Museum Preparator III

2 year fixed term
The Cantor Arts Center is a vital and dynamicinstitution with a venerable history. Founded in 1891 with the university, thehistoric museum was expanded and renamed in 1999 for lead donors Iris and B.Gerald Cantor. The Cantor's encyclopedic collection spans 5,000 years,includes over 40,000 works of art and beckons visitors to travel around theworld and through time: from Africa to the Americas to Asia,from classical to contemporary. With 24 galleries presentingselections from the collection and more than 20 special exhibitions each year,the Cantor serves Stanford's academic community, draws art lovers from the SanFrancisco Bay Area and beyond, and attracts campus visitors from aroundthe world. Free admission, free tours, lectures, family activities,plus changing exhibitions make the Cantor one of the most well-attendeduniversity art museums in the country and an invaluable resource for teachingand research on campus.
In addition to the duties performed at the II level,Museum Preparators at the III level work independently in at least five of thefollowing skill categories. Three of the categories must be construction, mountmaking, and installation coordination.
Construction involving woodworking andcarpentryMount making with paper and metal and plastics
Installation coordination for large,complex exhibitions and gallery reinstallations, using proven high levelorganization, communication, and time management skills.
Installing new digital media andelectronics (film, computer, audio video)
Creating graphics
Lighting design
Designing and fabrication of customstorage housing, including sewing
Serve as Installation Coordinator on thelargest and most complex exhibitions and gallery rotations; and activelyparticipate in the implementation and planning and design meetings.
Perform any of the duties required forinstallations or gallery rotations.
Guide and assist other preparators asneeded.
This is a senior, expert-level position, working underminimal direction of the Exhibitions Registrar/Head of Preparation who makesthe general work assignments. Employees in this classification perform a largervariety of duties than those expected of the Preparator II level.
This position is covered by a collective bargainingunit.
The duties listed under the Core Duties section aredesigned to provide a representative sampling of key tasks and/orresponsibilities associated with the job. They are not intended to be acomplete list of all the duties performed by employees in the classification.
The Preparator III responsibilities include, but arenot limited to, the following:
Serves as Lead Preparator on assignedexhibitions including active participation in the design, coordination, andimplementation of exhibitions using a high level of organization, communicationand time management skills.
Designs and fabricates custom mounts andexhibition furniture
Works in galleries as part of theinstallation team for exhibitions and rotations including installation ofdigital media and multimedia and electronics (film, computer, audiovideo).
Performs gallery lighting design, withknowledge of LED lighting, re-lamping and exposure settings specific to objectrequirements.
Designs and fabricates custom storagehousing for long-term storage at CAC.
Packs and transports art objects to andfrom lenders and donors.
Assists with receiving exhibitionshipments and with the unpacking and repacking.
Helps maintain tools, equipment, shopspaces and art storage
May assist with framing and unframingworks of art
Transmits instructions and specificationsreceived from supervisor to workers; advise supervisor of work progress.
Explains tasks to workers; Inspects workfor conformance with specifications. Guide and assist other Preparators asneeded.
May solicit quotes, review estimates andselect vendors.
Ensure that safety rules are followed.
Educationand Experience:
B.A. degree preferred with a minimum of seven years ofprogressively responsible experience in a museum setting with a permanentcollection.
Knowledge,Skills and Abilities:
Demonstrated proficiency of handlingvaluable works of art in a wide variety of media including but not limited topaintings, bronze, ceramic, glass, metals, mixed media, textiles, works onpaper, contemporary art and new media.
Demonstrated proficiency in installationof exhibitions and layout and lighting design. Ability to move or assist in moving heavy objects and ability to operategenie lifts, forklifts, pallet jacks, etc.
Demonstrated experience with installationcoordination of large, complex exhibitions and gallery reinstallations.
Demonstrated proficiency of practices andmethods in mountmaking including earthquake mitigation and demonstrated abilityto apply this knowledge with initiative and judgment, concern for detail,accuracy, and neat execution of work.
Demonstrated skills and knowledge of shopequipment and ability to effectively perform various skilled and semi-skilledtasks, including woodworking, brazing, use of adhesives and fasteners,construction methods, and use of stationary and portable power tools. Experience framing, sheetrocking, taping andpainting walls.
Demonstrated knowledge of safe andarchival storage materials and techniques for loaned and museum collectionobjects.
Demonstrated ability to install andtroubleshoot a variety of digital media equipment (film, computer, audio,video).
Demonstrated experience with gallerylighting, lighting design and ability to determine light exposure settingsspecific to the needs of an exhibition or to a given object.
Ability to work cooperatively withsupervisor, designer, museum staff, students, volunteers
Effective oral and written communication
Ability to accurately perform measurementsand hang art to specifications.
Demonstrated ability in the design andfabrication of custom storage housing and knowledge of archival-qualitymaterials.
Demonstrated knowledge of safe and properhandling methods.
Demonstrated experience with shopequipment and ability to perform various skilled tasks including wood, metaland plastic working, brazing, use of adhesives and fasteners, constructionmethods, and use of stationary and portable power tools.
Demonstrated high level of design andimplementation of a variety of mount and display solutions. Knowledge of practices and methods in mountmaking including earthquake mitigation and various materials safe for use withart objects such as wood, paper, fabrics, plastics, metals, mechanical, paintsand adhesives.
Ability to work cooperatively withsupervisor, designer, faculty, staff, students, volunteers, and general public.
Demonstrated problem solving ability.
Demonstrated ability to effectively workindependently.
High level of organization, communicationand time management skills.
Demonstrated ability to effectivelycoordinate large and complex installations, solving the most difficultchallenges.
Demonstrated proficiency with design anddatabase programs
Demonstrated ability to learn and applythe University's commitment to a respectful workplace including, but notlimited to, Affirmative Action, diversity and a workplace free of sexualharassment as it applies to their work group.
Must possess and maintain a validCalifornia Class C Non-commercial Driver's License and drive night and day.
Constantly stand/walk,lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh up to 10 pounds.
Occasionally sit, climb (ladders,scaffolds, or other), reach/work above shoulders, twist/bend/stoop/squat,light/fine grasping (files, tools), grasp forcefully, perform desk-basedcomputer tasks, use a telephone, sort/file paperwork or parts,scrub/sweep/mop/mix, operate foot and/or hand controls, lift/carry/push/pullobjects that weigh 11 to 40 pounds.
Rarely kneel/crawl.
Ability to move or assist in moving heavyobjects (must be able to lift 50 lbs).
Ability to operate scissor lift, pump liftcart and pallet jack.
May be required to work overtime, eveningsand weekends, including holidays.
May be exposed to lead, paint, and/oracetone.
May work at heights up to 10 feet.
May be exposed to noise greater than 80dbTWA.
May use Personal Protective Equipment(PPE) as appropriate.
When conducting university business, mustcomply with the California Vehicle Code and Stanford University drivingrequirements.
Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the abilityto work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with externalorganizations.
Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstratescommitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safetyconcerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessonslearned.
Subject to andexpected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures,including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found inthe University's Administrative Guide, http://adminguide.stanford.edu/
Finaloffers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of nationalcriminal background check, national sex offender registry search and, whereapplicable, driving record.
Stanfordis an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receiveconsideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation,gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any othercharacteristic protected by law.

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