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Museum Preparator III

MuseumPreparator III
100%FTE
2year fixed term
OVERVIEW:
The CantorArts Center is a vital and dynamic institution with a venerable history.Founded in 1891 with the university, the historic museum was expanded andrenamed in 1999 for lead donors Iris and B. Gerald Cantor. TheCantor's encyclopedic collection spans 5,000 years, includes over 40,000works of art and beckons visitors to travel around the world and through time:from Africa to the Americas to Asia, from classical to contemporary.With 24 galleries presenting selections from the collection and more than20 special exhibitions each year, the Cantor serves Stanford's academiccommunity, draws art lovers from the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond, andattracts campus visitors from around the world. Free admission,free tours, lectures, family activities, plus changingexhibitions make the Cantor one of the most well-attended university artmuseums in the country and an invaluable resource for teaching and research oncampus.
JOB PURPOSE:
The MuseumPreparator III is a senior, expert-level position, working under minimaldirection of the Exhibitions Registrar/Head of Preparation who makes thegeneral work assignments. Employees in this classification perform a largervariety of duties than those expected of the Preparator II level.
Thisposition is covered by a collective bargaining unit.
The dutieslisted under the Core Duties section are designed to provide a representativesampling of key tasks and/or responsibilities associated with the job. They arenot intended to be a complete list of all the duties performed by employees inthe classification.
CORE DUTIES:
ThePreparator III responsibilities include, but are not limited to, thefollowing:
Servesas Lead Preparator and installation coordinator on the largest and most complexexhibitions and gallery reinstallations including active participation in thedesign, coordination, and implementation of exhibitions using a high level oforganization, communication and time management skills.
Designsand fabricates custom mounts and exhibition furniture
Worksin galleries as part of the installation team for exhibitions and rotationsincluding installation of digital media and multimedia and electronics (film,computer, audio video).
Performsgallery lighting design, with knowledge of LED lighting, re-lamping andexposure settings specific to object requirements.
Assistswith producing and installing didactic materials, including wall labels,graphic panels, and cut vinyl signage.
Designsand fabricates custom storage housing for long-term storage at CAC.
Packsand transports art objects to and from lenders and donors.
Assistswith receiving exhibition shipments and with the unpacking and repacking.
Helpsmaintain tools, equipment, shop spaces and art storage
Mayassist with framing and unframing works of art
Transmitsinstructions and specifications received from supervisor to workers; advisesupervisor of work progress.
Explainstasks to workers; Inspects work for conformance with specifications. Guide andassist other Preparators as needed.
Maysolicit quotes, review estimates and select vendors.
Ensurethat safety rules are followed.
MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS
Education and Experience:
B.A.degree preferred with a minimum of seven years of progressively responsibleexperience in a museum setting with a permanent collection.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Demonstratedproficiency of handling valuable works of art in a wide variety of mediaincluding but not limited to paintings, bronze, ceramic, glass, metals, mixedmedia, textiles, works on paper, contemporary art and new media.
Demonstratedproficiency in installation of exhibitions and layout and lighting design. Ability to move or assist in moving heavyobjects and ability to operate genie lifts, forklifts, pallet jacks, etc.
Demonstratedexperience with installation coordination of large, complex exhibitions andgallery reinstallations.
Demonstratedproficiency of practices and methods in mountmaking including earthquakemitigation and demonstrated ability to apply this knowledge with initiative andjudgment, concern for detail, accuracy, and neat execution of work.
Demonstratedskills and knowledge of shop equipment and ability to effectively performvarious skilled and semi-skilled tasks, including woodworking, brazing, use ofadhesives and fasteners, construction methods, and use of stationary andportable power tools. Experienceframing, sheetrocking, taping and painting walls.
Demonstratedknowledge of safe and archival storage materials and techniques for loaned andmuseum collection objects.
Demonstratedability to install and troubleshoot a variety of digital media equipment (film,computer, audio, video).
Demonstratedability to produce and install wall labels, graphic panels, and cut vinylsignage.
Demonstratedexperience with gallery lighting, lighting design and ability to determinelight exposure settings specific to the needs of an exhibition or to a givenobject.
Abilityto work cooperatively with supervisor, designer, museum staff, students,volunteers
Minimum Qualifications:
Effectiveoral and written communication
Abilityto accurately perform measurements and hang art to specifications.
Demonstratedability in the design and fabrication of custom storage housing and knowledgeof archival-quality materials.
Demonstratedknowledge of safe and proper handling methods.
Demonstratedexperience with shop equipment and ability to perform various skilled tasksincluding wood, metal and plastic working, brazing, use of adhesives andfasteners, construction methods, and use of stationary and portable powertools.
Demonstratedhigh level of design and implementation of a variety of mount and displaysolutions. Knowledge of practices andmethods in mount making including earthquake mitigation and various materials safefor use with art objects such as wood, paper, fabrics, plastics, metals,mechanical, paints and adhesives.
Abilityto work cooperatively with supervisor, designer, faculty, staff, students,volunteers, and general public.
Demonstratedproblem solving ability.
Demonstratedability to effectively work independently.
Highlevel of organization, communication and time management skills.
Demonstratedability to effectively coordinate large and complex installations, solving themost difficult challenges.
Demonstratedproficiency with design and database programs
Demonstratedability to learn and apply the University's commitment to a respectfulworkplace including, but not limited to, Affirmative Action, diversity and aworkplace free of sexual harassment as it applies to their work group.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:
Mustpossess and maintain a valid California Class C Non-commercial Driver's Licenseand drive night and day.
Constantlystand/walk, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh up to 10 pounds.
Occasionallysit, climb (ladders, scaffolds, or other), reach/work above shoulders,twist/bend/stoop/squat, light/fine grasping (files, tools), grasp forcefully,perform desk-based computer tasks, use a telephone, sort/file paperwork orparts, scrub/sweep/mop/mix, operate foot and/or hand controls,lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh 11 to 40 pounds.
Rarelykneel/crawl.
Abilityto move or assist in moving heavy objects (must be able to lift 50 lbs).
Abilityto operate scissor lift, pump lift cart and pallet jack.
WORKING CONDITIONS:
Maybe required to work overtime, evenings and weekends, including holidays.
Maybe exposed to lead, paint, and/or acetone.
Maywork at heights up to 10 feet.
Maybe exposed to noise greater than 80db TWA.
Mayuse Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) as appropriate.
WORK STANDARDS:
Whenconducting university business, must comply with the California Vehicle Codeand Stanford University driving requirements.
InterpersonalSkills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues andclients and with external organizations.
PromoteCulture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and valuefor safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviorsbased on training and lessons learned.
Subjectto and expected to comply with all applicable University policies andprocedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and otherpolicies found in the University's Administrative Guide, http://adminguide.stanford.edu/

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