DuPage Children's Museum

Position: Exhibits Maker
Status: Full time, exempt
Salary Range: high $40,000's
Send resume with letter of interest to: [email protected]
Application close date: May 7, 2021
Position Description:
Job Summary:
The vision of DuPage Children’s Museum is that all children reach their full unique learning potential through equitable access to hands-on play and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) based experiences. The Exhibits Maker serves a critical role in advancing the vision by modeling best practices in developing, designing, fabricating, and maintaining play-based exhibits.

Essential Responsibilities:
1. Monitors the condition and functionality of DCM exhibits to ensure their availability to visitors. Develops a master plan to ensure excellent condition, maintenance, and repair of all museum exhibits; maintains a database and other files that collect and organize information about exhibit condition, warrantees, fabrication, and maintenance/repair.
2. Provides regular, user-friendly transparent information about the status of exhibits to a cross-departmental lead team.
3. Coordinates and performs exhibit maintenance and repairs as necessary.
4. Fabricates exhibit components and signage.
5. Coordinates with Exhibit Experience Team to ensure museum exhibits meet DCM’s high standard of excellence in terms of experience and functionality.
6. Ensures the development of exhibit components and signage.  This may include creating models; researching, ordering and/or developing devices; testing materials; building prototypes; and providing production support for necessary exhibit components and signage.
7. Manages and supervises exhibit installations for in-house and off-site builds, contracted services, and traveling exhibitions.
8. Acts as liaison with contract fabricators and vendors.
9. Ensures the educational functionality of permanent, traveling, and temporary exhibit components.
10. Manages the Museum’s fabrication and maintenance shop including safety procedures, museum tool and equipment maintenance, exhibit storage areas, and other resource materials in an appropriate and professional manner.
11. Researches appropriate materials, specifications, and methods for potential fabrication.  
12. Responsible for inventory, ordering, maintaining, and storing of exhibit preparation supplies, equipment, and components.
13. Contributes to the development and administration of the department budget to ensure budget goals are met.
14. Works collaboratively with all museum staff to support the Museum’s annual strategic goals and core values.

Secondary Responsibilities:
1.  Other duties as assigned.
2. Travel to off-site and out-of-town locations may be required.

Job Relationships:
● Supervised by Chief of Building and Making
● Supervises Exhibit Maintenance Technicians and volunteers.
● Establishes and maintains productive relationships with vendors and fabricators.
● Coordinates extensively with Facility Maintenance staff, the Guest Experience Sr. Manager, the Arts & Maker Specialist, the Sr. Graphics Manager, and other staff to maintain the effectiveness of DCM exhibits.
● Behaves appropriately around children and works well with diverse museum visitors.

Education and Experience:
● High school or trade school degree required; college degree, technical training and/or certification preferred.
● Five years of experience in museum, trade show, or other production shop required.

Skills and Abilities:
● Must have demonstrated skill in hand and bench work including cabinet-making, electrical wiring, painting and finishing, metalwork, and other skilled tasks.
● Demonstrated knowledge of methods and materials used in museum exhibit fabrication.
● Skilled in the safe use of power tools, machine tools, and hand power tools.  Knowledge of audio-visual equipment.
● Project management skills. Superior skills in organizing, determining priorities and taking initiative; willingness and ability to work toward objectives, shifting priorities when needed.
● Reads and interprets drawings and design sketches/details.
● Good organizational and communication skills.
● Ability to communicate fabrication ideas and techniques with sketches.
● Experience in cost estimating.
● Works well in a collaborative environment.
● Ability to produce computer-generated detail and fabrication drawings.
● Ability to program and use a CNC machine, 3D printer, or Laser Cutter a plus.
● Basic knowledge of Word, Excel, Google Sketch Up, a must.
● Pool certification a plus.

The following abilities are required for the position:  (a) Heavy physical exertion and activity will be required; (b) Bend, reach, kneel, squat, walk and climb stairs and ladders; (c) Lift and carry large/bulky items weighing up to 75 pounds; (d) Display the dexterity and motor skills necessary to perform mechanical repairs and work on a variety of machinery; (e) Work outdoors for short periods of time in hot and cold weather; (f) Communicate appropriately, clearly and verbally with museum visitors and co-workers; Comprehend and speak English with the general public and co-workers; (g) Use a keyboard and mouse to enter, retrieve or transfer words or data; (h) Tolerate dust, paint, cleaning solutions and plastic/latex.  

Must have a current driver’s license and reliable transportation.