Exhibition Manager

University of British Columbia - Vancouver, BC (30+ days ago)

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Job Posting

Job ID:
37310

Location:
Vancouver - Point Grey Campus

Employment Group:
Management&Professional (AAPS)

Job Category:
Museum

Classification Title:
Museum, Level A

Business Title:
Exhibition Fabrication Manager

VP/Faculty:
Faculty of Arts

Department:
Museum of Anthropology

Salary Range:
$53,019.00 (minimum) - $63,647.00 (midpoint) - $76,374.00 (maximum)

Full/Part Time:
Full-Time

Ongoing:
Yes

Desired Start Date:
2019/04/01

Funding Type:
Budget Funded

Closing Date:
2020/04/15

Available Openings:
1

Guiding principle: "Midpoint" of the hiring salary range means the individual possesses full job knowledge, qualifications and experience.

This position is expected to be filled by promotion/reassignment and is included here to inform you of its vacancy at the University.

Job Summary

The Museum of Anthropology has an international reputation as a leader in innovative and boundary-pushing research, teaching, exhibitions and programs. The Exhibition Manager is responsible for leading and managing the development and implementation of MOA's temporary exhibitions and other projects, including two and three dimensional exhibits, permanent collection installations and other exhibit components. It is responsible for managing project timeline, procuring, hiring, contracting and other work related to the fabrication of exhibitions, ensuring all exhibition production is on schedule, budget and meets international and national museum standards.

Organizational Status

This position is a member of the Operations and Special Projects Department and reports to the Associate Director, Operations and Special Projects who serves as department head. The position also works closely and collaboratively with the Manager, Design and Exhibit Fabrication Manager, to develop a cohesive look and feel for exhibit designs.
A wide-latitude of decision making is required.

Work Performed

  • Leads the Fabrication stream of all exhibition projects, working with members of exhibition project stream leads and staff for determining the scope, requirements and timelines for their stream's work and communicating and collaborating with other stream leads throughout the process.
  • Works closely and collaboratively with the Manager, Design, Graphic Designer and curators and to refine exhibit concepts; interpreting and refining these concepts and ideas into exhibition components that deliver the envisioned result on time and on budget.
  • Refines exhibition plans and drawings and develops fabrication production plans for constructability.
  • Manages, negotiates and liaises with relevant museum staff to ensure that overall design ideas, material selections and technical requirements are understood and incorporated into the fabrication and installation process. This includes curatorial, collections and conservation, IT and media, Security, etc.
  • Ensures that all fabrication is done in accordance with national and international museum standards, as well as MOA's aesthetic standards.
  • Develops and monitors production budgets and ensures that costs are in line with overall exhibition budget.
  • Researches, sources and procures all materials, and ensures they meet conservation requirements.
  • Develops and manages production timelines and schedules to ensure that all work is done to meet exhibition opening dates.
  • Develops the infrastructure plans for exhibitions and special projects and oversees their execution.
  • Liaises and coordinates work with other exhibition stream leads and museum staff including collections, conservation, design, IT, AV, and curatorial.
  • Recruits, trains, supervises and disciplines up to four technicians.
  • Engages and manages specialized fabrication and installation professionals as required.
  • Represents the Museum on current museum initiatives and design projects to other museum professionals, architects, visitors, and professional groups.
  • Complies with current Work Safe regulations and policies to ensure the health and safety of contract and temporary employees.
  • Serves on MOA committees and project teams as required.
Supervision Received

Considerable personal initiative is expected and a wide-latitude of decision making is permitted. The position is directly responsible to the Associate Director Operations and Special Projects. Performance is judged by results (e.g. see consequences of error above).

Supervision Given

It is the responsibility of the position to select, train, motivate, and manage research technicians, contractors, auxiliary staff, interns, work studies, volunteers and students.

