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Exhibition Design Director  


The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures furthers the understanding, celebration, and preservation of cinema through inclusive and accessible exhibitions, screenings, programs, initiatives, and collections. Welcoming visitors from Los Angeles and around the world, the Museum works in active partnership with motion picture artists and specialists, scholars, staff, and diverse communities to contextualize and challenge dominant narratives around cinema, inspiring discourse, connection, joy, and discovery.

Reporting to the SVP of Exhibition Design and Production, the Director is responsible for designing and coordinating design for all Academy Museum exhibitions and projects. Working closely with Exhibition staff in the Production Department (AV, Lighting, Fabrication, Art Installation, Media Production), you will ensure all exhibitions and projects are completed to the highest standards, on time, and on budget. This position supervises and manages a design staff of three (3) persons.

You Will:

  • Provide leadership in design strategies and concepts for all exhibitions - bringing coherence to the plan and a sophisticated approach to environmental design and visual communication.
  • Work closely with Curatorial staff and external filmmakers, conceive and develop original designs for exhibitions, including elements such as temporary walls, scenic elements, screens, media, casework, wall color, floor treatments, public seating, lighting, and object layouts.
  • Supervise graphic design, production, and installation, including overseeing outside designers and graphics installation staff.
  • Ensure successful integration of design from concept to implementation, working closely with staff from curatorial, exhibition production, conservation, exhibitions planning, registration, publication, and digital content.
  • Schedule delivery of projects on time, within budget, and ensure quality control of exhibition and installation components to produce overall consistency.
  • Supervise the generation of CAD drawings and other computer renderings to communicate design concepts.
  • Prepare and oversee production of construction drawings based on final approved designs.
  • Manage the making of models, maquettes, prototypes, and mockups for exhibitions and projects.
  • Review design proposals with Visitor Services, Security, and Facilities to ensure clear communication and efficiency between exhibitions, visitors, and building.
  • Ensure all construction is built to meet design standards; troubleshoot any issues that arise with fabricators and on the floor.
  • Ensure processes are in place to maximize the effectiveness of design resources. This includes overseeing the preparation of design-related schedules, resource planning, and financial estimates and reports.
  • Advise on design solutions for exhibition marketing to build the Academy Museum brand, working with the Marketing and Communications Department.
  • Commission external designers and manage them throughout delivery, ensuring appropriate matches to project scale, outcomes, and audience.
  • Study trends in museum design, including technical advances, new methodologies, and products, and advise peers and senior management of their suitability.
  • Represent the Museum externally on design-related matters.
  • Be an excellent team player who can work well with staff across departments and foster a team - and goal-oriented department staff.
Position Requirements

You Have:

  • B.F.A. or B.A. in a design discipline or related field.
  • 8+ years of related experience.
  • Mastery of exhibition design, artistic display, and visual presentation methods used in a museum, combined with a thorough knowledge of museum exhibition concepts, standards, applications, procedures, and terminology.
  • Strong conceptual and creative abilities, as well as a strong technical background.
  • Proven exhibition design and installation experience, especially in film, video, and multimedia exhibitions.
  • Experience establishing timelines, balancing priorities, and managing resources to accomplish multiple simultaneous exhibition projects.
  • Deep knowledge of design processes and practices, policies, and procedures in a museum or art gallery environment.
  • Knowledge of current and emerging trends in the design profession, preferably within the arts and heritage sector.
  • Proven track record as an experienced and effective team leader: authoritative and decisive while also displaying key collaborative skills.
  • Superior communication skills and the ability to effectively convey ideas and persuade outcomes through formal presentation.
  • Knowledge of museum conservation needs and practices.
  • Knowledge of industrial design and architectural practices, including life/safety and ADA requirements and city permits.
  • Excellent troubleshooting and problem-solving skills.
  • Experience formulating and managing complex exhibition and departmental budgets.
  • Technical acumen: proficient in design software tools such as Creative Suite (InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator), Vectorworks and/or CAD, and Rhino, prototyping, and physical model making. Advanced skills in business software including Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Ability to travel as the demands of the position require.
  • A commitment to diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion.


Other Requirements:

  • Full vaccination against COVID-19 is required, including any booster vaccinations as applicable.


Our Benefits:

  • Comprehensive medical, dental, and vision.
  • PTO and Sick Time
  • 401(k)



Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Position Exhibition Design Director  
Exempt/Non-Exempt Exempt  
Open Date 9/26/2022  
Location Los Angeles  
About the Organization The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is a global community of more than 10,000 of the most accomplished artists, filmmakers and executives working in film. In addition to celebrating and recognizing excellence in filmmaking through the Oscars, the Academy supports a wide range of initiatives to promote the art and science of the movies, including public programming, educational outreach and the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures.
EOE Statement The Academy is committed to equal opportunity in employment and to creating and valuing diversity in its workforce. Maintaining a diverse workforce is important to the Academy. The Academy enforces a strict policy that prohibits discrimination in hiring, training, compensation, promotion, transfer, or termination, whether on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation or genetic information. This includes a workplace that is free of all forms of harassment. Also, to help foster diversity, the Academy uses programs that ensure fairness of opportunity, pay, and growth to all applicants and employees. Every employee of the Academy is required to follow this policy and to preserve the Academy’s commitment to diversity.  

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