Did you know there’s a planet in our galaxy where it rains glass? Or that light bounces around inside the Sun for 175,000 years before shooting off into space? If you think that’s freaking awesome, and you’re passionate about space, creating awesome exhibits, and working with a phenomenal team, this might be the place for you!
The Adler Planetarium is seeking an Exhibits Manager to join our dynamic team located on Chicago's Museum Campus.
Reporting to the VP for Guest Experience, the Exhibits Manager will be responsible for managing, mentoring, and guiding the Exhibits Maintenance Team to insure high quality exhibit experiences, day to day upkeep, and a strong team. This individual will also be responsible for:
Leading all Exhibits Maintenance Team functions, including scheduling team members, maintaining active maintenance logs for exhibit elements, planning and managing workflows, and maintaining shop inventory
Participating in planning for upcoming exhibition projects, including advising on concepts, materials, and build
In partnership with the VP for Guest Experience, creating, managing and maintaining accurate budgets, ensuring the best use of Adler resources to further the guest experience, reduce waste, improve efficiencies, and/or mitigate risk
Working collaboratively with other teams, including Operations/Facilities, Theaters, and IT to troubleshoot and prevent challenges
Maintaining strong communication through email, meetings, shared calendars, Slack channels, etc.
We are looking for someone who is excited about the opportunity to pitch innovative ideas, implement new strategies, and creatively solve challenges. This is a person who is able to strategize, set and meet goals, be proactive, and who has meticulous attention to detail in the completion of tasks. Someone who has excellent communication and project management skills. This person will need to have the ability to multi-task effectively in a fast-paced environment, and is flexible—happy to work autonomously or on a team in an organization of tremendously talented people.
High School degree or equivalent
Certification in carpentry, general construction, or other related fields, OR equivalent on the job training
Five to seven years of experience in museum exhibit maintenance and production or equivalent, with increasing responsibility
At least two years of supervisory or management experience
Broad experience including general construction, cost estimation, and current techniques
Experience with maintenance work around historic objects/artifacts and basic understanding of conservation concerns
Familiarity with Google collaborative tools, maintenance order systems, basic CAD or SketchUp skills, basic experience with CnC router
Associate or Bachelor’s degree
Professional/technical certification in above categories or other
Training in welding, plastics, industrial design, technical theater, or other
Experience in CAD/architecture
Previous project management experience
Large format printing experience
Experience working with Adobe Creative Cloud
The Guest Experience team at the Adler Planetarium is responsible for just about everything our guests see and do. We create and maintain exhibitions, develop programs, hold events, and create and deliver dynamic theater shows. We are sharply focused on our audience and do our work so that everyone who comes through our doors feels welcome to explore space with us. We do all of this in service of inspiring exploration of that mind-blowing thing we call our Universe.
The Adler Planetarium is dedicated to complying with its obligations as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Our recruiting and hiring procedures are free of discrimination based on race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, disability, covered veteran status, including disabled veterans, recently separated veterans, other protected veterans, and Armed Forces service medal veterans or any protected group status as defined by law.
The Adler Planetarium—America’s First Planetarium—was founded in 1930 by Chicago business leader Max Adler. As a recognized leader in public engagement, the Adler Planetarium’s scientists, historians and educators inspire the next generation of explorers. The Adler is home to three full size theaters, extensive interactive exhibitions, and a significant collection of antique scientific instruments... and print materials. In addition, the Adler boasts the lakeside Doane Observatory, one of the only research-active, public urban observatories, and the only place in Chicago where the public can see planets, stars, and galaxies up-close and in person.