Job Posting: Chief Preparator – Carnegie Museums (Pittsburgh, PA)

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Location: Pittsburgh Pa (Oakland)

Title: Chief Preparator

Duration: Full Time

As a key member of the collections division, the Chief Preparator manages the work of full-time and temporary preparators and shared collections coordinator in the preparation and installation of art in the permanent collection, temporary exhibitions, and storage facilities, including outgoing loans. Provides strategic vision in planning and implementation for all installation-related activity. Works collaboratively with Chief Registrar and Chief Conservator, as well as Curatorial and Exhibitions colleagues, in achieving goals and organizing staff and schedules for all museum installation, collection management, and storage activity. With collaboration, communication, and advocacy, fosters a team-oriented environment in the museum while efficiently and productively meeting scheduling and budgeting objectives. Assumes physical work as needed in art installation and preparation.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: Bachelor’s degree, preferably with concentration in museum studies, studio art, or similar area. At least 3-5 years of art handling experience in a museum with increasingly higher level of responsibility, leadership, and team management. Proven excellence in showing creativity, aesthetic sensibility, ingenuity, and problem-solving. Proficiency in handling a variety of media, including painting, sculpture, textiles, works-on-paper, furniture, ceramics, metalwork, glass, jewelry, stone, film, video, digital imagery, and time-based media, as well as knowledge of the exhibition furniture required to display and support such art. Familiarity with architectural and design plans is encouraged. A valid Pennsylvania driver’s license is required.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES (MANAGEMENT SKILLS): Demonstrated ability to provide critical thought for long-range planning. Meets deadlines and works well under pressure. Excellent communication and time-management skills and proven success in organizing, leading, and managing staff, working with living artists, and collaborating with colleagues across departments. Knowledge of appropriate care, handling, and storage for a wide range of materials, as well as policies and regulations regarding workplace safety. Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs and experience with collections management systems is required.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Ability to use diverse hand and power tools (including cabinet and shop equipment of varying sizes and complexity), moving van, hydraulic lifts, dollies, etc. Must have good dexterity, hand-eye coordination, and ability to climb and to work on ladders for extended periods of time; to reach works of art above shoulder level; to lift heavy objects (up to 50 pounds); and to stand or to walk for an eight-hour work day. 
The following PA Act 153 clearances, or proof of application of clearances, are required prior to beginning employment and as a condition of continued employment: 
• Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance 
• Pennsylvania State Police Criminal Record Check
• FBI Fingerprint Criminal Background Check
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Carnegie Museums is an EEO-1 Affirmative Action Employer-M/F/Veteran/Disability