Museum Exhibit Technician Supervisor

Museum Exhibit Technician Supervisor
Reports To: Senior Manager of Exhibit Maintenance
Supports Exhibit Maintenance, Design, and Fabrication
Schedule: Saturday – Wednesday

Job Summary
The Museum Exhibit Technician Supervisor is a high energy, fast paced problem solver, who is comfortable in a workshop as well as a public setting. Under the supervision of the Senior Manager of Exhibit Maintenance, the Museum Exhibit Technician Supervisor will maintain and/or rebuild existing exhibits with an electrical/automated focus, as well as assist in the design and fabrication of new exhibits or improve existing installations.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following.  To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  Other minor duties may be assigned.

  • Use design drawings, schematics, and specifications, to maintain and improve all finished exhibits.
  • Focus on documentation of repair and integration for exhibits
  • Advise Senior Manager of Exhibit Maintenance of developing faults in existing exhibits and recommend design changes or construction changes to improve durability and user safety
  • Design in-house exhibits, interactives, and structures. Assist in fabrication and coordination of material acquisition.
  • Work with external contractors and service providers as needed.
  • Supervise Exhibit Maintenance Technicians; in partnership with the Senior Manager of Exhibit Maintenance, set team schedules, assign task priorities, and maintain an inclusive team-first culture.
  • Interface with Guest Service team members to respond to exhibit needs reported from staff or customers; either electronically through a trouble ticket system, or verbally.
  • Emphasis a safety conscience approach to shop work, tool use, and exhibit repair or modification.
  • Research technology to improve exhibit function and performance as needed, while aligning with organizational budget objectives.
  • Serve as the primary point of contact for Exhibit Maintenance during the museum’s weekend experience.

Work Environment
Listed below are key points regarding environmental demands and work environment of the job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.

  • Required to use motor coordination with finger dexterity (such as keyboarding, machine operation, etc.)
  • Required to exert physical effort in handing objects more than 30 pounds
  • Required to be exposed to physical occupational risks (such as cuts, burns, exposure to toxic chemicals, etc.)
  • Required to be exposed to physical environment which involves dirt, odors, noise, weather extremes, or similar elements
  • Normal setting for this job is workshop, public facing museum, office.

The requirements listed below are representative of the qualifications necessary to perform the job.

Education and Experience Requirements

  • High School Diploma or equivalent
  • Two or more years post high school tech or trade-orientated training (preferred)
  • Experience supervising employees in a team setting (preferred)
  • Previous experience in a museum or public attraction organization (preferred)
  • Electrical circuit design, documentation, and diagnostics
  • Extensive power tool experience.
  • CAD design (Fusion 360, AutoDesk, ect.)
  • Experience in Raspberry Pi (Python) integration and should be familiar with the Arduino ecosystem.
  • Experience with custom-build and troubleshooting custom installations.

Other Knowledge, Skills, or Abilities

  • Experience in Raspberry Pi integration and should be familiar with the Arduino ecosystem.
  • Machining experience with various materials (plastic, wood, metals).
  • Willingness to learn in a collaborative, custom-build environment.
  • Extensive power tool experience.
  • General working knowledge of accepted museum/gallery standards is preferred.
  • Excellent communication skills, and a proactive approach to duties and responsibilities.

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