Youth Programs Coordinator

The iconic front steps of The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia

The Franklin Institute, the most visited museum in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, strives to be the world leader in promoting science and technology education and literacy through inspiring and engaging experiences that cultivate curiosity, critical thinking, and an understanding of the crucial role science plays in our lives.

At The Franklin Institute, we provide an environment that is as nurturing as it is dynamic. Our team-oriented approach allows for ample learning and career growth opportunities. We think you will find the Institute offers the ideal atmosphere in which to best use your skills and talents. We are eager for your input, ideas, and inspiration.

Position Description:

The Franklin Institute’s Youth Programs offerings aim to inspire middle and high school students to explore their curiosity for science and develop a STEM identity and equips students with the tools and knowledge necessary to pursue opportunities in these areas.

The Youth Programs Coordinator will develop and lead STEM related workshops; interact with student participants, families, and workshop educators; provide general program support; chaperone off-site field trips; and support any other programmatic offerings and events.  The Youth Programs Coordinator will also be responsible for: 

  • Candidate will run the day-to-day operations of the Ambassador Program
    • Plan and deliver curriculum for youth development programming. 
    • Run weekly meetings. 
    • Oversee Ambassadors events, both within and outside of the museum (point of contact for all events)
    • Conduct annual reviews for all Ambassadors.
  • Assist in the recruitment of new students to PACTS workshops.
  • Schedule trips for the PACTS program and act as a chaperone for these trips.
  • Develop and maintain a working relationship with parents, teachers, other school personnel, and community leaders.
  • Maintain a database of current students, alumni, and program partners.
  • Administrative tasks to support department- i.e.: purchase requests, supplies management and ordering, etc.
  • Support weekly meetings for the freshman and sophomore year components of STEM Scholars Program, in collaboration with university and industry partners.
  • Support additional Youth Programs events.
  • Support museum floor operations on an occasional basis

Position Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree or coursework in education, guidance, or science-related field.
  • Classroom management and teaching skills, particularly with middle and/or high school students, either in a formal or informal setting.

Status:  Full-time, 37.5 hours per week 

  • Typical work hours are Tues-Sat, with some evening hours, during the Academic Year (September- May/June) and Mon-Friday during Summer (July, August). Position may include occasional weekend community engagement events.

Benefits Information:

The Franklin Institute offers a comprehensive benefits package including health, dental, and vision, 401K, life insurance and disability coverage. We also offer generous Paid Time Off, paid holidays, and numerous wellness program benefits.

Please submit your cover letter and resume to (please indicate the position for which you are applying in the subject line). We look forward to hearing from you!

Research shows that women and people from underrepresented groups often apply to jobs only if they meet 100% of the qualifications.  We recognize that it is highly unlikely that someone meets 100% of the qualifications for a role.  If much of this job description describes you, then please apply for this role. 

The Franklin Institute is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, religion, national or ethnic origin, disability or protected veteran status.

As a condition of employment at The Franklin Institute, employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by the date of hire, subject to requests for accommodation. 

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As the most visited museum in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and a top-five tourist destination in the City of Philadelphia, The Franklin Institute is one of the leading science centers in the country and serves as both a prominent educational and cultural resource, and as an anchor of the local economy.

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