Exhibition and Programming Coordinator Opportunity

About the Wende Museum

The Wende is an art museum, historical archive of the Cold War, and center for creative community engagement that explores and inspires change. 

Job Description

The Exhibition and Programming Coordinator supports the Chief Curator and Director of Programming with the concept development, scheduling, practical organization, and realization of all exhibitions and programs organized by the Wende Museum.  

The Wende produces four exhibitions per year and organizes a variety of programs, both virtual and onsite. This position combines a passion for research and curation with the practical skills needed to help realize experimental exhibition design and cutting-edge programming. 

Key Responsibilities

  • Oversees all practical aspects of exhibition planning and installation, including the creation of exhibition design models, schedules, object lists, budgets, and installation guides 

  • Supports exhibition research, including drafting and editing texts and images, as well as research for related programming 

  • Works with the museum databases to track exhibition-related information 

  • Works with the Collections Department to display objects according to best practices and museum standards 

  • Supervises work by contractors, vendors, art handlers, and other contributors to the construction and installation process 

  • Organizes external loans from other institutions, galleries, and contemporary artists, including agreements and shipping 

  • Coordinates across departments to ensure exhibition- and programming-related deadlines are met. 

  • Supports exhibition-related docent training, supervises curatorial interns and volunteers 

  • Supports the development and practical organization of on-site and online programs, establishes and maintains contacts with potential speakers and performers 

This is a coordinator-level staff position with inter-department exposure. The position reports to the Chief Curator and Director of Programming and works in regular cooperation with the Head of Collections and Education Manager. 

Regular, on-site attendance is required. 

An average workweek of 40 hours is expected.

Compensation commensurate with experience  

Medical/dental/vision benefits and paid vacation and holidays. 

This is a full-time, non-exempt staff position available June 1, 2022

Ideal Candidate

Required Qualifications

  • BA in a relevant academic discipline (History, Art History, Architecture, Museum Studies, Cultural Studies, Anthropology, etc.) 

  • Strong writing and communication skills

  • Experience with typography and print preparation 

  • Experience with working with vendors to oversee the production of materials 

  • Understanding of ADA guidelines 

  • Strong computer skills with advanced expertise in Microsoft Office Suite

  • Advanced expertise in a variety of Adobe design programs 

  • Experience with exhibition design software (SketchUp, Rhino) 

  • Experience in working with museum database programs 

  • Experience with collection handling 

Ideal Candidate

  • Highly organized 

  • Detail-oriented

  • Diligent and dedicated 

  • Able to multi-task a variety of activities, prioritizing conflicting needs

  • Resourceful problem solver 

  • Proactive self-starter able to follow projects through to completion

  • Able to work under pressure and meet deadlines

  • Able to work effectively independently and also as a positive team player

  • Able to demonstrate emotional maturity and strong interpersonal skills

Recognizing that this is an ongoing process, the Wende Museum is committed to continually increasing diversity, equity, inclusion, accessibility, and sustainability. People of color, LGBTQIA+ people, and others who may have been marginalized by conventional hiring practices are encouraged to apply.

How to Apply

Submit a resume and cover letter in a single PDF attachment with the subject line “Exhibition and Programming Coordinator” to jsegal@wendemuseum.org.