Director of Exhibition Design
Company: Fine Artsd Museums Of San Francisco
Location: San Francisco
Posted on: January 15, 2021
Employment at Corporation of the Fine Arts Museums of San
Francisco (COFAM) Full-time and part-time positions offer a
competitive salary and a generous benefits package. The Museums do
not accept unsolicited resumes. Corporation of the Fine Arts
Museums of San Francisco (COFAM) is an equal-opportunity employer
committed to diversity. Director of Exhibition Design The
Corporation of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco (COFAM)--is
seeking a Director of Exhibition Design. The--Director of
Exhibition Design--develops design concepts and executes detailed
plans according to set schedule for the display of permanent
collection and loaned art exhibitions, installations, and rotations
by assignment, adhering to museum standards, considering ADA
requirements, and considering facility and conservation concerns.--
Typical Duties and Responsibilities:--
- Works closely with the Director of Exhibitions and Curators to
develop and design concepts and plans for temporary exhibitions and
permanent collection installations.
- Prepares accurate drawings-to-scale in VectorWorks and other
programs as required (i.e. Adobe Suite, Photoshop, etc.), including
scaled images of objects accurately illustrating elevations for
each exhibition in accordance with scheduled deadlines.--
- Manages a team of four (Senior Exhibitions Designer,
Exhibitions Designer, Graphic Designer and Exhibition Graphics
Preparator) assigning projects per Exhibition Schedule.--
- Develops cohesive creative plan for and executes all in-gallery
- Ensures that departmental practices remain in accordance with
design industry standards; employs leading design programs and
stays current with technological advancements.
- Works closely and communicates regularly with the Chief
Preparator and carpenters, builders, and mount-makers during the
design planning (including the preparation of 3-D-models-to-scale),
construction, and installation process.--
- Maintains comprehensive facility floor plans in Vectorworks
with up-to-date information regarding wall configurations,
emergency exits, security cameras, lighting, electrical outlets,
climate sensors, etc. for reviewing layouts with key staff early in
- Develops working knowledge of existing inventory of exhibition
furniture including cases, pylons, moveable walls, mannequins,
mounts, platforms, stanchions, etc. that can be re-used whenever
possible to minimize budgetary and environmental impacts.
- Provides detailed drawings-to-scale of exhibition furniture,
architectural details, risers, platforms, mounts, fabric, etc. to
conservation standards; ensures lender display requirements are
- Maintains up-to-date library of paint samples, fabric samples,
architectural details, etc.--
- Bids, schedules, and manages the professional painting of
- Works with both Metric and Imperial measurements to create
plans for different exhibition partners.
- Works closely with the Exhibitions department to develop and
stay within schedule and approved budgets.
- Provides layouts and architectural details to tour venues,
artists, and guest designers, as requested as well as final
exhibition layouts after installation for staff use When necessary,
manages relationship with contracted outside designers.--
- Attends regular Exhibitions meetings to discuss layout and
installation concerns. Minimum Qualifications: Education:
Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in
architecture or design, Master's degree preferred.-- Work
Experience: Seven years of progressively responsible experience
in--exhibition design in an art museum creating preliminary and
final working drawings. The ideal candidate will have experience
managing a team of designers. Skills and Abilities:--
- Comprehensive knowledge of architectural terms, symbols,
details, and design practices and applications.
- Expert and advanced skills in Vectorworks, AutoCAD and the
Adobe Creative Suite: Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign, as well
- Ability to effectively utilize software applications such as
Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel) and FileMaker Pro.
- Knowledge of standard office equipment and the ability to
maintain accurate, up-to-date records.
- Ability to communicate effectively with Museum colleagues,
artists, and vendors working in a team environment.
- Ability to travel, take initiative, work independently, and be
flexible with changing priorities.
- Strong organizational skills, strong attention to detail, and
the ability to prioritize multiple tasks simultaneously.
- Ability to envision and execute creative design skills.
COFAM--offers a competitive salary and generous benefits package.
The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco are the city's largest
public arts institutions and comprise the de Young and the Legion
of Honor museums. The de Young, designed by Herzog & de Meuron and
located in Golden Gate Park, showcases American art from the 17th
through the 21st centuries, international contemporary art,
textiles and costumes, and art from the Americas, the Pacific, and
Africa. The Legion of Honor displays a collection of over 4,000
years of ancient and European art including Auguste Rodin's The
Thinker and houses the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts in a
Beaux-Arts style building overlooking Lincoln Park and the Golden
Gate Bridge. COFAM is the Corporation of Fine Arts Museums and is
the privately funded non-profit corporation which supports the Fine
Arts Museums of San Francisco, a department of the City and County
of San Francisco. COFAM is proud to be an equal opportunity
employer and is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination in all
phases of employment in accordance with all federal, state, and
local laws.--Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance,
we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest
and conviction records.
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