Art Preparator – Handwerker Gallery, Ithaca College

Position Information
Vacancy ID S2526
Department Art History
School/Parent Organization Humanities and Sciences Parent Org
Division Provost and Academic Affairs Division
Employment Category Part time-Regular
Anticipated start date 12/02/2019
If temporary, expected end date
Hours per week 6.25
Weeks Per Year 36.00
Normal Start Time 08:30
Normal End Time 17:00
Position/Job Summary Work closely with Gallery Director to complete tasks related to the safe and respectful installation, display, packing, and transport of art objects. Make decisions concerning proper use of materials, hardware, handling techniques, and clearly articulate solutions to aesthetic questions utilizing knowledge of gallery/museum installation and “white glove” art handling. Assist with building display items such as pedestals and shelves, custom crating, framing and mat cutting. Work collaboratively with collectors, artists, art professionals, faculty, students, and classes.
Position/Job Responsibilities 1. Install and strike 5 to 7 exhibitions of various media per academic year employing skills and knowledge in exhibit installation including condition reporting, layout design, center-line hanging, appropriate hardware usage, correct packing and unpacking, careful handling of art objects, exhibit lighting, wall cleanup and repair.

2. Assist with building display items such as pedestals and shelves, custom crating, framing and mat cutting.

3. Train and work with student workers and student interns in carrying out the installation and striking of exhibitions and related duties as necessary.

4. Work with director in short- and long-term planning.

5. Make presentations to and work with museum studies classes.

6. Collection management.

7. Liaise with administration, faculty and staff, arts professionals, collectors, members of the public, and students as necessary.

8. Develop and demonstrate a multicultural awareness and contribute to cultivating an inclusive, diverse and respectful College community. Demonstrate civil and inclusive behavior when interacting with staff, faculty, students and visitors to the College. Promote a flexible, collaborative and inclusive work and living environment and engage in educational opportunities to increase awareness and understanding of diversity and inclusion.

Position/Job Qualifications Master’s Degree in Fine Arts or Museum Studies, or Bachelor of Fine Arts/or Bachelor of Arts with equivalent art handling and/or museum experience. Experience installing exhibitions of all media under right time frames. Knowledge of art methods and materials. Experience framing, crating, mount making. Knowledge of tools and general carpentry. Mathematics and problem solving skills, ability to lift heavy objects, detail oriented. Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to effectively work and interact respectfully within a diverse and inclusive environment.

Must be available for the following deinstallation/installation periods: December 16-20, 2019; January 13-28, 2020; March 9-17, 2020; April 18-22, 2020; May 17-20, 2020.

EEO Statement Ithaca College is committed to building a diverse academic community and encourages members of underrepresented groups to apply. Experience that contributes to the diversity of the college is appreciated.
Instructions for submitting your application: Interested applicants must apply online at and attach a resume and cover letter. Questions about online application should be directed to the Office of Human Resources at (607) 274-8000. Screening of applications will begin immediately.
Work authorization (select one): Visa sponsorship is not provided for this position
Department description
College Description At Ithaca College, a comprehensive residential campus community of 6,500 students, we strive to be at the forefront of the higher education landscape. We offer a distinct integrative learning experience that makes students ready for the personal, professional, and global challenges of our age.

We seek candidates who embrace integrative learning and want to be a part of this exciting time in Ithaca College history. We encourage creative collaboration and innovation in our faculty and staff, providing support and resources for them to grow in their fields and lead students to their own innovative ideas and achievements.

We welcome different ways of thinking and look for candidates with unique points of view and life experiences. We are inclusive of individuals with a wide range of cultural, personal, and professional backgrounds, talents, and skills. Our campus is a vibrant and rewarding community where diverse minds can learn, succeed, and excel.

When reviewing candidates, we are looking for indicators of a number of core competencies. Prospective candidates must be adaptable, collaborative, inclusive, respectful, responsive, results driven, and sustainable. They must communicate effectively, demonstrate leadership, exhibit professional integrity and ethics, take initiative, value personal and professional development, and show that they will engage in the college.

Nestled in the heart of New York State’s scenic Finger Lakes region, Ithaca College sits atop South Hill overlooking picturesque Cayuga Lake and is just minutes away from the city center. Combining small town warmth and charm with the vibrancy of a college community, the thriving and culturally diverse city of Ithaca has been rated by Kiplinger’s as one of the top 10 places to live in the United States.

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Market Hiring Range
FLSA Status Non-Exempt
Is this position eligible for benefits? No
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