Exhibition Designer

Lucas Museum of Narrative Art

Founded by philanthropist and filmmaker George Lucas and his wife, Mellody Hobson, Co-CEO and President of Ariel Investments, the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art will inspire current and future generations through the universal art of visual storytelling. The museum will present a permanent collection and rotating exhibitions for diverse public audiences which will feature illustrations, paintings, comic art, photography, and an in-depth exploration of the arts of filmmaking (including storyboards, costumes, animation, visual effects, and more). Extensive education programming designed for all ages will explore innovative ways for visitors to engage with narrative art. Designed by renowned architect Ma Yansong of MAD Architects and under construction in Los Angeles’ Expo Park, the museum will feature new public green space, state-of-the-art cinematic theaters, a research library, numerous spaces for onsite education, restaurants, retail, and event spaces. Additional information at lucasmuseum.org.

Position Summary (Intent and purpose of the role)

Reporting to the Managing Director, Museum Experience, the Exhibition Designer will lead design efforts to produce engaging, original, and accessible exhibitions that will shape the visitor experience of a new museum. This position is responsible for all phases of the exhibition design process including conceptual, schematic, design development and construction drawings for both permanent and temporary exhibitions. The Exhibition Designer works in close collaboration with numerous colleagues across the museum (i.e. Exhibition Management, Interpretive Media, Curatorial, Collections Management, Education, Marketing), and external partners as needed, in order to realize visually rich, innovative, and interactive experiences that support the Museum’s brand and mission.

All staff at the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art lead through a deep commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, both within the Museum and with the communities that we serve.

Salary and titles will be assigned commensurate to the successful candidates’ education and experience. An attractive compensation package will be offered to the successful candidate(s).

Responsibilities

Core competencies for this role

  • Planning & Organizing - Sets clearly defined objectives; plans activities and projects well in advance and takes account of possible changing circumstances; manages time effectively; identifies and organizes resources needed to accomplish tasks; monitors performance against deadlines and milestones;

  • Adapting & Responding to change - Adapts to changing circumstances; accepts new ideas and change initiatives; adapts interpersonal style to suit different people or situations; shows respect and sensitivity towards differences; deals with ambiguity, making positive use of the opportunities it presents;

  • Presenting & Communicating Information - Speaks clearly and fluently; expresses opinions, information and key points of an argument clearly; makes presentations and undertakes public speaking with skill and confidence; responds quickly to the needs of an audience and to their reactions and feedback;

  • Adhering to Principles & Values – Upholds ethics and values; demonstrates integrity; promotes and defends equal opportunities, builds diverse teams; encourages organizational and individual responsibility;

  • Presenting & Communicating Information - Speaks clearly and fluently; expresses opinions, information and key points of an argument clearly; makes presentations and undertakes public speaking with skill and confidence; responds quickly to the needs of an audience and to their reactions and feedback;

  • Writing & Reporting - Writes clearly, succinctly and correctly; writes convincingly in an engaging and expressive manner; avoids the unnecessary use of jargon or complicated language; writes in a well-structured and logical way; structures information to meet the needs and understanding of the intended audience.

Primary Responsibilities & Accountabilities

Exhibition Design

  • Conceptualize original and holistic exhibition design approaches; consider input from diverse teams across the organization, encouraging genuine collaboration;

  • Develop look and feel and visual identities for galleries;

  • Produce drawings required for each phase of exhibition design from conceptual sketches and renderings, to measured plans and elevations and production files;

  • Partner with Project Managers to develop, and responsibly manage, design aspects of project budgets and schedules;

  • Research and specify materials, conduct prototyping and testing, as needed; coordinate and incorporate engineering, electrical, fire safety, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and code requirements in construction packages;

  • Serve as internal resource and partner to external design firms, as needed;

  • Review design proofs and prototypes, and ensure high-quality final production from outside fabrication and print vendors;

  • Actively participate in exhibition installation, making aesthetic decisions regarding presentation and lighting of artworks, in consultation with curators and conservators.

Special projects and other duties as designated by Managing Director, Museum Experience, Deputy Director and President

Requirements

Education & Experience

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in architecture, design, art, theater or in a related field;

  • At least five (5) years of museum exhibition experience, spanning all aspects of the design process from concept to installation;

Skills

  • Strong 3D design skills (AutoCAD, Vectorworks, Sketchup, or similar applications) and rendering software (Rhino);

  • Advanced proficiency in the use of the Adobe Creative Suite;

Strong communication skills (sketch and verbal) and ability to clearly articulate ideas;

  • Confident in presenting design ideas and exhibition concepts to colleagues, leadership, and as necessary, public audiences;

Knowledge

  • Expert knowledge of design fabrication & production methods, and cost estimating;

  • Understanding of ADA, building codes and Universal design;

  • Strong organizational ability to assess priorities and manage multiple projects simultaneously;

  • Keeps current on design trends and best practices;

Abilities

  • Strong ability to thrive in a fast-paced interdisciplinary environment and is invigorated by collaborating with a team of diverse expertise;

  • Patient, solutions-oriented designer who can adapt to changing priorities and navigate complex relationships with internal and external partners.

Benefits

Salary and titles will be assigned commensurate to the successful candidate’s education and experience. An attractive compensation package will be offered to the successful candidates

The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art is proud to offer the following benefits to our full-time, benefits eligible staff:

  • Health Insurance

  • Dental Insurance

  • Vision Insurance

  • Life Insurance

  • Voluntary Supplemental Life Insurance

  • Accidental Death & Dismemberment Insurance

  • Voluntary Accidental Death & Dismemberment Insurance

  • 403B Plan with employer match

  • Parental Leave

  • Family Medical Leave

  • Healthcare Spending Account

  • Dependent Care Spending Account

  • Commuter Spending Accounts

  • PTO (starting at 26 days your first year)

  • Paid Holidays

  • Employee Assistance Program

How to Apply

Applicants interested in this role are strongly encouraged to apply at: https://lucasmuseum.workable.com/

Equal Opportunity Policy

The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art embraces diversity and equal opportunity. We are committed to building a team that represents and supports a variety of backgrounds and perspectives. The Lucas Museum fosters a work environment that is free of discrimination and harassment, whether based on race, national origin, gender, gender expression, religion, ethnic background, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or any other criterion prohibited by applicable federal, state, or local laws. We believe that diversity and inclusion among our team is critical to our success, and we seek to recruit, develop, and retain talented people from a diverse candidate pool. Applications from traditionally underrepresented communities are encouraged to apply.

The statements in this description represent typical elements, criteria, and general work performed. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required for the job.

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Posted on September 10