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NOTE: OMA is committed to promoting diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility in the museum community. For this reason, all jobs posted on the OMA website must include salary (salary range or hourly rate). We also strongly prefer to list only paid internships. Please read more about this from the National Emerging Museum Professionals Network

  • 12 Jan 2022 10:19 AM | Oregon Museums Association (Administrator)
    • Community Engagement
    • Portland, OR, USA
    • Salary: $63,000 - $68,000
    • Full Time

    The Education & Programs Manager ensures that the Oregon Historical Society (OHS) provides high-quality educational programs and services to teachers, students, and the public in ways that advance OHS's strategic priorities and values, including integrity, accessibility, equity and inclusion, and enhanced belonging. The work of the Education & Programs Manager is crucial in fulfilling OHS's vision of a diverse and inclusive statewide organization that reflects the histories of all Oregonians. The Education & Programs Manager is responsible for managing the statewide Oregon History Day program, supporting the Traveling Trunk program, producing intergenerational and adult educational programs at OHS and with organizational partners, collaborating with OHS coworkers to support training of volunteer docents, creating resources for teachers and students, and representing OHS in partnerships with community and educational partners. The Education & Programs Manager evaluates OHS' K-20 and adult-education program and supports the development of OHS exhibitions, research-library educational tools, and relevant fundraising proposals and reports. The Education & Programs Manager supervises OHS's Education staff. The Education & Programs Manager reports to the Chief Program Officer.

    ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

    1. Manages OHS's creation of in-person and virtual learning opportunities for students, teachers, and diverse public audiences across Oregon and beyond; utilizes educator best-practices, relevant scholarship, and effective community-engagement strategies.
    2. Supervises all Education staff-members and collaborates with internal and external colleagues to ensure delivery of OHS's core educational programs, including Oregon History Day, curriculum and educator professional development, Family Days, public presentations for general audiences, Traveling Trunk program, and special projects; first year of position will include developing and hiring for new positions (Ethnic Studies Educator and Museum Educator).
    3. Manages, designs, and implements the Oregon History Day program, including statewide teacher, student, and institutional outreach and training and partnership with National History Day program.
    4. Contributes to internal OHS programs and represents OHS in external partnerships that help advance the OHS strategic plan.


    JOB DUTIES

    • Manages all aspects of Oregon's History Day program, including maintaining relationship with National History Day; conducting statewide outreach to promote the program and to recruit and train participants and volunteers; designing and producing the statewide contest; training teachers, students, and volunteer judges; attending and overseeing program-related duties at the National History Day contest in Washington, D.C.; and recruiting and supervising seasonal History Day staff.
    • Supervises new Museum Educator position, which will be responsible for producing intergenerational programming (such as Family Day events) at OHS, training and supporting volunteer docents who lead student and adult tours, developing exhibit worksheets, assessing and improving school tours, supporting development of OHS exhibitions, and providing expertise regarding classroom and museum educational best-practices and ensuring they are in alignment with Oregon State standards where applicable.
    • Supervises new Ethnic Studies Educator position, funded through three-year foundation grant, to utilize OHS's substantial knowledge and resources to help educators across Oregon implement recently updated Social Sciences standards, which integrate ethnic studies to ensure that all students, kindergarten through high school, learn the crucial histories, contributions, and perspectives of traditionally underrepresented individuals and groups.
    • Collaborates with OHS colleagues and community partners to plan, market, and produce public programs for adults.
    • Represents OHS in educational forums, such as conferences and professional partnerships by, for example, creating and delivering presentations on OHS educational offerings and collaboratively developing professional-development opportunities.
    • Establishes new and maintains existing relationships and outreach efforts with key constituent groups, including community partners, educators, administrators, and museum education professionals, to inform OHS's youth and adult community engagement work and further the accomplishment of OHS' strategic objectives.
    • In alignment with institutional priorities and initiatives, develops appropriate evaluations of programs, materials, resources, and exhibitions, including communicating results and adapting programs in response to feedback.
    • Works respectfully and in a spirit of collaboration with supervisor and with OHS colleagues in Marketing, Development, Museum Services, Research Library, Oregon Historical Quarterly, and Visitor Experience departments to serve as an education expert and provide input on project development, marketing and outreach, fundraising reports and proposals, ongoing and curated exhibitions, and program logistics.
    • Displays excellent and respectful communication skills including presentation, persuasion, and negotiation skills required in working with coworkers, visitors and volunteers, and senior management, including the ability to communicate effectively and remain calm and courteous under pressure. Work with the Chief Program Officer to communicate updates, insights, and needs to senior management, staff, and the Board of Directors.
    • Manage education resource collection, including books as well as objects and replicas used in the Traveling Trunk program.
    • Work with the Chief Program Officer to manage and create project budgets and track expenditures for all programs.
    • Maintains punctual, regular and predictable attendance.
    • Performs other duties as assigned.

