Museum Educator (temporary & part-time)

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Oakland Museum of California


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Oakland, CA 94607

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The Museum Educator facilitates programs for school and public audiences that invite youth and adults to explore the Museum's exhibitions, collections, and program topics using interactive, 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. This 15-hour per week position is scheduled for Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 9:00-2:00, and some Sundays.



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.



  • A passion for 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 school, family and adult program experiences including workshops and drop-in activities for diverse audiences;
  • 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;
  • 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:

  • Ability to display and encourage visitor and internal customer service, take and share responsibility and treat others with respect
  • 1+ years related experience required
  • 1+ years teaching experience in community, museum, or school setting preferred
  • Customer service experience
  • Familiarity with culturally relevant and museum education practices, youth development, 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 regularly work Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday (9 am–2 pm), and some Sundays. Typical schedule will be 15 hours per week.



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
  • Outdoor teaching and office environments
  • Ability to lift up to 35 pounds



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 surrounding community.

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