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This opportunity is open to artists who live and work in California and Baja California, Mexico.

Artist in Residence Program at the San Diego Natural History Museum

Deadline: 11:59PM, July 21, 2017

The San Diego Natural History Museum (theNAT) is seeking artists for the launch of its inaugural Artist in Residence Program. This program invites outgoing, public-minded candidates of any artistic discipline to use their practice as a lens through which the Museum’s scientific research, collections, and history can be brought into focus. The Museum will host two residencies, each of which will take place over the course of three months in the fall/winter of 2017-18. The Artist in Residence Program offers artists an exclusive opportunity to engage with Museum scientists and vast research collections while interpreting science through artistic practice in the public realm. In addition, the resident artist will help to create public engagement opportunities during their residency and will work towards a culminating public event that will highlight the body of work created during the residency.

With these broad objectives in mind, theNAT asks that applicants consider how their artistic practice could be applied to address the following themes, which are at the core of the Museum’s mission and vision:

  • The importance and impact of museum collections
  • Southern California and Baja California as a biodiversity hotspot
  • New scientific discoveries

Residencies are open to individual and collaborative groups of all disciplines, including (but not limited to) writers, poets, storytellers, dancers, designers, cartographers, musicians, video and film artists, as well as multi-modal artist collectives. Ideal candidates will have experience in performance, events, installations, new media, social practices, audience-activated artworks, and audience engagement. Artists will work collaboratively with theNAT’s public programs staff, as well as with the Museum’s Research, Exhibits, and Marketing Departments. This opportunity is open to artists who live and work in California and Baja California, Mexico.

Interviews will take place the week of July 31st, with the first residency starting in September 2017 and ending in November or early December 2017. The second residency will start in January 2018 and end in March or early April 2018.

Residency Summary

Schedule: Will range from 2-10 hours per week—flexible depending on project schedule, public program needs, and other coordination efforts with scientists, collections managers, and exhibits staff

Term of Residency: 12 weeks

Compensation: $4,000 term stipend for each residency, plus a $500 materials budget to support exhibit installation, consumables for public programs, and support for performances per the needs of the residency

Venue: The residency and associated programs will take place at the San Diego Natural History Museum, though elements of the residency may take place at off-site locations pending approval from the Museum

Hours: Artists will work with the Museum’s Public Programs team within the Education Department to set hours

Reports to: Audience Engagement Manager at San Diego Natural History Museum

Qualifications

Ideal candidates have five or more years of demonstrated artistic practice and can articulate in their application how they possess the following traits and competencies:

  • Adaptability and Approachability: The artist is able to learn quickly and adapt their practice on the fly—this is crucial when working with the Museum staff, scientists, and collections. Due to the fact that science is at its core a dynamic process, the artist will embrace and maintain a willingness to interact with others through their practice in an evolving work environment.
  • Scientific Thinking: The artist actively uses scientific ways of thinking, such as observation, inquiry, adaptive thinking, and critical evaluation to investigate their artistic practice.
  • Self-Direction and Collaboration: The artist is comfortable taking the lead on their practice, while fully embracing the collaborative nature of working with Museum scientists and staff.
  • Public Engagement: The artist has a keen desire to make their practice visible to the public by engaging in dialogue and developing tools and methods to invite the public to engage with the artist’s practice and, by proxy, the Museum’s collections/research/scientists.
  • Artistic Voice: The artist has cultivated a robust and distinct artistic practice and direction, as well as a working knowledge about and enthusiasm for a wide range of artistic and scientific work.

Responsibilities

Resident Artists will:

  • Meet regularly with Museum staff
  • Work with scientists, Museum staff, and the public
  • Establish and follow a suitable timeline for project research, development, and exhibition
  • Develop a public installation, activity, or performance for the culminating event at the end of the residency that highlights the body/piece of work created during the residency
  • Propose and develop opportunities for spontaneous or ongoing public engagement/participation
  • Document their residency in collaboration with Museum staff

Application Requirements

Include the following items (incomplete applications will not be accepted):

  1. Cover sheet in PDF format (one page maximum):
    • Include three references with contact information (email, phone number, address)
    • Link to an online portfolio containing images, video, or other appropriate documentation of at least five artworks
  2. Curriculum vitae in PDF format (three page maximum)
  3. Letter of application in PDF format (three page maximum):
    • Your artist statement and how it relates to the Artist in Residence Program
    • How you meet the qualifications above
    • Your interest in, understanding of, or experience with two out of the following five topics:

