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Exhibit Designer - Full Time

Position Overview: Under the general direction of the Director of Design and Fabrication, the primary responsibilities of the Exhibit Designer will be to design exhibit layouts and architectural components, create presentation drawings, produce construction drawings and create style guides and graphic layouts, utilizing both 2D and 3D applications. The Exhibit Designer will be skilled in typography, photo editing and large- and small-scale graphic design for publication and signage. This person will serve as a liaison between design and both in-house and external production to ensure specifications and fabrication details reflect design intent. Must be a creative and collaborative thinker, able to produce on tight deadlines and versed in construction techniques and software.

Essential Functions: 

  • Designs exhibit layouts for permanent displays with a clear, coherent, and unified visual presentation.
  • Produces measured drawings and instructions for exhibit fabrication, mount production, and installation.
  • Collaborates with curators, registrars, conservators, mount makers, and multimedia team members to integrate design and content into a cohesive exhibit for museum guests.

 

Required Education, Desired Skills and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • Applicants should have educational background in at least one of the following fields: environmental design, industrial design, exhibit design, architecture, interior design, or graphic design.
  • Knowledge of graphic and interior design principles, and production techniques. Experience in the various stages of the design process, including conceptualization, design development, and construction documents.
  • Highly organized and efficient, with the ability to prioritize multiple projects and design tasks in a deadline-driven environment.
  • Thorough in documenting work and tracking progress with precision and detail.
  • Proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite, AutoCAD and 3D software, for example, SketchUp, Vectorworks, Autodesk Inventor or similar.
  • Experience with or understanding of UI/UX design, including familiarity with Adobe XD, Figma or Sketch Maintenance, installation or repair knowledge of A/V equipment, for example, projectors and media players
  • Experience working with external vendors, for example, print shops, construction, fabrication and technical production firms, etc. 
  • Ability to work with curators in designing displays that are true to the intent of the artifacts. Self-starter with excellent time-management and communication skills. 
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and able to juggle, shift gears and maintain a sense of humor
  • Must be able to demonstrate visual acuity (space, design, colors, depth perception) to install varied fabrication and construction formats
  • Must be able to stand, stoop, bend, sit and climb for extended periods of time to install exhibits
  • May require work on nights and weekends.
  • Willingness to learn new skills and set goals for professional development
  • The ability to use power tools and fabrication equipment to build mounts, cases and other museum furniture is a plus
  • Participates in Design Review Meetings 
  • Prepares drawings for curatorial design review.
  • Communicates and assists the Director of Design and Fabrication with design projects throughout the museum in collaboration with other departments.
  • Coordinates with vendors and other team members in establishing and maintaining consistency of design elements throughout the museum and ensuring the overall visual presentation of exhibits.
  • Works closely with mount makers in creating clean, sturdy, safe, and uncluttered displays and with other team members in installing mounts, artifacts, and exhibit elements during the installation period.
  • Maintains workflow according to project schedules, with a variety of tasks and deadlines.
  • Assists with other duties and projects as needed.

How to apply: Application will only be accepted here. Interested candidates should submit (1) a resume and (2) a cover letter with salary requirements. Please no phone calls.

Digital Marketing Associate - Full Time

Position Overview: The Digital Marketing Associate will have demonstrated experience in creating exciting and relevant content for a range of Museum communication platforms, including strong experience in writing for web, social media, email, radio, video, and print. The Digital Marketing Associate will help to conceive, create and execute marketing strategies and tactics to promote the museum, its exhibitions, events and services for dissemination, internally and externally, and across a variety of channels including print, web, radio, video, email and social media. They will maintain the website and social media accounts, document analytics and create and facilitate weekly e-blasts and mass email and social media campaigns. The Digital Marketing Associate will report to the Marketing & Communications Specialist.

Note: Proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required by the date of hire to be considered for the position. 

Essential Functions:

  • Assist with designing, coordinating and implementing digital marketing activities, including, but not limited to: search engine optimization and search engine marketing, marketing database, email, social media and display advertising campaigns.
  • Contribute written and visual content to be used for various internal, print and digital channels, including serial publications, social media, advertising and press releases.
  • Develop and maintain databases for marketing programs.
  • Manage email, text, social media and display ad campaigns, and provide reports and analysis on those campaigns.
  • Manage email within the Museum’s mass email platform, including the creation of templates, scheduling emails, managing lists and contacts, running reports, and supporting best practices
  • Develop quarterly social media strategy; use internet resources and museum content to inform posted material; prioritize quality control of content; recruit and organize local
  • Detroit and national social media influencers
  • Suggest new methods to encourage engagement
  • Work with vendors, such as market research firm, printers and ad agencies to request quotes and support production needs.
  • Support various departments with assistance in promoting approved events with appropriate materials and outreach.
  • Update and create webpage content, provide analytics and data reports, suggest infrastructure improvements.
  • Track and complete work assignments from Marketing & Communications Specialist.
  • Assist in daily marketing and communication tasks as needed.
  • Update and manage dashboards of digital marketing KPIs; report and present to stakeholders monthly on progress against goals
  • Other duties as assigned

