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Building Maintenance & Custodial Worker

Reports To: Facilities Coordinator 
Schedule: Full time: 40 hour work week, occasional holidays and overtime. Current schedule: 6 AM to 4 PM, Sunday – Wednesday.  
FLSA Status: Non-exempt
How to Apply: Please submit a cover letter and resume to  jobs@echovermont.org with Building Maintenance & Custodial Worker in the subject line. 

Summary: ECHO’s mission is to inspire and engage families in the joy of scientific discovery, wonder of nature, and care of Lake Champlain.  ECHO is a dynamic, nationally acclaimed, science center and lake aquarium committed to engaging diverse public audiences and providing experiential, relevant and lifelong educational experiences for all our guests. ECHO employees are expected to contribute to a productive, respectful, inclusive workplace by modeling humor, communication, collaboration and accountability to our colleagues, animals and guests.

The Building Maintenance & Custodial Worker is an experienced team player who likes working in a fast-paced environment.  The ideal candidate has demonstrated knowledge and a background in both general building maintenance and custodial services.  

Supervisory Responsibilities: No

Building Maintenance Responsibilities include but are not limited to: 

  • Daily cleaning of all guest and staff areas: dusting, mopping, running floor cleaning machine, sweeping, scrubbing, window cleaning, trash removal.
  • Periodic deep cleaning utilizing carpet extractor and floor burnisher.
  • Collect and transfer trash/recyclables to appropriate bulk storage or disposal containers.
  • Maintain/stock paper products, solvents, cleansers, hand cleaners, etc. as needed.
  • Maintain/stock spare repair parts and tools.  
  • Periodic mowing, cleaning, sweeping, raking, snow shoveling, de-icing, etc. of exterior areas including walkways, planter beds, parking lot and Hoehl Park. 
  • Occasional exterior power washing
  • Responds to radio calls to repair broken exhibits and address immediate custodial needs.
  • Assist in exhibit installations, maintenance and removal.
  • Assist in painting, floor repairs, plumb repairs, carpentry, lighting, HVAC maintenance, aquarium filtration system maintenance and all other facets of building maintenance.

Other Duties:

  • Other duties and special projects are assigned as needed.
  • Assist Animal Care staff in animal care equipment maintenance and repair.
  • Occasional assistance with animal transfers.
  • Assist in departmental budget management.

This job description is not intended to be a complete statement of the position; it is intended merely to be a guide to the general work to be performed.

Qualifications:  To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Essential Job Skills and Abilities: 

  • Sufficient relevant experience that demonstrates an understanding of and ability to provide excellent custodial services.
  • Sufficient relevant experience that demonstrates an understanding of and ability to provide excellent building maintenance services.
  • Physical ability to perform strenuous work and lift/move at least 50 pounds. 
  • Ability to troubleshoot issues both independently and with a team.
  • Responsive multi-tasker who is comfortable working in a fast-paced environment.

Work Environment: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee sometimes works near moving mechanical parts and is exposed to wet and/or humid conditions. The employee may work in high, precarious places and be exposed to toxic or caustic chemicals, fumes or airborne particles, risk of electrical shock, and vibration. 

Schedule & Benefits

  • Benefits include Paid time off, Health care, Retirement. 
  • Staff Training and Professional Development Opportunities
  • Waterfront work location.

This position will be full-time, non-exempt and will be scheduled for four, ten-hour days per week, including one weekend day per week. Occasionally, this position will be required to work holidays and overtime.  

ECHO requires all of our employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19.

ECHO is an Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes candidates for employment who will contribute to our diversity.

Director of Talent Development

Reports To: Executive Director
FLSA Status: Exempt, 40hrs/wk
How to Apply: ECHO is an Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes resumes from individuals who will contribute to our diversity. Send resume and cover letter to jobs@echovermont.org with Director of Talent Development in the subject line.
Application Deadline: October 31, 2021

SUMMARY: ECHO’s mission is to inspire and engage families in the joy of scientific discovery, wonder of nature, and care of Lake Champlain. ECHO is a dynamic, nationally acclaimed, science and nature museum committed to engaging diverse public audiences and providing experiential, relevant and lifelong educational experiences for all our guests. ECHO employees are expected to contribute to a productive, respectful, inclusive workplace by modeling humor, communication, collaboration and accountability to our colleagues, animals and guests.

