Preparator & Technical Coordinator

Hours: Minimum of 30 hour per week, Non-Exempt

Rate: $20–$24/hour, DOE

Application Deadline: Rolling, open until filled.

General Purpose of Position:

Working under the supervision of the Exhibitions & Projects Manager and in collaboration with other staff, this position is responsible for supporting all areas of installation, production, and technical needs for museum exhibitions, public programs, and special projects. A member of the exhibitions and programs team, this position also works in conjunction with the operations and facilities department to assist with ongoing maintenance of the museum building.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

This position supports curatorial and exhibition operations, including preparation, construction, installation, and deinstallation for both indoor and outdoor projects. This position also works closely with staff and artists to advance and manage technical needs for performances, installations, exhibitions, screenings, and other special projects throughout the museum and other sites.

Essential Job Functions:

Exhibitions Support

  • Participate in the exhibition design process, and work closely with curatorial and exhibitions staff to develop, adjust, and monitor installation designs and schedules.
  • Coordinate gallery preparation, including basic painting, spackling, and sanding.
  • Set lighting and assists with the installation of labels, text panels, and title walls.
  • Assist in the transport, shipping and receiving of art objects.
  • Assist in the inventory of art objects, receipt of documents and archival documentation.
  • Clean and maintain indoor exhibitions, outdoor installations, and their environments.
  • Assist in the fabrication and installation of new artworks for artists and the museum.
  • Conduct regular exhibition checks for damage, security, and lighting.
  • Assist with crate building for works of art, construction of pedestals and other gallery furniture.
  • Ensure functionality and safety of exhibits by performing regular exhibit inspections.
  • Perform other preparatory related tasks as needed.

Technical Services & Facility Maintenance

  • Provide event production and technical support during MAH events as needed.
  • Supervise production personnel as needed.
  • Assist Director of Operations & Facilities to ensure the proper functioning of environmental controls and issues related to HVAC, lighting and associated equipment.
  • Coordinate efficient acquisition, installation and storage of tools, materials and supplies needed to support museum operations.
  • Clean and maintain museum tools and equipment in a safe manner.
  • Perform maintenance, light repairs and construction projects as needed.

Other Responsibilities

  • Be able to work within a fast-moving environment and to deliver within restricted time, space, and financial resources.
  • Be able to utilize various electronic communication means to accomplish the duties and responsibilities of the position.
  • Be able to work with a diverse range of people.
  • Support the mission of the MAH in accordance with the strategic plan, Board direction, and adherence to the policies in the employee handbook.
  • Attend board and committee meetings as necessary.
  • Be physically present at the MAH a minimum of 75% of the work week.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field or 3+years of professional experience.
  • Experience with art handling, installation and fabrication.
  • Advanced fabrication skills: knowledge of various materials (such as plastics, metals, fiberglass and adhesives), electrical engineering, carpentry and welding.
  • Ability to move, lift, and perform very physical actions and ask for assistance when needed to perform those duties.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work under pressure on concurrent projects with competing timelines in a calm and professional manner.
  • Must be able to work a flexible schedule.

How to Apply:

To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, and three professional references by e-mail to jobs@santacruzmah.org. Please put “Preparator & Technical Coordinator Search” in the subject line of the email. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. No phone calls, please. Only applicants being considered will be contacted.

The MAH is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse and inclusive work environment. We strongly encourage Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC), and all other marginalized identities to apply. The MAH is for everyone and dedicated to actively practicing anti-racism in our organization.

The MAH is committed to providing access, equal opportunity, and reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities in employment, as well as programs and activities. If reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application, interview process, or other aspects of employment, please contact hans@santacruzmah.org.