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Director of Exhibit Development 

Location Museum of Life and Science  
About the Organization The Museum of Life and Science, one of North Carolina’s top family destinations, has been a beloved Durham institution for 75 years. The Museum features 84 acres of exhibits, experiences, and outdoor exploration, including one of the East Coast's largest butterfly conservatories and a two-story science center. As an accredited zoo, the Museum is home to lemurs, black bears, endangered red wolves, and more than 140 species of live animals, butterflies, and insects. Readers of Durham Magazine, Indy Week, and Carolina Parent have repeatedly named us the top Museum in the Triangle. Charity Navigator rated the Museum, a 501(c3) nonprofit organization, 100 out of 100-- the highest possible score.

Our mission is to create a place of lifelong learning where people of all ages embrace science as a way of knowing about themselves, their community, and their world. The Museum serves our increasingly diverse community with interactive and accessible experiences that build and develop lifelong connections with science, nature, and critical thinking. The Museum partners with NASA, NOAA, the National Science Foundation, Duke University, NC State University, and the University of North Carolina on many research projects and programs.

In addition to an incredible team of co-workers, the Museum provides competitive compensation commensurate with experience, as well as a full array of employee benefits for eligible positions, including a generous 403b retirement plan with employer contributions, health, dental, and vision insurance, flex-spending plans, life insurance, long-term disability insurance, paid vacation and sick leave, nine paid annual holidays, employee appreciation events, and a family membership to the Museum.  
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Exempt/Non-Exempt Non-Exempt  

Position Objective:  Supports the Museum’s mission as lead advocate for learning related to the development and use of our public environments.


  • Play a key role in exhibition development and ensure that:
    • relationships with scientists and subject specialist are cultivated
    • scientific accuracy is achieved
    • strategy is an active focus
    • projects are well documented and appropriate label copy is produced
    • project schedules are achieved
  • Ensure that pedagogy is consistently embedded in the exhibition environments
  • Ensure that the experience intent of the exhibition environments is monitored and maintained campus-wide
  • As liaison, ensure that exhibition development efforts are coordinated with the exhibit maintenance team
  • Manage the proper care and reporting protocols for museum collections
  • As liaison, ensure that the I&L Team is coordinated with exhibition objectives and that exhibition efforts are informed by the I&L Team and the other Museum needs
  • Contribute to Leadership Team as a participating member
  • Direct and ensure that the exhibit evaluation efforts inform decision-making
  • Contribute to grant development and management as needed
  • As liaison, ensure effective museum-wide communication and coordination of exhibition projects
  • Assist VP in strategic planning

Act to fulfill other duties as necessary

Actual Pay Rate: $60,000-$67,000/annually

Position Requirements
  • Bachelor’s degree with a strong science background
  • Significant experience at an institution of similar scale and scope
  • Exhibition development experience
  • Excellent research & computer skills
  • Strong project management and budgeting skills
  • Excellent communication & interpersonal skills
  • Knowledge of informal science education and evaluation
  • Knowledge of collections management
  • Ability to multitask
  • Strong writing skills
  • Independent, self-motivated


  • Master’s degree in related field
  • Formal design training
  • Experience or training in the visual arts
Shift -not applicable-  
Pay Range $60,000-$67,000/ anually  
EOE Statement The Museum of Life and Science is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment regardless of race, color, religion, creed, age, national origin or ancestry, ethnicity, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, military or veteran status, or any other category protected by federal, state, or local law. In addition, we will provide reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities to participate in the job application or interview process, perform crucial job functions, and receive other benefits and privileges of employment. As an equal opportunity employer, we value the differences and benefits that a diverse culture brings. Join us!
Category Exhibits  

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