The Director of Talent Development is responsible for guiding the development and execution of strategies to strengthen and align ECHO’s culture with our strategic and growth objectives. The Director will define and establish performance standards, and design, implement and manage the end-to-end processes to support talent and leadership development. The Director will manage all aspects of ECHO’s human resources functions.

The Director will partner closely with the Executive Director, Senior Leadership Team, employees, and external partners to ensure ECHO lives its mission to “inspire and engage families in the joy of scientific discovery, wonder of nature, and care of Lake Champlain.”

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES: The Director, who does not have any direct reports, leads ECHO’s senior management team to drive talent acquisition and leadership development.

JOB DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Create and execute a strategic talent investment roadmap focused on strengthening our workforce, amplifying employee experience, purposely distinguishing our culture, and developing leaders to live our values  – all to deliver best in class results for a museum. Road map activities include: 
  • Coach staff and managers on living our guiding principles and workplace values, promoting a culture that empowers everyone to do their best work driving performance
  • Assess and define a plan for addressing critical skills and capabilities required for ECHO’s next generation of growth and transformation.
  • Oversee leadership and management development practices to create developmental paths and learning activities to support internal growth of high potential managers and key contributors.
  • Develop messages to position ECHO as an employer of choice.
  • Support the Executive Director in coordinating regular all-staff meetings, implementing staff appreciation events, and conducting the annual Staff Advance.
  • Lead a cross-departmental team to build the Leahy Scholars into a nationally recognized college intern and high school interpreter program.
  • Drive an Inclusion and Equity strategy which includes championing an inclusive culture that embraces individual differences and belonging leveraging the diverse talents of our workforce to enhance mission impact. 
  • Manage the workplace employee climate survey as a vehicle to capture employee sentiment and recommend actionable insights/solutions to leadership.
  • Manage our employee systems including:
    • Updating our employee handbook focusing on best practices and ensuring compliance with all State and Federal employment laws and regulations.
    • Implement and continuously improve our compensation and performance system.
    • Manage and connect staff to ECHO’s Employee Assistance Program.
    • Assist the Director of Finance and Administration with the design of employee benefits.
    • Manage new hire recruitment, orientation and onboarding experiences. 
    • Create and manage the Human Resources & Organizational Development budget.

QUALIFICATIONS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and Experience 

  • Master’s Degree in Human Resources, Organizational Development or related field 
  • Five years senior leadership experience in the areas of human resources, talent management, organizational development and compensation planning
  • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion training and/or experience
  • Experience using a strengths-based approach to organizational development.
  • Expertise with implementing best practices in employee & intern recruitment.

Essential Job Skills

  • Experience designing and leading an innovative Organizational Development function including: Engagement, Employee Value Proposition, Talent Recruitment and Management.
  • Proven strategist and forward-thinker with experience in, and passion for driving initiatives that foster a diverse and inclusive environment.
  • Familiarity with learning technologies including technology-enabled virtual delivery systems.
  • Experience working with for-profit and/or nonprofits known for “best in class” leadership development.
  • Value a mindset of growth and building a supportive culture.
  • Appreciate a culture that does good in communities where we operate.
  • Strategic mindset while also comfortable rolling up sleeves as a hands-on practitioner.
  • Ability to proactively embrace and drive positive, transformational change and build this capability into the greater organization.
  • Influence, collaborate and facilitate with all stakeholders; able to assess, diagnose and improve leadership and team capabilities at senior levels and lead people to good decisions.
  • Proven ability to resolve many priorities simultaneously, quickly synthesizing multiple perspectives to identify themes and solutions.
  • Adeptly derives strategic insights from performance/impact analytics; leveraging insights to drive program and organizational effectiveness.
  • Detail and results oriented – able to lead self and others through completion of multiple projects.
  • Adaptable – able to respond when business needs or priorities change.
  • Fully capable of implementing and managing a market-driven, merit based employee compensation system
  • Ability to facilitate highly effective new employee orientation and training.
  • Create and update employee handbooks and training manuals
  • Lead employee performance evaluation process.
  • Fully knowledgeable of federal and state employee laws and regulations

WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

The duties of the Director of Human Resources are performed both in, and not in, a regular office setting. The position should expect to attend off-site meetings, work some weekends, holidays, and weekday after-hours. 

