Essential DutiesThis is an exciting time to work at Cape Fear Museum of History and Science. We are seeking an Exhibits Coordinator to be part of our growing organization and to help guide aspects of the Museum’s newly adopted strategic plan. This is a unique opportunity for an imaginative, creative, and experienced museum professional to work on initiatives including exhibit renovations and the development of pop-up exhibits and interactives. The Coordinator has primary responsibility for developing exhibit design, graphics, layout and identity. In addition, the coordinator will manage and maintain existing installations and supervise exhibit staff.
A department of New Hanover County, Cape Fear Museum collects, preserves and interprets objects relating to the history, science, and cultures of the Lower Cape Fear. The Museum makes those objects and their interpretation available to the public through educational exhibitions and programs.
- Develops exhibit designs with team members, leads design process from conceptual and schematic design to design development to construction to installation and post-construction evaluation.
- Oversees the production of exhibit graphic design, digital and print materials to include designing, editing, printing and mounting; acquires and administers contracts for these services.
- Develops and/or facilitates the creation of hands-on exhibit interactives including low-tech and high-tech digital components; recommends equipment purchases, develops, and implements polices for new exhibits.
- Supervises staff to include prioritizing and assigning work; conducting performance evaluations; ensuring staff is trained; and making hiring, termination, and disciplinary recommendations.
- Manages activities involving in-house, traveling and mobile exhibitions to include overseeing scheduling, contract negotiations and payment arrangements; shipping; packing/unpacking; setting up/taking down exhibits; and choosing among display alternatives to maximize the quality of visitors’ experience.
Knowledge and Skills
Knowledge of ADA requirements and OSHA regulations; museum exhibit techniques; museum practices, protocol and ethics; basic artifact preservation and conservation principles; exhibit preparation and execution; design and graphic design principles; security practices; basic budget principles; lighting principles and industry updates; construction and building maintenance principles; print media and materials; supervisory principles; and project management principles.
Skilled in using computers and applicable software, including graphic design and 3D layout software; using hand and power tools; using various office equipment; fabricating display materials; researching information; writing articles and reports; producing printed materials; managing multiple projects; preparing long-range plans; directing the work of others; supervising and evaluating performance.; organizing and prioritizing work assignments; establishing and maintaining effective working relationships; providing customer service; and communication, interpersonal skills as applied to interaction with coworkers, supervisor, the general public, etc. sufficient to exchange or convey information and to receive work direction.
Necessary Software Skills
- Adobe Creative Cloud
- SketchupPro and/or Vectorworks and/or AutoCAD and/or 3D Studio Max
Licenses and Certifications Preferred, but Not Required
- Adobe Certified Associate (ACA)
- National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ)
- Certified Fire Protection Specialist (CFPS)
- OSHA Construction Safety & Health Training
- Valid NC Driver’s License
Bachelor’s Degree in Graphic Design, Art History, Industrial Design, or a related field . Three years of progressively responsible supervisory and exhibit design experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Valid NC Driver’s License
Other InformationHours: 8AM-5PM weekdays; must be available for special events and during emergency situations
The hiring range for this position is $ 48,508 – $55,000 Annually
Priority consideration will be given to applicants that apply by Monday, November 13th.
Applicants are required to thoroughly complete the on-line application and must attach a cover letter, resume, and one example of an exhibit design from applicant’s portfolio in the “attachments” section.