DIRECTOR OF EXHIBITIONS

Organization: 
Please Touch Museum
Position Details
Opening Date: 
Mon, 06/18/2018
Program Summary: 
Please Touch Museum, the Children’s Museum of Philadelphia (PTM) was founded in 1976 and was the first children’s museum to focus exclusively on young children ages birth to seven. PTM is multidisciplinary, providing exhibits and programs in the visual and performing arts, including theater, music and dance, literacy, humanities, math and science. PTM’s exhibits are themed environments that are hands-on and interactive helping children to learn, develop and practice the skills and social skills they need to be ready for and successful in school and in future careers. The mission of Please Touch Museum is to change a child’s life as they discover the power of learning through play. In 2008 PTM moved to Memorial Hall in Fairmount Park, a National Historic Landmark Building built for the 1876 Centennial Exhibition.
Position Summary: 
The Director of Exhibitions (DOE), reporting to the Chief Engagement Officer will project manage (people, budgets and schedules), develop and design (in a collaborative team environment) and manage the implementation (fabrication, installation, and continued maintenance of) the physical environments and visitor experiences (exhibitions). Responsibilities include the creation, facilitation and execution of contemporary and responsive practice. Working collaboratively internally, with staff and leadership, as well as externally with local and, at times, national and international communities (neighborhood to ACM to international partners). Work will include the creation of drawings/models (sketches, renderings, construction documents, specifications, graphic design, etc.), communication materials and presentations to museum staff and board. The DOE must have a deep awareness of exhibition modalities and smart applications of such; from environmental settings to mechanical interactives to digital media to graphic (word and image) to play-based programing. In addition, the DOE will coordinate outside partners, be responsive to evaluation, support research agenda, and present at conferences. Working closely with the Museum’s Research, Development and Education Departments to achieve goals for institutional advancement.
Key Duties & Responsibilities: 
Essential Functions:Development, Design and Maintenance for Exhibitions
  • Manage and execute integrated responsive physical experiences for early childhood learning to develop and design interpretive visitor focused approaches for children and adults.
  • Developing and managing the creation of a scaffolded multigenerational approach to collaborative inquiry-based learning environments
  • Ensure the development of these engagements will have a clear focus on communities and learner diversity, inclusion, accessibility, and equity.
  • Lead the conceptualization and development of physical activities for exhibitions, interactive, spaces, media learning experiences, and support visual communications (drawings/graphics) and language development for proposals for project funding
  • Facilitate key involvement of museum staff, communities, outside stakeholders, etc. in the development of exhibits and experiences, as appropriate.
  • Responsible for the development and integration of research, prototype testing, progress and results, serving in roles including planning, development, relationship management, project management, project facilitation, project implementation, interpretation, delivery, project assessment and reporting.
  • Develop and Design (in a collaborative team environment) and manage the implementation (fabrication, installation, and continued maintenance of) the physical environments and visitor experiences (exhibitions).
  • Project Manage or Project Direct people, budgets and schedules both in ongoing maintenance of the museum but for the development and design of new projects.
  • Responsible for the creation of, either oneself or art directing staff or outside firm, drawings, models, sketches, renderings, construction documents, specifications, graphic design, etc.
  • Represent PTM’s Engagement Research and Advancement activities in local, regional, and national settings (conferences/workshops), displaying leadership skills that position PTM as thought instigators in these settings.
  • Manage the research and procurement of temporary exhibitions from other institutions, ensuring mission alignment, market appeal and institutional advancement.
  • Curate and communicate to executive team the experiential, educational and market value of temporary exhibits to set priorities and smart schedule of new rotating experiences.
Education, Knowledge, Skills & Abilities: 
Minimum Qualifications:
  • Minimum 5-8 years’ experience working in a Museum or similar environment or related field
  • Bachelor’s degree required in design, science, education or related discipline; Master’s degree in Design, Planning, Social Science, Museum Studies, or related field strongly preferred
  • Excellent visual, written, oral and interpersonal communication skills
  • Ability to work independently, while informing the team, and efficiently to produce consistent, high-quality results over long-term projects
  • Demonstrated experience in facilitation and project management, particularly budgeting and scheduling, of construction and fabrication, as well as working successfully in a creative collaborative team environment.
  • At least 2-3 years of exhibitory development required with preference in early education exhibits.
  • Demonstrated experience in the development and managing of project schedules, project budgets and ongoing maintenance.
  • Proficiency using multiple software platforms (CAD-Vectorworks/SketchUp, Adobe Suite, Project Management Software) Windows) and basic software including (Windows - Microsoft Office Suite, etc.)
  • Experience with relational databases highly desirable
Contact Info
Contact Info: 
To apply for this opportunity, please mail your cover letter, accomplishments and resume to: Sr. Director Human Resources, Please Touch Museum, 4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia, PA 19131; fax to: (215)-581-3182; Email: employment@pleasetouchmuseum.org. Office phone: 215-581-3189