    Find out more.

  • 21 Dec 2021 10:13 AM | Oregon Museums Association (Administrator)
    • Title:  Executive Director
    • Reports to:  Board of Directors
    • Primary Liaison:  Board President
    • Directly supervises:  Management team
    • Salary:  $107,500/year plus benefits

    The Executive Director of the Pittock Mansion Society is the public face of the organization and has overall responsibility for its day-to-day operations. The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors, works closely with the Board President, and oversees staff. The Executive Director plays a key role in fund development, building and maintaining relationships with major donors and grantors. They develop positive, productive relations with the City of Portland and the Department of Portland Parks and Recreation to ensure maintenance and capital investments in the historic building and grounds.  The Executive Director works with the management team to ensure excellent museum operations and fiscal management, public programs and collaborations, community relations, and the development and implementation of approved strategic and work plans. 

    Duties & Responsibilities

    • Report to and work closely with the Board of Directors. 
    • Prioritize negotiation and engagement with the City of Portland.
    • Foster Board members’ involvement in policy decisions, fundraising, and promoting Pittock Mansion and its mission.
    • Develop, monitor, implement, and update the strategic plan with board and staff.
    • Serve as Pittock Mansion’s primary spokesperson to its constituents, funders, the media, and the general public.
    • Lead Pittock Mansion’s diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion work and, with the Board of Directors, support those values in all aspects of the organization.
    • Recruit, establish standards for, supervise, and motivate the management team. Provide leadership to all staff and volunteers.
    • Actively engage in fundraising including relationship building, gift solicitation and stewardship.
    • Oversee annual work plans and budgets with management team; ensure their monitoring and timely reporting to the Board.
    • Foster strategic relationships with affinity groups, community organizations, business, and government to preserve Pittock Mansion and advance its mission.
    • Review and approve material contracts for services.
    • Other duties as assigned by the Board of Directors

    Preferred Education, Experience, Qualifications:

    • Bachelor’s degree in history, museology, arts/cultural management, or related field, or commensurate experience; Master’s degree preferred.
    • 5+ years continuous experience in managerial and/or executive leadership, preferably in a not-for-profit organization, a museum, or cultural institution.
    • Demonstrated experience with change-management
    • Excellent verbal, written, and organizational skills.
    • Proven experience and success with major gifts fundraising, strategic planning, and fiscal management.
    • Successful management of a public-private partnership preferred.
    • Proficiency with standard office systems, programs
    • Must be willing and able to work some nights and weekends. 

    Physical Activities / Environmental Conditions

    • Light to medium work that may include moving objects up to 30 pounds
    • Workstations may not be in a climate-controlled environment
    • Wearing of personal protective equipment (e.g. face covering, gloves) may be required
    • Pittock Mansion is a 100-year-old home with quirks and personality.

    Application Information:

    Nonprofit Professionals Now is pleased to be supporting Pittock Mansion in the hiring of their next Executive Director.  We look forward to reviewing your resume and cover letter submitted at the job portal:  https://wvdo-or.hiringthing.com/job/357384/executive-director-pittock-mansion.

    Application Deadline:  January 18, 2022.

