Exhibition Designer

Natural History Museum Los Angeles , CA 90009

Posted 2 months ago

Exhibition Designer

The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County was the first museum in L.A. to open its doors 106 years ago and is poised for an exciting new era as it plans for the future. Having recently completed a new strategic framework, the Natural History Museums of Los Angeles Countyincluding NHM at Exposition Park, La Brea Tar Pits and museum in mid-Wilshire, and the William S. Hart Museum in Newhallis looking forward to new building projects and campaigns, exhibitions, community outreach, and innovative audience engagement.

The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County is seeking an Exhibition Designer for our Exhibition department. The Exhibition Designer is responsible for creating inspired design solutions, from schematic design to installation, for exhibit environments and interactives within the Natural History Museum, The La Brea Tar Pits (Page Museum), and The Hart Museum.

The Designer/Detailer works within a project team to develop, document, and execute all design-related components of gallery installations, in particular drawings of prototypes and construction documents. The Exhibit Designer and is accountable for working with other designers within a team environment, adhering to project schedules, obtaining design bids, and consulting with fabricators to create construction documents for temporary exhibitions and a mobile museum exhibition truck. It is an exciting time as we embark on new journeys of becoming a museum of, for, and with L.A.

Responsibilities for this position include, but are not limited to:
1.Provides operational coordination between exhibition design and fabrication technicians as well as with other staff, volunteers, work study students, interns, and contractors as needed.
2.Coordinates and participates in all Exhibition Technician design related projects in coordination with other Exhibition Staff members.
3.Works with senior members of the Exhibits Department, Registrar's Office, Conservation, Research and Collections, and Operations to prioritize and coordinate design deliverables.
4.Manages and budgets for existing exhibits and graphic needs in regards to new build and maintenance projects, as required. Designs and produces exhibit documentation, coordinates exhibit project management; and ensures a collaborative process of exhibit development with interdisciplinary teamsincluding museum exhibits staff, educators, curators, registrars, collections staff and outside consultants. Working with the Director, Senior Manager and/or Supervisor to create exhibition design materials from schematic to installation.
5.Participates in the prototyping, scheduling, and installation of exhibitions. Is available as representative during installation periods, and is responsive to installation schedules as needed.
6.As needed, engages and oversees outside vendors on fabrication/install of exhibition components.

This position has the following requirements:

  • Position requires three years of experience in designing and developing exhibitions and installations, or similar. Requires an understanding of design fabrication and experience, a strong ability to multi-task, ability to visualize and present a design concept, and an understanding of multiple design disciplines and how they may be integrated into a branded gallery environment.

  • Bachelor's degree required in architecture, exhibit, graphic, environmental or product design, or a related field; three years practical field experience considered in lieu of relevant major.

  • Must be familiar with different production, construction and fabrication methods and material applications within the exhibit and display fields. This experience should include, but not be limited to, methods and technical knowledge of large scale graphics, metal work, mill work, mounts, lighting, multi- media and audio-visual production.

  • Knowledge of Vectorworks and SketchUp, also, ideally, Adobe Creative Suite.

  • Experience designing mobile museum exhibitions or hands-on environments, ideally for young children, in a setting that sees repeated and heavy use.

  • Ideating, designing, troubleshooting, and testing physical interactives as part of a rapid prototyping process.

The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County is especially interested in candidates whose background and experience have prepared them to contribute to our commitment to engagement and inclusion at culturally diverse audiences in museum and in sciences.

The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County is seeking applicants who have demonstrated experience and commitment working with a diverse community. Salary is commensurate with experience plus excellent benefits. This is a full time temporary, non-exempt position.

A cover letter, current resume, and list of 3-4 references are required for all applicants. Review of applications begins immediately and continues until position is filled. Interested candidates please visit www.nhm.org/jobs and click the link of the position for which you are interested or go directly to the online application.

The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County is an Equal Opportunity Employer.



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