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Design Fabrication Coordinator

Job Details

Corporate Headquarters - SAN DIEGO, CA
$22.25 - $22.25 Hourly


Job Title Design & Fabrication Coordinator

FLSA Category Non-Exempt – Full Time – IBEW local 465

Department / Unit Exhibitions

Reports To Exhibitions & Fabrication Manager

Position Summary: The New Children’s Museum is a new model of children’s museums whose mission is to stimulate imagination, creativity, and critical thinking in children and families through inventive and engaging experiences with contemporary art. The Design and Fabrication Coordinator will collaborate with commissioned artists and Museum staff to maintain existing art installations, fabricate new art installations, and work with the Studios department for fabrication needs.

Essential Functions:

• Repair and maintain current exhibition and studio components and installations and provide notes about all emergency maintenance conducted and any outstanding issues in need of attention.

• With the Exhibitions and Fabrication Manager, provide assistance to commissioned artists with technical aspects of installations, including design, prototyping, installation, material research, safety and durability issues, and general troubleshooting.

• Fabricate elements of new installations as assigned.

• Maintain and organize workshop, materials, tools and other exhibition and studio components.

• Participate in project planning meetings for artist residencies and other installation projects.

• Collaborate on the design and build of studio environments that may include furniture, interactives, props, shelving, and other display components.

• Collaborate on studio turnovers and installations.

• Attend staff meetings and interdepartmental meetings as required.

• Additional duties as assigned.





Education & Experience

• High School Diploma or GED required.

• Associates Degree or certificate in fabrication, construction, architecture, engineering, or equivalent experience in related field preferred.

• A minimum of two (2) years of experience preparing museum exhibits and proven understanding of proper art handling and basic building and construction techniques.

Technical / Functional Skills

• Knowledge of standard tools, practices, equipment, and methods used in exhibit installation and safe work practices related to the installation of art.

• Experience applying user research and formative evaluation, and working with an iterative development process, (including prototyping, formative evaluation, and revision based on visitor input).

• Skill in the use of small power tools and shop tools such as drills, routers, jigsaws, grinders, and circular saws (including table saw, miter saw, and panel saw).

• Museum quality finishing/painting abilities.

• Experience with accessibility and universal design.


• Strong interpersonal and communication skills.

• Translates concepts and information into a finished product.

• Ability to communicate ideas to other team members in appropriate media as necessary such as models, SketchUp, hand sketches, etc.

• Organizational Skills: Ability to manage multiple projects efficiently and effectively. Demonstrates great attention to detail and follow through.

• Oral Communication: knowledge of business acumen. Ability to listen and obtain clarification, receives and provides feedback well.

• Written Communication: Writes clearly and professionally; ability to read and interpret written information accurately.

• Team Work: Balances team and individual responsibilities; exhibits objectivity and openness to others’ views and ideas; contributes to building a positive team environment. Ability to collaborate with cross functional partners.

• Demonstrate problem solving skills, critical thinking, and initiative.

• Adaptability: prioritizes and manages competing demands; changes approach or method to best fit the situation; able to deal with frequent change, delays or unexpected events.


Physical Demands / Environment

The majority of work is performed in a museum environment indoors and outdoors with an attendant noise level and requires observance of safe work practices, fire regulations, and avoidance of slips, trips and falls and similar fabrication work hazards. While performing the duties of this job, The employee

may need to climb and crawl, sometimes in dark or confined spaces (Museum installations). The employee must be able to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move up to 50 pounds. The shop environment may include exposure to sawdust, loud noises, fumes or particles and moving equipment depending on task or project. Some weekends and additional hours may be required based on operational needs.

Travel: UP to 10% travel to local vendors

This document is intended to describe the general content and to identify essential functions and requirements for performing this job, and is not an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements. The New Children’s Museum (NCM) complies with the ADAAA and considers reasonable accommodation measures that may be necessary for eligible applicants/employees to perform essential job functions. Employment with NCM is “at-will,” meaning that either NCM or an employee may terminate the employment relationship at any time with or without cause, notice, reason or justification.