Job Description

The Museum of Osteopathic Medicine announces the opening of an Exhibit Manager on the Kirksville, Mo campus.  The Exhibit Manager reports directly to Museum Director is will assist in researching, planning, designing and fabricating new exhibits, and maintain current exhibits. Maintain facilities to museum accreditation standards for artifact storage and exhibit display safety.
Major job duties include:

  • Oversee Exhibit Committee, research exhibit content and review with Exhibit Committee for accuracy and clarity, write and edit material for exhibit displays including text panels and labels, research and acquire graphics and artifacts from the collections or outside sources to support theme of exhibit and present to Exhibit Committee, design exhibits based on graphics, artifacts, text, and theme of the exhibit as agreed upon by exhibit committee using 2D and 3D software.
  • Contact and work with outside vendors or institutions for research and exhibit products and work with other departments within the institution such as academic technologies and marketing.
  • Write out and follow Exhibit Strategic Plan as agreed upon by the Exhibit Committee, stay within exhibit or special project budget, and assist and advise Director on traveling exhibits and special projects and assignments.
  • Oversee volunteers for exhibits including garden
  • Maintain living exhibits, such as the 19th Century Medicinal Plant Garden through lighting and walkway maintenance, regular weeding, trimming, and sweeping, yearly mulching and planting, update and improve signage where needed, update and review garden catalog yearly for accuracy and design, maintain plant inventory, proper identification and accuracy of plant information, design and add new garden sections or informative material as needed.
  • Works with Assistant Director on artifact mounts, material usage around artifacts, and overall artifact display, design and construct mounts for artifacts that are up to AAM preservation standards.
  • Create or adjust graphics as needed, fabricate exhibit based on set Museum exhibit guidelines in material usage, artifact protection, case construction. Ensure a safe work zone is established for other staff and visitors.
  • Purchase needed items for facilities, garden, and exhibit maintenance, changes, and upgrades. Write up and itemize budget reports for general exhibit and facility expenditures. Stay within budget requirements for general yearly exhibit and facility needs.
  • Update Museum core documents as it pertains to exhibit and facility maintenance and production.
  • Maintain, monitor, record, and improve where needed lighting, temperature and relative humidity, and facility security for the safety of artifacts in accordance with American Alliance Museum accreditation standards. Lighting records includes keeping up to date inventories of light and UV output and lamps and fixtures used in the collections and galleries. Report major lighting and temperature / relative humidity changes to Assistant Director.
  • Maintain and record pest monitors bi-annually and address pest concerns when needed. Recording pest monitors include identifying pests, its threat to artifact preservation, and documenting. Report all pest concerns to Assistant Director. Lead preventative measures against pest infestation like cleaning galleries and collections spaces and distributing rotating staff cleaning schedules for community use rooms.
  • Maintain inventory of woodshop and onsite tools, non-collection related annex materials stored outside of woodshop and collection storage, back room storage, and other exhibit or facility related storage areas.
  • Work with the Facilities and Security Department to maintain and improve facility safety standards for artifacts and people.

Skills / Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Studio or Commercial Art, Design, Museum Studies, or related field, Master’s Degree or equivalent experience preferred. 
  • At least two years of related experience in the museum field.
  • Understanding of exhibit planning, design, and production to museum standards, including proper artifact display is essential.
  • Experience with wood working, acrylic cutting and bending, and graphic mounting is preferred.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and sudden staff requests, innovative problem solving, and communicate effectively. 
  • Organization and research skills are a must.
  • Basic knowledge of creative adobe suite, particularly Photoshop and Illustrator are necessary; ability to use or learn InDesign, Fireworks, and 3D modeling software preferred.
  • Experience with facilities management including pest monitoring and control, temperature and relative humidity monitoring, and basic gardening skills a plus

Application Instructions

A.T. Still University (ATSU) does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, ethnicity, national origin, sex (including pregnancy), gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, or veteran status in admission or access to, or treatment or employment in its programs and activities. Dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault (e.g., non-consensual sexual contact/intercourse), stalking, harassment, and retaliation are forms of discrimination prohibited by ATSU. Any person with questions concerning ATSU’s nondiscrimination policies is directed to contact:
Missouri campus – Donna Brown, assistant vice president of human resources (660.626.2790; dbrown@atsu.edu), 800 West Jefferson Street, Kirksville, MO 63501
Arizona campus – Tonya Fitch, director of human resources (480.219.6007; tfitch@atsu.edu), 5850 East Still Circle, Mesa, AZ 85206

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