Exhibit Designer

POSTED ON 5/7/2022 CLOSED ON 10/28/2022
The Children's Museum of Indianapolis Hired Organization Address Indianapolis, IN Full Time

Job Posting for Exhibit Designer at The Children's Museum of Indianapolis


The Exhibit Designer is responsible for the design and production plans of thematic and/or environmental designs based on project team concepts for The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. The incumbent collaborates with internal and external project teams. They participate in brainstorming, as well as research and conceptual development of innovative, entertaining educational quality exhibits and environments for children and families that drive new and repeat visitation. The designer develops and communicates visual concepts and design solutions on time. The incumbent participates in formative testing and prototyping to assure design appropriateness and accessibility guidelines are met.

The Children’s Museum is fiercely devoted to our Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion (DEAI) efforts. Together we are building and sustaining an inclusive culture that encourages, supports, and celebrates differences.


  • Participates in the brainstorming, research and development of concepts for projects led by project managers, producing quick conceptual sketches illustrating and summarizing the ideas being discussed for presentation and fund-development purposes.
  • Engages in the production of conceptual and presentation drawings which accurately represent concepts developed, as well as accurate size and space proportions and considerations for universal design for all intended audiences. Responsible for the production of presentation floorplans, elevations, perspectives and detail drawings indicating recommendations for appropriate space allocations. Makes verbal presentations of conceptual and final drawings describing concepts and design intent represented in drawings.
  • Works with colleagues on the development of informed recommendations for use of theatrical and other special effects, including specialty lighting and sound technologies, multimedia presentations, and artifact display.Develops exhibition and environmental designs in coordination with available production budgets and timelines.
  • Produces conceptual and finish drawings containing adequate information for subsequent fabrication and engineering drawings to be produced by others, and demonstrating a working knowledge of production processes and information needed by production technicians to carry designs into production stages, including, but not limited to: identification of fabrication methods, accurate dimensions and proportions, color selections, materials and surfaces, specifications of specialized equipment and elements.
  • Is involved in, and oversees design refinements, in collaboration with internal colleagues and external contractors, continuing through completion of production phases as needed.
  • Produces conceptual designs and presentation drawings done on computer, hand and digital sketches as requested and appropriate. Produces three dimensional digital scale models of major conceptual designs.
  • Produces schematic and final design packages for in-house reviews. Works closely with Senior 3D CAD Designer for production of fabrication documents.


  • Three (3) years of experience in three dimensional design including demonstrated experience in museums or related fields such as theme parks, theater or themed retail.
  • Ability to easily generate and communicate innovative verbal and visual ideas in artistic styles appropriate for children and family audiences.
  • Demonstrated proficiency with Adobe Creative Suite and Sketchup; 2D/3D drafting program (such as CAD) experience preferred.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and an ability to work effectively on a team in a people oriented, changing, flexible environment. Ability to manage multiple priorities and work on multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Working knowledge of production processes to carry conceptual designs into production stages, including, but not limited to: identification of fabrication methods, accurate dimensions and proportions, color selections, materials and surfaces, specifications of specialized equipment and elements. Knowledge of and ability to develop designs that meet production budget and timeline criteria.
  • Presentation of portfolio materials and references may be requested in advance of interviews. Do not upload materials to the application site.
  • Candidates who are selected must present a portfolio of materials and references during interviews with staff. Must provide some representative examples of work that may be retained by The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, such as digital prints, paper prints or copies, tearsheets, etc.


  • Must be able to view computer monitor, review detailed drawings/proposals/contracts, and reports.
  • Must be able to communicate by telephone, Zoom, in-person meetings and in public presentations.
  • Requires extensive computer keyboarding and calculator use and heavy paperwork processing.
  • Requires the ability to negotiate throughout the museum and must be able to sit or stand for extended periods of time; must be able to lift 20lbs and tolerate dust in the environment.
  • Must be able to negotiate local, regional, and national conventional travel.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)

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