Preparation and Security Assistant – Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, Washington University in St. Louis

Essential Functions:


The Preparation and Security Assistant provides essential support to the preparation and security departments of the Museum. Under the supervision of the Lead Preparator, the Preparation and Security Assistant works with contractors and preparation and registration staff in all aspects of art handling, packing, storage, and other art preparation duties. This position also assists with exhibition design and installation in collaboration with preparation, registration, and curatorial staff. Under the supervision of the Security Supervisor, the Preparation and Security Assistant aids with monitoring and maintaining the Museum’s facilities and providing the critical oversight necessary to ensure the Museum, its assets, and its patrons are properly protected.


Participate in the design, fabrication, installation, and deinstallation of exhibitions, including the associated production of furniture and casework, labels, and signage. Coordinate students, contractors, and vendors for exhibition installation and deinstallation as needed.

Assist the Security Supervisor in overseeing the safety and security of Museum facilities in order to protect artwork, patrons, and staff. Perform opening, operational, and closing procedures of the Museum in the absence of the Security Supervisor or Security Assistant, including some evenings and alternating weekends.

Work with registration staff to design and fabricate storage mounts and associated enclosures, in addition to other collections care activities.

Under the direction of the Lead Preparator, provide digital support for exhibitions by researching, installing, and maintaining audiovisual equipment.

Assist with the maintenance of Museum facilities, including participate in facilities planning and development activities as needed.

Assist with the shipping, packing, and unpacking of artwork loans in accordance with current best practices.

Maintain an inventory of general exhibition and art preparation supplies, packing materials, furniture, and equipment.


Required Qualifications:

B.A. or equivalent experience.

Three years’ experience in art handling, matting and mounting, exhibition installation or set design, fabrication, and lighting.

Experience with the preparation and interpretation of technical drawings and/or instructions.

Experience with AV equipment installation and technical troubleshooting.

Carpentry experience.

Knowledge of professional standards for art handling and museum practices related to the physical care of art collections.

Familiarity with Microsoft Office Suite.

Must be able to lift and move objects weighing up to 50 pounds unassisted.

Must be comfortable working at heights of up to 30 feet.

Must be able to operate walk-behind fork lifts, man-lifts, power tools, and table saws.

May be asked to undertake national and international courier-related travel.

Must be able to work outside of normal business hours and alternating weekends.


Preferred Qualifications:

Experience in a fine art museum setting.

Expertise in audiovisual equipment and computer design software (AutoCAD, Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, etc.).

Knowledge of electronic security systems and equipment, as well as professional standards for museum practices related to the safety and security of museums and their contents.

Excellent analytical skills and ability to exercise sound judgment and make decisions under pressure.

Excellent time management and organizational skills.

Ability to coordinate multiple tasks and manage constantly changing priorities.

Strong interpersonal, oral, and written communications skills.

Ability to work well independently and as part of a team.


Salary Range:

The hiring range for this position is $17.48 – $18.59 per hour.



-Retirement Savings Plan

-22 vacation days

-10 Paid Holidays

-Sick Time

-Tuition benefits for employee, spouse and dependent children

-Free Metro Link/ Bus pass

-Free Life Insurance

-Health, Dental, Vision

-Health Savings Accounts (HSA)

-Long Term Disability Insurance

-Flex Spending Plan

-Other Benefits


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Internal Applicant Instruction:

Please attach a copy of your most current signed performance evaluation (completed within the last 18 months) to your online account.  If you have not received a performance evaluation, you may provide two current signed letters of recommendation (written within the last 18 months), preferably to include one letter from either a current or recent former supervisor.  To attach these documents, go to:  My Career Tools, Add Attachment, Attachment Type – Performance Reviews or Letters of Recommendation.


EOE Statement:

Washington University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status.

Job Type/Schedule:

This position is full-time and works approximately 37.5 hours per week. Must be available to work outside of normal business hours and alternating weekends.

Department Name/Job Location:

This position is for the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum.  This position is for the Danforth Campus.


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