Required Education, Desired Skills and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent experience in marketing, communications, advertising, or related field
  • 2 - 5 years of demonstrated experience in a professional capacity
  • Strong and diverse local and national networks in social media and connections influencer
  • Broad-based understanding of communications fundamentals
  • Extremely detail-oriented
  • Active interest in African American history and culture, the Arts, and/or a willingness to engage in these areas
  • Excellent verbal and interpersonal communication skills. Be able to dive deep, learn about, and adopt the voice of the museum.
  • Experience writing feature articles, press releases, ad copy and/or social media content.
  • Demonstrable experience managing search engine optimization and search engine marketing, marketing database, email, social media and display advertising campaigns.
  • Experience with web-based email marketing services (e.g., Mail Chimp, Constant Contact).  
  • Excellent computer skills, including demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Office products including Word, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint; and Google Suite.
  • Familiarity with the Adobe Creative Suite software package, including InDesign,
  • Illustrator and Photoshop desire but not required
  • Knowledge of AP-style writing format helpful
  • Ability to synthesize information from multiple data sources in order to optimize digital campaign impact.
  • Candidate must have excellent customer service orientation, attention to detail, strong interpersonal skills, and organizational skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently with minimal supervision with diverse teams of people in a diplomatic, collaborative and effective manner.
  • Ability to learn new software and web applications quickly.
  • Demonstrated time management skills and ability to manage multiple projects.
  • Demonstrated problem solving and conflict resolution skills with analytical and critical thinking skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work well under time constraints and meet deadlines.

How to apply: Application will only be accepted here. Interested candidates should submit (1) a resume and (2) a cover letter with salary requirements. Please no phone calls.

Executive Assistant to the President & CEO - Full Time

Position Overview: Executive Assistant will report directly to Chief of Staff.  The individual in this position will be responsible for the performance of diverse administrative tasks, and special projects, as needed.  Candidate must have the ability to work well cross-functionally, including outside consultants and vendors in a professional, efficient, and confidential manner. Successful candidate will be assertive, motivated and have excellent oral and written communication skills.  Candidate is extremely organized with the ability to work autonomously, take initiative and follow through.  Candidate must demonstrate strong attention to detail, forward thinking to be able to resolve challenges, insight to be able to problem-solve and be able to work independently.  

Note: Proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required by the date of hire to be considered for the position. 

Essential Functions:

  • Strong writing skills are a requirement for effective written correspondence, as well as report and program development and meeting summaries
  • Calendar, Meeting & Event management and support for the CEO and Directors coordination and recording of minutes for weekly staff meetings, Board and Committee Meetings, the Annual Meeting, Annual Retreat for the Board of Directors, and follow-up to resolve issues raised at the meetings previously listed
  • Formulate travel arrangements, prepare detailed itineraries and be prepared to address contingencies and last-minute changes 
  • Submit and track internal requests including but not limited to purchase orders; contracts; subscription renewals; software ordering 
  • Support expense planning and monitoring by partnering with the finance team members keeping track of quarterly budgets of the department and tracking expenses; maintain budget parameters
  • Perform research and summarize findings on various topics and presentations for the President & CEO and Directors and direct staff on material related to Museum business 
  • Pull together presentations for specific meetings based on agenda and audience 
  • Coordinate hiring activities and interview schedules. Submit requests for assistance with hardware, software and office issues  
  • Act as liaison with others in a professional, effective manner, both internally and externally, including Senior Executives
  • Develop, implement and administer departmental office systems and procedures 
  • Ability to work with a broad cross-section of professionals. artists, volunteers, community representatives, government officials and civic leaders on behalf of the President
  • Customer Service is a priority for the Museum and this individual would be demonstrate that priority in their attitude in dealing with Museum clients, guests and staff
  • Use a high degree of judgment and discretion in the handling and maintenance of materials of confidential and/or sensitive nature
  • Maintain a position of loyalty and confidentiality to the Office of the President & CEO of the Museum. 
  • Other duties as assigned 

Desired Skills and Experience:

  • Minimum of a bachelor’s degree. Minimum of five years of related experience, preferably supporting executive level staff.  
  • Assertiveness to independently prioritize, take initiative and apply sound judgment to the needs of the moment. 
  • Strong organizational skills, attention to detail and timeliness, proactive follow-through on tasks; with some expertise in project management. 
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills in representation . 
  • Proficiency with MS Office applications including Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, and Excel. 
  • Competency or willingness to learn Adobe products. 
  • Comfortable juggling tasks from the mundane to the more strategic. 
  • A great demeanor and sense of humor.

How to apply:

Application will only be accepted here. Interested candidates should submit (1) a resume and (2) a cover letter with salary requirements. Please no phone calls.

