Manager of Curatorial and Exhibits with Harley-Davidson Museum

  • Tuesday, May 07, 2019 7:35 AM
    Message # 7327014

    Established in 2008, the Harley-Davidson Museum engages visitors of all ages in the dramatic story of one of America’s great manufacturers, in the past, present, and future of motorcycles and moto-culture. A walk through the Harley-Davidson Museum is a walk through the history of America. With an unrivaled collection of Harley-Davidson motorcycles and memorabilia, a 20-acre, park-like campus, and a calendar full of activities, the H-D Museum is one of Milwaukee’s top tourist destinations for visitors from around the globe


    Central to the visitors’ experience is the rich weave of artifact-based and interactive exhibits that we create onsite, contextualizing the fascinating stories of our 116-year history and showcasing our world-class collection.  Providing a consistent visitor experience requires this role to develop and manage annual and long-range project plans for the interpretive exhibits.

    Leading the Curatorial and Exhibits teams, you will be expected to partner with Museum management, the Archives team, and various contractors and vendors to shape abstract, creative visions into interactive and engaging experiences for Museum visitors.  

    To be successful in this role you will need to be adept at articulating a compelling creative vision, leading large and small projects through an iterative process that allows that vision to take shape and evolve as each project unfolds; in other words, you will need to balance the rigid, transactional parts of your job with the fluidity that creativity demands.


    Major responsibilities for this role will include the direct oversight and supervision of the Curatorial and Exhibits teams. The specific duties for this role include, but are not limited to:

    ·       Leading the design and implementation of a consistent and interactive experience for Museum visitors.

    ·       Guiding project teams in securing new historical resources for the Museum.

    ·       Planning, developing, and implementing Museum exhibits using both internal and external resources.

    ·       Serving as a project leader and lead exhibit developer on specific Museum related projects.

    ·       Monitoring and analyzing all projects to ensure that goals and objectives for content development and interpretive design.

    ·       Developing and managing department and project budgets.

    ·       Developing and maintaining departmental processes and procedures based on industry best-practices.

    ·       Initiating and implementing departmental policies and project implementation strategies.

    ·       Acting as a key spokesperson in the Museum for the creation of historical articles for internal and external publications and presentations.


    Bachelor’s degree is required, ideally in a related field of study.


    Eight years of related

    experience developing public facing exhibits, ideally in a Museum setting is required.

    ·       This experience will have provided qualified applicants the opportunity to apply experiential design principles to broadly engaging, sustainable exhibits combining traditional exhibit techniques with high-concept design, media, and interactive experiences.

    ·       A strong understanding of exhibit production techniques, exhibit materials, and project management will be critical in leading the development and implementation of projects ranging from periodic updates to 10,000 square foot temporary exhibits.

    ·       Just as important as the resume and experience you bring to the conversation, we will also be looking for the right leader to manage the team and shape the direction we go moving forward.

    We offer an inclusive compensation package for all full-time salaried employees including, but not limited to, annual bonus programs, health insurance benefits, a 401k program, onsite fitness centers and employee stores, employee discounts on products and accessories, and more. We believe that employees do their best work when they are free to be themselves. This means our dress code is relaxed, and all types of work styles are welcomed.

    Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States.

    Please click here to apply.

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