Job Description Summary: The Exhibition Design Manager is a staff position responsible for overall planning and design of all exhibit projects and for insuring that the projects meet high museum quality standards, timely completion and budget discipline.
Manage exhibit design schedules for planning and execution purposes for 7-12 exhibits per year.
Research and Design exhibitions. Generate plan and drawings in AutoCad to visualize exhibit layouts with strategic input from the Curator, Museum Director and Exhibit Design Team members.
Manage the Exhibit Preparator, and contracted labor to guide the design of exhibit and any in-house construction, fixtures and treatments.
Work with Graphic Designers to incorporate graphics and signage both within the exhibit space and throughout the museum.
Provide installation supervision and hands-on assistance during exhibit fabrication and construction to ensure design layouts, fit and finished materials meet quality standards.
Attend department and staff programming meetings as needed.
Advise senior staff on special projects that require space planning, AutoCad drawings and involve aesthetic decisions throughout the facility.
Maintain Heard Museum high-quality aesthetic design standards.
Generate, track and maintain all exhibit budgets to ensure proper allocation of funds and spending.
Work with outside contractors and fabricators to design and develop casework and exhibition construction from the bid process to completion while achieving museum standard.
Create project proposals and timelines for every exhibit.
Present exhibit designs to the Exhibit Design Team using accurate visual and design documents.
Problem solve to keep the highest standards while keeping the exhibitions on time and on budget.
Expertise in 3D Studio Max and V-ray rendering environment, Adobe Creative Suite and Sketch Up a plus.
Experience designing displays for museum artifacts and experience with large-scale interior and exterior installations.
Excellent personal presentation and communication skills a must.
Knowledge of production methods and evolving museum technologies are required.
Employment Requirements: Available 7 days a week.
Education: Appropriate Bachelor’s degree in exhibit design, interior design, and museum studies with a concentration on exhibit design, or other related field from an accredited institution.
Type of Previous Experience: Three to five years’ work experience utilizing project management skills in a creative, multidisciplinary environment.
Other Significant Requirements: Must work well independently and in teams while maintaining a positive and respectful relationship with co-workers. Must be proficient in AutoCad with Adobe Creative Suite experience a plus. Ability to work on a PC and iMac that are networked in a file-sharing, hierarchical environment is also required. Must be able to work efficiently and a high level of organization