Decolonizing Initiatives Manager

Company Name: 

Museum of Us


1350 el prado, balboa park
san diego, CA 92101

Contact Name: 

Brandie Macdonald




Job Description: 

The Museum of Us is located on the ancestral homeland of the Kumeyaay Nation in the heart of Balboa Park. The Museum is a cultural anthropology museum with an international footprint. The Museum explores the human experience from multicultural and intersectional perspectives to spark dialogue, self-reflection, and human connections.


The Decolonizing Initiatives Manager is a position that supports the Museum’s Decolonizing Initiatives departmental priorities of positive transformative change. This position will develop and manage the new Decolonizing Initiatives Fellowship program and work interdepartmentally to support the Decolonizing Initiatives department work. The person in this position must be a skilled writer, non-profit administrator, collaborative project manager, and effective communicator. The person in this position must also be passionate about supporting a department that is grounded in decolonial and equity-based practices that focus on museum administrative skill-building, mentorship, anti-racism, anti- colonial/decolonial praxis, Indigenous sovereignty, and cultural anthropology. The Decolonizing Initiatives Manager is a full-time salary position that reports to the Senior Director of Decolonizing Initiatives.

Research shows that women and individuals from underrepresented backgrounds often apply to jobs only if they meet 100% of the qualifications. We recognize that it is highly unlikely that an applicant meets 100% of the qualifications for the given role. Therefore, if much of this job description describes you, then you are highly encouraged to apply for this role.


Project Management:

  • Manage the development, launch, and growth of the new Decolonizing Initiatives Fellowship program. This includes (but not limited to) developing workshops, curricula (digital/physical), impact metrics, data collection, program auditing and evaluating, and grant reports.
  • Work collaboratively with the Senior Director of Decolonizing Initiatives to build engaging and thought provoking digital/physical offerings and public programs in partnership with the exhibits and education departments.
  • Collaborate around the implementation of the decolonization initiatives strategic action plan within the Education department; assist with co-developing decolonial practices within the Education department.
  • Follow the Museum’s decolonial procedures and policies around consultations with Indigenous communities, which centers transparently and consistent communications, confirmation around consent and content accuracy, and full disclosure to Indigenous communities of all available documentation past and present that the Museum has legal authority to disclose.
  • Support the Senior Director of Decolonizing Initiatives in writing, editing, and developing content about decolonial practices at the Museum as needed.
  • Adhere to the Museum’s policies around public media interviews, presentations, social media postings, and other external communications that pertain to the Museum projects, procedures, content, initiatives, grants, and/or cultural resources.
  • Seek opportunities to work collaboratively with Black, Indigenous, and communities of color to build curricula and programming that adhere to the needs, wants, and requests of these communities – while (re)build trusting and sustainable relationships.
  • Support the Cultural Resources, Exhibits, and Education departments with consultations and programs as needed.
  • Participate in grant writing, implementation, and reporting processes as requested.

Office Management:

  • Compile and maintain a list of organizations that are working within the realm of decolonial practice and adjacent DEAI initiatives.
  • Maintain detailed and accessible records on the Museum’s past and current decolonizing initiatives. This includes (but not limited to) outreach, consultations, grant deliverables, data tracking, evaluation, and impact measurables – quantitative and qualitative.
  • Support Decolonizing Initiatives external communications received via website – this includes: originating requests and direct mail/email requests. Specifically, distribute, delegate, and/or respond to public inquiries in a timely manner.
  • Coordinate Decolonizing Initiatives interdepartmental administrative purchases and associated financial recordkeeping.
  • Assist with special events, exhibit openings, public programs and education events management (scheduling, calendaring, cancellation, communication) as needed.
  • Attend meetings and prepare minutes as needed.
  • Serve on internal committees and working groups as assigned.
  • Provide other support as required.


  • 3-4 years’ experience working in education, social-justice, non-profit, museum, or related field.
  • Demonstrated experience working with a diverse demographic of people in informal learning


  • Demonstrated experience in facilitation and/or the cultivation of open and conscious dialogue

    around equity, social-justice, and/or colonization - whether in a classroom, workshop,

    professional development environment, or consultancy practice.

  • Demonstrated understanding of the colonial legacy of museums and the complexity of

    colonization’s impact on Black, Indigenous, and communities of color (domestic and


  • Demonstrated experience working directly with Indigenous communities, navigating colonial

    histories and building sustainable transparent relationships.

  • Demonstrated experience working collaboratively with a diverse range of groups and organizations, and in community engagement and community led curricula development.
  • Experience and ability to observe and respond to various peoples' types of needs within an emergency and/or situations with conflicts (people: youth, adults, and large groups).
  • Experience in assisting with culturally complex, sensitive, or confidential projects - including a demonstrated ability to listen and deal empathetically with a wide range of people and cultural groups.
  • Demonstrated understanding of self-care (and community-care) practices when working with culturally sensitive, complex, and/or confidential projects that are inherently tied to colonial trauma and white supremacy.
  • Understanding of diversity, equity, inclusion, access (DEAI), and racial/culturally just practices within museums and/or non-profits.
  • Collaborative approach with a focus on keeping the entire team updated.



  • Full-time, salary of $60,000 – $65,000 per year.
  • Schedule averages 40 hours per week, with some nights and weekends.
  • Position is up to 35% work remotely, seasonal schedule permitting and if desired.
  • Our hiring practices are rooted in an approach driven by a focus on equity and sustainability.

    Specifically, the Museum offers an exceptional employee benefits package, including medical,

    dental and vision and life insurance coverage, as well as short and long-term disability benefits.

  • The Museum offers vacation, sick, community-centered, and flexible-holiday leave.
  • The Museum also offers a matching retirement contribution plan, up to 6% of an employee’s

annual salary.


To apply for the Decolonizing Initiatives Manager position, please email your resume/CV and cover letter speaking about why you would like to work at the Museum as the Decolonizing Initiatives Manager to with the subject title “Decolonizing Initiatives Manager.”

Applications and interviews for this position will be processed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. All applications received will be acknowledged by an email. Applications without a cover letter will not be considered.