Minimum Education and Experience:
High school diploma or equivalency and one year of experience that demonstrates possession of the competencies necessary to perform the work; or equivalent combination of training and experience.
Essential Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:
This position is being recruited for at the Advanced Competency Level under the Career Banding Program. The Hiring Range for this position is $43,000 - $48,000, and the salary grade equivalent is 65. **************************************************************************************************** POSITION DESCRIPTION: The Chief Preparator oversees and participates in all aspects of installation of the permanent collection and exhibitions in the galleries; the packing and crating of works of art; management of the carpentry shop; and all matters pertaining to the safe handling of works of art in the collection and on loan to the Museum. Collaborates with curators in developing exhibition designs, layout, schedule, signage, and other graphic treatments. Oversees and participates in exhibition implementation including hanging works of art of varying size and weight at varying heights as required (up to 20 feet high), delegates work assignments among installation staff, and ensures the timely completion of all work at the highest level of quality. Assists museum registrar in coordinating and implementing the traveling exhibition program. Prepares and submits accurate estimates for the department's annual budget and for individual projects (installation of an exhibition, construction of a group of cases, etc.). Designs and fabricates bases, pedestals, cases, graphics, and other supports for display of works of art that ensure the safety and attractive display of the objects, with economical and efficient use of materials. Manages art storage areas in the museum and at off-site facility to ensure safety of works of art. Moves works of art of varying sizes and weight in and out of storage areas both in the museum and at off-site facility as needed. Oversees and participates in the design and construction of crates for art transport, working in-house or contracting with outside vendors. Oversees and assists with packing and unpacking shipments of works of art, in consultation with registrar. Supervises two full-time preparators. Assists with implementing building maintenance schedule and monitoring environmental needs in museum galleries and art storage. Assists with coordination and set up of meetings, special events, public programs.
ESSENTIAL SKILLS: Demonstrated proficiency in handling works of art in a wide variety of media, including painting, sculpture, textiles, works-on-paper, ceramics, metalwork, glass, stone, and new media, as well as familiarity with the fabrication of exhibition/display furniture and mounts required by such art are required, as is experience in exhibition layout configuration, and in design and implementation of gallery and exhibition lighting. Exceptional organizational skills and the ability to prioritize and manage a variety of activities with shifting deadlines are essential, as is the ability to make independent decisions about problems that arise within the scope of the job's responsibilities. This position requires strong computer skills using programs relevant to job responsibilities (such as Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, and HTML) and the ability and willingness to master new technology as needed. In addition, strong oral and written communication skills, high level of accuracy and attention to detail, and proven supervisory skills are essential. A valid driver's license is required.
Undergraduate degree from an accredited four-year college or university in a related field is preferred. Five years' progressively responsible experience in art handling and installation of permanent collections and exhibition-preparation in an art museum is strongly preferred. Selected candidate will have experience working with various types of equipment in a typical carpentry shop; experience with the software listed above; and supervisory experience. Employee must be willing and able to rearrange their work schedule or to work overtime including weekends if necessary to accommodate deadlines and priorities.
Special Physical/Mental Requirements:
Must have physical ability to use diverse hand and power tools (including cabinet and shop equipment of varying sizes and complexity), hydraulic lifts, dollies, etc. Must have good dexterity, hand-eye coordination, and ability to climb and work on ladder for extended periods of time; to reach hands above shoulder level; to move heavy objects (up to 50 lbs.); and to stand or walk for an seven-hour day.
Position/Work Schedule Requirements:
M-F 800 - 500