Posted July 2, 2014

In collaboration with Visual Arts team, guest curators, and artists, plan the execution of visual arts exhibitions.
Lead a team of full-time and on-call preparator staff to ensure the safe handling and installation of works of art for temporary exhibition in a timely fashion.
Prepare galleries for installation, including hiring and management of contractors as needed.
Arrange scheduling, technical, material and staffing needs for the installation and de-installation of exhibitions, including working directly with artists to realize commissioned or newly-fabricated works of art.
Recruit, train, and manage performance for a diverse staff of full-time and on-call preparators.
Oversee proper safety training and specifications for YBCA workshop, including power and hand tools.
Oversee visual arts preparation areas, including workshop and art storage spaces; inventory of supplies and materials; and upgrading of gallery-related AV gear and other equipment.
Assume primary responsibility for the daily operation and maintenance of exhibitions.
Work closely with Senior Exhibitions Manager to create expense projections in relation to project needs and budgets.
Work closely with Associate Registrar to receive and return artwork and establish protocols for best art handling practices; supervise construction of crating, pedestals, cases, and other exhibition furniture.
Provide timely and accurate installation and gallery operations information to Senior Exhibitions Manager to help liaison with other Center Departments.
Deploy a variety of techniques to visualize exhibition design, object placement, and furniture design.
Other projects as assigned.

Benefits include PTO, Holiday Pay, Medical, Dental, Vision, Flexible Spending Accounts, Group Life and AD&D Insurance, Short and Long Term Disability Insurance, Voluntary Life and AD&D, Employee Assistance Program, Travel Assistance, and ability to participate in the 403(b) Retirement Plan.

How to Apply

Send your resume and a brief paragraph outlining your interest in working for YBCA in the body of an email to Please include “Chief Preparator” in the subject line.

Please, no phone calls or faxes—really. While we love your enthusiasm, due to the volume of

applications and our limited resources, we will respond only to applicants we intend to interview. If you receive our automated thank you, we have received your resume and there is no need to follow up.

We wish you the best of luck in your job search!

An Equal Opportunity Employer

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) is committed to diversity in its programming and in creating a work culture and environment that is reflective of San Francisco Bay Area demography. The Center encourages and actively recruits applicants representing dimensions of difference that include — but are not limited to — age, national origin, ethnicity, race, religion, ability, sexual orientation, gender or political affiliation.

Job Requirements
Bachelor’s degree in Visual Arts, Studio Arts, Design or similar field of study or commensurate work experience
At least 5 years experience as preparator or in a similar position in a museum, gallery or arts organization, supervising visual art work crews.
Strong leadership skills, with at least 3 years’ supervisory experience.
Demonstrated knowledge of museum installation techniques.
Experience with art handling, storage, packing, crating and installation.
Thorough knowledge of building codes, construction techniques, materials and tools.
Ability to read building plans, specifications and diagrams.
Ability to perform a variety of building trades-skilled tasks.
Skill in the use and care of hand and power tools.
Proven organizational skills, with particular attention to detail and capacity to effectively manage multiple tasks and deadlines.
Ability to identify problems and resolve them quickly so that installations can function smoothly.
Ability to work effectively in partnership with people of diverse cultural backgrounds; ability to lead staff and foster collaboration with all members YBCA’s curatorial teams.
Familiarity with PC and Mac computer systems and software; Visio, Vectorworks, SketchUp, or other planning software; and The Museum System (TMS) knowledge preferred.
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