Posted June 30, 2014

Bay Area Discovery Museum and Center for Childhood Creativity
About Us

The Bay Area Discovery Museum is designed to ignite creative thinking in children. 7.5 acres of natural beauty inspires families to engage in a world of possibilities. Framed by the majestic backdrop of the Golden Gate Bridge, the Museum is a space for imaginations to run wild. Every curated detail of our exhibits brings creative thinking to life for all stages of childhood. Navigate winding tunnels to develop physical and intellectual risk-taking skills. Feel the rush of cold-water tide pools that surprise and awaken curiosity. Imagine new worlds by transforming into a spider, a ship captain, or a bridge builder. At every turn is a new opportunity to challenge the boundaries of creativity.

Now we are taking these experiences beyond our physical location. We launched the Center for Childhood Creativity in 2011 to pioneer new research, thought-leadership, and teacher training programs that advance creative thinking in all children—extending our impact beyond the Museum.

Our mission: To ignite and advance creative thinking for all children.

What We Offer

The Bay Area Discovery Museum offers a high-energy, results-oriented, creative and fun environment where all staff members contribute to creating an innovative environment that helps us achieve our mission. In addition to competitive salaries and benefits, we offer the knowledge that your skills impact over 300,000 Museum visitors each year onsite and many more in the community through the Museum’s Center for Childhood Creativity.


The Public Programs Manager is responsible for providing dynamic and enthusiastic leadership for all public education programming and visitor engagement in the Museum exhibitions. This position leads the implementation of educational programming to ensure high quality offerings aligned with department goals. This position clearly communicates and translates the strategic goals of the Education department and the institutional mission and vision into a robust visitor experience, supporting team members in program development and logistical implementation. The position is responsible for strategic management of the Public Programs team, including arts programs, drop-in and paid family programs, visitor services, festivals, performances, offsite programs, and special events. The position regularly evaluates the overall visitor experience and conducts market research to make informed recommendations for growth, expansion, and improved quality. The work week is Sunday through Thursday, with regular shifts as the Duty Officer.


Manage Museum visitor experience, including Museum exhibitions, art studios, drop in programs, family classes, performances, festivals and special events

Lead the Public Programs team through setting strategic direction, goals, and expectations for programming at the Museum

Regularly evaluate the overall visitor experience and conduct market research to make informed recommendations for growth, expansion, marketing, and improved quality; ensuring programs meet departmental goals and learning outcomes

Execute quality control and promote growth of team members by providing training, regular coaching and constructive feedback on program design, facilitation, implementation, and administration

Lead the team in designing and piloting creative and innovative ideas to increase visitor engagement and drive attendance to the Museum

Work with the Public Programs Team to develop and implement a robust training system for team members

Responsible for education curriculum for festivals, performances, and special events, including offsite events to promote the Museum’s programs

Work with the Museum’s Center for Childhood Creativity to ensure Museum programming and staff interactions are based on current research

Establish and maintain community partnerships to enrich the visitor experience

Support logistical implementation of all components of visitor engagement

Lead the visitor services team, including exhibitions, floor staff and family interactions

Make recommendations for public education and communication, including signage and documentation

Responsible for strategic growth of the volunteer program

Manage the Public Programs team budget

Maintain a regular presence on the Museum floor and facilitate programs as needed

Serve regular shifts as the Museum’s Duty Officer

Other programmatic support as needed


Bachelor degree required (Early Childhood Education, Museum studies, or related field preferred)

2+ years of experience working with young children and families in informal learning environments

2+ years of management experience

Demonstrated expertise in coaching adults on working with young children and families

Experience designing, facilitating, and evaluating programs for children 0-8 years

Excellent oral and written communication skills

Excellent computer skills and ability to learn new programs quickly

Desire to work in a fast-paced, dynamic, collaborative workplace environment

Comprehensive benefit package including medical, dental, and vision offered.

Note to Candidate

Due to the sensitivity and requirements of our positions, you should expect to undergo and be cleared of an employment background/criminal check, if extended an offer for employment. You may also be asked to provide proof of educational degree(s), licenses or credentials pertinent to the position.
How to apply

Bay Area Discovery Museum
Attn: Associate Director, Museum Programing

557 McReynolds Rd.
Sausalito, CA 94965
Fax: 415-339-3901