Career Opportunities - Bay Area Discovery Museum

Career Opportunities

For rewarding work, join the Bay Area Discovery Museum (BADM) in its mission to transform research into early learning experiences that inspire creative problem solving. To realize our goal, we strive to embrace diversity and community involvement in our team across all departments. BADM is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE); bilingual and bicultural applicants are strongly encouraged to apply. Browse open positions below.

 

Bean Sprouts Cafe

Bean Sprouts Café—the nation’s leading hip and healthy kids’ café—is searching for positive, playful, innovative, and health-conscious people to join their team. (NOTE: Bean Sprouts Café at the Bay Area Discovery Museum is independently operated.) Current openings include:

Kitchen Staff

Barista/Cashier

Birthday Party Assistant

POSITION SUMMARY

Birthday Party Assistants are responsible for facilitating 1 to 8 on-site children’s birthday parties on Saturdays and/or Sundays.  Birthday Party Assistants are the face of these parties and have direct interaction with anyone coming to a birthday party at the Bay Area Discovery Museum. This is a part-time, non-exempt, on-call weekend position with a starting salary of $15.00 per hour. Hours will vary from week to week.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Birthday party set-up and clean-up.
  • Greeting host families and guests.
  • Interacting with children, parents, and party guests in a child’s birthday party setting.
  • Party facilitation, which includes but not limited to arts and crafts activities, face painting, playing games, leading treasure hunts, and directing other open-ended creative play activities with children.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Experience working with children ages 1 to 8 years old in a setting that required interacting and engaging children.
  • A clear understanding of the Museum’s educational philosophy.
  • Experience in a customer service role.
  • Excellent communication and problem-solving skills.
  • Dependability and flexibility.
  • An outgoing, friendly, enthusiastic, and creative personality.
  • The ability to follow a detailed party schedule daily.
  • The ability to work both independently and as a part of a team.
  • The ability to work with a variety of people from various backgrounds and cultures.
  • Comfort working indoors and outdoors in all types of weather.

TO APPLY

Qualified candidates should apply online here.

Applicants should be prepared to provide both a resume and cover letter. Please attach your cover letter in step 2 of the online application process when prompted to attach other documents.

NOTE TO CANDIDATE

Due to the sensitivity and requirements of our positions, you should expect to undergo and be cleared of an employment background/criminal check, if extended an offer for employment. You may also be asked to provide proof of educational degree(s), licenses or credentials pertinent to the position.

ABOUT US

Our mission: To transform research into early learning experiences that inspire creative problem solving.

In our one-of-a-kind location at the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge on 7.5 acres of National Park land, the Bay Area Discovery Museum facilitates child-directed, open-ended, inquiry-driven learning through hands-on exhibitions, rich activities and risk- friendly challenges designed to ignite creativity, as well as STEM skills and critical thinking.

Additionally, the Museum’s research and advisory division, the Center for Childhood Creativity (CCC), is working at a national scale to advance the research that informs our understanding of childhood creativity, advocate for its critical importance and inspire the next generation of innovators, thought leaders and problem-solvers.

WHAT WE OFFER

The Bay Area Discovery Museum offers a high-energy, results-oriented, creative and fun environment where all staff members contribute to creating an innovative environment that helps us achieve our mission. In addition to competitive salaries and benefits, we offer the knowledge that your skills impact over 300,000 Museum visitors each year onsite and many more in the community through the Museum’s Center for Childhood Creativity (CCC).

The Bay Area Discovery Museum is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity.

Controller

POSITION SUMMARY

The Controller reports to the CFO/VP of Operations and is responsible for performing accounting duties as well as coordinating the day-to-day operations of the Finance Department. The Controller assures the accuracy of all accounting information, prepares financial statements according to strict time deadlines, and assists the CFO on special projects. Ensures compliance with all applicable accounting procedures and standards in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB), as well as BADM’s internal policies, procedures, and contracts. This full-time, exempt position supervises two Staff Accountants.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES

Accounting (95%)

  • Working under limited supervision, performs complex accounting duties including maintenance and analysis of accounting records and preparation of accounting schedules, reports, and financial statements.
  • Supervises the Accounts Payable functions of the organization to ensure timely and accurate payment of invoices.
  • Supervises the Accounts Receivable functions of the organization to monitor aging of outstanding balances and timely collection of amounts owed.
  • Assures that the duties, responsibilities, and authority of each managed employee are clearly defined, effective, and appropriately communicated to employees.
  • Assures that training and development needs are identified – including cross training efforts to ensure adequate backup exists for critical processes.
  • Model, develop, and maintain a team-oriented environment; maintain effective lines of communication between all staff and management.
  • Forecasts short and long-range cash requirements and obligations as a basis for recommending courses of action.
  • Maintains the accuracy of the general ledger and prepares appropriate journal entries.
  • Reviews all balance sheet accounts and subsidiary ledgers, ensuring reconciliation to the general ledger on a monthly, quarterly or annual basis as necessary; coordinates the monthly, quarterly, and annual close process.
  • Oversees project level accounting; drives work with Development and other programmatic departments to understand and ensure proper spend down of grant funds
  • Prepares fund equity schedule and reconciles fund balances; moving cash as appropriate.
  • Reviews/ Approves journal entries and the reconciliation of petty cash, bank accounts, and credit card accounts
  • Assists CFO with streamlining efforts by recommending updated policies and incorporating technology efficiencies whenever possible; participates in projects to research and develop recommendations on areas needing improvement.
  • Main liaison to the external CPA for the annual financial audit, including preparation of audit schedules, documentation review, and response to auditors’ requests.
  • Responsible for the preparation and maintenance of accounting procedures manuals; works to continually improve internal controls and achieve government and regulatory compliance.
  • Assists CFO with the preparation and maintenance of budgets and projections; provides budget reports to management and assists in interpreting the results; refines budgeting methodology and looks for tools to improve the accuracy and efficiency of this process.
  • Performs ad hoc financial analysis as required and other duties as assigned.

