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The Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) invites applications for its 2-year Mellon Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellowship. OMCA is seeking a PhD in the fields of public history, art history, american studies, gender studies, anthropology, sociology, or related fields interested in exploring a career in curatorial work and community-focused museums. The selected Fellow will be integrated into the curatorial staff for 2 years, working closely with other interdisciplinary curators and exhibition development and design professionals. Duties include collections surveying, cataloging, and research; assisting with exhibition development, implementation, and evaluation guided by OMCA’s exhibition development and community engagement frameworks; and researching and writing material for digital and social media platforms as needed. The Fellow will complete a project which will culminate in the development and production of an exhibition, website, or public event. During the period of the fellowship, the Fellow will also be expected to participate in professional training and networking.
This 2-year Fellowship begins July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2022. The position provides full benefits, plus additional funds for research support, travel, and relocation. The Fellowship may not be held concurrently with any other fellowship or grant.
The Assistant Manager of Visitor Experience provides day-to-day oversight of the Museum’s ticketing operation and onsite Membership sales. The position supervises a team of 4-6 Visitor Experience Associates and the Lead Visitor Experience Associate. In partnership with the Associate Director of Visitor Experience, this position ensures that our visitor experience delivers the profound sense of welcome that is central to the OMCA brand; leverages an above-and-beyond visitor experience to increase visitor loyalty, drive Membership sales, and attract new visitors; and supports ongoing efforts to ensure visitor safety and institutional accessibility.
The School and Group Sales Coordinator is responsible for all school tours/programs and adult group sales/tours reservation processing. The position maintains the scheduling databases, supports the greeting and orienting of groups on site, and works as part of a team of front line staff providing a seamless visitor experience while delivering against sales targets. The position also oversees sales outreach to group sales customers and builds the group sales lead database.
The Public Engagement Program Developer is responsible for the development, implementation, and evaluation of dynamic cross-disciplinary and participatory public engagement experiences. All public engagement programs are designed to support the institution in its efforts to build social cohesion in Oakland and the broader Bay Area, deeply engage audiences and build loyalty, and to support the organization’s attendance and revenue goals. Position designs a range of offerings in partnership with OMCA staff and community stakeholders that connect audiences to the Museum’s exhibitions and to generate conversation and connection around topics of relevance to our communities. The Program Developer ensures a smooth flow of operations, creates and administers budgets and contracts, and serves as the project manager for programs including overseeing program and audience logistics, participant/presenter handling emcee duties, and visitor safety. The position manages interns and volunteers as appropriate.