Title: Design and Fabrication Coordinator

Department: Education and Exhibitions

Reports to: Manager of Exhibition Development

Classification: Full-time, non-exempt

Compensations: $18 per hour


The Design and Fabrication Coordinator at The New Children’s Museum works with commissioned artists and museum staff to build art installations for young children and their families. The ideal candidate is an expert maker with a sense of humor, a teamwork approach and a commitment to building and maintaining artwork that is much-loved and used by children.


The following reflects the Museum’s definition of essential functions for this position but does not restrict the tasks that may be assigned. The Museum may assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this position at any time due to reasonable accommodation or other reasons.

Exhibition Maintenance

•      Conduct preventive maintenance of all commissioned artwork at the Museum and anticipate potential issues before they happen.

•      Assess and repair damaged artwork elements quickly and efficiently.

•      Oversee organization, safety, and cleanliness of workshop, including consulting with Studios Coordinator on making recommendations for equipment purchase and repair.

•      Track and organize back of house inventory of exhibition audio-visual equipment and other materials.

•      When artwork elements require specialized maintenance, provide detailed repair information and oversee transportation of artwork to contractors/specialists.

Exhibition Development, Fabrication and Installation
•      With Manager of Exhibition Development and Exhibitions Coordinator, meet with exhibition artists and museum staff to plan the design and fabrication of immersive art installations and other projects for young children.

•      Research proposed installation and construction methods and assess costs.

•      Identify and suggest solutions for potential safety and durability issues.

•      Design and fabricate pedestals, furniture, walls, temporary partitions, and other support structures for exhibitions, as well as other museum projects, as needed.

•      Develop, interpret, and implement shop drawings and compile material cut and hardware lists.

•      Coordinate with shipping agents, artwork conservators, two-dimensional object framers and installation specialists such as carpenters, painters, art handlers, lighting experts, heavy metal handlers, video/audio technicians and other contract service providers, as may be required for the installation and de-installation of contemporary artwork.

•      Develop de-installation and installation schedule for new installations.

•      Assist in hiring and oversee temp/part-time preparatory crew for installations.

Departmental and Administrative Duties
·         As a member of the Education and Exhibitions department, participate in departmental, interdepartmental, all-staff and other team meetings as required.

·         Assist with preparing and tracking exhibition maintenance and repair budgets.

•      Additional duties as required.


A minimum of three (3) years of experience building museum exhibits AND/OR equivalent experience in licensed trade(s). Four-year degree preferred.

·         Knowledge of standard tools, practices, equipment, and methods used in exhibit installation and safe work practices related to the installation of art.

·         Experience applying user research and formative evaluation and working with an iterative development process (including prototyping, formative evaluation, and revision based on visitor input).

·         Experience working with artists as well as experience designing and building for children highly preferred.

·         Expertise in the use of scissor lifts required and experience with boom lifts and fork lifts preferred.

·         Skill in the use of power tools such as drills, routers, jigsaws and circular saws (including table saw).

·         Museum quality finishing/painting abilities.

·         Commitment to safety and knowledge of shop safety guidelines/procedures.

·         Ability to problem solve and balance conflicting demands.

·         Ability to analyze situations and respond quickly to deliver effective solutions.

·         Ability to communicate ideas to other team members in appropriate media as necessary (models, SketchUp, hand sketches, etc.).

·         Extremely reliable and dependable.

·         Efficient time management skills.

·         Excellent speaking and interpersonal skills.

·         Experience with access and accessibility, and universal design.

·         English, fluent in both spoken and written form.

·         Advanced skills in the following areas are a plus: metal fabrication, welding, acrylic fabrication, and upholstery.

·         OSHA certification a plus.

The physical demands described herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, talk, see and hear. The employee is required to stand, walk and lift or move up to 30–50 pounds; occasionally lifting up to 100 pounds.  The employee must be able to verbally communicate in a concise manner.

The majority of work is performed in a workshop environment with attendant noise level and requires observance of safe work practices, fire regulations, and avoidance of falls, trips and similar work hazards.  Due to the nature of the position, some weekend and evening hours will be required.


Please submit your resume along with a thoughtful cover letter that clearly describes how your skills and experience meet the qualifications of this position.

About The New Children's Museum

Our mission: The New Children’s Museum is a new model of children’s museum whose mission is to stimulate imagination, creativity and critical thinking in children and families through inventive and engaging experiences with contemporary art.

Our vision:  To address a critical need in our society and become a leader in engaging children through contemporary art in order to develop the skills needed for the 21st century.