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Location: Golden Gate Park 55 Music Concourse Drive San Francisco CA 94118 USA

Industry: Museums, Science, Education, Tourism
Work Hours: Full-Time

Date Posted: 03 May 2019

Valid Through: 03 Jun 2019 23:55

POSITION SUMMARY: 
The California Academy of Sciences seeks an innovative and energetic Exhibit Design Manager to join the Academy's outstanding Exhibit Studio team. You'll lead design efforts to produce engaging exhibitions and visitor experiences, and will collaborate with scientists, educators, artists, builders, technologists, and other internal and external partners. This position reports to the Senior Director of Exhibits and Architecture.

Who are we looking for? You bring a sophisticated, modern design sensibility and a collaborative approach to your work. You champion your ideas, build on the ideas of others, and cultivate rapport with colleagues. You're ready to work on challenging and rewarding projects to engage the Academy's audiences with natural history and living collections, the latest research on biodiversity, and science-based sustainability solutions. You have experience as the design lead on complex projects for museums, exhibit design firms, or related entertainment‐oriented settings and have supervised other design staff. 

The California Academy of Sciences welcomes people of all backgrounds, identities, and beliefs to join us in achieving our mission to explore, explain, and sustain life on Earth. We place diversity, equity, and inclusion at the heart of our recruiting efforts and strive to build a culture centered on mutual respect, equal treatment, and the opportunity to succeed. 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Lead and set the design direction for all exhibit design (3D) and coordinate with graphic designers (2D) for a cohesive visual representation of the Academy's brand in physical form.
  • Serve as primary exhibit designer on key projects.
  • Envision, articulate, and advocate for creative design solutions that present scientific content in innovative and memorable ways to diverse audiences, including presentation in four languages (English, Spanish, Chinese and Filipino).
  • Manage and assign exhibit design and other architectural (3D) design work in coordination with Exhibits Department leadership.
  • Supervise two direct reports and function as primary liaison with other external/freelance design resources as needed.
  • Collaborate and coordinate with exhibit content developers, project managers, graphic designers, media designers, and others on exhibit design, media and interactive design, fabrication, and implementation.
  • Develop sketches, models, and detailed design packages from concept through schematic to construction/fabrication drawings.
  • Collaborate with design and content teams to produce design presentations for key project milestones (10%, 35%, 65%, Final Design).
  • Translate and communicate visually to a wide variety of people including fellow designers and exhibit builders in order to effectively execute the vision for an exhibition.
  • Work with aquarium biologists and engineers to develop designs for live animal display habitats, containment, and life support systems.
  • Develop design strategies that align with project schedules and budgets, evaluating and proposing alternatives as necessary to help solve budget or technical challenges.
  • Review and comment on shop drawings and visit fabrication facilities, as necessary, to ensure designs are understood and executed properly.
  • Manage all design documents and maintain organized files for project records and distribution to team members.
  • Coordinate and facilitate meetings as necessary to ensure the continuing progress of the project.
  • Provide regular and clear performance feedback and mentorship to staff to guide work and continue to develop skills and professional growth for your design team.
  • Meet regularly with the Senior Director of Exhibits and Architecture to discuss team assignments, design ideas and provide status of projects.
  • Follow and contribute to the Academy's exhibit development process and complete work in a timely manner to meet schedules and budgets.
  • Participate in professional development opportunities to stay informed of trends in the museum and design fields, learn from and share knowledge with colleagues, and build relevant partnerships.
  • Follow all Academy safety regulations
  • Perform other duties as assigned 

QUALIFICATIONS:
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. 

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE:
A qualified candidate will have a combination of the following experience and/or equivalent education:

  • Bachelor's degree (BS, BA) or equivalent from four-year college in architecture, design, or other related field.
  • 8-10 or more years of design experience focused on developing and translating vision into high-quality guest or audience experiences in museums, entertainment, or similar industries.
  • Exhibit design experience for natural history museums, aquariums, or zoos.
  • Experience developing highly interactive and/or technical museum exhibit components.
  • 2-3 years supervisory experience directly managing and mentoring design staff and/or contractors.
  • Strong track record of leading design for complex projects with diverse teams, tight deadlines, and marketing-driven grand openings or release dates.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES:

