Preparator (Temporary/Full-time)

Job Division: High Museum of Art

Department: Exhibitions
Reports To: Chief Preparator
FLSA: Non – Exempt
Employment Status: Temporary/Full-time

POSITION SUMMARY:
To prepare, install, maintain, and pack works of art at all museum-operated facilities. Handling standards are those prescribed by the American Association of Museums.

WORK SCHEDULE:
• Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm, and as needed.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following:
• Assist with supervision of the preparation, installation, maintenance, dismantling, and packing of permanent collection works of art, special exhibitions, loans, and implementing the acquisitions process.
• Assist with the packing and unpacking of artworks for special exhibitions and loans.
• Assist with collections inventory and maintenance projects.
• Attend and participate in weekly work schedule meetings.
• Coordinate case schedule and planning for special exhibition requirements with Manager of Exhibitions and Design.
• Complete local pick-ups and deliveries of works of art.
• Develop cost-effective methods of working with vendors and contractors for purchase of related materials, supplies, and services.
• Assist with construction of packing crates and cartons for safe shipment of works of art.
• Maintain art storage areas, assist with collections inventory, and report location changes to the Registrar’s office.
• Collaborate with visiting artist and museum professionals on assigned projects and exhibition related activities.
• Assist with exhibition lighting design and maintenance of gallery lighting.
• Assist Chief Preparatory, organize, inventory, maintain, and purchase materials in all preparatory areas.
• Conduct routine gallery checks and report changes in condition of installed artwork to Registrar’s office.
• Maintain galleries and preparatory work areas.
• 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 in fine arts preferred and experience in exhibition installation preferred.
• Must be detail oriented and organized.
• Must be able to meet deadlines.
• Must be able to handle fragile objects safely (i.e., install, de-stall, move, pack, unpack, etc.)
• Must be able to lift 40-50 pounds and climb ladders and stools to reach objects.
• Must have basic computer skills.
• Must have valid driver’s license or the ability to obtain one, with no prior or pending DUI convictions.

Skills and Abilities:
• Ability to read and understand measuring equipment.
• Must be able to solve practical problems and prioritize needs in a variety of situations where standardization is limited and immediate decisions may be necessary.

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 40-50 pounds) is needed.
• The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.