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02-07-2013, 08:18 AM
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Chief Preparator

Job ID:

Position Title:
Chief Preparator

Company Name:
Ackland Art Museum, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Job Function:

Entry Level:

Job Type:

Chapel Hill, North Carolina, 27599, United States

February 7, 2013

Job Duration:

Min Education:
H.S. Diploma/Equivalent

Min Experience:
1-2 Years

Required Travel:

$43,000.00 - $48,000.00 (Yearly Salary)


Contact Person:
Suzanne Rucker

Email Address:

Apply URL:
http://www.jobs.unc.edu (http://www.jobs.unc.edu/)

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Job DescriptionThe Ackland Art Museum, a dynamic public university art museum with a collection of 16,000+ works of art across all media and the world’s cultures, and an active program of about 15 special exhibitions and changing installations annually, seeks a Chief Preparator. The Chief Preparator oversees and participates in all aspects of installation of the permanent collection and exhibitions in the galleries; the packing and crating of works of art; management of the carpentry shop; and all matters pertaining to the safe handling of works of art in the collection and on loan to the Museum. Delegates work assignments among installation staff, and assures the timely completion of all work at the highest level of quality. Collaborates with curators in developing exhibition designs, layout, schedule, signage, and other graphic treatments. Oversees and participates in exhibition implementation including hanging works of art of varying size and weight at varying heights as required (up to 20 feet high), Assists museum registrar in coordinating and implementing the traveling exhibition program. Designs and fabricates bases, pedestals, cases, graphics, and other supports for display of works of art that ensure the safety and attractive display of the objects, with economical and efficient use of materials. Manages art storage areas in the museum and at off-site facility to assure safety of works of art. Moves works of art of varying sizes and weight in and out of storage areas both in the museum and at off-site facility as needed. Oversees and participates in the design and construction of crates for art transport, working in-house or contracting with outside vendors. Oversees and assists with packing and unpacking shipments of works of art, in consultation with registrar. Prepares and submits accurate estimates for the department’s annual budget and for individual projects. Supervises two full-time preparators. Assists with implementing building maintenance schedule and monitoring environmental needs in museum galleries and art storage. Assists with coordination and set up of meetings, special events, public programs. www.ackland.org (http://www.ackland.org/)

Job RequirementsDemonstrated proficiency in handling works of art in a wide variety of media, including painting, sculpture, textiles, works-on-paper, ceramics, metalwork, glass, stone, and new media, as well as familiarity with the fabrication of exhibition/display furniture and mounts required by such art. Experience in exhibition layout configuration, and in the design and implementation of gallery and exhibition lighting. Experience with graphic design for exhibitions preferred. Sensitivity to sustainable practices in reuse of materials. Position requires strong computer skills using programs relevant to job responsibilities (such as Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, and HTML). Ability and willingness to master new technology as needed. Valid driver’s license.

Exceptional organizational skills and the ability to prioritize and manage a variety of activities with shifting deadlines. Ability to make independent decisions about problems that arise within the scope of the job’s responsibilities. Strong oral and written communication skills. High level of accuracy and attention to detail a must. Proven supervisory skills. Ability to work effectively with museum staff, university departments, and vendors to accomplish goals of the Museum. Familiarity with a university setting preferred.

Undergraduate degree from an accredited four-year college or university in a related field is preferred. At least five years’ progressively responsible experience in art handling and installation of permanent collections and exhibition-preparation in an art museum is strongly preferred. Employee must be willing and able to rearrange their work schedule or to work overtime including weekends if necessary to accommodate deadlines and priorities.
Special Physical Requirements: Must have physical ability to use diverse hand and power tools (including cabinet and shop equipment of varying sizes and complexity), hydraulic lifts, dollies, etc. Must have good dexterity, hand-eye coordination, and ability to climb and work on ladder for extended periods of time; to reach hands above shoulder level; to move heavy objects (up to 50 lbs.); and to stand or walk for an seven-hour day.
Schedule: Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. To apply for this position, please visit our website: www.jobs.unc.edu (http://www.jobs.unc.edu/). Please reference Position #03439 and Department 3105 when applying. EOE.


Contact Person:
Suzanne Rucker

Email Address:

Apply URL:
http://www.jobs.unc.edu (http://www.jobs.unc.edu/)