Other General duties (5%)

  • Provides backup to CFO and other finance/HR/IT staff members as needed.
  • Assists with major museum wide events as required.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Finance, Business or related field required, MBA desirable.
  • At least three years of accounting experience; with demonstrated supervisory experience.
  • Not-for-profit and fund accounting experience preferred.
  • Tolerance of ambiguity, change, risk, rapid iteration and a fast-paced work environment; ability to manage pressure with sense of humor, perspective and strong prioritization, and positivity.
  • Working knowledge of manual and automated accounting systems required, experience with Blackbaud Financial Edge and/or Altru preferred.
  • Ability to multi-task, work well under pressure, prioritize, and meet deadlines.
  • Must be detail oriented and organized with time and data.
  • Excellent computer skills and experience using technology to streamline processes; advanced Excel skills.
  • Proven ability to recruit, train, and motivate personnel.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills; ability to effectively relate with all levels of employees on financial and budget matters.
  • Ability to work as an individual performer and as part of a team.

TO APPLY

Qualified candidates should apply online at: https://workforcenow.adp.com/jobs/apply/posting.html?client=BADM

Applicants should be prepared to provide both a resume and cover letter. Please attach your cover letter in step 2 of the online application process when prompted to attach other documents.

NOTE TO CANDIDATE

Due to the sensitivity and requirements of our positions, you should expect to undergo and be cleared of an employment background/criminal check, if extended an offer for employment. You may also be asked to provide proof of educational degree(s), licenses or credentials pertinent to the position.

ABOUT US

Our mission: To transform research into early learning experiences that inspire creative problem solving.

In our one-of-a-kind location at the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge on 7.5 acres of National Park land, the Bay Area Discovery Museum facilitates child-directed, open-ended, inquiry-driven learning through hands-on exhibitions, rich activities and risk- friendly challenges designed to ignite creativity, as well as STEM skills and critical thinking.

Additionally, the Museum’s research and advisory division, the Center for Childhood Creativity (CCC), is working at a national scale to advance the research that informs our understanding of childhood creativity, advocate for its critical importance and inspire the next generation of innovators, thought leaders and problem-solvers.

WHAT WE OFFER

The Bay Area Discovery Museum offers a high-energy, results-oriented, creative and fun environment where all staff members contribute to creating an innovative environment that helps us achieve our mission. BADM provides 100% employer-paid medical, dental, vision, life, and long-term disability insurance to all full-time employees, as well as generous paid time off starting at 4 weeks per year. In addition, we offer the knowledge that your skills impact over 300,000 museum visitors each year onsite and many more in the community through BADM’s Center for Childhood Creativity.

The Bay Area Discovery Museum is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity.

Director of Development

POSITION SUMMARY

The Bay Area Discovery Museum (BADM) is seeking a Director of Development to lead and manage our comprehensive fundraising program. Over the past 5 years, BADM has increased its annual fundraising revenues by 50%, and has raised more than $11.5mm in advance of the public phase of a $20mm capital campaign to underwrite a campus renovation. With the promotion of the former Director of Development to Deputy Director, the museum is investing in a new chief development officer to steward and build a successful pipeline of contributed resources. It’s an exciting time to join BADM’s leadership team, and to work with the Board of Trustees, CEO, Deputy Director, and development staff to secure critical resources from individuals, institutions (corporate, foundation, government sources) and fundraising events in support of our current institutional priorities:

  • The new campus plan, including 20,000 square feet of renovated space, 4 new STEM exhibits, an iconic new entry building, and new classroom spaces to accommodate our growing field trip program;
  • STEM education programs 1) onsite for more than 350,000 annual visitors onsite; 2) offsite through our community programs (including Try it Truck) in schools and libraries; 3) nationally through our Center for Childhood Creativity
  • Access initiatives, including more than 75,000 annual free/reduced admissions and 15,000 scholarships for schoolchildren to ensure greater inclusivity for all children.

The Director of Development will supervise the development team, with 5 direct reports, and function cross departmentally with education, marketing/communications, and finance.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES

Fund development (65%)

  • Serve as BADM’s chief development officer and primary advisor to Board of Trustees, CEO, Deputy Director and BADM leadership on fundraising from individuals, government, corporations and foundations, as well as through fundraising events.
  • Create, implement and evaluate annual contributed revenue budget, strategy and work plan for the department and individual staff.
  • Lead and supervise the development staff to meet revenue budget goals by implementing a variety of fund development activities to identify, cultivate, solicit and steward individual, corporate, and foundation donors.
  • Plan and participate in personal solicitations of a portfolio of leadership annual and campaign donors, including the Board of Trustees; participate in donor solicitations with development staff, museum leadership, and Board.
  • Provide leadership for external relationship building with a variety of constituencies (government, foundation, corporate, individuals); working closely with Board, CEO, Deputy Director and volunteers to identify the linkage, ability and interest of major funding prospects.
  • Work with museum leadership, especially the Director of Education, to align educational and programmatic goals with funding opportunities. Manage regular cross-departmental and inter-departmental strategy meetings to align fundraising activities.
  • Attend and represent the museum at cultivation & stewardship events, as well as fundraisers. 

