Position Title: Exhibits Maker
Status: Full time, exempt Job
Classification: Manager, Exhibits
Job Summary: The vision of DuPage Children’s Museum is that all children reach their full unique learning potential through equitable access to hands-on play and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) based experiences. The Exhibits Maker serves a critical role in advancing the vision by modeling best practices in developing, designing, fabricating and maintaining play-based exhibits.
- Monitors the condition and functionality of DCM exhibits to ensure their availability to visitors. Develops a master plan to ensure excellent condition, maintenance, and repair of all museum exhibits; maintains a database and other files that collect and organize information about exhibit condition, warrantees, fabrication, and maintenance/repair.
- Provides regular, user-friendly transparent information about the status of exhibits to a cross-departmental lead team.
- Coordinates and performs exhibit maintenance and repairs as necessary.
- Fabricates exhibit components and signage.
- Coordinates with Exhibit Experience Team to ensure museum exhibits meet DCM’s high standard of excellence in terms of experience and functionality.
- Ensures the development of exhibit components and signage. This may include creating models; researching, ordering and/or developing devices; testing materials; building prototypes; and providing production support for necessary exhibit components and signage.
- Manages and supervises exhibit installations for in-house and off-site builds, contracted services, and traveling exhibitions.
- Acts as liaison with contract fabricators and vendors.
- Ensures the educational functionality of permanent, traveling, and temporary exhibit components.
- Manages the Museum’s fabrication and maintenance shop including safety procedures, museum tool and equipment maintenance, exhibit storage areas, and other resource materials in an appropriate and professional manner.
- Researches appropriate materials, specifications, and methods for potential fabrication.
- Responsible for inventory, ordering, maintaining, and storing of exhibit preparation supplies, equipment, and components.
- Contributes to the development and administration of the department budget to ensure budget goals are met.
- Works collaboratively with all museum staff to support the Museum’s annual strategic goals and core values.
- Other duties as assigned.
- Travel to off-site and out of town locations may be required.
- Supervised by Chief of Building & Making.
- Supervises Exhibit Maintenance Technicians and volunteers.
- Establishes and maintains productive relationships with vendors and fabricators.
- Coordinates extensively with Facility Maintenance staff, the Guest Experience Sr. Manager, the Arts & Maker Specialist, the Sr. Graphics Manager and other staff to maintain the effectiveness of DCM exhibits.
- Behaves appropriately around children and works well with diverse museum visitors.
Education and Experience:
- High school or trade school degree required; college degree, technical training and/or certification preferred.
- Five years of experience in museum, trade show, or other production shop required.
Skills and Abilities:
- Must have demonstrated skill in hand and bench work including cabinet-making, electrical wiring, painting and finishing, metalwork and other skilled tasks.
- Demonstrated knowledge of methods and materials used in museum exhibit fabrication.
- Skilled in the safe use of power tools, machine tools, and hand power tools. Knowledge of audio-visual equipment.
- Project management skills. Superior skills in organizing, determining priorities and taking initiative; willingness and ability to work toward objectives, shifting priorities when needed.
- Reads and interprets drawings and design sketches/details.
- Good organizational and communication skills.
- Ability to communicate fabrication ideas and techniques with sketches.
- Experience in cost estimating.
- Works well in a collaborative environment.
- Ability to produce computer generated detail and fabrication drawings.
- Ability to program and use a CNC machine, 3D printer, or Laser Cutter a plus.
- Basic knowledge of Word, Excel, Google Sketch Up, a must.
- Pool certification a plus.
The following abilities are required for the position: (a) Heavy physical exertion and activity will be required; (b) Bend, reach, kneel, squat, walk and climb stairs and ladders; (c) Lift and carry large/bulky items weighing up to 75 pounds; (d) Display the dexterity and motor skills necessary to perform mechanical repairs and work on a variety of machinery; (e) Work outdoors for short periods of time in hot and cold weather; (f) Communicate appropriately, clearly and verbally with museum visitors and co-workers; Comprehend and speak English with the general public and co-workers; (g) Use a keyboard and mouse to enter, retrieve or transfer words or data; (h) Tolerate dust, paint, cleaning solutions and plastic/latex.
Other: Must have a current driver’s license and reliable transportation.
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DuPage Children’s Museum
301 N. Washington St.
Naperville, IL 60540
Attn: Human Resources