Job Openings Director of Traveling Exhibits – GWC

Who is the Global Water Center?

The Global Water Center, a collaborative initiative established by Water Mission, is a platform creating a movement of millions of individuals and scaling the impact of safe water implementers, corporate partners, foundations, and other nonprofits to end water poverty. Our ultimate goal is to bring the number of people affected by water poverty from 2,200,000,000 to 0. Working at the Global Water Center is as much a calling as it is a career, and we are searching for people with the courage, passion, and drive to help us change the world. Read more about What We Believe, our Statement of Faith, and our Christian Mission.

What is the opportunity?

The Director of Traveling Exhibits will oversee the operations of the Global Water Center’s mobile Discovery Center. This role is responsible for the daily operations of the traveling exhibits, as well as the development and execution of marketing and advertising activities related to the mobile Discovery Center.  The Director will develop, maintain, and coordinate the mobile Discovery Center calendar and related events, and work with exhibition curators to assess needs and requirements. He/she will work in collaboration with the Marketing and Communications team to design and produce exhibition-related materials (i.e., displays, promotional materials, print and digital content). He/she will also collaborate with the Director of Partnership Relations to ensure effective donor activities are supported.  The Director of Traveling Exhibits will also develop and execute a plan for volunteer training and support at each exhibit venue.  This person will implement the direction given by the Executive Director and provide all stakeholders a weekly dashboard report.  Responsible for supervising the Operation Coordinators traveling with the exhibit (Operation Team), this role requires an in-depth understanding of general operations along with the ability to trouble shoot complex issues remotely. Based out of Charleston, SC, this role reports to the Executive Director and requires domestic travel up to 30 days/night out of the year. A successful Director of Traveling Exhibits will:

  • Understand the operating issues associated with trailer transportation, including but not limited to liability, permits, operating cost, scheduling of movement, mechanical limitations, and necessary back-up resources.
  • Coordinate all details of the traveling exhibitions, from permits and schedules to insurance, packing, transportation, and registration
  • Have an in-depth knowledge of all exhibit components to be able to assist with troubleshooting issues
  • Supervise exhibit staff
  • Lay groundwork in the local markets through pre-marketing and PR initiatives, volunteer recruitment, establishment of key contacts, coordination of corresponding fundraising functions, attainment of permits and the preemption of all other operation issues
  • Develop the exhibit location schedule and site selection criteria
  • Create the operating procedures and manuals for all aspects of the traveling exhibits
  • Develop the training procedures for all volunteer positions connected with the exhibits
  • Create the organization chart for the daily setup, take down, and exhibit operations
  • Connect daily (remotely or via site visits) with the operation team to review each day’s results
  • Coordinates the schedules and work agenda of the operation teams
  • Assure all compliancy requirements are met and kept up to date
  • Assist in developing the marketing strategy, fundraising approaches, and PR opportunities
  • Develop the criteria for volunteers and the volunteer pool
  • Work with the Communications team to design and coordinate printing, mailing, and distribution of invitations and posters for exhibition-related events
  • Understand and have a working knowledge of the exhibits to be able to troubleshoot any issues that arise
  • Photograph all steps for building, implementing, and maintaining the exhibits (ex. Wiring, plumbing, maintenance, etc.) and keep as a living document for historical knowledge
  • Research and engage the best transportation vendors
  • Work with the Executive Director and Global Water Center contractors to finalize budgets
  • Establish the criteria for security: personnel and electronic monitoring
  • Determine IT requirements and POS system
  • Serve as liaison to other departments as appropriate

What is required?

  • Personal and growing relationship with Jesus Christ
  • Bachelor’s degree required, additional education in related field preferred
  • 5 or more years of experience in managing traveling exhibits; in-depth experience in developing public education programs a plus
  • Demonstrated ability to lead a diverse team of staff, volunteers, and partners
  • Substantial experience as an exhibit developer and exhibit designer
  • Knowledge of best practices and trends in exhibits
  • Able to critically review exhibit outlines, scripts, and plans
  • Skilled at understanding operations
  • Able and willing to travel domestically up to 30 days/nights throughout the year
  • Can take direction from leadership but can make good independent decisions
  • Has a jack-of-all trades mentality, can give clear and effective direction, and is willing to roll-up their sleeves to help solve problems when necessary
  • Understands the use of flow charts, such as Gantt charts, and is able to analyze potential problems
  • Proficient with typical business-related software (Microsoft Office/Google Office Suite)
  • Self-starter, with the ability to carry a project from concept to completion
  • Experience in a position requiring successful multi-tasking of priorities and projects
  • Creative, flexible, and analytical thinker
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to clearly articulate ideas and feedback in a constructive way
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively with a team


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