     
  • 17 Dec 2021 11:24 AM | Oregon Museums Association (Administrator)
    • $21.00 - $24.00 hourly
    • Full Time

    Come join the team of dedicated library and archival professionals at the Oregon Historical Society as a Reference Librarian in the newly renovated research library, with its many updated features created to benefit both researchers and staff. Help us fulfill the mission of the Oregon Historical Society to "... preserve our state's history and makes it accessible to everyone in ways that advance knowledge and inspire curiosity about all the people, places, and events that have shaped Oregon.".

    The Reference Librarian will assist researchers of all skill levels and with wide-ranging interests in Oregon history, and provide access to the unique and varied collections that the OHS research library holds. They will interact with in-person researchers as well as those contacting the research library by phone and email. They will also create and deliver instruction and outreach projects to the general public, educators, and students in the use of library sources, and assist the Reference Services Manager in the operation of reference services.

    SUMMARY

    The Reference Librarian provides reference and instructional services for a wide variety of researchers and learners served by the OHS research library. As a public-facing member of the library team, the Reference Librarian demonstrates exceptional interpersonal skills and creates a genuine, welcoming environment for all visitors. This position provides direct research assistance at the public reference desk and remote services for all library collections, conducts in-depth research, and creates and delivers instruction and programs to diverse audiences. This position works on-site and is part of the OHS collective bargaining unit.

    ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILLITIES

    1. Provides reference and information assistance to external and internal research library users for all types and formats of library materials, including but not limited to maps, government documents, rare books, photographs, manuscripts, sound recordings, and audiovisual materials. Provides bibliographic instruction in research methods and electronic resources use, and remote reference services.
    2. Conducts in-depth research in all library collections.
    3. Develops and delivers instruction, outreach projects and materials, and public programs to inform students and the general public about the use of library resources, primary sources, and other topics of interest and relevance to the institutional mission and constituent needs and that support the promotion of the collections and library services.

    JOB DUTIES

    • Ensures that courteous, efficient, accurate, and knowledgeable assistance is provided to OHS Research Library users through public contact, telephone, written, and electronic means. Creates a genuine, welcoming environment for visitors of all cultural backgrounds, beliefs, abilities, identities, and orientations.
    • Assists Reference Services Manager in operation of the reference service, including: develop and organize print and online reference tools and materials, maintain and schedule service of specialized library equipment, and develop and implement policies and procedures.
    • Provides assistance in placing photo orders and other duplication services offered by the library. Produces reference scans and photocopies as needed.
    • Maintains reference collections including but not limited to books, serials, microfilm, government documents, digital, video & audio materials, and biography and subject files.
    • Reports progress and statistics to Reference Services Manager on a monthly and as-needed basis.
    • Serves on departmental and institution-wide committees, and contributes to social media and web content to promote the use of library collections and the understanding of Oregon history.
    • Supports institutional projects as directed by the Reference Services Manager and Library Director.
    • Conducts training for OHS staff in using the resources of the OHS Research Library.
    • Makes presentations at public conferences and other public venues, as needed.
    • Participates in professional development activities in order to maintain knowledge of current library practices and historical scholarship.
    • Guided by OHS's mission in daily work, and aspires to enact the Society's values of integrity, invitation, equity and inclusion, cultural humility, accessibility, and learning. Adheres to OHS policies and professional standards of the American Library Association and Society of American Archivists.
    • Maintains punctual, regular and predictable attendance.
    • Works collaboratively in a team environment with a spirit of cooperation.
    • Displays excellent communication skills including presentation, persuasion, and negotiation skills required in working with coworkers, visitors and volunteers and including the ability to communicate effectively and remain calm and courteous under pressure.
    • Respectfully takes direction from supervisor.
    • Performs other duties as assigned.
  • 14 Dec 2021 9:58 AM | Oregon Museums Association (Administrator)

    Compensation: Starting at $25/hour, depending on experience. As needed, NPWH will develop a training plan for professional growth into Executive Director role (compensation will increase accordingly and as available). Financial support for relocation may be available.

