Exhibit Developer

POSTED ON 6/1/2022 CLOSED ON 10/28/2022
The Children's Museum of Indianapolis Hired Organization Address Indianapolis, IN Full Time

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


The Exhibit Developer is responsible for coordinating key aspects of exhibit and experience development for new museum experiences and revisions of current gallery experiences for The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. The developer serves as visitor advocates to ensure exhibits and experiences relate to key audiences in developmentally appropriate ways. They participate in exhibit revisions and new experiences as well as small installations and element refurbishments in current galleries. The incumbent is instrumental in the front-end evaluation, formative evaluation, idea generation, writing exhibit big idea and messages, writing conceptual documents, script and storyboard writing, label writing, research, activity and content prototyping, and remedial evaluation. The developer leads or coordinates the gathering and synthesis of information regarding appropriate content, approaches, best practices and existing work on exhibit topics.

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.

REPORTS TO: AVP of Exhibit Design & Development, Marketing Creative


  • Coordinates and develops exhibits and experiences that align with and support the strategic plan. Oversees the individual exhibit development processes including project planning, budget monitoring, and expense projections.
  • Maintains knowledge of best practices for family learning and age appropriate delivery of a range of content across the arts, sciences, and humanities.
  • Collaborates with internal colleagues and external contractors to ensure that projects are completed on time and on budget through implementation.
  • Organizes planning teams and facilitates discussions that result in the development of exhibit conceptual documents and subsequent preparation of drawings, as well as schematic and detail design documents.
  • Communicates with curators, partners, the accessibility coordinator and advisers to ensure exhibit content is inclusive, comprehensive, and accurate.
  • Oversees the completion of design development documents. Works with designer and production staff on construction drawings, creation of models, and final design specifics. Collaborates with colleagues across the museum to ensure projects are managed through to implementation.
  • Collaborates with interpretation, programs, and school services staff to create related materials to supplement and reinforce exhibit experiences. Works with the operations and facilities division to ensure they are provided with appropriate and timely information needed to ensure projects can be achieved on time and on budget.
  • Coordinates with Director of Research and Evaluation to conduct upfront audience analysis, research, and on-going formative testing, remedial, and summative evaluation of exhibits.
  • Works with evaluation, design, creative media, and/or production staff to prototype new experiences.
  • Is responsible for exhibit development budget on specific exhibit projects including label and interactive prototypes.
  • Maintains knowledge of new techniques, technologies, and innovations in exhibit development.


  • Bachelor’s degree in field related to development of informal learning environments and materials; master’s degree preferred.
  • Five (5) years of experience in program or content development in a museum setting working with visitors (youth and adult) in informal learning situations. Exhibit or program development experience preferred.
  • Must possess sound knowledge of professional museum practices and familiarity with all aspects of exhibition planning and development processes. Must have familiarity with learning and teaching theory/techniques in both formal and informal learning environments.
  • Must be highly effective in team dynamics. Demands the ability to work with a diverse professional staff and volunteers, as well as the skills to negotiate professionally and effectively.
  • .Demonstrated organizational, strategic thinking, interpersonal, communications, and problem-solving skills. Demands strong writing ability in a variety of styles to clearly communicate ideas in written documents to a variety of constituents.
  • Demands the skill to communicate visual concepts verbally and the ability to translate general concepts into exhibit design ideas. Must be open to the exhibit design concepts of others.
  • Demands the ability to prioritize and balance competing demands. Must be able to make sound decisions under deadline pressures.
  • Requires the ability to complete projects of varying sizes, including smaller installations and major new exhibits. Must be flexible, willing to handle details, and coordinate work.


  • Must be able to read floor plans, write exhibit conceptual documents, and view exhibit design plans. Must be able to visually assess all phases of the exhibit project.
  • Must be able to verbally lead team meetings and hear responses from team members. Must take oral feedback and incorporate this into exhibit plans. Must be able to hear visitors and gather their feedback during front-end evaluation.
  • Must be able to type exhibit documents and manipulate exhibit elements; at times this may include light installation of exhibit elements. Must be able to work with others to create prototype elements.
  • Must be able to navigate construction sites. Requires ability to stand for long periods of time. Requires travel to other museums and regional locations via conventional travel. Must be able to lift up to 20lbs and tolerate dust in the environment.

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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