Public Engagement Program Manager
Oakland Museum of California

Oakland, CA

Oakland Museum of California

Req No 2017-1204
Category: Public Programs
Type: Regular Full-Time
Targeted Job Start Date 7/1/2017


  • 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 Public Engagement Program Manager, in relationship to specific grants, projects, and initiatives, is responsible for managing, budgeting, developing, implementing, and evaluating dynamic intergenerational programs in collaboration with OMCA staff, community stakeholders, and collaborative organizations. The Program Manager oversees, produces and manages flagship program platforms, Friday Nights @ OMCA and the annual Days of the Dead Community Cultural Celebration, in addition to other programs that drive attendance and revenue, community engagement and program collaboration.



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


Program Development

  • Accountable for program budgets, over-arching strategy, and program goals being achieved
  • Develop, research, and manage intergenerational community and cultural programs and activities for various audience types that support diverse learning styles and 21st Century museum experiences
  • Develop and facilitate plans for consistent, year-round programs, in collaboration with staff, stakeholders, community, cultural and program collaborators to reflect the museum collections, exhibitions, seasonal and cultural themes, and timely topics and trends in Oakland and California
  • Research, contract, and manage program participants (e.g. artists, historians, scientists, volunteers, businesses, libraries, schools, community centers, and organizations, etc) for deepening and broadening the museum’s civic engagement and participation of diverse communities

Program Implementation, Research, and Evaluation

  • Create, sustain, and implement community program collaborations and partnerships that foster and encourage engagement, trust, and co-collaboration across organizations
  • Collaborate with internal departments for program production, outreach, and communications activities to promote programs
  • Ensure public programs collaborative evaluation activities are incorporated into program planning and implementation
  • Keep abreast of innovative and best practices in the museum field in public programs for adults and multiple generational engagement, taking into consideration the impact on California’s changing demographics, cultural trends, and evolving technologies
  • Provide recommendations for institutional policies and procedures that support public programs across center and various platforms (ie. branding assets, programs streams, etc.)

Management and Administration

  • Develop, track and report on budget and variances for programs
  • Support developing grant proposals, business case proposals and reports
  • Manage programs, projects, and initiatives, to achieve goals
  • Recruit/select, train, supervise, and evaluate the part-time Associate Developer, Public Engagement (Friday Nights @ OMCA performing arts program: Go Local Music Series) and program staff as needed
  • Facilitate the Dia de los Muertos volunteer committee and other program committees as required
  • Represent Public Engagement priorities on cross-functional project and exhibit teams
  • Recruit and lead program participants and external collaborators
  • Develop, negotiate, and manage professional services contracts/consultants as needed
  • Prepare recommendations and content for presentations and grant reporting
  • Train and supervise volunteers and interns as needed



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

  • B.A. degree in relevant field such as art, history, natural sciences, or another discipline related to the Museum’s collections or cultural engagement/social justice required
  • Advanced degree or equivalent work experience in art, history, natural sciences, museum studies, education, or cultural engagement/social justice preferred
  • 5-7 years related experience required


  • Knowledge of planning, producing, and evaluating public & community intergenerational programs, particularly cultural programs that drive attendance and revenue
  • Knowledge of informal education practices, diverse learning styles, and participatory program engagement practices
  • Experience in event planning and project management for diverse intergenerational participants
  • Non-Profit administration experience, specifically around developing and management of public programs
  • Knowledge of customer service practices and principles
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple priorities simultaneously
  • Ability to stage manage events and festivals, including a proficiency in emceeing and public speaking experience in cultural arts planning for diverse audiences and/or traditionally underserved audiences
  • English, fluent in both spoken and written form
  • A secondary language, such as Spanish or Chinese, is desired
  • Proficiency in computer systems, specifically MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), Google
  • Events and Weekend schedule as needed


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
  • Office, classroom, and event environments
  • Ability to lift up to 25 pounds


The Oakland Museum of California is a multicultural organization, committed to diversity and practicing equal opportunity employment in recruitment and hiring. Qualified candidates of diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply for open positions.

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Deadline: 06-17-2017