    Description: The Nez Perce Wallowa Homeland (NPWH) is seeking an energetic, values-driven leader to contribute to the development of new and existing programs for our Indigenous-led, place-based 501c3 nonprofit. We are an organization rooted in community building and dedicated to celebrating and preserving Plateau culture in the Wallowa Valley region of northeastern Oregon. We do this through a variety of programming, including the Tamkaliks Celebration powwow held since 1990. The NPWH manages a 320-acre property year-round. This property contains a Dance Arbor, Longhouse, Farmhouse, Horse Corrals and Camping facilities. Our downtown Wallowa Visitor Center serves individuals of Nez Perce heritage and affiliation, visitors to the Wallowa Valley and local residents.

    The Program/Executive Director will work both independently and with the Administrator/Fundraising Manager to support development of new and existing cultural events. The ideal candidate will be creative, motivated, and flexible with a willingness to learn and seek understanding. A candidate already connected with tribal communities in the northwest is highly desirable.The Program/Executive Director will report directly to the Executive Committee of the NPWH, and will work closely with the Board of
    Directors to support the values and mission of the organization.

    Preferred Qualifications

    • Education:Bachelor’s Degree preferred but not required
    • Experience:Background in business or administration, experience with volunteer boards, nonprofit management, grantwriting, working with culturally diverse groups,and/or community organizing while navigating complex viewpoints
    • Community Awareness and Intercultural Competence: Familiarity with Nez Perce heritage, Plateau culture, rural communities and/or Eastern Oregon culture and communities.
    • Project Management Capabilities: Able to self-manage tasks, make decisions, communicate clearly and respectfully, and handle diverse responsibilities with varying degrees of urgency
    • Communication Technology Skills: Proficient with Windows, Microsoft Office, Zoom and Social Media technology. Excellent writing skills. Effective and responsive use of phone, text, video conference and in-person modes of communication
    • Financial Management Capabilities: Knowledge of budget development, grant administration and reporting

    Duties may include but are not limited to

    Coordination of Events and Facility Uses, Oversight of Grounds (35% of role):

    • Work with multiple communities to hold space for culturally important, public and private events and ceremonies in the Longhouse, Dance Arbor and elsewhere on the grounds and inthe area.
    • Provide on-site support before, during and after events as needed and appropriate
    • Oversee facilities use. Handle reservations and paperwork, coordinate needs and communicate among/between parties. Facilitate cleaning & restocking of various spaces. Coordinate with Facilities Manager and volunteers to maintain and upkeep community spaces and fulfill responsibilities to the all beings, including flora and fauna, with which the grounds are shared.
    • Manage volunteer recruitment, communication and recognition. Coordinate logistics and volunteer efforts. Track volunteer contributions
    • Work with staff and board to plan and implement the Tamkaliks Celebration and Friendship Potluck, a three-day powwow held each July.

    Relationship Building& Management (20% of role):

    • Recruit, engage and strengthen relationships with 25-member Board of Directors, dispersed across three reservations and Wallowa
    • Plan and facilitate quarterly Board Meetings
    • Deepen and broaden partnerships with groups at the Nez Perce Tribe, Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation and Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Reservation, including tribal governments, foundations, and clubs as a means and invitation to bring tribal people to Wallowa
    • Deepen and broaden partnerships with Wallowa County organizations and groups with a shared goal to engage and center around tribal citizens and their contributions
    • Deepen and broaden partnerships with regional organizations and agencies including the US Forest Service, National Park Service and Blues to Bitterroots Coalition to provide welcoming spaces for Nez Perce people to tell their own story and to protect important places around the northwest
    • Supervise, Administrator/Fundraising Manager, Facilities Manager and volunteers

    Program Finances (20% of role):

    • Operate the NPWH within current legal requirements of city, county, state and federal governments
    • Research, write and report on grant funding for NPWH programs and projects
    • With Executive Committee, develop and manage organizational budget
    • Manage budget line items related to programming including reimbursements, honorariums etc

    Public Education(15% of role):

    • Build upon existing tribal youth education opportunities and develop new programs through partnership with tribal entities and individuals
    • Work with local educators and tribal experts to develop curriculum and programming for Wallowa County students
    • Create cultural education opportunities for all ages such workshops and speakers
    • Maintain archive of culturally and project specific reference materials
    • Assist with production of a Tamkaliks Documentary Film
    • Welcome guests to Visitor Center and docent the exhibit
    Outreach and Marketing(10% of role):
    • Publish Mid-Year Newsletter
    • Manage publicity and advertising
    • Drive online engagement with Social Media (current platforms are Facebook and Instagram)

    Schedule: 30 hours/week annual average (due to seasonality of responsibilities). Non-exempt. Flexible schedule, some weekends required, must live in Wallowa County, OR. Potential growth to full-time dependent on funding.