                                         i. The value of museum collections
                                         ii. Evolution, ecosystems, and biodiversity
                                         iii. Conservation
                                         iv. The ecology of southern California and Baja California
                                         v. Connecting people with nature/citizen science

Submit all application materials to artistinresidence@sdnhm.org by 11:59PM on July 21, 2017 . Late and/or incomplete submissions will not be considered. Please upload your documents as three separate attachments, named as follows:

  1. YOURNAME_CoverSheet_AIR_2017.pdf
  2. YOURNAME_CV_AIR_2017.pdf
  3. YOURNAME_Letter_AIR_2017.pdf

The Audience Engagement Manager will confirm receipt of your materials.

Questions about the Artist in Residence Program will be accepted by email only at artistinresidence@sdnhm.org . Deadline for all questions is July 14, 2017. Responses will be issued via email reply by Tuesday, July 18, 2017.

Application deadline is 11:59PM, July 21, 2017.

Interviews will take place the week of July 31-August 4, 2017.

The Artist(s) selected for the Program will be notified by August 10, 2017.

The first residency will start on or around September 1, 2017.

The second residency will start on or around January 8, 2018

About the Artist in Residence Program at theNAT

The Artist in Residence Program at theNAT will make visible the rich relationship between scientific inquiry and artistic practice. Through programming and exhibition, this program will further break down the barrier between the Museum’s vast collections and the public, inviting visitors to witness and even participate in our resident artists’ process of interpretation.

The San Diego Natural History Museum Mission and Vision

Mission:

To interpret the natural world through research, education and exhibits; to promote understanding of the evolution and diversity of southern California and the peninsula of Baja California; and to inspire in all a respect for nature and the environment.

Vision:

The San Diego Natural History Museum will be the premier collections-based environmental education and natural history research resource in our region. We will provide programs that are timely, user-friendly, and relevant to the real-life needs of the diverse populations of the San Diego-Baja California region today and tomorrow.

The San Diego Natural History Museum is seeking enthusiastic and friendly part time banquet bartenders to prepare drink orders for guests according to specified recipes using measuring systems. The ideal candidates will be comfortable shifting roles and responsibilities through their shift while continually maintaining a pleasant and professional demeanor.

This position requires Saturday and Sunday availability. Holidays and some evenings are required. The San Diego Natural History Museum is open daily, except for Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.

POSITION SUMMARY:

Prepare fresh garnishes for drinks. Issue, open, and serve wine/champagne bottles. Stock ice, glassware, and paper supplies. Transport supplies to bar set-up area. Wash soiled glassware. Remove soiled wares from bar top and tables and place in designated area. Anticipate and communicate replenishment needs. Process all payment methods. Count bank at end of shift, complete designated cashier reports, resolve any discrepancies, drop off receipts, and secure bank. Secure liquors, beers, wines, coolers, cabinets, and storage areas. Complete closing duties.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Set up and maintain cleanliness and condition of bar, bar unit, tables, and other tools.
  • Follow Museum safety and security policies and procedures to ensure a clean, safe, and secure environment.
  • Develop and maintain positive and productive working relationships with other employees and departments.
  • Follow appropriate procedures for serving alcohol. (T.I.P.S., L.E.A.D., ServSafe)
  • Anticipate and communicate replenishment needs promptly, ensuring no shortages throughout scheduled function time, and ensuring proper authorization for additional payments as required prior to replenishing.
  • Other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • 2+ years of restaurant bartending experience and/or banquet bartending experience.
  • Must possess valid food handler card or willing to get in first (30) days of employment.
  • Strong math aptitude.
  • Comfortable dealing with a wide array of guests and customer service situations.
  • Must be T.I.P.S, L.E.A.D., ServSafe certified or willing to get in first (30) days of employment.
  • Able to stand, sit, or walk for an extended period of time or for an entire work shift.
  • Able to move, lift, carry, push, pull, and place objects weighing less than or equal to 25 pounds without assistance.
  • Able to reach overhead and below the knees, including bending, twisting, pulling, and stooping.

Qualified applicants, please send resume and cover letter including salary expectations to rhammond@sdnhm.org No phone calls or drop-ins, please.

