Sr. Exhibit Fabricator
Manager of Exhibit Services
Does not supervise staff
$29 - $31 per hour
We’re really glad you’re thinking about joining the team at MoPOP! We believe pop culture is a universal language capable of building connections across a range of people, no matter our differences in race, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, ability, education, socio-economic status, ethnicity, country of origin, or any other characteristic that makes us who we are. For more than twenty years, we have been showcasing how music, film, fashion, video games, sports, and more spark those connections and create a lasting cultural impact.
MoPOP provides both a physical space and an emotional and intellectual opportunity for people from any background to explore, find and build community, and recognize their own creative potential. This applies not only to our guests, but also to our staff — be it in designing an educational program to engage the next generation of creators, trying to reach a new audience with a marketing initiative, preserving an artifact in our collection, or providing excellent customer service to a visitor. If this sounds like something you’d be into, we’d love to hear from you!
MoPOP’s Mission and Commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility
Our mission is to make creative expression a life-changing force by offering experiences that inspire and connect our communities. A nonprofit grounded in five core values — open arms, creative exchanges, light bulb moments, pursuing excellence, and excitement — MoPOP is actively committed to ongoing learning in the areas of diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA). In partnership with our community, we hope to also develop safe spaces for their application. This includes taking steps to continue increasing our awareness of institutional “-isms,” as well as uncovering and undoing the ways they show up in museum culture. We recognize this is a process that requires intentionality, energy, and resources, and we are developing a DEIA framework that can cultivate a work environment and museum experience that is truly welcoming for all.
We are committed to creating an inclusive and equitable workplace, and we are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We believe that having staff, interns, and volunteers with diverse backgrounds enables us to better meet our mission and encourage BIPOC, women, and LGBTQIA+ individuals to apply. We acknowledge that our work to build safe spaces and better systems for traditionally marginalized groups is ongoing and will require constant vigilance and expect all MoPOP employees to be part of our DEIA journey.
The Senior Exhibit Fabricator coordinates the day-to-day needs of the museum’s exhibit fabrication and maintenance shop. The individual should be a craftsman with solid experience and the ability to build prototypes, artifact mounts and install new exhibits for the museum (fabrication in woods, plastics, and metals). They will purchase materials, tools, and other goods and perform cabinetry, metal shop, or mechanical work as required.
Essential Job Functions (other duties assigned)
- Build cases, walls, platforms, furniture, and scenic pieces for new exhibits and prototypes, as well as mounts for artifacts in exhibitions.
- Fabricating exhibit components with the use of Metal Lathe, Milling Machine, Welding, etc.
- Install new exhibitions in the museum’s galleries.
- Maintain high safety standards in the exhibit & machine shop.
- Coordinate the day-to-day operations of the exhibit shop.
- Act as team lead for the Exhibit Fabricators, Exhibit Maintenance staff, and temporary Exhibit Production staff.
- Assist with the budgeting and scheduling of projects in the exhibit shop.
- Coordinate the purchasing of shop materials.
- Perform cabinet work, carpentry, or mechanical work, as required.
- Assist in routine maintenance of exhibits, as required.
- Assist building maintenance crew, as required.
- Support our internal culture which inspires and empowers our staff to live our mission to its highest standards.
- Contribute to a consistent customer service standard across all departments.
- Work to ensure customer service is ingrained at the core of the team and is reflected outward to our guests and other staff.
- Commitment to participating in anti-racism work, learning about the ways institutional racism impacts the workplace, and supporting teammates in operationalizing DEIA strategies in the department.
- Technical education in cabinet making, welding, and/or machining, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
- Five to seven years of experience working and managing a Cabinet Shop or Exhibit Shop.
- Three or more years of extensive experience in metal and cabinetry fabrication with proven welding & cabinetry skills.
- Experience in exhibit production, mechanical fabrication and repair, and minor electrical and electronic installations.
- Knowledge of OSHA and other regulations in a cabinet & machine shop environment.
- Extensive experience with safe use of various power tools.
- Ability to drive a scissor lift, forklift, and the use of other material-handling equipment.
- Ability to frequently lift 40 to 70 pounds, bend, and climb ladders.
- Museum background helpful.
- Basic computer skills required (e-mail and word processing).
- Experience with AutoCAD software is a requirement, working knowledge of Sketch-up is a plus.
- Ability to work independently with strong attention to detail.
- Proven ability to provide effective customer service for internal and external client groups.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills required.
- Must be detail-oriented, with strong organizational skills in order to manage a continuous workflow in a high volume, multi-tasking environment.
- Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a collaborative team environment with a dynamic range of people.
This full-time position includes a generous benefits package that we will share during the hiring process.
Reasonable accommodations may be made during the application or hiring process upon request, please contact HR@MoPOP.org.