    Interviews begin January 3, 2022- Position is open until filled

    Find out more.

  • 02 Dec 2021 10:16 AM | Oregon Museums Association (Administrator)

    OMSI is currently seeking applicants for multiple positions, including:

    • Research and Evaluation Assistant
    • Fabricator
    • Senior Director of Brand Marketing
    • Staff Accountant

    See the OMSI careers page for more information.


  • 23 Nov 2021 12:40 PM | Oregon Museums Association (Administrator)

    Classification:   Salaried, regular full-time exempt  
    Reports To:   Curator of Education & Engagement
    Supervises:   Teen Interns and Volunteers
    Salary:   $55,000 + dependent upon experience and bilingual skills

    The Associate Curator of Education is responsible for the design, implementation and assessment of a variety of in person and virtual social studies-focused educational programs for PreK-16 students and educators. These programs will highlight the contributions, perspectives, stories and voices of diverse people throughout the High Desert with particular emphasis on centering the history and lived experiences of Black, Indigenous and People of Color and other marginalized groups in the region.

    Importantly, we recognize and honor that the qualifications required to excel in this position can come from a range of both professional and lived experiences. Below we describe what we believe to be important qualifications for a candidate to have while remaining open to the diversity of experiences that can lead to these skill sets. Position descriptions are often presented in a way that leaves qualified candidates feeling unwelcome, intimidated, uncomfortable and/or unqualified to apply. Recognizing that, we strongly encourage anyone who feels passionate about this work and believes they have what it takes to thrive in this role to apply.

    Qualifications

    • A bachelor’s degree in a field appropriate for the position, e.g. education, Indigenous/Native American studies, Ethnic Studies, anthropology, history, etc.
    • Knowledge of, passion for and commitment to teaching and learning about the history and lived experiences of Black, Indigenous and People of Color and other marginalized groups in the High Desert
    • A minimum of 2 years’ experience teaching students in grades PreK-12 in formal or informal settings
    • Experience developing interdisciplinary, inquiry-based curriculum using a culturally relevant pedagogical approach
    • Demonstrated knowledge of best practices in teaching people of all ages
    • Knowledge of, or willingness to learn about, Oregon’s K-12 social sciences standards, Senate Bill 13 Tribal History/Shared History curriculum, Oregon’s Holocaust and Other Genocides (Senate Bill 664) and Ethnic Studies and Inclusive Education (House Bill 2845)
    • Ability to communicate and work collaboratively with a diverse range of groups and institutions, including schools, museums, non-profits, and tribal nations to develop and implement educational programs
    • Understanding of, and commitment to, justice, equity, inclusion, accessibility and diversity practices
    • Excellent organizational, communication and writing skills
    • Detailed-oriented while handling multiple projects and deadlines

    Preferred Qualifications

    • Bilingual in Spanish, Ichishkiin, Kiksht or Numu
    • Working knowledge of developing and implementing informal education programs
    • Experience teaching using a digital platform
    • Valid teaching license

    The position requires some evenings and weekends, working inside and outside.

