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Specialist, Exhibition Design 


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 Director of Exhibition Design, the Specialist is responsible for coordinating the implementation of exhibition design in the Museum and supporting the design department while focusing primarily on conducting research, representing concepts, and exploring design solutions via renderings, mood boards and physical models, as well as producing design drawings and shop drawings. You will work closely with the design and production team (e.g., exhibition designer, graphic designer, fabrication/construction managers, AV managers, lighting designer, art installation team) to understand and address the needs and requirements of any given exhibition.


This position is represented by a union. The starting date of this position is July 1, 2024.


You Will:

  • Work closely with the Director of Exhibition Design to implement exhibition design in the museum galleries.
  • Work with curatorial staff to determine curatorial intent.
  • Collaborate with the Graphic Design team.
  • Assist the Director of Exhibition Design in generation, presentation and coordination of exhibition concepts and layouts.
  • Work as a primary draftsman for the exhibition design department.
  • Work from rough sketches and specifications created by the Director and Manager of Exhibition Design and/or outside producers.
  • Convert conceptual ideas to design development drawings.
  • Create CAD or Vectorworks drawings and computer renderings to communicate concept and final design to other departments.
  • Produce renderings, diagrams, presentations, animations, or 3D models to communicate design ideas.
  • Prepare multiple versions of designs for review by curators, engineers, and base building architects.
  • Specify dimensions, materials, and procedures for new layouts.
  • Possess general understanding of construction technologies.
  • Create construction drawings to communicate with Fabrication and Construction team.
  • Work closely with the Fabrication and Construction team to ensure that all design elements are executed according to plan.
  • Manage making of model and maquettes as well as prototypes and mock-ups.
  • Source materials and services. Obtain and maintain sample libraries.
Position Requirements

You Have:

  • A bachelor’s degree in architecture, interior design, museum studies or a related field.
  • 1+ years’ experience in all phases of exhibition design and construction.
  • Technical drawing skills.
  • Proficiency in CAD or VectorWorks, Revit, Rhino, Adobe Suite.
  • Familiarity with Audio/Video and Lighting systems.
  • Familiarity with building’s HVAC, electrical systems, access points, and load capacity.
  • Experience and ability to produce construction drawings.
  • Excellent rendering/animation skills in Cinema 4D or others.
  • Excellent model-making skills.
  • Good communication skills, both verbal and written.
  • Ability to work in a flexible, fast-paced environment.
  • Experience working with high profile contract designers preferred.
  • Ability to collaborate with diverse implementation team is essential.
  • Demonstrated experience in coordinating with multi-disciplinary and multi-skilled project teams in a gallery or museum environment.
  • A commitment to diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion.


Other Requirements:

  • If hired, we require all employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19, unless a medical or religious accommodation is needed as determined on a case-by-case basis.



The expected base hourly wage range for this role is $28.85 to $29.81. The actual base pay offered will be determined by factors such as experience, skills, training, location, certifications, education, and other factors permitted by law. Decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis.


Our Benefits:

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


* Please include your digital portfolio link to your resume.



Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Position Specialist, Exhibition Design  
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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