Purpose/ Summary: The Exhibit Developer works within a collaborative team to conceptualize, develop, design, prototype and install innovative, engaging and impactful experiences for Science Center guests using a variety of platforms. This includes handling all aspects of assigned projects from sourcing appropriate hardware and software solutions, building and testing prototypes, to the creation of training and maintenance documents.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
- Participate within a collaborative, cross-disciplinary development team to formulate the optimal experience strategy for each exhibit project, including evaluating content direction and execution.
- Create high-quality interactive experiences via an iterative prototyping process. Responsible for conception, development, design, fabrication and/or coding and installation of the final product. Program or customize software to implement different digital platforms for content delivery and/or work with outside producers to ensure final production meets design standards. Ensures the best guest experience by building and testing prototypes or models and actively participating in the evaluation process.
- Responsible for researching and assimilating a wide variety of science-based topics and then facilitating the translation of this information for a general audience.
- Foster relationships with internal and external stakeholders to generate and evaluate hands-on (or interactive) opportunities for guest experiences. Prepare exhibit descriptions and fact sheets for internal and external communication, and interface with all departments, project teams, subcontractors, and partners to ensure all aspects of the exhibit process are completed on time and within budget and agreed upon guidelines.
- Articulate ideas for interactive components via drawings, storyboards, schematics and/or written descriptions. Create source lists, gather and/or generate estimates for fabrication time and cost. Responsible for creating final documentation for completed interactives which includes, but is not limited to, source code, screen shots, digital assets, photos and video, operating and maintenance instructions, trouble-shooting information and final parts/vendors information.
- As needed, support Exhibit Operations team in troubleshooting and maintaining existing exhibits.
- Assist project management by participating in future proposal development; providing bid information and developing timelines and costs; researching and recommending hardware and software solutions based on durability, maintenance and user interface; keeping accurate records for all financial transactions and processing all financial paperwork in a timely and organized manner. Maintain an organized, professional and secure workspace. Keeps inventory for and oversees maintenance of equipment, and tracks and updates software used in experience development.