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Curatorial Technician

32 hours per week, hourly, non-exempt
Semi-flexible schedule:

       Monday-Wednesday, 9am-5pm on site
       Virtual meetings and programs scheduled in advance
Starting Pay: $20/hr
Reports to the Executive Director

 


Overview
The Rochester Art Center is excited to welcome a Curatorial Technician to our small, thoughtful, but mighty team! Our staff enjoy a flexible schedule and work environment that depends on accountability and demonstrable results. 

 

The Curatorial Technician works closely with the Executive Director, Curator and Collections Manager to ensure successful, on-time exhibition installations, well maintained galleries and adherence to best museum practices.

 

 

Responsibilities

  • Assist with exhibition production planning and related research, including material preparation and budgeting

  • Oversee and maintain Woodshop and Exhibition Preparation areas 

  • Maintain a clean, organized, and safe work environment; communicate for dumpster needs and remove debris from basement as needed 

  • Keep equipment in a good state of repair and cleanliness 

  • Secure equipment and supplies, protects against pilferage, loss, theft, or abuse; maintain stock of building materials, tools/equipment and exhibit consumables, and order supplies as needed; ensure tools and supplies are maintained and cared for

  • Follow best museum practices for art handling and registration methods

  • Adhere to safety measures for cleaning, lifting, moving and operating equipment; use safety equipment as appropriate to the work to prevent injury to self or others

  • Support disaster preparedness and response, check for leaks and infestations

  • Review installation needs with Curator and artists as far in advance as possible

  • Work with the exhibitions team to schedule install and deinstall plans and additional installation support as needed

  • Perform light construction, painting, audio/visual installation, installation of didactics and wall title, and other aspects of physical work to prepare galleries; Construct and install museum exhibit structures including platforms and pedestals, and other elements to safely support art objects; mat and frame 2D objects

  • In collaboration with Collections Manager, format, prepare and install gallery labels

  • Light exhibition spaces, applying safe light levels for object types

  • Ensure safe movement and storage of objects, implement soft packing and crating

  • Work with Curator and Collections Manager for timely dispersal of loaned works 

  • Maintain cleanliness and upkeep of exhibition spaces, paint/touch-up walls throughout galleries and public spaces on a regular basis

  • Support Collections Management initiatives including inventory and rehousing

  • Assist with exhibit-related work at off-site locations as needed

  • Assist other departments and programs on and off site to support overall mission

  • Share skills with occasional tour groups and/or students

  • Assist with Gallery Shop (gift shop) lighting and installation occasionally 

  • Follow Board policies and stay abreast of updates and changes

  • All staff secure doors and arm alarm to ensure proper building security at all times 

  • Perform other duties as assigned

 

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts or similar experience

  • Minimum 2 years experience in museum setting, art services or related work requiring safe handling of museum objects, matting and framing, knowledge of museum mounts and safe display of 2D and 3D objects

  • Must have a valid driver's license and a vehicle that may be used to pick up routine installation supplies (ie. paint, hardware, project panels)

  • Ability to communicate effectively via email on a daily basis. 

  • Working knowledge of Google Suite: Gmail, Calendar, Docs, Drive

  • Basic working knowledge of Adobe InDesign a plus

  • Must be comfortable working with a wide variety of power tools and workshop equipment: table saw, skill saw, pneumatic tools, router, etc.

  • Basic understanding of audio/video equipment, with the ability to learn new skills in regards to operating and maintaining specialized A/V systems

  • Strong organizational and communication skills

  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment, able to analyze situations, responding quickly to deliver effective solutions

  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with colleagues and artists, and communicate effectively both orally and in writing

  • Diverse license required; ability to drive various sized vehicles 

  • Comfortable using various sized lifts up to 50 feet for lighting and installation

  • Ability to maintain accurate records; read, analyze and interpret design schematics, shop/fabrication drawings and standard business documents; write reports, business correspondence, and procedural guides; effectively present information and respond to questions from colleagues and the general public

 

Physical and Environmental Requirements of the Position
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to bend, sit, move about, hear and speak. Noise level may be high when operating power equipment. May be required to work in restricted spaces to include crawling and/or climbing as working at heights. Required to stand, be on feet, and move around for a full work shift.

Ability to work using ladders, scaffolding and mechanical lifts. Ability to spend most of the work-day standing, lifting, and walking. Ability to lift up to 50 pounds and move heavier materials using appropriate equipment.

 

Ability to communicate in person, by radio, electronically and over the phone. Ability to use computer equipment to complete reports, generate service orders, maintain inventories, etc.

 

Supervisory Responsibilities
This position has no supervisory responsibilities of Art Center employees, but may oversee Independent Contractors, volunteers or interns from time to time.

 

Rochester Art Center is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

To apply, send a cover letter and resume to: hugdahl@rochesterartcenter.org

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