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About Us

The Hands On Children’s Museum is Washington’s award-winning youth Museum located on Olympia’s East Bay waterfront. Our mission is to stimulate curiosity, creativity, and critical thinking skills through rich, interactive learning experiences.

Voted a “Best Place for Kids” for more than a decade, the Museum offers a state of the art LEED Gold facility with 150 indoor exhibits, a half-acre Outdoor Discovery Center and nature play space, Arts Studio, a MakeSpace for tinkering and inventing, and award-winning education programs including camps, workshops, preschool, parenting classes, field trips, community outreach, and family support programs.

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Thank you for your interest in working with the Hands On Children’s Museum! As a leading non-profit, we offer a competitive wage, medical, dental and vision coverage, paid time off and paid holidays, a 401K plan and several special educational perks including discounts on camps, classes, museum membership and special employee benefits. Eligibility requirements for benefits may vary. For more information about Olympia visit Experience Olympia.

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Applicants who are offered employment must pass a background check and be fully vaccinated for Covid-19 as a condition of employment. Proof of vaccination must be provided upon hire.

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Accounting Specialist

The Accounting Specialist is a key member of the Business Department and is responsible for performing accounting transactions accurately through timely processing of accounts payable and accounts receivable transactions, preparation of journal entries, invoices, account reconciliations and research requiring the application of accounting principles and practices.

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Café Assistant

This position supports the Café Team to ensure the museum café operates efficiently, safely and with optimal customer service. Performs daily café operations according to procedures including opening and closing processes, processing sales transactions, food handling & preparation, cleaning, and assisting with inventory. Café Assistants demonstrate excellence in communication and customer service. Our Playday Café offers salads, sandwiches, grilled paninis and quesadillas, soup, coffee, and other grab and go options in a family focused environment. This position will have consistent daytime working hours. Café service hours typically end daily around 4pm, with occasional evening events.

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Café Manager

This is your chance to bring your quick service restaurant management experience to our growing Play Day Café and be part of an organization that cares about children, families, and community. As the Play Day Café Manager, you will be responsible for leadership and growth of your team in providing efficient, safe and customer service focused café operations. Our café offers salads, sandwiches, grilled paninis and quesadillas, soup, and other grab and go options to museum patrons, programs, and events. The core schedule for this position is Tuesday through Saturday and will have consistent daytime working hours, some flexibility of hours may be available. Café service hours typically end daily around 4pm, with occasional evening events.

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Director of Development

We are seeking an innovative, creative, and highly motivated professional who believes in the value of inspiring young children to love to learn. The Director of Development is responsible for strategic leadership and management of the museum’s annual fundraising programs including individual & planned giving, corporate sponsorship, fundraising events, and capital projects. We are especially fortunate to have an extensive base of support and we are looking for a gifted professional who can steward and further develop these important relationships.

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Exhibits & Facilities Manager

The Hands On Children’s Museum is looking for an experienced facilities professional to provide leadership, technical skills and operations support to the Facilities Department. This key member of the Museum’s management team will oversee all facility maintenance, ensure safety standards and training, provide staff supervision for a team of 3-5, provide coordination for renovation and construction projects, and work closely with the Senior Operations Manager to manage janitorial and housekeeping staff.

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Gallery Services Floor Supervisor

This important position oversees daily Gallery Services (GS) operations in support of the Sr. Management team. Orients, trains, schedules and supervises GS L1, L2, Specialist and assistant level staff members. Provides active on floor supervision to ensure adherence to museum policies and procedures and manages staff time efficiently ensuring galleries (inside and out) & facility areas are open and closed according to procedures and areas needing attention receive it promptly. Assists in hiring, appraising and coaching staff effectively and in taking corrective action in a timely manner according to museum policy. Assists in maintaining effective department systems and procedures. Acts as Supervisor on Duty as assigned overseeing overall operation of museum facility – supporting GS Leads in solving customer service, staffing or other issues and in ensuring adherence to policies and procedures in the absence of department managers. Ensure Museum security, customer service, cleanliness/maintenance or other procedures are practiced consistently. Works effectively with other Visitor Service (front desk/reservations, café) and museum Education department teams including excellent communication.

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Our Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion

Non-Discrimination Policy: Hands On Children’s Museum exhibits, education programs, and employment are available to all without discrimination.

Equal Opportunity Statement: Hands On Children’s Museum is committed to the policy of equal opportunity in employment. It is our policy to recruit and employ qualified persons on the basis of merit without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, ancestry, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, military or honorably discharged veteran status, or any other protected class as set forth under applicable state and federal civil rights laws. Employment decisions will be based on the individual’s qualifications to perform the job. This policy of nondiscrimination applies to employment, training, compensation, promotion, transfer and all other conditions of employment.


Contact us at employment@hocm.org.