We are seeking a highly talented Design Manager to join our Exhibition Design Department.  Under the direction of the Director of Exhibition Design, the successful candidate will assist in developing the exhibition design program for the museum’s expansion project. The design manager prepares and monitors work programs, schedules and cost estimation documents for multiple projects as well as management of departmental design packages for presentations, estimation purposes and bid processes. The position is also responsible for supervision and management of expansion project design and related technical consultants.


Announced in November of 2011, the museum expansion will approximately 75,000 square feet of new galleries, including an additional 15,000 square feet of changing exhibition galleries, expanded public program and education space; essential improvements to collections storage, exhibition processing and conservation functions, and a new restaurant. The expansion will support an even more dynamic changing exhibition program and innovative new installations of the museum’s global collection.


The position requires ten years of experience in a fast-paced work environment, preferably in a museum or design office. A proven track record of superior staff management, project management and problem-solving skills are required as well as strong communication skills. Candidates must be technically savvy, with a working knowledge of a variety of design-related software programs and platforms – VectorWorks, Renderworks, Microsoft Word, Excel, Fasttrack, and Adobe CS5 Suite software.


Candidates must have a BA or equivalent degree from a technical or design-related institution or a relevant combination of education and experience. Architectural training,studies or similar experience are a plus.


Interested candidates should send their resumes with cover letters and salary requirements to:

jobs@pem.org or to Human Resources, Peabody Essex Museum, East India Square, Salem, MA 01970-3783.