California Science Center,

Deputy Director, Exhibits

2 months ago
Employment type
Los Angeles
Closing date

About this organization

A national and international leader in science education and informal learning, the California Science Center incorporates a dynamic museum with free general admission, robust educational programming including a professional development center for educators, and a neighborhood K-5 elementary school, to improve public understanding of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). With an average of over 2 million guests each year, including an average of 300,000 visiting school or youth groups, the California Science Center now ranks among the ten most-visited museums in North America and the most-visited museum in the United States outside of New York and Washington, D.C.

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About this job

Under the direction of the President & Chief Executive Officer, the Deputy Director, Exhibits (DDE), is responsible for high level of authority over all related aspects of existing and new exhibits. As a key member of the Science Center’s executive leadership team, the DDE reviews, updates, and implements policies related to the design, development, fabrication, and evaluation of all the museum’s exhibits. The DDE actively participates in strategic and long-term planning and provides leadership to drive the mission forward. Supervising a team of 26, with direct reports to include five Curators, the Exhibitions Technical Director, and the Director of Special Exhibits.

Exhibits in development include the Samuel Oschin Air and Space Center which will nearly double the California Science Center’s educational exhibit areas with an impressive artifact collection of aircraft and spacecraft, integrated with hands-on exhibits to encourage guests of all ages to investigate scientific and engineering principles of atmospheric flight and the exploration of the universe. It will also provide a fitting permanent home for Endeavour, one of only three remaining flown space shuttle orbiters and the only one of these national treasures on the West Coast. In addition to the Air and Space Center, the Science Center has numerous other existing and future exhibit projects in different phases of development, including:

17,000 Sq. ft. Science in Sports exhibit.

26,000 Sq. ft. Life Gallery focusing on humans and other living organisms.

Southeast Asian Rainforest addition to Ecosystems exhibit.

25,000 Sq. ft. Technology/Engineering exhibition.

Hosting traveling exhibits, such as in the past, King Tut exhibit and BodyWorlds.

Developing and promoting our traveling exhibits, such as Dogs! A Science Tail, and Goosebumps: The Science of Fear.

Roles & responsibilities


At least 10-15 years of broad experience in exhibit development and execution of projects.

At least five years of experience in a senior leadership position managing exhibits, curators, and budgets for a complex organization.

An appreciation for developing communication and experience with exhibits for all to comprehend.

Experience working in curatorial, education, or exhibit development will be preferred.

A Ph.D. is preferred. Candidates with relevant work experience will be considered.

The DDE will be an employee of the State of California. The annual salary range is $152,386-173,015. This is a full-time exempt position with the expectation of regular in-person work during the week and availability for evening and weekend projects.

To apply

California Science Center has retained Morris & Berger to conduct the Deputy Director, Exhibits search. To view the full position description, please visit To apply, please submit an application, including a resume and a letter of interest, in confidence to Morris & Berger through their website:

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