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Exhibit Coordinator

Bowdoin College
Maine, United States
Salary Not specified
Date posted
Mar 8, 2024

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Administrative, Academic Affairs, Other Academic Affairs
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

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Exhibit Coordinator

Posting Number: S01254JP

Department: Arctic Museum Arctic Studies

Job Summary:
The Exhibit Coordinator is responsible for the design, development, and execution of exhibitions and displays at the Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum. This position plays a key role presenting engaging and informative exhibits that showcase the diverse cultural, historical, and environmental aspects of the Arctic region.

Key Responsibilities:
  • Collaborate with the Director of the Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum and Arctic Studies Center, Curator, museum staff, and community partners to conceptualize and develop new exhibitions that align with the museum's mission and objectives.
  • Coordinate and execute the design, layout, installation, and dismantling of exhibits.
  • Manage exhibition timelines, deadlines, and project timelines to ensure timely completion of projects and deliverables.
  • Adhere to museum conservation, ADA, NAGPRA regulations, and safety standards.
  • Manage the museum exhibit production workshop and ensure its operation meets safety standards.
  • Assist with monitoring of HVAC systems in museum facilities and alerts HVAC technicians about problems.
  • Supervise and provide guidance to Exhibit Technician and support staff involved in exhibit installation, maintenance, and dismantling.

Pay and Benefits:
  • The salary range for this position is expected to be: $59,000 (minimum) - $65,600 (maximum)
  • A variety of health insurance plans (Effective on date of hire).
  • Generous Retirement Plan - 10.12% annual compensation contribution (Eligible after 1 year of service and age 26) .
  • Life and Disability Insurance.
  • Paid time off - Vacation, Personal, Holidays, and Special Days Off (
  • Paid parental leave.
  • Access to many of the College's facilities including the gym and pool, including household.
  • Access to events, speakers, and sport events on campus.
  • Free fitness and wellness classes!
  • And more:

Education/Skills Requirements:
  • Master’s degree in museum design, set design, art history, anthropology, or a related design field.
  • Strong organizational and project management skills, with the ability to multitask and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
  • Artifact handling experience.
  • Sensitivity to diversity of perspectives and willingness to represent them in a respectful manner.
  • Working knowledge of hand and power tools for exhibit construction, installation, and maintenance.
  • Ability to design, build, install, maintain, and dismantle exhibits, adhering to ADA, safety, and conservation protocols as they apply to exhibitions of museum collections
  • Strong oral and written communication skills, with proficiency in computer software for exhibit design, graphics, and documentation.
  • Ability and willingness to learn new software applications and technologies as needed.
  • Attention to detail and ability to work effectively as a member of a team, collaborating with colleagues and stakeholders to achieve common goals.

Experience Requirements and/or Equivalents:
  • 4-7 years of previous experience in museum or gallery exhibition design, curation, or collections management.
  • Prior experience must include building exhibits, handling and installing 2-D and 3-D museum collections.
  • A valid driver’s license and the ability to meet the requirements of the College’s Motor Vehicle Use Policy.
  • This position requires a criminal background check and pre-placement physical.
  • Applicants selected to move forward in the hiring process will need to submit a portfolio of previous exhibit work.
  • Please note that as part of the pre-employment process, we will be conducting reference checks, including contacting current or former supervisors, to verify employment history and performance.

Standard Work Days and Hours:
  • Generally, Monday - Friday, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm.
  • May be required to work occasional weekends and evening hours.

About Bowdoin:
Bowdoin embraces diversity in all forms, and the College is home to talented students, faculty and staff—with a variety of racial, ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds; religious beliefs; and gender identities, among other factors.

We encourage applications from candidates committed to the support of an inclusive campus community and those who will enrich and contribute to the College’s multifaceted diversity. We value a community in which individuals of all backgrounds are warmly welcomed and encouraged to succeed.

Founded in 1794, Bowdoin has maintained its commitment to the liberal arts for well over 200 years. Bowdoin’s reputation as a preeminent liberal arts college rests on the excellence of its faculty, students, and staff; intimate size; strong sense of community; and connections to the people, history, and natural beauty of Maine.

Bowdoin’s campus is situated in a beautiful natural setting. Located in Brunswick, Maine, a town of approximately 20,000, the College is a short drive from the Maine coast, twenty-five miles from Portland and 120 miles from Boston.


Employment Category: Full Time Year Round

Benefits Eligible: Yes

Pay Type: Salaried

Background Check Package Requirements: Administrative Staff + MVR

Is driving a Bowdoin vehicle an essential function of this job?:

Is a pre-placement physical required for this position?: Yes

Posting Date: 05/03/2024

Applications Accepted Until:

Open Until Filled: No

Special Instructions to Applicants:

EEO Information:
Bowdoin College complies with applicable provisions of federal and state laws that prohibit unlawful discrimination in employment, admission, or access to its educational or extracurricular programs, activities, or facilities based on race, color, ethnicity, ancestry and national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, age, marital status, place of birth, genetic predisposition, veteran status, or against qualified individuals with physical or mental disabilities on the basis of disability, or any other legally protected statuses.

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Bowdoin College

Bowdoin (rhymes with explodin') is a private, selective, liberal arts college, founded and endowed to benefit the common good. Our historic residential campus, located in Brunswick, Maine, is home to just over 1,800 students from all over the world.

Academic life at Bowdoin spans thirty-three departments, and is cooperative, not competitive: so we tend to attract students who like brainstorming with faculty, working in teams, and welcoming big, new, difficult questions.

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According to one of our colleagues, “To teach at Bowdoin is to help train and educate future leaders—an unalloyed privilege in my experience and a rare one.”

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