Director of Learning & Engagement - Full Time

Position Overview: Reporting to the SVP of Exhibitions & Programs, the Director of Learning & Engagement will be responsible for envisioning and managing a department that conceives, organizes, and presents high-caliber, high-profile tours and educational and public programs for youth, adults and families. These programs attract local and
national attention and enhance the Wright Museum’s reputation as a lively and creative forum for people of all ages to learn about African American history. 

The Director of Learning & Engagement will work with the SVP of Exhibitions & Programs and other Museum leadership to implement and expand current strategic priorities that will help guide the future growth of the Museum as a leading educational institution dedicated to the learning of Black history. The Youth and Family Programs Manager, the Community Engagement Manager and all other educators and tour guides report to this position.

Essential Functions:

  • Act as a creative catalyst for the Learning and Engagement Department and the Museum, exploring and producing ideas for new education opportunities, partnerships and programs
  • Ensure that the activities of the department are in line with the Museum mission and mesh with the operations of the Museum
  • Lead and facilitate cross-departmental teams related to assigned projects from planning to implementation and ensure projects are delivered on time and on budget
  • Lead a group of talented educators by setting a clear vision for programs, set annual goals, solve problems as they arise, provide on-going professional development and ensure team is fulfilling the institution’s strategic plan
  • Oversee the development, teaching and evaluation of virtual and onsite education and public programs to students in grades K-12 and for teachers
  • Supervise the development, delivery and evaluation of all Teacher Professional Development and Educator Learning programs. Oversee all tour educators and all tour programs; Guide tour educators in developing new tours and reinvigorating existing ones
  • Supervise the piloting and development of tour curriculum guides using updated knowledge of state and national learning standards
  • Lead the development and delivery of a slate of high quality, dynamically delivered education-based and exhibition-driven public programs
  • Oversee, contribute to, and support exhibition and curatorial staff in developing the educational content for programs, events, materials, and online resources
  • Work with educational team to create and test criteria for education school partnerships. Work with department to create multi-year partnership plan
  • Serve as a positive presence in the community, nurturing partnerships that support The Wright Museum’s mission
  • Write long-term education plan for Museum
  • Perform other duties as required

Required Education and Experience:

  • Master’s Degree in Museum education, history, education, Black Studies, and/or the equivalent education and experience
  • 10+ years of demonstrated success developing and managing education programs in museums, education institutions, and/or other non-profit cultural organizations
  • 5+years of supervision of several staff members and management of complex budget
  • Extensive educational, school and informal learning center networks
  • Vast and current knowledge of learning standards, curriculum development and teacher education in museums
  • Strong knowledge of Black History
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to effectively supervise staff while contributing to a positive, collaborative, and healthy work environment 
  • Appropriate knowledge and skill sets necessary to represent the museum at high levels and to lead a team of creative individuals
  • Must be able to plan, prioritize, organize and execute multiple initiatives simultaneously and independently
  • Solid computer skills using Microsoft Office

How to apply:
Application will only be accepted here. Interested candidates should submit (1) a resume and (2) a cover letter with salary requirements. Please no phone calls.

Development Associate - Full Time

Position Overview: The Development Associate position is responsible for all administrative aspects of the Development department’s member cultivation, gift stewardship, and communications activities. The Development
Associate will play a support role in the areas of member engagement; donor data management and reporting; direct mail appeals; and special events. This high-impact position is responsible for overseeing donor and member data entry, issuing weekly/monthly reports, maintaining all physical and digital departmental files, and fulfilling new memberships. Reporting to the Director of Corporate Partnerships & Member Services with oversight by the Vice President of Development, the Development Associate will provide administrative support to the Development Office with a focus on membership programs.

Essential Functions:

  • Providing administrative support to efforts to recruit and retain museum members
  • Maintaining the integrity of the department database including timely data entry, resolution of duplicate entries, and ensuring details are complete and accurate
  • Drafting written correspondence, presentations, and performance reports
  • Managing direct mail campaigns to members and donors
  • Processing member inquiries and resolving all questions related to membership fulfillment
  • Supporting the planning and execution of membership drives, special events, and fundraisers throughout the year
  • Other duties as assigned

Desired Skills and Experience:

  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree required
  • 3-5 years of work experience in a museum or nonprofit setting
  • Experience using SalesForce, Raiser’s Edge, Veevart or similar database experience
  • Ability to handle multiple deadline-driven projects at one time
  • Attention to detail
  • Strong interpersonal, communication, organizational, and planning skills
  • Excellent problem-solving and customer service skills
  • Pleasant and collaborative style/professional attitude

How to apply:
Application will only be accepted here. Interested candidates should submit (1) a resume and (2) a cover letter with salary requirements. Please no phone calls.

 

Mission & Vision

Mission: to open minds and change lives through the exploration and celebration of African-American history and culture.

Vision: a world in which the adversities and achievements of African-American history inspire greater understanding, acceptance, and unity.

Equal Opportunity Employer

The Wright is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and as such, welcomes applications from individuals of all backgrounds, without regard to ethnicity, gender identity, age, or sexual orientation. 

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