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
  • Visual Arts Program Developer
  • Prep Cook/Line Cook
  • Gift Shop Cashier
  • Café Manager
  • Exhibits Administrative Assistant
  • Events Specialist
  • Program Specialist
  • Exhibit Specialist

 

Visual Arts Program Developer

Summary:
Full-time, Exempt; The Visual Arts Program Developer develops and maintains the Museum’s Art Loft, a 2000 sq. ft. interactive art studio for children ages 4-10 years old and their adult caregivers. The Art Loft features innovative, materials-rich activities designed to engage children and their families in the creative process and expose them to the tools and techniques of art-making. The Visual Arts Program Developer develops new activities monthly, identifies and acquires materials for activities and trains part-time museum staff in the facilitation of the activities. Visual arts programming is developed within a multi-disciplinary context to coordinate with other museum-wide initiatives including travelling exhibitions, cultural events, and new exhibition openings at CDM. The Visual Arts Program Developer also develops and facilitates the Artists-in-Residence program and curates the Tracy Heymann Art Gallery, featuring children’s art work.

Responsibilities:
This is a highly visible position, especially with external communities. Responsible for achieving goals and results, and focuses primarily on project and/or program execution. Expectations and experience are described below:

  • Development of high-quality, interactive hands-on visual arts experiences for children (geared toward ages 4-10) and their caregivers for The Art Loft–a Museum workshop space designed for specialized arts learning experiences for children and their adult caregivers, including materials identification and procurement, activity write-ups, ongoing maintenance;
  • On-going training for the program specialist part-time staff and volunteers who facilitate the activities in the Art Loft; one-on-one and group trainings include child development and arts information about the relevance and learning goals of activities, and are coordinated with Program Specialist and Volunteer Supervisors;
  • Maintenance of the environment and physical space of the Art Loft, including art displays, supplemental materials, table arrangements, and storage;
  • Materials management for the Art Loft, including prototyping of materials, procurement, organization, storage, prepping and coordination with the Museum’s Materials Coordinator;
  • Development of culturally relevant activities in conjunction with Museum-wide community events including Family Lunadas, Three Kings, Lunar New Year, Children of the Dragon, Diwali and others.
  • Program co-development and coordination with the other facilitated spaces in the Museum, including The Wonder Cabinet, Art Studio, and Bill’s Backyard Bridge to Nature;
  • Curation of the Art Gallery, a space for two-dimensional and three-dimensional visual arts pieces created by children, including identifying potential community arts partners to feature in the space; Art Gallery installations occur at least quarterly;
  • Implementation of the Artists-in-Residence program (at least 6 times per year) designed to bring local artists into the Art Loft space to showcase their work and expose children to artists in action;
  • Co-development and implementation of the Museum’s Holiday Extravaganza, a 2-6 week installation designed to promote wonder and drive audience during the Nov-January timeframe. This installation changes each year and engages local artist(s) in its development and implementation;
  • Departmental duties as required, including participation as Education Department representative in cross-departmental teams; and
  • Fulfills other duties as assigned.

Education/Experience:
Any combination of education or experience providing the required knowledge and skills is qualifying. Minimum employment standards are:

  • Undergraduate or master’s degree in art education, fine arts, or graphic arts;
  • Prior experience in the development and delivery of arts programming for children, parents, teachers, and caregivers with a primary focus on children ages 4-10; multicultural activity development helpful;
  • Ability to work with a diverse audience and staff, as well as build professional relationships within the community; and
  • Experience with graphic design programs such as Adobe Illustrator helpful, but not 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
 

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
 

Exhibits Administrative Assistant

Non-exempt; part-time about 24 hours per week. The Exhibits Administrative Assistant provides administrative support to the entire exhibits and facilities team. This position will create and manage an electronic filing system for the department; support scheduling and note-taking for department meetings; research, order, and track exhibit materials and props; manage budget and grant information; and support communication within and across departments. Interacts with staff at all levels with a high degree of professionalism and confidentiality; must be able to communicate well and work independently with little supervision. The qualified candidate will have a Bachelor’s Degree and previous work experience handling a wide range of administrative support related tasks including managing multiple budgets. Must have a high level proficiency with Outlook, Microsoft Word, and Excel, as well as expert level Internet research 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
 

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
 

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
 

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