The San Diego Natural History Museum is seeking enthusiastic and friendly part time banquet barbacks to ensure bars and bar service areas are maintained, replenished and clean at all times. The ideal candidates will be comfortable shifting roles and responsibilities through their shift while continually maintaining a pleasant and professional demeanor.

This position requires Saturday and Sunday availability. Holidays and some evenings are required. The San Diego Natural History Museum is open daily, except for Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Complete tasks related to stocking, replenishing, cleaning, maintenance and preparation of beverages.
  • Move and assemble portable bars.
  • Clean and polish bar, counters, shelves and equipment.
  • Comply with inventory control measures.
  • Return all product and equipment to proper storage location or dish room.
  • Remove all trash and recyclables from bar areas and dispose properly.
  • Maintain a safe, clean, organized and stocked work area following sanitation standards.
  • Follow Museum safety and security policies and procedures to ensure a clean, safe, and secure environment.
  • Develop and maintain positive and productive working relationships with other employees and departments.
  • Other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • 1-2 years of experience in food and/or bar service desired.
  • High School Diploma or GED required.
  • Excellent hospitality and customer service skills, service standards, guest relations and etiquette.
  • Basic mathematical skills
  • Able to lift and carry up to 75 pounds at a time and perform various activities such as constant standing, walking, frequent bending, reaching, kneeling and squatting.
  • Able to work in a noisy environment.
  • Able to stand, sit, or walk for an extended period of time or for an entire work shift.

Qualified applicants, please send resume and cover letter including salary expectations to rhammond@sdnhm.org No phone calls or drop-ins, please.

The San Diego Natural History Museum is seeking intuitive, reliable, attentive, detail-oriented individuals with strong communication and customer service skills part-time security officers. Security officers are expected to uphold the museum rules and regulations by patrolling, observing, and reporting to the Security Supervisor and Operations Manager. This position is also expected to be the exemplary for Museum safety, customer service, general Museum knowledge, Park knowledge, and a model citizen, as well as protect Museum property and provide safety for Museum visitors, employees, and vendors.

This position requires Saturday and Sunday availability. Holidays and some evenings are required. The San Diego Natural History Museum is open daily, except for Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Patrol, observe, and report to Security Supervisor, Operations Manager, and Director of Visitor Services
  • Assist visitors and provide a variety of information regarding the Museum and Balboa Park.
  • Maintain a guest approach with all visitors to ensure a positive experience, including greeting each person as they enter and thanking each visitor as they leave.
  • Learn and stay current with Museum knowledge, such as pricing, membership, closures, and policies.
  • Maintain high level of awareness with regard to Museum rules, regulations, procedures, and policies; and enforce these with visitors and staff.
  • Daily documentation required to keep up to date the Daily Log.
  • Respond to visitor complaints and/or requests for assistance and evaluate appropriate course of action
  • Respond to emergency situations within and directly outside Museum (i.e. natural disasters, medical emergencies, etc.
  • Other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Current Guard Card certification through BSIS
  • Current CPR/AED/First Aid Certification
  • High School diploma or equivalent; Post High school work preferred
  • 2 – 5 years of security experience, preferably in a cultural institution
  • Able to walk or stand up to 5 hours
  • Able to climb stairs, stop, kneel; able to respond quickly or jog
  • Able to lift up to 50 lbs.
  • Excellent customer service skills with the ability to maintain a professional demeanor in a challenging, dynamic environment and with all levels of patrons
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook
  • Ability to work independently and in a team
  • Intuitive decision-making and response
  • Strong organizational and communication skills
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Comfortable with public speaking
  • Comfortable dealing with a wide array of guests and customer service situations
  • Ability to perform crowd control by providing clear guidance and direction
  • Bilingual preferred

Please send resume and cover letter with salary expectations to hr@sdnhm.org. No phone calls or drop-ins please.

The San Diego Natural History Museum is run and operated by the San Diego Society of Natural History, a private non-profit scientific organization incorporated in 1874. The Museum’s mission is to interpret the natural world through research, education and exhibits; to promote understanding of the evolution and diversity of southern California and the peninsula of Baja California; and to inspire in all a respect for nature and the environment. Within the Museum, the Department of PaleoServices specializes in paleontological resource management. Our focus is on the recognition, recovery, and preservation of the significant and unique paleontological resources that occur in this region. We are currently looking to fill the following position:

Paleontological Field Monitor Position

The Department of Paleontology at the San Diego Natural History Museum has openings for paleontological field monitors. These positions are part time, as needed (0 – 40 hours per week). All work is funded through contracts.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES:
Field monitoring of construction-related exposures of potentially fossiliferous sedimentary rocks (Cenozoic and upper Mesozoic marine and/or non-marine rock units) in the Southern California region.

