Museum Educator, Temporary

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Oakland Museum of California


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Oakland, CA 94607

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Oakland Museum of California

Req No 2017-1193
Category Learning Initiatives (Education)
Type Temporary Part-Time
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Targeted Job Start Date 3/15/2017


The Oakland Museum of California values are fundamental to our institutional culture and guide our work together.

Excellence: We are committed to excellence and working at the highest standards of integrity and professionalism.

Community: We believe everyone should feel welcome and part of our community, both within the Museum and with our visitors and neighbors.

Innovation: We embrace innovation and calculated risk-taking to achieve our mission.

Commitment: Our work at the Museum demonstrates a sense of purpose and a shared accountability for the institution's success.


The Museum Educator facilitates programs for school and public audiences that invite children and adults to explore the Museum's exhibitions, collections, and program topics using hands-on, inquiry-based approaches that foster curiosity and learning. Additionally, the Museum Educator attends to program logistics, evaluation, and documentation; and collaborates on other activities related to developing program materials and activities as appropriate.



The following reflects OMCA's definition of essential functions for this position, but does not restrict the tasks that may be assigned. OMCA may assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this position at any time due to reasonable accommodation or other reasons.



  • Support the Museum's mission, values, vision, and core commitment to the visitor experience, community engagement, and institutional relevancy for the future;
  • Contribute to and support the OMCA strategic plan, annual priorities, and institutional initiatives such as diversity advancement;
  • Contribute to a positive organizational culture based on mutual respect, a spirit of collegiality, cooperation, and openness to many perspectives;
  • Participate in a culture of ongoing learning, collaboration, innovation, creativity, and community engagement.


Program Implementation



  • Facilitate program experiences including studio workshops, drop-in activities, and offsite outreach for diverse audiences including schools, families, and adults;
  • Provide a secure, safe, and supportive atmosphere for program participants;
  • Assist with evaluation and reporting of programs;
  • Preparation and organization of program spaces and materials;
  • Communicates with and supports volunteers;
  • Provide duties of Assistant Museum Educator as needed.

Research & Content Development



  • Collaborate on the development of program materials, activities, and curriculum for schools, families, and adults;
  • Assists with research for special projects.




  • Assist with administrative processes to support the effective and efficient flow of programs and department projects, including some documentation and evaluation;
  • Other duties as assigned.

Visitor Experience



  • Create a welcoming and friendly environment for all visitors to the Museum by addressing their inquiries while moving through the Museum campus;
  • Orient visitors to galleries, exhibitions, amenities, and objects of interest as needed;
  • Interface with frontline staff (Security, Visitor Experience Representatives, Gallery Guides, and Ambassadors) around school and public programs, including assisting with visitor/school group orientation and flow when necessary.




A combination of experience and education that demonstrates possession of the necessary knowledge and abilities for this position is required as noted:




  • Bachelor's degree in relevant field such as art, history, natural sciences, or another discipline required.
  • 1+ years related experience required
  • 1+ years teaching experience in school, museum, or community setting preferred




  • Customer service experience
  • Familiarity with museum education practices, diverse learning styles, and/or learning theory
  • Background in California art, history, natural sciences, or museum-related subjects preferred.
  • Proficiency in MS Office, FileMaker, Google, SmartSheet, Excel
  • English, fluent in both spoken and written form
  • A secondary language, such as Spanish or Chinese, is desired
  • Able to work during Museum public hours, weekends, and evenings


While performing the duties of this position, the employee is frequently exposed to the following:



  • Noise, such as groups of people working in enclosed areas
  • Office, classroom, outdoor, and event environments
  • Ability to lift up to 35 pounds


The Oakland Museum of California is a multicultural organization, committed to diversity and practicing equal opportunity employment in recruitment and hiring. Qualified candidates of diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply for open positions.

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