Director of Exhibits

New Orleans, LA Full-time

The National WWII Museum in New Orleans is currently seeking a Director of Exhibits. The Director of Exhibits is responsible for the maintenance and planned upgrade of the National WWII Museum’s permanent exhibits, the long term planning and daily management of the Museum’s Traveling Exhibit Program, and the design, fabrication, and installation aspects of the Museum’s special exhibits. The position supervises the Exhibits Department staff directly and manages vendors, fabricators, installers, hired labor and volunteers as part of the exhibits process. The Director of Exhibits participates in the selection of special exhibit subjects and will work closely with the other Museum departments, stake holders, and partners to develop, design and field projects in the Museum’s two special exhibit galleries. The National WWII Museum is expanding a robust traveling exhibit program in order to provide access and educate the public about America’s role in WWII by bringing compelling exhibits to venues across the country. The Director of Exhibits will work closely with other Museum leaders and outside partners to develop, market, and field these exhibits. Finally, with the imminent completion of the National WWII Museum’s last pavilion, the Director of Exhibits is responsible for the daily maintenance, and life-cycle upgrade of permanent exhibits across the campus.

This position will report to the Vice President of Education and Access.

Specific job responsibilities include the following:

  • Responsible for the leadership and professional development of the Exhibits Department staff, assigned interns, and management of volunteers.
  • In coordination with other Museum departments and outside vendors, responsible for the emergency repair, preventive maintenance, and life-cycle planning for the Museum’s permanent exhibits.
  • As part of the content team, plays an important role in the planning, production, and coordination of special and temporary exhibits with a special emphasis on exhibit design, fabrication, and installation.
  • Develop and manage Exhibit Department budgets, contracts, project schedules and vendor relationships.
  • Expand and develop the Traveling Exhibit Program with the intent to establish the Museum as an important source for compelling exhibits for museums across the country; to advance the Museum’s goal to educate the American public and to be the most trusted source for WWII content.
  • Work with other departments and stakeholders in the pursuit of funds from grants, sponsors, and donors to support the Museum’s exhibits and associated programs.
  • Carry out other tasks and projects as assigned by the VP of Education and Access.

The ideal candidate will have a Bachelor’s degree (Master’s degree preferred) in Industrial Design, Architecture, Graphic Design, Fine Arts, History, Museum Science or related field; a minimum of five years experience in exhibit design, fabrication, and installation; experience in leadership and administrative management of teams - including personnel management, project planning and management, and budget management; demonstrated skill with design and drafting software such as: AutoCAD, Vectorworks, Sketchup Adobe InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator; the willingness to travel and work outside of normal Museum operating hours as needed to design, fabricate, install, repair and maintain permanent, temporary, and traveling exhibits; and the ability to meet physical demands required for the creation of exhibits including the ability to lift, carry and place supplies and exhibit components on shelves, including overhead, up to 50 pounds without assistance, ability to climb ladders up to 12 feet, and to safely operate power tools.

Some domestic and international travel will be required.

Letter of application with resume / CV requested by January 31, 2021, but will be accepted until position is filled.

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