Management: Staff and Volunteer Leadership (30%)

  • Supervise development staff; current direct reports include Associate Director of Individual Giving, Associate Director of Capital Campaign, Senior Manager of Events, and two Foundation and Corporate Relations Managers.
  • Develop and manage the Board’s philanthropic capacity, collaborate with the Board on successful solicitation and stewardship of their individual, institutional and campaign prospects and networks.
  • Lead the activities of fundraising event committees, actively participate in the Board nominations process, and partner in additional Board committees and task forces as requested.
  • Effectively manage the time of the CEO, Deputy Director, Campaign Chairs and Co-Chairs and BADM staff to support fundraising objectives.

Museum Leadership, Administration and External Activities (5%)

  • Serve as a representative of museum leadership, embodying BADM employee values and supporting the professional development of BADM staff.
  • Develop, monitor and report on revenue and expense budgets. Oversee monthly financial reconciliation and reporting to Board and CEO.
  • Supervise the integrity of donor records, gift processing and acknowledgments.
  • Ensure compliance with funders’ requirements and provide required documentation.

Professional Development and Standards (on-going)

  • Keep abreast of fundraising industry trends, through publications and events to ensure the organization is using best practices and ethical approaches in fund development.
  • Maintain the confidentiality of all organization procedures, results and information about donors, members and volunteers.
  • Follow all organization policies and procedures, and comply with all agency training requirements.
  • Maintain a courteous, helpful and professional attitude on the job, and a willingness and ability to be responsive to colleagues, members, donors, Board, and leadership volunteers.
  • Perform other duties as assigned in a positive manner.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • BA or BS, or equivalent professional experience.
  • Ten years or more of demonstrated success in fundraising, especially with major gifts from individuals or institutions; experience with capital campaign is preferable.
  • Excellent leadership, strategy, management and organizational skills. Well-organized with strong follow-thorough and time management skills. Strongly self-motivated, and able to effectively problem-solve complex issues.
  • Experience in effectively engaging and leading senior staff and leadership volunteers (Board) in cultivation, solicitation and stewardship activities.
  • Demonstrated supervision of professional level staff and skills that motivate and build professional staff competencies.
  • Exceptional communication and presentation skills, with proven ability to write effectively and speak persuasively and an ability to listen to and learn from others.
  • Knowledge of the Bay Area philanthropic community preferred.
  • Commitment to the mission of the Bay Area Discovery Museum.

TO APPLY

Qualified candidates should apply online at: https://workforcenow.adp.com/jobs/apply/posting.html?client=BADM

Applicants should be prepared to provide both a resume and cover letter. Please attach your cover letter in step 2 of the online application process when prompted to attach other documents.

NOTE TO CANDIDATE

Due to the sensitivity and requirements of our positions, you should expect to undergo and be cleared of an employment background/criminal check, if extended an offer for employment. You may also be asked to provide proof of educational degree(s), licenses or credentials pertinent to the position.

ABOUT US

In our one-of-a-kind location at the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge on 7.5 acres of National Park land, the Bay Area Discovery Museum facilitates child-directed, open-ended, inquiry-driven learning through hands-on exhibitions, rich activities and risk- friendly challenges designed to ignite creativity, as well as STEM skills and critical thinking.

Additionally, the Museum’s research and advisory division, the Center for Childhood Creativity (CCC), is working at a national scale to advance the research that informs our understanding of childhood creativity, advocate for its critical importance and inspire the next generation of innovators, thought leaders and problem-solvers.

WHAT WE OFFER

The Bay Area Discovery Museum offers a high-energy, results-oriented, creative and fun environment where all staff members contribute to creating an innovative environment that helps us achieve our mission. BADM provides 100% employer-paid medical, dental, vision, life, and long-term disability insurance to all full-time employees, as well as generous paid time off starting at 4 weeks per year. In addition, we offer the knowledge that your skills impact over 300,000 museum visitors each year onsite and many more in the community through BADM’s Center for Childhood Creativity.

The Bay Area Discovery Museum is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity.

Graphic Design Spring Intern

POSITION SUMMARY

The Graphic Design Intern reports to the Graphic Designer and will have the opportunity to learn about Bay Area Discovery Museum’s in-house design process from concept to creation. All BADM items are designed on-site including event and marketing material, newsletters, mailings, signage, invitations, and more. The Graphic Design Intern would ideally commit to between 8-16 hours per week for the duration of the spring semester depending on his/her current work or school schedule. This is an unpaid internship position and the intern must receive college credit for their time at BADM.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES

The Graphic Design Intern will collaborate with the Marketing team to understand the importance of brand identity standards and how to maintain the consistency of established standards while pushing to interpret them in inventive and meaningful new ways. This intern will be involved with designing and making edits to digital ads, postcards, posters, on-site signage, and more. Further responsibilities include taking on-site photographs and editing in Photoshop, as well as organizing and tagging photos.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • College Junior, Senior or recent graduate majoring in Graphic Design
  • Photoshop expert: deep knowledge and skills
  • Significant experience with Adobe Creative Suite products InDesign and Illustrator
  • Some experience with Word, PowerPoint, After Effects and digital photography is a bonus

TO APPLY

Qualified candidates should submit their resume online at: https://workforcenow.adp.com/jobs/apply/posting.html?client=BADM

*Please have a portfolio available upon request.

NOTE TO CANDIDATE

Due to the sensitivity and requirements of our positions, you should expect to undergo and be cleared of a background/criminal check, if extended an offer for an internship position. You may also be asked to provide proof of educational degree(s), licenses or credentials pertinent to the position.

