Employment

Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose is a fun place to work, learn and play.

To manage our unique community institution — improving visitor experience for our diverse audience, challenging ourselves to participate and meet community needs, and competing effectively against the growing number of “pay for play” franchises and theme-based activity centers — we employ an integrated management process. This focused approach effectively links functions, activities and information throughout the organization so that operational strategies, service initiatives, new exhibit and program ideas, and funding and marketing opportunities benefit from multiple perspectives. Through this approach, Museum staff become vested in each other’s success.
 
Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment Application

Current Openings
  • Youth Programs Facilitator
  • Prep Cook/Line Cook
  • Gift Shop Cashier
  • Café Manager
  • Events Specialist
  • Exhibit Specialist

 

Youth Programs Facilitator

Part-time, non-exempt, temporary position, mid-October through May. Tuesday -Thursday, 2:30 – 6:30 p.m.; Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; and occasional evenings. Youth Program Facilitator assists the Youth Educator with development, facilitation and technological aspects of after school programs for middle school youth in the Media.Studio at Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose. The Media Studio provides programming after school and on weekends in the areas of multimedia production and service learning, and includes a strong component of documentation and reflection. Current projects include digital photography and videography, and community service. Responsibilities for this position include interacting with and supervising young adolescent participants, ensuring their safety, communicating with parents, and preparation and clean-up for daily programs. The ideal candidate will have a high school diploma or equivalent, previous experience working with adolescents, dedication to community service, and familiarity with the use of DSLR and video equipment, industry standard multimedia tools, such as Adobe Photoshop, digital video editing software, and PC operating systems. Excellent communication skills with multiple audiences are necessary: Spanish language skills are highly desirable.

How to Apply: Your complete application will include cover letter, references, and either a resume or completed Job Application. If you choose to complete the online Application, please send the additional items to:

Human Resources
Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose
180 Woz Way
San Jose CA 95110
jobs@cdm.org
 

Prep Cook/Line Cook

Job Summary : Prepare and portion food items in accordance with production requirements. Uses daily worksheets and standardized recipes to prepare meals.

Essential Duties And Responsibilities:

  • Maintains quality standards of food and service by preparing items according to company standards and supervisor’s direction
  • Ensures clean and orderly workspace by adhering to public health codes, sanitation and safety policies
  • Maintains smooth operation of kitchen by checking and rotating product stock as necessary, informing supervisor of items or equipment that need to be ordered
  • Completes approved opening duties at the beginning of day and/or closing duties at the end of each day by organizing, cleaning and sanitizing workspace
  • Deliver exceptional customer service by preparing food items consistently and adhering to all recipe standards
  • Maintain a safe working environment by using proper food handling skills and food safety guidelines
  • Complete kitchen tasks such as line setup, food preparation, cleanup and breakdown

Job Qualifications

  • Must be at least 18 years of age, any culinary education is a plus!
  • Desire to Help At our Busiest – This may include working nights, weekends, and holidays
  • Perform the Physical Demands – Remain on your feet for several hours at a time, be able to lift and carry up to 45 pounds, ability to withstand higher temperatures, bend, kneel, and stoop.

You will be responsible for healthy safety practices, recipe and portion control, and proper cooking techniques. You will be responsible for opening and closing procedures, maintaining a clean guest facing kitchen, with strict standards of excellence. Ideal candidate will have a high school diploma or equivalent, basic knife handling skills, previous kitchen experience, and a strong ability to follow a recipe.

How to Apply: Your complete application will include cover letter, references, and either a resume or completed Job Application. If you choose to complete the online Application, please send the additional items to:

Human Resources
Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose
180 Woz Way
San Jose CA 95110
jobs@cdm.org
 

Gift Shop Cashier

Non-exempt; part-time, weekends and some holidays.The Gift Shop Cashier is responsible for opening and closing procedures and provides a high level of customer service by greeting and assisting customers in the selection of merchandise, processing sales transactions, displaying merchandise and stocking inventory. The ideal candidate is outgoing, has a high school diploma (or equivalent) basic computer skills, cash handling experience, a minimum of 2 years previous retail experience, as well as knowledge of children’s interests and related products. Excellent verbal communication skills and an ability to interact with a wide range of customers are a must. Bilingual skills are an asset.

