Posted: Jun 25, 2024

Senior Exhibits Maker

DuPage Children's Museum - Naperville, IL
Salary: $45,000.00 - $65,000.00 Annually
Application Deadline: N/A

Job Summary:

DuPage Children’s Museum nurtures joyful learning and discovery so that all children can thrive through extraordinary learning experiences. The Senior Exhibits Maker serves a critical role in advancing this vision by modeling best practices in developing, designing, fabricating and maintaining play-based exhibits and managing and mentoring the exhibit team and creating a collaborative team environment.

Essential Responsibilities:

Management, Mentoring, and Communication

1. Manage and mentor the exhibit team including technicians, makers, and volunteers.

2. Coordinates with Exhibit Experience Team to ensure museum exhibits meet DCM’s high standard of excellence in terms of experience and functionality.

3. Provides regular, user-friendly, transparent information about the status of exhibits to team members.

4. Acts as liaison with contract fabricators and vendors.

5. Works collaboratively with all museum staff to support the Museum’s annual strategic goals and core values including fabricating items for programs and events.

6. Contributes to the development and administration of the department budget to ensure budget goals are met.

Exhibit development, design, and fabrication

1. Fabricates exhibit components and signage.

2. Manages and supervises exhibit installations for in-house and off-site builds, contracted services, and traveling exhibitions.

3. Ensures the development of exhibit components and signage. This may include creating models; researching, ordering and/or developing devices; testing materials; building prototypes; and providing production support for necessary exhibit components and signage.

4. Researches appropriate materials, specifications, and methods for potential fabrication.

Exhibit Maintenance

1. Ensures the educational functionality of permanent, traveling, and temporary exhibit components by coordinating and performing exhibit maintenance and repairs as necessary..

2. Monitors the condition and functionality of DCM exhibits to ensure their availability to visitors. Develops a master plan to ensure excellent condition, maintenance, and repair of all museum exhibits; maintains a database and other files that collect and organize information about exhibit condition, warrantees, fabrication, and maintenance/repair.

3. Manages the Museum’s fabrication and maintenance shop including safety procedures, museum tool and equipment maintenance, exhibit storage areas, and other resource materials in an appropriate and professional manner.

4. Responsible for inventory, ordering, maintaining, and storing of exhibit preparation supplies, equipment, and components.

5. Supports facility maintenance and operations team with event set up.

Traveling Exhibits

1. Supervises DCM traveling exhibit program including booking, maintenance, and replacement.

Secondary Responsibilities:

1. Other duties as assigned.

2. Travel to off-site and out of town locations may be required.

Job Relationships:

● Supervised by Chief of Building and Making

● Supervises Exhibit Maintenance Technicians, Exhibit Maker, and volunteers.

● Establishes and maintains productive relationships with vendors and fabricators.

● Coordinates extensively with Facility Maintenance staff, the Guest Experience Sr. Manager, the Arts & Maker Specialist, the Sr. Graphics Manager and other staffto maintain the effectiveness of DCM exhibits.

● Behaves appropriately around children and works well with diverse museum visitors.

Education and Experience:

● High school or trade school degree required; college degree, technical training, and/or certification preferred.

● Five years of experience in a museum exhibit fabrication, trade show, or other production shop required.

Skills and Abilities:

● Must have demonstrated skill in hand and bench work including cabinet-making, painting and finishing, metalwork and/or other skilled tasks.

● Demonstrated knowledge of methods and materials used in museum exhibit fabrication.

● Skilled in the safe use of power tools, machine tools, and hand power tools. Knowledge of audio-visual equipment.

● Project management skills. Superior skills in organizing, determining priorities and taking initiative; willingness and ability to work toward objectives, shifting priorities when needed.

● Ability to read and interpret exhibit and architectural drawings.

● Ability to produce computer generated detail and fabrication drawings.

● Ability to communicate fabrication ideas and techniques with sketches.

● Good organizational and communication skills.

● Experience in cost estimating.

● Works well in a collaborative environment.

● Ability to program and use a CNC machine, 3D printer, or Laser Cutter a plus.

● Basic knowledge of Word, Excel, Google Sketch Up, a must.

● Pool certification is a plus.

The following abilities are required for the position: (a) Heavy physical exertion and activity will be required; (b) Bend, reach, kneel, squat, walk and climb stairs and ladders; (c) Lift and carry large/bulky items weighing up to 75 pounds; (d) Display the dexterity and motor skills necessary to perform mechanical repairs and work on a variety of machinery; (e) Work outdoors for short periods of time in hot and cold weather; (f) Communicate appropriately, clearly and verbally with museum visitors and co-workers; Comprehend and speak English with the general public and co-workers; (g) Use a keyboard and mouse to enter, retrieve or transfer words or data; (h) Tolerate dust, paint, cleaning solutions and plastic/latex.


Must have a current driver’s license and reliable transportation.

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $45,000.00 - $65,000.00 per year


  • 401(k) matching
  • Dental insurance
  • Employee assistance program
  • Employee discount
  • Flexible spending account
  • Health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Referral program
  • Vision insurance


  • 8 hour shift

Work Location: In person