Overview

The Lead Museum Educator facilitates programs for school and public audiences (onsite and offsite) 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 Lead Museum Educator coordinates program logistics, evaluation, and documentation; supports volunteers and exhibit guides; and collaborates on other activities related to developing program materials and activities.

Responsibilities

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

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. 

 

INSTITUTIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES

  • 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.

 

POSITION DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

 

Program Implementation

  • Facilitate program experiences including studio workshops, drop-in activities, and offsite outreach for diverse audiences including schools, families, and adults
  • Lead evaluation and reporting of programs
  • Preparation and organization of program spaces and materials
  • Provide a secure, safe, and supportive atmosphere for program participants
  • Supports volunteers and volunteer exhibit guides
  • Assists with recruitment, screening, and training volunteer exhibit guides
  • Provide duties of Assistant Museum Educator or Museum Educator as needed
  • This position does not supervise other employees

 

Research & Content Development

  • Collaborate on the development of program materials, activities, and curriculum for schools, families, and adults
  • Conducts research for special projects
  • Collaborates with the Learning Initiatives Program Manager to identify and lead professional development opportunities for the museum educator team

 

 Administration

  • Implement administrative processes to support the effective and efficient flow of programs and department projects, including:
    • Maintains the museum educator staff schedule to ensure coverage of programs
    • Collaborate with other Learning Initiatives and Visitor Experience staff around school group and volunteer scheduling
    • Prepare and disseminate project communication and documentation
    • Coordinate logistics including hospitality, audio visual, signage, and other needs for department events
    • Assist in coordinating program budgets and budget activities that integrate fiscally responsible practices
  • 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

Qualifications

EXPERIENCE

  • 2+ years teaching experience in school, museum, or community setting
  • 1+ years administrative experience, including planning or coordinating projects
  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field such as art, history, natural sciences, or another discipline required.
  • Customer service experience
  • Background in California art, history, natural sciences, or museum-related subjects.
  • Knowledge of culturally relevant and museum education practices, youth development, diverse learning styles, and/or learning theory
  • Knowledge of California State Content Standards, Common Core State Standards, and/or Next Generation Science Standards
  • 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
  • Valid CA Driver’s License preferred

 

WORK ENVIRONMENT 

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:

  • Noise, such as groups of people working in enclosed areas
  • Office, classroom, and event environments
  • Combination of indoor and outdoor work
  • Outdoor weather conditions
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule, including some evenings and weekends
  • Ability to lift up to 35 pounds

 

EEO STATEMENT

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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