Summary of Position: The Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) is seeking an entrepreneurial and highly effective leader to serve as Director of Curatorial Affairs, a new senior management role within the Center for Experience Development and Collections (CEDC). The Director of Curatorial Affairs will lead and support a team of experienced curatorial staff, working across disciplines to develop and implement gallery and exhibition experiences that engage the diversity of Oakland audiences in conversation and exploration of issues and ideas that matter, while helping OMCA achieve its mission and business goals. This position also will work closely with the Collections Team to establish priorities and plans for collections care, research, documentation and access. The Director of Curatorial Affairs will report to the Director of the CEDC.
About The Museum:
As stated in its mission, the purpose of OMCA is, "To inspire all Californians to create a more vibrant future for themselves and their communities." The Museum is a blend of art, history, and natural science and is grounded in the belief that a museum should be welcoming and inclusive, making a difference by offering everyone access to inspiration, learning, and creativity. In 2013, OMCA completed an eight-year $63 million capital renovation project and unveiled completely transformed core collection galleries. The Museum has also undergone profound organizational changes with the transition from the City of Oakland to independent governance and operation in 2011.
While OMCA is approaching its 50th anniversary, it is in some ways, a start-up organization with the need to evolve and mature many of the existing structures, systems, and the culture itself. OMCA envisions being the heart of a thriving community and a statewide leader. OMCA seeks to be Oakland's public square and gathering space; a catalyst for the vitality of the region; and indispensable to the community, its residents, and its visitors.
A minimum 7-10 years of related experience and 4 years leadership experience. Possession of a Master's degree in a related field, such as museum studies, history or equivalent work experience is required.
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