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
  • Program Specialist
  • Summer of Service (SOS)
  • Exhibit Designer
  • Birthday Party Host

 

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
 

Summer of Service (SOS)

Summer of Service is a summer program for middle and high school aged youth, designed to give them fun experiences engaging in real community service work. Youth enroll for two-week sessions and choose one of five service themes: Environment and Ecology; Early Childhood Education; Media and Museum; Leadership, and Community Outreach. Teams of 10-14 youth and 2 team leaders, along with a high school intern, work together to plant trees, clean parks, plan hands-on activities for preschoolers, work behind the scenes in the Museum, complete digital media projects, work with seniors, or serve meals to the hungry. Friday Fun Days feature excursions to Bay Area attractions. The following positions are available for this program:

SOS Team Leader
Full-time, non-exempt, temporary position; Monday-Friday, June 8th to August 14th. Team Leaders will be responsible for overseeing the youth experience in the program: promoting positive interactions, encouraging learning and fun for youth, transporting youth to service sites, playing games and ensuring safety. Team Leaders should be responsible, resourceful, playful, committed to community service, and enjoy working with middle school youth. Team Leaders must be at least 21 years of age, and should have prior experience interacting with youth. Experience in one or more of the program themes (stated above) is also helpful.

Assistant Team Leader
Part time, non-exempt, temporary position; approximately 35 hours per week. Monday-Friday, June 8th to August 14th. Assistant Team Leaders will assist Team Leaders in all activities: traveling to service sites, helping and encouraging young teens to complete service projects, playing games, and representing the Museum. Assistant Team Leaders should be responsible, resourceful, playful, and passionate about service-learning. Assistant Team Leaders must have completed their junior year in high school and have a strong interest in education, community service, and working with young people.

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 Designer

Full-time; exempt with benefits. Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose (CDM) is looking for an experienced exhibit designer to create quality, innovative exhibits for children and their caretakers. The skills required in this position include developing architectural design, interactive scenic and graphic components, and prototyping of interactives. Candidate will have a minimum of 5 years’ experience designing exhibits for children in a museum environment, and a degree in design, engineering, industrial design, or architecture Proficient in sketching, drawing, drafting, computer based design and graphics applications; knowledge of exhibit fabrication methods and materials. Project management/communication skills and the ability to oversee production are required.

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
 

Birthday Party Host

Part-time; non-exempt; approximately 12-15 hours per week, Saturdays and Sundays, and occasional week days or holidays. The Birthday Party Host is responsible for delivering fun and interactive children’s birthday parties. This includes setting up decorations and supplies, greeting and interacting with guests (adults and children), facilitating activities, serving food, and basic clean-up. The ideal candidate for this combined position is an outgoing individual with experience working with children, excellent verbal communication, organizational and customer service skills, and the ability to interact with a wide range of people. Completion of high school or equivalent, plus 1-2 years of previous retail or customer service experience is necessary.

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