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Community Engagement Manager

The California Association of Museums is searching for a Community Engagement Manager! Founded in 1979, CAM's five organizational goals are: to foster networks and collaboration, advocate collectively and proactively, build capacity, share knowledge and best practices, and cultivate leadership and diversity.

About the California Association of Museums

The California Association of Museums (CAM) is a non-profit organization that serves the interests of California museums. Our mission is “CAM unifies and strengthens California museums to expand their collective impact”. In this capacity, CAM helps museums be relevant and effective organizations that serve California. CAM has approximately 1,200 members, located in almost every county. Our members include art and historical museums, natural history and science museums, aquariums, cultural centers, botanical gardens, and zoos.

General Duties

As a grant funded position, the Community Engagement Manager is an integral position that supports the initiatives and programs set forth in CAM’s Equity Action Plan. This role will be responsible for collaborating with the Equity Advisory Committee, and working with the CAM staff to ensure all CAM programs promote diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion (DEAI). The main function of the position is to foster a culture of community, diversity and inclusion, and support underrepresented museum professionals to address issues and opportunities of equity that impact their learning and advancement. Under the supervision of the Executive Director and in accordance with the organization’s policies and procedures, the manager’s primary duties include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Serve as liaison to the Equity Advisory Committee, which includes scheduling, preparing for and/or facilitating meetings, setting agendas and work plans with committee chair(s), and providing updates on progress in completing the activities outlined in the Equity Action Plan.
  • Design, produce, and/or facilitate diversity and equity workshops, roundtable discussions, online communities, networking opportunities and other programs that promote DEAI and support underrepresented groups within the California museum field;
  • Coordinate and/or facilitate meetings, listening sessions, and focus group meetings that solicit feedback from key stakeholders and underrepresented groups;
  • Create data collection, survey instruments, and reporting processes relative to CAM’s equity work and practices. Use data to monitor and report progress in areas impacted.
  • Establish and analyze key performance indicators (KPIs) to determine impact of Equity Action Plan efforts.
  • Manage and perform key tasks that support the implementation of DEAI-related CAM programs and services, which may include serving as a liaison for attendees and speakers and managing program volunteers.
  • Work collaboratively with other CAM personnel to implement and promote programs, including regular participation in virtual staff and project management meetings;
  • Occasionally, when needed, participate in in-person programs or Board meetings; and Perform other tasks and/or assist with other projects, as assigned by the Executive Director.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Ability to establish and maintain positive and constructive relationships with volunteers, staff, contractors, and community members
  • Demonstrated cultural competency and ability to work with diverse groups of people
  • Experience in facilitating group discussions
  • Demonstrated skills in organizing ideas and program development
  • Ability to work with little supervision with sufficient guidance/training
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Experience in and knowledge of best practices and principles in promoting DEAI within California’s arts and cultural sector, particularly museums

Minimum Experience

  • At least one year of experience in pertinent areas of responsibility (see above)
  • Proficiency in G Workspace, including Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Docs and Sheets, and Drive
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, particularly Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Commitment to promoting DEAI within California’s arts and cultural sector, particularly museums

Compensation and Benefits

This position is non-exempt Full-Time Temporary, with grant funding through Fall 2025 and a salary of $52,000. Benefits include paid vacation, sick leave, personal days, and holidays; a medical benefit savings account with employer contribution; various wellness incentives to support healthy activities outside working life; $50 a month for indirect costs associated with working from home; and a retirement plan with employee match up to 3 percent.

Applications and Inquiries

To submit a cover letter and resume with a summary of demonstrable accomplishments (electronic submissions only), please click the button below. For questions or general inquiries about this job opportunity, please contact Jennifer CaballeroInterim Executive Director.


As an alliance of museums and individuals, the California Association of Museums (CAM) is committed to realizing our vision of Stronger Museums for a Stronger California. We recognize that museums have been and continue to be complicit in promoting stories, individuals, and values that reinforce white supremacy and dominant cultures while marginalizing and oppressing others. To accurately represent the people of California, yesterday and today, strong, and resilient museums must center equity in their practices and work to intentionally disrupt racism and practices of exclusion.

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More About CAM

Founded in 1979 by museum leaders engaged in advocating for Californian museums, the California Association of Museums (CAM), is dedicated to advancing museums across the state of California in service to their communities. With a mission to unify and strengthen California museums to expand their collective impact, CAM exists with a vision for “Stronger Museums for a Stronger California.” The association has five goals: to foster networks and collaboration, advocate collectively and proactively, build capacity, share knowledge, and best practices, and cultivate leadership and diversity.

CAM is one of the most active state museum associations in the nation, committed to providing innovative and educational programs and services to institutions and museum professionals. It supports over 1,200 individual, business, and institutional members within its association, and members include art and historical museums, natural history and science museums, children’s museums, aquariums, cultural centers, botanical gardens, and zoos, as well as museum professionals and businesses.

CAM offers a wide selection of programs and services to its members. These include professional development opportunities, including an annual conference and regional workshops that address best practices and trends. The annual conference in 2021 was entirely virtual, and in 2022 the conference was organized as five mini-conferences in five different cities across multiple weeks. Other programs and services offered include a publication called CAM eNews which is sent biweekly to subscribers; studies and reports; an advocacy program that monitors legislation and spearheads strategic initiatives; and an annual Green Museums Seminar with corresponding Secretary's Award for Excellence in Sustainability. In addition, there are special initiatives that promote leadership in critical issues affecting museums. There are various membership levels that allow everyone and every budget size to become a part of CAM, including a “pay what you can” option. Membership allows free or discounted conference registration, free programs, a digital archive of past programs and conference sessions, emergency resources for museums and staff, and advocacy work on behalf of museums. Sponsorship opportunities allow organizations to raise awareness about their brand and services to help achieve their marketing goals.

In early 2021, CAM approved a Racial Equity Statement and workplan which outlined the association’s commitment and actions to foster a culture of anti-racism and diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion (DEAI). CAM established four values for DEAI: Community and Collective Action, Inclusive Leadership, Responsiveness, and Reflection and Connection. As part of this effort, CAM’s DEAI Task Force met with and listened to communities that needed to be better included and represented, then created a plan of action for systemic change, communicated this plan with the public, and activated that plan to grow and adapt its relevance and commitment to those underserved communities. In November 2021, CAM’s Board of Directors approved an Equity Action Plan, and the Task Force transitioned to an Equity Advisory Committee.

There are several Member Committees that actively involve members of the association, including the California Networks Council, an Equity Advisory Committee, a Finance Committee, a Fund Development Committee, a Government Relations Committee, a Host Committee, a Program Committee, a Strategic Action Committee, an Executive Committee, and a Governance Committee. Each committee’s work is guided by a charter and annual objectives, approved by the Board of Directors.

CAM is governed by a 22-member board of directors, consisting of museum professionals from all parts of California, and who represent museums of different sizes, disciplines, geographical region, mission, and scope. This includes art institutions, history museums, multidisciplinary organizations, natural history, and science museums. Board members are identified through nominations by museum professionals and through the pro-active work of the Governance Committee. The staff of four currently includes an Interim Executive Director, a Program Manager, an Administration Manager, all of whom are full-time, and a part-time Communications Manager. There is not a physical office for CAM, and all staff members work remotely.

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