Field monitors will be expected to collect exposed fossils and record relevant stratigraphic and taphonomic data.

Opportunities for fossil preparation are also possible. Depending on experience, the field monitor may also be involved in preparing final reports of findings.

Scheduled hours are typically between the hours of 7 am to 4 pm Monday through Friday; however, work may also occur on weekends and nights.

QUALIFICATIONS:

* A minimum of a B.S. in Geology or a related discipline with an emphasis in paleontology.

* Experience in field paleontology and stratigraphy is preferred.

* Must be able to lift at least 50 lbs

* Have a valid Driver’s License and a clean driving record.

For general information about our paleontology mitigation program, please visit http://www.paleoservices.org

Start date: 15 June 2017

Please submit resumes and cover letter including salary expectations to hr@sdnhm.org. No phone calls or drop-ins, please.

The San Diego Natural History Museum is seeking for a passionate mission supporting Special Event Staff. She/he will be responsible assisting with the load-in and load-out of events, assisting in the set-up and break-down of Museum events, assisting in ensuring the safety of the Museum, having a Museum presence. This position requires the coordination of on-site event activities, including working with vendors, clients and guests. Hours are determined on as-needed basis.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES:

Event Presence:

  1. Reviews work order and becomes familiar with purpose/type of event, timeline/agenda of the event, as well as diagrams for each location.
  2. Communicates with on-site Event Manager, Director of Events, or Special Events lead.
  3. Assists with set-up and break-down of events.
  4. Follows designated directions from on-site Event Manager, Director of Events, or Special Events Lead.
  5. Maintains museum presence while guests and vendors are inside the facility.
  6. Provides post-event feedback to Event Manager.

Museum Safety and Cleanliness:

  1. Assists to ensure that Fire, City, Police, Park and Alcohol and codes are being followed to ensure that Museum is operating within the law.
  2. Be prepared to evacuate guests if necessary.
  3. Works with Building Operations at the end of the event to ensure that all exhibit areas/items are returned to regular for the Museum to open the next day.

Vendor Load-in and Load-out:

  1. Ensures that only appropriate vendors access loading areas.
  2. Follows wristband procedures as vendors arrive for load-in and when vendor crew returns for load-out.
  3. Stops unauthorized vendors or Balboa Park guests from entering the Museum during load-in and load-out.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Able to lift up to 25 pounds and to stand up to 5 hours
  • Must have reliable transportation to and from the Museum
  • Must be reliable to be present and aware at events
  • Must have reliable form of communication (phone, email)
  • Able to communicate clearly in English
  • Able to read and write in English
  • Able to work early mornings, evenings, weekends, and holidays
  • Strong customer service skills
  • Experience in a fast-paced, high-stress environment
  • Strong attention to detail

Qualified applicants, please send your resume and cover letter to igarcia@sdnhm.org. No phone calls or drop in visits.

The San Diego Natural History Museum is seeking for a passionate mission supporting Special Events Lead. She/he will be responsible for overseeing the load-in and load-out of events, assisting in the management of Special Events Staff and having a Museum presence. This position requires the coordination of on-site event activities, including working with vendors, clients and guests. Hours are determined on as-needed basis.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES:

Event Presence

  1. Reviews work order and becomes familiar with purpose/type of event, timeline/agenda of the event, as well as diagrams for each location.
  2. Establishes contact with client as Museum contact person in addition to the Director of Events or the Event Manager.
  3. Communicates with Director of Events or the Event Manager and Senior Director of Operations to ensure all situations are being addressed.
  4. Assists in the supervision of special events staff.
  5. Creates a break schedule for special events staff and arranges for all breaks to be taken and covered.
  6. Assists with the training of new special events staff.
  7. Provides post-event feedback to Event Manager.

