When the Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) first opened its doors more than fifty years ago in 1969, it brought together three historically independent disciplines—art, history, and natural sciences—under one roof. This progressive multidisciplinary approach was to celebrate the many facets of California. Its collections—comprising more than 1.9 million objects including seminal art works, historical artifacts, ethnographic objects, natural specimens, and photographs—and its programs explore and reveal the factors that shape California character and identity, from its extraordinary natural landscapes, to successive waves of migration, to its unique culture of creativity and innovation.
OMCA recently reopened its galleries after a transformation that touches almost every aspect of the 300,000 square-foot Museum and builds on the founders’ original multidisciplinary and civic-minded intent by improving integration of OMCA’s collections and programs, strengthening its role as a public forum, and creating new opportunities for visitor participation. The collections are animated by innovative interpretive tools and interactive features; and new gathering spaces and program areas engage visitors and encourage them to share their own perspectives, questions, and stories.
The Project Manager manages and coordinates all aspects of project management functions related to the organization, development, and implementation of temporary in-house exhibitions, permanent gallery rotations, traveling exhibitions, institutional programming, 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 be called upon to assist with 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.