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T. Ashley McGrew
07-16-2012, 09:37 PM
Building Manager/Preparator

The Ruth and Elmer Wellin Museum of Art, a Machado and Silvetti-designed
teaching museum, will open at Hamilton College on October 4, 2012. The
30,537-square-foot museum will put object-based learning at the fore,
promoting interdisciplinary research and the cross-fertilization of
concepts and ideas vital to a liberal arts education. The museum will also
emphasize the study of contemporary art, inviting emerging and established
artists to develop projects specifically for the museum. More information
can be found at

We are currently seeking a skilled Building Manager/Preparator to join our
team and be part of this exciting new program.

*Position Description:*

The Building Manager/Preparator will work closely with the director,
curator, registrar and other museum staff to develop a broad range of
exhibitions and perform related duties as required.

*Responsibilities: *

- Assists in the planning and implementation of art exhibitions and
visible storage displays; participates in exhibition planning meetings;
confers with curators, artists, and staff from other departments and
institutions in planning for the design and construction of exhibits;
recruits and supervises temporary installation teams; supervises and trains
student workers; and works with other staff to develop production schedules
and project budgets. Plans, prioritizes and performs all aspects of
exhibition fabrication and installation, including matting and framing
artwork, mount making, packing and unpacking, exhibition labels and
graphics, constructing walls and pedestals, painting and lighting. Develops
and manages a departmental budget, including expenditures for exhibition
fabrication and production, crating, supplies, subcontractors, and
- Assists in the receipt, dispersal, packing, crating, transportation,
handling, and maintenance of exhibitions; implements preservation-minded
storage and display methods; designs and fabricates crates and mounts for
art transport. Consults with curators, registrars and conservators with
regard to art handling, transport, and display; adheres to best practice
with regard to art handling, and ensures temporary art handlers/installers
and student workers comply with art handling guidelines.
- Monitors the condition and appearance of exhibit installations,
identifies problem areas and recommends solutions, and coordinates
necessary repair/maintenance of exhibitions with other staff. Supervises
custodial staff and grounds crews working in and around the museum.
- Oversees the maintenance and repair of tools and equipment, monitors
and oversees maintenance of building systems, insures adherence to safe
workplace practices in all preparation work and workshop spaces. Serves as
the Building Coordinator and educates staff and visitors on procedures in
the event of a building emergency. Works with the Office of Environmental
Protection, Safety & Sustainablity, Campus Safety, and Physical Plant to
ensure best practice for fire safety, building security, and environmental
compliance. Develops and implements safety plans in accordance with
institutional guidelines.

*Qualifications: *

Bachelor Degree in Fine Arts, Museum Studies or related field required.
Masters of Arts or Fine Arts preferred.

- Must support the teaching mission of the museum, work well with
students and create learning opportunities for them.
- Previous experience with art handling in a museum environment,
exhibition installation, matting and framing, crate fabrication and packing
required, mountmaking, and budget management.
- A familiarity with HVAC systems, security systems, fire systems and
building management is also required.


Please review Hamilton's Benefits
more information.
Application Procedure

Interested applicants should send a resume, letter of interest and contact
information for three professional references to apply@hamilton.edu.
Consideration of candidates will begin immediately and continue until the
position is filled.

Hamilton College is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity employer and
encourages diversity in all areas of the campus community.

Hamilton is one of the nation's top liberal arts colleges. It is
independent, highly selective, coeducational and residential. Originally
founded in 1793 as the Hamilton-Oneida Academy, Hamilton is today composed
of 1,812 diverse and talented students from nearly all of the 50 states and
approximately 40 countries. More information can be found at
www.hamilton.edu/about <https://my.hamilton.edu/about>.

Susanna White
Associate Director and Curator
Ruth and Elmer Wellin Museum of Art|Hamilton College*
*198 College Hill Road, Clinton, NY 13323
p 315-859-4787 | f 315-859-4060