Exhibition Coordinator

 

SUMMARY:

The American Jazz Museum Exhibition Coordinator plays an integral role in creating and supporting great art and education initiatives at the American Jazz Museum. This role provides project management support for exhibitions, exhibit renovations, and exhibit development projects. Manages and implements exhibit production cycles, as well as supports research and administration of future exhibition projects. Supports interpretive design development in partnership with content developers, graphic designers, and fabricators, and enhances the digital footprint of the museum through virtual exhibits and other collections-related projects.

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Identify installation needs for the Changing Gallery and Ida McBeth Gallery ensuring institutional coordination and resource support and securing external vendors in preparing exhibit spaces.
  • Conduct content research and develop interpretive strategies for pop-up, virtual, and special exhibits.
  • Assist in researching, collecting, and cataloguing artifacts for an exhibit.
  • Develop and oversee the exhibition calendar and develop project timelines in collaboration with the Director of Collections and Curatorial Affairs and Registrar in the completion of all phases of exhibition planning and execution.
  • Become a subject matter expert of the permanent exhibit and a museum docent in the permanent exhibition as necessary.
  • Ensure timely completion of work so that exhibits are done on time and within budget.
  • Provide information and resources to marketing team to promote exhibitions, as well as ensure marketing collateral aligns with artist agreement and necessary approvals obtained.
  • Stay current in exhibition development field to pursue best practices, initiate relevant partnerships, and serve new audiences.
  • Assist in monitoring climate systems and other environmental controls to ensure correct storage conditions.
  • Conduct weekly walk-through of exhibition spaces and assist Registrar with exhibit repairs and maintenance when necessary.
  • Assist with research inquiries about museum content and collections when needed.
  • Coordinate related exhibition activities, including but not limited to artist lectures, receptions, and additional programming in collaboration with Visitor Experience and Community Engagement team.
  • Maintain documentation and research for future exhibitions in alignment with strategic objectives, as well as track and respond to exhibition inquiries.
  • Document processes, inventories, and resources used for each exhibition and/or projects that utilize collection materials.
  • Assist the Registrar with inventory of the collection.

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Bachelor’s degree in music, history, museum studies, African American studies, or related field; Master’s degree preferred; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and ability to write clearly, concisely, and imaginatively.
  • 2-4 years of experience in museum/exhibition position or similar environment.
  • Thorough understanding of exhibit development process, design principles, and concepts.
  • Gifted storyteller with demonstrated experience in research and writing for diverse audiences.
  • Knowledge of conservation factors and proper presentation of artifacts.
  • Strong computer skills in Microsoft Office and Adobe Suite
  • Knowledge of PastPerfect museum software or equivalent.
  • Detail-oriented and accurate.
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills.
  • Must be able to prioritize and execute multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Ability to work independently or as a part of a diverse team.
  • Willingness to work weekends and evenings and adjust hours, as required

BENEFITS:

  • Health Care Plan (Medical, Dental & Vision)
  • Life Insurance (Basic, Voluntary & AD&D)
  • Paid Time Off (Vacation, Sick & Public Holidays)
  • Family Leave (Maternity, Paternity)
  • Short Term & Long Term Disability
  • Work From Home
  • Training & Development

OTHER INFORMATION:

The American Jazz Museum is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We prohibit unlawful discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, religious creed, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, physical disability, mental disability, pregnancy, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, citizenship status, military status, veteran status, or any other characteristic to the extent protected by federal, state, or local laws. This policy against harassment or discrimination extends to coworkers, contractors, vendors, and customers.

AJM also has a strict no-retaliation policy. AJM prohibits retaliation against individuals who report harassment or discrimination, or who participate in investigations into such conduct. Violations of any of these policies could lead to disciplinary action.

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