The Florida Historic Capitol Museum (Tallahassee, FL) is seeking an Exhibits Manager (Program Specialist). The preferred candidate would have a masters degree from an accredited college or university in museum studies, public history or a related field, and three years of professional experience developing and coordinating exhibits in a museum. A key focus area will be the production and integration of Audio-Visual (AV) Exhibit content to enhance permanent exhibits. Museum exhibits shall interpret Floridas political history, promote civic education, and tell the story of the restored Historic Capitol. The Florida Historic Capitol Museum is under the management of the Florida Legislature; please visit http://www.leg.state.fl.us for a complete job description and application instructions. Please note: the minimum qualifications field contains the boilerplate language for Legislative job descriptions at the Program Specialist level. We will also welcome applicants with a BA in history, museum studies, or related field plus the requisite years of experience.
Examples of Work Performed:
· Work with all museum staff to realize the Historic Capitol Museums full potential as an interpretive and educational tool and a resource for understanding Floridas political history.
· Manage all operational aspects of exhibition production, including development of exhibit themes, planning, scheduling, and budgeting
· Evaluate current practices and stay current with professional standards and exhibits theory, techniques, and technologies in order to develop multiple access systems, meet the needs of a diverse audience, and plan for changing needs of staff and the public.
· Conduct research for new exhibits and for identification of AV content that can be integrated into permanent and temporary exhibits at the Historic Capitol Museum
· Write exhibit text, define artifact needs, locate lenders, acquire artifacts, work with Collections Manager to secure appropriate loans, coordinate with graphic designer to develop interpretive panels and labels, and arrange appropriate display of artifacts and content
· Oversee maintenance of permanent and temporary exhibits
· Learn and utilize SpinetiX Hypermedia Director in order to develop AV exhibit content located on a central server and schedule content to play on individual SpinetiX HMP200 units throughout the museum.
· Edit images and videos for exhibits using programs of the Adobe Creative Suite
· Assist Director of Florida Legislative Research Center and Collections Manager in formulating, interpreting, applying, and assuring conformance with collection policies and procedures
· Work with Collections Manager to ensure safe and proper handling, transportation, exhibition, and storage of permanent collections and loans
· Respond to telephone, mail, and e-mail research requests within the scope of the Historic Capitol and Florida Legislative Research Center program mission
· Recruit, train, and supervise exhibit volunteers and interns
· Provide museum education programs and tours as needed
· Assist with special events at Historic Capitol Museum
· Perform other duties assigned
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Knowledge of historical research techniques
Knowledge of best practices for exhibit development, including research, writing, design, and fabrication.