Inclusion Specialist

In an effort to be inclusive of children who are dealing with sensory processing issues, The Miami Children’s Museum recently installed a Snoezelen® Multi-Sensory Environment (MSE). This is a dedicated space where sensory stimulation can be controlled (intensified or reduced), presented in isolation or combination, packaged for active or passive interaction, and matched to fit the perceived motivation, interests, leisure, relaxation, therapeutic and/or educational needs of the user. The Inclusion Specialist will be responsible for the utilization of the space, including developing partnerships with community agencies that help identify targeted users, staff training, and physical enhancements to the MSE.

Additionally, the Access and Inclusion Specialist will be responsible for ensuring access and inclusion of all Miami Children’s Museum programs & exhibits and supporting positive experiences to all guests regardless of physical, emotional or other constraints. He/she must be a high-energy, reliable and well-organized individual with the ability to work within a team-oriented environment.

Essential Functions:

Program Facilitation

  • Staff the MSE at selected times to enhance guest experiences and therapy
  • Manage all accessibility programs including our monthly Sensory Saturdays
  • Collaborate with our Outreach team to create offsite programs
  • Develop resources for caregivers, including tips to play, handouts, and book lists
  • Train team members

Exhibit Enhancement

  • Maintain Snoezelen® Multi-Sensory Environment current and in good working condition
  • Work with the Exhibits team to create exhibit enhancements that improve access and inclusion throughout the Museum
  • Obtain sensory props and materials

Community Partnerships

  • Work with community agencies and local schools to identify users
  • Identify partners who will use the MSE for therapy
  • Establish relationships with university partners to conduct evaluation and research opportunities that inform program developments and enhancements

Grants Management

  • Collaborate with Grant Consultant to pursue new funding opportunities related to job function
  • Compile information for reports

Qualifications:

  • Minimum Bachelor’s degree in elementary/exceptional student education or related field; preferably Master’s degree in behavioral therapy
  • If no graduate school, then a minimum of two years or professional experiences working in a similar field
  • Specialized knowledge of the current principles and techniques of working with children with ASD and ability to communicate information
  • Flexible schedule

Reports to:             Chief Innovation & Experiences Officer

Classification:        Full-Time/Exempt

Department:           Museum Experiences & Exhibits

Other:                        Sunday – Thursday + monthly Saturday morning

Please email cover letter, résumé, salary requirements, and references to Lúcia Williams at lwilliams@miamichildrensmuseum.org.