Job Opening: Museum Preparator II, Stanford University

job opening - 5Institution: Stanford University
Location: Stanford, CA
Posted: 09/09/2014
Education: BA preferred
100% FTE, fixed term through December 2015

The Cantor Arts Center is a vital and dynamic institution with a venerable history. Founded in 1891 with the university, the historic museum was expanded and renamed in 1999 for lead donors Iris and B. Gerald Cantor. The Cantor’s encyclopedic collection spans 5,000 years, includes over 40,000 works 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 than 20 special exhibitions each year, the Cantor serves Stanford’s academic community, draws art lovers from the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond, and attracts campus visitors from around the world. Free admission, free tours, lectures, family activities, plus changing exhibitions make the Cantor one of the most well-attended university art museums in the country and an invaluable resource for teaching and research on campus.

Under the supervision of the Acting Manager of Collections, Exhibitions and Conservation, the Museum Preparator II works with the team of Preparators at the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University (CAC) in the preparation, installation, storage, packing, and general handling of art objects in the permanent collection and temporary exhibitions. Preparators perform a wide variety of duties in support of museum operations and in collaboration with Registrars, Curators, Head of Exhibitions, and Conservators. This position is covered by a collective bargaining unit. The Preparator’s responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following: Serves as Lead Preparator on assigned exhibitions including active participation in the design, coordination, and implementation of exhibitions using a high level of organization, communication and time management skills. Designs and fabricates custom mounts and exhibition furniture. Works in galleries as part of the installation team for exhibitions and rotations. Assists with installation of digital media and multimedia and electronics (film, computer, audio video) and gallery lighting. Packs and transports art objects to and from lenders and donors. Assists with receiving exhibition shipments and with the unpacking and repacking. Helps maintain tools, equipment, shop spaces and art storage.


Minimum of 5 years of progressively responsible experience or equivalent combination of training and experience preferably in a museum setting. B.A. Degree preferred. Demonstrated proficiency of handling valuable works of art in a wide variety of media including but not limited to paintings, bronze, ceramic, glass, metals, mixed media, textiles, works on paper, contemporary art and new media. Demonstrated proficiency in installation of exhibitions and layout and lighting design. Ability to move or assist in moving heavy objects (must be able to lift 50 lbs) and ability to operate genie lifts, forklifts, pallet jacks, etc. Demonstrated proficiency of practices and methods in mount making including earthquake mitigation and demonstrated ability to apply this knowledge with initiative and judgment, concern for detail, accuracy, and neat execution of work. Demonstrated skills and knowledge of shop equipment and ability to effectively perform various skilled and semi-skilled tasks, including woodworking, brazing, use of adhesives and fasteners, construction methods, and use of stationary and portable power tools. Demonstrated skills and knowledge of archival materials and storage techniques for loaned and museum collection objects. Ability to work collaboratively with a team and work collegially with fellow preparators, staff, designers, guest curators, vendors, and the general public. Proficiency with design programs such as Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, Google Sketch-up highly desirable and familiarity with computer applications in a multi-platform environment including Microsoft Word and Excel. Effective oral and written communication skills.

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