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Chief Preparator (6132U)

Company Name:
University of California, Berkeley

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Berkeley, California, 94704, United States

July 9, 2013

Entry Level:

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Contact Person: Human Resources

Apply URL: http://apptrkr.com/368912

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Chief Preparator (6132U)
UC Berkeley - Main Campus

The mission of the UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAM/PFA) is to inspire the imagination and ignite critical dialogue through art and film. One of the largest university art museums in the United States, in physical and budget size and in attendance, BAM/PFA has developed an international reputation for presenting one of the most active and ambitious exhibition programs, as well as for the quality of its art and film collections and research resources. BAM/PFA is an institution with a stellar history and an exciting future. For more information, visit our website: http://bampfa.berkeley.edu (http://bampfa.berkeley.edu/).

The Chief Preparator is responsible for designing and directing installations of exhibitions and works of art. This position requires close collaboration with BAM/PFA's director, curators, artists, and staff. The Chief Preparator translates curators’ and artists’ concepts and visions into artistically designed, achievable, and affordable exhibition installations, and manages their implementation.


Designs, plans, and produces installation of exhibitions. Translates curatorial, educational, artistic, and other exhibition requirements into aesthetically pleasing and visitor-friendly permanent, temporary, or circulating exhibitions.
Develops complex installation designs for museum exhibitions, including architectural elements, display cases, framing, or other presentation styles. Analyzes gallery spaces, installation goals and the artworks to be presented.
Works within the constraints of budgets and applies knowledge of the physical and archival needs of the works.
With curators, designs structures and cases to display artworks safely without compromising their visual presentation, sometimes requiring specific microclimates, framing methods and styles, or armatures for stabilization of sculptures (including for earthquake protection).
Regularly identifies and solves complex design and installation problems that arise without precedent.
Develops renderings, three-dimensional scale models, mechanical drawings, lighting plans, and signage.
Ensures exhibitions and objects are installed in accordance with programmatic, archival, aesthetic, ADA, and other legal requirements.
Manages a detailed production schedule of all activity related to preparation and installation of artworks. Identifies and resolves workflow issues.
Administers budgets for exhibitions, ensuring that expenditures are within agreed-upon budgetary limits.
Directs support exhibition specialists, preparators, and other technical staff in the fabrication of components and the installation and disassembly of exhibitions, and in the regional transport, handling, and storage of artworks on loan and in the museum collection.
Identifies, recruits, trains, and schedules on-call preparator staff. Projects special staffing needs for individual exhibition support.
Serves as work lead to BAM/PFA preparators, on-call preparators, and others involved in developing exhibitions, transporting collections, and handling works of art. Provides training and schedules and assigns work. Provides feedback to supervisors.
Oversees outside contractors.



Expert knowledge of museum exhibition installation field.
Knowledge of the principles of conservation, security, and environmental controls, ADA requirements for public buildings, and awareness of visitor needs within the context of University policy and procedures.
Knowledge of exhibition production, related construction work, and preparation of artworks, which includes mounting, matting, framing, packing, transporting, archival storage, and safe use of chemicals.
Broad knowledge of technical equipment and variable media in terms of exhibition presentation and archival preservation.
Team leadership abilities with proven skills at creating, building, and maintaining a positive environment. Strong capability and affinity for working collaboratively with staff and across departments, including the Registration Department, Curatorial Department, Design Department, and exhibition artists. Highly skilled at working collaboratively and effectively with demands, desires, objectives, and institutional priorities of various stakeholders. Proven ability to troubleshoot, prioritize, and make difficult decisions.
Ability to translate a curator's artistic and/or educational vision into an aesthetically pleasing exhibit that meets the artists', public's, and safety needs.
Familiarity with design software; project management skills.
Bachelors degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training

Salary: For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:

First Review Date: July 24, 2013

To Apply: Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying through http://jobs.berkeley.edu (http://apptrkr.com/368912) click on ‘Job Listings’ followed by ‘External Applicants’, and then search for job number 16186.

Additional Information: Driving Required - A valid driver's license and DMV check for driving record is required. This position has been designated as sensitive and may require a Criminal Background Check. We reserve the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of a Criminal Background Check. This position requires the final candidate to successfully pass an E-Verify check. To learn more information visit:
http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis/menuitem.eb1d4c2a3e5b9ac89243c6a7543f6d1a/?vgnextoid=75bce2e261405110VgnVCM1000004718190aRCR D&vgnextchannel=75bce2e261405110VgnVCM1000004718190a RCRD

The University of California, Berkeley is one of the world's leading universities in research, teaching, and public service. The campus employs 2,028 faculty and over 14,000 staff in more than 130 academic departments and interdepartmental groups, libraries, museums and more than 65 interdisciplinary research units contribute to this dynamic and vital research and teaching environment.

The University of California, Berkeley is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We offer a diverse working environment, competitive salaries, and comprehensive benefits.