Wattis Visitor Engagement Coordinator

California College of the Arts

Wattis Visitor Engagement Coordinator


San Francisco

Founded in 1998, the CCA Wattis Institute is an internationally recognized exhibition venue and research institute. As a non-collecting and artist-centered institution, it supports and presents the newest and most relevant contemporary artists working today with exhibitions, residencies, and events. Working under the umbrella of an educational institution, the Wattis places equal importance on longer-term research initiatives such as research forums, reading groups, and publications. As the city’s “kunsthalle,” the Wattis is a central hub and gathering place for the contemporary art community in San Francisco and the Bay Area.

The Wattis Institute seeks a Visitor Engagement Coordinator to support the visitor and public engagement functions of the Wattis Institute. The Visitor Engagement Coordinator will oversee office management, the gallery’s front desk, gallery monitors and interns, and social media accounts, among other responsibilities. The ideal candidate must be extremely detail-oriented, organized, outgoing, and able to multitask with ease. S/he should be able to work independently, but also feel comfortable in a close working environment. Experience and/or interest in contemporary art a plus.

This is a temporary position, 30 hours/week, (12 - 6pm, Tuesday - Saturday), including occasional evening events. This position may transition to a permanent role starting October 1st.



Office Management -15%

  • General office management, including ordering office supplies and maintaining files, computers, office furniture, etc.

  • Maintaining Wattis apartment for visiting artists and curators, including collecting supplies and organizing cleaning, upkeep, repairs, and scheduling

  • Retrieving mail and packages from CCA mailroom

  • Maintaining EMS calendar and updating department calendar

  • Managing all Wattis editions and publications mailings

  • General support of Director, Deputy Director, and Curator

Visitor Engagement - 50%

  • Recruiting, interviewing, hiring, scheduling, and supervising gallery assistants for the gallery’s front reception desk

  • Maintaining front reception desk (supplies, appearance, signage, printed matter)

  • Conceiving, developing, and improving the visitor experience

  • Recruiting, interviewing, hiring, training, and overseeing interns

  • Training and preparing gallery assistants to answer visitor questions about the institution and the exhibitions.

  • Leading guided tours to exhibition visitors

  • Arranging video interviews with artists and guest speakers for online library

Events - 15%

  • Assisting staff with logistics and event production related to public programs and special events

  • Monitoring and maintaining inventory of supplies in Wattis event space

Communications, Social Media, + Archive - 20%

  • Assisting with updating website

  • Uploading video and audio documentation and press PDFs to website

  • Overseeing all aspects of Wattis social media; conceiving, researching, scheduling, and posting to Instagram and Twitter at least three times per week; creating, monitoring, and promoting Facebook events for Wattis programming

  • Promoting Wattis events and exhibitions on CCA’s campus via poster campaign

  • Handling archive requests

  • Copy-editing or proof-reading essays and publications



  • BA or BFA required

  • Strong organization and time management skills with excellent attention to detail

  • Outgoing and enthusiastic demeanor

  • Ability to work effectively and efficiently in a fast-paced environment and to communicate well with colleagues, vendors, and members of other CCA departments

  • Proficiency in Adobe Suites a plus, including video and audio editing

How to Apply

Application Instructions

Applicants are required to attach a cover letter and resume. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Recommended document file formats are Word or PDF. If there are multiple attachments, we recommend compressing/zipping your files into a zip format file. There is also a place in the application for you to provide a link to large documents. Please submit an application form for each position for which you believe you are qualified. Applications are not kept on file for future positions.

Application Deadline

For staff positions, screening begins immediately and continues until the position is filled.

EEO Statement

As an educational and cultural institution, California College of the Arts has a responsibility to provide access and opportunities for all people, with special attention to supporting groups historically underrepresented in higher education.

We believe that a culturally diverse campus is integral to academic excellence, and our student, faculty, staff, and trustee bodies should reflect the diverse world in which we live, with attention to race, ethnicity, religious creed, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, and ability.

California College of the Arts is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from individuals who will contribute to its diversity.


Please address any questions to mailto:hr@cca.edu.

To apply, visit https://apptrkr.com/2333474.

Founded in 1907, California College of the Arts (CCA) is an independent art college with 21 undergraduate programs in architecture, design, fine arts, visual studies, and writing. The college also has graduate programs in architecture, comics, curatorial practice, design, design strategy, film, fine arts, visual and critical studies, and writing. Through these programs, the college has created a dynamic and interdisciplinary environment. Diverse cultural perspectives enrich the CCA community and the college believes that continuing to expand the horizons of the students and faculty is essential to achieving its educational objectives. With campuses in Oakland and San Francisco, CCA currently enrolls 1,950 full-time students.

Posted on June 29