Title: Exhibit Developer
Reports to: Director of Exhibitions
General Description: The Exhibit Developer is a key member of the team responsible for the development, design, production, installation, and maintenance of on-site, off-site and traveling exhibitions and other interpretive projects. S/he will lead project teams as assigned. S/he will play a pivotal role in helping the organization realize its mission to connect audiences with the story of Connecticut.
Duties and Responsibilities:
The incumbent’s specific duties will include, but not be limited to:
- Leading or working with exhibition teams to transform social, historical, and educational concepts into tangible ideas that can be executed in an exhibition or other interpretive format which appeals to the CHS’s target audiences.
- Participating in the planning and implementation of audience testing and evaluation related to exhibits and other interpretive projects.
- Performing primary and secondary research, including searching for and tracking graphics, artifacts, and library materials needed for project purposes.
- Writing, editing, and proofreading exhibit label copy, scripts for audio/visual presentations, and other interpretive content, including project-related marketing copy.
- Designing and/or managing the design of labels and graphics, including fabrication.
- Creating and tracking project-related budgets; ensuring projects stay within budget.
- Serving as a liaison, as necessary, between department personnel and outside consultants or contractors.
- Working with staff including department interns and volunteers, as needed;
- Working with CHS’s marketing team and the media to promote CHS projects, as necessary.
- Working with education and program staff on the development of exhibit-related programming for adults, families, students, and teachers, as necessary.
- Working with collections staff to ensure the safety of historical materials in exhibitions and other displays.
- Installing and de-installing exhibit components, including light carpentry and painting work.
- Retrieving, purchasing, and delivering project-related items.
- Keeping informed of innovations in museum exhibitions.
- Assisting with the development of grant and sponsorship proposals and other fund-raising activities, as necessary.
- Ensuring that exhibit areas are maintained in a clean, safe, and orderly fashion.
- Representing the CHS at professional meetings and conferences, as requested.
- Availability to work occasional evenings and weekends, as necessary to support institutional goals.
- Carrying out other duties and responsibilities as may arise.
The incumbent should be an individual with superior people skills, including the ability to tactfully deliver and receive feedback, as well as excellent writing, research, and organizational skills, who is capable of working on a variety of tasks simultaneously. S/he should be able to work with a broad cross-section of individuals, and have knowledge of the various trades associated with the design, construction, and maintenance of public exhibitions.
Specific qualifications for the position include:
- Bachelor’s degree in History, American Studies, Material Culture, Museum Studies or a related field;
- Knowledge of programs including Word, Excel, Powerpoint and Adobe Creative Cloud required;
- Minimum two years’ experience in exhibition development at an institution such as a children’s, history, or science museum, or in a design firm that has created interactive, audience-centered exhibitions;
- Knowledge of current theories and best practices in museum education, interpretation, and exhibit design and an understanding of the variety of ways in which visitors learn;
- Experience developing hands-on object- or historic material-based educational materials, either in a school or museum setting;
- Ability to work collaboratively and independently, with general supervision;
- Familiarity with and knowledge of library and museum collections, including how to properly handle historical and/or fragile documents and objects;
- Experience working with diverse audiences;
- Historical research skills;
- Strong written communication skills;
- Demonstrated ability to write informative and accessible interpretive text that appeals to a variety of audiences;
- Excellent interpersonal skills and a dedication to providing superior customer service;
- Experience designing attractive exhibition graphics and labels preferred;
- Experience editing audio and video materials preferred;
- Experience creating and maintaining websites, mobile apps and/or online experiences preferred;
- Flexibility, excellent project management, organizational, and time-management skills;
- Excellent and consistent interpersonal and communication skills;
- Organizational and administrative skills;
- Ability to assess problems and develop possible solutions;
- Be able to work both independently and collaboratively;
- Affinity for internal and external customer service;
- Exhibit proven reliability and trustworthiness;
- Positive demeanor;
- Access to transportation on an unscheduled basis;
- Ability to lift 30 lbs.
Compensation and Benefits:
This position is budgeted in the low-$40,000 range and includes a comprehensive benefit package of medical, dental, vision and life insurance, paid vacation and sick leave, paid holidays and a 403(b) retirement savings plan.
How to apply:
Please email cover letter, resume and example of exhibit label writing to Susan Presutti, Human Resources Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org, by March 13, 2020.
The CHS is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer; minorities and women are encouraged to apply.