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Deputy Director

Deputy Director - Oakland Museum of California

The Deputy Director establishes and directs the strategy for community engagement and social impact through exhibition and core gallery programming, and collections. With active communication, problem-solving, and decision-making, the Deputy Director acts as a motivational leader and supervisor to the collections, curatorial, experience development, design, project management, production, and program evaluation teams that make up the Center for Experience Development and Collections. As a core member of the Executive Team, the position contributes to the policy-making for, and management of the Museum including supporting the Museum’s mission, values, vision, and core commitment to the visitor experience, community engagement, and institutional relevancy for the future. APPLY HERE


  • Direct annual and multi-year planning of innovative exhibition and gallery programs that meet OMCA’s mission, business and social impact goals, and engage the community in conversation and reflection on the relevant and pressing issues of our time, including:
  • Curatorial and experience development - ensure a robust pipeline of exhibition and gallery programs that engage communities in imaginative and relevant ways with ideas that matter;
  • Collecting and collections strategy - collection documentation and care, acquisitions and deaccessions; establish innovative programs and methods for community-centered collection access, interpretation and presentation
  • Design studio - ensure consistent and powerful visual expression of OMCA’s brand, business,  and community engagement goals in visitor environments and collateral
  • Project management and production teams - ensure exhibition gallery and other institutional projects are delivered effectively, efficiently, on time and on budget, and with timely engagement of and collaboration with internal stakeholders
  • Visitor insights program - sponsor the cross-institutional team advising on priorities, interpretation and communication or visitor research; ensure data informs program development and decision-making at every level; oversee the development of monthly annual reports on performance against institutional performance indicators, nurturing a culture of learning and constant improvement based on evaluation and research
  • Ensure a clarity of vision and appropriate frameworks, principles, tools and resources are in place for productive cross-discipline and cross-departmental collaboration
  • Participate in the development of grant and donor strategies and proposals; play an active role in donor cultivation and stewardship
  • Serve as a spokesperson for the organization in the community, the field and media; participate in and present at professional conferences and conventions as well as community and civic gatherings, on behalf of the organization; play an active role in sharing OMCA’s work with the field and keeping abreast of developments in the field
  • Provide leadership to ensure the Museum’s vitality and success, in collaboration with Executive Team, lead institutional planning, annual priorities, and institutional initiatives such as advancing diversity; and implement strategic thinking that actively takes into account broader institutional implications for decision-making


  • Care deeply about fostering a culture of ongoing learning, collaboration, innovation, creativity, and community engagement
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills, with a capacity for managing and leading people with diverse backgrounds, views and work styles
  • Proven ability to display the competencies of strategic thinking, development of self and others and ability to deploy and align organizational strategies and objectives
  • Demonstrated experience in directing successful program and community engagement initiatives in museums, specifically exhibitions, interpretation, evaluation or public programming
  • Demonstrated achievements as an adaptive change agent, collaborator, coach, and team and coalition-builder


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 the surrounding community. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, OMCA will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities.

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About This Job

  • Oakland Museum of California
  • Oakland, CA
  • Category: Professional
  • Salary Range: 166,453
  • Posted: October 29, 2019