Iceless Skating Rink Attendant

POSITION SUMMARY

Are you dreaming of a winter wonderland? Do you want to make some extra money during the holiday season? Are you interested in working with children and families from across the Bay Area?

The Bay Area Discovery Museum in Sausalito has built a synthetic indoor skating rink, and we need your help to get it up and running! We are looking for friendly, outgoing, and enthusiastic staff to help greet and register guests, distribute skates, and monitor the “ice.”

Employees must be ready to provide excellent guest service in a fast-paced, high-energy and FUN environment! Part-time and full-time positions are available from November 27th through December 30th at a rate of $18.00 per hour.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Facilitate the indoor Iceless Skating Rink in conjunction with Public Programs staff:
    • Greet, register and check in guests
    • Distribute skates and informational materials
    • Monitor the “ice”
  • Work with the Education team and Development team to support a variety of museum programming and classes.
  • Provide excellent customer service while maintaining a safe, friendly, and orderly environment.
  • Other duties and programmatic support as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • A friendly, outgoing, and enthusiastic personality.
  • Experience working in a customer service role.
  • Experience interacting with and engaging children ages 1 to 8 years old.
  • Ability to take initiative, work independently, and troubleshoot in a fast paced work environment.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Dependability and flexibility.
  • The ability to work with a variety of people from various backgrounds and cultures.
  • Comfort working indoors and outdoors in all types of weather.
  • Ability to perform physical activities such as bending, kneeling, walking and picking up items for 2-3 hours at a time. Ability to stand for up to 8 hours and carry up to 30 lbs. short distances.
  • A reliable source of transportation is required.

TO APPLY

Qualified candidates should apply online at: https://workforcenow.adp.com/jobs/apply/posting.html?client=BADM

 NOTE TO CANDIDATE

Due to the sensitivity and requirements of our positions, you should expect to undergo and be cleared of an employment background/criminal check, if extended an offer for employment. You may also be asked to provide proof of educational degree(s), licenses or credentials pertinent to the position.

ABOUT US

Our mission is to transform research into early learning experiences that inspire creative problem solving.

In our one-of-a-kind location at the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge on 7.5 acres of National Park land, the Bay Area Discovery Museum facilitates child-directed, open-ended, inquiry-driven learning through hands-on exhibitions, rich activities and risk- friendly challenges designed to ignite creativity, as well as STEM skills and critical thinking.

Additionally, the Museum’s research and advisory division, the Center for Childhood Creativity (CCC), is working at a national scale to advance the research that informs our understanding of childhood creativity, advocate for its critical importance and inspire the next generation of innovators, thought leaders and problem-solvers.

WHAT WE OFFER

The Bay Area Discovery Museum offers a high-energy, results-oriented, creative and fun environment where all staff members contribute to creating an innovative environment that helps us achieve our mission. In addition to competitive salaries and benefits, we offer the knowledge that your skills impact over 300,000 Museum visitors each year onsite and many more in the community through the Museum’s Center for Childhood Creativity (CCC).

The Bay Area Discovery Museum is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity.

Makerspace Educator

POSITION SUMMARY

In 2016, BADM opened the world’s first early childhood Fab Lab, a makerspace for children ages 0-10 to explore STEM and creativity through the use of both high and low tech tools. The Makerspace Educators that work in this space are highly motivated and outgoing individuals with excellent interpersonal and customer service skills that provide exceptional experiences to all of our visitors.

The educator is this position will facilitate educational programming for children ages 0-10, including regularly scheduled weekend programs for the public, camps, school groups, special events and festivals. Additionally, the Makerspace Educator will assist in all aspects of the daily operation of the space as directed by their supervisor which includes, but is not limited to: program preparation, space organization, digital design or programming tasks, and maintenance of digital fabrication equipment.

The Makerspace Educator may work part-time on BADM’s mobile engineering lab, the Try-it-Truck or other off-site engineering-related programs. This is an entry-level, non-exempt position; weekly schedule will include weekend work. This position is part-time with the possibility of full time work in the future. The rate for this position is $17.00/hour.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Facilitate programming in the Fab Lab for public programs, camps, school groups, festivals, special events, and other programming as assigned.
  • Model appropriate practices for teaching and learning with young children, ages 0-10, to encourage curiosity, creative thinking, exploration and experimentation.
  • Assist in the setup and clean-up of class sessions, opening and closing of the space and maintain general cleanliness and organization of the Fab Lab.
  • Provide excellent customer service and model a high level of professional conduct and communication with all visitors and staff while maintaining a safe, friendly, and orderly environment.
  • Create projects using various design software including Illustrator, Photoshop, and 3-D CAD software, and support children’s use of these programs.
  • Operate and interface with Fab Lab equipment including Laser Cutter, Vinyl Cutter, 3-D Printer, CNC and Digital Sewing Machine.
  • Model ways to safely use machines, equipment, and materials within the Fab Lab to other staff and visitors.
  • Design and prepare pieces for Fab Lab programming when needed using digital design software, Fab Lab equipment, and hand tools.
  • Enforce safety and BADM policies in the Fab Lab.
  • Assists in all aspects of the daily operation and use of the Fab Lab and other duties and projects as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Some experience and interest in working with young children 0-10 years old and their families.
  • Strong problem solving skills and outgoing and friendly personality.
  • Capable of speaking in front of small groups of visitors.
  • Demonstrated ability to resolve customer service situations.
  • Comfort working in a fast-paced work environment.
  • Able to work both independently and as part of a team.
  • Able to work with a variety of people from various backgrounds and cultures.
  • Ability to speak Spanish or Cantonese is preferred.
  • Design experience/background preferred.
  • Flexibility to adjust regular work schedule to accommodate holidays and special events is highly preferred.
  • Some experience, or interest to learn, working with digital design and fabrication software including Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, 3-D rendering applications, and 3-D Slicers is highly preferred.
  • Some experience, or interest to learn, running digital design tools including but not limited to: Laser Cutters, 3-D printers, CNC Machines, Vinyl Cutters, and Digital Sewing Machines is highly preferred.
  • A reliable source of transportation is required.

