Chief Preparator ( Regular/Full-Time)
REPORTS TO:Director of Collections and Exhibitions
EMPLOYMENT STATUS: Regular/Full-time
The Chief Preparator oversees all technical aspects of the Museum’s art handling projects and
manages the work of full-time and temporary preparators in the preparation and installation of art in the permanent collection, temporary exhibitions and storage facilities. All duties will be
approached in a manner consistent with the High’s commitment to growth, inclusivity, collaboration and connectivity.
- Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following:
Oversee the preparation and installation/deinstallation of art in the permanent collection and temporary exhibitions galleries and storage facilities.
- Coordinate daily activity including work scheduling, quality assurance, and monitoring of installation and gallery maintenance activities.
- Maintain art storage areas and assist in permanent collection activity, including acquisitions, loans, and object tracking in close consultation with registration staff.
- Ensure successful installation and handling of artwork spanning all mediums and that all work meets best museum practices, including AAM guidelines.
- Work with relevant staff to determine the execution of lenders’ specifications for packing and shipping, installation and security requirements.
- Transfer artwork between main campus and storage facilities; arrange and complete local deliveries of artworks.
Exhibition and Project Planning:
Provide strategic vision in planning and implementation for all installation-related activity.
- Work collaboratively with Exhibitions, Design, Curatorial and Registrars in long- and short-range exhibition and project planning.
- Participate in project team meetings.
- Review checklists for exhibitions and permanent collection galleries and troubleshoot any challenges or special preparations.
- Coordinate third-party contractors/vendors and related gallery preparation in consultation with staff and schedules.
Supervise departmental staff and the inter-departmental activities related to the Preparator Department.
- Foster a collaborative and inclusive team-oriented environment in the department that extends to other museum departments.
- Supervise, hire, evaluate and coordinate full-time and temporary preparators, including time management.
- Prepare budgets and reviews reports with CFO and Director of Collections and Exhibitions.
- Serve as point of contact for security and registrars for immediate consultation in urgent situations.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Education and Experience:
- Bachelor’s degree, preferably in museum studies, studio art or similar area.
- Minimum of five years of museum and three years of supervisory experience.
Skills and Abilities:
- Exceptional leadership and interpersonal skills with the ability to maintain a collaborative environment with museum staff and leadership, artists, vendors and other museum professionals.
- Highly organized with the ability to problem-solve and work on multiple tasks concurrently.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills.
- Thorough knowledge of museum practice.
- Advance knowledge of Microsoft Office 365; TMS and Workday preferred.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS/WORK ENVIRONMENT:
The work environment and physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
- Ability to use diverse hand and power tools (including cabinet and shop equipment of varying sizes), hydraulic lifts, dollies, etc.
- Must have good dexterity, hand-eye coordination, and ability to climb and work on ladders for extended periods of time, to reach works of art above shoulder level; to lift heavy objects (up to 50 pounds).
- Must have a valid driver’s license or the ability to obtain one, with no prior convictions.
- The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.