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. We are looking for an experienced and organized professional to lead projects from concept to completion, working with a friendly and dedicated staff across several departments (primarily exhibitions, collections, education, and marketing).
Duties and Responsibilities:
Your duties will include, but not be limited to:
- Leading or assisting with exhibition projects to transform social, historical, and educational concepts into tangible ideas that can be executed in an exhibition (physical and/or virtual) 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.
- 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 budgets and ensuring projects stay within budget.
- Communicating with outside consultants and contractors.
- Working with interns and volunteers, as needed.
- Working with marketing staff and the media to promote CHS projects, as necessary.
- Working with education staff to support 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.
- Assisting with the development of grant and sponsorship proposals and other fund-raising activities, as necessary.
- 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.
- Ensuring that exhibit areas are maintained and kept clean, safe, and orderly.
- Representing the CHS at professional meetings and conferences, as requested.
- Availability to work occasional evenings and weekends, as necessary.
You like working with a team and appreciate the process of giving, receiving, and making use of constructive criticism. You know how to organize your work to manage multiple projects. Your writing style is succinct and creative. You understand how a public exhibition comes together and connects people with history and culture. Your specific qualifications include:
- Bachelor’s degree in History, American Studies, Museum Studies or a related field
- 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 educational materials in a school or museum setting
- Familiarity with library and museum collections, including how to properly handle historical or fragile material
- Historical research skills
- Strong project management and time management skills
- Ability to successfully work within project budgets
- Flexibility to adapt to changes in projects and exhibition schedules
- Ability to work both collaboratively and independently, with general supervision
- Comfort and enjoyment working within and among people from diverse socioeconomic, racial and political backgrounds
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills and a dedication to providing superior customer service
- Ability to assess problems and propose solutions
- Reliability, trustworthiness, and a positive demeanor
- Strong written communication skills
- Ability to write informative, creative, and accessible exhibit labels that appeal to a variety of audiences
- Ability to collaboratively edit exhibit labels
Design & Technology
- Strong design sensibility, understanding what looks good and how graphic design “works” with content and audience
- Familiarity with Adobe Creative Suite
- Experience designing exhibition graphics and labels preferred
- Experience editing audio and video materials preferred
- Experience creating and maintaining websites, mobile apps, or online experiences preferred
- Familiarity with 3D virtual exhibitions preferred
- Experience installing museum or trade show exhibitions
- Knowledge of the various trades associated with the design, construction, and maintenance of exhibitions
- Familiarity with basic hand tools and power tools
- Willingness to get your hands dirty, learn new skills, and help solve problems
- Ability to lift 30 lbs.
- Access to transportation on an unscheduled basis
Compensation and Benefits:
Full-time position. Eligible for full benefits package including medical, dental, vision, life, long term disability, employer contributions to 403(b) plan, and paid vacation and sick days.
Full time, 9am-5pm, Monday through Friday.
Low to mid $40,000s per year
Review of applications will commence immediately and continue until the position is filled. Final candidate subject to background and reference check.
How to apply
Please email cover letter, resume and example of exhibit label writing to Susan Presutti, Director of Human Resources, email@example.com, by January 25, 2021.
CHS is an affirmative action-equal opportunity employer.