Manager, Exhibition Production

  • United States
  • Full Time
  • Manager/Supervisor

Reporting to the Director, Exhibition and Collection Preparation, the Manager, Exhibition Production is responsible for the construction and fabrication of all exhibitions presented at the Museum. This position manages a team of in-house carpenters as well as outside contractors to build and paint walls; fabricate pedestals, cases, and platforms; and source and purchase materials and supplies needed for the construction and production of Whitney exhibition designs, all while meeting firm deadlines. The Manager is also responsible for preparing and tracking the design production budget for each project.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Prepare construction drawings for Whitney exhibitions
  • Source and purchase production materials
  • Supervise team of in-house and temporary carpenters
  • Hire and oversee outside vendors and contracted trades
  • Budget for all elements of design production
  • Manage and track design production budgets
  • Work with outside architects to file plans for Alt PAs and TPAs
  • Ensure safe building practices


  • B.A. in related field; M.A. or MFA preferred
  • Experience in and knowledge of best construction practices
  • Ability to read architectural drawings
  • Advanced AutoCAD skills
  • Minimum 5 years of experience in museum design production or related field
  • Demonstrated ability to create and successfully manage budgets
  • Familiarity with building code and safety requirements
  • Strong supervisory skills and experience managing teams
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Background or interest in modern and contemporary art
  • Ability to work weekends or overtime hours during exhibition changeovers
  • High tolerance for working in a fast-paced environment while managing multiple projects with firm deadlines

Not sure you meet 100% of our qualifications? Research shows that men apply for jobs when they meet an average of 60% of the criteria. Yet, women and other people who are systematically marginalized tend to only apply if they meet every requirement. If you believe that you could excel in this role, we encourage you to apply. We are dedicated to considering a broad array of candidates, including those with diverse workplace experiences and backgrounds. Whether you’re new to arts and culture administration, returning to work after a gap in employment, simply looking to transition, or take the next step in your career path, we will be glad to have you on our radar. Please use your cover letter to tell us about your interest in the arts and culture space and what you hope to bring to this role.

About the Whitney:

The Whitney Museum of American Art, founded in 1930 by the artist and philanthropist Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, houses the foremost collection of American art from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. From her vision arose the Whitney Museum of American Art, which has been championing the most innovative art of the United States for 86 years. The core of the Whitney’s mission is to collect, preserve, interpret, and exhibit American art of our time and serve a wide variety of audiences in celebration of the complexity and diversity of art and culture in the United States. Through this mission and a steadfast commitment to artists themselves, the Whitney has long been a powerful force in support of modern and contemporary art and continues to help define what is innovative and influential in American art today.

EEO Statement:

The Whitney Museum of American Art is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The Museum does not discriminate because of age, sex, religion, race, color, creed, national origin, alienage or citizenship, disability, marital status, partnership status, veteran status, gender (including gender identity), sexual orientation, or any other factor prohibited by law. The Museum hires and promotes individuals solely on the basis of their qualifications for the job to be filled. The Museum encourages all qualified candidates to apply for vacant positions at all levels. This description shall not be construed as a contract of any sort for a specific period of employment.

COVID guidelines:

The health and safety of our Museum community is the highest priority.  As such, the Whitney Museum is requiring all newly hired staff members to be fully vaccinated with an FDA authorized and/or approved COVID-19 vaccine as a condition of employment. Requests for reasonable accommodations for medical, religious, or other reasons will be considered in accordance with applicable law.









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