Exhibition Coordinator - Cape Fear Museum, Wilmington, NC

  • 07 Nov 2017 12:43 PM
    Message # 5574658

    This is an exciting time to work at Cape Fear Museum of History and Science. We are seeking an Exhibits Coordinator to be part of our growing organization and to help guide aspects of the Museum's newly adopted strategic plan. This is a unique opportunity for an imaginative, creative, and experienced museum professional to work on initiatives including exhibit renovations and the development of pop-up exhibits and interactives. The Coordinator has primary responsibility for developing exhibit design, graphics, layout and identity.  In addition, the coordinator will manage and maintain existing installations and supervise exhibit staff.

    A department of New Hanover County, Cape Fear Museum collects, preserves and interprets objects relating to the history, science, and cultures of the Lower Cape Fear. The Museum makes those objects and their interpretation available to the public through educational exhibitions and programs.

    Essential Duties

    • Develops exhibit designs with team members, leads design process from conceptual and schematic design to design development to construction to installation and post-construction evaluation.
    • Oversees the production of exhibit graphic design, digital and print materials to include designing, editing, printing and mounting; acquires and administers contracts for these services.
    • Develops and/or facilitates the creation of hands-on exhibit interactives including low-tech and high-tech digital components; recommends equipment purchases, develops, and implements polices for new exhibits.
    • Supervises staff to include prioritizing and assigning work; conducting performance evaluations; ensuring staff is trained; and making hiring, termination, and disciplinary recommendations.
    • Manages activities involving in-house, traveling and mobile exhibitions to include overseeing scheduling, contract negotiations and payment arrangements; shipping; packing/unpacking; setting up/taking down exhibits; and choosing among display alternatives to maximize the quality of visitors' experience.

    Knowledge and Skills

    Knowledge of ADA requirements and OSHA regulations; museum exhibit techniques; museum practices, protocol and ethics; basic artifact preservation and conservation principles; exhibit preparation and execution; design and graphic design principles; security practices; basic budget principles; lighting principles and industry updates; construction and building maintenance principles; print media and materials; supervisory principles; and project management principles.

    Skilled in using computers and applicable software, including graphic design and 3D layout software; using hand and power tools; using various office equipment; fabricating display materials; researching information; writing articles and reports; producing printed materials; managing multiple projects; preparing long-range plans; directing the work of others; supervising and evaluating performance.; organizing and prioritizing work assignments; establishing and maintaining effective working relationships; providing customer service; and communication, interpersonal skills as applied to interaction with coworkers, supervisor, the general public, etc. sufficient to exchange or convey information and to receive work direction.

    Necessary Software Skills
    • Adobe Creative Cloud
    • SketchupPro and/or Vectorworks and/or AutoCAD and/or 3D Studio Max

     Licenses and Certifications Preferred, but Not Required
    • Adobe Certified Associate (ACA)
    • National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ)
    • Certified Fire Protection Specialist (CFPS)
    • OSHA Construction Safety & Health Training
    • Valid NC Driver's License

     Minimum Qualifications

    Bachelor's Degree in Graphic Design, Art History, Industrial Design, or a related field . Three years of progressively responsible supervisory and exhibit design experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.


    Valid NC Driver's License

    Other Information

    Hours:  8AM-5PM weekdays; must be available for special events and during emergency situations

    The hiring range for this position is $ 48,508 - $55,000 Annually

    Priority consideration will be given to applicants that apply by Monday, November 13th.

    Applicants are required to thoroughly complete the on-line application and must attach a cover letter, resume, and one example of an exhibit design from applicant's portfolio in the "attachments" section.  

    Founded in 1898 by the United Daughters of the Confederacy, Cape Fear Museum of History and Science became a department of New Hanover County in 1977. The Museum collects, preserves, and interprets objects relating to the history, science, and cultures of the Lower Cape Fear. Cape Fear Museum's collection consists of over 56,000 artifacts catalogued in Proficio collections database. Approximately 1,000 objects are on long term display. The Museum building is approximately 40,000 square feet with over 50% of square footage is for public use – exhibits, classrooms, lobbies, and amenities. Cape Fear Stories exhibit provides an overview of the region's history, cultures, and related science from prehistory through the end of the 20th century. The 10,000 square foot exhibition educates visitors through artifacts, hands-on activities, graphics, models, vignettes, and interpretive text. Children and adults explore STEM concepts in Space Place and the ecosystems of the Cape Fear area through hands-on components in the Michael Jordan Discovery Gallery. Changing exhibits rotate offerings several times per year. Current exhibits include Photographs by Hugh Morton: An Uncommon Retrospective. Visitors enjoy workshops, lectures, and performances in the Museum's Williston Auditorium, which seats up to 120 adults. Within the auditorium, an exhibit honors local African American graduates from Williston High School. Educators provide curriculum-based, hands-on school programs to approximately 18,000 students in a 50mile radius. The Museum hosts a number of school events each year including the National History Day regional competition. The Museum offers family programs weekly and a variety of annual events including Mystery at the Museum and Star Party. In 2015, the Museum transformed a parking lot into a community park that features interactive exhibits, native plant gardens and a host of educational programs throughout the year. Museum operations are governed by the elected county commissioners who appoint a 12-member citizens advisory board that is responsible for policy development, advising about programs and operations, and promoting the Museum's mission throughout the community. Cape Fear Museum Associates, Inc. is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) whose purpose is to solicit and receive contributions and donations for Cape Fear Museum. They ensure the success of Cape Fear Museum through fundraising, programs, membership and community awareness.

    Generous paid leave; 11-12 paid holidays; excellent medical, dental, employee assistance program, and long term disability insurance; local government retirement; elective supplemental insurance including short-term disability, vision, and voluntary term life; local government retirement; 401(k) & deferred compensation.  To obtain more details about our benefits, click here.

    AgencyNew Hanover County

    Address 230 Government Center Drive - Suite 135

    Wilmington, North Carolina, 28403.


    Website http://www.nhcgov.com/HR/Pages/JobOpportunities.aspx