Apply By: Thursday, December 1, 2022 11:59 pm EST

Early Childhood Programming Specialist

Ontario Science Centre
Children and Family Programs/Learning and Engagement
Job Term:
1 Temporary
Job Code:
14024 - Biologist 2B
$1,269.69 - $1,568.34 Per Week*
*Indicates the salary listed as per the OPSEU Collective Agreement.
Posting Status:
Job ID:
Do you have experience, skills and knowledge in early child development and implementing STEAM programming? Do you possess excellent analytical and problem solving skills, strong communication and collaboration skills, and exhibit good judgment in assessing compliance and legislative requirements?

If so, consider joining the Ontario Science Centre, where you will lead and advise colleagues in the content planning, development and engagement strategy for in-person and virtual early childhood STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) programming for children ages 2-8 and their caregivers.

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What can I expect to do in this role?

In this role, you will:
• Create content for early childhood STEAM workshops/programs
• Implement programming in collaboration with experts and specialists
• Promote programs to target audiences
• Initiate and maintain relationships with early childhood education and pedagogical experts
• Participate in the evaluation of existing exhibits and programs and provides analysis of new or proposed exhibits and programs for
• Conduct research on early childhood program offerings to assess market opportunities and recommend new or renewed offerings at the OSC
• Support community outreach programs to assist in the promotion of program offerings to attract program participants

How do I qualify?

Program Knowledge and Organizational Skills

• Theoretical and practical knowledge of early childhood development principles
• Knowledge of programming principles and techniques and ability to deliver engaging presentations, demonstrations, and activities which interest and educate children ages 2-8 and their caregivers
• Knowledge of project management principles to successfully manage and implement programming
• Knowledge of the objectives of the OSC's strategic priorities to support the integration of early childhood STEAM programs and experiences
• Knowledge of computer software including presentation and instructional technology software
• Ability to collaborate with internal and external partners to plan, organize, coordinate and deliver programs

Communication and Interpersonal Skills

• Work co-operatively in teams across the OSC and with stakeholders to achieve goals
• Collaborate on strategies/ new program projects and initiatives
• Utilize your written and oral communication skills to deliver staff training and prepare scripts, manuals, status reports, and planning documents

Analytical and Problem Solving Skills

• Ability to support the assessment of program development, analyze program participation trends, and recommend strategies
• Discuss and provide advice and recommendations on program development, delivery and evaluation to departments
• Capacity to adjust to diverse audiences and levels of understanding of science and technology
• Ability to respond immediately to questions and other unexpected situations arising during program delivery (e.g., special needs, equipment malfunction, behavioural problems, etc.)

Additional Information:

  • 1 Temporary, duration up to 6 months, 770 Don Mills Rd, Toronto, Toronto Region
Compensation Group:
Ontario Public Service Employees Union
Education and Training
Posted on:
Thursday, November 17, 2022
  • T-SC-191399/22

How to apply:

  1. You must apply online.
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  5. OPS employees are required to quote their WIN EMPLOYEE ID number when applying.
  6. If you require a disability related accommodation in order to participate in the recruitment process, please Contact Us to provide your contact information. Recruitment services team will contact you within 48 hours.
Please be advised that the results of this competition may be used to form an eligibility list of qualified candidates to potentially fill future vacancies represented by the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU). In accordance with the Collective Agreement, eligibility lists are shared with OPSEU representatives. By applying to this competition, you are providing consent that your name may be shared with OPSEU representatives.
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Remember: The deadline to apply is Thursday, December 1, 2022 11:59 pm EST. Late applications will not be accepted.

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