How to Apply: Your complete application will include cover letter, references, and either a resume or completed Job Application. If you choose to complete the online Application, please send the additional items to:

Human Resources
Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose
180 Woz Way
San Jose CA 95110
jobs@cdm.org
 

Café Manager

Non-exempt; Full-time.The Café Manager provides leadership and direction to the team by exercising independent judgment and discretion in order to successfully execute company strategies. This position must exude the excitement, professional presence and confidence needed to protect and drive brand integrity. This includes but is not limited to the ability to act with great integrity and business maturity, build trust, be approachable, listen to others, drive and manage change, and ensure that all decisions are made in the best interest of the business. The Café Manager drives and monitors location performance through sales management, operational and personnel functions, as well as staff productivity.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • 2-3 years previous food service management experience.
  • Ensure the overall success of the client cafe
  • Provide strong operational leadership
  • Ability to manage the food production from conception to service
  • Forecast and plan operating needs for food and supplies
  • Order, receive and inventory all products and supplies
  • Maintain exceptional service standards
  • Maintain safe and sanitary conditions for employees and customers
  • Demonstrated ability to assess and develop talent and motivate staff to deliver results.
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills in a fast-pace, high volume environment.
  • Must be able to work independently; productive self-starter who takes ownership of projects.
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule to meet the needs of the business, including weekends and evenings.
  • Ability to delegate responsibilities fairly to staff while maintaining a leadership role in the organization.
  • Ability to effectively handle complex and escalated conflict resolution issues.
  • Can make decisions under pressure while having a sense of urgency.
  • Ability to act with great integrity and business maturity.
  • Must exude excitement and the confidence needed to protect and drive brand integrity.

How to Apply: Your complete application will include cover letter, references, and either a resume or completed Job Application. If you choose to complete the online Application, please send the additional items to:

Human Resources
Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose
180 Woz Way
San Jose CA 95110
jobs@cdm.org
 

Events Specialist

Part-time; Non–Exempt. This entry-level position works on an as-needed schedule that is primarily nights and weekends for Museum facility rentals and special events. Hours and days will vary. Events Specialists perform a wide array of duties; this includes but is not limited to:

  • Setting up and breakdown of tables, chairs, pipe and drape;
  • Learning the Museum’s programs and assist as required;
  • Promoting the Museum and its programs to visitors;
  • Assisting in the opening and closing of exhibits;
  • Attending event briefings and trainings, exhibit and sound system training, and
  • Enhancing each visitor’s Museum discovery and experience through interaction, guidance, and superior visitor service.

The ideal candidate will have a high school diploma or equivalent or be 18+ years of age; the ability to work with a wide range of culturally diverse clients of all ages; and have a strong interest in engaging with the public. Previous experience in the hospitality or customer service industry a plus.

How to Apply: Your complete application will include cover letter, references, and either a resume or completed Job Application. If you choose to complete the online Application, please send the additional items to:

Human Resources
Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose
180 Woz Way
San Jose CA 95110
jobs@cdm.org
 

Exhibit Specialist

Part-time; non-exempt; weekdays and weekends, half-day shifts available. The Exhibit Specialist assists in the opening/closing procedures of the Museum, understands and demonstrates his/her knowledge of the Museum’s general themes and exhibits, and actively interacts with children and adults to enhance their enjoyment and learning experiences. Exhibit Specialists are also trained as greeters for scheduled field trips/groups, and should feel comfortable speaking in front of large groups. Must be outgoing and have a professional demeanor. A strong interest in teaching or education, or prior experience working with children is necessary, as well as good communication and visitor service skills.

How to Apply: Your complete application will include cover letter, references, and either a resume or completed Job Application. If you choose to complete the online Application, please send the additional items to:

Human Resources
Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose
180 Woz Way
San Jose CA 95110
jobs@cdm.org