The Cincinnati Museum Center seeks an Exhibits Fabrication Manager.

Responsibilities: The Exhibits Fabrication Manager oversees fabrication and production of exhibits, while being hands on in the shop producing exhibit components for current projects as part of the daily exhibit workshop operations for Cincinnati Museum Center (CMC).

The main focus of this position collaborates with Exhibit Designers to determine technical design and prototyping strategy during various points in Design Phase and Production Handoff, and s/he collaborates with Exhibits Project Managers, , Exhibit content developers, Production Managers, and Designers to develop and manage schedules, personnel, and budgets for large-scale exhibits projects (e.g., full galleries, large traveling exhibits), and for individualized fabrication projects (e.g., for external clients or individual components). S/he also executes smooth handoff to installation teams to ensure on time, high- quality exhibits for CMC.

Throughout each cycle of project development, the Exhibits Fabrication Manager communicates about project progress, and adjusts workflows as needed to ensure completion of fabricated components on time, on budget, and in alignment with Cincinnati Museum Center’s mission and its brand and quality standards.

Project Production and Management – 40% of total duties

  • Lead carpenter and fabricator building components for in house and out of house projects.
  • Work with Project Managers and Designers to establish fabrication scopes of work, enumerating roles, staffing plans, estimates, and required resources in consultation with Production Managers, vendors, and the Director of Exhibits.
  • Develop, schedule, monitor, and adjust staff assignments, resource allocations, project timelines, sequencing, and deadlines, communicating progress to Project Managers.
  • Coordinate with Project Managers to develop, monitor, and evaluate project budgets vs. expenditures.
  • Work with Designers, Project Managers, and Production Managers to spec and order materials for traveling, temporary, and permanent exhibits.
  • Work with project teams to develop and distribute RFQs and/or RFPs to prospective external fabricators.
  • Oversee and enforce vendor and contractor compliance on established terms for contracted labor projects.

Shop Management – 30% of duties

  • Maintain through the implementation of a checklist the day-to-day materials and supplies inventory.
  • Order supplies: glue, spare blades, belts, day to day materials.
  • Track shop and gallery installation tool kits and the items within them.
  • Perform a daily clean-up process and prepare the workshop for the tasks of the next day.

Standards Management and Quality Control – 25% of duties

  • Establish and summarize safety standards for Cincinnati Museum Center design and fabrication projects..
  • Implement a scheduled maintenance program for shop tools, equipment, and machines including: band saws, tables saws, chop saws, compressors, spray booth, welding equipment, drill presses
  • Reinforce Cincinnati Museum Center exhibit production quality and safety standards via staff testing, performance reviews, and production checks, with input from the Director of Exhibits and other internal staff as required.
  • Evaluate exhibit-related contracts and agreements with vendors and contractors based on internal production quality standards.

Staff Management – 5%

  • Communicate job expectations, and plans, monitors, and appraises job results.
  • Track and support staff performance and progress by coaching, counseling, and disciplining employees; developing, coordinating, and enforcing systems, policies, procedures, and productivity standards.
  • Provide direction to exhibit fabricators for best use of tools, techniques and materials as the specific project requires.
  • Manage scheduling and timecard approval/maintenance for internal production staff
  • Lead installation projects within the exhibit galleries for internal projects.
  • Help to determine ongoing temp staffing for the department, advising on new temporary staff needs and permanent staff training needs.
  • Project flow is likely to expand over time.  Staff Management as a role for this position will increase as workloads adapt for new in-house and out of house projects. 


  • 5 years minimum experience in carpentry, woodworking and using all typical wood working shop tools. (critical).
  • 5 years minimum work experience in one or a combination of the following: industrial design and fabrication, set design and fabrication, interior design and fabrication, museum studies, fine art (critical). 
  • Deep knowledge of foundational fabrication practices (carpentry, metalworking, CNC routing, 3D printing, finishing), and strong base of knowledge to articulate and reinforce best practices among work teams (critical).
  • Knowledge of electrical codes, building codes, and ADA accessibility requirements (critical).
  • Experience using Microsoft Office, specifically Excel, Word, and Outlook, as well as Adobe Suite applications (critical). Experience using Microsoft Project or project management application equivalent (preferred).
  • Ability to read and work from building plans, scaled designs, and construction drawings (critical; design experience in theater, museum, or film settings is a plus).
  • Ability to lead, take initiative, work autonomously (critical). 
  • Superb organization, professionalism, and project organizing confidence (critical).
  • Deadline driven, with ability to manage time and organize tasks efficiently in order to hit short and long lead deadlines (critical). 
  • Commitment to superior worksmanship and a safe, orderly work environment (critical).
  • Passion for working in a fast-paced, team centered nonprofit environment.
  • Strong communication skills and thorough attention to detail (critical).
  • Ability to lift a minimum of 70 pounds (critical).
  • Valid driver’s license and reliable mode of transportation (critical).
  • Forklift driving experience.  CMC will provide training for fork lift operator certification.

Other preferred skills include:

  • Audio/visual production skills (e.g., digital audio and video machines, digital projectors)
  • Computer skills including Sketchup, Vectorworks (CAD a plus)

Working Conditions: Position is full time, operating primarily in a workshop and museum environment. Candidate must be able to problem solve, strategize, and adapt quickly, safely, and responsively with fullest commitment to creating superb final work that conveys the reliability of CMC's permanent exhibits

Additional Information: The ideal candidate works flexibly and harmoniously with a diverse range of team makeups, and possesses the ability to manage projects and staff to clearly enforced quality and safety standards.

Salary range: $44,000

Job classification: full-time, salary

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Posted: June 3, 2021

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