THE GRACE MUSEUM
JOB DESCRIPTION: PREPARATOR
Date Updated and Approved: Feb. 09, 2012
JOB CATEGORY: Full Time, Salary Exempt
ACCOUNTABILITY: The Preparator is accountable to the Chief Curator and the Executive Director and works with the Registrar.
AUTHORITY: The Preparator has the authority to carry out the duties of the office within the framework of the bylaws, policies, plans, and budget approved by the Board of Trustees.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
The Preparator is employed by the Executive Director in consultation with the Executive Committee and is subject to the personnel policies set by the Board for such period as the working agreement is mutually satisfactory to employer and employee.
JOB SUMMARY AND ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
The Preparator performs a broad range of preparatory duties including exhibition installation/de-installation and exhibition maintenance, as well as collections management duties including assisting the registrar in processing accessions and deaccessions, permanent collection inventory and collections storage organization.
STRATEGIC JOB DESCRIPTION
1. Your first priority – Is to achieve the organization’s purpose.
2. Your second priority – Is to help others achieve the organization’s purpose.
3. Your third priority – Is to carry out your job function.
Specific Job Responsibilities and Duties:
Preparatory responsibilities and duties:
Works with Chief Curator on exhibition installation
Installs and de-installs all permanent and temporary exhibitions. Installation may require carpentry, paneling, painting, cases, partitions, bases, suspended objects, flooring, lighting, plastics, didactics, graphics, labels, photos, mount making, setting up and maintaining audio-visual equipment.
Provides preventative maintenance and repair to all exhibits. Ensures the continuing proper performance of all audio-visual, interactive and computer-aided displays. Promptly troubleshoots and repairs malfunctioning equipment or damaged exhibit material.
Works with the Registrar to maintain displayed art and artifacts in proper environment and to eliminate risk to art and artifacts
Maintain and repair permanent exhibitions throughout the facility including Children’s Museum and the History Gallery
Pack or unpack objects according to museum standards for transport and storage
Occasionally assist with transport of art or history objects
Assist Registrar with organization of permanent collections storage
Maintain preparatory work spaces and orders curatorial supplies as needed
Collections responsibilities and duties:
Works with Registrar to inventory and document permanent collection objects and exhibit furniture/props
Works with Registrar to condition report art and history objects
Works with Registrar to catalog and inventory of acquisitions
Assists Registrar in overseeing and working with interns
Assists Registrar with processing new acquisitions
Assists Registrar with preparing loan documentation when necessary
Process deaccessions from the permanent collection
Implements the Collections Management Policy
Works with the Chief Curator and Registrar on major collections storage renovation
Participate in professional development when available
Performs other responsibilities and duties as assigned
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required
Bachelor’s degree and three years professional experience in art handling, exhibition installation or in a related field required. An equivalent combination of education and experience will be considered.
Experience with current technology utilized in the museum field
Demonstrates knowledge of standard museum procedures
Possesses outstanding organizational skills as well as flexibility
Possesses good interpersonal skills and self-motivation
Demonstrates strong written and verbal communication skills
Must be a team player with ability to work independently
Knowledge of power tools, fabrication materials, installation and lighting techniques
Ability to lift 50 lbs.
Basic computer skills required: Microsoft Office and Past Perfect experience is desirable
Driver’s license required
To apply: Please email cover letter, resume, and references to Vicki Butts at firstname.lastname@example.org
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