Oakland Museum of CA

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Communications Design Manager*

Communications Design Manager*

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Regular Full-Time
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The Oakland Museum of California values are fundamental to our institutional culture and guide our work together.


Excellence: We are committed to excellence and working at the highest standards of integrity and professionalism.

Community: We believe everyone should feel welcome and part of our community, both within the Museum and with our visitors and neighbors.

Innovation: We embrace innovation and calculated risk-taking to achieve our mission.

Commitment: Our work at the Museum demonstrates a sense of purpose and a shared accountability for the institution’s success.



The Communication Design Manager is the key interface between the Design Studio and the institution for non-exhibition based 2D design needs. Together the Design Director, the Exhibition Design Manager,  and the Communications Design Manager set the priorities for the Design Studio through an annual planning process. The Communications Design Manager ensures that the needs of the institution are being met by design and that the graphic design output is on brand.  In addition to this institutional role, the Communications Design Manager is also responsible for participating in the conception and execution of the museum’s visual design output related to external communications and the onsite experience of the OMCA brand.



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.



  • Oversee the design of all non-exhibition materials. This includes the implementation of the design process, client management, actual design of the materials and oversight of designers.
  • Serve as lead designer on select projects taking projects from creative brief through production.
  • Participate in planning with Design Director and Exhibition Design Manager to manage workload and workflow within the Design Studio. This includes both day to day project based work and broader institutional work such as annual planning.
  • Insure a consistent application of our brand and articulate what that means to colleagues inside and outside the Design Studio.
  • Supervise the Graphic Designer, Communications and work with other managers in the Design Studio to support a cohesive working team within the office.
  • Participate in cross functional teams while working toward institutional outcomes. This includes working on the Earned Revenue team and similar groups that require a collaborative, results oriented relationship
  • Work closely with the Design Director and the Marketing & Communications department to implement the annual creative approach for institutional messaging
  • Ensure the agreed upon creative approach to institutional messaging is carried across multiple platforms, such as printed and digital collateral for events, programs, fundraising campaigns, rentals, retail, etc.



A level of experience that demonstrates possession of the necessary knowledge and abilities for this position is required as noted:

  • 4-6 years of design experience within a related organization or advertising agency
  • 1-2 years supervisory or managerial experience
  • Experience managing stakeholder expectations in a collaborative and creative environment
  • Experience working with a Creative Brief
  • Extensive knowledge of Mac platforms for Adobe Creative Suite, MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), Google Apps
  • Experience with motion graphics experience, After Effects preferred
  • English, fluent in both spoken and written form



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
  • Typical office environment



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.