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Posted: 02/14/2013

Florida Historic Capitol Museum

Since 1845, the Historic Capitol has symbolized Florida state government. Restored to its 1902 appearance, the Historic Capitol stands as an icon at the center of Florida’s Capitol complex; the modern-day nerve center of Sunshine State government. Under the stained-glass dome, political history and tradition come alive in the exhibits. Through photographs, recordings, and audiovisual displays, visitors experience the people and events that have shaped today’s Florida. Restored areas include the 1902 Governor’s office and chambers of the House of Representatives, Senate, and Supreme Court. Together with exhibit panels, photographs, and interactive multimedia, the museum offers a journey though the colorful history of representative government in Florida. Exhibits in 21 rooms invite visitors to trace the evolution of Florida government from territorial days to the present.

Exhibits Manager
Professional Opportunity
Tallahassee, FL

The Florida Historic Capitol Museum (Tallahassee, FL) is seeking an Exhibits Manager (Program Specialist). The preferred candidate would have a masters degree from an accredited college or university in museum studies, public history or a related field, and three years of professional experience developing and coordinating exhibits in a museum.  A key focus area will be the production and integration of Audio-Visual (AV) Exhibit content to enhance permanent exhibits. Museum exhibits shall interpret Floridas political history, promote civic education, and tell the story of the restored Historic Capitol. The Florida Historic Capitol Museum is under the management of the Florida Legislature; please visit http://www.leg.state.fl.us for a complete job description and application instructions. Please note: the minimum qualifications field contains the boilerplate language for Legislative job descriptions at the Program Specialist level. We will also welcome applicants with a BA in history, museum studies, or related field plus the requisite years of experience.

Examples of Work Performed:

·         Work with all museum staff to realize the Historic Capitol Museums full potential as an interpretive and educational tool and a resource for understanding Floridas political history.

·         Manage all operational aspects of exhibition production, including development of exhibit themes, planning, scheduling, and budgeting

·         Evaluate current practices and stay current with professional standards and exhibits theory, techniques, and technologies in order to develop multiple access systems, meet the needs of a diverse audience, and plan for changing needs of staff and the public.

·         Conduct research for new exhibits and for identification of AV content that can be integrated into permanent and temporary exhibits at the Historic Capitol Museum

·         Write exhibit text, define artifact needs, locate lenders, acquire artifacts, work with Collections Manager to secure appropriate loans, coordinate with graphic designer to develop interpretive panels and labels, and arrange appropriate display of artifacts and content

·         Oversee maintenance of permanent and temporary exhibits

·         Learn and utilize SpinetiX Hypermedia Director in order to develop AV exhibit content located on a central server and schedule content to play on individual SpinetiX HMP200 units throughout the museum.

·         Edit images and videos for exhibits using programs of the Adobe Creative Suite

·         Assist Director of Florida Legislative Research Center and Collections Manager in formulating, interpreting, applying, and assuring conformance with collection policies and procedures

·         Work with Collections Manager to ensure safe and proper handling, transportation, exhibition, and storage of permanent collections and loans

·         Respond to telephone, mail, and e-mail research requests within the scope of the Historic Capitol and Florida Legislative Research Center program mission

·         Recruit, train, and supervise exhibit volunteers and  interns

·         Provide museum education programs and tours as needed

·         Assist with special events at Historic Capitol Museum

·         Perform other duties assigned 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Knowledge of historical research techniques

Knowledge of best practices for exhibit development, including research, writing, design, and fabrication.

OPen until
Until Filled

How to apply
Qualified applicants should send a completed legislative application, cover letter, and resume to: Office of Legislative Services Human Resources Office Suite 701, Claude Pepper Building 111 West Madison Street Tallahassee, FL 32399-1400 Applications are available through the Florida Legislature’s web site Online Sunshine, http://www.leg.state.fl.us, or by calling (850) 488-6803

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