Oakland Museum of California Announces Organizational Transformation and Staff Reductions Due to Financial Challenges Caused by Impacts of Year-Long Closure
(OAKLAND, CA) April 2, 2021—Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) today announces an organizational transformation and staffing reductions required to ensure its financial sustainability due to the impacts of the year-long closure caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. OMCA has remained closed to the public since March 13, 2020.
Along with a reduction in staff positions, OMCA will implement a new staffing structure, compensation philosophy, and internal processes to advance its commitment to becoming an anti-racist and equitable multicultural organization as it prepares to reopen in the coming months. Staffing reductions are being made at every level of the organization, including senior management, ensuring that frontline staff and lowest-paid workers are not adversely impacted. In addition, a new compensation philosophy will increase base level pay for the lowest-paid staff positions, raising pay levels to four times the federal poverty level, which is an increase of approximately $9 per hour.
The financial imperative for the Museum in this restructure is to reduce its annual operating budget from approximately $16.6 million to $14 million. Downsizing from approximately 126 full-time equivalent positions to 106 full-time equivalent positions (about a 15% total reduction) will reduce approximately $1 million in payroll costs. To date, OMCA has lost around $2.5 million in earned revenue as it remains closed to the public. The Museum anticipates an additional approximately $2.3 million in total revenue losses in the upcoming fiscal year. Staffing–related costs make up more than 70% of OMCA’s overall expenses.
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The Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) tells the many stories that comprise California, creating the space and context for greater connection, trust, and understanding between people. Through its inclusive exhibitions, public programs, educational initiatives, and cultural events, OMCA brings Californians together and inspires greater understanding about what our state’s art, history, and natural surroundings teach us about ourselves and each other. With more than 1.9 million objects, OMCA brings together its multidisciplinary collections of art, history, and natural science with the first-person accounts and often untold narratives of California, all within its 110,000 square feet of gallery space and seven-acre campus. The Museum is a leading cultural institution of the Bay Area and a resource for the research and understanding of California’s dynamic cultural and environmental heritage for visitors from the region, the state, and around the world.