The Cincinnati Museum Center seeks an Assistant Exhibit Designer.

Position Overview: Following the restoration of our historic rail station home, Cincinnati Museum Center is reimagining its permanent exhibits for history, natural history and children’s museums. Additionally, we host world-class traveling exhibitions as well as internally develop temporary exhibitions in support of our vast collections. In support of these efforts, we are adding an assistant exhibit designer to our team. The person we hire will contribute to our collaborative development process, had the ability to think and work in 2D and 3D, and will take the lead in exhibition graphics design and production.

Responsibilities: The assistant exhibit designer will take part in all aspects of the project development process, including conceptualization, prototyping and testing, developing design layouts and production packages and managing relationships to realize production and installation. They will work collaboratively with content experts, educators, other designers, and production staff to create work tailored to each exhibit that upholds the design standards of the department and is resilient to significant guest engagement. The assistant exhibit designer will take the lead for graphic design, production and installation, delivering projects on time and within budget.

Design and Concepting– 50%

  • Works with exhibition development teams to plan each exhibition’s theme and approach, giving special attention to the requirements of displayed objects and visitor comfort, safety and accessibility.
  • Creates concept drawings, elevations, renderings, construction drawings, and models that clearly visualize projects for use in development, production, fundraising, donor cultivation, media relations, and planning.
  • Identifies and recommends diverse storytelling design opportunities within exhibits, particularly components that address needs for diverse learning and accessibility.
  • Follows institutional design standards and national regulations related to exhibition design and display.
  • Maintains awareness of and recommends emerging technologies and industry trends to share with creative teams.

Graphics and Exhibits Production – 50%

  • Designs graphics for internal, external and traveling exhibits.
  • Develops graphic standards and hierarchies per project style and content.
  • Checks and approves sizing, copy layout and colors for graphic production.
  • Manages relationships with printers. Seeks quotes for jobs, sets realistic timelines in conjunction with printers, pre-flights files for production and oversees production and installation of graphics.
  • Researches and recommends materials for graphics production. Has knowledge of durability, design qualities, and other special effects that will realize design intent.


  • BFA or BA in Arts, Graphic Design or Environmental Design, with two years of experience; parallel career experience considered.
  • Excellent listening skills. Gathers, processes and summarizes information to clearly communicate exhibit themes through design.
  • Strong and diverse knowledge of design vocabulary in the development of drawings, floor plans, elevations, perspectives, prototypes, construction drawings, and graphic layouts.
  • Communicates successfully using hand drafting and construction of 3D digital models.
  • Facility with the Adobe Creative Suite and 3D modeling software (we use SketchUp and Vectorworks).

Working Conditions: Position is 40 hour/week, salary, with benefits. Work environment is primarily office conditions, with some attendance at meetings inside and outside of Union Terminal. The assistant exhibit designer will spend extended periods seated in front of a computer.  Must be able to lift 35 pounds.

Salary range: $36,000-$39,000

Job classification: Full-time, Salary

To apply: Please provide a cover letter, resume and digital portfolio with representative examples of your 2-D and 3-D design work. Apply at

Posted: July 23, 2021

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