Children’s Picture Book Exhibition Research Assistant (Temporary/Part-time)

Job Division: High Museum of Art

Department: Education- Administration
Reports To: Director of Education and the Coordinator of Museum Interpretation
FLSA: Non-Exempt
Employment Status: Temporary/Part-time

POSITION SUMMARY:

The Children’s Picture Book Exhibition Research Assistant will be responsible for assisting with research, development and project coordination for an exhibition on the Civil Rights Movement in children’s picture books. Works under the supervision of the Director of Education and the Coordinator of Museum Interpretation. Must be a critical thinker and have good writing, research and interpersonal skills. The Children’s Picture Book Exhibition Research Assistant will help research and prepare a working checklist of works of art for the exhibition, coordinate studio visits with artists, assist with cataloguing relevant are and artifacts in the Auburn Avenue Research Library’s collection on African American History and Culture, and work with the Exhibitions department to compile loan requests.

WORK SCHEDULE:
• Monday -Friday 1-5pm, with some flexibility given to working students.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following:
• Research relevant publications to be included in the exhibition.
• Assist with research and preparation of exhibition packages including checklist for the exhibition team.
• Research and develop up-to-date biographies references for all artists and their works in the exhibition.
• Contact artist studios; arrange visits to view artwork.
• Responsible for scheduling, logistics, travel planning for artists and exhibition curators.
• Helps with development of educational tools for school groups and families.
• Works with Auburn Avenue Research Library’s curators and librarians to learn cataloguing process and develop database for the collection on African American History and Culture.
• Provide support, as needed, for the development of small-scale related exhibitions at branches of the Atlanta Fulton County Public Library System.
• Coordinate requests for digital artwork files for exhibition graphics and supporting materials.
• Other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS:
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 or combination of relevant experience and/or education preferred.
• Currently enrolled undergraduate student or graduate student.
• Previous museum or gallery experience is a plus but not required.
• Knowledge of or familiarity with children’s literature is preferred.

Language Skills:
• Excellent verbal and interpersonal skills.
• Communicates clearly and effectively both internally and externally.
• Ability to write polished correspondences and reports.

Mathematical Skills:
• Ability to compute rates and percentages.
• Ability to present information in report form, process invoices and expense reports and maintain department records.

Reasoning Ability:

• Ability to solve practical problems and prioritize needs in a variety of situations when standardization may be limited.
• Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.

Skills and Abilities:
• Must be organized, detailed-oriented and handle sensitive information with confidentiality.
• Highly proficient in Microsoft Office Suite (Outlook, Word, Excel, and Power Point).
• Ability to manage multiple deadlines simultaneously.
• Ability to work independently and as a team member.
• Excellent oral and written communication skills.
• Exemplary research and writing ability.
• Demonstrated research skills.
• Familiarity with cataloguing techniques.
• Excellent customer relations skills (in person and on the telephone).
• Positive attitude and collaborative spirit.

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.
• Some standing, walking, bending, frequent use of hands, stooping and light lifting (at least 10 pounds) is needed.
• The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.