The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco are seeking a Director of Exhibition Design. The Director of Exhibition Design develops design concepts and executes detailed plans according to set schedule for the display of loaned art and permanent collection exhibitions and rotations by assignment, adhering to museum standards, considering ADA requirements, and considering facility and conservation concerns.
Typical Duties and Responsibilities: 1. Works closely with the Director of Exhibitions and Curators to develop and design concepts and plans for temporary exhibitions and permanent collection rotations. 2. Prepares accurate drawings-to-scale in Vectorworks and other programs as required (i.e. Adobe Photoshop), including scaled images of objects accurately illustrating elevations for each exhibition in accordance with scheduled deadlines. 3. Manages Exhibition Graphic Designer and Exhibition Graphics Preparator to develop, execute, and install all in-gallery graphics. 4. Manages Exhibition Design support position and ensures that departmental practices remain in accordance with design industry standards; employs leading design programs and stays current with technological advancements. 5. Works closely and communicates regularly with the Chief Preparator and builders during the design planning (including the preparation of 3-D-models-to-scale), construction, and installation process. 6. Maintains comprehensive facility floor plans in Vectorworks with up-to-date information regarding wall configurations, emergency exits, security cameras, lighting, electrical outlets, climate sensors, etc. for reviewing layouts with key staff early in design development. 7. Develops working knowledge of existing inventory of exhibition furniture including cases, pylons, moveable walls, mannequins, mounts, platforms, stanchions, etc. that can be re-used whenever possible to minimize budgetary and environmental impacts. 8. Provides detailed drawings-to-scale of exhibition furniture, architectural details, risers, platforms, mounts, fabric, etc. to conservation standards. 9. Maintains up-to-date library of paint samples, fabric samples, architectural details, etc. 10. Bids, schedules, and manages the professional painting of galleries. 11. Updates final exhibition layouts after installation for staff use. 12. Works with both Metric and Imperial measurements to create plans for different exhibition partners. 13. Is responsible for ensuring contracted lender display requirements are fulfilled. 14. Works closely with the Exhibitions department to develop and stay within schedule and approved budgets. 15. Provides layouts and architectural details to tour venues, artists, and guest designers, as requested. When necessary, manages relationship with contracted outside designers. 16. Attends regular Exhibitions meetings to discuss layout and installation concerns.
Minimum Qualifications: Education: Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in architecture or design, Master’s degree preferred. Work Experience: Five years of progressively responsible exhibition design experience in an art museum creating preliminary and final working drawings. Skills and Abilities:
Comprehensive knowledge of architectural terms, symbols, details, and design practices and applications. Expert and advanced skills in Vectorworks and the Adobe Creative Suite: Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign, as well as SketchUp. Ability to effectively utilize software applications such as Microsoft Office Suite (Outlook, Word, Excel) and FileMaker Pro. Knowledge of standard office equipment and the ability to maintain accurate, up-to-date records. Ability to communicate effectively with Museum colleagues, artists, and vendors working in a team environment. Ability to travel, take initiative, work independently, and be flexible with changing priorities. Strong organizational skills, strong attention to detail, and the ability to prioritize multiple tasks simultaneously. Ability to envision and execute creative design skills.
FAMSF offers a competitive salary and generous benefits package including medical, dental, vision and generous vacation, sick, and holiday policy. Application Deadline: Open until filled
We are experiencing an exciting renaissance under the leadership of Director Max Hollein. As the largest public arts institution in San Francisco, the Museums welcome more than 1.5 million visitors annually, present an ambitious schedule of exhibitions and education programs throughout the year, and house a world-class collection of 151,000 important artworks. Under the leadership of Mr. Hollein, the staff is building on these successes to take the Museums to new heights with an exciting new array of innovative and groundbreaking projects.The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco are the city’s largest public arts institutions and comprise the de Young and the Legion of Honor museums. The de Young, designed by Herzog & de Meuron and located in Golden Gate Park, showcases American art from the 17th through the 21st centuries, international contemporary art, textiles and costumes, and art from the Americas, the Pacific, and Africa. The Legion of Honor displays a collection of over 4,000 years of ancient and European art including Auguste Rodin’s The Thinker and houses the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts in a Beaux-Arts style building overlooking Lincoln Park and the Golden Gate Bridge. COFAM is the Corporation of Fine Arts Museums and is the privately funded non-profit corporation which supports the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, a department of the City and County of San Francisco. COFAM is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination in all phases of employment in accordance with all federal, state, and local laws.
24 Oct 2017