Special Project Coordinator

The Barnes Foundation

The Barnes Foundation is seeking a part-time Special Project Coordinator.  This position provides a groundbreaking opportunity to work and learn at the intersection of education, arts/culture, and social justice.  The Project Coordinator will be responsible for the day-to-day site coordination and relationship building with PreK children ages 3-5, their families, and teaching artists to ensure smooth participation in the Barnes/Puentes grant-funded initiative, Bridges to the Arts / Puentes a las Artes.  This includes school and community site logistics, family/child registrations and attendance, coordination of multi-site staff, and student/family support.

This position will work with project team leaders to build strong connection among Southwark Elementary School, Puentes de Salud, and the Barnes Foundation.  This position is part-time hourly and averages 20 hrs/wk from early January through the end of June 2019. Coordinator must be available 12:30-5:30 Tuesdays and Thursdays and one Sunday per month.  Project Team Meetings occur once per week.  Flexible schedule outside of programming time.

The Barnes Foundation and Puentes de Salud are Partners in Puentes a las Artes/Bridges to the Arts, a project that supports PreK ELL/ESL children, ages 3-5 from South Philadelphia’s Latino immigrant community.  The Project objective is to develop early cognitive, linguistic, and visual literacy skills through an art-based curriculum and museum access.  This project will include bi-literacy after-school instruction, museum and community-based workshops, and programming to engage families/caregivers as children’s first and most important teachers. 

We’re committed to diversity and equal opportunity in our recruitment and hiring. Highly qualified candidates of all backgrounds are welcome and encouraged to apply for this position.

Established in 1922 as an educational institution, the Barnes Foundation carries out its mission by promoting appreciation of the arts and horticultural science, through the preservation, presentation, and interpretation of the collections of Albert C. and Laura L. Barnes.

Celebrated for its exceptional breadth, depth, and quality, the Barnes Foundation’s art collection includes works by some of the greatest European and American masters of impressionism, post-impressionist, and early modern art, as well as African sculpture, Pennsylvania German decorative arts, Native American textiles, metalwork, and more.

The Barnes Foundation engages diverse audiences through its exceptional collections and high-quality programs that reflect a broad range of periods and cultures and build on the founders’ innovative educational vision of transforming lives through the arts and horticulture. 


Job Specific Competencies:

·        Coordinates site-based logistics and facilitation that allows early learner students ages 3-5, their caregivers, and site staff to smoothly participate in the Barnes/Puentes Bridges to the Arts educational philosophies and curriculum.

·        Coordinates the development of this project with Team Leaders, using the project’s design framework, so that they meet the requirements of grant-funded program, Barnes/Puentes Bridges to the Arts Project.

·        Supports project delivery at multiple locations including Southwark Elementary School, Puentes de Salud and The Barnes Foundation.

·        Administers registrations, enrollments, and attendance of children and their families for project activities including afterschool classes, family workshops at Puentes, and museum visits.

·        Participates in planning, training, and evaluation sessions with Project Team Leaders so that lessons meet objectives for the programs.

·        Communicates with and provides feedback to the Project Team Leaders regarding success levels of project activities; through email, progress notes, verbal conversations, and evaluation tools.

·        Supports school classroom, museum and community agency norms.

·        Maintains safe learning environments for students through assisting in behavior management as needed.

·        Performs other duties as requested, including volunteer intern recruitment and oversight, family field trips, and documentation.

Project-Wide Competencies:

·        Effective Resource Use: Develops strategies and makes decisions that use time and resources wisely, manages resources effectively.

·        Customer Focus: Demonstrates desire to help or serve others; identifies, anticipates and addresses internal and external needs; does what is necessary to ensure satisfaction.

·        Problem-solving: Identifies problems and/or challenges.  Weighs pros and cons of all possible solutions.  Involves other in developing creative solutions to problems.  Makes innovative use of computers and other information technology to contribute to problem solving.  Produces practical solutions after carefully considering risks and alternatives.  Willingly incorporates new and different information as it becomes available. 

·        Relationship building:  Effectively builds and maintains harmonious, professional, respectful and productive relationships within the project partners, professional field and project community including families/caregivers.  Effectively works in a team setting.  Communicates honestly and directly; shows diplomacy and tact.  Uses appropriate channels of communication.

·        Professional Presentation:  Complies with organization policy and procedure.  Demonstrates self-awareness and understanding of others; listens well; perceives emotions, concerns and interests accurately, and uses these skills to advance the Project mission; creates a healthy work environment; shows composure’ respects people of different cultures, ages and genders.

·        Active Learning:  Demonstrates curiosity and initiative to seek information; seeks to understand Barnes/Puentes Project scope of work and outside factors that impact it; learns from best practices and generates fresh approaches; learns from experience and others; acquires skills; seeks feedback and advice resulting in improvement.

·        Initiative: Takes calculated risks and does things that are new, different, or out of the box when necessary to reach goals, speaks up, asserts oneself, makes tough decisions in a timely manner; takes responsibility for outcomes.

·        Ethics:  Demonstrates ethical business practices; demonstrates and conducts oneself in a manner consistent with the organization’s mission statement and core values.

·        Promotes the continuous growth of the Barnes/Puentes Bridges to the Arts Project.

Skills and Knowledge:

·        Open to a third-year undergraduate student or higher, in addition to graduate students and others seeking part-time work. 

·        Bi-lingual (Spanish/English) Spanish fluency required, native speaker preferred.

·        Candidates must be able to work independently and have excellent interpersonal skills for leading and managing teams.

·        Must be proficient with all Google drive suites and applications.

·        Experience working with PreK-aged children and families.

·        Strong written and oral communication skills.

Competitive Benefits Include:  Flexible spending accounts; 403(b) with matching contributions; Employee Assistance Program; as well as paid vacation and sick time.

Please include a cover letter and an updated resume with your application.

The Barnes Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer and we’re committed to diversity and equal opportunity in our recruitment and hiring. Qualified candidates of all backgrounds are welcome and encouraged to apply for this position. Employees have rights under other laws including, but not limited to, the Family and Medical Leave Act and the Employee Polygraph Protection Act. We participate in E-Verify.