Exhibit Developer

Company Name: 

San Diego Museum of Man


1350 El Prado
San Diego, CA 92101

Contact Name: 

Janice Rougas





Job Description: 

Job Title: Exhibit Developer                                                  Date: January, 2019

Reports to: Sr. Exhibit Developer                                         Employment Status: Full-Time/Non-Exempt

Hourly Rate: $20.00-$22.00

The San Diego Museum of Man's mission is to inspire human connections by exploring the human experience. We aim to hold a space for discourse on topics that matter and a place where we keep the fun in profundity. The Museum, housed in an architectural gem at the heart of Balboa Park, is open 362 days each year. Our staff demonstrates great flexibility, generosity, kindness, humor, excellent judgment, and attention to detail. We love our community, our visitors and our team! Commitment to a team approach is a must and a clear perspective is appreciated. If you like being around hard-working, welcoming, appreciative idealists with no shortage of opinions, please join us. Be part of making our community better by working in a museum that aims to be part of the solution.

Description: Exhibit Developer

The Exhibit Developer, in collaboration with the Exhibits Department, assists in developing content for our temporary and permanent exhibitions, developing exhibit story lines, and organizing exhibit themes. The Exhibit Developer researches subject matter on diverse topics and, as directed by the Sr. Exhibit Developer, participates in substantive conversations with subject-matter experts.

You’ll be part of a highly collaborative exhibits team working to develop, design, fabricate, and install exhibits that are fun, informative, profound, and unexpected. You’ll also work closely with community partners to develop exhibits that reflect their knowledge and narratives.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Reporting to the Sr. Exhibit Developer, the Exhibit Developer is expected to work collaboratively with individuals throughout SDMoM and perform the following:

  • Assist with research, development, interpretation, and writing of content of permanent and temporary exhibitions.
  • As directed by the Sr. Exhibit Developer, conduct primary topic research for exhibits, including but not limited to literature reviews and consultation with outside subject matter experts.
  • Participate in dialogue sessions with community partners to determine their particular needs and goals for community-centric exhibitions.
  • Assist with authoring and editing exhibit labels, visitor handouts, and other interpretative materials.
  • Research, develop and test interactive activities; Conduct visitor research and evaluations.
  • Participate in the grant writing process as requested.
  • Serve on internal committees as assigned.
  • Ability to discuss and present the development of exhibits to others, including donors and trustees.
  • Ensure frequent contact with Sr. Exhibit Developer to: determine workflow priorities, identify potential problem areas needing immediate or future attention, participate as an actively supportive member of the exhibits team, and be willing to share knowledge as well as learn new skills from others.

Experience, Education, or Skills Required:

  • Bachelor’s degree in exhibit development, museum studies, museum education, anthropology or a related field; or equivalent experience.
  • Minimum 1-2 years of experience in developing highly engaging, interactive, visitor focused exhibits.
  • Experience liaising with diverse communities, establishing trust and creating opportunities for open dialogue and interaction.
  • Excellent writing, editing and grammar skills.
  • Strong ability to research subject matter and understand basic concepts in humanities and arts and sciences.
  • Ability to relate effectively with people of various cultural backgrounds, levels of education and experience.
  • Proficiency in Word, Excel.
  • Ability to communicate complex ideas with a wide range of audiences.
  • Familiarity with literature related to informal learning, visitor evaluation and museum exhibition development.
  • Audio/video production experience, including drafting scripts and directing performers, a plus.
  • Good interpersonal skills and the ability to work in a creative and collaborative environment.
  • Self-motivated; able to work individually without close supervision within tight deadlines. Able to coordinate with a small team to accomplish well-defined objectives.

ADA Notations:

  • Regular sitting, standing, walking, climbing stairs, balancing, crouching, stooping, and communication (talking/hearing).
  • Ability to lift and carry large/bulky items weighing up to 25 pounds.
  • Ability to move between all areas of the museum, some of which are widely spaced on uneven terrain and require climbing stairs.
  • Vision requirements include close vision and ability to adjust focus.
  • Noise conditions range from quiet to moderate noise.

How to Apply:

The San Diego Museum of Man is an equal opportunity employer and a drug free workplace. Please send a cover letter and resume to Recruiting@museumofman.org with “Exhibit Developer” and your first initial and last name in the subject line.