Communications Design Manager | BAVC

Communications Design Manager

Oakland Museum of California

1000 Oak Street
Oakland, CA 94607

Graphic Design
Local (Bay Area)
August 31

The Communications Design Manager is the key interface between the Design Studio and the institution for non-exhibition based 2D design needs. Together the Design Director, the Exhibition Design Manager,  and the Communications Design Manager set the priorities for the Design Studio through an annual planning process. The Communications Design Manager ensures that the needs of the institution are being met by design and that the graphic design output is on brand.  In addition to this institutional role, the Communications Design Manager is also responsible for participating in the conception and execution of the museum’s visual design output related to external communications and the onsite experience of the OMCA brand.


The following reflects OMCA’s definition of essential functions for this position, but does not restrict the tasks that may be assigned. OMCA may assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this position at any time due to reasonable accommodation or other reasons.

●       Support the Museum’s mission, values, vision, and core commitment to the visitor experience, community engagement, and institutional relevancy for the future;
●       Contribute to and support the OMCA strategic plan, annual priorities, and institutional initiatives such as diversity advancement;
●       Contribute to a positive organizational culture based on mutual respect, a spirit of collegiality, cooperation, and openness to many perspectives;
●       Participate in a culture of ongoing learning, collaboration, innovation, creativity, and community engagement.

●       Oversee the design of all non-exhibition materials. This includes the implementation of the design process, client management, actual design of the materials and oversight of designers.
●       Serve as lead designer on select projects taking projects from creative brief through production.
●       Participate in planning with Design Director and Exhibition Design Manager to manage workload and workflow within the Design Studio. This includes both day to day project based work and broader institutional work such as annual planning.
●       Insure a consistent application of our brand and articulate what that means to colleagues inside and outside the Design Studio.
●       Supervise the Graphic Designer, Communications and work with other managers in the Design Studio to support a cohesive working team within the office.
●       Participate in cross functional teams while working toward institutional outcomes. This includes working on the Earned Revenue team and similar groups that require a collaborative, results oriented relationship
●       Work closely with the Design Director and the Marketing & Communications department to implement the annual creative approach for institutional messaging
●       Ensure the agreed upon creative approach to institutional messaging is carried across multiple platforms, such as printed and digital collateral for events, programs, fundraising campaigns, rentals, retail, etc.


●       Ability to deliver results, facilitate and influence others and problem solve beyond temporary solutions
●       4-6 years of design experience within a related organization or advertising agency
●       1-2 years supervisory or managerial experience
●       English language proficiency in both spoken and written form
●       Experience managing stakeholder expectations in a collaborative and creative environment
●       Experience working with a Creative Brief
●       Extensive knowledge of Mac platforms for Adobe Creative Suite, MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), Google Apps
●       Experience with motion graphics experience, After Effects preferred

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The environment may include:
●       Noise, such as groups of people working in enclosed areas
●       Typical office environment

The Oakland Museum of California is dedicated to diversity, inclusion, accessibility and equity. We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, ability/disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We highly encourage our diverse community to apply for available employment, internship, fellowship and volunteer positions at the Museum, as we aim to ensure our staff reflects the diversity of our visitors and surrounding community. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, OMCA will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities.