Museum Assistant – Perlman Teaching Museum, Carleton College

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Please apply by August 8, 2022

Job Number: 492891
Department: Perlman Teaching Museum
Position Type: Staff, Part-time

Benefits Eligible?: Yes
Pay Classification: Non-Exempt (Bi-Weekly)
Month Worked Per Year: 10 Months
Hours per week: 26
Position FTE: 0.50
Salary: Non-Exempt – $21.00 per hour

Position Overview
As a valuable member of the Perlman Teaching Museum team, the Museum Assistant helps promote the museum as a place that encourages collaborative cross-disciplinary learning through active engagement with artists, artworks, and ideas. The Museum Assistant provides care for the Carleton Art Collection, registration and installation assistance to the Perlman Teaching Museum team. We work in a fast-paced environment and are seeking a colleague who is detail oriented, passionate and committed to best practices in museum education. Help us make our permanent collection and exhibitions a significant aspect of an undergraduate, liberal arts education at Carleton College.

Essential Job Functions – Responsibilities

  • Work closely with the Director and Curator and Technical Director to assist with maintaining all digital and hard copy records related to the Carleton Art Collection, relative to the care, identification, and location of artworks.
  • Increase accessibility of the online collection database through accurate and detailed transcription of data, generation of artwork images, alternative text, and keyword tagging. Further the museum’s mission to increase visual and object-based learning among our students, faculty, and the Carleton community at large.
  • Support Director and Curator with increasing course involvement relative to exhibitions and class visits to the permanent collection. Develop strong, collaborative relationships with faculty and staff across campus.
  • Organize displays of artworks from the Carleton Art Collection in offices, departments and common areas across campus, promoting the accessibility of the permanent collection. Plan these projects in close coordination with the Director and Curator and relevant partners across campus. Organize all details from generating initial checklists to the final installation of artworks and accompanying didactics.
  • Work closely with the Director and Curator and Technical Director, to provide assistance installing and deinstalling 5-6 exhibitions annually at the Perlman Teaching Museum. Handle artworks and assist Technical Director with the receipt of incoming fine art shipments.
  • Frame artworks for display in the museum and areas across campus. Order framing, matting and other supplies to support production activities.
  • Support the promotion of exhibitions and audience engagement through the application of wall vinyl text and production of exhibition specific wall labels.
  • Integrate student workers into museum operations, training them on production of wall labels, museum best practices for the framing of artworks, and other museum skills and best practices as required for exhibitions and special projects.

Required Qualifications

  • The successful candidate will have a Bachelor of Arts degree in art history, studio art, museum studies or other relevant subjects; or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.
  • Experience with ethical principles and professional practices in museum registration.
  • Knowledge of pedagogical trends in museum education and skills in object-based teaching.
  • Skills in digital photography, photo editing, and image management.
  • Good communication (oral and written) and an affinity for working collaboratively.
  • Strong attention to detail, ability to produce work accurately, efficiently, and promptly.
  • Strong organizational skills, ability to set priorities and handle multiple tasks and deadlines.
  • Experience with computer applications including word processing, spreadsheet, and database software.
  • Skills in art handling.
  • Ability to lift up to 50 pounds.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Previous experience working in a museum or gallery setting
  • Preferred candidates will have an advanced degree and skills in object-based teaching
  • Embark Collections Management training.
  • Framing experience

Salary and Benefits

This is a non-exempt level position. The selected finalist’s salary will be based on the candidate’s qualifications, internal pay structure, and our overall compensation package. Carleton offers a generous benefits package, including comprehensive medical, dental, and vision insurance, 403(b) retirement plans with a 10% employer contribution with immediate vesting, a health savings account with college contribution, a generous paid time off, as well as access to many other campus amenities.

Carleton College is a AA/EEO employer. We are committed to developing our staff to better reflect the diversity of our student body and American society. Members of underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

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