View Full Version : Chief Preparator position - Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego

T. Ashley McGrew
10-01-2010, 05:35 PM
Department: Permanent Collection
Reports to: Chief Curator
Employee Status: Full-time, Exempt
Primary Work Location: La Jolla
Requisition: 201021

JOB SUMMARY: The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego seeks a hands-on, detail-oriented manager to oversee all technical aspects of the Museum’s art handling projects. The Chief Preparator is responsible for museum-quality art handling related to installation and de-installation, including: receiving, packing and unpacking, handling, displaying, and shipping fine art objects; planning and directing the fabrication of exhibition pedestals, props, temporary walls, and other display designs; securing services of outside contractors; assuring a safe and healthy work environment through knowledge of best practices. Working in conjunction with the Curatorial Department and Registar’s Office, the Chief Preparator is a key team member for the Museum’s ambitious schedule of exhibitions and collection use.


Organize department’s short-term and long-term projects
Direct daily activity of staff and contract service providers
Set job assignments to meet institutional deadlines and priorities
Oversee personnel issues, including hiring, training, scheduling, directing, and disciplining crew
Work independently and assume direct responsibility for complex tasks
Use problem-solving skills to perform concurrent multiple tasks in a busy environment
Coordinate productive relationships with suppliers and contractors
Provide “on the floor” supervision during installation periods
Construct display elements and crates
Direct and maintain exhibition lighting
Operate tools and equipment associated with woodworking, electrical, light construction, and audio-visual and computer displays
Encourage a safe, healthy work environment, including proper procedures for utilizing paint, solvents, and power tools
Work directly with exhibiting artists to realize projects
Other art-handling and exhibition tasks as called for by the Chief Curator
For candidacy consideration, please submit resume and PERSONALIZED COVER LETTER including salary requirement with subject heading 201021 to clee@mcasd.org.

03-08-2011, 02:39 PM
This is interesting. Can I know if this position is still vacant? Thanks for posting here.

T. Ashley McGrew
03-08-2011, 04:21 PM
I just checked the museums website and it didn't appear to be listed.