Museum Exhibitions Manager

Application Deadline: 2022-06-30
Job Type: County
Job Description:

Job Summary
Under the general direction of the Museum Executive Director and in cooperation with the Collections Manager the Community Exhibit Manager co-organizes the work of the Curator, Education Specialist, Guest Services Coordinator, and Museum Technicians to ensure timely selection, and procurement of exhibit assets including graphics material, collection objects, loaned artifacts, artworks, or other exhibit props; audio visual material, and other exhibition media to enhance story lines and the visitor experience.

The primary responsibilities for the Community Exhibit Manager include managing exhibit preparation, installation and maintenance, scheduling programs that develop an artistically appreciative audience, maintain existing partnerships, and build relationships with collaborative community partners. Some of the more involved tasks faced by the Community Exhibit Manager may be facilitating co-curated exhibitions, arranging transportation for artwork and instillation equipment, training departmental employees in purchasing policies and procedures and ensures compliance with rules and regulations.

The ideal candidate will have broad comprehensive knowledge of principles and practices of community engagement, interpersonal relationships, and be a detail driven leader with a track record of successful collaboration and decision-making.

Essential Duties
Coordinates with Museum Director the department’s purchasing process; completes purchase orders, research cost of supplies, monitors departmental budget expenditures, verifies receipt of purchased items, records purchases and routes necessary information to the finance department and purchasing division; trains departmental employees in purchasing policies and procedures and ensures compliance with rules and regulations.

Assists Guest Services Coordinator with weekly Treasury Deposit.

Facilitates the development and implementation of short- and long-range program plans; assist with compilation, implementation, and oversight of exhibition budgets.

Facilitates the planning and execution of collaborative community exhibition projects in conjunction with the Museum Executive Director.

Responsible for coordination and installation of all art exhibitions the logistics of all traveling exhibitions, and assists with installation of other exhibits as necessary.

Organizes and maintains a calendar of exhibitions, meetings and other events pertaining to the department; ensures calendar is updated with accurate information in a timely manner.

Oversee external vendors responsible for production deliverables as needed, ensuring quality and consistency of exhibition design, construction and graphic guidelines and museum identity for each project.

Call and chair project team and special meetings; attend and organize meetings with Collections Manager to explain exhibit plans, research, and design; disseminates results/decisions and maintains a record of all communication.

Develop and assist with the production of online content and interactives related to the exhibitions.

Monitor and evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery methods and procedures; recommend, within county policy, appropriate service, and staffing levels.

With the Collections Manager oversee and ensure proper maintenance of museum facilities in routine walk through of exhibits, storage, and maintenance areas.

With the Collections Manager and Guest Services Coordinator annually reviews and updates the Museum Disaster Plan. Schedules and facilitates staff training in its implementation. Maintains a disaster supplies inventory.

Provide guided tours as needed.

Foster collaborative relationships with key stakeholders within the museum.

Serve as the representative of the Director as needed reflecting the Museum’s strong commitment to high quality exhibitions, educational programs, and relevance in the life of its community.

Participate in professional associations and conferences.

Perform additional duties as assigned.


General office equipment

Computers and software specific to collections management and point of sale system

A/V equipment

Large format printers and related software

Scanners and related software

Digital Cameras

Paper and board cutters

Minimum Qualifications Required
Education and Experience:

An advanced degree in one of the fields (art, history, science, design) represented by the NPM as a multi-disciplinary museum plus five (5) years of relevant museum experience; or any equivalent combination of education, training and experience which provides the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities.

Licenses and Certifications:

Valid Wisconsin Driver’s License

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
Ability to provide leadership and drive to inspire individuals and promote teamwork within and across the institution

Proficiency in Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Cloud, Dropbox, Basecamp, and Sketchup or AutoCAD

Demonstrated knowledge of museum best practices and standards in exhibiting, handling, and installing artworks

Proven knowledge of museum curatorial principles and practices, preferably with a track record of inventive, interactive exhibitions

Familiarity with exhibition design practices and knowledge of construction techniques and materials and equipment/tools

Outstanding analytical, problem solving and communication and presentation skills

Ability to successfully interact and collaborate with key stakeholders to achieve results

Ability to prioritize, multi-task efficiently and respond to a high volume of ongoing requests in a timely fashion to meet deadlines

Ability to adapt and be flexible in a dynamic work environment

Knowledge of current research and best practices in the field

Successful experience in budgeting and effective budget oversight

Demonstrated experience with and enthusiastic support for facilitating new technologies including advanced electronic devices, online resources, and social media

Experience in writing and delivering educational curriculum to diverse audiences

Deadline Note:

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