Museum of Science
  • 23-Jul-2021 to 21-Sep-2021 (EST)
  • Exhibit Design - 133
  • Boston, MA, USA
  • Grant-Funded, Full Time

Sr. Exhibit Designer

Museum of Science, Boston

Innovation and creativity come from the unique perspectives of a diverse staff. We value your perspective.


Responsible for developing 3-D design solutions and exhibit experiences from conception to implementation for large and small permanent, temporary, and traveling exhibits as assigned. Designs include layout, environment, interior finishes, structures, cabinetry and interactives. Uses necessary art and preparation skills to produce required models, prototypes, sketches, or renderings for communicating design concepts with others. Collaborates with team members, managers, other Museums, and members of the community to develop and produce exhibits according to the goals of the project, meeting the needs of our broad visitor audience, on time and within budget. Integrates 2-D graphic elements and technical design elements (mechanical, electrical, other moving parts) into concepts and structures. The desired end result is the creation of engaging, attractive, accurate, accessible and relevant exhibits that effectively communicate their intended messages to a wide audience and that reflect the advice and counsel of visitors, Museum staff, and outside experts.


  • Provides a lead role for 1 to 2 major permanent or temporary projects annually with budgets ranging from $100,000 to $3,000,000. Size may range from 500 to 12,000 square feet.
  • Provides design services for 5 to 10 minor exhibit projects with budgets ranging from $1000 to $100,000 and sizes up to 500 square feet.
  • Creates layouts for 2-5 temporary installations per year.


This position is full-time, 40 hours/week, Monday-Friday.


Sr. Director, Exhibits


  • Bachelors of Science or Arts degree
  • 5 or more years of Industrial Design, Theater Design, Interior Design, or Exhibition Design experience.
  • Demonstrated 3D Design skills including Exhibition, Furniture, Interior, or Architectural design
  • Highly skilled in CAD (VectorWorks preferred)
  • Demonstrated art skills ie sketching and computer rendering
  • Advanced knowledge of supplies and materials for exhibit fabrication (lighting, structural elements, surface finishes, architectural elements, and hardware) and experience in designing interactive, maintainable, and accessible spaces and structures.
  • Knowledge of carpentry and exhibit construction techniques.
  • Able to read and interpret architectural drawings and specifications.
  • Experienced in use of Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop
  • An ability to integrate 2-D graphic design elements into a 3-D design concept and structures.
  • Demonstrated ability to be an excellent communicator, take direction well, and work creatively and productively on teams.
  • Experience in a design/project team environment and demonstrated experience in an understanding of the Museum visitor experience.


Exempt (Salaried). $58,000-63,000/year


Benefits for full-time, exempt (salaried) staff include: free parking, T accessibility, 23 vacation days, 12 holidays, 10 sick days, medical, dental, and vision insurance, short- and long-term disability, life insurance, retirement and savings plan, health care/dependent care flex spending plan, employee discounts, employee referral program, tuition assistance, professional development, direct deposit, free admission, free Duck Tours, discounted movie passes, and much more!


Staff, interns, and volunteers will be required to show proof that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. The Museum will consider an exemption from the vaccine requirement if they are unable to get vaccinated due to a qualifying medical disability or a sincerely held religious objection. The Museum is not required to provide an accommodation or exemption from the vaccine requirement if doing so would pose a direct threat to others in the workplace or would create an undue hardship for the Museum.

The Museum of Science is fully committed to Equal Employment Opportunity and to attracting, retaining, developing and promoting the most qualified employees without regard to their race, gender, color, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, citizenship status, veteran status, or any other characteristic prohibited by federal, state or local law. We are dedicated to providing a work environment free from discrimination and harassment, and where employees are treated with respect and dignity.

No phone inquiries, please. Qualified applicants will be contacted within two to four weeks of initial application.

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