OMSI - Oregon Museum of Science & Industry
  • 23-Apr-2018 to 25-May-2018 (PST)
  • Exhibits
  • Portland, OR, USA
  • $54,400 - $70,750
  • Regular - Full-Time

Eligible for health benefits and paid time off.

The Traveling Exhibits Manager (TEM) is responsible for the management, planning, implementation, and operation of the OMSI's traveling exhibitions. TEM ensures high standards of exhibit quality, safety, portability, supportability, functionality and documentation, while also fostering design and technology innovation. This role involves collaboration with many stakeholders internal and external of OMSI and occasional travel. The Traveling Exhibits Manager trains, manages and supervises traveling technicians, technical writers, and assigned volunteers, interns and fellows. TEM supports contract management, hires staff and develops and implements budgets for Traveling Exhibits Technical.

Participate in programs/initiatives to enhance corporate culture, such as:

  • Working effectively with and supporting volunteers throughout the organization
  • Supporting OMSI's Total Guest Experience (TGE)/Customer Service mission & objectives in daily job performance, including diversity initiatives.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

"Performing the following will involve driving to various locations outside OMSI's corporate headquarters:"

  • Manage full and part-time staff to ensure quality and timely completion of assignments supporting OMSI's Traveling Exhibits program. This includes managing staff on location (off-campus from OMSI). 
  • Develop and maintain standards of quality in traveling interactive experiences to include exhibits, environmental, graphics, props and activities
  • Manage and liaison customer relations with clients and host sites in support of OMSI's products and services
  • Support development of proposals for funding as they relate to traveling exhibits and project development processes
  • Promote OMSI's brand and reputation locally and nationally
  • Responsible for the development, management, and oversight of traveling exhibits budgets
  • Travel to client venues in support of development, technical needs, staff training, remediation, installation, and/or de-installation of OMSI exhibits or related projects
  • Manage exhibit refurbishments at OMSI and on-the-road
  • Manage the TET shop equipment, including staff training, use, and maintaining equipment servicing and service contracts (with support from the fabrication lead)
  • Create, and manage the creation of, technical manuals that support Traveling Exhibits and OMSI clients
  • Manage the archiving of TET manuals in an OMSI database
  • Manage and help implement flex staff (including volunteers and interns) for TET support
  • Project Management responsibilities including, but not limited to exhibit refurbishment, sales projects, and opportunity pursuits
  • Create and maintain an up-to-date pool of external resources with flexible skill sets to meet project needs
  • Manage purchasing, records keeping, and documentation related to traveling Exhibits including leading the development of manuals for traveling exhibitions
  • Contribute to the advancement of STEM/STEAM learning experiences through field research and reporting with OMSI stakeholders include Research and Development, Evaluations, and Education staff
  • Collaborate internally across departments, divisions, and sub-divisions. Close collaborators within the Exhibits Department include Exhibits Shop Manager, Design Manager, and Sales Department Managers.
  • Participate in the development and implementation of strategies to enhance the visitor experience at OMSI
  • Fulfill responsibilities and other tasks as assigned by the Director of Creative Services
  • This position is exempt, paid salaried.
  • This position is regular full-time, scheduled for 40 hours/week.

Working Conditions

  • Physical Demands: 50 % Sitting 40 % Standing   10 % Lifting/Carrying/Pushing/Pulling  50 Pounds
  • Vision requirements include close vision (clear vision at 20 inches or less), distance vision (clear vision at 20 feet or more), color vision (ability to identify and distinguish colors), peripheral vision (ability to observe an area that can be seen up and down or to the left or right while eyes are fixed on a given point), depth and perception (three dimensional vision, ability to judge distance and spatial relationships), and ability to adjust focus (ability to adjust the eyes to bring an object into sharp focus).
  • Work environment includes work near moving mechanical parts, fumes or airborne particles.
  • Noise level ranges from quiet (examples: library, private office) to very loud (examples: jack hammer work, front row at rock concert). 



  • Excellent organizational, analytical and problem solving skills.
  • Ability to exercise initiative and good judgment in anticipating problems before they arise.
  • Excellent attention to detail with a high degree of accuracy.
  • Strong presentation skills.
  • Proficiency in woodworking, metalworking, plastics, finishes and other physical attributes of exhibit upkeep.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of interactive (electronics and mechanical) components Technological proficiency.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Ability to work independently as well as in teams.
  • Proven time management skills.
  • Ability to work under pressure with flexibility.
  • Ability to effectively manage and track multiple projects simultaneously; prioritize troubleshooting; work well under pressure with a high degree of accuracy; and meet stringent and overlapping deadlines.
  • Demonstrated skills in teamwork and collaboration with colleagues, with varied skills and responsibilities meeting individual, departmental and organizational deadlines.
  • Demonstrated abilities in strategic planning.
  • Demonstrated excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication and customer service skills to work effectively with people of diverse talents and backgrounds.
  • Understanding of confidentiality and protocol.


  • Museum experience.
  • Nonprofit experience.
  • Interactive design and development experience.
  • Experience in Financial Edge, or other accounting program.

Education & Work Experience:


  • Bachelor's Degree in industrial design, project or construction management or equivalent combination of experience and education.
  • Minimum 3 years of coordination and project management skills.
  • Minimum 3 years of supervisory experience.
  • Minimum 1 year of experience working with the public, formal and informal settings.
  • Minimum 4 years of experience with installing and maintaining exhibitions that travel around the country
  • Minimum 3 years of informal experience in design and/or STEM education


  • 4 years of product development.
  • 3 years of informal experience in Informal science education and/or the museum field.
  • Bilingual - Spanish/English.
  • Experience working with volunteers.

Additional Requirements/Preferences; Including Licenses and Certifications:


  • Valid driver's license.
  • Pre-employment checks, such as criminal background check, reference checks, and requirements in the MVR Policy including passing Motor Vehicle Record (MVR) check.
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