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Weekly Jobs Roundup

Here’s our weekly roundup of new jobs. Happy hunting!

Museum Installer Specialist [Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, MA]

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Business Title: Museum Installer Specialist
School/Unit: Harvard Art Museums
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Location: USA – MA – Cambridge
Job Function: Museum
Time Status: Full-time
Schedule: 35 hours per week. Schedule is somewhat flexible. A four or five day workweek is possible, with a fixed start time of 8am.
Department: Collections Management
Salary Grade: 054
Union: 55 – Hvd Union Cler & Tech Workers
Duties & Responsibilities
Job Summary:
Reporting to the Exhibition Production Manager, prepares, handles and moves artwork for exhibition, packing, and storage and installs exhibitions in-house and throughout the campus. Works as part of a team in Collections Management, as well as, closely with photographers, conservators, curators, and other Harvard Art Museums’ staff.

Duties & Responsibilities:
• Install exhibitions of 2-d and 3-d artworks in-house and throughout campus.
• Prepare, handle and move artwork for exhibition, storage and transport, reframing, glazing, building storage and handling mounts.
• Prepare galleries with touch-up painting, fabricate and paint pedestals and cases and other gallery fixtures.
• Install labels.
• Act as point person for gallery lighting issues. Install and maintain gallery lighting to museums’ standards. Install fixtures in ceilings. Maintain lighting storage.
• Secure and alarm artwork.
• Maintain galleries, dusting exposed art and pedestals, cleaning Plexiglas and glass casework.
• Pack and unpack works of art for loans, exhibitions, campus installations, and for transit between museums’ sites.
• Operate trucks to transport supplies and materials, including crates and casework.
• Collaborate with Exhibit Production Manager on the handling of oversize and complex artworks, including mounting systems, rigging, movement, and storage methods.
• Research and recommend lifting, rigging, and installation equipment.
• Act as Shop Safety Supervisor by training new staff on tools and equipment, monitoring supplies, and overseeing daily maintenance of the shop.
• Maintain art storage; re-integrate art back to storage, track locations changes in database and other computer programs. Document notes in database for art handling, packing and storage notes as needed.
• Work closely with photographers, conservators, curators, registrars, and collections management staff in storage and exhibition related duties.
• Work with contractors in storage and exhibition spaces.
• Research and order supplies and equipment.
• Participate in the development of museum standards, safety and preservation of the collections.
• Perform related duties as required.

Basic Qualifications: Minimum of 5 years of art museum exhibition installation and art handling experience, including moving oversize art objects. Gallery lighting experience.

Additional Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in Art History, Studio Art, Museum Studies, or related field preferred. Experience handling, installing, and mounting a variety of 2- and 3-dimensional art objects; knowledge of installation materials and techniques, gallery preparation, and fine art packing; shop experience.
Ability to problem solve, work independently and be capable of excellence in a high performance, team orientated culture. Conscientious, self-motivated, resourceful, flexible and punctual. Ability to communicate effectively, remain organized and carry out instructions precisely under pressure.
Strong computer skills including familiarity with museum database programs (TMS) and Microsoft Office Suite; ability to learn new computer applications. Knowledge of Photoshop and CAD programs helpful.

Additional Information: Physical requirements include walking, standing, stooping, pushing, and pulling; must be able to reach and work above the shoulders, climb ladders, use personnel lift, kneel, twist, and squat. Must be able to lift heavy objects (up to 50 lbs.).
Typical shop equipment used includes: table saw or power miter saw, band saw, drill press, air compressor.
Must have a Massachusetts driver’s license and be able to acquire a DOT medical card.
Schedule is somewhat flexible. A four or five day workweek is possible, with a fixed start time of 8am.

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Exciting Upcoming Events!

Looking for something fun and engaging to do now that summer is in full swing? Here’s a list of upcoming museum-related events to check out for the month of September:

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Weekly Jobs Roundup

Here’s our weekly roundup of new jobs. *This week we are trying out a new format for our jobs listings! Instead of the links below leading you to a posting on this blog, they link directly to the webpages where they were found. This way, you are able to find any additional information you may need more easily as well as apply for certain jobs directly on their website! However, any job listings that were sent directly to us via email or jobs that do not come directly from a webpage will still link to a post on this blog. Let us know which format you prefer in the comments!*

Happy hunting!

Staying Updated on Museum-Related Social Media

Today’s  post comes to you from Colleen Sutherland, recent Tufts Museum Studies graduate and previous co-editor of the Tufts Museum Studies Blog. To read some of her previous work, click here.

Hi there!

I’ve recently been doing some social media culling, trying to stay relevant and on top of interesting things in the museum field. I may have only graduated in May, but it’s remarkable how fast you start to panic that you’re not as on top of it as you were when you had professors and other students to guide you. Or maybe that’s just me. Either way, you may feel that way at some point in your career, which is why I’ve compiled this list of other pages and blogs I’ve started following in the past few months. (Obviously this blog is fantastic, but as any museum professional knows, multiple perspectives are important!)

Some, like EMP (Emerging Museum Professionals), are pretty big and you may already know about them. Hopefully there are some new ones on here for you. It bears repeating that my interest lies in education, so some of these are more education-focused. However, I think that all of them can be relevant in different ways, whether it concerns interpretation, creating inclusive spaces, or museum trends in general. I’d encourage you to at least check them out and decide for yourself.

What else is on your list? I’d love to broaden my reading, especially with non-education-specific sites, so let us know in the comments!

Pages

  • AASLH – Interesting perspectives from history organizations of all sizes, but most topics are relevant to museums that focus on other disciplines. I especially love their post about the presentation of the role of women in museums
  • Bank Street Leadership in Museum Education – Again, not all about education. A lot about creating safe spaces, introducing inclusive practices, and helping visitors feel welcome while still staying innovative.
  • Emerging Museum Professionals – I find it helpful to follow the different regional EMP groups. Part of that is to see how museums in different regions are responding to their communities, and part of it is because I know I’ll want to move in the next few years, and it’s helpful to know what museums in different regions are focusing on (plus they post local job postings!)
  • NEMA YEPs (Young & Emerging Museum Professionals)
  • Museum Hack
  • Teaching Tolerance – While it may seem on the surface like this site is only about classroom teaching, it actually does a great job keeping plugged in on national events. It has great resources for creating inclusive, welcoming, safe spaces, as well as great ideas for activities and books.

Blogs

I’m also enjoying the Museum People podcast – check it out if you haven’t already!

And if these aren’t enough, here’s a whole list of 100 best blogs: http://museummedia.nl/links/100-best-curator-and-museum-blogs/

P.S. Looking for more ways to stay on top of the field? Check out the What We’re Reading section!

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