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Staff Normal Faces Summer Splash 2016
Are you looking for fun, fast-paced work in an entertaining, educational environment? All candidates must show a demonstrated commitment to the museum mission and a philosophy of play-based, experiential learning environment. Check out our current job openings below.

Hands On offers paid time off, museum passes, birthday party and café card, medical, dental and pre-tax supplemental insurance, a retirement plan and a scream room!

Applicants who are offered employment must pass a background check as a condition of employment.

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

Open Positions:


Café Assistant Manager
The Café Assistant Manager is responsible for efficient, safe and customer service focused operations of the Play Day Café. Ensures that best practice opening and closing checklists and procedures are used consistently and regularly researched and updated including: food handling, cleanliness, product ordering, security, waste and equipment maintenance. Responsible for ensuring café staff are scheduled efficiently and that required rest breaks are offered. Approves timecards and consistently tracks absences and tardies. Responsible for ensuring effective staff training system is in place and adhered to. Projects and places food and supply orders. Responsible for accurate tracking of waste/loss. Works with Education staff to ensure proper food handling/staff support in education programs. Proposes new menu items, equipment or programs. Leads monthly inventory process, working with Business Department to improve accuracy. Directly supervises Lead, L1 and L2 staff including hiring, timely documentation and disciplinary action and timely performance reviews. Leads monthly department meetings. Works with the Manager On Duty (MOD) to troubleshoot daily staffing, facility, food supply, and visitor issues.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Bachelor’s Degree preferred, relevant work experience may substitute
  • 2+ years experience required directly supervising staff of 3 or more including hiring, disciplinary action, scheduling & payroll
  • Experience developing/and or implementing effective staff training in food service setting
  • Experience leading or improving food and supply ordering & monthly inventory process in food service setting
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including demonstrated professionalism
  • Excellent customer service skills required
  • Excellent office skills including: word processing; Excel; e-mail; record keeping
  • Current Food Handler’s Permit or ServSafe Certified preferred
  • Able to work independently with limited direction in a fast-paced environment with a great deal of flexibility and attention to detail
  • Ability to work in a team setting with a high degree of daily communication required. Must care about and value the viewpoints of the other team members and organizational mission.

To Apply:

Submit a cover letter, resume, and 3 professional references to employment@hocm.org, or mail to: Hands On Children's Museum, 414 Jefferson St NE, Olympia, WA 98501. Salary DOE. EOE.

No phone calls please.


Director of Exhibits & Facilities
This key position reports to the Executive Director and is a member of the Museum’s senior leadership team. The Director of Exhibits and Facilities is responsible for the management of new exhibit projects, care of existing exhibits, and all facets of the museum’s facilities management including life safety and maintenance. The Director will enhance the visitor experience by ensuring high quality exhibits, a well-maintained building and beautiful grounds. The Director will work with the senior team to coordinate daily facility operations including shared responsibilities for custodial staff and facilities technicians. Also maintains relationships with key facility partners including the City, the Port, and LOTT Alliance as well as vendors, contractors and service providers. 

The successful candidate will show a commitment to the Museum’s core values, while demonstrating that they are innovative, accountable, and partnership-driven with a desire to learn new things and remain current on trends in exhibits and facilities management. The successful applicant will have applicable director level experience and be detail-oriented, enthusiastic and dedicated about creating a memorable visitor experience.

See the full job description

To Apply:

Submit a cover letter, resume, and 3 professional references to employment@hocm.org, or mail to: Hands On Children's Museum, 414 Jefferson St NE, Olympia, WA 98501.

No phone calls please.


Events Manager
Hands On is seeking an experienced full-time Events Manager to support a range of high caliber special events including the Museum’s fundraising events. The position will also support special family visitation events such as the "Boo Bash" and "Noon Year's Eve", the “Adult Swim” series for grown-up visitors, as well as regular family parties at the Museum. The position will also serve as the event planner for about 50 private events annually including family reunions, corporate parties, legislative receptions, non-profit
fundraisers, and weddings.

This key position is a member of the Development Department and reports to Senior Development Manager and the Executive Director. The successful candidate will show a commitment to the Museum’s core values, while demonstrating that they are innovative, accountable, and partnership-driven with a desire to learn new things and be detail-oriented, enthusiastic and dedicated about creating a memorable visitor experience.

Specific Qualifications and Experience:
  • At least three years of experience coordinating a wide range of special events (examples: fundraising events, auctions, donor cultivation events, large-scale community events).
  • Flexibility to work evenings and weekends for events.
  • Must have excellent communication, project management, administrative skills with keen attention to detail, a strong sense of aesthetics and ability to meet deadlines.
  • Excellent organizational and problem-solving skills are a must.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to be on feet for long periods of time when needed
  • Experience working in non-profits and in fundraising and donor relations is highly desirable
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite. Experience with donor databases a plus.
  • B.A. or combination of education and experience
  • Experience working with and soliciting corporate and business sponsors highly desirable
  • Must be flexible, have strong work ethic, team values and good sense of humor!
Salary & Benefits:
Annual salary rate will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Benefits include: paid time off, medical, dental, vision, retirement plan, pre-tax supplemental insurance and a scream room!

See the full job description

To Apply:

Submit a cover letter, resume, 3 professional references and a bullet point list noting how your experience and skills match the requirements of the position to employment@hocm.org, or mail to: Hands On Children's Museum, 414 Jefferson St NE, Olympia, WA 98501.

No phone calls please.

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.