Director of Exhibitions - Science Gallery Atlanta

Job Number
Job Type
Regular Full-Time
Research Administration
Science Gallery Atlanta
This position may involve the following Health and Safety issues:
Not Applicable
Job Category
Business Operations
Campus Location (For Posting) : City
Location : Name
Emory Campus-Clifton Corridor

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  • The Director of Exhibitions for Science Gallery Atlanta (SGA), will facilitate the development of transdisciplinary exhibitions that feature Emory science and technology through the collaborative development of exhibitions with the artistic community.
  • Through an open call process, they will connect Emory faculty and researchers with artists, facilitating radical experimentation to create innovative, groundbreaking installations at the intersection of art and science.
  • The Director of Exhibitions will serve as a public ambassador for these exhibit installations and work collaboratively with the Executive Director and SGA team to develop exhibit themes as well as related programming and events.
  • Manages the open call process to identify science/art themes, potential installations, and artwork for inclusion in the exhibition and/or the ancillary program of activities.
  • Develops a collaborative engagement process for curatorial team, artists, Emory faculty, the SGA leadership team, and other stakeholders.
  • Informs overall project planning, preproduction, and delivery.
  • Ensures smooth coordination of logistics, budgets, and scheduling.
  • Develops a documentation system to maintain information and records of various aspects of the exhibition and related programming/materials.
  • Identifies pop-up exhibit opportunities, negotiates exhibit loans agreements and insurance where required, within budgetary requirements.
  • Ensures that each exhibit includes a focus on Emory research and/or involves a scientist or researcher from Emory.
  • Maintains development documentation with detailed design drawings and expectations, reviewing on a regular basis to ensure quality control and delivery timelines.
  • Ensures strong engagement throughout the process of young adults in the target audience range of 15-25 year-olds.
  • Involves target audience in all aspects of exhibit and program development such as idea development, design, construction, prototyping, installation, feedback and mediation; oversee the opening and closing of exhibit season.
  • Supervises the activities of the on-floor technicians, including carpenters, electricians, maintenance, and other support staff, to ensure the quality of work and timeliness of delivery and installation for all exhibits.
  • Identifies second homes for deinstalled exhibit components whenever possible, ensuring that signage identifies Science Gallery Atlanta.
  • Participates collaboratively with SGA staff in the evaluation and development topically relevant programming to be held concurrently during the exhibit season, for example, events, workshops, talks, and performances.
  • Creates at least one special artistic project per year on behalf of Science Gallery Atlanta outside of the exhibition schedule.
  • Identifies a mission-appropriate pop-up or collaboration with an aligned organization, developing and/or installing and deinstalling, coordinating related social media and outreach, working collaboratively with staff on all aspects of hosting the temporary installation.
  • Develops exhibit briefs for training purposes, including explanation of each exhibit, including key personnel, and desired educational outcomes.
  • Works with SGA staff to ensure mediators receive adequate training on the proper use and maintenance of exhibits, including opening and closing procedures, safety and/or emergency considerations.
  • Participates in public talks about/with artists, researchers regarding artwork presented by SGA, being present at in-person gatherings and programs associated with each exhibition.
  • Collaborates with the SGA leadership team to design and execute communications strategies to ensure successful promotion of the exhibition, including serving as an ambassador for SGA on social and traditional media and in other public forums.
  • Attends internal and external meetings as required to drive and report on the progress of exhibit development.
  • Informs overall project planning, preproduction, and delivery; and to ensure smooth coordination of logistics, budgets, and scheduling; communicate to key stakeholders on a regular basis; coordinates exhibit evaluation including attendance, visitor impact; perform other related duties as required.


  • A bachelor's degree in Museum Studies, Design, or related field and seven years of experience in exhibition design and production, including three years managing staff.
  • Prior experience developing highly interactive museum exhibit components; fluency with Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, Vectorworks, Sketch-up and CAD Tools as well as project management software.
  • A Master's degree is preferred.

NOTE: Position tasks are generally required to be performed in-person at an Emory University location. Remote work from home day options may be granted at department discretion. Emory reserves the right to change remote work status with notice to employee.




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