The National September 11 Memorial Museum opened at the World Trade Center site in May 2014. Its exhibitions cover the events of 9/11, the antecedents, and the aftermath. They also honor the memory of the 2,977 people killed at the World Trade Center, at the Pentagon, and on the four planes in 2001, and the six people killed when a bomb went off at the World Trade Center in 1993.
These exhibitions encompass more than 80,000 square feet and involve physical design, artifacts installed on open mounts and in cases, graphics of a variety of production techniques, and extensive media installations. Many of the exhibitions are long-term, and artifacts, graphics, and media will rotate on an annual schedule. More extensive design activity will take place in the Museum’s temporary exhibition spaces, including a gallery for photographic and other two-dimensional work and a 3,500-square-foot temporary exhibition space.
The Exhibition Designer is expected to develop 2D and 3D design and support production for the Museum’s exhibitions. The Exhibition Designer will report to the Exhibition Project Manager and will work with the Vice President for Exhibitions.
This position will require some early morning or evening hours for installation and maintenance work.
- Physical design:
- When assigned, design temporary exhibitions and exhibition rotations from concept through construction documentation; in this process work closely and collaboratively with colleagues in Collections and content development; participate in internal and external reviews.
- Design case layouts; review work of mount maker.
- Design lighting installation for new exhibitions; supervise maintenance of established lighting schemes in ongoing exhibitions.
- For adjustments, revisions, and repairs in the long-term exhibitions, ensure adherence to established production specifications and overall aesthetic and curatorial direction.
- Support Exhibition Project Manager in the oversight of fabrication, installation, scheduling, and budgeting.
- Graphic design:
- When assigned, for new exhibitions, create graphic look and feel, graphic specifications, and production files; conduct press checks as needed; create or coordinate development of any required graphic artwork; and research graphic and photographic media for new exhibits.
- For rotations in the long-term exhibitions, maintain graphic style guide and specifications.
- Coordinate scheduling, processing, and trafficking of graphic materials throughout printing process, manage workflow of deliverables, and ensure projects are completed on schedule, on scope, and within budget.
- For exhibition projects designed by an external consultant, serve as the design advocate and advisor to the Museum.
- In all cases, ensure adherence to conservation requirements, accessibility guidelines, and security protocols.
- Assist with closeout documentation and punch list for exhibition installations, and regularly inspect installations to ensure high-quality of displays is being maintained.
- Organize and maintain exhibition design drawings, graphic art files, material samples, and design mockups.
- Assist with exhibition-related web and interactive media graphics as necessary.
- Support other special projects as assigned.
- Undergraduate or graduate degree in design, fine arts, or related field, or equivalent combination of education and experience as a museum designer or as part of a successful museum design team.
- At least three years of work experience in a museum, design, or related results-oriented cultural environment.
- Outstanding creative portfolio and knowledge of exhibition techniques, graphics, space planning, exhibition lighting, fabrication of exhibition furniture, materials, accessibility guidelines, and museum best practices.
- Excellent computer skills, including Adobe Creative Suite, MS Office, and 3D-design software such as AutoCAD, VectorWorks, or SketchUp.
- Proven graphic design skills including layout, typography, illustration, digital photo editing, and hand skills.
- Familiarity with design, file-preparation for production, fabrication, and installation phases of physical and graphic design.
- Excellent communication skills and ability to engage in interpretive discussions and create nuanced visitor experiences.
- Attention to detail, good organizational skills, and the ability to plan, prioritize, and coordinate multiple projects and deadlines simultaneously.
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