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07-18-2013, 06:59 AM
Exhibition Designer

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Peabody Essex Museum

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Salem, Massachusetts, 01970, United States


July 17, 2013

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7-10 Years

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Job Description

The Peabody Essex Museum (PEM), one of the most dynamic art museums in the nation, is seeking a highly talented Exhibition Designer to join the Exhibition Design Department.
The Museum is adding approximately 75,000 square feet of new galleries, including an additional 15,000 square feet of changing exhibitions, expanded public program and education space, essential improvements to collections storage, conservation functions, and a new restaurant. The expansion will support an even more dynamic changing exhibition program and innovative new installations for PEM’s global collection. Visit www.PEM.org (http://www.pem.org/).
Reporting to the Director of Exhibition Design, the Exhibition Designer will work collaboratively with the Design Department and other departments to develop, design, and implement changing exhibitions, installation work, and gallery rotations, including design initiatives related to the PEM’s expansion project.
PEM seeks an individual with experience in the museum exhibition-design development process from concept through final design. Candidates should provide a portfolio evidencing highly creative, innovative, even theatrical design that involves the visitor emotionally and intellectually. The designer should have a track record of dynamic and refined installations, and must be versed in the integration of lighting and media technologies, immersive and/or theatrical techniques, and the ability to work on various projects simultaneously. Must have a demonstrated interest in and ability to engage in interpretive discussions and create nuanced visitor experiences. He/she must possess a strong ability to communicate and present designs effectively (visually and orally) to management and donors, curators, educators, design consultants, and preparators; and to establish respectful interaction across departments. The Designer will be expected to bring substantive, innovative design/interpretive ideas to the table early in the exhibition-planning process, as well as to welcome feedback and incorporate requested changes as exhibitions develop.

How to Apply
Nominations welcome. EOE. Apply in confidence. Email résumé (Word document preferred); cover letter with salary expectations; an edited portfolio of five relevant projects, and a list of three references with contact information to retained search firm: Marilyn Hoffman, Museum Search & Reference at SearchandRef@museum-search.com by August 12, 2013.

Job Requirements

The position requires a BA in a design field such as exhibition, architectural, graphic, theatrical, or industrial design, or a relevant combination of education and experience; a minimum of five years of experience in a fast-paced work environment, preferably in a museum or design office; knowledge of visitor circulation, pacing, safety, and environmental psychology; and a working knowledge of fabrication materials, techniques and specialties such as casework, mount-making, and safety and conservation practices. Must be technically savvy, with practical knowledge of a variety of design software programs on a Mac platform – VectorWorks, Renderworks, SketchUp, Adobe CS6 and Microsoft Office software.