their caregivers, and educators to get access to the best possible learning-through-play experience at the museum.

The Digital Fundraising Associate will report to the Development Specialist.

Work Hours:

The Digital Fundraising Associate will be expected to work a full-time work week, typically Monday-Friday in-person at the museum. Flexible weekend and evening work is expected occasionally, based on the needs of the organization.

Compensation and Benefits:

This position starts at $38,000-$45,000 depending on experience.

Full-time employees enjoy a variety of high-quality benefits at CML including:

  • Comprehensive medical (with employer subsidy), dental, and vision insurance through national healthcare providers.
  • Free downtown parking
  • Free enrollment for the employee’s children in CML’s camps and programs.
  • Nonprofit reciprocity pass for access to local partners.

The Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry is an equal opportunity employer who strives for a team that reflects the community. All members are encouraged to apply for this opportunity.

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to Nichole Myles, nichole@explorecml.org.

**We thank you for your application. Please note that only qualified individuals will be contacted.

Summer Camp Counselor

Summer Camp Counselor

Part-Time, Seasonal

Love what you do! Join the Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry team.

Located in beautiful downtown Charleston, the Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry is a non-profit children’s museum dedicated to engaging young children’s potential through experiences that spark imaginations and stimulate curiosity using the power of PLAY.

Camp Counselors are responsible for leading small groups in themed camp activities and Museum play while monitoring camper safety and behavior. CML camps serve children ages 3-10 although children are grouped together by age. The Museum is host to the best camps and needs individuals that would like to be a part of them.

CML is currently looking for applicants interested in working in an educational and playful non-profit environment where children 3-10 years-old play and learn through our hands-on and engaging activities and exhibits. Applicants likely to thrive in this environment will be energetic, self-directed, enthusiastic to learn and teach, friendly and customer-service driven. We are looking for employees who have a reliable schedule and are comfortable interacting with the public and small children. Prior job experience working with children is preferred. Primary job responsibilities include leading small groups in camp activities and Museum play, monitoring safety and behavior, and supervising teenage volunteers.

Requirements:

  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Must have a reliable and consistent schedule
  • Must be able to complete related duties
  • Must be able to lift 20 lbs. on a regular basis
  • Must be able to pass a background check and drug test

 Skills and Experience:

  • Child care, education, and/or camp experience preferred
  • Strong communication skills to confidently explain information and converse with campers, colleagues, volunteers, and Museum visitors
  • Organizational skills to effectively keep on schedule and on task
  • Self-confidence to take the initiative of various tasks and projects
  • Achievement-motivated to work with CML to set and surpass realistic goals

COVID-19 Protocols

  • All campers, staff, and anyone else in the building are required to wear masks.
  • All campers, staff, and anyone else in the building will have their temperatures checked daily.
  • All campers, staff, and anyone else in the building will travel across shoe sanitizing mats and wash or sanitize their hands upon entry to the building.
  • Transparent dividers will be used on the tables whenever possible.

 Work Hours:

Monday – Friday, typically 8:15am – 4:15pm

Camp runs June 1, 2021 – August 13, 2021; start and end dates are flexible.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please forward your resume to starr@exploreCML.org.

The Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry would like to thank all applicants, however only those who qualify for an interview will be contacted. The Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry is an equal opportunity employer.

Visitor Services Associate

Visitor Services Associate
Part-Time

The Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry has immediate openings for part-time Visitor Services Associates (we currently open weekends only). Love what you do! Join the Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry team.

Located in beautiful downtown Charleston, the Children’s Museum of Lowcountry is a non-profit children’s museum dedicated to engaging young children’s potential through experiences that spark imaginations and stimulate curiosity using the power of PLAY.

Visitor Services Associates are the front line and the face of the museum, having interactions with all museum guests. CML is currently looking for applicants interested working in an educational and playful non-profit environment where children birth to 10 years old play and learn through our hands-on and engaging exhibits. Applicants likely to thrive in this environment will be energetic, self-directed, enthusiastic to learn and teach, friendly, and customer service driven. We are looking for employees who have a reliable schedule and are comfortable interacting with the public including small children. Prior job experience working with children is not a requirement but some of those skills translate well into the Visitor Services position. Primary job responsibilities include working at the front desk greeting customers, signing in members or taking admission payments, operating a cash register, general tidying of the museum throughout the day to maintain exhibit orderliness. Other duties could include deep cleaning projects in the morning and occasionally hosting weekend birthday parties and facilitating programs.

Requirements:

      • Must be at least 18 years of age.
      • Must have reliable and consistent schedule.
      • Must be able to complete related duties.
      • Must be able to pass a background check and drug test.
      • Must be able to lift 20lbs on a regular basis. This position may require sitting, standing, and/or walking and climbing stairs throughout the facility for extended periods of time on any workday.

Skills and Experience:

      • Childcare, education, customer service, cashier, retail experience.
      • Strong communication skills to confidently explain information and converse with customers of all ages.
      • Organizational skills to effectively process check-ins and other work as needed.
      • Self-confidence to take the initiative or various tasks and projects.
      • Achievement-motivated to work with the CML to set and surpass realistic goals.

Available Shifts: We are currently seeking multiple part-time employees to work a minimum of 15 hours/week. Set afternoon shifts during the week and weekend.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please forward your resume to hr@explorecml.org.

The Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry would like to thank all applicants, however only those who quality for an interview will be contacted. No calls please.

The Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry is an equal opportunity employer.

VISTA Summer Associate (June 2021 - August 2021)

VISTA Summer Associate

Full-Time, 10 weeks

Project Period: June 7 – August 13, 2021

Love what you do! Join the Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry team.

