Developer of Learning, Experience and Programming (temporary - 6 months)

Company Name: 

Oakland Museum of California


1000 Oak Street, Oakland CA 94607
Oakland, CA 94607

Job Description: 

Oakland Museum of California

Req No 2022-1417
Category Experience Development
Type Temporary Full-Time
Closing Date
Targeted Job Start Date


The Developer of Learning, Experience and Programming is responsible for coordination and implementation of large-scale cultural celebrations and public programs that support OMCA's brand as a museum, garden and gathering place and advance its social impact of building trust, understanding, and connection between people and communities. The position collaborates with staff, partners, and community members to develop OMCA's annual Lunar New Year festival and Dia de los Muertos celebration and support public program offerings that connect audiences to the Museum's exhibitions, core galleries, and collections. The position works in partnership with a unit of Program Managers and Program Developers who work cross-functionally and support a cohesive slate of programming, learning, and experience activities. This position is full-time and temporary for 6 months.



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, anti-racism 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.
• All positions will have core functional responsibilities, cross functional team activation and learning and development as a core function of each role.


Development & Implementation

• Research, develop, and implement cultural celebrations and support other public programs that explore and amplify the big ideas & key messages of OMCA's exhibition and collection gallery programs, contribute directly to the Museum's business and social impact goals and targets, and foster deep community relationships.
• Work directly with cross-functional and project teams to brainstorm and identify program formats, community collaborations, and subject expertise.
• Research, contract, and manage program participants (e.g. artists, historians, scientists, businesses, libraries, schools, community centers, and organizations, etc.) for deepening and broadening the museum's civic engagement and participation of diverse communities.
• Manage the timeline, expenses, and all pre-planning duties for Lunar New Year and Dia de los Muertos cultural celebrations, with support from Project Management.
• Schedule and attend partner planning meetings and site walk-throughs and serve as primary point of contact for all partners and vendors.
• Coordinate internal logistics across multiple departments and work closely with Facilities and Safety staff, Engineers, Custodial, Security and AV to ensure smooth set up, implementation, breakdown and final cleanup of programs.
• Develop staffing plan and lead an orientation for staff and volunteers assisting with cultural celebrations, with support from the Volunteer Programs team.
• Provide staffing, setup and load-in/out support for other public programs, including Friday Nights, at least twice a month.
• Supervise volunteers as needed.

Research & Evaluation

• Support the development of program rationale and audience outcomes, implementation and evaluation plans. Manage internal stakeholder input; maintain current and accurate program data.
• Collaborate with evaluators to develop and execute formative, front end, remedial and summative evaluation of Lunar New Year and Di´a de los Muertos cultural celebrations.
• Incorporate visitor research and evaluation findings-both from OMCA and the broader field-into exhibition and programming projects.



• Ability to display and encourage visitor and internal customer service, take and share responsibility and treat others with respect.
• 3-5 years of related experience.
• B.A. degree in related field preferred.
• English language proficiency in both spoken and written form; second language (particularly Spanish or Chinese) is desirable.
• Experience in program planning and management for diverse intergenerational audiences.
• Arts administration experience particularly in developing and managing large-scale public programs and cultural celebrations.
• Demonstrated cultural competence and a history of building equitable and inclusive programming.
• Works well in a deeply collaborative, highly fluid culture.
• Knowledge of partnership and contract negotiations and management.
• Proficiency in computer systems and applications including Google Suite and MS Office.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The environment may include:

• Museum environment involves both indoor and outdoor working conditions.
• Ability to travel between OMCA locations, and other travel as required by position responsibilities.
• Engage with diverse visitor populations for extended periods of time in the galleries or throughout the campus.
• Ability to work a flexible schedule, including Friday evenings and weekends.
• Ability to lift up to 25 lbs.


The Oakland Museum of California is dedicated to diversity, inclusion, accessibility and equity. We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, ability/disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We highly encourage our diverse community to apply for available employment, internship, fellowship and volunteer positions at the Museum, as we aim to ensure our staff reflects the diversity of our visitors and the surrounding community. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, OMCA will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities.

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