Senior Preparator is a mid-level position and works under the supervision of the Director of Exhibition Production and the Exhibition Production Managers to assist in the organization, management, and installation of exhibitions and collections. Primary responsibilities include the safe and careful handling of all objects placed within the Museum's care, supervision of full time and temporary employees, overall collection stewardship and maintenance, assisting with the development of annual project budgets, and working closely with curators, artists, and the full MOCA staff to plan for all exhibition and collection related projects as assigned. Because the scope of the MOCA's exhibition program incorporates conventional art forms as well as those which are more experimental in nature, Senior Preparator will have a variety of tasks and functions to perform, relating to all aspects of planning, construction, fabrication, installation, and maintenance of exhibitions.
- Work well as a team member and relate to a wide variety of staff and non-museum personnel.
- Safely handle art and objects placed within the Museum's care, using best practices; ensure standards of care and safe handling as set by the Museum are upheld by all team members.
- Work closely with Exhibition Production Managers to lead, coordinate, train and manage all members of the Exhibition Production Department, which includes both full time and temporary employees. This includes setting and supervising daily departmental task accomplishment by crew members.
- Represent the Exhibition Production department in the absence of Director of Exhibition Production or Exhibition Production Manager.
- Receive, release, load and unload shipments of art as assigned. Lead crews in safe loading and unloading of trucks.
- Maintain and replenish inventory of supplies and materials for packing and installation.
- Work in a precise and careful manner under stringent deadlines.
- Display creativity in solving technical problems, and flexibility in adapting to unusual circumstances.
- Attend all mandatory safety and equipment training sessions. Comply with and uphold safety standards for all equipment use.
- Operate fork/aerial lifts.
- Foster a collegial and collaborative environment, contributing to the development of department staff at all skill levels.
- Develop gallery maintenance procedures in collaboration with Registrars and Exhibition Production Managers. Oversee Preparators in the maintenance of all gallery spaces, work spaces, and artworks on display or in the collection.
- Assist Exhibition Production Managers on all aspects of exhibition production, including but not limited to attending meetings, planning and establishing a production schedule, identifying vendors, providing installation renderings, designing and fabricating exhibition furniture, and monitoring deadlines and budgets. This will include working closely with the Registration Department, Curatorial Department, Exhibitions Management and artists.
- Act as primary department representative in the planning, execution, and maintenance of projects as assigned.
- Participate in billing and accounting duties per exhibition or project as assigned.
- Work closely with other departments, particularly Operations, Facilities and Security as needed to provide continued support to the greater museum.
- Minimum of five years' experience in museum preparation or related field, including professional artist studio practices and galleries. Contemporary art museum experience preferred.
- Minimum one year supervisory experience.
- Excellent manual dexterity and visual acuity skills.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
- Advanced knowledge of museum best practices including the safe handling, care and installation of all art objects, installation hardware, and gallery lighting.
- Advanced fabrication and construction skills; extensive experience working with hand, mechanical and power tools.
- Ability to multitask on a variety of concurrent projects. Effectively manage details as well as the larger scope of any given project.
- Ability to work nights and weekends as needed.
Note: In compliance with the Labor Code 6401 (SB) and General Industry Order 3203 Injury and Illness Prevention Program, The Museum of Contemporary Art has an Injury and Illness Prevention Plan. We deploy a number of systems for identifying, evaluating, and preventing occupational safety and health hazards, in addition to initiating Employee Safe Training with all stationary and mobile power tools and in the handling of all relevant materials and substances.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.
While performing the duties of this job, the incumbent must be able to do the following:
- Stand for long periods.
- Bend, stoop, reach, lift, and climb to move materials and carefully handle artwork.
- Climb up and down stairs and ladders; work comfortably at heights.
- Reach both above and below shoulder height.
- Be able to lift up to 50 pounds individually.
- Manual dexterity to operate manually-controlled equipment and safely handle works of art.
- Ability to visually inspect work; specific visual abilities include close vision, color vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
- Experience in multi-media and AV installation.
- Proficiency with Microsoft Office, Adobe CS, TMS, Sketchup and or other relevant Exhibition Design Software.
- Rigging experience and relevant certification to use forklifts, personnel lifts, and other motorized equipment.
- Knowledge of contemporary art.
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