Lead Preparator, Museum Experiences
About Chicago Children’s Museum: Chicago Children’s Museum is committed to improving children’s lives by creating a community where play and learning connect. We embrace creativity and collaboration, we never stop learning, and we remember to stop and play along the way. Chicago Children’s Museum staff is a dedicated group of curious individuals who embrace the playful spirit of childhood. Every employee is empowered to reach their potential and be recognized for the impact they have on our organization, visitors, and the community we serve.
General Job Function: A museum experience includes an exhibit plus public programs and staff interaction with guests. Lead Preparators construct and set up Museum Experiences, and assist in their development and design. The Lead Preparator performs a broad range of duties and is directly involved with all aspects of exhibit preparation, installation, and day-to-day operations throughout the Museum with the goal of creating the highest quality museum experience for guests and staff. They work with Experience development teams on permanent exhibits, temporary exhibits, public programs, and other special projects. The Lead Preparator assists with the planning and budgeting of assigned projects and manages tasks from start to finish. They must possess a degree of knowledge and proficiency sufficient to perform advanced-level work and may provide work direction and training to others.
It is the nature of children’s museum projects to create new challenges in exhibit preparation, while having to fit into the traditional parameters of the museum’s public setting. An essential quality of the Lead Preparator is their willingness and resourcefulness to explore new ideas and untested territory with a Museum Experience project team.