Located in beautiful downtown Charleston, the Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry is a non-profit children’s museum dedicated to engaging young children’s potential through experiences that spark imaginations and stimulate curiosity using the power of PLAY.

Job Description:

The VISTA Summer Associate at the Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry will be engaged in providing summer enrichment and learning opportunities to children from low-income families. They will do this in two primary roles as a Summer Camp Liaison and as a STEM Learning Ambassador. As a camp liaison, the VISTA will be responsible for coordinating and supporting the participation of 15 scholarship students in the Museum’s summer camp program. Over the years of implementing this scholarship program, CML has learned that these campers often need additional support throughout the camp day as they adjust to an organized camp setting. The liaison will provide this support and communicate with families about the needs and progress of each child. As a Learning Ambassador, the VISTA will support play-based learning activities through “Pop Up” community events featuring CML’s mobile STEM museum. The VISTA will help coordinate and facilitate these events by working with community partners to identify locations and then by engaging family participants and educating them about the Museum’s affordable access programs. Throughout their service, the Summer Associate will also support the Museum’s Education Team and year-round VISTA in related work to these roles.

VISTA’s receive a living allowance, and upon successful completion of service, will choose a cash stipend or education award for the End of Service Award.

Learn more about the AmeriCorps service at https://americorps.gov/serve/fit-finder/americorps-vista.

COVID-19 Protocols

  • All staff and anyone else in the building are required to wear masks.
  • All staff and anyone else in the building will have their temperatures checked daily.
  • All staff and anyone else in the building will travel across shoe sanitizing mats and wash or sanitize their hands upon entry to the building.

 Work Hours:

Full-Time; schedule will be dependent on the project role. Summer Camp Liaisons will work primarily Monday – Friday, 8:15am – 4:15pm and STEM Learning Ambassadors will work primarily Wednesday – Sunday 9am – 5pm.

Some weekends may be required.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please forward your resume to starr@exploreCML.org or apply at https://my.americorps.gov/mp/listing/viewListing.do?fromSearch=true&id=87125.

The Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry would like to thank all applicants, however only those who qualify for an interview will be contacted. The Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry is an equal opportunity employer.

VISTA Associate (June 2021- June 2022 VISTA year)

AmeriCorps VISTA

Full-Time, Year Commitment

Project Period: June 7, 2021 – June 6, 2022

Love what you do! Join the Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry team.

Located in beautiful downtown Charleston, the Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry is a non-profit children’s museum dedicated to engaging young children’s potential through experiences that spark imaginations and stimulate curiosity using the power of PLAY.

Job Description:

Build brand new systems and resources to support early childhood development for the Lowcountry’s most vulnerable families! As a VISTA for the Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry, you will develop a project that will be part of the nation-wide Build Initiative, receive training and mentorship from national project partners, and develop local relationships and interventions tailored to serve our unique community. Be part of a robust new effort to leverage the strengths of museums and libraries to engage parents in preparing the youngest, most vulnerable children for kindergarten.

VISTA Assignment Objectives and Member Activities:

Goal of the Project:  To help ensure that the most underserved children in our community receive access to resources and support to reach the early childhood developmental and educational milestones needed to break the cycle of poverty, CML’s VISTA project will develop community partnerships, activate parents as educators, gather data about family needs, and develop systems and structures to deliver sustainable new early childhood education system through libraries and other community partnerships.

 Objective of the Assignment (06/07/2021 – 06/06/2022)

Develop outreach strategies and build relationships with partner organizations in order to identify target community based on need and lack of access to educational resources.

Member Activities:

  1. Conduct outreach to set up meetings with community-based organizations (current partners) to identify the highest need populations they serve.
  2. Conduct outreach to set up meetings with community-based organizations (new potential partners) to identify the highest need populations they serve.
  3. Gather and review quantitative data to identify target population with the least access to programs, services, and initiatives.


Objective of the Assignment (06/07/2021 – 06/06/2022)

Conduct research to determine specific community needs and desires in terms of access to free early childhood educational resources.

Member Activities:

  1. Develop surveys and focus group questions in order to gather information about community needs for early childhood education resources
  2. Partner with trusted organizations in order to access underserved/high need populations and conduct surveys and focus groups the identified target population.
  3. Document systems for data gathering and findings to inform project and resource design.


Objective of the Assignment (06/07/2021 – 06/06/2022)

Develop educational material and resource delivery strategies and implementation plans to make new educational resources that activate parents as teachers available and accessible to the target community identified.


Member Activities:

  1. Curate educational resources and structure delivery systems, based on community need.
  2. Develop and implement strategy to activate parents as teachers and make educational resources accessible.
  3. Evaluate effectiveness and impact of the pilot project. Evaluate satisfaction of participating families and partner organizations.

Learn more about the AmeriCorps service at https://americorps.gov/serve/fit-finder/americorps-vista.

COVID-19 Protocols

  • All staff and anyone else in the building are required to wear masks.
  • All staff and anyone else in the building will have their temperatures checked daily.
  • All staff and anyone else in the building will travel across shoe sanitizing mats and wash or sanitize their hands upon entry to the building.


Work Hours:

Full-Time; schedule will be dependent on the project role. Summer Camp Liaisons will work primarily Monday – Friday, 8:15am – 4:15pm and STEM Learning Ambassadors will work primarily Wednesday – Sunday 9am – 5pm.

Some weekends may be required.


VISTA’s receive a living allowance, and upon successful completion of service, will choose a cash stipend or education award for the End of Service Award.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please forward your resume to starr@exploreCML.org or apply at https://my.americorps.gov/mp/listing/viewListing.do?fromSearch=true&id=87125.

The Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry would like to thank all applicants, however only those who qualify for an interview will be contacted. The Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry is an equal opportunity employer.