Museum Safety and Cleanliness

  1. Assists to ensure that Fire, City, Police, Park and Alcohol and codes are being followed to ensure that Museum is operating within the law.
  2. Ensures special events staff is present on all floors where there are guests.
  3. Monitors the event set-up to ensure security measures are met (i.e. tables are not too close to wall).
  4. Be prepared to evacuate guests if necessary.
  5. Completes the Special Events Lead event check-list for ensuring that the Museum has been cleaned up and can be locked up by Building Operations staff after the event.
  6. Works with Building Operations at the end of the event to ensure that all exhibit areas/items are returned to regular for the Museum to open the next day.

Vendor Load-in and Load-out

  1. Ensures that only appropriate vendors access loading areas.
  2. Operates Sidewalk Lift and Freight Elevator for vendors if Building Operations staff is unavailable.
  3. Oversees wristband procedures as vendors arrive for load-in and when vendor crew returns for load-out.
  4. Stops unauthorized vendors or Balboa Park guests from entering the Museum during load-in and load-out.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • A minimum of 3 months or equivalent as SDNHM special events staff – What do you mean by equivalent as SDNHM special events staff?
  • Able to lift up to 25 pounds and to stand up to 5 hours
  • Must be well-versed in the Museum, and the Museum Policies and Procedures
  • Must have reliable transportation to and from the Museum
  • Must be reliable to be present and aware at events
  • Must have reliable form of communication (phone, email)
  • Able to work early mornings, evenings, weekends, and holidays
  • Strong customer service skills
  • Managerial experience preferred
  • Experience in a fast-paced, high-stress environment
  • Strong attention to detail

Qualified applicants, please send your resume and cover letter to igarcia@sdnhm.org. No phone calls or drop in visits.

The San Diego Natural History Museum is seeking an intuitive, reliable, attentive, detail-oriented individual with strong communication and customer service skills as a full-time Security Supervisor. The Security Supervisor is expected to uphold the museum rules and regulations by patrolling, observing, and reporting to the Operations Manager, while managing and overseeing the Security staff. This position is also expected to be the exemplary for Museum safety, customer service, general Museum knowledge, Park knowledge, and a model citizen, as well as protect Museum property and provide safety for Museum visitors, employees, and vendors. The Security Supervisor works to assist the Operations Manager with projects, staff training, staff scheduling and working events.

This position requires Saturday and Sunday availability. Holidays and some evenings are required. The San Diego Natural History Museum is open daily, except for Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. 

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Patrol, observe, and report to Operations Manager, and Director of Visitor Services.
  • Oversee and manage the SDNHM Security Staff in conjunction with established security supervisor.
  • Keep consistent daily logs and reporting procedures.
  • Assist with training, updating, and informing SDNHM Security Staff.
  • Assist Operations Manager overseeing general upkeep of Museum safety and security.
  • Assist visitors and provide a variety of information regarding the Museum and Balboa Park.
  • Maintain a guest approach with all visitors to ensure a positive experience, including greeting each person as they enter and thanking each visitor as they leave.
  • Learn and stay current with Museum knowledge, such as pricing, membership, closures, and policies.
  • Maintain high level of awareness with regard to Museum rules, regulations, procedures, and policies, and enforce these with visitors and staff.
  • Respond to visitor complaints and/or requests for assistance and evaluate appropriate course of action.
  • Provide support when necessary to officers responding to visitor complaints and/or requests for assistance.
  • Provide prompt response to all calls, inquiries, and directions.
  • Respond to emergencies within and directly outside Museum (i.e. natural disasters, medical emergencies, etc.)
  • Other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Current Guard Card certification through BSIS
  • Current CPR/AED/First Aid Certification
  • High School diploma or equivalent; Post High school work preferred
  • 2 – 5 years of security experience, preferably in a cultural institution
  • 2 – 5 years of managerial or supervisory experience, preferably in a cultural institution
  • Able to walk or stand up to 5 hours
  • Able to climb stairs, stop, kneel; able to respond quickly or jog
  • Able to lift up to 50 lbs.
  • Excellent customer service skills with the ability to maintain a professional demeanor in a challenging, dynamic environment and with all levels of patrons
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook
  • Familiarity with Security systems, such as Security cameras, access, alarms, and reporting databases
  • Reliable source of communication and transportation
  • Strong organizational and communication skills
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Intuitive in decision-making and response
  • Comfortable with public speaking
  • Ability to perform crowd control by providing clear guidance and direction
  • Bilingual preferred (Spanish & English)

Please send resume and cover letter with salary expectations to hr@sdnhm.org. No phone calls or drop-ins please.

