Wings Over the Rockies
Organization: Wings Over the Rockies
Position: Exhibits Manager
Pay Range: $50,000 – 65,000 (DOE)
Founded in 1994 and housed on the former Lowry Air Force Base in Denver, Wings Over the Rockies is a diverse non-profit community organization dedicated to unlocking dreams of flight through exhibits, local events, and educational programming. Each year we welcome roughly 160,000 visitors representing all 50 states and dozens of countries internationally. We are Colorado’s premier Air & Space Museum and have been recognized by CNN Travel as one of the 20 Best Aviation Museums in the World. We are committed to diversity, inclusion, and accessibility for all and boasting more than 100,000 sq. ft. of hanger space full of iconic aircraft, space vehicles, artifacts, and much more. Visitors can also experience thrilling flight simulators, discover educational programs, and participate in many of our exciting museum-sponsored events.
Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum is looking for an experienced Exhibits Manager with well-developed skills in project management, design, development, and fabrication of creative, world-class museum exhibits. Reporting to the Curator, you will help devise exhibit concepts, use your research, design, and engineering skills to create engaging and relevant exhibit materials, then oversee the fabrication and installation of high-quality museum exhibits. You’ll need to be a self-starter, able to work independently to troubleshoot and solve problems as they arise. You’ll simultaneously work as part of an integrated interdepartmental team, exchanging ideas and expertise to benefit all aspects of the organization. You’ll be working with a passionate and dedicated team of museum professionals, volunteers, and outside contractors to create exciting new exhibits to entertain and educate visitors with diverse backgrounds and interests from all over the world. The primary focus of the position is producing several in-house exhibits per year, but the work also includes developing and managing the department’s traveling exhibit program, day-to-day exhibit maintenance, and helping with video and social media. The successful candidate must be comfortable handling multiple projects and priorities in a fast-paced, dynamic work environment. Responsibilities require some work on nights and weekends. A working knowledge of aviation and/or space exploration is helpful. Ideal candidates might also have background or experience working in an aerospace field.
Duties & Responsibilities
Note: This list is not inclusive but intended to be a general guide to primary duties.
- Develop exhibit concepts, themes, main and secondary messages, design elements, style sheets, color palettes, typography, etc.
- Research and fact-check exhibit content during design for accuracy, relevance, and audience appeal
- Interact with potential donors and the general public
- Negotiate loans of artifacts from individuals, organizations, and other museums
- Obtain permission to use photographs and copyrighted materials; providing proper credit and ensuring appropriate image resolution
- Write exhibit labels, interpretive panels, storyboards, online content, and video scripts using professional exhibit development practices and department and project-specific style guides
- Work with media professionals to develop concepts, storyboards, scripts, etc., for videos, virtual reality, and other multimedia content
- Proof & edit exhibit and online materials for content, accuracy, readability and, relevance to audiences
- Design exhibit components such as cases, vitrines, and interactives
- Fabricate artifact mounts and exhibitory in such a way as to preserve and protect artifacts
- Ensure that Wings exhibits and exhibit areas comply with applicable ADA guidelines and standard museum practices
- Incorporate diversity, immersion, and interactivity where appropriate
- Provide descriptive material about exhibits for marketing.
- Fabricate components using metals, plastics, laminates, wood, and electronic components
- Perform exhibit maintenance as needed, including cleaning, repairing inoperative components, etc.
- Assist in the setup, maintenance, and teardown of temporary/traveling exhibits and displays
- Manage the traveling exhibit program, including:
- Manage inbound traveling exhibits program: working with the Curator on research, selection, rental cost negotiation, and scheduling. Coordinating delivery and departure dates, payments, installation, maintenance, and tear-down
- Manage outbound traveling exhibits program: design in-house exhibits for later conversion to traveling exhibits, research and market to potential host venues, negotiate rental agreements, handle booking and scheduling, transportation, billing, etc. Provide support to host venues during planning and during the run of the exhibit. Refurbish and store exhibits when they are not in use.
- Assist with collections, curatorial, and other work as requested.
- Company paid Medical, Dental, and Vision insurance for the employee
- Optional participation in Flex Spending Account
- Optional participation in group retirement plan with company discretionary match
- Optional participation in Short Term Disability, Accident and Critical Coverage
- Generous Vacation, Sick, and Personal leave
Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum operates in an 80-year-old- aircraft hangar. Environmental conditions may vary. Work days and hours will be variable as dictated by the needs of the museum. Museum is normally open 7 days a week along with periodic events. Normal business office hours are 8:00 – 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday. On occasion, this position will be required to work on weekends and evenings or as necessary. This position may need to work at our secondary Wings Over the Rockies Exploration of Flight location at the Centennial Airport about 15 miles south of Downtown Denver.
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- Thorough knowledge of museum exhibit design practices, including design and construction, care of artifacts, ADA accessibility guidelines, safety, durability, security, maintainability, and the ability to create engaging, compelling exhibits for diverse audiences.
- Experience performing research, interviewing subject matter experts, and verifying source material
- Understanding of typical museum operations, practices, and procedures
- Professional knowledge of artifact interpretation, visitor experience, and museum label creation
- Reading and generating sketches, schematics, and engineering/production drawings
- Proficiency in writing, editing, and graphic design to create labels, graphics, and illustrations
- Experience using a wide variety of machine shop equipment (table saw, radial arm saw, panel saw, bandsaw, belt/disc sander, metal lathe, drill press, milling machine, etc.)
- Proficiency with handheld power tools (drill, saws, routers, pneumatic tools, etc.). Welding, brazing, soldering, and precision machining skills are a plus.
- Maintaining a clean, organized, and safe work environment, observing safety and risk management procedures in public areas, shop areas, and workspaces
- Procuring parts, materials, and components
- Basic electronics, wiring, and audio-visual skills including mechanical design and assembly
- Overseeing the work of museum volunteers, interns, vendors, and contractors.
- Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail with ability to handle physical workload
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