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Exhibition Designer

The Nelson Gallery Foundation
Kansas City, MO 64111
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Where the Power of Art Engages the Spirit of Community


The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art invites all people to explore the art in its care, and through its vast collections, the depths, and complexities of human experiences.


We strive to create a sense of belonging, where staff and volunteers can do meaningful work connecting people to art. We create an informed, invested group of staff and volunteers through shared values and open, direct, and respectful communication. We embrace IDEAS (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Access, and Sustainability) in every aspect of our ideals and aspirations, as we believe these values to be paramount to success.


Each staff member and volunteer will embody the institutions commitments and agrees to exhibit behaviors that align with them. We hold one another to these expectations so that, together, we may know, own, energize and sustain our culture and the institution for generations to come. 


*The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art requires all employees be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. This position requires on-site work at the museum. 


Exhibition Designer


Reporting to the Manager, Exhibition Design & Head Designer, the Exhibition Designer collaborates with project and design staff to create narratives in dimensional space, driving the design process from ideation through implementation for featured exhibitions, permanent galleries, and public spaces throughout the museum. 



  1. Exhibition Design: Plans, develops, and executes design schemes and solutions for the presentation of temporary exhibitions and permanent collection rotations and refurbishments, working collaboratively in project teams (cross-department and/or cross-program) to agreed budgets and schedules.

  2. Design Implementation: Facilitates the implementation phase of projects through product research, bid process management, contractors/vendors selection and contract negotiation. Provides critical best practices and performs quality control activities during all phases of implementation.

  3. Project Administration: Manages project specific administrative tasks such as project budgets, scheduling, procurement, and communication.

  4. Conceptualization and Drawings: Works with project teams to develop space assessments, prototypes, design development/construction drawings to present the museums collection. 

  5. Organization: Maintains the museums project assets including drawings, inventories, timelines, and budgets. Integrates organizational systems, standards, and best practices into design solutions.

  6. Other: Completes special projects or tasks as assigned by Manager, Exhibition Design or requested by other divisions/departments and for the general support of the organization.




  • Bachelors degree in Design, Architecture, Fine Arts related field.

  • 1-3 years of experience in exhibit design or related field.

  • Proven experience in multiple phases of the design process, including conceptualization, design development, and construction documentation

  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate with staff, contractors, vendors, and interns.

  • Basic knowledge of Architectural, Construction and Production Drawings.

  • Basic knowledge of standard construction techniques, museum casework design, lighting, and graphics.

  • Proficiency with VectorWorks, SketchUp, CAD, Adobe Creative Suite, as well as efficient use of MS Office applications (Word, Excel, Outlook, Teams)

Core Capabilities

  • Emotional Intelligence: High EQ (emotional intelligence) with experience managing and building positive relationships with cross-functional teams.

  • Inclusion: Including and integrating all people and groups; respecting people from all backgrounds and cultures; understanding, accepting, and valuing differences between people.

  • Strategic Thinking: Supports vision for the future based on organizational strategy, financial outcomes, and stakeholder impact.

  • Integrity: Demonstrating honesty and a consistent and uncompromising adherence to strong moral and ethical principles and values.

  • Change Management: Preparing, supporting, and helping individual staff members and team, in making organizational change.

  • Analytical Thinking: Simplifies complex situations in a systematic, logical manner by identifying issues, making comparisons, setting priorities and assessing implications.

  • Service Focus: Highly responsive and resourceful; strong propensity to provide excellent service and support internally and externally with a professional and approachable manner.

  • Communication Skills: Ability to interact professionally with all levels of internal staff and with external stakeholders. Strong interpersonal communication skills; diplomatic and collaborative work style.

  • Technical Acumen: Well versed in technology and/or the ability to identify the technologies that have impact on the growth and sustainability of the museum and to attain the knowledge required to leverage the power of those technologies in the daily job.




Job Family

Design & Experience / Exhibition Design

Salary Grade

Grade 6

Starting Salary: $52,200 - $58,770

FLSA Classification

Exempt from Overtime

Working Conditions/Work Schedule

Monday to Friday Workweek.  9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Working conditions are typically that of an office environment. Works primarily at a desk, uses a PC/ Perform with frequent interruptions and/or distractions. Perform effectively under conditions of fluctuating workload. Occasionally lift up to 30lbs. Ability to work, on occasion, beyond office hours.   

Travel Expectations



The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate based on race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, non-disqualifying physical or mental disability, national origin, veteran status or any other basis covered by appropriate law. All employment is decided based on qualifications, merit, and business need. For individuals with disabilities who would like to request an accommodation, please contact the Human Resources Department.


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Posted: 2022-06-08 Expires: 2022-07-08

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