The San Diego Natural History Museum is looking for a full-time Lead Exhibit Fabricator. This position is an essential part of the San Diego Natural History Museum’s Exhibits Department, helping to implement the Museum’s new strategic plan which includes building a series of original exhibitions and visitor experiences to promote the Museum’s scientific research and engage new audiences.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Work collaboratively with the exhibit planning team to help develop, engineer and build exhibit prototypes from conceptual designs through final fabrication.
  • Determine the best methods, materials and hardware to create a wide variety of exhibit elements such as display cases, interactives and thematic sculptural props.
  • Work with materials vendors, general contractors and outside exhibit fabricators to procure, schedule and coordinate additional resources required to produce the exhibitions.
  • Help create budgets, fabrication and installation schedules for the production of exhibitions including the preparation of gallery spaces, production of display cases and other exhibit elements as well as the de-installation of exhibitions.
  • Manage the Museum’s workshop, teaching and supervising others in safety procedures and proper use and care of hand tools, power tools, ladders and lifts used in the galleries and in the exhibits workshop.
  • Supervise a small crew of temporary fabricators and installers working in the exhibit shop and in the galleries during the production and installation and de-installation of exhibitions.
  • Prepare exhibit galleries and display cases for the display of a variety of objects. This includes the design and fabrication of object mounts and installation of objects with a deep understanding of collections care and conservation.
  • Help with exhibit maintenance and repairs for all of the Museum’s exhibitions and help elevate the visitor experience throughout the Museum.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Proven experience with all aspects relating to the creation, fabrication and installation of a wide variety of museum exhibitions.
  • Knowledge of the methods, materials and techniques utilized to fabricate items from wood, plastics and metal.
  • Experience with object handling, mount making and best practices for object care and conservation while on exhibit and in storage.
  • Experience with exhibition lighting, audio visual components, interactive exhibits and computer familiarity with Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook software.
  • Expert power tool operation and maintenance and a deep understanding and commitment to workplace safety procedures.
  • Be capable of long periods of physical work occasionally lifting up to lift 50lbs and working from ladders and a scissor lift.
  • Be self-motivated and able to work collaboratively in an academic institution.

Please submit resumes and cover letter including salary expectations to hr@sdnhm.org. No phone calls or drop-ins, please.

 

Reporting Relationship

The Chief Financial and Chief Operating Officer will report to the Chief Executive Officer

Organization Background

Daniel Cleveland and Oliver Sanford, two professionals living in San Diego in the mid 1870’s were also citizen naturalists.  They envisioned a society focused on the nature around them.  Such natural history societies had gained popularity since 1850 and citizen scientists were gathering their own collections of specimens; Cleveland and Sanford were no exception.  In 1874, the two men spearheaded the effort to bring together a group of interested amateur naturalists into the San Diego Society of Natural History focused on the “study of nature, the acquirement and diffusion of scientific knowledge and the collection and preservation of materials pertaining thereto.”  Then and now, the focus has been the same: to research, conserve and educate.  Today, we continue to be a membership driven society and museum focused on our bi-national region, a wonderfully unique, ecologically bio-diverse area covering Southern California from coast to cactus and Baja California from coast to coast.

The Museum’s collection is composed of about 8 million research specimens. Today, the Museum’s Mission is to interpret the natural world through research, education and exhibits; to promote understanding of the evolution and diversity of Southern California and the peninsula of Baja California; and to inspire in all a respect for nature and the environment. The San Diego Natural History Museum is a flagship Museum in Balboa Park, home to 17 cultural institutions, many gardens, and recreational facilities. The Museum has a balanced core operational budget of approximately $11 million with approximately 185 employees and is visited by 400,000 guests per year. It maintains very active programs of research, exhibitions and education (See www.sdnhm.org ). 

Position Description

The San Diego Natural History Museum is searching for an analytical, and entrepreneurial CFO/COO with exceptional inter-personal skills and a collaborative management style that will facilitate interactions with colleagues and external entities. This position ensures sound financial planning and management across all aspects and departments of the Museum. The CFO/COO oversees a support staff at the Museum, including accounting, human resources, information technology, legal matters, building systems and operations, security, visitor services, and the café.