TO APPLY

Qualified candidates should apply online at:

https://workforcenow.adp.com/jobs/apply/posting.html?client=BADM

Please be prepared to provide both a resume and cover letter, which will be requested in two different steps of the application process.

NOTE TO CANDIDATE 

Due to the sensitivity and requirements of our positions, you should expect to undergo and be cleared of an employment background/criminal check, if extended an offer for employment. You may also be asked to provide proof of educational degree(s), licenses or credentials pertinent to the position.

ABOUT US

Our mission: To transform research into early learning experiences that inspire creative problem solving.

In our one-of-a-kind location at the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge on 7.5 acres of National Park land, the Bay Area Discovery Museum (BADM) facilitates child-directed, open-ended, inquiry-driven learning through hands-on exhibitions, rich activities and risk- friendly challenges designed to ignite creativity, as well as STEM skills and critical thinking.

Additionally, BADM’s research and advisory division, the Center for Childhood Creativity (CCC), is working at a national scale to advance the research that informs our understanding of childhood creativity, advocate for its critical importance and inspire the next generation of innovators, thought leaders and problem-solvers.

WHAT WE OFFER 

The Bay Area Discovery Museum offers a high-energy, results-oriented, creative and fun environment where all staff members contribute to creating an innovative environment that helps us achieve our mission. BADM provides 100% employer-paid medical, dental, vision, life, and long-term disability insurance to all full-time employees, as well as generous paid time off starting at 4 weeks per year. In addition, we offer the knowledge that your skills impact over 300,000 museum visitors each year onsite and many more in the community through BADM’s Center for Childhood Creativity.

The Bay Area Discovery Museum is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity.

Museum Educator

Museum Educator

Museum Educators are motivated, outgoing, and creative individuals, who, through teaching and customer service skills, provide an exceptional visitor experience to all children and caregivers. Educators use play, experimentation, and developmentally appropriate facilitation practices to enhance the museum experience, all while learning skills and best practices to succeed in the education, museum, and informal education space.

Museum educators will spend their time facilitating programming and staffing exhibit spaces, welcoming and orienting visitors, and supporting educational initiatives as needed. Permanent part-time positions are available immediately. Seasonal part-time and full-time positions are available beginning in late May.

Starting pay for Museum Educators is $15.00 per hour. Seasonal positions are not eligible for employee benefits.

Museum Educators are:

  • Educators honestly and authentically care about the children, caregivers, and families that visit the museum. From first time visitors to regular members, every visitor’s experience is important.
  • Creative Problem Solvers. Educators love to make things, and they love to experiment with new and novel tools and techniques. Educators approach every challenge with vigor and take pride in solving problems.
  • Museum Educators are a group of roughly 15 individuals from different backgrounds, with diverse levels of education and myriad interests.
  • Educators love to learn. They are lifelong learners, and take every opportunity to grow from interactions with each other, with other museum staff, and with museum visitors.

The ideal candidate is:

  • Interested in working with children and their caregivers. You are enthusiastic about the museum’s target audience of children aged 0-10 and their caregivers.
  • You enjoy people and conversation.
  • Creative thinking, exploration, experimentation, and play are part of your personality and are part of what you are looking for in your next job.
  • You welcome everyone to your space with a smile.
  • You seek out new challenges and think of new and exciting ways to engage visitors of all ages.
  • Curious about working in museums or STEM education. You are looking for an entry level position that offers training and experience in the education and/or museum field.
  • You are open-minded and excited by change, because every day is different at the Bay Area Discovery Museum. You are available to work at least one day each weekend.

The Bay Area Discovery Museum values:

  • Creative problem solving. We believe in the importance of flexibility, persistence, hard work, and thoughtful, intentional effort in tackling challenges and finding solutions.
  • We feel working with others is critical for success, seek a diversity of perspectives and ideas, and strive to be inclusive and transparent in our work.
  • Respect and integrity. We believe in being collegial, being friendly and supportive, being authentic in our relationships, and being true to your word.
  • Learning and reflection for continuous improvement. It is important to evaluate our efforts so we may improve upon our work, seek out evidence in support of our decisions, and take calculated risks that help us achieve our objectives.
  • Drive towards results. We value taking initiative, getting work done, delivering results, and following through on commitments.

TO APPLY

Qualified candidates should apply online at:

https://workforcenow.adp.com/jobs/apply/posting.html?client=BADM

Please be prepared to provide both a resume and cover letter, which will be requested in two different steps of the application process.

NOTE TO CANDIDATE

Due to the sensitivity and requirements of our positions, you should expect to undergo and be cleared of an employment background/criminal check, if extended an offer for employment. You may also be asked to provide proof of educational degree(s), licenses or credentials pertinent to the position. 

ABOUT US

Our mission: To transform research into early learning experiences that inspire creative problem solving.

