: Coordinator of Exhibits Posted
: January 29, 2016 Employment Type
: New full time position Reports To
: Executive Director Deadline to Apply
: February 15, 2016 Position Purpose
The Coordinator of Exhibits is dedicated to actively engaging our community through producing and interpreting the fascinating individual stories and artifacts that define our region’s cultural history. The Coordinator produces temporary, rotating or permanent displays that act as a catalyst to begin conversations that relate the past to current trends, and build connections and pride within our community. The ideal candidate will positively and creatively contribute harmoniously within a team. Responsibilities
· Represent BCM with professionalism and poise.
· Cultivate and maintain positive relationships with regional museums, organizations and others for successful collaborative efforts.
· Produce, maintain and update exhibitions using best practices and that are ADA compliant to support BCM’s mission, with the main focus on regional and local history and culture.
· Assure active visitor engagement and ensure each experience is welcoming, fun and meaningful, allowing a personal connection to be made to BCM.
· Continually assess and evaluate all exhibits with visitor input.
· Maintain the design consistency of all exhibits.
· Ensure that all items displayed are properly interpreted.
· Maintain and keep all permanent and temporary exhibits functioning daily.
· Work with the Education department to provide entertaining and educational experiences for all visitors with an emphasis to tie into education curriculum.
· Produce materials used in exhibitions and interpretive education programs, including the preparation of artifact mounts.
· Build fascinating exhibits to increase attendance thereby increasing the museum’s financial strength to ensure sustainability, continued support of operations and the finest history and cultural programming in the community.
· Submit annual exhibit budget request to the Executive Director.
· Assist and write grants to support exhibits.
· Operate within the established exhibits and arrange for the purchase of supplies and equipment as established in the exhibits budget.
· Coordinate and participate in the setup, fabrication and space preparation related to installation and de-installation of exhibits.
· Work closely with curatorial staff concerning the care and mounting of artifacts in both exhibits and storage. Possess working knowledge of accepted museum quality mounting techniques and materials.
· Manage and/or coordinate the cleaning, repair and maintenance of all exhibits. Ensure that all galleries are safe, clean, and in good working order.
· Coordinate with BCM staff on exhibition set-up, artifact rotation, maintenance, gallery signage and graphics.
· Work in collaboration with other departments to plan and coordinate all activities, including, but not limited to: rentals, programs, fundraising events, special events, exhibit openings and membership events.
· Assist special events staff and other departments in the areas of facilities set-up, repairs, moving and storage.
· Create reports and other documentation for committees, Board, grants, etc.
· Serve on and/or chair the Exhibits Committee
· Provide positive customer service experiences.
· Keep a clean and tidy office area.
· Other duties as assigned. Qualifications Required
· Education: Bachelors Degree, Masters preferred, in History, Public History, Museum Studies, Design, or relevant subject.
· A minimum of 3 years experience working with exhibit, museums or other arts/culture production-related organizations for exhibit research, design, installation and visitor engagement.
· Knowledge and experience in current exhibits best practices
· Experience in handling, escorting, security and caring for art, artifacts and other valuable items.
· Knowledge of various types of cleaning agents and their particular applications to exhibit component surfaces. Includes vacuuming, dusting, replacing light units, general repair, and policing of exhibit areas.
· Strong communication skills, attention to detail and customer service commitment.
· Ability to manage time and organize tasks efficiently.
· Ability to work with minimal supervision and willing to take direction and learn new skills.
· A positive attitude, flexible approach and commitment to achieving BCM’s goals.
· Excellent computer skills, including but not limited to: cloud computing (e.g., Dropbox, i Cloud, etc), Adobe creative suite, word processing, database management, i Work and Microsoft office suite, social media, etc. on Macintosh computers.
· Ability to work occasional evenings and weekends.
· Ability to lift up to 40 pounds. Preferred
· Experience with audio/visual equipment including digital audio and video machines, digital projectors, digital cameras, video/DVD & audio editing.
· Participation with professional groups (historical/cultural and/or museum associations.
BCM is an ADA and accessible organization and an EEOC employer. Interviews will continue until position is filled. Job descriptions are not intended as and do not create employment contracts. BCM maintains its status as an at-will employer.
Please send by email only a cover letter, resume and examples of past experience including writing samples, photos of designs and exhibits, and salary request to Laurie Risch, Executive Director at Laurie.Risch@me.com
Please title your letter and additional materials sent using your last name and name of file. Example: Smith A. Resume; Smith A. Cover Letter; Smith A. Exhibit Portfolio. Entire submission should be smaller than 5 MB. No phone calls or paper applications please. Salary
: BCM attempts to follow as closely as possible AAM and GuideStar salary standards for museums of our size and stature given our budgetary constraints.
About Behringer-Crawford Museum
Incredible artistry. Colorful personalities. Engaging music. Northern KY’s arts, culture and history live at BCM. From the ridiculous (BCM’s infamous two-headed calf) to the sublime (our fascinating collections), this family-friendly museum celebrates the unique arts, heritage and culture of Northern Kentucky as part of the Ohio Valley. Opened in 1950, BCM has transformed into a regional cultural center, linking the 235,000-item collection of objects, artifacts, documents, photographs, textiles and paintings with music, dance, theater readings, lectures and exhibits for art, cultural and historical context and active community engagement.
In consonance with our mission, "The regional history of Northern Kentucky as part of the Ohio Valley must be preserved for the benefit of present and future generations. Therefore, the Behringer-Crawford Museum is a center for the collection, presentation, study and enjoyment of our natural, cultural, and visual and performing arts heritage", BCM serves not only as a repository but as a community gathering place while the current history of the region takes shape.
1600 Montague Rd., Devou Park, Covington, KY 41011 www.bcmuseum.org
Behringer-Crawford Museum is supported in part by our members; the City of Covington, Kenton County Fiscal Court, ArtsWave, Kentucky Arts Council and The Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr. US Bank Foundation.