A member of the Museum’s executive management team, the CFO/COO works directly with the Board of Directors and the Finance, Investment, Building, and Audit Committees.

A successful candidate will have both a strategic and hands-on approach to finance, accounting, and operations, be adept at analysis, business planning, forecasting, and be committed to the Museum’s mission.

Responsibilities Include:

Finance

  • Lead the financial team at the Museum, including daily operations, project management, budgeting, hiring, supervision, and review.
  • Oversee cash, investment, and asset management.
  • Oversee cash flow planning and ensure availability of funds as needed.
  • Develop and utilize forward-looking, financial analyses to provide insight into operations and business plans.
  • Oversee financial strategies and activities, as well as banking relationships.
  • Study, analyze and report on trends, opportunities for expansion and projection of future organizational sustainability.

Planning and Policy

  • Coordinate the development and monitoring of budgets. Advice and mentor Museum staff to develop and monitor departmental budgets.
  • Develop financial business plans and forecasts.
  • Participate in corporate policy development as a member of the management team.
  • Engage the finance committee of the board of directors to develop short-, medium-, and long-term financial plans and projections.
  • Represent the Museum to financial and operations partners, including financial institutions, donors, auditors, insurance, public officials, contractors, etc.
  • Remain up-to-date on audit best practices and state and federal law applicable to nonprofit organizations.
  • Develop, coordinate, and execute financial and operational policies and procedures; recommend and implement systems to improve Museum operations and provide for the successful integration of Museum-wide activities.

Accounting and Administration

  • Oversee the accounting department to ensure proper maintenance of all accounting systems and function.
  • Design and implement appropriate internal controls and financial procedures.
  • Ensure timeliness, accuracy, and usefulness of financial and management reporting for federal and state funders, donors, and the Museum’s board of directors
  • Prepare and communicate monthly and annual financial statements.
  • Oversee the annual audit and the filing of tax returns.
  • Oversee the preparation and submission of federally negotiated overhead rate.
  • Ensure that legal and regulatory compliance is maintained in all financial functions.

Building Operations, Administration, Visitor Services, IT, and Human Resources

  • Oversee the operations of building support staff and security functions to ensure safety and comfort of visitors, employees, volunteers, and collections.
  • Pursue energy savings, waste reduction and other “green” projects where applicable to Museum operations.
  • Oversee operation of information technology function and develop priorities regarding investments in IT infrastructure.
  • Work with museum staff, contractors and the City of San Diego to ensure that the building is well-maintained and that major systems are functioning well.
  • Oversee Museum’s human resources function to ensure compliance with Museum’s employee manual and all state and federal employment laws.

Business Ventures

  • Create and monitor business plans for museum revenue, including consulting services, food and beverage service, special event rentals, Museum store, and public programs.
  • Monitor and report profit (loss) for revenue streams.
  • Create and supervise implementation of policies and procedures for business ventures.

Qualifications

  • Demonstrated experience in financial management and accounting
  • Demonstrated experience with audit, legal compliance, and budget development
  • Demonstrated experience with organization development, human resources management experience
  • Demonstrated experience with general management and customer service skills
  • Proven effectiveness managing others, empowering them to make decisions
  • Technologically savvy, with experience overseeing information technology staff and/or vendors
  • Demonstrated experience in effectively communicating key data, including presentations to senior management, the board, or other outside partners/influencers/clients
  • Demonstrated experience developing budget forecasts and multi-year operating budgets
  • Demonstrated experience seeing beyond the numbers, identifying trends and new possibilities
  • Nonprofit background preferable
  • Knowledge of relevant local, state, and federal laws and regulations
  • Experience with overseeing building infrastructure and operations
  • Minimum BA, a CPA and/or MBA preferable

Personal Characteristics

  • Excellent interpersonal and team skills, extremely collegial
  • Outstanding communication skills, written and oral
  • Demonstrated resourcefulness and good judgment
  • Leads by example
  • Values diversity of thought, backgrounds, and perspectives
  • Ability to multi-task while maintaining vigilant attention to details
  • Integrity and ethics beyond reproach
  • Constantly looking to apply best practices
Compensation
Compensation will include salary and benefits.


Please submit resume and cover letter including salary expectation to hr@sdnhm.org. No phone calls or drop-ins, please.