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This position reports to the Associate Director of Exhibition Production, ECS.

This full-time position will plan, install, and maintain the highest standards of exhibition lighting for all gallery spaces, including special exhibitions and other programmed areas throughout the museum campus including working on the programing of the Visual Interest automated system in the Martin Building to program the lighting needs for event spaces and to trouble shoot as needed. This position will be part of a dynamic, inclusive and creative team who are committed to creating memorable museum experiences.

This position will manage the scheduling of lighting duties including the part time lighting techs, and other preparation assistants as needed, per gallery install. This manager will also manage all aspects of lighting design, planning, ordering, maintenance/repair/warranty returns of fixtures and tracking of inventory for all galleries and exhibition spaces. This is a hands-on position with the expectation that the lighting manager will be required to be in the galleries, on ladders and lifts, and doing the installation, focus and measuring of light levels as needed as well as directing part time staff as needed.  It is also required to meet and work with directors, chiefs, designers, project managers, curatorial staff, and other coworkers to achieve the high level of lighting presentation expected at the Denver Art Museum.

To support the Exhibitions and Collections Services (ECS) department’s cross-training initiative, and as workload and schedule allow, this position may assist with buildout and production work related to exhibitions including but not limited to; drywall and build-out, painting, cabinetry, installing graphics, demolition, matting and framing, art installation, crating and packing, and removal of recycling/waste. Assist with other projects throughout the Exhibition and Collection Services department as needed.


  •  Participating and actively supporting all institutional EDI initiatives at the Denver Art Museum.
  • Oversees, coordinates, installs and maintains all aspects of gallery and exhibition lighting, including burnout replacements, for all museum galleries and programmed spaces.
  • Manages the coordination, scheduling, and oversight of the part-time team of preparation assistants (lighting) and outside lighting contractors as needed. Assists the associate director, senior preparators, assistant preparators and others to ensure part-time and contractor work is completed within specification. Assists with managing and escorting contractors while they are on DAM premises and coordinates their access and necessary paperwork with Protective and Facilities Services.
  • Responsible for ensuring lighting equipment is appropriately stored and maintained. Secures estimates, orders, and arranges delivery or pickup, and processes invoices for gallery lighting fixtures, supplies and materials for future exhibitions. Manages the under-warranty returns and fixture/lamp replacements.
  • Must be able to interpret exhibition design and production drawings and to understand and recommend lighting fixture components that support the overall gallery experience. Oversees the fabrication, modification, and maintenance of integrated lighting systems for exhibition casework. 
  • Works closely with associate director of exhibition production, preparation team, project managers, staff electricians, designers, curatorial, L&E, office of the director and other museum stakeholders. Organizes, prepares, and coordinates all lighting mockups and develops various lighting layouts and specifications for all lighting fixtures.
  • Assists the associate director of exhibition production, associate director of preparation, senior preparators and associate preparators in the hiring process of new part-time lighting technicians when needed. Trains, schedules and supervises part-time preparation assistants (lighting). 
  • Assists with gallery wall installation, patching and painting, gallery maintenance and other build-out activities as needed and as workload and schedule allow.
  • Assist with all aspects of rotation activities in museum galleries and works closely with other areas of ECS, including Conservation, Collections Management, Registrar, and Photography, on various projects as needed to ensure a seamless and efficient implementation process.
  • Other duties as assigned.


QUALIFICATIONS (Education, Experience, Skills, etc.):

  • Degree or certification in art history, studio arts, museum studies, theater production/lighting direction, event production or another related field. Or equivalent combination of training and experience in museum and art gallery lighting.
  • Minimum 3-5 years successful experience as a lighting coordinator, museum preparator, technician, lighting technician or similar role in a museum/gallery environment.
  • Proven experience managing others, and creating an inclusive team environment required
  • Knowledge of auto cad, sketch up and/or vector works preferred
  • Experience managing contractors
  • Carpentry skills preferred
  • Proficient communication skills and an ability to work inclusively, collaboratively and constructively within a team environment
  • Extensive knowledge of museum lighting practices and applications
  • Knowledge of museum, exhibition and/or theatre/stage production implementation processes
  • Experience related to the lighting of complex museum exhibitions or theatrical productions
  • Demonstrates reasoning and problem-solving skills
  • Knowledge and understanding of conservation requirements and rationale for lighting art objects
  • Knowledge of general electrical systems and best practices
  • Knowledge of electrical codes, proper electrical wiring and repair
  • Proven ability to interpret architectural drawings and specifications of exhibition components.
  • Ability to work both independently and with a team
  • Skilled in using museum equipment such as lifts, ladders, etc.
  • Knowledge and constant application of safety practices and issues
  • Knowledge of safe art-moving practices
  • Ability to clearly articulate ideas and recommendations to all project stakeholders.
  • Skilled in establishing priorities and efficiently coordinating work activities.
  • Ability to excel in a fast-paced environment while working on multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Ability to find creative solutions in a flexible and inclusive manner.
  • A keen interest in working on projects and exhibitions that explore the breadth of human creativity.
  • Appreciation for the museum’s focus on improving the visitors’ experience.


