Assistant Exhibit Designer


Cincinnati Museum Center

Position Overview
Following the restoration of our historic rail station home, Cincinnati Museum Center is reimagining its
permanent exhibits for history, natural history and children’s museums. Additionally, we host world-
class traveling exhibitions as well as internally develop temporary exhibitions in support of our vast
collections. In support of these efforts, we are adding an assistant exhibit designer to our team. The
person we hire will contribute to our collaborative development process, had the ability to think and
work in 2D and 3D, and will take the lead in exhibition graphics design and production.
Responsibilities
The assistant exhibit designer will take part in all aspects of the project development process, including
conceptualization, prototyping and testing, developing design layouts and production packages and
managing relationships to realize production and installation. They will work collaboratively with
content experts, educators, other designers, and production staff to create work tailored to each exhibit
that upholds the design standards of the department and is resilient to significant guest engagement.
The assistant exhibit designer will take the lead for graphic design, production and installation,
delivering projects on time and within budget.

Design and Concepting– 50%
Works with exhibition development teams to plan each exhibition’s theme and approach, giving special
attention to the requirements of displayed objects and visitor comfort, safety and accessibility.
Creates concept drawings, elevations, renderings, construction drawings, and models that clearly
visualize projects for use in development, production, fundraising, donor cultivation, media relations,
and planning.
Identifies and recommends diverse storytelling design opportunities within exhibits, particularly
components that address needs for diverse learning and accessibility.
Follows institutional design standards and national regulations related to exhibition design and display.
Maintains awareness of and recommends emerging technologies and industry trends to share with
creative teams.

Graphics and Exhibits Production – 50%
Designs graphics for internal, external and traveling exhibits.
Develops graphic standards and hierarchies per project style and content.
Checks and approves sizing, copy layout and colors for graphic production.

Manages relationships with printers. Seeks quotes for jobs, sets realistic timelines in conjunction with
printers, pre-flights files for production and oversees production and installation of graphics.
Researches and recommends materials for graphics production. Has knowledge of durability, design
qualities, and other special effects that will realize design intent.

Qualifications
BFA or BA in Arts, Graphic Design or Environmental Design, with two years of experience; parallel career
experience considered.
Excellent listening skills. Gathers, processes and summarizes information to clearly communicate exhibit
themes through design.
Strong and diverse knowledge of design vocabulary in the development of drawings, floor plans,
elevations, perspectives, prototypes, construction drawings, and graphic layouts.
Communicates successfully using hand drafting and construction of 3D digital models.
Facility with the Adobe Creative Suite and 3D modeling software (we use SketchUp and Vectorworks).

Working Conditions
Position is 40 hour/week, salary, with benefits. Work environment is primarily office conditions, with
some attendance at meetings inside and outside of Union Terminal. The assistant exhibit designer will
spend extended periods seated in front of a computer. Must be able to lift 35 pounds.

Compensation
Starting Salary Range: $36,000

To Apply
Please provide a cover letter, resume and digital portfolio with representative examples of your 2-D and
3-D design work.

To apply for this job email your details to MAllen@cincymuseum.org