In our one-of-a-kind location at the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge on 7.5 acres of National Park land, the Bay Area Discovery Museum facilitates child-directed, open-ended, inquiry-driven learning through hands-on exhibitions, rich activities and risk- friendly challenges designed to ignite creativity, as well as STEM skills and critical thinking.

Additionally, the Museum’s research and advisory division, the Center for Childhood Creativity (CCC), is working at a national scale to advance the research that informs our understanding of childhood creativity, advocate for its critical importance and inspire the next generation of innovators, thought leaders and problem-solvers.

WHAT WE OFFER

The Bay Area Discovery Museum offers a high-energy, results-oriented, creative and fun environment where all staff members contribute to creating an innovative environment that helps us achieve our mission. BADM provides 100% employer-paid medical, dental, vision, life, and long-term disability insurance to all full-time employees, as well as generous paid time off starting at 4 weeks per year. In addition, we offer the knowledge that your skills impact over 300,000 Museum visitors each year onsite and many more in the community through the Museum’s Center for Childhood Creativity.

The Bay Area Discovery Museum is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity.

On-Call Educators

POSITION SUMMARY

On-Call Educators report to the Museum Experience Manager and are primarily responsible for supporting the Education and Development teams with programming during special event days and/or camps. This may include work with festivals, performances, development events, camps and other public program offerings. The On-Call Educator is a part-time position with work available as needed throughout the year. The pay range for this position is $20-$25/hour, dependent on experience.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Facilitate drop-in programs on special event days in conjunction with Public Programs staff.
  • Work with the Education team and Development team to facilitate or support a variety museum programming and classes.
  • Work in customer service roles which may include greeting visitors entering the Museum, handing out informational materials, monitoring performances and attendance numbers, and other related tasks.
  • Provide excellent customer service while maintaining a safe, friendly, and orderly environment.
  • Other duties and programmatic support as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Experience in education, arts education, early childhood education, museum studies, or relevant field preferred.
  • At least two years of experience working with children ages 0-8 years.
  • Understanding of early childhood development, pedagogy, and developmentally appropriate practice is preferred.
  • Excellent customer service skills.
  • Ability to take initiative, work independently, and troubleshoot in a fast paced work environment.
  • Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent problem solving skills, dependability, flexibility, and an outgoing and friendly personality.
  • Ability to work with a variety of people from various backgrounds and cultures.
  • Comfort speaking in front of large and small groups.
  • Comfort working indoors and outdoors in all types of weather.
  • Ability to perform physical activities such as bending, kneeling, walking and picking up items for 2-3 hours at a time. Ability to stand for up to 8 hours and carry up to 30 lbs. short distances.
  • A reliable source of transportation is required.
  • Ability to speak Spanish or Cantonese is preferred.

TO APPLY

Qualified candidates should apply online at: https://workforcenow.adp.com/jobs/apply/posting.html?client=BADM

Applicants should be prepared to provide both a resume and cover letter. Please attach your cover letter in step 2 of the online application process when prompted to attach other documents.

NOTE TO CANDIDATE

Due to the sensitivity and requirements of our positions, you should expect to undergo and be cleared of an employment background/criminal check, if extended an offer for employment. You may also be asked to provide proof of educational degree(s), licenses or credentials pertinent to the position.

ABOUT US

Our mission: To transform research into early learning experiences that inspire creative problem solving.

In our one-of-a-kind location at the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge on 7.5 acres of National Park land, the Bay Area Discovery Museum facilitates child-directed, open-ended, inquiry-driven learning through hands-on exhibitions, rich activities and risk- friendly challenges designed to ignite creativity, as well as STEM skills and critical thinking.

Additionally, the Museum’s research and advisory division, the Center for Childhood Creativity (CCC), is working at a national scale to advance the research that informs our understanding of childhood creativity, advocate for its critical importance and inspire the next generation of innovators, thought leaders and problem-solvers.

WHAT WE OFFER

The Bay Area Discovery Museum offers a high-energy, results-oriented, creative and fun environment where all staff members contribute to creating an innovative environment that helps us achieve our mission. BADM provides 100% employer-paid medical, dental, vision, life, and long-term disability insurance to all full-time employees, as well as generous paid time off starting at 4 weeks per year. In addition, we offer the knowledge that your skills impact over 300,000 Museum visitors each year onsite and many more in the community through the Museum’s Center for Childhood Creativity.

The Bay Area Discovery Museum is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity.

 

Seasonal Camp Counselor

Bay Area Discovery Museum’s Summer Camps provide an inclusive learning environment where all children have the ability to learn and succeed. We believe children learn best in a welcoming environment, rich with open-ended exploration. This type of environment and approach is dependent upon the counselors, and that is where you come in!

Camp Counselors are motivated, outgoing, and creative individuals, who, through teaching and customer service skills, provide an exceptional experience to all of our campers and families. By playing, experimenting and using developmentally appropriate practices, Counselors provide a high quality camp experience, while simultaneously learning the skills and best practices to succeed in the education, museum, and informal education space.

This is a part-time, seasonal position and requires commitment to at least one full week of work, Monday through Friday. Listed below are the weeks we are offering camps:

  • August 13-17
  • August 20-24
  • November 19-21
  • December 26-28
  • January 2-4
  • February 19-22
  • April 8-12

Camp Counselors are:

  • Camp Counselors love to make things, and they love to experiment with new and novel tools and techniques.
  • Camp Counselors are problem solvers. They approach every challenge with vigor and they take pride in solving problems.
  • Camp Counselors honestly and authentically care about the campers and caregivers that attend camp at the museum.
  • Curious. Camp Counselors love to learn. They are lifelong learners, and take every opportunity to grow from interactions.

