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Exhibit Developer

Date Posted:  Jul 15, 2022
Requisition ID:  381282

Indianapolis, IN, US, 46204


Work for Indiana

Grow your career with the State of Indiana! With more than 50 executive branch agencies, the State of Indiana is a diverse workforce offering employees stimulating and challenging projects across a broad scope of career opportunities. As a State of Indiana employee, you impact the well-being of Indiana’s communities every day.


At the State of Indiana, we don’t just talk about diversity and inclusion – Our goal is to create a welcoming, accessible, and equitable workplace, with a workforce that is representative of the State of Indiana population. As a proud equal opportunity employer, reasonable accommodations may be available to enable individuals with disabilities to interview and to perform the essential functions of a role.


Next Level benefits at the State of Indiana are here! Be sure to review our expanded benefit package offerings below.


About the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites:

The Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites (ISMHS) is a statewide museum system with 12 locations including the Indiana State Museum in downtown Indianapolis and 11 historic sites in the Indiana communities of Evansville, Corydon, New Albany, Rome City, Madison, Fountain City, Geneva, New Harmony, Nashville, Vincennes, and Metamora.


MissionTo serve as a catalyst for informal lifelong learning that connects the stories of real people, places, and things.


VisionBe the leader in informal lifelong learning that is recognized, sought-after and celebrated regionally, nationally, and globally.



  • Inclusion
  • Integrity
  • Stewardship
  • Transparency


Strategic Priorities:

  1. Engage and serve an expanded and diverse audience through transformative experiences: Collections. Exhibits. Programs.
  2. Translate/transform our historic sites from buildings/tours to experiences/legacies.
  3. Brand awareness and reputation management.
  4. Sustainability (product and financial).
  5. Organizational culture.



The starting pay for this role is $65,000 per year.

About the Job:

The Exhibit Developer serves as the lead developer for exhibit experiences from concept through implementation. Developers are responsible for developing and managing the key aspects of experience development for new exhibits, as well as revisions or additions to existing experiences. This position responsibility includes topic testing, formative evaluation, idea generation, development of experiences from the concept, working design, and final design. The position will be responsible for writing scripts, storyline, labels, research, and participation of shepherding of the experience through production, opening, summative evaluation and remediation. The position works closely with content experts, both internal and external, as well as interactive developers, exhibit and graphic designers throughout the exhibit process.  

A Day in the Life:

The essential functions of this role are as follows:

  • Develops and writes conceptual documents, scripts, storyline, and labels in a team environment.
  • Works on cross-departmental teams consisting of staff and outside consultants to develop, design, and test exhibits
  • Assists in the preparation, writing and editing of grant applications and proposals which contribute to institutional goals and objectives
  • Consults with other museum staff or performs necessary research to ensure exhibits and experiences are historically and scientifically accurate
  • Develop and foster partnerships with community, academic and business partners that align with current projects
  • Coordinates formative, summative and remedial evaluation of experiences and exhibits.
  • Work within established project budgets and schedules
  • Coordinates the work of assigned project interns
  • Remain current in visitor-centric exhibit design best practices and informal learning theory
  • Serves as the audience advocate to ensure experiences relate to key audiences in appropriate ways

The job profile is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Other duties, responsibilities and activities may change or be assigned at any time with or without notice. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to interview and to perform the essential functions of this role.

What You'll Need for Success:

  • Bachelor's Degree in museum studies, education, or related field
  • 3-5 years of museum work, exhibit development, experience design or related field 
  • Goal-oriented professional with strong organizational, project management and critical-thinking skills; must demonstrate initiative and ability to problem-solve
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills 
  • Excellent customer service and follow through
  • Ability to work comfortably in a fast-paced environment where priorities and direction may change frequently

Benefits of Employment with the State of Indiana:

The State of Indiana offers a comprehensive benefit package for full-time employees which includes: 

  • Three (3) medical plan options (including RX coverage) as well as vision and dental plans;
  • Wellness program (offers premium discount for the medical plan and gift cards);
  • Health savings account, which includes bi-weekly state contribution; 
  • Flexible work scheduling options, including the potential for hybrid remote work for employees whose work may be performed outside state facilities;
  • Deferred compensation 457B account (similar to 401k plan) with employer match; 
  • Two (2) fully-funded pension plan options; 
  • A robust, comprehensive program of leave policies covering a variety of employee needs, including but not limited to:
    • 150 hours of paid new parent leave; 
    • Up to 15 hours of paid community service leave;
  • Combined 180 hours of paid vacation, personal, and sick leave time off; 
  • 12 paid holidays, 14 on election years; 
  • Education Reimbursement Program;
  • Group life insurance; 
  • Referral Bonus program;
  • Employee assistance program that allows for covered behavioral health visits; 
  • Qualified employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program; 
  • Free Parking for most positions;
  • Free LinkedIn Learning access;


Equal Employment Opportunity:

The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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