Exhibition Designer Collection Coordinator

Cal State University San Bernardino

San Bernadino, CA

Job Summary:

The RAFFMA Exhibition Designer and Collection Coordinator is responsible for all aspects of exhibition design, installation, and oversight of the museum’s collection.


Responsible for all aspects of exhibition design and fabrication concepts of permanent, temporary, and traveling exhibitions. Responsible for the creation of CAD drawings, floor plans, and 3-D models for fabrication of display furniture, display cases, wall partitions, and required engineering to bring concept to reality. Develop lighting and graphic design concepts including input on title walls, didactic panels, object labels, and related marketing/promotional materials. Provide creative input regarding the final content and look of exhibitions.

Oversee exhibit installations and fabrication of design concepts by staff or outside vendors. Work with curators, artists, vendors, fabricators, university departments, and lending institutions to ensure all projects are on schedule and completed at the highest level. Provide lead work direction of museum staff and student assistants in all art handling including the packing/crating, and shipping/storage of art and artifacts. Provide lead work direction to staff in the design and fabrication of seismic mounts for ancient artifacts, framing techniques and other methods and materials related to the safe and archival display and storage of objects. Responsible for the upkeep of shop equipment and fabrication tools and oversight of safe practices in art prep and fabrication spaces.

Develop operating standards and procedures related to collection management of both temporary and permanent collections such as incoming and outgoing condition reports, loan agreements, climate control techniques, and light requirements and methods. Advise Museum Director and Acquisition Committee members of any issues or concerns related to acceptance of objects into the Museum’s permanent collection.

Collaborate with the Department of Art and Design on the planning and execution of the Annual Student Exhibition featuring undergrad art students. Developing and establishing guidelines for submission and jurying process as well as providing instruction, both technical and conceptual.

Working closely with the Art & Design Department ‘s MFA students providing relevant professional advice and leadership in preparation of their MFA Thesis Exhibition. This may include studio visits, discussions of methods and materials relating to fabrication as well as overall concept and exhibit design principles.

Other duties assigned as deemed appropriate by the Administrator.

Minimum Qualifications: Required Education and Experience

Equivalent to two years of journey-level or skilled experience in the maintenance, repair, and operation of scientific or technical equipment in the specialty area to which assigned such as mechanical, electromechanical, electronics or in the specialized category including construction and fabrication and some precision work or requiring trade or craft skills working with a variety of unique materials.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

- Thorough knowledge of methods, materials, tools and equipment used in construction, installation, maintenance, repair and operation of equipment in the area of specialization;
- Knowledge of the repair and maintenance of tools and shop equipment;
- Working knowledge of design and drafting procedures;
- Ability to perform complex troubleshooting;
- Ability to design, fabricate, modify, and repair technical equipment of the specialty assignment following original or suggested plans;
- Ability to analyze equipment problems and determine what repairs are needed;
- Ability to install, place, and maintain a wide variety of equipment related to the area of job assignment ability to read and write at a level appropriate to the duties of the position,
- Ability to make arithmetic computations where required.
- Ability to train and and provide lead work direction to others.

Preferred Qualifications

Basic knowledge of art materials and methods. Minimum of two years experience handling artwork, fabricating casework, and building mounts.

Compensation and Benefits:

Anticipated Hiring Range: minimum $4,010 - maximum $6,500 monthly.

Classification Salary Range: minimum $4,010 - maximum $7,254 monthly.

The CSU system provides a comprehensive benefit package that includes medical, dental and vision plans, membership in the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS), sick and vacation time, and 14 paid holidays a year. Eligible employees are also able to participate in the fee waiver education program. A summary of benefit information can be found here.

Position Information:

Work status: Full-time/Non-Exempt/Probationary

Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

APPLY HERE by Thursday, February 9, 2023.

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