Job posted July 19, 2021
Reviewing applications on a rolling basis
Accepting applications until 11:59PM ET, August 15, 2021
About Design Museum Everywhere
Design Museum Everywhere is a new kind of museum: online, nomadic, and accessible to all. Instead of a single museum location, we pop-up in places where people already go, and produce high-quality media experiences to support our mission to bring the transformative power of design everywhere. We believe design can change the world; done well, it can elevate our quality of life, make businesses more competitive, and protect our environment. We inspire people by showing what’s possible through public exhibitions and events, as well as our magazine, podcast, and online content. We educate people — from kids to CEOs — to become creative problem solvers using the design process. And we transform, using design to take action and make change, demonstrating its impact.
Our vision: Accessibility: Design is for everyone. Design is everywhere, so are we. We’re online and we pop-up in places all over to engage as many people as possible. And we’re committed to improving the gender and racial diversity of the design field. Improvement: Design solves problems. We are entrepreneurial and flexible, we are not constrained by existing approaches, we start with real-world problems and we’re committed to using design for the greater good. Community: Design is collaborative. We are a participatory museum, meaning there are many ways for individuals to not only enjoy our programming and content, but to be part of it as well. We’re collaborative and community- focused.
Design Museum Everywhere is seeking a Design Producer to join our team. This position will report to the Exhibition Manager and interacts with most staff as well as external partners and vendors on a regular basis. Successful candidates will have a Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field with 1-3 years of experience — or relevant, equivalent experience.
The Design Producer will develop, design, and produce elements and materials for exhibitions and related projects. Design Museum currently offers two traveling exhibitions: Bespoke Bodies and We Design. Starting in August 2021, we will resume in-person exhibitions at partner venues and begin more regularly host pop-up exhibitions. With the addition of this role and the new Exhibition Manager role we seek to further develop our traveling exhibition program by refreshing another existing program, Extraordinary Playscapes; launch a new exhibition, Design & You; and continue to build our design exhibition portfolio.
- Work directly with the Exhibition Manager to develop, design, and produce exhibitions on time and on budget.
- Execute tasks for asynchronous projects and clearly communicate status with relevant teammates.
- Be part of Audience Experience teams working our partners to develop, launch, and install existing and new exhibitions.
- Collaborate with Executive Director and Exhibitions Manager to conceptualize exhibition designs that align with Design Museum’s narrative and artifacts, and integrate the host venue’s requests.
- Develop detailed exhibition floor plans and elevations based on venue specs, artifact checklist, and other factors.
- Determine and communicate the design production schedule for exhibition materials, graphics, and installation
- Coordinate logistics with host venues and partners, including freight shipments, deliveries, artifact packing, and acquisition of design assets
- Prepare and maintain exhibition design files, monitor status of design deliverables, and incorporate stakeholder feedback
- Work closely with the Senior Graphic Designer to develop new exhibition assets and elevations, update existing content and elevations for installations, and coordinate printing/vendor communication.
- Collaborate closely with Exhibition Manager to execute exhibition installations and strike downs at venues
- Valid driver’s license and clean driving record
- Must be at least 21 years of age
- Bachelor’s degree plus 1-3 years experience, or equivalent combination of education and relevant experience, and ability to provide a portfolio with past work samples
- Ability to stand for extended periods of time and lift at least 50lbs
- Familiarity with Google Office suite and project management tools
- A self-starter who can receive direction but also contribute under uncertainty, producing quality work for overlapping, asynchronous projects
- Able to identify and resolve design problems; a creative thinker with attention to detail and a passion for design
- Strong verbal, written, illustrative, and interpersonal communication skills
- Able to absorb and adapt work based on feedback from teammates and external partners
- Goal-oriented and able to work independently, but not afraid to admit when they need help
- Familiarity with exhibition fabrication techniques and installation best practices a plus
- Begin ASAP
- Full-time: Monday-Friday, hours generally 9am-5pm with occasional weekend and night projects (we have a comp time policy)
- We are a remote-first office, however this position will need to be able to commute to our Boston, MA office as needed for exhibition preparation, and the exhibition warehouse in Braintree, MA, with flexibility on office and fabrication space as the location may shift. Travel to host venues for exhibition installation/strikedown oversight required for local venues and occasionally for national venues.
- Starting salary range: $40,000-$45,000/year
- Benefits include: 401k, Paid Time Off, 14-15 paid company holidays per year, Health/Vision/Dental Insurance, Bonus program, Parental/Paid Family Sick leave
Technical Skills Required:
- Familiarity with Adobe Creative Suite
- Expertise of 3D CAD software, preferably Sketchup and Fusion 360
- Mechanical assembly and feasibility knowledge
- Skills in fabrication, construction, and installation
- Graphic design skills for creating specifications, installation guides, etc.
- We work in a collaborative team environment with a non-profit-meets-startup mentality.
- Our jobs are full time, with public programs sometimes happening in the morning, evening, and weekend (we have a comp day program), and we have an all-hands-on-deck attitude.
- Pre-COVID we ate lunch together as a team every day, now we do Zoom happy hours, and even while remote, (and depending on COVID-19) we plan to get together in person a few times per year, including for a week-long annual retreat, which we’ve done the past 4 years.
- We are all creative problem solvers, even on-the-fly.
- Ownership, autonomy, and initiative — we anticipate future needs/tasks.
- We ask questions and are curious.
- We all want to see the Design Museum succeed, and this means participating and caring about our mission, content, and design overall.
- We’re flexible! Things in our environment change quickly, we roll with the challenges
We know there are great candidates who may not fit into what we’ve described above, or who have skills we haven’t thought of. If that’s you, don’t hesitate to apply and tell us about yourself. We are committed to diversity and building an inclusive environment for people of all backgrounds and ages. We especially encourage members of historically underinvested communities to apply, including women, Black, Indigenous, People of Color, LGBTQ+ people, and people with disabilities.
Apply with cover letter, resume, and portfolio of past exhibition design samples via the application portal.
Cover letter should outline/detail relevant experience.