The Utah Department of Cultural & Community Engagement is looking for an Exhibit Program Manager for the newly created Museum of Utah. The museum is the first State Museum to focus on Utah’s history and culture and projected to open in August of 2024. This is a Time Limited (TL) benefited position (up to 40 hours per week) with the intent to transition to a permanent Career Service, Schedule B position under the structure of the new Museum of Utah in 2-3 years.
As the Exhibit Program Manager you will typically:
- Work closely with the Museum of Utah Project Manager, exhibit design team, collections team and stakeholders to develop permanent exhibits and temporary exhibit galleries for the new museum.
- Work closely with the Museum Administration and the curatorial/education teams on development of temporary exhibits. Develop project timelines and oversee all phases of exhibition planning and execution. Manage the exhibition schedule and coordinate with other stakeholders, including Facilities, security, communications, Events and Public Programming. Organize regular exhibition meetings to discuss layout and installation development with curatorial team and other stakeholders.
- Work with museum staffs statewide and the museum education team to develop collaborative exhibitions that reflect and highlight statewide museum collections and programs.
Manage exhibition graphic design from concept development to installation finalization. Develop or coordinate execution of all gallery graphics and digital media installations.
- Manage bidding and deliver of outsourced exhibition tasks, including contractors.
- Supervise the Exhibition Program Coordinators; oversee exhibition construction, mount-making, installation and de-installation.
- Prepare and monitor exhibition budgets.
- Manage inventory of exhibition supplies.
- Collaborate with Communications and Marketing/Education Programs staff, in advance of exhibitions to help promote them and to develop appropriate interpretive material. Contribute to docent training about new exhibitions.
- Coordinate long-term projects, such as creating new manuals, organizing exiting materials and establishing protocols for archiving exhibitions.
- Collaborate with museum education team and other staff on planning and implementing museum-focused public programs.
- Collaborate with the Capitol Preservation Board staff on exhibition development.
The ideal person for this position has these traits and characteristics:
- Experience managing the execution of projects from inception to completion along with developing timelines, milestones and related reporting.
- Ability to gather institution-wide stakeholders, assets and create team members to complete projects with efficiency
- Ability to collaboratively work with project management team to ensure priorities are agreed upon and adjust workload and deliverables accordingly.
- Ability to acquire a deep understanding of the Museum, of Utah’s institution-wide goals and carry them throughout projects.
- A commitment to Universal, human-centered and sustainable design.
- Ability to collaborate with all museum teams to identify and evaluate inefficiencies.
- Knowledge and experience with best practices in developing and maintaining museum exhibits.
- Experience in designing and fabricating museum exhibits using relevant design and project management software.
- Experience evaluating the feasibility of exhibit plans.
- Experience managing budgets.
- Possess a diplomatic nature with strong negotiating skills.
- Ability to make time sensitive and critical decisions.
- Comfortable in a deadline-driven environment.
- Possess excellent written and verbal communication skills.
- Positive and energetic perspective.
- Ability to attract and collaborate with external partners in developing and evaluating exhibits.
Preference may be given to those with significant experience in managing cultural exhibition projects and/or demonstrated specific design (graphic/architectural/media, etc) or fabrication skills (carpentry/metalworking, etc).
Why You Should Join Our Team
The Utah Department of Cultural & Community Engagement isn’t just another state agency. The programs we manage and the services we provide are the heart and soul of Utah. By working with local arts agencies, historical societies, volunteer organizations, libraries, museums, and other state and federal agencies, as well as the state’s many indigenous and minority groups, the professionals in our department improve the lives of individuals and communities throughout Utah.
The department provides a fast paced, collaborative, and energetic work environment that supports employees in balancing work and home life. We actively encourage flexible work schedules and telecommuting options where it makes sense, as well as participation in exercise and mass transit programs.
Consider joining the Cultural & Community Engagement team for a rewarding public service experience.
As a benefited employee of the Department Cultural & Community Engagement, you will receive great health and retirement benefits. Click here to view a summary of the benefits we offer. We also provide generous paid time off so you can spend more time with your family and have a positive work-life balance. You will work on important public policy issues to benefit state residents.
For more information about the Department of Cultural & Community Engagement and the Museum of Utah, click here.
- Risks found in the typical office setting, which is adequately lighted, heated and ventilated, e.g., safe use of office equipment, avoiding trips and falls, observing fire regulations, etc.
- Typically, the employee may sit comfortably to perform the work; however, there may be some walking; standing; bending; carrying light items; driving an automobile, etc. Special physical demands are not required to perform the work.