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Vice President, Exhibits 

Internal Job ID: 610381
Job Title: Vice President, Exhibits - Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites
Employee Type: Full Time
Salary: $75,000 annually
Apply before: Nov. 4, 2017

Job Description
The Vice President of Exhibits plays an essential role in the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites' (ISMHS) exhibition strategy as the person responsible for the development, implementation and management of exhibition design and production as well as major exhibition-related projects. The position requires an experienced project manager who is also excellent at strategic thinking about ISMHS' exhibitions as well as attendance, audience research, and other related issues. The Vice President oversees the Exhibitions Section, which designs and implements permanent collection installations related to art, history, and natural science including redesign of the core galleries; temporary exhibitions at the museum and historic sites; and traveling exhibitions. The position will also provide overall design direction for wayfinding and public spaces in the museum building, grounds, and will work with historic sites staff as needed on their exhibition spaces and wayfinding. The position requires specialized skills and significant experience in museum exhibition design and development, including new media and AV, accessibility, and project management as well as current knowledge of broader museum, visitor experience, and design trends. Within the section, incumbent is expected to manage staff workloads, schedules, and ensure on-time completion of tasks. Incumbent is responsible for managing project budgets and timelines and is involved with strategic planning, annual budgeting, and other administrative duties for ISMHS.


Vision and Leadership

  • Oversee project management of exhibitions.
  • Oversee project management of the multi-phase core redesign and plan for its sustainability within current operating parameters.
  • Assist with the development of ISMHS' strategic plan and updates to the ISMHS Master Plans.
  • Develop and implement strategic plan for the Exhibitions Department in concert with the Chief Officer of Engagement and Vice President of Education, Programming, and Interns.
  • Manage exhibition and major exhibition related project teams; develop and maintain project timelines, budgets, and fact sheets in concert with project advocates.
  • Maintain the exhibition and major projects schedule for ISMHS.
  • Manage design and development of in-house, traveling and loaned exhibitions overseeing budget, design, production, media and interactive development, and project management in concert with Exhibition Production staff and relevant curatorial, collections and interpretive staff.
  • Work with museum and historic sites staff to implement exhibition program statewide at the sites.
  • Oversee wayfinding and the overall aesthetic unity of the museum's public spaces and functionality of the museum's signage.
  • Further ISMHS' efforts to be physically accessible to all visitors and provide leadership in creating exhibitions that can be fully experienced by all.
  • Support development and fundraising efforts related to exhibitions.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.

Community and Support Organizations

  • Provide design and production support for outreach initiatives.
  • Develop contacts with peers at other museums to keep current on exhibition design trends.

Operations and Supervision

  • Manage design of in-house projects in support of other departments as needed.
  • Work closely with contractors and other outside partners on the core redesign. 
  • Supervise staff members including:  training, management, budgeting, implementation of procedures and presentation techniques.  
  • Supervise Director of Exhibit Production, Director of Exhibition Design, Exhibition Developer, and Creative Technologies staff.
  • Coordinate accurate processing of all personnel actions for the Exhibition section, including personnel paperwork and disciplinary actions, following consultation with the Chief Officer of Engagement
  • Develop Exhibitions section position descriptions and recruit staff.
  • Conduct employee evaluations and workplan development, providing regular feedback and review and adhering to the appraisal schedule, accuracy of forms and proper processing for all Exhibitions employees.
  • Manage, coordinate, schedule work and completion of exhibition and display projects in consultation with the Director of Exhibit Production, Director of Exhibition Design, and Creative Technologies staff.
  • Consult with Exhibitions staff to prepare and monitor the section's project and biennial budget request, including any relevant CRR and PM budgets. The incumbent is responsible for monitoring the expenditures of each department within the section and assisting department heads in budget management.

Preferred Experience

  • Master's degree in Design, Studio Art, Construction Management, or a related field with ten years applicable experience. Museum experience is required.
  • Five years’ experience in management.
  • Extensive project management experience, preferably related to museum exhibitions.
  • Experience with exhibition design and production.
  • Familiarity with AV and media used in museum applications.
  • Familiarity with ADA and accessibility requirements.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to plan, assign and supervise work of others.
  • Ability to work well in teams and to motivate others.
  • Must be self-motivated with a personal commitment to excellence.
  • Must be highly organized and able to prioritize.
  • Professional knowledge, skills and experience to perform the duties of the job.
  • Requires maintaining competency in essential areas, applying of current exhibition techniques and giving sound advice and expert assistance

Equal Employment Opportunity:

The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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