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Job Title: Exhibit Projects Manager
Reports To: Director of Programs & Exhibits
FLSA Status: Part-time Non-exempt
Date Last Revised: February 2017


ECHO’s mission is to educate and delight people about the Ecology, Culture, History, and Opportunity for stewardship of the Lake Champlain Basin. ECHO is a dynamic learning and teaching community committed to engaging diverse public audiences in dialogue; providing experiential, relevant and lifelong educational experiences to guests; and inspiring environmental stewardship of the Lake Champlain Basin. ECHO employees are expected to contribute to a productive, respectful workplace by modeling good humor, communication, collaboration and accountability to our colleagues, creatures, and guests.

The Exhibit Projects Manager is a design and fabrication specialist who coordinates the development of new ecology and STEM exhibits. The successful applicant will be a diversely skilled builder, user-oriented designer, and demonstrate strong project management skills. The position requires a year-long commitment of approximately 24-hour/week, with occasional weekly variability depending on project needs.


Supervisory Responsibilities: Trade specialists

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  Collaborate with exhibits team to concept new ecology and STEM exhibits.
  Fabricate exhibit prototypes.
  Iterate prototypes based on visitor experience testing.
  Prepare 3D design plans, such as floor plans, elevations, and exhibit details using relevant design software such as Vectorworks, AutoCAD or Sketchup.
  Determine structural feasibility of plans.
  Translate scientific concepts into physical interactives using fabrication skills, in-house AV and graphic specialists, subcontractors, and speciality firms.
  Manage multiple design-build timelines and budgets.
  Coordinate and perform exhibit fitout and installation, including identification and management of trade specialists.
  Coordinate and manage remediation of exhibits after installation.
  Participate in educational programming and media appearances occasionally.
  Other duties and special projects assigned as needed.

This job description is not intended to be a complete statement of the position; it is intended merely to be a guide to the general work to be performed.

Qualifications: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Essential Job Skills and Abilities:
  Bachelor's Degree in architecture, engineering, industrial design, set design, or related field.
  Minimum 5 years experience in design and building.
  Capable in a diversity of fabrication methods, including carpentry, metalwork, and electrical.
  Ability to build durable, interactive exhibits composed of cabinetry, electrical wiring, and mechanical parts.
  Experience general contracting.
  Experience soliciting and managing subcontractors from various trades, including electrical, plumbing, HVAC, and structural/mechanical engineering.
  Knowledgeable about local permitting process/building codes.
  Experience using design software, including CAD and SketchUp
  Commitment to Universal, human-centered, and sustainable design.
  Familiar with rapid prototyping tools (laser cutter, CNC router) or ability to learn.
  Skilled in hand and power tools.
  Interest in STEM education content.
  Ability to work collaboratively in a creative team.
  Excellent organizational skills and the ability to drive multiple projects.
  Strong interpersonal and written/verbal communication skills.
  Able to work approximately 24-hours/week.

Work Environment: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee sometimes works near moving mechanical parts and is exposed to wet and/or humid conditions. The employee may work in high, precarious places and be exposed to toxic or caustic chemicals, fumes or airborne particles, risk of electrical shock, and vibration. Occasional weekend and after-hours work is required.

Application Instructions: ECHO is an Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes resumes from individuals who will contribute to our diversity. Send resume, cover letter, and work samples to ECHO Job Search. Please put Exhibit Projects Manager in the subject line of the email and send to:

Application Deadline: Tuesday, February 28, 2017.