Position Summary The Goldstein Museum of Design (GMD) in the College of Design (CDes) at the University of Minnesota is seeking a Museum Preparator. The Museum Preparator is responsible for the movement and preparation of collection objects for photo documentation. The Museum Preparator reports to the Registrar. This is a grant-funded 50%-time (20 hours per week), 12-month civil service position. Funding for employment in this position runs through April 2024. This position requires full on-site work.
Salary Range: $20.80/hr - $22.12/hr
Responsibilities Object Movement and Preparation - 70% • Responsible for the movement and preparation of collection objects for photo documentation • Carry out safe art handling of a broad range of objects from a collection of 25,000 • Work closely with photographer to set up and photograph collection objects • Track object movement and record locations in the collections database
Project Management - 20% • Discuss project needs and develop timeline for project completion in conjunction with the registrar, curator and photographer (GMD staff). • Work cooperatively to keep projects on task and create effective solutions. • Keep GMD staff updated on activities and actively participate in weekly meetings with GMD staff. • Assist with development of operational policies and procedures.
Maintenance of Time and Work Space - 10% • Maintain a record of work done each day referencing the project, time, and quantity of effort. • Maintain cleanliness and functionality of work space, equipment, and facilities.
Required Qualifications • Bachelor's degree in art history, museum studies or related fields and 2 years of museum operations experience, or a combination of related education and work experience to equal six years. • Working knowledge and understanding of standard museum practices and procedures • Keen attention to detail • Ability to organize and plan schedules and to coordinate several tasks simultaneously. • Excellent communication skills and the ability to work effectively in a team environment. • Ability to work collaboratively and follow instructions • Detail-oriented and self-motivated • Comfortable climbing ladders and the ability to lift 30lbs unassisted. • Good written and verbal skills. • Experience with use of databases and basic data processing.
Preferred Qualifications • Experience handling textiles, costumes and decorative arts and knowledge of costume history. • Knowledge of the design disciplines, i.e., architecture, clothing design, graphic design, interior design, housing studies, landscape architecture, product design, and/or retail merchandising.
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