ECHO is an Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes candidates for employment who will contribute to our diversity.

ECHO requires all of our employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19.

Public Programs Manager

Reports To:  Director of Programs & Strategy
FLSA Status: Exempt
Schedule: Full-time, exempt, including one weekend day, Tues – Sat preferred; occasional holidays. Possibility of a non-fixed remote work schedule up to 10 hours per week.

How to apply: Please submit a cover letter and resume to jobs@echovermont.org with Public Programs Manager in the subject line. Apply by November 30 for an approximate mid- December start date.

Summary: ECHO’s mission is to inspire and engage families in the joy of scientific discovery, wonder of nature, and care of Lake Champlain.  ECHO is a dynamic, nationally acclaimed, science center and lake aquarium committed to engaging diverse public audiences and providing experiential, relevant and lifelong educational experiences for all our guests. ECHO employees are expected to contribute to a productive, respectful, inclusive workplace by modeling humor, communication, collaboration and accountability to our colleagues, animals and guests.

Job Purpose:  The Public Programs Manager leads a team of education staff, interns, and volunteers in the development and delivery of STEM learning experiences for museum day guests. These include daily, facilitated activities in ECHO’s Engineer It program space, engaging guests in local natural history as part of our gallery docent program, and seasonal festivals and theme days. This position also works cross-departmentally with other operational leads to ensure a high-quality overall guest experience. The ideal candidate will be a dynamic STEM educator skilled in engaging early learners, youths, and adults; a detail-oriented project and events coordinator; an effective and supportive manager of staff and volunteers; and a skilled developer and builder of hands-on STEM programming.

Supervisory Responsibilities: 2 Education Program Coordinators, Volunteers, Interns, Seasonal Floor Staff

Job Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Coordinate the Public Programs Team, including staff and interns, to ensure appropriate floor staffing 7 days per week, 360 per year.
  • Lead Public Programs Team to design and build custom Engineering, STEM, and natural history activities.
  • Facilitate STEM activities for guests ages 0 – 100.
  • Work with the Volunteer Coordinator to create trainings and processes that facilitate the professional development of volunteers and interns. 
  • Lead planning and delivery of special festival weeks and theme days.
  • Collaborate with academic and other community partners on special theme days. 
  • Create write-ups for and evaluate effectiveness of educational activities.
  • Ensure proper management of Public Program activity materials and cleaning/resupply of exhibit props.
  • Work with other operational departments to ensure a high-quality guest experience.
  • Represent ECHO in radio and television media.
  • Other duties and special projects assigned as needed.

This job description is not intended to be a complete statement of the position; it is intended merely to be a guide to the general work to be performed.

Qualifications:  To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Education and/or STEM field. 
  • 3+ years experience building and delivering memorable learning experiences.

Essential Job Skills and Abilities: 

  • Ability to coach staff and develop strong teams.
  • Ability to manage staffing schedules to ensure consistent floor coverage.
  • Skilled in delivering educational activities and presentations to a family audience.
  • Knowledge of educational theory and practice, especially in informal science education.
  • Knowledge of child development.
  • Enthusiasm for working with learners of all ages, including early learners and adults.
  • Passion for and knowledge of a diversity of STEM content areas.
  • Experience in educational program development and evaluation.
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a dynamic team setting.
  • Ability to customize materials to build durable, hands-on STEM activities.
  • Strong interest and skills in mentoring volunteers and interns.
  • Excellent organizational skills and the ability to drive multiple projects.
  • Strong interpersonal and written/verbal communication skills. 
  • Fluent in Microsoft Office, Google Apps.
  • Ability to troubleshoot AV technology. 
  • Committed to ongoing cultural responsiveness.

Work Environment: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

Work is performed in an office and out in the museum. Regular weekends and some holiday/evening work is required. Possibility of a non-fixed remote work schedule up to 10 hours per week.

ECHO is an Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes candidates for employment who will contribute to our diversity.  

ECHO requires all of our employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19.

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