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Job Standard for Exhibit/Graphics Designer

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Exhibit/Graphics Designer Overview

    • Person Group: Classified

Job Code: 2717

Pay Grade: K

FLSA Status: Non-Exempt

Career Level: Level 3

Family: Communications & Marketing

Function: Publications & Graphics


To develop exhibit concepts and designs and perform layout, production and installation; prepare graphics for exhibits, publications and programs; perform related work.

Level Scope

Regularly works on tasks that are varied and complex. Applies full range and job knowledge; frequently adapts procedures, techniques, tools, materials, and/or equipment to meet specialized needs; may serve as lead; performs broad and/or focused assignments under general supervision; originality and ingenuity are often required to help establish procedures in functional area; relies on experience and judgment to plan and accomplish assigned tasks.

Minimum Qualifications

Good knowledge of:  exhibit design and display techniques related to natural history/science or historical museum exhibits; graphic design techniques.

Experience: drawing exhibit plans to scale including preparation of three-dimensional drawings; conceptualizing project ideas and translating into camera-ready copy using desktop publishing technology and graphics software applications.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principals involved in production or precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models
  • The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
  • Ability to observe, receive, and otherwise obtain information from all relevant sources

Essential Functions

Key Responsibilities

60% of Time the Exhibit/Graphics Designer must:

    • Proposes and develops exhibit concepts and designs in consultation with museum director, curators and staff; prepares sketches or models, and provides drafts with design specifications; estimates costs of exhibit projects based on materials and finishes; coordinates and assists in the construction of exhibit components; provides consultation in preparation of interpretive text; prepares exhibit graphics and labels; provides graphic services for the museum in signage, publications and programs utilizing desktop publishing technology and graphics software applications; plans and maintains photographs of exhibits; orders, receives, unpacks and installs traveling exhibits.

Develops short- and long-term exhibit plans and schedules; prepares grant proposals; writes articles for newsletters and other publications; consults with and provides technical assistance to other museums and public associations in exhibit plans; provides interpretive presentations on exhibit design; may prepare for and teach exhibit portions of Museology classes.

Depending on position location and usage, this class may accommodate positions in natural history/science or historical museum exhibit design and display.

Supervises students and volunteers involved in exhibit and graphic preparation.

35% of Time the Exhibit/Graphics Designer

  • Determined by department needs

5% of Time the Exhibit/Graphics Designer

  • Perform other duties as assigned

Work Environment and Physical Demands

Some positions may involve frequent bending, moving, lifting, and carrying material weighing up to 50 pounds; some positions may involve moving, lifting, and carrying material weighing up to 70 pounds; standing up to eight hours each day; working in all weather conditions; exposure to high noise levels and require wearing hearing protection.

Travel Requirement

Not applicable for Exhibit/Graphics Designer

Career Path

Other professional positions

Additional training/education or equivalent experience, as well as business need, are required for movement into higher level jobs.


Incumbent must perform the essential duties and responsibilities with or without reasonable accommodation. The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work.  Final employment offers are contingent upon a Final Candidate’s successful completion of a Background Verification, and a determination by the University that the information derived from the Background Verification does not disqualify the individual.  In addition, a Financial History Check and Motor Vehicle Record (MVR) Check may be required.