Exhibit Lighting Coordinator
Employment TypeJob (Full-time)
Salary: $18.00 – $22.00
37.50 hrs. per week
The Exhibit Lighting Coordinator leads the design, planning, installation, and de-installation of indoor and outdoor displays for GardenFest of Lights and other major seasonal Garden exhibits. They are responsible for developing and implementing the design plan, will serve as a Manager on Duty during the exhibition, and will supervise the volunteers who assist with light fabrication and installation/deinstallation. The Exhibit Lighting Coordinator supports seasonal exhibition planning, installation, and de-installation year-round in addition to providing visual display and lighting support for Garden events. The Exhibit Lighting Coordinator will be forward thinking, innovative, team-oriented, and adaptable, with a proven record of success in designing and managing lighting displays and/or exhibitions. The successful candidate will be current with visual trends and will be willing to travel to network and learn from other light shows.
Founded in 1984, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is a nonprofit garden located in Richmond, Virginia’s Lakeside neighborhood. The Garden encompasses 82 acres, four lakes, 5,500 unique taxa of plants within 15 distinct outdoor gardens, 11 major buildings including a conservatory and greenhouse, plus an 80-acre branch site, the Lewis Ginter Nature Reserve. Annually, Lewis Ginter engages over 17,000 students in innovative and exciting educational programs. This cadre of identified learners is just a fraction of the more than 400,000 annual visitors to the Garden. In recent years, the Garden has been honored with inclusion in several top ten lists for botanical gardens in North America.
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, age, disability, or national origin in the hiring, retention, or promotion of employees. We support the diversity and inclusion policy adopted by The American Public Gardens Association: to create an equitable, diverse and inclusive culture where the contributions of all community members are valued, respected, and appreciated.
Duties & Responsibilities
Designs the indoor and outdoor displays for GardenFest of Lights:
Travels to other light displays, buying markets, and vendors for lighting design inspiration,
training, and purchasing.
Coordinates with vendors and community partners, including negotiating and writing
agreements, processing purchase orders, and supervising projects.
Collaborates cross-departmentally with staff and volunteers who assist with the design of
spaces and vignettes.
Coordinates the year-round planning and logistics:
Develops a timeline and schedule that reflects staff, volunteer, and contracted resources.
Develops and maintains the design plan and the records of the display collections.
Responsible for the physical inventory and storage of lights, display collections, and
Supervises and manages the fabrication and implementation of the exhibition:
Provides staff and volunteer training for installation/de-installation tasks.
Leads the installation and de-installation process in the Garden, fostering teamwork by
modeling best practices alongside our staff and volunteers.
Serves as one of the evening Managers on Duty for GardenFest and other events and
exhibitions throughout the year.
Supports the Exhibitions Manager with planning and implementing seasonal changing
Provides lighting and visual display support for other exhibits and special events.
Participates in the weekly cross-departmental logistics meeting.
Education and Experience
At least 2 years of successful experience managing light displays, exhibitions, or events.
Demonstrated knowledge of lighting design with a dedication to keeping current with visual
trends. Experience with electrical infrastructure preferred.
Associate degree or technical training; a combination of education and equivalent experience
may be considered.
Prior experience in a botanical garden, museum, or cultural non-profit is preferred.
Must comply with provisions of the current Employee Handbook, all published personnel policies and the requirements of their individual job descriptions.
Must conduct herself or himself and perform all duties in a manner consistent with a public garden serving multigenerational and multicultural individuals and families, and in accordance with directed practices and procedures.
Must be aware of surroundings and vigilant to threats to the safety of visitors, volunteers, and staff or to the security of their property, ensuring that all concerns are reported promptly.
Must report all mishaps, injuries, and incidents immediately and ultimately in writing to supervisor(s) and to Human Resources.
Must ensure compliance with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations.
Must perform other duties as assigned by supervisor.
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