Exhibit Production Manager

New Orleans, LA Full-time
The National WWII Museum is an EEO employer - M/F/Vets/Disabled

The National WWII Museum is currently seeking an Exhibit Production Manager.  Reporting to the Director of Exhibits, this position is responsible for the daily care and upkeep of permanent exhibit components as well as exhibition production, installation, and de-installation of both temporary exhibitions and long-term installations. 

 Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Permanent Exhibits:

  • Evaluate, refurbish, modify, and improve existing permanent exhibits in collaboration with the Director of Exhibits.
  • Conduct preventative and routine maintenance and repairs on all permanent exhibits.  Where possible, effect immediate repairs and assess the need for changes in design or materials.  When required, acquire parts, equipment, or external expertise to assist in effecting repairs.
  • Create and maintain exhibit task list database or spreadsheet in collaboration with the Director of Exhibits.
  • Develop and administer budgets for temporary exhibit production and permanent exhibit maintenance in coordination with the Director of Exhibits.

 Special Exhibits

  • Plan, schedule, and coordinate the fabrication, construction, and / or production of temporary exhibitions and long-term installations including exhibit walls, cases, scenic display, multi-media presentations, and interactives.
  • Construct and install museum exhibit structures and other elements using a range of materials and tools / equipment.
  • Participate in finish and detail work on exhibit environments.
  • Act as liaison with facilities, security, AV, contractors, and vendors.
  • Coordinate and participate in installation and de-installation of temporary exhibitions.


  • Bachelor’s degree in art, design, architecture, or related field from an accredited college, or equivalent work experience.
  • A minimum of five years of related work experience, preferably in a museum environment.
  • Familiarity with modern production tools (CNC routers, 3D printers, laser cutters, etc.) preferred, but not required, along with basic use of CAD software to submit production drawings for review.
  • Ability to work with hand tools and power tools to fabricate and maintain museum exhibits; knowledge of carpentry, welding, and paint / scenic production.
  • Demonstrated skill in developing and installing special exhibitions including wall, platform, and case construction.
  • Excellent problem-solving and critical thinking skills.
  • Strong oral, written, and visual communication skills as well as strong organizational skills.
  • Must be detail-oriented and have good hand-eye coordination for performing precise tasks.
  • Must be able to lift, carry, and place objects on shelves, including overhead, up to 50 pounds without assistance.

 In addition to offering competitive wages, the Museum’s benefits package includes:

  • Medical insurance – 2 plan options; Museum pays 75% of premium
  • Dental and vision insurance
  • Flexible spending account
  • 401(k) – Museum matches 50% of employee contribution up to 6%; employer contribution full vested after 3 years of employment
  • Life insurance and AD&D - $15,000 policy employer paid; additional life and AD&D available
  • Long term disability insurance
  • Paid vacation and sick leave, 10 paid holidays per year
  • Free parking
  • Tuition assistance and professional development
  • Employee assistance program

 The National WWII Museum is an equal opportunity employer and seeks diversity in its workforce.  We are dedicated to a policy of non-discrimination in employment on any basis including race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws.  Consistent with the Americans with Disabilities Act, applicants may request accommodations needed to participate in the application process.

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