Senior Exhibit Designer


The Senior Exhibit Designer is responsible for designing and implementing temporary and permanent exhibits at Portland Children’s Museum. Working with every member of the Exhibits team, and guided by the strategic plan and our Reggio-inspired learning philosophy, the Senior Exhibit Designer will realize projects through all stages of development: piloting, schematic design, design development, prototyping, construction, fabrication, installation, and maintenance. This position will work with the Director of Exhibits to ensure that projects are done on time and on budget, and will contract with outside vendors as needed. Through a holistic and collaborative approach with the Exhibits, Facilities, and Museum Experience Departments, the Senior Exhibit Designer will serve the Museum’s mission to create transformative learning experiences through the arts and sciences. 

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Deadline 02/24/2017
Date Listed: 01/30/2017
Organization Portland Children's Museum
Web Address
Address 4015 SW Canyon Rd
City Portland
State/Prov Oregon
Country United States
Postal Code 97221
Job Status Full-Time
Exemption Status Exempt
Qualifications Skills: • Minimum Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Design, Architecture, or Exhibit Design or equivalent experience. • Proficient in museum exhibit design, children’s museum experience preferred. • Experience in designing and maintaining water play exhibits preferred. • Ability to communicate clearly verbally, in writing, and in 2D and 3D visual formats (e.g., sketching, drafting, 3D renderings, models, prototypes) for both design development and fabrication. • Proficient with 3D visualization and computer modelling and software, such as: Computer-Aided Design programs, SketchUp, Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign), and Microsoft Office. • Knowledge of construction sufficient to design for efficient fabrication. • Knowledge of early childhood development sufficient to produce developmentally appropriate designs. • Ability to read architectural floor plans and elevations as well as create space/plan layouts as well as conceptual diagrams for lay audiences. • Proven experience with managing personal work time, fabrication schedules, and budgets. • Experience working in a team environment. • Knowledge of materials that are aesthetically pleasing, durable, safe and non-toxic for children. Competencies: • Commitment to universal design and the well-being of children. • Well-developed spatial sensibilities. • Respectful and open to having many diverse voices inform and inspire the design process. • Enjoys working in a museum environment and is team oriented.
Job Responsibilities Exhibit Development and Design (70%) Works in collaboration with Exhibits team members and other departments to execute new exhibits according to the organization’s Exhibit Development Process (attached): • Exhibit Identification: Serves on development teams to identify new exhibits, or renovations of existing exhibits, aligned with and guided by the organization’s values, strategic plan, learning approach, and aesthetic standards. Contributes to a Statement of Intent that moves the project forward. • Idea Piloting: Works with other team members to pilot ideas from Statement of Intent to observe and document how children answer our invitation to interact with a material or activity. • Concept Design: Using the above information, translates best ideas from piloting into initial floor plans, elevations, sketches, and/or 3-D models to help the development team visualize possibilities and options. Offers input on development of schedules and budgets to ensure projects are completed on time and within allocated resources. • Prototyping/Final Design/Fundraising: Works with fellow team members to prototype designs to answer questions regarding exhibit operation or function. Produces final design drawings and specifications sufficient to bid construction contracts and/or initiate in-house fabrication. Produces renderings and/or models to use in fundraising. • Construction Drawings: Once funds are raised and/or bids are awarded, produces construction drawings as needed for in-house or contract fabrication, and/or works with outside vendors to ensure that their construction drawings align with exhibit intent. Exhibit Fabrication, Installation & Maintenance (20%) • Fabrication and Installation: Works with the Exhibit Fabricator to develop strategies for materials selection, exhibit construction, and installation with minimal disruption to the visitor experience. Physically builds exhibits with Exhibit Fabricator and/or assists with installation as appropriate. Supports Props Technician in incorporation, selection, design, and/or fabrication of loose parts within the exhibit. Works with Director of Exhibits to ensure that aesthetic and safety standards are maintained. • Evaluation and Maintenance: Once the exhibit is open, participates on evaluation teams to ensure that exhibit is functioning as intended. Discusses and designs improvements as needed. Assists with ongoing maintenance strategies to ensure that aesthetic, safety, and operational standards are maintained. Exhibit Documentation (10%) • Documents and archives project files in an orderly and timely fashion—before, during and after a project—using an organizational system that is clear, streamlined, and easy to access.
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Application Instructions To apply, send a cover letter, resume and a 3-page design sample (PDF format only) to For the design sample, we ask that you provide concept drawings, process work and finished photographs of projects that you’ve personally been involved with designing and/or fabricating.

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