    Responsibilities and Tasks

    1. Write curriculum about the High Desert’s Indigenous history since time immemorial in collaboration with regional partners.
    2. Collaborate with Museum staff and regional partners to develop, lead and assess in person and virtual learning experiences for PreK-16 students and educators focusing on an in-depth exploration of the contributions, perspectives, stories and voices of diverse people throughout the High Desert with particular emphasis on centering the history and lived experiences of Black, Indigenous and People of Color and other marginalized groups in the region.
    3. Work with the Education & Engagement Department, regional institutions and partner organizations to develop, implement and evaluate innovative programs, including workshops and special events, aimed at engaging audiences of all ages.
    4. Work with the Exhibitions Department and community advisors to develop and implement engaging programs for all audiences in connection with the Museum’s exhibitions and permanent collections with focus on centering the history and lived experiences of Black, Indigenous and People of Color and other historically excluded groups in the region.
    5. Develop on-line supplementary educational resources, curricula, classes and activities to support museum-based programs.
    6. In collaboration with the Programs Department, develop and implement new strategic community engagement and education programs rooted in an understanding of de-colonization and anti-racism to extend our reach and deepen our impact throughout Central Oregon and beyond.
    7. Collaborate with Museum staff on the development of evaluation protocols for educational programs.
    8. Keep abreast of current educational research and best practices as related to the position.
    9. Demonstrate a positive professional presence, inspiring and building confidence both within the Museum and outside the institution among a broad range of constituencies.
    10. In coordination with the Communications Team, represent the Museum as needed in a variety of mediums, including social media, print, photography and video, in materials produced by both the Museum and by journalists sharing the story of the Museum’s work.
    11. Embrace, support, and help implement the Museum’s continued learning and commitment to justice, diversity, equity, accessibility and inclusion.
    12. Execute other duties as assigned as needed to help abide by the Museum’s values, drive our vision, and fulfill our mission

    The Museum provides an equal employment opportunity to all persons without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/transgender status, age, disability, veteran or marital status, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

    Find out more.

  • 17 Nov 2021 11:09 AM | Oregon Museums Association (Administrator)
    • Salary: $4,627.00 - $6,063.00 Monthly
    • Location: Pierce County – Tacoma, WA
    • Job Type: Full Time - Permanent
    • Department: Washington State Historical Society

    You will get to lead and supervise the work of the education and public programs team at the WSHS, focusing on interpretive programs for members and the general public, educational aspects of museum exhibitions and programming, curriculum/education resource development, school programs, and educator programs/trainings, all aimed at activating the Washington State History Museum’s exhibitions, as well as other strategic goals for the Society. This includes the management of budgets and tracking expenditures, procurement for public programs and education/curriculum, and programmatic aspects for support of the Society’s strategic goals.

     
    In this position, you will utilize knowledge of museum best practices, established by the American Alliance of Museums and work with the Director of Audience Engagement for the development and oversight of long-range program plans.  You will engage in program development, conceptualization, design, scheduling, delivery, and evaluation, together with supervision of education and programs staff whose job it is to carry out the planned programs and projects.

    Some of what you’ll enjoy doing includes:

    Develop, implement, and manage a dynamic annual schedule of public programs to support the Society’s Strategic goals and engage the public around exhibitions and significant historical and/or timely topics

    • Development, design, implementation, and evaluation of audience engagement programs for multiple audiences
    • Working with the Director of Audience Engagement, establish long-term programmatic vision as well as oversight of day-to-day operations to ensure programs are effectively reaching audiences, meeting programmatic goals, and are aligned with institutional mission
    • Evaluation of programs, in addition to research and community outreach during development
    • Preparation of contracts for consultants, performers, and services
    • Connect with diverse community groups with regards to programming plans and content
    • Establish and support ongoing collaborations and/or engage community advisory groups for individual programs/projects or larger initiatives
    • Supervise program staff and their work in support of public programs
    Develop and manage strategies for supporting history education/educators in Washington State through in-museum programs, contemporary curriculum, and educational resources.
    • Work with educators, administrators, or other educational consultants to gain advisory input. Manage the Society’s Curriculum Contractor Cohort. Work with diverse community groups to implement education strategies effectively
    • Develop educational curriculum in keeping with the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction’s Essential Academic Learning Requirements
    • Manage development and delivery of in-museum educational programs
    • Manage development and implementation of online educational resources and curriculum
    • Supervise museum education staff and their work in support of curriculum and educational resource development, school tours, and educator training
    • Prepare contracts for consultants/services
    • Give input during exhibition design processes as related to student learning
    Staff supervision and management: effective use of human resources and budgetary resources in regards to program development, delivery, and evaluation.
    • Assigning tasks to staff in line with their position and classification. Manage staff time effectively to achieve programmatic and agency goals
    • Knowledge of HR policies and collective bargaining agreement requirements
    • Supporting other supervisory staff in their supervisory duties through modeling appropriate management techniques and coaching strategies
    • Effective management of education and programs budget and departmental resources

    Find out more.

