Requisition Number S1547P
Home Org Name JCSM Operations Budget
Division Name Jule Collins Smith Museum
Position Title Chief Preparator
Job Class Code AB13
Appointment Status Full-time
Limited Term No
Reporting to the Director of Curatorial Affairs of the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art, the Chief Preparator is responsible for the overall safe, efficient, and highly specialized internal movement, housing, and installation of the university art collection and loaned objects, all to expand art’s impact and grow and enrich the relationship of the museum with its communities, the region, and the state.
Maintains professional museum standards of care and maintenance of collections and all exhibition and other curatorial areas. Serves as a key member of the curatorial unit team, whose work supports the implementation of the Museum’s vision of a highly-creative, outward-facing, visitor-centered institution in service to the university, the region and the nation that welcomes everyone to explore, experience, and engage with the visual arts.
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Prepares gallery spaces in advance of exhibition installations. Leads hanging, installing, and deinstalling exhibitions; in collaboration with the Director of Operations, installs, deinstalls, and maintains outdoor sculpture; and arranges and designs lighting in galleries, ensuring strict adherence to required light levels.
Directs and oversees, and/or collaborates with Director of Curatorial Affairs to install art into display and storage units both on site and at off site locations. Designs, builds, or retrofits crates and packages for safe shipping; packs and unpacks outgoing and incoming art shipments; and transports works of art locally and regionally.
Designs, oversees, and/or undertakes the fabrication and production of archival quality art display cases, art storage solutions, customized mounting systems, specialized and alternative hanging systems unique to museums, conservation mats and frames.
Under the direction of the Director of Curatorial Affairs, supervises and/or participates in the safe, efficient, and highly-specialized movement of all works of art in the museum’s care, whether part of the collection or on loan, including packing, unpacking, crating, and decorating works of art for travel.
Oversees and maintains safe working conditions during gallery turnover and of the carpentry and fabrication workshop. Manages and procures departmental supply inventories. Oversees and trains assistants in proper use of tools and materials. Assists the Director of Curatorial Affairs, art and graphic design colleagues, and vendors in exhibition design concepts and solutions as needed.
Performs such other duties as assigned by the Director of Curatorial Affairs that may arise in the course of the museum’s development and needs.
Minimum Education and Experience
Education Level Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
Field of Study Art Education, Art History, Museum Studies, Public Humanities, Cultural Studies, Library Studies or relevant field
Years of Experience 4
Area of Experience Art handling, fabrication and carpentry related to exhibitions and installations, and handling a private, museum, or special collection within an arts or culture environment for diverse community audiences. Must have at least 2 years of supervising, leading, or mentoring employees.
Minimum Skills and Abilities
Knowledge of art materials, art techniques, art history, best museum professional standards and practices, and experienced in the proper handling of art objects. Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe Creative Suite, and 2D/3D design applications. Knowledge of carpentry skills and painting.
Minimum License and Certifications
Valid driver’s license or the ability to a obtain a valid driver’s license.
Must be proactive, organized, collegial, and eager to work as part of a team.
Posting Detail Information
Salary Grade 33
Salary Range $48,033 – $65,500
Job Category Arts/Museum
Working Hours if Non- Traditional:
some evenings or weekends depending on install/de-install schedule
City position is located in: Auburn
State position is located: Alabama
List any hazardous conditions or physical demands required by this position:
Regularly involves lifting, bending or other physical exertion. Often exposed to one or more elements such as heat, cold, noise, dust, dirt, chemicals, etc., with one often to the point of being objectionable. Injuries may require professional treatment.
Posting Date 04/06/2022
EEO Statement Auburn University is committed to an inclusive and diverse campus environment. Women, underrepresented groups, individuals with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply.
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Special Instructions to Applicants: Responsibilities also include installation hours outside of business hours, including evenings/weekends as necessary.
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Documents Needed to Apply
Letter of Recommendation
Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).
* Do you have a bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited institution in Art Education, Art History, Museum Studies, Public Humanities, Cultural Studies, Library Studies, or relevant field?
* How many years of experience do you possess in art handling, fabrication and carpentry related to exhibitions and installations, and handling a private, museum, or special collection within an arts or culture environment for diverse community audiences?
(Open Ended Question)
* In which of your position(s) did you obtain this type experience? (Open Ended Question)
* How many years of experience do you possess supervising, leading, or mentoring employees? (Open Ended Question)
* Do you have a valid driver’s license or the ability to obtain one prior to selection?
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