Exhibit Fabrication Manager

Company Name: 

San Diego Museum of Man


1350 El Prado
San Diego, CA 92101

Contact Name: 

Janice Rougas





Job Description: 

Job Title: Exhibit Fabrication Manager                                 Date: September, 2018

Reports to: Director of Exhibits                                            Employment Status: Full-Time/Exempt

The San Diego Museum of Man's mission is to inspire human connections by exploring the human experience. We aim to hold a space for discourse on topics that matter and a place where we keep the fun in profundity. The Museum, housed in an architectural gem at the heart of Balboa Park, is open 362 days each year. Our staff demonstrates great flexibility, generosity, kindness, humor, excellent judgment, and attention to detail. We love our community, our visitors and our team! Commitment to a team approach is a must and a clear perspective is appreciated. If you like being around hard-working, welcoming, appreciative idealists with no shortage of opinions, please join us. Be part of making our community better by working in a museum that aims to be part of the solution.

Description: Exhibit Fabrication Manager

The Exhibit Fabrication Manager is responsible for fabrication of new exhibits. Work includes creative input during the exhibit development process, producing and testing prototypes, developing and managing a fabrication timeline and schedule, and final production. This role also supervises the work of the Exhibit Fabricators and sets fabrication priorities. The Exhibit Fabrication Manager reports to the Director of Exhibits and is expected to work collaboratively with individuals throughout SDMoM.

Duties and Responsibilities:

The Exhibit Fabrication Manager performs the following:

  • Coordinates and implements the fabrication of permanent and changing exhibitions. Manages the fabrication process for new exhibits and oversees exhibit construction for quality, appropriateness and durability.
  • Supervises exhibit fabricators.
  • Develops and implements a process for interactive design and fabrication with the exhibit developer.
  • Produces interactive elements and environments for exhibit projects as assigned.
  • Works with the Exhibits department to develop fabrication timelines and schedules for new exhibitions and exhibit maintenance.
  • Builds exhibition structures: framing, drywall, plaster, and painting. Participates in finish and detail work on exhibit environments. Works with outside contractors as needed.
  • Participates in all phases of production including the discussion of materials and methods, creating fabrication diagrams, production of prototypes for review and production of the final product.
  • Fabricates exhibit components and gallery spaces from drawings or approved prototypes, which may require various construction techniques as well as painting and laminate, mechanical, electrical, or finish carpentry work.
  • Manages the installation and de-installation of exhibitions and displays.
  • Designs and builds artifact mounts with cultural resources staff.
  • Ensures proper handling and housing of objects and artifacts.
  • Performs maintenance and repairs on exhibits as needed.
  • Contacts or ensures daily contact (preferably in-person) with fabrication team to:
    • Identify potential problem areas needing immediate or future attention;
    • Solve potential emergency situations;
    • Perform immediate repairs when warranted;
    • Troubleshoot immediate problems identified by routine inspections and staff/visitor feedback;
    • Set fabrication priorities and projects
  • Other duties as assigned.

Experience, Education, or Skills Required:

  • Associates degree or above, in related discipline, mandatory.
  • Minimum 3 years’ related experience including demonstrated experience in the production, maintenance and management of Museum exhibitions. Previous museum experience required.
  • Ability to identifying safety risks in design and fabrication.
  • Working knowledge of current museum exhibit and design techniques, mechanisms, layout options, theme/purpose translation techniques, and interpretive, presentation and delivery requirements.
  • Ability to effectively communicate proposed exhibit interactives and functions to staff.
  • Strong proficiency with a wide variety of hand tools, power tools and workshop equipment: table saw, skill saw, pneumatic tools, router, etc. Fabrication skills in wood, drywall, acrylic, laminates, metals and other media.
  • Good interpersonal skills and the ability to work in a creative and collaborative environment. Receptive to the ideas of others, able to work cooperatively to prioritize tasks and accommodate many different concerns and opinions.
  • Inventive, with good conceptualization skills and creative problem-solving abilities. Demonstrated experience in solving a wide range of fabrication and design problems. Flexibility when working with others to troubleshoot and resolve problems.
  • Self-motivated; able to work cooperatively as a member of a team as well as individually without close supervision. Able to coordinate with a small team to accomplish well-defined objectives.
  • Ability to read build diagrams and sketch build diagrams with the Exhibit Designer.
  • Ability to work well under hard deadlines and high pressure situations.
  • Possess strong time management and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to manage contractors (ie: construction, project specific).
  • Good communication skills.

Preferred Sills:

  • Proficiency in Adobe Illustrator, AutoCAD, Google Sketch-up.
  • Programming skills (Python preferred) a plus.
  • Experience using Arduino or Raspberry Pi a plus.

ADA Notations:

  • Regular sitting, standing, walking, climbing stairs, balancing, crouching, stooping, and communication (talking/hearing).
  • Regular/consistent lifting/moving large/bulky items weighing up to 75 pounds.
  • Vision requirements include close vision and ability to adjust focus.
  • Noise conditions range from quiet to moderate noise.

How to Apply:

The San Diego Museum of Man is an equal opportunity employer and a drug free workplace. Please send a cover letter and resume to Recruiting@museumofman.org with “Exhibit Fabrication Manager” and your first initial and last name in the subject line.