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Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) is seeking a temporary independent contractor to support the organization’s communications efforts for an interim period of time of approximately 4-6 months, working between 30 and 37.5 hours a week. The contract position will begin in mid-January 2022.
This individual will be responsible for a range of duties, including developing communications strategies, securing press coverage, press event planning and management, writing press materials, writing and copyediting institutional materials, supporting internal communications, managing crisis communications, managing on-site media and production crews, in partnership with OMCA’s Communications Specialist, Senior Director of Marketing, Communications, and Visitor Experience, and the Marketing team.
This person should have strong relationships with key local and national media outlets, have experience working within an arts/culture/non-profit environment, and have excellent writing and communication skills. The contractor will primarily work remotely with the occasional need to be on campus in Oakland to support press events, filming, photography, and press interviews.
The part-time Visitor Insights Specialist enhances the visitor experience at OMCA by providing a welcoming presence in the galleries and garden; offering excellent customer service; assessing conditions in the galleries and garden to ensure the safety and security of visitors and collections; creating a visitor feedback loop; and conducting rigorous evaluations and audience research projects. This position focuses on the visitor and their experiences, rather than the educational role of explaining exhibition content. The Visitor Insights Specialist is a facilitator and active researcher who uses evaluative thinking to both address the needs of visitors and inform the work of OMCA. We have 2 openings. Each position is part-time (15 hours per week), working either Friday/Saturday or Friday/Sunday.
The Facilities Manager provides organizational support in the area of facility repair, safety, cleanliness and maintenance. The position schedules, oversees, and ensures contract service providers are meeting the objectives outlined in the contracts; this includes managing the day-to-day relationship with vendors. The position supports budget management through value spending, invoice processing and analysis of spending. The position is responsible for emergency preparedness procedures and response, including Injury and Illness Protection and Business Continuity planning. The position will identify long-term maintenance needs and priorities at the main campus and two offsite facilities and assist with major construction initiatives as necessary.
The Oakland Museum of California hosts a Curatorial Fellowship for an emerging museum professional funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. This two-year paid fellowship will focus on the discipline areas of Art, Craft, and Design. The role will provide curatorial training and support community engagement related to OMCA’s mission and social impact framework. The Fellow will be integrated into an interdisciplinary curatorial team with duties that range from participation in aspects of special exhibition projects to general curatorial work including research on the collection, museum visitors, and potential community partners. The Fellow will plan and complete a project in consultation with the Supervising Curator.
Skills and Approach of this “Emerging Professional”
- Knowledge of contemporary trends and issues in art and community engagement.
- Familiarity with the field of museums.
- An ability and commitment to develop authentic narratives for a broad audience.
- Commitment to collaboration, coupled with a strong sense of agency.
- Ability to hold a vision firmly but flexibly - ready to respond to community input.
- Enthusiasm for participating in a wide range of organizational functions.
This two-year paid fellowship begins January 1, 2022 through December 31, 2023. The Fellow is expected to reside in the San Francisco Bay Area. The position provides full benefits, plus additional funds for professional networking locally and nationally, research support, travel, and relocation. The Fellowship may not be held concurrently with any other fellowship or grant.
The Digital Asset Data Coordinator is responsible for the daily management of OMCA’s non-collections digital assets, created or sourced by Marketing & Communications, Education, Development, Membership, and Visitor Experience staff. They will provide support for ingestion, organization, distribution, and metadata consistency of non-collections assets within the Museum’s Digital Asset Management System (DAMS). Working together with the Collections Data and Media Systems Administrator and the Digital Asset Data Coordinator-Collections, they will aid in further development of the museum's DAMS support of non-collections assets through workflow and organizational vocabulary development, ensuring metadata consistency and accessibility. They will also aid in providing training and operational support to allow the Museum’s DAMS to be fully utilized by staff.
The Project Coordinator provides project-specific support to institutional projects and cross-functional teams across the Museum with responsibilities that include drafting schedules, tracking budgets, writing agendas, leading meetings, and facilitating communication between teams and team members. Potential projects have a broad reach and could include gallery rotations and installations, public programming, event planning, digital projects, and design studio support. The Project Coordinator also serves in a support role to Project Managers, assisting with asset tracking, scheduling, database management, and other related administrative tasks. The position requires a highly organized individual, creative thinker, and collegial team member, who can also function as a transparent, inclusive, and collaborative decision-maker and leader.
The Associate Curator of History collaborates with curators and across the organization to research and develop multidisciplinary exhibitions that meet the Museum’s community engagement, social impact and business goals, and further OMCA’s commitment to equity and anti-racism; engage the diversity of Oakland residents; and research and develop the history collections. The Associate Curator engages multiple communities in dynamic conversations and explorations of traditional and contemporary California history.
The Project Manager manages and coordinates project management functions related to the organization, development, and implementation of exhibitions, gallery rotations, traveling exhibitions, public programs, and digital projects. This includes responsibility for drafting schedules, developing and tracking budgets, writing agendas, leading meetings, and facilitating communication between cross-functional teams at all levels. This position will also support other institutional project management needs. The Project Manager functions as the lynchpin for assigned projects through which most, if not all, of the related activities, are filtered, and is relied upon to be an advocate for their successful completion while fostering inclusivity, equity, and transparency across teams and among individuals.