  • 20 Oct 2021 1:26 PM | Oregon Museums Association (Administrator)

    Classification: Salaried, regular full-time exempt
    Supervises: Will supervise staff as this position grows
    Salary Range: $58,000-62,000, dependent upon experience

    The High Desert Museum seeks an Exhibition Designer to create permanent and temporary mission-based exhibits. The Designer will work as part of the Exhibitions Team to create innovative, interdisciplinary exhibitions that create connection to and
    dialogue about the High Desert. The position also supports the overall visitor experience through ongoing evaluation and improvements of elements visible to visitors both inside
    the Museum and on our grounds.

    Importantly, we recognize and honor that the qualifications required to excel in this position can come from a range of both professional and lived experiences. Below we describe what we believe to be important qualifications for a candidate to have while remaining open to the diversity of experiences that can lead to these skill sets. Position descriptions are often presented in a way that leaves qualified candidates feeling unwelcome, intimidated, uncomfortable and/or unqualified to apply. Recognizing that, we strongly encourage anyone who feels passionate about this work and believes they have what it takes to thrive in this role to apply.

    Qualifications
    • A bachelor’s degree in a field appropriate for the position, e.g. graphic design, industrial design, studio arts, environmental graphics, architecture, etc.
    • At least two years of professional experience in exhibit design, and the ability to provide a professional portfolio with published work samples
    • Knowledge of the exhibition design process from concept design to installation
    • Knowledge and understanding of visitor experience standards and best practices
    • Knowledge of ADA, universal design and how to design accessible museum exhibits
    • Strong working knowledge of exhibit production techniques
    • Demonstrated ability to perform large-format printing, graphic production, fabrication and installation
    • Proficient in software applications including Adobe Creative Suite, SketchUp, MS Office, etc.
    • Experience managing budgets
    • Strong project management skills with ability to handle multiple projects, vendors and deadlines simultaneously
    • Ability to balance team and individual responsibilities; exhibit objectivity and openness to others’ views; give and welcome feedback; contribute to building a positive team spirit; ability to build morale and group commitments to goals and objectives and supports everyone’s efforts to succeed
    • Understanding of, and commitment to, justice, equity, inclusion, accessibility and diversity practices

    Preferred Experience and Skills

    • Content expertise within the areas of the Museum's mission
    • Experience working with museum collections

    Responsibilities and Tasks

    • In collaboration with the Exhibitions Team, conceptualize, develop, design, test, produce, install and maintain permanent and temporary exhibits.
    • Advocate for an excellent visitor experience by designing mission-based exhibits that are immersive, interactive and consider the diverse needs of our audiences.
    • Develop a cohesive creative plan for and execute environmental design and graphics for use in new and traveling exhibitions, digital media, museum signage and wayfinding.
    • Use computer aided design (CAD or similar) to produce detailed floorplans and drawings-to-scale of exhibition components, including furniture, cases, mounts, etc., to conservation standards.
    • Develop construction and production drawings for contractors, preparators and other vendors.
    • Present concepts for review and discussion with internal and external stakeholders.
    • Print, produce and install large-format graphics.
    • Collaborate with the Communications department on exhibition graphic identities and institutional style guides.
    • Ensure that departmental practices remain in accordance with design industry standards; employ leading design programs and stay current with technological advancements.
    • Collaborate with the Exhibitions Team to develop, manage and stay within department budgets and exhibition production timelines.
    • Ensure visitor safety and meeting and exceeding Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards through sound design and production methods.
    • Oversee production quality, supply stock and equipment upkeep.
    • Embrace, support, and help implement the Museum’s continued learning and commitment to diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion
    • Execute other duties as assigned as needed to help abide by the Museum’s values, drive our vision, and fulfill our mission

    The Museum provides an equal employment opportunity to all persons without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/transgender status, age, disability, veteran or marital status, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

    Mission

    The High Desert Museum wildly excites and responsibly teaches through innovative, interdisciplinary experiences, creating connection to and dialogue about the High Desert

    Find out more.


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