The ideal candidate is:

  • Outgoing. You enjoy people and conversation.
  • Playful. Creative thinking, exploration, experimentation, and play are part of your personality and are part of what you want your work to be.
  • Welcoming. You welcome everyone to your space with a smile.
  • Motivated. You seek out new challenges and think of new and exciting ways to engage campers of all ages.
  • Interested in working with children and their caregivers. The Discovery Camp’s target audience is children aged 3-10 and their caregivers.
  • Curious about working in Museums or Education. The Camp Counselor role is a great entry level position for individuals looking to gain experience in education or the museum field.
  • You are flexible and open-minded, because every day is different at the Bay Area Discovery Museum.
  • At least 17 years old.

The Bay Area Discovery Museum is:

  • Passionate. We thrive when we create learning experiences for children, and we love doing it.
  • Creative. We love coming up with new ideas and testing them. Failure is part of the process!
  • Curious. We hope that our campers are curious about the world, we are too.
  • Team-oriented. We value different perspectives and the ideas of our staff.
  • Mission aligned. Everyone who works at the Bay Area Discovery Museum is connected to creating early learning experiences that inspire creative problem solving.

TO APPLY

Qualified candidates should apply online at:

https://workforcenow.adp.com/jobs/apply/posting.html?client=BADM

Please be prepared to provide both a resume and cover letter, which will be requested in two different steps of the application process.

NOTE TO CANDIDATE

Due to the sensitivity and requirements of our positions, you should expect to undergo and be cleared of an employment background/criminal check, if extended an offer for employment. You may also be asked to provide proof of educational degree(s), licenses or credentials pertinent to the position. 

ABOUT US

Our mission: To transform research into early learning experiences that inspire creative problem solving.

In our one-of-a-kind location at the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge on 7.5 acres of National Park land, the Bay Area Discovery Museum facilitates child-directed, open-ended, inquiry-driven learning through hands-on exhibitions, rich activities and risk- friendly challenges designed to ignite creativity, as well as STEM skills and critical thinking.

Additionally, the Museum’s research and advisory division, the Center for Childhood Creativity (CCC), is working at a national scale to advance the research that informs our understanding of childhood creativity, advocate for its critical importance and inspire the next generation of innovators, thought leaders and problem-solvers.

WHAT WE OFFER

The Bay Area Discovery Museum offers a high-energy, results-oriented, creative and fun environment where all staff members contribute to creating an innovative environment that helps us achieve our mission.

The Bay Area Discovery Museum is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity.

Toddler & Parent Exploration Teacher

POSITION SUMMARY

The Discovery School at the Bay Area Discovery Museum (BADM) is a research-based preschool that builds children’s creative problem-solving through child directed projects and guided play. The school is affiliated with BADM’s research division, the Center for Childhood Creativity (CCC). Our program is the first licensed preschool housed within a museum in California, and we are fortunate to offer a low student to teacher ratio, an incredibly warm parent community, and opportunities to collaborate with both BADM and CCC staff. In addition, we are located in a beautiful natural setting looking out over San Francisco Bay and the Golden Gate Bridge.

The Discovery School is currently seeking an inspired and experienced Toddler & Parent Exploration Teacher to work as a member of the teaching team toward the goal of positioning the school as a nationally-recognized laboratory for the study of creative preschool education. This teacher will provide Reggio inspired learning experiences for toddlers and families enrolled in a weekly 2-hour program. We looking for a teacher whose approach stems from an innate love and respect for children, learning, and the natural world. We favor applicants who have knowledge of child development and experience with emergent and reflective practices. This is a part-time, non-exempt, non-benefits eligible position reporting to the Interim Head of School. The Toddler & Parent Exploration classes will run on Monday and Friday mornings.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Plan and prepare Reggio inspired provocations and guided play activities
  • Lead transitions and circle time
  • Ensure the safety and wellbeing of all children enrolled in the program at all times
  • Maintain relationships with individual parents to support their child’s development and learning and meaningfully engage all families in the classroom
  • Ensure proper maintenance and cleanliness of classroom and supplies
  • Prepare and organize supplies, including snack

 

QUALIFICATIONS

  • BA, BS, or MA preferred; Degree in education, early childhood education, child development or relevant field strongly preferred
  • Minimum 3 years of experience as a preschool teacher preferred; additional experience a plus
  • Completed ECE units for licensure desired
  • Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal skills required; prior experience and demonstrated skill with parent communication required
  • Ability to take initiative, work independently, and troubleshoot in a fast paced work environment a must
  • Must be trained or commit to being trained in First Aid, CPR and AED for adult, infant and child
  • Strong organizational and time management skills
  • Ability to use computer equipment required (Microsoft Word, Excel, and Power Point)
  • Must work well with a variety of people from various backgrounds and cultures
  • Knowledge of child development, developmentally appropriate practices, and project based learning
  • Flexible, good-humored, team player
  • Ability to move from place to place, work outdoors, bend and lift and carry up to 35 pounds short distances
  • LiveScan and criminal record clearance through DOJ Child Abuse Index
  • Proof of absence of tuberculosis (TB) required before starting employment

TO APPLY

Qualified candidates should apply online at: https://workforcenow.adp.com/jobs/apply/posting.html?client=BADM

Applicants should be prepared to provide both a resume and cover letter. Please attach your cover letter in step 2 of the online application process when prompted to attach other documents.

NOTE TO CANDIDATE

Due to the sensitivity and requirements of our positions, you should expect to undergo and be cleared of an employment background/criminal check, if extended an offer for employment. You may also be asked to provide proof of educational degree(s), licenses or credentials pertinent to the position.

