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The National Civil Rights Museum / Exhibition Designer/Preparator

07/21/2020 8:24 AM | Tennessee Association Of Museums (Administrator)

The National Civil Rights Museum


JOB TITLE: Exhibition Designer/Preparator

REPORTS TO: Director of Interpretation, Collections & Education

FLSA: Exempt

SALARY: $45,000 - $55,000

The National Civil Rights Museum seeks an innovative and creative individual as an exhibition designer/ preparator who as a critical part of its Interpretation, Collections & Education team, and will collaborate with museum partners on upcoming exhibitions. The exhibition designer/preparator will have the opportunity to serve as part of the museum’s rapid response exhibition team as highlighted in Museum Magazine’s March/April 2019 issue.


The NATIONAL CIVIL RIGHTS MUSEUM, located at the historic Lorraine Motel where civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated, honors and preserves the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. We chronicle the American Civil Rights Movement and tell the story of the ongoing struggle for human rights. We educate and serve as a catalyst to inspire action to create positive social change. Since the Museum opened in 1991, millions of visitors from around the world have come, including more than 90,000 student visits annually.

A Smithsonian Affiliate and an internationally acclaimed cultural institution, the Museum is recognized as a 2019 National Medal Award recipient by the Institute of Museums and Library Services (IMLS), the top national honor for museums and libraries. It is a TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Top 5% U.S. Museum, USA Today's Top 10 Best American Iconic Attractions; Top 10 Best Historical Spots in the U.S. by TLC's Family Travel; Must See by the Age of 15 by Budget Travel and Kids; Top 10, American Treasures by USA Today; and Best Memphis Attraction by The Commercial Appeal and the Memphis Business Journal.


The Exhibition Designer/Preparator is responsible for the maintenance of the museum’s permanent and changing exhibitions as well as the design, planning, creation, and production of exhibitions in the museum’s traditional and nontraditional spaces in both onsite and offsite. The Exhibition Designer/Preparator collaborates with the Operations Department in the execution of maintenance and cleaning in the museum’s exhibition and historic spaces. This position manages all vendors and contractors conducting repairs within the exhibition space, and facilitates the request for quote process. They also work closely with the Collections Manager/Registrar on the overall conditions of the permanent exhibitions, incoming loans, and traveling exhibitions. Designer/Preparator is a key member of the Interpretation, Collections, and Education team. They are expected to contribute to the development of projects, programs, and exhibitions.


Preferred Bachelors Degree in Art, design, architecture, museum studies, or related fields and with two to four (2-4) years of experience in Museum Exhibition and/or maintenance

Knowledge of the design and construction of Museum exhibitions including standard tools, practices and methods used for painting, carpentry, use and fabrics, plastics, mechanical fasteners, and adhesives, et. al.

Proficient in CAD, Adobe, and/or other digital design software.

Familiarity with appropriate suppliers and sources for qualified labor assistance,

Experience designing crates to transport artwork, handling sensitive work, and knowledge of Museum standards

Ability to perform work utilizing safe work practices, consistent with Museum policies and procedures and OSHA standards

Ability to climb ladders, handle power tools

Demonstrate commitment and flexibility in order to achieve high quality service Must possess a valid State Driver’s License


Please see attached document for detailed job description.

Interested candidates must submit:


Cover letter

Exhibition design portfolio – pdf format or via link

All submission must be sent via email to:

Dr. Noelle Trent

Director of Interpretation, Collections & Education


office: 901.527.4069

Incomplete applications will not be reviewed

PO Box 330984   Nashville, TN 37203   (615) 495-3354   tnmuseums@gmail.com

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