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

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Administrative and Materials Coordinator

Summary:

The Administrative and Materials Coordinator will support several program areas at Children’s Discovery Museum. The Coordinator will work with Program Developers by developing creative and appropriate materials to support Museum programs and cultural events. The coordinator solicits purchases, organizes, distributes, and maintains materials while also being responsible for the inventory, maintenance, and organization of on-site storage sheds. This position also interfaces with donated materials, seeking them out and responding to materials donors. The Coordinator will also support the work of CCLI (Cultural Competence Learning Institute) a national, professional development institute that helps museum leaders catalyze diversity and inclusion efforts in their institutions. CCLI works with an annual cohort of 5-6 museums across the United States implementing a curricular model that incorporates in-person and virtual meetings. In addition, this position will support financial tracking.

Responsibilities:

Materials Coordination

  • Work with Program Developers to brainstorm ideas for activities and materials;
  • Participate in activity planning and preparation of kits for special events;
  • Organize and maintain materials storage areas (shed, workroom, program shelves);
  • Maintain and restock supplies for Museum program spaces, special programs (Cultural Events, Theme Weeks, Youth Programs), and events, both public and internal;
  • Coordinate materials preparation for Program Specialists, Education Department and Corporate Volunteers;
  • Find, coordinate, acknowledge, and document donated materials;
  • Organize and maintain Education Department supplies.

Administrative Coordination (CCLI)

  • Provide organization for CCLI Planning Team by developing Doodle polls, creating notes/documentation, and working with project management cloud-based system Basecamp;
  • Schedule and support virtual meetings using Zoom video platform;
  • Provide graphic support for PowerPoint presentations, print collateral, and CCLI website;
  • Proofread documents developed;
  • Support cohort application process;
  • Arrange logistical aspects of in-person meetings in Washington, DC;
  • Make travel arrangements for CCLI Planning Team and Cohort Participants.

Financial Coordination

  • Provide financial tracking support to Education department;
  • Code invoices and enter into budget spreadsheet;
  • Work with Accounting to insure tracking and timely payment of department invoices;
  • Other departmental duties as required.

Position is focused on task follow-through and departmental support. Judgement in day to day problem solving and service will impact museum resources. Expectations and experience required are described below.

Education/Experience:

Any combination of education and experience providing the knowledge and skills for successful performance would be qualifying. Minimum employment standards are:

  • Bachelor’s degree;
  • Previous work experience in handling a wide range of administrative, support-related tasks;
  • Experience managing multiple projects and timelines;
  • Proven organizational abilities and attention to detail;
  • High level proficiency with Outlook, Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel;
  • Interest in the arts and museum programming;
  • Ability to maintain accurate and detailed records;
  • Good judgment and interpersonal skills;
  • Team player; and
  • Responsible and able to accomplish tasks with minimum supervision.
 

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
 


Admissions Cashier

Non-exempt, part-time (Tuesday through Sunday, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.); this frontline position interfaces with the public to process admissions tickets and memberships, greet visitors and provide information, make announcements, and help direct the flow of visitors in the front lobby area. This individual will be energetic, organized, accurate, familiar with basic computer skills, and able to demonstrate outstanding visitor service skills while working with a diverse audience. Previous experience in visitor service, retail, or working with children is 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


Discovery Train Operator

Status: Part-time; non-exempt

Summary: Under the direction and supervision of the Exhibits and Facilities Supervisor, the Discovery Train Operator operates the Discovery Train as a member of the Discovery Train team.
Responsibilities:
  • Responsible for the safe and efficient operation of the train
  • Perform safety checks on the train before operating the train and at the end of the day
  • Ensure that the train is clean and ready for visitors to ride
  • Assemble the line cue using fencing for safety
  • Safety and efficiently oversee the loading/unloading of the train
  • Log the number of riders each trip and time the route
  • Drive the train on the established path around the exterior of the museum
  • At the end of the schedule, breakdown and store the line cue fencing and signage
  • Return and uncouple the train in its parking spot located in the service yard
  • Connect the train engine to its charger at the end of the day
  • Cover each car and the engine
  • Record and record any issues of the Exhibits and Facilities Supervisor when they arise
  • Debrief: report to Exhibits and Facilities Supervisor at the end of the day
Operator Requirements:
  • At least 18 years of age
  • Valid California driver’s license
  • Clean driving record
  • Able to lift 25 lbs. to move materials needed
  • Comfortable working outdoors
  • Excellent Communication skills
This job description should not be construed to imply that these requirements are exclusive standards of the position. Incumbents will follow any other instructions, and perform any other related duties, as may be required by his or her supervisor. Children’s Discovery Museum is an at-will equal opportunity employer.
 

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


Program Specialist

Part-time; non-exempt. Program Specialists are familiar with all exhibits and are primarily responsible for facilitating programmatic activities in the areas of the Kids' Garden, the Wonder Cabinet (focuses on early childhood education), the Art Loft, and The Lee and Diane Brandenburg Theatre. This position works with the public in a one-on-one teaching capacity and requires a high level of interactive skills and judgment. Specialists will also manage and maintain program spaces; handle materials preparation and maintenance; assess programs and provide feedback to Program Developers regarding successes and challenges of activities. Qualified candidates will have a high school diploma or equivalent, prior experience working with children, and have an interest in a career in education. Experience or coursework in education, early childhood education, art, drama, environmental studies or science is necessary, as well as commitment to positive visitor service.
 

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