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Manager of Exhibitions

The Manager of Exhibitions will assume a hands-on position with responsibility for the project management and supervision of processes needed for the successful fabrication, installation, operational planning, and maintenance of exhibits.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities (Essential Functions)

  • Will participate in a robust exhibit development process with the teams responsible for developing interactive experiences, art handling, and the display of collections.
  • Collaborate with the director of galleries and exhibitions and project managers leading the conceptual development of exhibitions.
  • Be directly responsible for supporting the fabrication and installation of new museum exhibits and for maintaining the installed exhibitions for a successful visitor experience.
  • Act as the lead liaison with Facilities on gallery infrastructure maintenance issues.
  • Hire contracted work crews; and train and manage temporary full- and part-time employees and interns for exhibition operations and maintenance.
  • Responsibilities include planning all aspects of exhibition installations and managing the allocated resources.
  • Synthesizing information and contributing to documenting complex exhibition processes.
  • Maintaining existing galleries (including Hart and Compton Galleries), exhibitions, and museum public areas.
  • Leading gallery preparation, construction, installation, and de-installation.
  • Managing and maintaining all exhibit facilities, workshops, matting and framing shop, equipment, and storage areas.
  • Providing "museum quality" matting and framing for exhibitions and loans.
  • Maintaining existing gallery lighting.
  • Meeting project budgets and schedules.

Qualifications & Skills


  • Bachelor's degree.
  • At least three years experience in exhibition fabrication, installation, maintenance, and management and including managing budgets and supervising staff.
  • Excellent problem-solving and organizational skills.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Seek an experienced craftsperson accustomed to a deadline-driven environment.
  • Must be able to maintain a flexible schedule to support exhibit installations and operations.


  • Experience in a museum environment, and knowledge of CAD drafting.

To apply, visit the MIT Human Resources Site. This role is a pay scale 7.