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NOTE: OMA is committed to promoting diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility in the museum community. For this reason, all jobs posted on the OMA website must include salary (salary range or hourly rate). We also strongly prefer to list only paid internships. Please read more about this from the National Emerging Museum Professionals Network

  • 13 Sep 2019 2:22 PM | Oregon Museums Association (Administrator)

    Position: Grant Writer
    Supervisor: Director of External Relations
    Status/Schedule: Full time, 40 hours per week
    Compensation: $50,000 per year with benefits

    Portland Children’s Museum consists of three aligned entities: (1) the Museum, where exhibits and programs serve the public both on- and off-site, (2) Opal School, a tuition-based preschool and K-5 public charter school, and (3) Professional Development, which documents and disseminates fresh approaches to education and provides professional development for educators. In this description, Museum, School, and Professional Development refer to the specific entity, while Portland Children’s Museum refers to the whole.

    In the Portland metro area, 47% of students are children of color. At Portland Children's Museum, we strive to have our guest and school families reflect that diversity, and for our staff and board to be equally diverse. We are committed to eliminating barriers to access and equity and see a diverse workforce as a key step toward this goal. We actively seek to recruit, hire, promote, and retain a diverse workforce—one that welcomes and engages people from every background. We value our staff members, volunteers, and board members and their individual backgrounds, which further our ability to serve and learn from the diverse families that enrich our community. We invite you to join us on our journey.

    The External Relations Department includes fundraising and marketing staff who support the Museum, Opal School, and Professional Development. The department, which serves as the voice of the organization, coordinates all external messaging, ensures and strengthens brand integrity, creates and maintains high-value relationships, and maximizes financial and in-kind support to the organization. As part of the External Relations team, the Grant Writer secures public and private funding in support of Portland Children’s Museum. This position includes four critical components: planning, research, writing, and reporting. The strongest candidate will be able to handle multiple deadlines without sacrificing
    accuracy or clarity, contribute to program planning and proposal conceptualization, prioritize opportunities to optimize return on investment, and exhibit superior writing skills. The Grant Writer
    submits approximately 50 proposals and reports per year, bringing in approximately $1 million in funding.

    Grant Writing (60%)

    • Proposes or collects grant concepts from other departments, synthesizing new information to develop compelling and persuasive cases for support.
    • Works both independently and collaboratively to write, edit, and submit public and private grant proposals to secure funding from foundations, corporations, and government agencies.
    • Supports and advises colleagues on how to communicate needs through a project budget, ensuring adherence to funder templates and requests.
    • Manages large projects that involve multiple writers, creating internal deadlines and supporting the meeting of those deadlines.
    • Collects and organizes relevant information including financial reports, designs, letters of support, and other supplementary materials.
    • Allows ample time for editing and refinement while consistently meeting funder submission deadlines.

    Find out more.

  • 30 Aug 2019 12:04 PM | Oregon Museums Association (Administrator)
    • Exhibits
    • Portland, OR, USA
    • $18.50 - $21.50 hourly
    • On Call
    • Eligible for Oregon Sick time
    • Application deadline September 26, 2019

    The Fabricator will apply their knowledge and skill toward the development of interactive exhibits and experiences for the organization. This position will also ensure projects they are responsible for will meet the high quality of build and finish expected by the Exhibits Department and the OMSI organization.

    Participate in programs/initiatives to enhance corporate culture, such as:

    • Working effectively with and supporting volunteers throughout the organization
    • Supporting OMSI's Total Guest Experience (TGE)/Customer Service mission & objectives in daily job performance, including diversity initiatives

    Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

    "Performing the following will involve driving to various locations outside OMSI's corporate headquarters:"

    • Construct high-quality interactive exhibits and experiences using various types of wood, plastics, fabrics, metals, and finishing materials
    • Set up and operate, with a high degree of safety, various machines and hand tools
    • Integration of electro mechanical interfaces
    • Construct carts and/or crates that ensure the safe transportation of exhibitions
    • Responsible for the repair and refurbishment of interactive exhibits and experiences
    • Regular cleaning and maintenance of shop space and equipment
    • Work with exhibit development teams to resolve project concerns and/or problems that may arise during the project development, design and build phases
    • Ensure the production of projects are within constraints of timelines and budget.
    • This position is non-exempt, paid hourly
    • This position is on-call, scheduled for <19 hours/week.

    Working Conditions:  

    • Physical Demands: 10 % Sitting   40 % Standing   50 % Lifting/Carrying/Pushing/Pulling 5-100 Pounds
    • Vision requirements include close vision (clear vision at 20 inches or less), distance vision (clear vision at 20 feet or more), color vision (ability to identify and distinguish colors), peripheral vision (ability to observe an area that can be seen up and down or to the left or right while eyes are fixed on a given point), depth and perception (three dimensional vision, ability to judge distance and spatial relationships), and ability to adjust focus (ability to adjust the eyes to bring an object into sharp focus).
    • Work environment includes work near moving mechanical parts, work in high, precarious places, fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, and risk of electric shock and vibration.
    • Noise level ranges from moderate (examples: business office with computers and printers, light traffic) to very loud (examples: jack hammer work, front row at rock concert).  