  • Knowledge and ability to create, read, and understand design and architectural drawings and specifications.
  • Advanced knowledge of AutoDesk (CAD) and/or Vectorworks (CAD). Knowledge of Adobe Creative Cloud and SketchUp or other 3D modeling tools strongly desired.
  • Comfortable using Microsoft Office, Google Apps, and other collaboration tools to create, manipulate, and share documents, spreadsheets, and other digital assets.
  • Knowledge of techniques to safely and effectively display valuable museum specimens and artifacts.
  • Well versed in techniques for integrating lighting, interactivity, and media to create unique visitor experiences.
  • Ability to interact and work respectfully with a wide diversity of people and to build consensus.
  • Ability to manage work on several projects simultaneously and deliver the design of moderate to large projects within established timelines and budgets.
  • Excellent verbal and visual communication skills; ability to communicate with stakeholders and non-designers as well as other designers to effectively convey design ideas and concepts and direct the development of design packages.
  • Ability to accept and incorporate feedback from colleagues and supervisors.
  • Ability to create exhibit experiences that are intellectually and emotionally engaging. Exhibits should have a "fun" or "wow!" factor that will drive attendance to the Academy. 

LANGUAGE SKILLS: 
Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence.  Ability to speak effectively before groups or individuals. Bilingual (spoken and/or written) in Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin, or other non-English language preferred. 

PHYSICAL DEMANDS & WORK ENVIRONMENT: 
The physical demands and work environment described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand, sit, walk, and reach with hands and arms, and talk or hear. Must be able to lift 30 lbs.  Must be able to perform repetitive motions 50% of the time.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS:  
Please submit your cover letter and resume online at https://calacademy.snaphire.com Note that the recruitment timeline for positions vary and depend on many factors, so it is impossible to accurately predict when a position will close. We appreciate your patience during this process. No phone calls please.

The California Academy of Sciences will consider for employment all qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance (SF Police Code, Article 49).

The California Academy of Sciences is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to ensure that all employees and applicants receive equal consideration and treatment, regardless of race, color, creed, gender (including gender identity or gender expression), religion, marital or domestic partner status, age, national origin or ancestry, physical, mental or medical disability, sex, sexual orientation, citizenship, military service status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by state or federal law or local ordinance.

The California Academy of Sciences is a non-smoking facility. There is also no smoking in Golden Gate Park.

 

 

Exhibit Design Manager

POSITION SUMMARY: 
The California Academy of Sciences seeks an innovative and energetic Exhibit Design Manager to join the Academy's outstanding Exhibit Studio team. You'll lead design efforts to produce engaging exhibitions and visitor experiences, and will collaborate with scientists, educators, artists, builders, technologists, and other internal and external partners. This position reports to the Senior Director of Exhibits and Architecture.

Who are we looking for? You bring a sophisticated, modern design sensibility and a collaborative approach to your work. You champion your ideas, build on the ideas of others, and cultivate rapport with colleagues. You're ready to work on challenging and rewarding projects to engage the Academy's audiences with natural history and living collections, the latest research on biodiversity, and science-based sustainability solutions. You have experience as the design lead on complex projects for museums, exhibit design firms, or related entertainment‐oriented settings and have supervised other design staff. 

The California Academy of Sciences welcomes people of all backgrounds, identities, and beliefs to join us in achieving our mission to explore, explain, and sustain life on Earth. We place diversity, equity, and inclusion at the heart of our recruiting efforts and strive to build a culture centered on mutual respect, equal treatment, and the opportunity to succeed. 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Lead and set the design direction for all exhibit design (3D) and coordinate with graphic designers (2D) for a cohesive visual representation of the Academy's brand in physical form.
  • Serve as primary exhibit designer on key projects.
  • Envision, articulate, and advocate for creative design solutions that present scientific content in innovative and memorable ways to diverse audiences, including presentation in four languages (English, Spanish, Chinese and Filipino).
  • Manage and assign exhibit design and other architectural (3D) design work in coordination with Exhibits Department leadership.
  • Supervise two direct reports and function as primary liaison with other external/freelance design resources as needed.
  • Collaborate and coordinate with exhibit content developers, project managers, graphic designers, media designers, and others on exhibit design, media and interactive design, fabrication, and implementation.
  • Develop sketches, models, and detailed design packages from concept through schematic to construction/fabrication drawings.
  • Collaborate with design and content teams to produce design presentations for key project milestones (10%, 35%, 65%, Final Design).
  • Translate and communicate visually to a wide variety of people including fellow designers and exhibit builders in order to effectively execute the vision for an exhibition.
  • Work with aquarium biologists and engineers to develop designs for live animal display habitats, containment, and life support systems.
  • Develop design strategies that align with project schedules and budgets, evaluating and proposing alternatives as necessary to help solve budget or technical challenges.
  • Review and comment on shop drawings and visit fabrication facilities, as necessary, to ensure designs are understood and executed properly.
  • Manage all design documents and maintain organized files for project records and distribution to team members.
  • Coordinate and facilitate meetings as necessary to ensure the continuing progress of the project.
  • Provide regular and clear performance feedback and mentorship to staff to guide work and continue to develop skills and professional growth for your design team.
  • Meet regularly with the Senior Director of Exhibits and Architecture to discuss team assignments, design ideas and provide status of projects.
  • Follow and contribute to the Academy's exhibit development process and complete work in a timely manner to meet schedules and budgets.
  • Participate in professional development opportunities to stay informed of trends in the museum and design fields, learn from and share knowledge with colleagues, and build relevant partnerships.
  • Follow all Academy safety regulations
  • Perform other duties as assigned 

