Media Installation Specialist

Company Name: 

Oakland Museum of California


1000 Oak Street
Oakland, CA 94607

Contact Name: 

Susan Burroughs




Job Description: 

Oakland Museum of California

Req No 2022-1411
Category Preparation
Type Regular Full-Time
Closing Date
Targeted Job Start Date


The Technical Specialist of Media Installation works independently and as part of a team to install, troubleshoot, maintain, and de-install media-based artwork and interpretive media in the Museum's core galleries and in temporary exhibitions. The position also manages the specifying and purchasing of new equipment, catalogs and maintains inventory, and develops and tracks annual media budgets for core gallery and temporary exhibition projects in collaboration with Project Teams and Preparator Supervisors.



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


Culture Setting

  • Engage in a positive culture of mutual accountability both within the Preparation Team and with staff across the organization.
  • Communicate widely and effectively to ensure all possible stakeholders are included in decision making, and to establish clear expectations. Collaborate with project/production teams. Provide and receive status updates, and thoroughly and effectively convey information to staff and fellow teammates.
  • Maintain and share knowledge of safe practices and reinforce a culture of mutual accountability for safety.

Media Installation and Maintenance

  • Install, maintain, and de-install media-based artwork and interpretive media in the Museum's core galleries and temporary exhibitions.
  • Work closely with designers and exhibition project teams, as well as outside contractors and vendors, on strategies for displaying media, providing technical and operational input as needed.
  • Work with artists to attain specifications for artworks and ensure their proper installation.
  • Manage the flow of new equipment purchases, and catalog and maintain spare inventory and consumables.
  • Participate in museum infrastructure and management of back of house spaces.
  • Partner with Information Technology team to assure technical compliance with existing and emerging systems.
  • Partner with Information Technology and Registration to archive media-based artwork and interpretive media.
  • Work with Preparators to design and build fixtures and plan installation to allow for ease of operations.
  • Provide technical expertise, consultation and support for users in the use of A/V equipment and software and in development of multimedia and A/V presentations in galleries.
  • Knowledge of and adherence to personal and workplace safety procedures.

Project Management

  • Work with Preparator Supervisors and Project Managers to develop media budgets for core gallery and temporary exhibition projects; manage payment of invoices for materials purchased.
  • Coordinate and train Visitor Services staff in the operation of gallery media.
  • Oversee the condition and storage of media hardware and supervise repairs or service contracts for equipment and interactive media in the core galleries.
  • Lead a team in planning and execution of media installations during periods of peak production as needed.



  • Ability to display and encourage visitor and internal customer service, take and share responsibility and treat others with respect.
  • 2-3 years related experience.
  • English language proficiency in both spoken and written form.
  • Knowledge of signal flow for audio and video installations.
  • Familiarity with a wide variety of equipment for exhibition needs, including but not limited to: video projectors and monitors; touchscreens and other electronic components for interactive media installations; large multi-component sound systems; networked media controllers (such as BrightSign).
  • Knowledge of current technologies and capacity to research developing technologies appropriate for a Museum setting.
  • Familiarity with construction standards for media equipment mounts and enclosures.
  • Competency with Mac OS, Linux and Microsoft Windows, and software such as FileMaker, Adobe Creative Suite, VLC Media Player, Quicktime.
  • Familiarity with a variety of media production, programming, and editing software such as Adobe. Premiere and Media Encoder, Max MSP, and QLab is a plus.
  • Ability to adapt content for appropriate and available media platforms.
  • Familiarity with file and codec formats for video (.mov/.mp4) and audio (.mp3/.wav)
  • Ability to read and draw schematic plans.
  • Effectively discern color differences in video presentations for editing purposes, and distinguish sounds in audio presentations for editing purposes.
  • Ability to problem-solve, suggest alternatives and value-engineer given assignments.
  • Excellent communication skills, with the ability to work independently and as a flexible, collaborative, and supportive team member.


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.
  • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs.
  • Requires strenuous physical work, including lifting, pushing, and pulling.
  • Working near mechanical parts.
  • Exposure to dirt, dust and fumes.


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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