ABOUT US

Our mission: To transform research into early learning experiences that inspire creative problem solving.

In our one-of-a-kind location at the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge on 7.5 acres of National Park land, the Bay Area Discovery Museum facilitates child-directed, open-ended, inquiry-driven learning through hands-on exhibitions, rich activities and risk- friendly challenges designed to ignite creativity, as well as STEM skills and critical thinking.

Additionally, the Museum’s research and advisory division, the Center for Childhood Creativity (CCC), is working at a national scale to advance the research that informs our understanding of childhood creativity, advocate for its critical importance and inspire the next generation of innovators, thought leaders and problem-solvers.

WHAT WE OFFER

The Bay Area Discovery Museum offers a high-energy, results-oriented, creative and fun environment where all staff members contribute to creating an innovative environment that helps us achieve our mission. BADM provides 100% employer-paid medical, dental, vision, life, and long-term disability insurance to all full-time employees, as well as generous paid time off starting at 4 weeks per year. In addition, we offer the knowledge that your skills impact over 300,000 Museum visitors each year onsite and many more in the community through the Museum’s Center for Childhood Creativity.

The Bay Area Discovery Museum is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity.

Weekend Front Desk Assistant

POSITION SUMMARY

The Bay Area Discovery Museum seeks an enthusiastic, motivated, and outgoing Front Desk Assistant to welcome our guests and assist with their entry into the Museum. If you have customer service experience — such as in a retail, restaurant, or museum setting — and believe in our mission to inspire creative problem solving for all children, then we invite you to apply!

Front Desk Assistants are the museum’s first point of contact with visitors and are a crucial part of onsite visitor experience. As the face of BADM, Front Desk Assistants are responsible for greeting customers, ringing admission sales, promoting museum memberships, and sharing information about programs – all while maintaining BADM’s high customer service standards. This position will also have the opportunity to aid administrative and special event projects across departments of the museum.

This is a part-time, non-exempt position reporting to the Assistant Manager of Membership and Admission. The starting pay is $15 per hour and the current schedule available is Saturdays and Sundays, with the option to work additional hours on some Mondays and as needed to cover scheduled time off.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Uphold BADM’s customer service standards; greet and engage all visitors (including members, guests, and groups) with a friendly, helpful tone.
  • Maintain a friendly and professional demeanor and resolve guest issues calmly while working in a hectic and vibrant environment; report areas of ongoing concern to Assistant Manager of Membership and Admission.
  • Perform cashier duties and Front Desk opening and closing procedures while ensuring the proper handling of cash and sales receipts.
  • Promote and sell Museum memberships and programs.
  • Answer visitor and member inquiries via telephone.
  • Maintain clean and tidy Front Desk, including guest queues, ticketing areas, and related spaces, to provide a safe and inviting atmosphere in the entry area.
  • Manage organization of lost and found items.
  • Assist with administrative tasks including, but not limited to inputting daily membership sales, fulfilling memberships, and restocking supplies and merchandise.
  • Participate in procedures to respond to emergencies.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills; positive, energetic, and friendly demeanor
  • A minimum of 1 year visitor services experience required, preferably in a fast-paced, customer facing environment.
  • Proficient experience with cash handling and point of sale or ticketing systems preferred, experience with Altru a plus.
  • Desire to work independently, collaboratively as part of a team, and cooperatively with other museum departments to ensure an integrated guest experience.
  • Reliability and a self-starter attitude; initiative to seek out work during slow business times.
  • Capable of maintaining focus and positive, professional demeanor while serving large numbers of visitors.
  • Basic computer literacy, experience with Microsoft Office and Google Suite.
  • Ability to positively accept direction and complete tasks with attention to detail and high degree of accuracy.
  • English proficiency required; bilingual skills an asset (Spanish or Cantonese preferred).

TO APPLY

Qualified candidates should apply online at:

https://workforcenow.adp.com/jobs/apply/posting.html?client=BADM

Please be prepared to provide both a resume and cover letter, which will be requested in two different steps of the application process.

 

NOTE TO CANDIDATE

 

Due to the sensitivity and requirements of our positions, you should expect to undergo and be cleared of an employment background/criminal check, if extended an offer for employment. You may also be asked to provide proof of educational degree(s), licenses or credentials pertinent to the position.

ABOUT US

Our mission: To transform research into early learning experiences that inspire creative problem solving.

In our one-of-a-kind location at the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge on 7.5 acres of National Park land, the Bay Area Discovery Museum (BADM) facilitates child-directed, open-ended, inquiry-driven learning through hands-on exhibitions, rich activities and risk- friendly challenges designed to ignite creativity, as well as STEM skills and critical thinking.

Additionally, BADM’s research and advisory division, the Center for Childhood Creativity (CCC), is working at a national scale to advance the research that informs our understanding of childhood creativity, advocate for its critical importance and inspire the next generation of innovators, thought leaders and problem-solvers.

WHAT WE OFFER

The Bay Area Discovery Museum offers a high-energy, results-oriented, creative and fun environment where all staff members contribute to creating an innovative environment that helps us achieve our mission. BADM provides 100% employer-paid medical, dental, vision, life, and long-term disability insurance to all full-time employees, as well as generous paid time off starting at 4 weeks per year. In addition, we offer the knowledge that your skills impact over 300,000 museum visitors each year onsite and many more in the community through BADM’s Center for Childhood Creativity.

The Bay Area Discovery Museum is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity.