Exhibitions Manager - Olin Library

Washington University in St. Louis - St. Louis, MO (30+ days ago)4.1


Job Type/Schedule

This position is full-time and works approximately 37.5 hours per week.

Department Name/Job Location

This position is in the Department of University Libraries. The position is located at West Campus.

Essential Functions

POSITION SUMMARY:
Under the direction of the Head of Preservation and Digitization, develops, manages, and coordinates temporary and semi-permanent exhibitions across the Washington University Libraries. The Exhibitions Manager serves as the central point of contact for all Libraries exhibitions, and works closely with curators, subject specialists, preservation and digitization staff, operational planning and assessment staff, communications and events staff, vendors, and a variety of other stakeholders from across the institution to ensure exhibitions are accessible, diverse, engaging, and fulfill the organizational mission.

PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Under the direction of the Head of Preservation and Digitization, develops, manages, and coordinates temporary and semi-permanent exhibitions across the Washington University Libraries. The Exhibitions Manager serves as the central point of contact for all Libraries exhibitions, and works closely with curators, subject specialists, preservation and digitization staff, operational planning and assessment staff, communications and events staff, vendors, and a variety of other stakeholders from across the institution to ensure exhibitions are accessible, diverse, engaging, and fulfill the organizational mission.
Supervise the Exhibitions Preparator and oversee the design, preparation, coordination of vendors and contractors, and installation/deinstallation of physical exhibitions with consideration to conservation needs and WU style and branding. Develop and maintain necessary documentation.
Collaborate with appropriate staff to promote and provide outreach for the exhibitions program. Provide instruction and training for exhibition-related education and interpretation. Coordinate the design and creation of associated digital exhibitions and, in conjunction with communications and events staff, aide in the creation of associated promotional materials, such as brochures, catalogs, etc.
Serve as point person for maintenance, environmental control, security, and other issues related to all exhibitions spaces, cases, and patron interactions. Coordinate, as appropriate, with designated preservation, facilities, and security staff and vendors.
Oversee ongoing assessment of exhibition program and user experience to ensure organizational goals are met. Work with designated staff to ensure ADA compliance is satisfied. Gather statistics and provide necessary data and reports.
Participates in library-wide and university-wide activities, committees, special projects and programs, as assigned. Perform other duties as assigned.
Evening and weekend shifts required
Occasional travel required

Required Qualifications

Bachelor’s Degree in Design, History, American Culture, or related field, 3-5 years related experience, or equivalent combination of education and relevant experience
3-5 years of supervisory experience
Experience handling special collections
Capable of multi-tasking, prioritizing & working in fast paced environment with tight deadlines. Proven professional leadership to engage library staff, administrators, donors and other constituencies
Knowledge of constructing display pieces, matting, framing, and handling fragile artifacts and works of art
Knowledge of digital imaging and graphic design
Proven ability to communicate creative concepts and interact with an academic community and the general public
Working knowledge of relevant software applications such as MS Office suite, Adobe Suite (InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop) and open source platforms such as Omeka, CollectionSpace
Strong graphic art and computer skills
Experience working with websites, blogs, and social media
Evidence of excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills
Excellent organization and analytic skills, with strong attention to detail
Ability to work independently and as a member of a team
Must be able to lift 40+ pounds
Ability to be standing for hours at a time
Must be able to work in an environment in which exposure to materials containing possible dust and mold
Ability to work evening and weekend shifts
Ability to available for occasional travel

Preferred Qualifications

Master’s degree preferred
Prior experience working in an academic archives or special collections library
Subject knowledge in one or more of the Special Collections Library’s primary collecting areas, such as modern American literature and history, rare books, civil rights history, local history, film & media, modern graphic history, or university history

Salary Range

The hiring range for this position is $51,909 - $67,470 annually.

Pre-Employment Screening

Offers made for this position are contingent upon the successful completion of all required pre-employment screens, including a criminal background check.

Department Summary

The Washington University Libraries is seeking a dynamic, creative, engaging, and experienced individual to serve as Exhibition Manager for Washington University Libraries. The Washington University Libraries, comprised of 12 libraries on the university’s Danforth, West, and Medical School Campuses, reporting to the Vice Provost and University Librarian (in association with 3 campus partners), operate as a unified library system in support of the research, teaching, and learning mission of the university. The Libraries’ house more than 3.6 million books, journals, and other print materials; 2.5 million microforms; 50,000 AV titles; and have access to more than 65,000 electronic journals and more than 500,000 e-books. The libraries' 135 dedicated professional and support staff serve an increasingly diverse community and exemplify the libraries' commitment to meet the needs of faculty, staff and students for the present - and for years to come.

The university offers an excellent benefit package that includes medical, access to dental, life, disability insurance and retirement contributions. Libraries’ staff also receive support for professional development.

Benefits

  • Retirement Savings Plan
  • 22 vacation days
  • 8 Paid Holidays
  • Sick Time
  • Tuition benefits for employee, spouse and dependent children
  • Free Metro Link/ Bus pass
  • Free Life Insurance
  • Health, Dental, Vision
  • Health Savings Accounts (HSA)
  • Long Term Disability Insurance
  • Flex Spending Plan
  • Other Benefits
Human Resources website (hr.wustl.edu)

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EOE Statement

Washington University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status.