The Exhibit Content & Experience Developer is a member of the team that is being formed to plan a new exhibition on the broad topic of AI/Computational Sciences for the new MIT Museum in Kendall Square, projected to open in fall 2021. The Exhibit Developer is responsible for the ideation, development and implementation of dynamic experiences that communicate concepts in art, science and technology, effectively interpreting contemporary scientific research and collections.
The Exhibit Content & Experience Developer collaborates with the Director of Galleries and Exhibitions, curators, designers and teams on re-imagining museum experiences. Using an integrated approach, the Exhibit Developer conducts content research, leads visitor studies and exhibit evaluation, develops exhibit experiences, is responsible for writing and editing, and works to ensure that exhibit projects significantly enhance the visitor experience while successfully presenting the specific topic(s) and educational goals.
The MIT Museum is building a team to begin the formative phases of exciting work to determine its future in its new location at Kendall Square. The museum looks to convey and contribute to the unique problem-solving ethos of MIT with exhibitions and programs that exemplify the leading edge of knowledge both past and present. To that end, the Exhibit Developer will work closely with a diverse group of scientists, technologists, curators and practitioners on cross-disciplinary presentations. Ideally, the developer will have specific interest and experience in one or more areas of knowledge that relate to the science and research at MIT.
Principal Duties and Responsibilities:
Research educational, scientific and technological content for exhibits. Establish conceptual frameworks to interpret complex narratives. Collaborate with exhibition teams, scientific advisors, creative technologists, etc. to devise unexpected, meaningful and innovative solutions. Conceptualize and document exhibit experience concepts, narratives and operations. Advocate for educational and visitor experience goals as represented through design. Write and edit exhibit copy. Assist with exhibit prototyping and lead evaluation. Develop project reports and other communication materials. Research exhibit resources and assist with development of exhibit ideas and programs. Integrate and track artifacts as needed, supporting the efforts of Collections and the Registrar. Develop scripts and work closely with multimedia producers. Ensure that exhibits are experientially engaging and scientifically accurate. Conduct photo research and other visual media asset acquisition. Manage project logistics and communication with internal teams and outside vendors as assigned. Meet project budgets and schedules. Other tasks: Support a collaborative project environment. Remain informed of current trends in art and science museums and the informal science education field broadly. Provide development support for other projects as assigned. Other duties and responsibilities as assigned
Reports to, and works proactively and collaboratively with the Director of Galleries and Exhibitions.
No direct reports. May monitor and coordinate the work of consultants, students or interns.
Qualifications & Skills:
BA/BS (MA/MS preferred) degree in science, computational sciences, or the history of technology.
EXPERIENCE & QUALIFICATIONS:
A minimum of 5+ years of experience developing museum exhibitions, preferably in science, history or art environments.
A positive, proactive and collegial work ethic. Excellent oral, written and interpersonal communication skills. Proven record of initiating concepts and developing exhibitions of excellence with a strong, insightful and original vision. Excellent research and organizational skills; candidates must be detail oriented, self-motivated, conscientious, thorough, task-focused and able to manage and track multiple demands in a creative and fast-paced environment. Excellent technical proficiency with MS Office including Word, Excel, PPT and Google docs. Specific science content knowledge (in the life sciences, mathematics, physics, engineering, architecture, computer science) and/or the ability to communicate scientific/technological topics is preferred.
Note: This is a term position through completion and opening of the new MIT Museum in Kendall Square in fall 2021.
Apply on MIT’s Human Resources website.