    Secondary Functions: 

    • Fulfill Project Lead responsibilities as assigned by the Exhibits Production Manager
    • Travel to client sites in support of development, remediation, installation and/or de-installation of various OMSI's exhibits
    • Assume other tasks and responsibilities as assigned by the Exhibits Production Manager



    • Thorough knowledge of all standard tools and processes for production of interactive exhibits and experiences
    • Demonstrated knowledge of exhibit fabrication finish carpentry/cabinet-making skills/woodworking
    • Ability to work safely and an understanding of shop safety protocols
    • Working knowledge of mechanical devices and their integration into exhibits
    • Working knowledge of electronic and electrical construction as related to exhibit experiences
    • Ability to produce quality products in a production environment
    • Ability to produce finished components from build documents and sketches
    • Ability to communicate fabrication processes and procedures effectively across multiple exhibit development teams to resolve concerns or issues
    • Ability to work with outside sources to acquire technical and material information
    • Professional communication skills, both written and oral
    • Excellent organizational, analytical and problem solving skills
    • Strong time management skills
    • Excellent attention to detail with a high degree of accuracy
    • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office, including Outlook, Word and Excel
    • Ability to manage production timelines
    • Ability to work independently as well as in teams
    • Self-initiative to prioritize multiple tasks and meet deadlines
    • Understanding of confidentiality and protocol
  • 31 Jul 2019 12:53 PM | Oregon Museums Association (Administrator)

    Director of Philanthropy
    Salaried, regular full-time exempt - $75,000-$80,000 annually
    Reports To: Executive Director
    Supervises: Assistant and Associate Director of Philanthropy and Member Relations Manager

    The High Desert Museum is located in Bend, Oregon, a fast-growing, charismatic city nestled against the Cascade Range at the edge of the High Desert. We strive to be inclusive, culturally humble, relevant, curious and mindful. As a team, we work together to wildly excite and responsibly teach, creating connection to and dialogue about the High Desert.

    Job Summary – Director of Philanthropy

    The Director of Philanthropy creates and oversees the implementation of a strategic approach to fundraising which may include major gifts, annual fund, planned giving, corporate donations, grant solicitation, capital campaigns, special events, membership and in-kind resources in collaboration with the Associate Director, Executive Director, and Board of Trustees.

    This key position is one of four department directors reporting to the Executive Director, each of whom uses their extensive
    experience to provide strategic and practical leadership to the Museum.

    The Director of Philanthropy is responsible for leading the Museum’s advancement program and managing the Development department. The Director of Philanthropy will also be responsible for developing and maintaining active and productive relationships with board members, donors, and


    • Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, Communications, Nonprofit Management or related field. Master’s Degree preferred.
    • A minimum of 5 years professional, non-profit fundraising experience including having previously led a development department
    • Proven experience in designing and managing major capital and endowment campaigns
    • Demonstrated major gifts experience with a successful track record of securing six to eight figure gifts
    • Ability to interface directly and frequently with donors, board members, volunteers and other constituents at all levels and the to build and maintain productive working relationships with them
    • Adept at creating and implementing strategic fundraising plans
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
    • Ability to collaborate and work strategically as a leader and as part of the Museum team
    • Ability to work well in a small, entrepreneurial team environment
    • Experience working in an arts/cultural setting strongly preferred
    • Flexibility to work some evenings and weekends
    • Display a positive attitude, show concern for people and community, demonstrate presence, self-confidence, common sense and good listening ability
    • Foundation relationship and grant writing experience
    • Must possess excellent project management skills, strong teamwork and interpersonal skills
    • Demonstrate commitment to Museum’s mission and to department funding goals
    • Ability to develop and manage procedures and systems based on best practices
    • Must demonstrate organization, attention to detail, analytical and problem-solving skills
    • Ability to prioritize, meet deadlines and manage multiple tasks simultaneously
    • Ability to respond to unanticipated situations and shift priorities while remaining poised and calm under pressure
    • High ethics, integrity and sound professional judgment
    • Ability to maintain confidentiality with tact and discretion
    • Proficient in MS Outlook, Excel, Word and PowerPoint, Blackbaud software or equivalent donor database and event management software
    • Tolerance for dynamic work environment as museum continues to grow and management roles evolve and shift
    • Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) certification preferred

    Find out more.

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 8604, Portland, OR 97207
Contact: connect@oregonmuseums.org 
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