Director of People

Oakland Museum of California
Oakland, California
up to $130,000/year + benefits
Jun 03, 2021
Jul 03, 2021
Position Type
Full Time
Degree Level
Experience Level

The Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) is leading the national Museum community with its organizational redesign efforts to become a cultural institution that serves the community and fosters a culture of equity, innovation, collaboration and leadership development.  If you are an experienced people centric mission driven leader and strategic human resources business partner, OMCA has a unique opportunity to serve as it’s Director of People. 

The ideal candidate possesses a 10+ year demonstrated track record of affecting operational change and a big picture thinker who builds up the people infrastructure of the organization.  The leader will have a strong hands-on HR generalist background including experience in employee relations, performance management recruitment, employee development, talent management and compensation who can perform and direct the various HR functions that support OMCA’s distinctive mission, values and goals. A BA in a relevant field such as human resource management, business administration or nonprofit management or commensurate years of experience is required. 

Established in 1969, OMCA is an interdisciplinary museum and public gathering space, dedicated to the art, history, and natural science of California, and home to a collection of more than 1.9 million objects.  OMCA employs 107 FTE who are dedicated to OMCA’s mission: to inspire all Californians to create a more vibrant future for themselves and their communities. In the year preceding its March 2020 closure due to Covid-19, more than 25,000 K-12 students experienced OMCA’s programs and more than 350,000 people visited the museum, 30% of whom were first-time visitors and 56% of whom are people of color. 

The Director of People is a member of the six-person Senior Leadership Council, reports to the Executive Director and oversees a team of two.  The Director works collaboratively in a co-leadership model with the CFO to co-lead the Operational Effectiveness/Shared Resources unit. As the leader of OMCA’s DEIA initiatives and strategy and facilitator of a culture shift, the Director of People will be consultative, promoting open dialogue across the organization, synthesizing divergent views, and coalescing the organization around a shared and inclusive vision for the Museum’s culture and future. The leader will ensure that communications are streamlined and consistent, providing clarity and advice on Human Resources related policies and practices across the organization.

The successful Director will be deeply committed to and have a passion for the Museum’s mission, work and values of equity, inclusion and antiracism. The Director will be a team builder who possess a coaching and mentoring leadership style and fosters a culture of ongoing curiosity, growth, learning, creativity, and community engagement.  A commitment to working collaboratively within a co-leadership model in an anti-racist organization and the eagerness to work closely at every level of the organization is paramount to the success of the new Director.  The complete position description can be found here.

OMCA has engaged The Byers Group to conduct this national recruitment for its new Director of People.  To apply for this position, please electronically submit your resume and letter of interest to The Byers Group at: Application materials received by July 9, 2021, will receive first consideration. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.  The position is open until filled. 

Confidential inquiries are encouraged and can be directed to: Mr. Cary Jordan, 718-753-4008,

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