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Location: Berkeley, California
Internal Number: 4195080
Chief Preparator (6132U), BAMPFA - 53437
At the University of California, Berkeley, we are committed to creating a community that fosters equity of experience and opportunity, and ensures that students, faculty, and staff of all backgrounds feel safe, welcome and included. Our culture of openness, freedom and belonging make it a special place for students, faculty and staff.
The University of California, Berkeley, is one of the world's leading institutions of higher education, distinguished by its combination of internationally recognized academic and research excellence; the transformative opportunity it provides to a large and diverse student body; its public mission and commitment to equity and social justice; and its roots in the California experience, animated by such values as innovation, questioning the status quo, and respect for the environment and nature. Since its founding in 1868, Berkeley has fueled a perpetual renaissance, generating unparalleled intellectual, economic and social value in California, the United States and the world.
We are looking for equity-minded applicants who represent the full diversity of California and who demonstrate a sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds present in our community. When you join the team at Berkeley, you can expect to be part of an inclusive, innovative and equity-focused community that approaches higher education as a matter of social justice that requires broad collaboration among faculty, staff, students and community partners. In deciding whether to apply for a position at Berkeley, you are strongly encouraged to consider whether your values align with our Guiding Values and Principles, our Principles of Community, and our Strategic Plan.
At UC Berkeley, we believe that learning is a fundamental part of working, and our goal is for everyone on the Berkeley campus to feel supported and equipped to realize their full potential. We actively support this by providing all of our staff employees with at least 80 hours (10 days) of paid time per year to engage in professional development activities. To find out more about how you can grow your career at UC Berkeley, visit grow.berkeley.edu.
One of the nation's leading university museums, the University of California's Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA) is a forum for cultural experiences that transform individuals and advance the local, national, and global discourse on art and film. As the premier visual arts venue at America's top public research university, BAMPFA is uniquely dedicated to art and film in equal measure, presenting more than three hundred film screenings, dozens of public programs, and approximately ten exhibitions annually.
The Chief Preparator is responsible for designing and directing installations of exhibitions and works of art. This position requires close collaboration with BAMPFA's director, curators, artists, and staff. The Chief Preparator translates curators' and artists' concepts and visions into artistically designed, achievable, and affordable exhibition installations, and manages their implementation.
The Chief Preparator at BAMPFA oversees a team of a collections specialist, three full time preparators, and six part time preparators.
Application Review Date
The First Review Date for this job is: 05/30/2023.
Exhibition Design and Implementation:
- Designs, plans, and produces installation of exhibitions.
- Translates curatorial, educational, artistic, and other exhibition requirements into aesthetically pleasing and visitor-friendly permanent, temporary, or circulating exhibitions.
- Develops complex installation designs for museum exhibitions, including architectural elements, display cases, framing, or other presentation styles.
- Analyzes gallery spaces, installation goals and the artworks to be presented.
- Regularly identifies and solves complex design and installation problems that arise without precedent.
- With curators, designs structures and cases to display artworks safely without compromising their visual presentation, sometimes requiring specific microclimates, framing methods and styles, or armatures for stabilization of sculptures (including for earthquake protection).
- Develops renderings, three-dimensional scale models, mechanical drawings, lighting plans, and signage.
- Ensures exhibitions and objects are installed in accordance with programmatic, archival, aesthetic, ADA, and other legal requirements.
- Manages a detailed production schedule of all activity related to preparation and installation of artworks. Identifies and resolves workflow issues.
- Directs support exhibition specialists, preparators, and other technical staff in the fabrication of components and the installation and disassembly of exhibitions, and in the regional transport, handling, and storage of artworks on loan and in the museum collection.
- Identifies, recruits, trains, and schedules on-call preparator staff.
- Projects special staffing needs for individual exhibition support.
- Serves as work lead to BAMPFA preparators, on-call preparators, and others involved in developing exhibitions, transporting collections, and handling works of art.
- Provides training and schedules and assigns work.
- Provides feedback to supervisors.
- Oversees outside contractors.
- Administers budgets for exhibitions, ensuring that expenditures are within agreed-upon budgetary limits.
- Works within the constraints of budgets and applies knowledge of the physical and archival needs of the works.
- Expert knowledge of museum exhibition installation field.
- Knowledge of the principles of conservation, security, and environmental controls, ADA requirements for public buildings, and can quickly gather awareness of visitor needs within the context of University policy and procedures.
- Knowledge of exhibition production, related construction work, and preparation of artworks, which includes mounting, matting, framing, packing, transporting, archival storage, and safe use of chemicals.
- Broad knowledge of technical equipment and variable media in terms of exhibition presentation and archival preservation.
- Team leadership abilities with proven skills at creating, building, and maintaining a positive environment.
- Strong capability and affinity for working collaboratively with staff and across departments, including the Registration Department, Curatorial Department, Design Department, and exhibition artists.
- Highly skilled at working collaboratively and effectively with demands, desires, objectives, and institutional priorities of various stakeholders.
- Proven ability to troubleshoot, prioritize, and make difficult decisions.
- Ability to translate a curator's artistic and/or educational vision into an aesthetically pleasing exhibit that meets the artists', public's, and safety needs.
- Familiarity with design software; project management skills.
- Associates degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training.
Salary & Benefits
This is a 100% full-time (40 hrs a week) exempt career position, which is paid monthly and eligible for full UC Benefits.
For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University, please visit the University of California's https://www.google.com/url?q=http://ucnet.universityofcalifornia.edu/compensation-and-benefits/index.html&source=gmail&ust=1674324686328000&usg=AOvVaw2GpIWYW1GodaOMhx7gsK4r' href='https://apptrkr.com/get_redirect.php?id=4195080&targetURL=http://ucnet.universityofcalifornia.edu/compensation-and-benefits/index.html' style='font-variant-ligatures:normal; text-align:start; white-space:pre-wrap; color:blue; text-decoration:underline' target='_blank'>Compensation & Benefits website.
Under California law, the University of California, Berkeley is required to provide a reasonable estimate of the compensation range for this role and should not offer a salary outside of the range posted in this job announcement. This range takes into account the wide range of factors that are considered in making compensation decisions including but not limited to experience, skills, knowledge, abilities, education, licensure and certifications, analysis of internal equity, and other business and organizational needs. It is not typical for an individual to be offered a salary at or near the top of the range for a position. Salary offers are determined based on final candidate qualifications and experience.
The budgeted salary or hourly range that the University reasonably expects to pay for this position is $85,000.00 - $90,000.00.
How to Apply
- To apply, please submit your resume and cover letter.
Referral Source info
This job is part of the Employee Referral Program. If a UC Berkeley employee is referring you, please ensure you select the Referral Source of 'UCB Employee' and then enter the employee's Name and Berkeley email address in the Specific Referral Source field. Please enter only one name and email.
- A valid driver's license and DMV check for driving record is required.
- This is not a visa opportunity.
Conviction History Background
This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.
Equal Employment Opportunity
The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. For more information about your rights as an applicant, please see the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission poster.
For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, please see the University of California Discrimination, Harassment, and Affirmative Action in the Workplace policy.
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