Preparator – The Driskell Center, University of Maryland, College Park

Category Status: 33-Exempt Regular
Unit: ARHU-Art Gallery

Campus/College Information:
Founded in 1856, University of Maryland, College Park is the state’s flagship institution. Our 1,250-acre College Park campus is just minutes away from Washington, D.C., and the nexus of the nation’s legislative, executive, and judicial centers of power. This unique proximity to business and technology leaders, federal departments and agencies, and a myriad of research entities, embassies, think tanks, cultural centers, and non-profit organizations is simply unparalleled. Synergistic opportunities for our faculty and students abound and are virtually limitless in the nation’s capital and surrounding areas. The University is committed to attracting and retaining outstanding and diverse faculty and staff that will enhance our stature of preeminence in our three missions of teaching, scholarship, and full engagement in our community, the state of Maryland, and in the world.
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Position Summary/Purpose of Position:
This position will report to the Director of the University of Maryland Art Gallery and support the Art Gallery, The Driskell Center, and additional non-traditional gallery spaces on campus. The Preparator is responsible for the overall safe and efficient internal movement, housing, and installation of collections and loan objects. This position is also responsible for maintaining professional museum standards of care, maintaining permanent collections and exhibition areas through systematic and routine cleaning, monitoring the condition of works in
storage and on exhibition, performing annual inventories of collections, and assisting with maintaining lighting in exhibitions areas at the Art Gallery and the Driskell Center. In addition, the Preparator oversees outside contract art handlers on special projects with permanent collections and exhibitions (internal and external). An essential aspect of this position involves working with and mentoring student employees, both at the Graduate and Undergraduate levels, to give them practical ‘hands-on’ experience in the realms of art handling, collections management, and formal exhibition presentation.

Benefits Summary Top Benefits and Perks:
Exempt Benefits Summary

Minimum Qualifications:

EDUCATION: Bachelor of Arts degree in Art, Art History, Studio Art, Museum Studies, or a closely related program from an accredited college or university; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

EXPERIENCE:5 years of related experience within a professional arts or historical organization that includes, handling, installing, and mounting a variety of 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional art objects.

Knowledge of installation materials and techniques, knowledge of fine art packing.
Fundamental understanding of preventative conservation as it relates to the care and cleaning of objects in an art gallery setting or domestic space (University House).
Must be able to demonstrate a high level of attention to detail.
Must have demonstrated ability to communicate and collaborate with people at all levels within the organization.
Basic electrical and/or woodworking skills are a plus.
Additional Certifications:
Valid driver’s license.

Additional Information:
Salary: $52,000-$70,000 commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Candidates must be able to provide proof of eligibility to work in the USA. No visa sponsorship is offered for this position.

The University also offers a comprehensive benefits package, including 22 Days Annual Leave; 15 Days Sick Leave; 3 Days Personal Leave; 15 Paid Holidays; Tuition Remission; Health, Dental, Vision and Prescription coverage.

This is an in-person position. Telework may be available up to two (2) days per week, subject to approval.

People that identify with historically marginalized groups based on gender, race, ethnicity, and nationality are especially encouraged to apply.

Physical Demands:
Regularly required to stoop, kneel, bend, crouch, and lift up-to 35 pounds.
Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, depth perception, color vision, and the ability to adjust focus.
Must have the ability to walk short distances, and/or drive a vehicle to deliver and pick up materials.
Must be able to work from lifts, ladders, and/or scaffolding when necessary.
Must be able to drive a motor vehicle.

Posting Date: 02/20/2024

Closing Date:
Open Until Filled Yes
Best Consideration Date 03/12/2024

Diversity Statement:
The University of Maryland, College Park, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, creed, marital status, political affiliation, personal appearance, or on the basis of rights secured by the First Amendment, in all aspects of employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

Required Documents:
Cover Letter
List of References (no emails sent from system)

Optional Documents:
Curriculum Vitae

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