Come join the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation's team at Taliesin West -- a World Heritage site and one of the most frequently visited travel destinations in Arizona!
Sharply focused on ensuring our local, regional, national, and international audiences feel welcome to explore, engage in, understand and financially support the historic spaces of Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin and Taliesin West, the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation inspires people to discover and embrace an architecture for better living through meaningful connection to nature, the arts and each other. In Wright's own words, our vision is "to make life more beautiful, the world a better one for living in, and to give reason, rhyme and meaning to life."
The Exhibitions Manager is responsible for overseeing the design, development, and installation of changing exhibitions at Taliesin West. This role requires an energetic and organized leader with a strong background in exhibition design and project management. Additionally, the Exhibitions Manager should be a natural leader with management experience, and the ability to take exhibitions from the concept phase to opening day.
The duties of this position are complex in nature, requiring considerable discretion and confidentiality in the handling of proprietary information and sensitive matters, including contracts and other legal documents. Administrative duties include managing a cross-departmental exhibition team, a departmental budget, and multiple schedules. The manager should have experience supervising staff members, as we expect this team will grow over time.
The ideal candidate is creative, organized, self-motivated, and approachable. They should have museum experience, enjoy working on cross-divisional teams, and a history of managing temporary exhibitions. The candidate must be professional, pleasant, proactive, and able to balance multiple tasks.
· Guide the strategic planning and long-term goals of the exhibitions department, in tandem with the organization’s overall goals and key internal stakeholders.
· Oversee the exhibition installation process from vetting through opening day. This includes long term plans and daily actions.
· Work with other internal partners to deliver the successful opening of all temporary exhibitions.
· Manage the process of creating internally curated exhibitions.
· Develop and deliver assessments throughout the process, including front end, formative, and summative evaluations of exhibitions, focus groups, and guest surveys.
· Recruit, train and supervise staff and interns as needed.
· Manage all department resources including budgets and allocations, supplies, and spaces.
· Cultivate and manage financial sponsorships and endowments as directed.
· Create reports and analysis on a monthly, quarterly, and yearly basis.
· Represent the organization when needed (regionally and nationally) and make appropriate contributions to the field.
· Other duties as assigned.
· Bachelor’s degree in museum studies, arts management, art history, or equivalent experience required.
· Minimum 4 years’ experience managing exhibitions in a museum, or equivalent location; art museum setting in particular preferred.
· Experienced in current research and theory about exhibition design, universal design, and experiential learning.
· Ability to articulate and demonstrate experience in project management.
· Highest ethics as they relate to all aspects of museum practices and confidentiality.
· Organized, intrinsically motivated, and able to manage multiple projects.
· Able to creatively and effectively solve problems as they arise.
· Exceptional management and leadership skills with staff and volunteers.
· Demonstrated proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office.
· Ability to use or willingness to learn specialized museum software, including Blackbaud products, event management software, and various web applications.
· Demonstrated outstanding oral and written communication skills.
· Ability and willingness to occasionally work weekends and evenings, as required.
· Patience and a good sense of humor are most appreciated.
· Knowledge of Frank Lloyd Wright and his architectural principles.
· Certification in Project Management/PMP designation.
· Existing professional networks in the Exhibitions industry.
Physical Demands and Work Environment: The physical demands and work environment described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this job.
· Physical Demands: While performing the essential functions of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to handle or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; and consistently talk or hear; and rarely taste or smell. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.
· Work environment: Work is performed indoors and outdoors at a historic site with uneven surfaces and desert terrain. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is exposed to weather conditions prevalent at the time. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
· OSHA Risk Classification for COVID-19 Exposure: Medium Risk: This position requires frequent/close contact with the public and other co-workers and is therefore determined to fall within the Medium Risk category as defined by OSHA. To further minimize risk, employees are required to follow the Foundation's Safe and Healthy Workplace guidelines and related personal and facility infection control policies.
The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer.