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Early Childhood Assistant 

Open Date 11/1/2011  
Age Requirement Age 18+  
Category Federal Work Study  
Exempt/Non-Exempt Non-Exempt  
Pay Type Hourly  
Pay Range Competitive hourly wage determined by college/university  
Schedule Up to 20 hours per week; including weekends and evenings  
Position Requirements

Ideal candidate is a team player with the ability to work in a dynamic, boisterous, ever-changing environment; has a passion for interacting with young children; ability to think creatively; and research information pertaining to early childhood.  Excellent communication skills and the ability to effectively interact with young children, primarily birth to 3rd grade; parents; teachers; and Team Members required. Must be currently enrolled at The Ohio State University or Columbus State Community College, and have a Federal Work Study award for the current school year. Educational background in early childhood development and education; or equivalent experience preferred. 


OBJECTIVE:  Support COSI’s mission of sparking interest, piquing curiosity, and turning very young children and their parents on to the process of learning and discovering more about the world around them.  Interact with Guests as they explore little kidspace® and assist in maintaining a safe environment by helping to keep the area in order and run the Exhibition Area efficiently.  Assist in the development and facilitation of Early Childhood Programs for parents, caregivers, and childcare centers.  Utilize experience and knowledge to help develop and implement developmentally appropriate curriculum for infants through 3rd grade in the little kidspace® Exhibition Area.



A.  Participate in work related to COSI’s Centers of Excellence around STEM education transformation and early childhood development and education as needed to insure the success of these initiatives for COSI.

B.  Interact with Guests, both children and adults, to enhance their interactions with exhibits during operational hours.  Provide Guests with a sense of community and caring when they enter the space.  Also, facilitate all programming held within little kidspace® as well as any special activities throughout COSI.

C.  Develop and maintain a thorough working knowledge of area including:

  • little kidspace® philosophy, policies, and operation.
  • Function and operation of all exhibits and program elements.
  • Setup, cleanup, maintenance, and emergency procedures.

D.  Participate with little kidspace® Full-Time Team Members in the ongoing development of adult and student Volunteers as requested.

E.  Perform necessary maintenance, set-up, and teardown of program materials and Exhibition spaces, for daily operations and special events.

F.  Assist in training new Team Members, paid and Volunteer, in the little kidspace® area.

G.  Generate ideas for and assist with special area demonstrations and programs; when requested.

H.  Perform duties, as required, for special events.

I.  Support general COSI operations through participation in meetings as appropriate.

J.  Serve as an example to other COSI Team Members and Volunteers in matters of appearance, attitude, and performance in a manner best serving COSI Team Members, Volunteers, and Guests.

K.  In accordance with COSI's Guest Services Strategy and as opportunities present themselves, provide excellence in Guest Services by assuring Guest safety, using courtesy to drive each Guest interaction, by delivering the COSI show, and by keeping operations efficient.

L.  Perform other duties as assigned by the Manager of Early Childhood Program Design & Operations.


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