The Bakken Museum is currently seeking a creative individual to fulfill the role of Exhibit Developer. We are looking for someone with exceptional curiosity and the intellectual capacity to understand and convey the magic of science and history to our audiences through exhibits.
With a focus on the history of electricity and its role in the life sciences and medicine, The Bakken is a wonderful and inspiring place to work. We are located in a beautiful mansion on the west side of Lake Calhoun, with over 28,000 square feet and grounds and gardens over 4 acres in the heart of Minneapolis’ famous “Chain of Lakes.” Read more about our organization at http://www.thebakken.org.
Position Summary Statement
The Exhibit Developer is responsible for multiple stages of the exhibit development and the implementation process. The ability to turn science and history content into effective and engaging storytelling for all ages is a must. Tasks include: research; planning exhibit concepts, content and design direction; writing exhibit text; overseeing construction of prototypes; evaluation of exhibits; acquiring resources; supervising exhibit design and production contractors; assistance with fundraising efforts; and other activities, as requested. May guide the process as a project lead or collaborate with others as a team member, dependent on the project.
Position Responsibilities and Duties
Develop concepts, content and engaging interpretive strategies for exhibitions. Draft original exhibit scripts and edit texts drafted by other exhibit team members.
Collaborate with and/or direct the efforts of other exhibit team members.
Develop and implement audience research, exhibit evaluation and remediation strategies. Represent audience perspectives to guide and evaluate design and prototypes.
Identify and read relevant literature, consult with experts, and engage in other research activities to guide exhibition development.
Facilitate review by staff and consultants (when relevant) at key points in the exhibit development/design process and incorporate feedback.
Work with the Exhibits Technician on in-house design, prototyping and fabrication of exhibition projects, and supervise design, prototyping and fabrication consultants and other vendors, as requested.
Work with curators to integrate artifacts and books from the museum collections into exhibitions. Identify and acquire objects, images, media, and other resources to be used in exhibition projects.
Work with Chief Curator, Deputy Director for Programs and External Relations staff on fundraising and promotion for exhibition projects. Assist in writing grants, creating presentation materials and in developing fundraising campaign messages and strategies.
Provide direction to volunteers and interns, as needed.
Organization Relationships and Contacts
Reports to the Chief Curator.
Works in close cooperation with Exhibit Technician, Collections staff, and other Exhibit Developers. Works occasionally with Education and External Relations staff.
Supervises some consultants and vendors.
Ability to supervise volunteers and interns as needed.
Experience and Qualifications Requirements
Bachelor’s degree in education, history, art, design, or a relevant area of science or engineering.
Two years successful experience on creative teams, some experience with science and/or history education and the exhibit development process.
Excellent skills in researching historical, scientific and technological subjects, and analyzing and interpreting them for a public audience.
Familiarity with design and with the use of interactive and multimedia elements in exhibitions is preferred.
Strong communication (verbal and written) and strong collaboration skills are essential.
Computer skills (Microsoft Office); Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator experience preferred.
Experience in leading projects beneficial, but not required.
Self-management and a track record of meeting deadlines is essential.
Send letter of interest, salary expectations, and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone calls are accepted: 612-414-4537