Pay: The hiring hourly range for the position is $25.00 to $27.89 hourly and is based on experience.

Benefits: A comprehensive medical/dental/vision plan, that can be extended to

to domestic partner, spouse, and children. DAM 100% paid Life Insurance, and Short/Long Term Disability. Generous sick and vacation paid time off and one personal day. Ten paid holidays. 403(b) Retirement Plan with immediate eligibility to contribute and those who meet the requirements will qualify for the 3% non-elective contribution and 2% match program. A free RTD Eco Pass. A free DAM Family Membership. Free Telehealth and Employee Assistance Program. Access to Headspace. Two weeks Paid Parental Leave.

NOTE:  The DAM prioritizes adaptability and a human-centered work environment. We are happy to consider accommodations to the position. This job description is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, or qualifications associated with the job. We know there is no such thing as a “perfect" candidate - Nor do we look for the right "fit" with us, we look for the add! We believe in cultivating an environment where there is diversity of perspectives, in hopes that we can all thrive in an inclusive environment.

We know that searching for a job can be stressful so we would like to give you an overview of the process to manage expectations. This role may require a phone screen, interviews with hiring manager and or panel that will be held in-person at the DAM or video.


As an institution, we believe the Denver Art Museum is both a platform for and an amplifier of the voices of people of all races. We acknowledge that Black lives matter and communities of color – Latinx, Indigenous, Black, and others – have been underrepresented in art museums over decades, both internally and externally. We are committed to elevating all voices, artworks and perspectives and strive to support racial equity inside and out. 

We prohibit discrimination against any person or organization based on age, race, sex, color, creed, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, transgender status, gender identity, gender expression, ancestry, marital status, veteran status, political service or affiliation, genetic information, or disability, as well as any other status protected by federal, state or local law.

We strive to provide a professional and positive work environment for our employees. The Museum expressly prohibits any form of employee harassment on the basis of age, race, sex, color, creed, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, transgender status, gender identity, gender expression, ancestry, marital status, veteran status, political service or affiliation, genetic information, disability or any other applicable status protected by federal, state or local law.  Actions based on these or any legally protected characteristic will not be tolerated.

We encourage the freedom of gender expression and/or gender presentation.  As an institution, we do not create barriers that may prevent any employee from expressing behaviors, mannerisms, interests, and appearances that represent their authentic personality or culture. Qualified candidates are expected to exemplify the DAM’s internal values, which include being dynamic, respectful, inclusive, creative, and curious.  The ability to maintain effective and positive working relationships with visitors, employees, volunteers, representatives of public and private entities, policy making bodies, and contractors is critical to the success of this position.

The Museum believes vaccination is an important measure to protect the health and safety of everyone from significant illness due to COVID-19 infection. As a condition of employment, employees must present proof that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 on their first day of employment or receive an exemption or other reasonable accommodation due to circumstances protected under federal or state law that prevent the employee from being vaccinated. Employees are also mandated to receive a booster within 6 months of being fully vaccinated. 

Job Information

  • Job ID: 67059947
  • Workplace Type: On-Site
  • Location:
    Colorado, United States
  • Company Name For Job: Denver Art Museum
  • Position Title: Manager or Exhibition Lighting
  • Job Function: Exhibitions
  • Job Duration: Indefinite
  • Min Education: H.S. Diploma/Equivalent
  • Min Experience: 3-5 Years
  • Required Travel: 0-10%
  • Salary: $25.00 - $27.89 (Hourly Wage)

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