Exhibits Coordinator - Holland Museum (6/9/23)

Posted on 5/25/23

Classification: Full Time, Regular

Reports to: Education and Community Programs Manager

Status: Exempt

Basic Purpose

Responsible for the research, development, curation, installation, and evaluation of exhibits and displays, both temporary and permanent. This position also assists as appropriate with other Education Department functions, including public programs, community outreach, and educational tours.

Responsibilities and Accountabilities

  • Leads the Exhibits Committee in the research, curation, and content development of in-house and traveling exhibitions. Works with Committee and Staff to research, identify, and build relationships with potential exhibit contributors, including community members, scholars, innovators, artists, and other relevant individuals and organizations.
  • Collaborate and coordinate with museum staff on all elements of exhibit-related graphic design to ensure a cohesive visual representation in the museum and promotional materials.
  • Responsible for design, installation, and de-installation of temporary exhibits and permanent collection displays.
  • Plan exhibit layouts, including development of sketches, computer renderings, and models that visually communicate ideas and effectively execute the vision for an exhibit, as well as the creation of interpretive panels, reader rails, frames, mounts, platforms, pedestals, and cases.
  • Prepare exhibit checklists; generate and maintain exhibit schedules and timelines.
  • Develop exhibit design strategies that align with project schedules and budgets, proposing alternatives as necessary in response to budget or technical challenges.
  • Work with the Education and Community Programs Manager to develop, manage, and maintain budgets for exhibits and displays.
  • Work with the museum administration to coordinate booking, invoicing, payment, and delivery to vendors and organizations for traveling exhibitions, loaned works, and other exhibit-relevant materials.
  • Maintain organized files of each exhibit for project records, including exhibit evaluation outcomes.
  • Work with Facilities to maintain the workshop, including the proper storage and care of exhibit fabrication and installation tools and equipment.
  • Update collection galleries and rotate artifacts to keep galleries fresh and uphold the museum’s DEI mission. Work with staff to create comprehensive interpretive plan.


Education and Experience

  • A Bachelor’s degree in museum studies, art history, public history, education, history, or related field or equivalent experience.
  • Demonstrated experience conducting historical research in an academic and/or museum setting.
  • Experience working with hand and power tools commonly used in a woodshop.
  • Experience working with a variety of materials such as wood, fabrics, plastics, and adhesives.
  • Proficiency in Spanish preferred.
  • Valid driver’s license, a satisfactory driving record, and current insurance.

Job Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Displays integrity, solid decision-making abilities and uses sound judgement.
  • A self-starter, with the ability to prioritize continually shifting tasks; reliable and able to follow tasks through to completion and meet tight deadlines.
  • Strong personal conviction and interest in social responsibility, diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Outstanding written communication, including the ability to write effectively for a variety of ages and backgrounds.
  • Excellent verbal communication, with a proven ability to communicate effectively.
  • Superb visual communication, including the ability to translate written or verbal ideas into clear visual concept drawings, proofs, and renderings.
  • Strong customer service skills and the ability to work with a diverse public and workforce.
  • Creative and collaborative, with analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Work effectively as a member of a highly energized, creative team and maintain positive, effective relationships with a wide variety of people.
  • Knowledge of and commitment to museum best practices, interest in current trends in educational theory, public history, and the museum field.
  • Articulate clear learning outcomes and align exhibit content with the strategic goals and mission of the museum.
  • Read and follow design drawings and take accurate measurements with an eye for detail.
  • Design, fabricate, and install exhibits in a way that protects and preserves historical artifacts.
  • Create and maintain budgets, appropriately forecast both expenses and revenue, and work within that budget. 
  • The ability to perform all essential functions of the position with or without reasonable accommodations.
  • Demonstrated computer proficiency, with an excellent working knowledge of Microsoft Suite, TEAMS, and web-based research. Additional design knowledge a plus.
  • Ability to work weekends, holidays, and evenings as necessary.
  • Ability to pass a background check.

Job Title: Exhibits Coordinator

Full-Time Position: Exempt

Pay Rate: $30,000-$35,000

Medical and Dental Insurance

Paid vacation/sick days

Paid holidays

Location: 3-5 days based in the Holland Museum, 1-2 days may be remote.

Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion

The Holland Museum is committed to embracing diversity, practicing equity, and ensuring accessibility

and inclusion. We will continually strive to achieve a welcoming environment in all our spaces, where

staff, board, and community feel reflected and valued for their unique perspectives and backgrounds.

The Holland Museum is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race,

color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, age, family

responsibilities, national origin, or veteran status, or any other protected categories under applicable

law. We encourage a diverse pool of candidates to apply. At the Holland Museum, you can bring your

whole self to work.

Holland Museum’s Mission and Vision

Mission: Preserving our past, Imagining our future

Vision: To be a cultural leader and community collaborator inspiring the next generation of leaders, thinkers, and innovators.

Please send cover letter, application (from website, hollandmuseum.org), resume, and three professional references to Michelle Stempien, Education and Community Programs Manager, michelle@hollandmuseum.org, by June 9, 2023.


Thank you to our Partners!

Michigan Museums Association       313-334-7643       PO Box 5246, Cheboygan, MI 49721      lcbrisson@michiganmuseums.org

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