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Art Preparator and Communications Assistant

Binghamton University, State University of New York
Binghamton, NY

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Category:: Professional
Department:: University Art Museum
Locations:: Binghamton, NY
Posted:: Jul 14, 2021
Closes:: Open Until Filled
Type:: Part-time
Ref. No.:: 09506
Position ID:: 133516

About Binghamton University:

Binghamton University is a world-class institution that unites more than 130 broadly interdisciplinary educational programs with some of the most vibrant research in the nation. Our unique character - shaped by outstanding academics, facilities and community life - promotes extraordinary student success.

Binghamton merges rigorous academics, distinguished faculty and state-of-the-art facilities to engage and challenge its 18,000 students. The high-achieving Binghamton student body also represents a great diversity of life experiences, from first-generation college-goers to international students. Beyond their talent, these classmates share a desire to shape the future through technology, insight, intellectual exploration and community service.

Job Description:

Budget Title: Instructional Support Associate (SL-2)

Salary: $41,600 (Part-time, 80% of full-time)

Located at the center of campus, the Binghamton University Art Museum is a dynamic public space where staff and faculty engage students and the wider public through frequent original exhibitions and programming. The Binghamton University Art Museum has a permanent collection of over 4,000 objects selectively acquired over 50 years. These include works on paper, paintings, sculpture and decorative arts from around the world and spanning 5,000 years. These activities and objects are vital to Binghamton University, one of four research universities as well as the most selective undergraduate campus in the State University of New York.

Exhibitions are installed in the Main Gallery, the Susan M. Reifer '65 and Stanley J. Reifer '64 Mezzanine Gallery and the Nancy J. Powell Gallery, which itself consists of several small galleries. Exhibitions rotate regularly and are curated by museum staff, faculty members, and students.

Position description:

The art preparator and communications assistant works with fellow museum staff members to execute the mission and vision of the museum. Chief responsibilities include the maintenance and preservation of the collection and museum spaces; the preparation, installation, and de-installation of exhibitions; and the careful handling, packing, and transportation of artwork; and the performance of modest design tasks, including website changes and design of social media and electronic mailings.

Part-time salaried position for approximately 30 hours per week.


  • Lead the preparation, installation, and de-installation of exhibitions, including technology, as needed
  • Mat, frame and install artwork
  • Perform minor wall repairs and painting tasks
  • Light objects on display
  • Unpack objects received at the museum and pack objects to be shipped
  • Transport artwork and furniture when needed
  • Perform periodic cleaning
  • Design object labels and make changes to website, Mailchimp, and social media
  • Assist with other tasks when necessary
  • Communicate effectively with fellow museum staff members as well as other departments on campus to complete a variety of tasks
  • Work with volunteers or interns as needed


  • Associate degree
  • Ability to mat artwork and maintain a mat-cutter
  • Excellent attention to detail and expert use of measurements
  • Basic knowledge of hand/power tools (i.e. hammer/drill)
  • Ability to operate and maintain a mat-cutter
  • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs.
  • Ability to operate and occupy powered lifts; climb ladders up to 8 ft.
  • Ability to handle and pack 2-D and 3-D objects with care
  • Must be able to work well under pressure, both independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to complete tasks in a timely and accurate manner to meet deadlines
  • Excellent communication and organization skills
  • Valid/clean driver's license to operate a motor vehicle and ability to travel as needed
  • Ability to use design programs such as In-Design
  • Must be adept at maintaining web and social media content for the museum; manage content on the website within a content management system (Omni-Update); and manage other digital communications, such as Mailchimp.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree
  • Knowledge of art and design or museum studies
  • Experience in a museum setting

Additional Information:

Offers of employment may be contingent upon successful completion of a pre-employment background check and verification of degree(s) and credentials.

Binghamton University is a tobacco-free campus.

Pursuant to Executive Order 161, no State entity, as defined by the Executive Order, is permitted to ask, or mandate, in any form, that an applicant for employment provide his or her current compensation, or any prior compensation history, until such time as the applicant is extended a conditional offer of employment with compensation. If such information has been requested from you before such time, please contact the Governor's Office of Employee Relations at (518) 474-6988 or via email at [email protected]

Payroll information can be found on our website

Cover letters may be addressed "To the Search Committee."

Postings active on the website, accept applications until closure.

For information on the Dual Career Program, please visit:

Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer
The State University of New York is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. It is the policy of Binghamton University to provide for and promote equal opportunity employment, compensation, and other terms and conditions of employment without discrimination on the basis of age, race, color, religion, disability, national origin, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, veteran or military service member status, marital status, domestic violence victim status, genetic predisposition or carrier status, or arrest and/or criminal conviction record unless based upon a bona fide occupational qualification or other exception.

As required by Title IX and its implementing regulations Binghamton University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the educational programs and activities which it operates. This requirement extends to employment and admission. Inquiries about sex discrimination may be directed to the University Title IX Coordinator or directly to the Office of Civil Rights (OCR). Contact information for the Title IX Coordinator and OCR, as well as the University's complete Non-Discrimination Notice may be found here.

Application Instructions:

Deadline for Internal Applicants: 07/29/2021

Deadline for External Applicants: Open until filled

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the vacancy is filled.

Persons interested in this position should apply online.

Please submit:

  1. Resume,
  2. Cover letter, and
  3. Contact information for three professional references

You may add additional files/documents after uploading your resume. After you fill out your contact information, you will be directed to the upload page. Please login to check/edit your profile or to upload additional documents:


Working at Binghamton University

Message on working at Binghamton University from President Harvey Stenger    


Binghamton University opened its doors as Triple Cities College in 1946, to serve the needs of local veterans returning from service in World War II. Originally located in Endicott, N.Y., five miles west of the present campus, the fledgling school was a branch of Syracuse University.

Four years later, the college was incorporated into the State University of New York (SUNY) and renamed Harpur College in honor of Robert Harpur, a Colonial teacher, patriot and pioneer who helped settle the area west of Binghamton.

In 1961, the campus moved across the Susquehanna River to Vestal. Growing enrollment and a reputation for excellence soon led to the selection of Harpur College as one of four doctorate-granting University Centers in the SUNY system.

In 1965, the campus was formally designated the State University of New York at Binghamton, and in 1992, Binghamton University was adopted as our informal name.

Mission Statement

Binghamton University is a premier public university dedicated to enriching the lives of people in the region, state, nation and world through discovery and education and to being enriched by partnerships with those communities.

Vision Statement

Binghamton as an institution is dedicated to higher education, one that combines an international reputation for graduate education, research, scholarship and creative endeavor with the best undergraduate programs available at any public university.

We are an academically selective community that shares ideas across departments, disciplines and borders. We encourage faculty, students and staff to ask unexpected questions, foster open dialog and develop innovative solutions to important problems.

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