Preparator, Provost - VP for Academic Affairs

United States, North America
Jul 24, 2014
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Position Information

Posting Number: 9845

Internal Posting Date: 07-23-2014

Internal Closing Date: 07-29-2014

External Closing Date:

Review of Applications begins on:

Job Title: Preparator

Position Title/Rank:

Multiple Position Numbers

Multiple Position Numbers

Major Administrative Unit/College: Provost - VP for Academic Affairs

Primary Department: 10050506 ART MUSEUM

Position Employee Group: Professionals-AP

Appointment Basis:

Appointment Status:

Employment %: 100

Full-Time/Part-Time: Full-Time

Work Hours: Variable

Varied Work Hours (if applicable): Work schedule will require some evenings, weekends, and holidays.

Project Tech/Flexible Appointment/Off-Date Information (if applicable):

Faculty: Salary Range
Support Staff: Pay Minimum

If flex, dates of annual flex leave:

Pay Grade Level: 11

Position Summary: The Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University is seeking a full time preparator; reporting to the chief preparator, will be an integral part of the museum's exhibitions team, assisting with the daily tasks associated with the installation of exhibitions. The museum, designed by Pritzker Prize winning architect, Zaha Hadid, opened to international acclaim in November 2012. The Preparator will assist in all technical aspects of art handling with regard to planning, installation, storage and packing of objects under the direction of the chief preparator; will play a management role in the planning and execution of exhibitions for display at the Museum, as well as any related touring components of such exhibitions; manage exhibition implementation onsite, including calling meetings as needed, directing activities on the floor, and assist with budget estimation and oversight. Troubleshoot any problems that arise during the course of the exhibition's installation and alert Chief Preparator to any significant concerns; assist with the development of exhibition expense projections for exhibitions and propose deal structures/cost share scenarios; utilize project management best practices, such as detailed project schedules, exhibition calendars, budgets, and communication platforms, to ensure high-quality exhibition results, completing on time and on budget; help to ensure all stakeholders are well represented and incorporated within a strong team environment; ensure information is regularly shared as appropriate, to keep all stakeholders moving forward; responsible for maintaining work and storage spaces, keeping exhibition components and materials, tools, supplies organized.

Faculty: Minimum Qualifications
Support Staff: Minimum Requirements
A bachelor's degree in studio art or a related field; three years of related and progressively more responsible or expansive work experience as a preparator in a museum, gallery or foundation; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Typing Requirements (wpm):

Desired Qualifications: Successful candidate will have superior organization and management skills; knowledge of contemporary art; planning and project management skills, including budget estimations; excellent organizational ability; ability to lead work teams; excellent communication skills both verbal and written; a solutions-oriented, creative problem solver, and team player; ability to work with multiple overlapping deadlines and identify priorities, and ability to organize work teams to ensure project deadlines are met.

Summary of Health Risks and Physical Demands (if applicable): Duties associated with this position involve driving a university vehicle that does not require a commercial driver's license but does require medical certification, wearing a respirator, lifting up to 20 pounds, carrying, pushing/pulling, and climbing a ladder.

Required Applicant Documents: Resume/CV
Cover Letter

Optional Applicant Documents: Other Document
Other Document 2
Other Document 3

Number of Reference Letters Required: No letters required

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Department Website Address:

Name/Title/Email Address of Search Committee Chair:

If flex, dates of annual flex leave:

If flexible appointment, indicate end date of annual flex leave:

If flex, number of months worked per year

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