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Assistant Preparator

ASSISTANT PREPARATOR

OVERVIEW:                Assist the Exhibition Design department in the production, installation, maintenance and dismantling of special exhibitions and the permanent collection.                         

Seattle Art Museum is committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion.  Qualified individuals who bring diverse perspectives to the workplace are especially encouraged to apply.

FLSA STATUS:       Non-exempt         

REPORTS TO:        Director of Design & Installation

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

  1. Assist with the packing, unpacking, and transporting of works of art as directed.  Identify location of objects and packing requirements.
  2. Assist with the installation and deinstallation of artwork utilizing established art handling, hanging, installation, and movement techniques to assure safety.
  3. Perform tasks necessary for preparation for installation, including casework preparation, gallery wall preparation, painting, and on-site construction.
  4. Works closely with mountmakers, designers, preparators, registrars, conservation, and curatorial staff in adhering to schedules to assure that deadlines are met and galleries are maintained in good order, 
  5. Assist with maintenance of Museum workshop, tools, and materials including the inventory of tools, materials, and supplies at all exhibit and storage locations
  6. Perform other duties as assigned.  Assist others in division including mountmakers, preparators, registrars, and photographers.
  7. Perform other duties as assigned. 

QUALIFICATIONS, KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES REQUIRED:

  1. Bachelor’s degree in liberal arts, art history or studio art, design, museum studies, or equivalent experience.
  2. Two years museum experience preferred.
  3. Valid Washington state driver’s license.
  4. Knowledge of the use of hand and power tools in art handling and carpentry, and operation of a freight elevator.
  5. Knowledge of museum standards and practices of registration, art handling, conservation, security and collections storage requirements and procedures.
  6. Ability to effectively communicate visual ideas
  7. Ability to take initiative & prioritize multiple competing tasks; excellent time-management and problem-solving skills.
  8. Ability to work with close attention to detail and to maintain confidentiality.
  9. Ability to work professionally and tactfully and support management decisions in a positive, professional manner.

 

The Seattle Art Museum will consider reasonable accommodations for those applicants with disabilities who may need a reasonable accommodation to perform the essential functions/duties.    Please contact the Human Resources Department for additional information.

TO APPLY:   Please visit http://apply.seattleartmuseum.org/   to submit SAM employment application, cover letter and resume.

Deadline: September 30, 2019

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