Exhibition Producer/Preparator – MSU Broad Art Museum, East Lansing


Exhibition Producer / Preparator

Job no: 900635
Work type: Support Staff
Pay Grade: 11
Major Administrative Unit / College: University Arts And Collections
Department: Art Museum 10050506
Sub Area: AP- Professionals
Salary: 50000.00 – 60000.00 Salary Commensurate
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Administrative/Business/Professional, Engineers/Architects, Labor/Service/Maintenance, Library/Museums/Archives, Administrative Professionals- AP, Full Time (90-100%)

Working/Functional Title

Exhibition Producer

Position Summary

The Eli & Edythe Broad Art Museum at MSU is seeking an Exhibition Producer to oversee exhibition planning, production and implementation in close collaboration with museum administration, curators, educators, and outside partners including artists. The Exhibition Producer reports to the Chief Preparator and is responsible for coordinating and implementing all aspects of an exhibition including space prep and maintenance, design and fabrication, installation, scheduling, art handling, strike of exhibitions and cost forecasting and tracking expenses. The right candidate will be detail oriented and able to manage multiple projects simultaneously.

Characteristic Duties/Responsibilities

  • Coordinate the planning, design, and execution of assigned exhibitions for display at the Museum, as well as any related touring components of such exhibitions. 
  • Manage exhibition implementation onsite, including calling meetings as needed, directing tasks, and assisting with budget estimation and oversight. Troubleshoot any problems that arise during the exhibition’s installation and alert supervisor to any significant concerns. 
  • Regularly communicates and shares information as appropriate with stakeholders to ensure projects move forward.
  • Utilizes project management best practices and tools, such as detailed project schedules, exhibition calendars, budgets, and communication platforms, to ensure high-quality exhibition results are completed on time and on budget. 
  • Monitors the museum gallery environment to assure temperature and relative humidity adhere to museum standards.
  • Adheres to museum standards for collection care, packing, crating, handling, installing, and housing artworks.        
  • Establishes and maintains correct lighting in the galleries, following museum guidelines for exposure of objects to amount of foot candles and type of lamp.
  • Participate in regular training to stay informed of best practice and contribute to being an innovative industry leader. Instruct others as necessary.
  • Responsible for maintaining work and storage spaces, keeping exhibition components and materials, tools, supplies organized.

Unit Specific Education/Experience/Skills

  • Knowledge equivalent to that which normally would be acquired through completion of a four-year college degree program in studio art and/or museum studies program;
  • five years of experience working as a producer/preparator in a museum, gallery or foundation;
  • planning and project management skills, including time and budget estimations; excellent organizational ability, ability to lead work teams;
  • excellent communication skills both verbal and written;
  • a solutions-oriented, creative problem solver and team player;
  • ability to work with multiple, overlapping deadlines, identify priorities, organize work teams to ensure project deadlines are met;
  • knowledge of 20th-century art a plus. 

Desired Qualifications

  • Successful candidate will have the ability to create and read shop drawings;
  • Demonstrated competency with shop/studio facilities as well as knowledge of safety procedures related to the handling of chemical solvents and adhesives;
  • demonstrated proficiency with fine carpentry, metal, and plastic fabrication techniques;
  • knowledge of AV installation;
  • knowledge of design/rendering software and advanced printers;
  • knowledge of AR/VR planning tools;
  • ability to operate an aerial platform lift

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or protected veteran status.

Required Application Materials

  1. Portfolio of work
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Resume

Work Hours

8:30am-5:00pm (may include some hours after 5:00pm and some weekends).



Summary of Physical Demands

Lifting and carrying of 25 to 75 pounds.

Summary of Health Risks

Working conditions involve environments with periodic dust, dirt, and paint finishes; working on scaffolding, ladders and lifts. 

The Bidding Eligibility ends on 10/03/2023 at 11:55 PM

Advertised: Sep 26, 2023 Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close: Feb 6, 2024 Eastern Standard Time

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