Yale University offers exciting opportunities for achievement and growth in New Haven, Connecticut. Conveniently located between Boston and New York, New Haven is the creative capital of Connecticut with cultural resources that include three major museums, a critically-acclaimed repertory theater, state-of-the-art concert hall, and world-renowned schools of Architecture, Art, Drama, and Music.
General Purpose: Reporting to the Director of Public Programs of the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History, the Assistant Director of Exhibitions will lead the development, design, production, evaluation, and maintenance of exhibitions and displays within the Peabody’s galleries, creating both traditional and innovative exhibition experiences for diverse Museum audiences that support the Peabody’s mission, both within the Museum and also at off-site venues. Directly supervises the Museum’s Exhibition Design and Graphic Design staff, Exhibition Preparation staff, and Construction Shop staff. Will serve a critical role in strategic development and implementation of exhibition and related experiences, and is responsible for recommending improvements to methods, practices, and procedures of exhibition development. Will actively collaborate across all Museum units to ensure that Peabody exhibition experiences highlight the strength of the Museum’s history, collections, and research. Successful candidates will demonstrate a keen sense of exhibition theory and good humor, enjoy being part of a team, and have excellent writing and communication skills.
Required Education and Experience:
Bachelor’s Degree in a related field and four years of related experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Strong history of exhibition development and design.
Project management experience related to exhibition development and production.
Knowledge of and experience with visitor evaluation techniques.
Strong writing skills with ability to effectively communicate scientific content and themes to diverse audiences.
Ability to translate institutional identity, ideas, direction, and themes into exhibitions and experiences across a wide range of topics. Ability to be creative in implementing exhibitions and exacting in their execution.
Strong work ethic and ability to excel in a fast-paced, results oriented, and community environment. Highly proficient at taking initiative, prioritizing, and meeting deadlines. Flawless attention to detail. Resourceful in solving problems, and the ability to demonstrate grace and professionalism under pressure.
Proven ability to build and maintain influence and trust with a wide array of constituencies and to work both collaboratively and independently in an organized and productive manner. Flexible and responsive team player with a professional manner to represent the Museum appropriately.
Ability to think strategically, analytically and quantitatively to formulate budgets and understand and negotiate contracts. Highly proficient at managing multiple priorities while exceeding expectations.
Demonstrated ability to supervise and mentor staff and provide immediate feedback to improve performance.
Preferred Education and Experience: Master’s Degree in museum studies. Knowledge of natural history and willingness to acquire greater knowledge of the Museum’s collections, research, and educational programming. Experience working with industry vendors/consultants, such as design firms and fabrication studios. Proven ability to secure funding via grants or other external sources. Experience with video/sound editing.
Preferred Licenses or Certifications: Valid driver license and access to a vehicle. Familiarity with 2D and 3D design tools, such as Creative Suite, SketchUp, and Vectorworks. Experience with project management software, such as Microsoft Project.
Application: For more information and immediate consideration, please apply online at http://bit.ly/2CJrXo0. Please be sure to reference this website when applying for this position.
We invite you to discover the excitement, diversity, rewards and excellence of a career at Yale University. One of the country's great workplaces, Yale University offers exciting opportunities for meaningful accomplishment and true growth. Our benefits package is among the best anywhere, with a wide variety of insurance choices, liberal paid time off, fantastic family and educational benefits, a variety of retirement benefits, extensive recreational facilities, and much more.
Yale University considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of an individual’s sex, race, color, religion, age, disability, status as a veteran, or national or ethnic origin; nor does Yale discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.
Additional Salary Information: Commensurate with experience.
Yale University is an American private Ivy League research university located in New Haven, Connecticut. Founded in 1701 in the Colony of Connecticut, the university is the third-oldest institution of higher education in the United States.