Exhibits & Programs Developer

Company Name: 

Tillamook County Pioneer Museum

Job Description: 

Full Job Description

Job Title:

Exhibits & Program Developer



FLSA Status:

Full-time, Exempt


The Exhibits/Program Developer, under the direction of the Executive Director, is responsible for the planning and development of exhibits and related programs in the assigned exhibition spaces of the museum. The Developer will be responsible for delivering an engaging, personal, and memorable experience by leading the creative design and overall coordination of exhibitions and of specific interactive and multimedia components within. Additionally, they will develop and implement public programs, outreach, education, and community events at the museum, Kilchis Point Reserve, and occasionally in classrooms or community spaces. They will work in collaboration with the exhibits committee, consultants, content experts, and fabricators. The Developer will work with an array of graphics, multimedia, tactile elements, artifacts, hands-on interactives, and other supporting elements and will draw from educational and museum best practices as well as community knowledge and involvement to inform their work.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities


  • Manage the development and completion of the exhibition experience for the exhibition spaces of TCPM.
  • Work with Exhibits Committee to develop a multi-year interpretive plan.
  • Plan, develop, and deliver exhibits that support the interpretive plan.
  • Collaborate with and coordinate design consultants, fabricators, construction managers, and all assigned internal team participants to successfully design and implement the exhibition program.
  • Collaborate with staff to develop and launch engaging public programs that support exhibitions and the interpretive plan.
  • Work with staff to conduct formal and informal audience research.
  • Write and edit engaging/informative exhibit text and programs.
  • Ensure that exhibits are experientially engaging and scientifically/historically accurate.
  • Manage exhibit budget as assigned by supervisor.

Education/Outreach/Community Events/Other

  • Develop, plan, and implement community events such as “great speakers’ series” and cemetery tours.
  • Foster exhibit and event partnerships with other organizations
  • Develop educational and outreach goals for the museum.
  • Create and conduct educational programs both at museum properties and in classrooms.
  • Work with educators to ensure programs meet curriculum guidelines.
  • Work with other staff to schedule education groups at museum properties.
  • Attend staff meetings, training, and workshops.
  • Work on other tasks or on other collaborative teams as needed and as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Ability to work well with others, including diverse personalities of museum visitors and volunteers.
  • Knowledge of and experience in STEAM-based education and free-choice learning.
  • Practice good organizational and time management skills.
  • Be flexible and able to meet challenges as they arise.
  • Adaptable and willing to work in many different capacities.
  • Willingness to get to know and work with community audience and partner organizations
  • “Go-getter” attitude with a proactive work approach.
  • Competent in museum best practices.
  • Ability to communicate effectively in English. Spanish language fluency is also a benefit.
  • Ability to work with little supervision, and bring an innovative approach to the work environment.

Education, Experience, and Qualifications

  • Associate or Bachelor's degree in anthropology, history, arts, or museum studies preferred or 4 years equivalent experience.
  • Experience with exhibit design, development, and installation.
  • Experience with handling and exhibiting artifacts.
  • Experience in outreach and education.
  • Strong verbal and written communicative skills.
  • Must have reliable transportation and be able to travel for training and other business-related purposes.
  • Must possess a current valid Driver's License.


Starting salary of $36,000-$40,000 per year for a full-time schedule is commensurate with experience. Additionally, full-time employees receive paid vacation and sick leave, 11 paid holidays (including one personal day), health insurance coverage, and a retirement plan.

To Apply

Please submit a cover letter, resume/CV, and three professional/educational references to director@tcpm.org. The application deadline is May 15, 2022.

Equal Opportunity Employer Statement

The Tillamook County Pioneer Museum (TCPM) is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. We prohibit discrimination and harassment of any kind based on race, color, sex, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, genetic information, pregnancy, or any other protected characteristic as outlined by federal, state, or local laws.


This policy applies to all employment practices within our organization, including hiring, recruiting, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, leave of absence, compensation, benefits, training, and apprenticeship. TCPM makes hiring decisions based solely on qualifications, merit, and business needs at the time.


About Tillamook County Pioneer Museum

TCPM contains a collection of over 55,000 artifacts, including objects in storage at the museum and two additional storage facilities. We maintain five separate properties, including Kilchis Point Reserve, a 200-acre wetland along Tillamook Bay with an interpretive walking trail. We strive to serve both the community and visitors to the North Oregon Coast. The right candidate for this position will help us maintain our mission to “… preserve and interpret the Natural and Cultural Heritage of the North Oregon Coast and to foster appreciation and respect of the [same].”