ATTENTION APPLICANTS: Please include a portfolio of work as part of your application. There is an option to upload additional files when filling out the application or if your work is via a link, you can include this in your cover letter or other materials.
Minnesota Children’s Museum’s mission is sparking children’s learning through play. We are dedicated to providing children with a fun, hands-on and stimulating environment to explore and discover.
At Minnesota Children’s Museum, we believe that diversity, equity and inclusion are integral to fulfilling our mission of sparking children’s learning through play. As a community resource for thousands of families, we are committed to being a diverse and welcoming place for everyone.
ENGAGEMENT SUMMARY The Exhibit Designer is a key part of our experience team. Working with exhibit development, graphic design, exhibit production and props specialists, the exhibit designer is responsible for creating three-dimensional exhibit environments that are interactive, engaging, and in alignment with the museum’s learning framework. This position has no direct supervisory responsibility.
Hybrid eligible position. This position will be expected to be on-site at the museum 2-3 days per week, depending on project schedules.
REPORTS TO: Senior Exhibit Designer
ANNUAL SALARY: $70,000 plus full benefits
CLASSIFICATION: Full-time, Salaried & Exempt
- Screening by Talent Resources (will be a phone interview or written questions)
- First and second round interviews will be held at the museum with an opportunity to meet a variety of colleagues.
- Health, dental, vision, short-term disability, life, AD&D, critical illness, accident, and hospital indemnity.
- Employer paid long-term disability, basic life insurance, and basic AD&D insurance.
- Retirement savings plan with employer match.
- Pre-tax options for: health spending, dependent care, and transportation.
- Paid parental leave
- 10 paid float days to use at your discretion & Paid time off program
- Free family admission to museum.
ABOUT MCM Located in downtown St. Paul, MN, MCM employs 55 full-time and 55 part-time employees and engages variety of volunteers and interns. At MCM, our workplace values that guide how we work together are: Play, Include, Grow, Serve, and Strive.
We are dedicated to growing a diverse and culturally competent team of highly engaged staff and volunteers to reflect and equitably serve the vibrant community around us. We embrace differences in age, ability, color, ethnicity, gender identity and/or expression, national origin, race, religion, and sexual orientation. We strongly encourage the application of individuals from diverse backgrounds, including but not limited to: Black, Indigenous, and people of color; immigrants and refugees; LBGTQIA individuals; people with disabilities; religious minorities; and the elderly.
MCM'S COVID SAFE PLAN The Minnesota Children’s Museum is committed to providing a safe and healthy workplace for all of our employees and volunteers. We have developed the SAFE Plan in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Every leader, manager, employee and volunteer are responsible for implementing this plan. Our goal is to mitigate the potential for transmission of COVID-19 in our workplace, and that requires full cooperation.
The museum believes COVID vaccinations are a vital tool in protecting yourself and others. We do not mandate a vaccination at this time and encourage our staff to take preventative steps to slow the spread of COVID by staying home when you are sick, testing when sick or exposed, and masking when sick or exposed.
Minnesota Children’s Museum is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to a culturally diverse work environment.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS Design creative, interactive and educational exhibit environments for children ages birth-10 years old and their families. This includes:
Working with exhibit developers to define exhibit themes, subject matter and content
- Translating concepts into three-dimensional exhibit environments with interactive components and activities that engage a variety of learning styles and are developmentally appropriate
- Working with the exhibit developer and the graphic designer to locate and accommodate graphics
- Assuring exhibit components are durable, meet accessibility requirements, address visitor comfort and safety, comply with fire regulations, and accommodate maintenance needs.
Create sketches, floor plans, concept drawings, and renderings at all phases of design to help stakeholders see and understand the exhibit plan
- Present concepts to various audiences, in order to communicate key exhibit intentions, facilitate team dialogue, and drive discussions and decision-making
- Revise and modify exhibit designs in response to internal feedback and budget estimates
Produce documents for fabrication, and consult during the fabrication process
- Create construction documents, elevations and renderings for internal production teams and/or external vendors
- Specify all materials and design choices, such as color schemes and paint colors
- Participate in meetings with vendors and contractors, providing information as needed
- Assist with troubleshooting during the fabrication phase, creating additional drawings or references as needed
Assist with materials for traveling exhibits
- Create cart-packing plan for new traveling exhibits
- Create base floorplans for installation
- Assist with any materials needed for the manual
Research shows that women and underrepresented groups apply only if they meet 100% of the requirements outlined in the posting. One of the museum's priorities is producing equitable outcomes when it comes to the workplace. We encourage women, black, indigenous, people of color, those in the LGBTQ+ communities, and Veterans to apply even if you do not check all the boxes under ideal candidate.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS (HIGHLIGHT EACH ONE IN COVERLETTER AND RESUME)
- Six years of combined education/training/certification and work experience in Exhibit Design, Graphic Design, Environmental Design, Architecture or Industrial Design.
- Minimum 3 years of design experience using CAD software.
- Demonstrated ability to think creatively and produce unique results.
- Ability to provide a portfolio of work as part of the application process.
- Previous experience designing exhibits
- Ability to manage multiple, overlapping projects
- Experience or ability to design interactive experiences for children
- Experience and/or ability to design and produce prototypes for short-term audience testing
- Experience designing and producing exhibit graphics
- Experience with, or knowledge of, design needs unique to traveling exhibits