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Deputy Director - Oakland Museum of California

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.



We are committed to excellence and working at the highest standards of integrity and professionalism. We believe everyone should feel welcome and part of our community, both within the Museum and with our visitors and neighbors. We embrace innovation and calculated risk-taking to achieve our mission. Our commitment to our work at the Museum demonstrates a sense of purpose and a shared accountability for the institution’s success.




  • Lead 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; ensure a clarity of vision and appropriate frameworks, principles, tools and resources are in place for productive cross-discipline and cross-departmental collaboration in creating the program and visitor experience

  • Direct curatorial and experience development vision, strategy and priority-setting to ensure a robust pipeline of exhibition and gallery programs that engage communities in imaginative and relevant ways with ideas that matter; ensure programming meets OMCA’s social impact and business goals

  • Direct OMCA’s collecting and collections strategy including directing multi-year and annual planning for collection documentation and care, acquisitions and deaccessions; establish innovative programs and methods for community-centered collection access, interpretation and presentation

  • Direct priority setting and planning for the design studio to ensure consistent and powerful visual expression of OMCA’s brand, business, and community engagement goals in visitor environments and collateral

  • Direct priority-setting and planning for project management and production teams to ensure exhibition, gallery and other institutional projects are delivered effectively, efficiently, on time and on budget, and with timely engagement and collaboration with internal stakeholders

  • Direct OMCA’s evaluation and visitor insights program,including sponsoring the cross-institutional team advising on priorities, interpretation and communication of 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

  • Collaborate with Executive Team colleagues in translating OMCA’s business model and strategic plan into multi-year institutional priorities and budgets, monitoring performance and adjusting course to meet targets

  • Direct priority-setting and budget planning and management for the Center

  • 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; play an active role in sharing OMCA’s work with the field and keeping abreast of industry developments

  • Provide data-driven decision-making, goal setting, clear communication, knowledge sharing, collaboration, guidance, mentorship and coaching to the Center’s senior team, including directing the day-to-day activities, provide staff training, development, and professional growth opportunities, and participating in OMCA’s performance management program

  • Direct the selection, supervision, and evaluation of Center staff, including consultants

  • Partner with Director, Board and Center Directors on strategic planning and institutional capacity needs



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.




As a core member of the Executive Team, this position is expected to:

  • Provide leadership to ensure the Museum’s vitality and success in institutional planning, defining annual priorities, and institutional initiatives such as advancing diversity; and implement strategic thinking that actively takes into account broader institutional implications for decision-making

  • Develop, embrace, model, inspire and communicate institutional mission, vision and goals, sharing leadership of the entire Museum as well as advocating for and directing Center functions

  • Demonstrate exceptional leadership skills in motivating staff, delegating tasks, encouraging independent problem-solving by individuals and teams, and providing an understanding of the institutional vision as a context for individual and cross-functional Center work plans

  • Employ innovative and forward-thinking leadership, including actively anticipating changing trends and analyzing implications and consequences of changing business needs and circumstances

  • Act as an ambassador for the institution and its role in service to the public both internally and externally locally, statewide and nationally

  • Work with specific Board committees as staff liaison as assigned; and represent Museum to public agencies, local government, peer organization groups, citizen groups, neighbors and private organizations

  • Contribute to the prudent and ongoing monitoring of OMCA annual budget and financial demands to ensure a sustainable future

  • Serve as Acting Director in the absence of the Executive Director, as requested




  • 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 knowledge of trends and progressive practices in the museum field

  • Demonstrated achievements as an adaptive change agent, collaborator, coach, and team and coalition-builder

  • Superior communication and presentation skills, both written and verbal

  • Experience with fundraising and grant writing

  • A minimum of 7 years supervisory experience required

  • A minimum of 4 years senior management experience required

  • A minimum of 15 years relevant work experience required

  • B.A. in relevant field such as Museum Studies, Evaluation, or Project Management required

  • M.A. or M.B.A preferred

  • English language proficiency in both spoken and written form

  • Proficiency in MS Office suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and Google platform

  • Experience with a cultural or educational institution required



The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The environment may include:

  • Noise, such as groups of people working in enclosed areas

  • Typical office environment



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.