QUALIFICATIONS:
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. 

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE:
A qualified candidate will have a combination of the following experience and/or equivalent education:

  • Bachelor's degree (BS, BA) or equivalent from four-year college in architecture, design, or other related field.
  • 8-10 or more years of design experience focused on developing and translating vision into high-quality guest or audience experiences in museums, entertainment, or similar industries.
  • Exhibit design experience for natural history museums, aquariums, or zoos.
  • Experience developing highly interactive and/or technical museum exhibit components.
  • 2-3 years supervisory experience directly managing and mentoring design staff and/or contractors.
  • Strong track record of leading design for complex projects with diverse teams, tight deadlines, and marketing-driven grand openings or release dates.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES:

  • Knowledge and ability to create, read, and understand design and architectural drawings and specifications.
  • Advanced knowledge of AutoDesk (CAD) and/or Vectorworks (CAD). Knowledge of Adobe Creative Cloud and SketchUp or other 3D modeling tools strongly desired.
  • Comfortable using Microsoft Office, Google Apps, and other collaboration tools to create, manipulate, and share documents, spreadsheets, and other digital assets.
  • Knowledge of techniques to safely and effectively display valuable museum specimens and artifacts.
  • Well versed in techniques for integrating lighting, interactivity, and media to create unique visitor experiences.
  • Ability to interact and work respectfully with a wide diversity of people and to build consensus.
  • Ability to manage work on several projects simultaneously and deliver the design of moderate to large projects within established timelines and budgets.
  • Excellent verbal and visual communication skills; ability to communicate with stakeholders and non-designers as well as other designers to effectively convey design ideas and concepts and direct the development of design packages.
  • Ability to accept and incorporate feedback from colleagues and supervisors.
  • Ability to create exhibit experiences that are intellectually and emotionally engaging. Exhibits should have a "fun" or "wow!" factor that will drive attendance to the Academy. 

LANGUAGE SKILLS: 
Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence.  Ability to speak effectively before groups or individuals. Bilingual (spoken and/or written) in Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin, or other non-English language preferred. 

PHYSICAL DEMANDS & WORK ENVIRONMENT: 
The physical demands and work environment described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand, sit, walk, and reach with hands and arms, and talk or hear. Must be able to lift 30 lbs.  Must be able to perform repetitive motions 50% of the time.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS:  
Please submit your cover letter and resume online at https://calacademy.snaphire.com Note that the recruitment timeline for positions vary and depend on many factors, so it is impossible to accurately predict when a position will close. We appreciate your patience during this process. No phone calls please.

The California Academy of Sciences will consider for employment all qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance (SF Police Code, Article 49).

The California Academy of Sciences is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to ensure that all employees and applicants receive equal consideration and treatment, regardless of race, color, creed, gender (including gender identity or gender expression), religion, marital or domestic partner status, age, national origin or ancestry, physical, mental or medical disability, sex, sexual orientation, citizenship, military service status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by state or federal law or local ordinance.

The California Academy of Sciences is a non-smoking facility. There is also no smoking in Golden Gate Park.

 

 

Job Details

Reference # 24712
Posted on 03 May 2019
Closes on 03 Jun 2019 23:55
Hours/Status Full-Time


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