Consequence of Error/Judgement

The quality, integrity and accuracy of MOA exhibitions produced by this position are critical to MOA's mandate and commitment to displaying objects to the highest cultural and professional standards. Exhibit fabrication is a key component of the look and feel of museum exhibitions and has a direct impact on MOA's attendance and visitor enjoyment of the galleries. It is important that exhibit fabrication is fully integrated into the processes for exhibit production and implementation and this position must work closely with all relevant staff to ensure that projects are executed on time and within budget. Failure to complete a project within the estimated budget and/or timeframe will result in shortfalls in other areas of Museum's operations. Failure to complete a project on time has ramifications both internally and beyond the Museum and could result in additional expenses and damaging MOA's reputation. Consequences of error rest with the incumbent who has to rectify his/her own errors. Failure to use proper care and handling could put the safety of valuable and irreplaceable artworks at risk. Failure to manage effectively would lead to considerable stress and disruption internally and externally.

Qualifications

Undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline. Undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline. - A university degree or equivalent in art or design discipline such as architectural, industrial or graphic design. Training and experience in general shop work and production using a variety of material, media, machines and processes. Museum or related fabrication and management experience is important. Minimum of three years experience or the equivalent combination of education and experience. Experience
  • A minimum of three years professional experience in all aspects of the design and production of two and three dimensional exhibitions and works in a museum context. Teaching and training experience. Supervisory and administrative experience. Experience tendering, selecting and monitoring contracts. Computer knowledge, including computer design. Minimum of three years experience or the equivalent combination of education and experience. Skills
  • Working knowledge of the process of planning, scheduling and production of a wide variety of special projects such as exhibitions, artifact storage, transportation, display systems, and multimedia productions.
  • Experience and ability in handling artifacts in accordance with conservation standards.
  • Ability to coordinate the work of and to work with staff, trades people, contractors, Museum assistants, volunteers and people of varied cultural backgrounds.
  • Working knowledge and understanding of two and three dimensional media, multimedia and other electronic information systems.
  • Considerable knowledge in the practices, methods, materials, and equipment used in a variety of trades applicable to the work.
  • General knowledge of the hazards and proper safety procedures relevant to the work performed
  • Good understanding of contemporary conservation policies and practices as applied to museum exhibits.
  • Ability to efficiently organize and coordinate several projects and maintain effective working relations with a variety of internal and external contacts.
  • Ability to efficiently work under deadline pressures and budget limitations.
  • Skills in the use and care of equipment, including workshop power tools.
  • Demonstrated skill in oral and written communication.
  • Ability to communicate effectively in classroom teaching situations and at professional meetings.
  • Ability to work in a highly organized and independent manner, following policy guidelines, without supervision. Ability to conduct needs analyses, plan, organize, manage, monitor, complete, and evaluate projects within allocated time and resources. Ability to efficiently and effectively coordinate tasks. Ability to prepare and adjust schedules to accommodate all requirements. Ability to anticipate problems and issues and plan ahead. Ability to explain, assign, and monitor work. Ability to coordinate and oversee work processes. Ability to manage staff performance by establishing standards and goals, evaluating performance, providing feedback, and taking corrective action. Ability to analyze problems, identify key information and issues, and effectively resolve. Ability to estimate labour and material costs. Ability to fabricate. Ability to prepare concise, accurate, and neat work drawings. (e.g., blueprints, work sketches, plans) Physical ability to perform the duties of the job. (e.g., lifting, standing, working at heights, operating forklifts). Ability to conduct needs analyses, plan, organize, manage, monitor, complete, and evaluate projects within allocated time and resources. Ability to efficiently and effectively coordinate tasks. Ability to prepare and adjust schedules to accommodate all requirements. Ability to anticipate problems and issues and plan ahead. Ability to explain, assign, and monitor work. Ability to coordinate and oversee work processes. Ability to manage staff performance by establishing standards and goals, evaluating performance, providing feedback, and taking corrective action. Ability to analyze problems, identify key information and issues, and effectively resolve. Ability to estimate labour and material costs. Ability to fabricate. Ability to prepare concise, accurate, and neat work drawings. (e.g., blueprints, work sketches, plans) Physical ability to perform the duties of the job. (e.g., lifting, standing, working at heights, operating forklifts)
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Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.