Exhibition Designer – San Francisco, CA, US | Works

About Us:

The San Francisco Art Museums are made up of two iconic sites located in beautiful San Francisco Parks: the de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park and the Legion of Honor Museum in Lincoln Park. As the largest public arts institution in the western United States, the museums house a world-class collection of 151,000 works of art spanning more than 5,000 years; present an ambitious program of more than 10 exhibitions per year; welcome 1.5 million visitors per typical year; and are supported by 100,000 member homes across the Bay Area and beyond, one of the largest art museums in the United States.

Our vision:

Redefining fine arts museums as a forum that stimulates community and visitor conversations and explorations by applying inclusive and equitable perspectives to our collections and the stories they embody, and helping our staff realize their potential in an inclusive and equitable workplace.

Values ​​to which we aspire:

Diverse, inclusive, fair, accessible, welcoming, engaging, insightful, inspiring, reliable, creative, generous, fun

About the role:

As a member of the Exhibition Design Department, the Exhibition Designer provides conceptual and technical expertise in the design of museum displays. Under direction, the exhibition designer develops and writes floor plans, elevations and other design drawings for temporary exhibitions and permanent gallery rotations following museum and ADA standards, in taking into account conservation, conservation, technical and facility needs.

What you will do:

  • Works closely with the Exhibition Design Director to help develop design concepts and produce sketches, layouts and other designs for temporary exhibitions and permanent collections rotations.

  • Prepares plans, elevations and detailed / construction drawings organized, accurate and legible in Vectorworks to strict deadlines. Make adjustments and corrections to drawings during the design phase, as requested.

  • Prepares plans and elevations for exhibitions and rotations incorporating existing inventory of display furniture, including boxes, movable walls, brackets, platforms and chandeliers.

  • As assigned, is present during the art installation to ensure the execution of the design intent and to answer questions and issues related to the design.

  • Maintains desktop bulletin board and public reader’s folder with up-to-date drawings of current and upcoming exhibitions.

  • Prepare and maintain exhibition records, including as-built drawings and records of paint colors, finishes, furniture details, etc.

  • Maintain a library of paint samples, fabric samples and other materials.

  • Maintain complete floor plans of facilities and exhibition galleries with up-to-date information regarding wall configurations, emergency exits, security cameras, lighting, electrical outlets, climate sensors, blueprints reflective ceiling, etc.

  • Maintain an organized electronic inventory system for all exhibit furniture, including walls, plinths, cabinets and temporary display cases.

  • Coordinate with technicians to prepare orders for construction materials, fabrics, furniture, paint, etc.

  • Work closely and communicate regularly with the Curator, Curator, Registrar, Exhibition Graphic Designer, Project Manager, Chief Preparator and Technicians during the design, construction and construction planning process. installation.

  • Provides layouts and architectural details to tour venues, artists, guest designers and in-house staff.

What you will bring:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university. A degree in architecture is strongly preferred.

  • M.Arch, 5 years B.Arch or international equivalent preferred

  • Requires four years of experience in exhibition design, architectural design or interior design at increasingly senior levels of responsibility. Professional experience in galleries or art museums is a plus.

  • Advanced skills in Vectorworks, Rhino, AutoCAD and Adobe Creative Suite (Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign).

  • An understanding of interior and furniture construction and building and finishing materials.

  • Ability to work under strict deadlines and within established budgets.

  • Ability to communicate effectively with museum colleagues, artists and vendors working in a team environment.

  • Must have strong organizational skills, attention to detail and the ability to prioritize multiple tasks simultaneously.

  • Ability to effectively use standard office equipment and maintain accurate and up-to-date records.

  • Proficiency in the Microsoft Office suite.


COFAM is committed to advancing career opportunities for a diverse pool of skilled and capable talent, with a focus on equity and inclusion in all aspects of our recruitment strategy.

Step 1 – The start of the pay scale is $ 33.22 per hour.

This is a union position eligible for the Museums Benefits Program, including medical, dental and vision insurance, as well as a generous vacation program.

Registration deadline: Wednesday 12/01/2021

If you need an alternate method to complete this request, please contact [email protected]

All new COFAM employees must be vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. Please contact [email protected] with any questions.

Apply directly @ FAMSF


COFAM is the Corporation of Fine Arts Museums and is the privately funded, not-for-profit corporation that supports the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, a department of the city and county of San Francisco.

COFAM is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and is committed to a policy of non-discrimination in all phases of employment in accordance with all federal, state and local laws. In accordance with the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider qualified applicants with a history of arrest and conviction for employment.

Please apply directly to FAMSF:

Exhibition designer

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