Openings at the Michener

Position: Chief Preparator
Reports To: Curator of American Art

Overview

Under the direction of the Curator, the Chief Preparator supervises the fabrication, construction and installation of exhibitions, the preparation of gallery spaces for exhibitions and the preparation of objects to be exhibited. The Chief Preparator is a hands-on manager within the Curatorial department who is in charge of of all technical aspects of the Museum’s art handling and installation projects relating to the exhibition program and permanent collection. This role is responsible for museum-quality art handling, attention to detail, strong communication skills and the ability to plan out and manage multiple projects simultaneously.  The Chief Preparator is a key team member working in conjunction with other museum professional staff collaboratively on a daily basis within the Museum’s active exhibition program as well as in the stewardship of the Museum’s permanent collection.

Essential Functions*

  • Plans, prioritizes, and schedules work of the department; assesses resource needs and determines adjustments as required in the preparation of artwork and the construction, installation and de-installation of exhibitions and permanent collection rotations.
  • Supervises the Assistant Preparator and hires temporary installation staff, directs, supervises, and evaluates their work in the preparation of artwork and the installation and de-installation of exhibitions and permanent collection rotations.
  • Participates in regular department meetings, exhibition planning meetings and in consultation with other Curatorial team members, Artist(s), independent Curator(s) and staff from other institutions, determines detailed production schedules, estimating time and cost involved and general project needs.
  • Coordinates, works within and manages the fabrication and installation of exhibitions and daily activities of the Curatorial department(including mat-cutting and framing for works on paper, packing, unpacking, transporting and receiving artwork, wall construction and painting, lighting, installation of exhibition graphics, signage and labels, display fixtures and any audio video components insuring the highest quality within available resources.)
  • Participates in ongoing collections care and preservation, including inventories; performs basic conservation tasks in consultation with the Registrar; communicates all art movement with the Registrar.
  • Monitors and maintains the condition and appearance of permanent and temporary exhibitions including lighting and technical aspects as well as the art storage and art preparation areas, identifies problems and recommends solutions, oversees the necessary repair/maintenance conferring with the Facility Manager and Registrar and other museum department personel as needed.
  • Tracks budget for area of responsibility and assists in the development of and adherance to the Curatorial department’s overall budget.
  • Oversees the maintenance and repair of tools and equipment; estimates costs, purchases materials, equipment and supplies.  Adopts and adheres to safe workplace practices and procedures in the operations of the department and its workshop.
  • Implements, interprets, and upholds policies and procedures pertaining to exhibit installation and fabrication, including safety programs and training, the museum’s Art Handling Policy and Collections Management Policy. Assists with periodic policy audits and revisions.
  • Member of the emergency preparedness team, maintains emergency preparedness supplies

Minimum Requirements:

Education and Experience:

  • A combination of education (Bachelor degree preferred), training and experience in the above listed functions. A minimum of seven years’ experience in museum and/or gallery exhibition installation, supervisory experience strongly preferred.

Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge and practice of tools (both power and hand).
  • Basic carpentry and woodworking skills; electrical, lighting and audio-visual knowledge.
  • Valid, state-issued driver’s license, experience driving a 14,000# box truck as well as the ability to pass a physical mandated by The Department of Transportation (for interstate travel).
  • Ability to stand and/or work on feet for extended periods; lift and carry art objects and other materials weighing up to 50 pounds (frequently), objects over 50 pounds (occasionally) and work at heights up to 20 feet (using both ladders and mechanical lifts).
  • Proficient in the use of technology (Microsoft Office Suite, etc.) and the ability to learn the collection database Mimsy XG.
  • Demonstrated problem-solving and organizational skills, and adept at multitasking, with great attention to detail.
  • Must have a management style that promotes teamwork and open dialogue.
  • Familiarity with museum industry standards and best practices as outlined by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) and the Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD).
  • As a member of the Emergency Preparedness team this position requires 24-hour response availability seven days per week for emergency situations.

*This posting is designed to accurately reflect job duties.  However, it may not be all-inclusive and other job related duties may be required.

This is a full-time position with benefits and a competitive non-profit salary. EOE.

To apply, please send cover letter, resume, references, and salary requirements to Rebecca Rosen, at rrosen@michenerartmuseum.org or mail to James A. Michener Art Museum, Attn: Rebecca Rosen, 138 South Pine Street, Doylestown, PA  18901. No phone calls, please.

The James A. Michener Art Museum is seeking a full-time Manager of Public Programs to join the department of Education. These programs strive to educate and involve the community in the arts and encourage participation in and contributions to the Museum’s mission. This individual provides learning and engagement efforts that put the Museum on the map as a vibrant site of thought-provoking conversation and dialogue. These programs range in scale and include lectures, talks, gallery programs, symposia, artist studio tours, music performances and special events that connect visitors to the Museum’s collection and exhibition programs. This person will work closely with all departments in leading and shaping public programs to be relevant, responsive, and audience focused. This person will create innovative programming, forge partnerships, and grow programs for evolving audiences ranging from young adults to Michener Art Museum’s older adult audiences.

Specifically, you will:

  • Develop and implement programs, including artist talks, lectures, workshops, and a variety of gallery programs.
  • Think creatively to make interdisciplinary connections and weave contemporary viewpoints into programs that explore the Museum’s collection and exhibitions.
  • Collaborate with curatorial and education staff to help shape programmatic offerings around exhibitions, installations, and the permanent collection.
  • Works collaboratively with departments across the Museum to ensure an exemplary visitor program experience
  • Recruit and implement music performers to fulfill the Music at the Michener program

Responsibilities include:

  • Collaborate with the education department staff to plan, present and evaluate Museum programs for diverse audiences.
  • Develop, implement and evaluate public programming for visitors of diverse backgrounds to support the Museum’s mission and strategic planning by creating a wide range of dynamic learning activities that engage and enhance visitors’ understanding and appreciation of the Museum’s collections, exhibitions and art in general through gallery talks, lectures, seminars, panel discussions, museum trips and special events.
  • Work collaboratively with the Curatorial staff to design and implement programs organized in conjunction with changing and permanent exhibitions; identify and engage speakers, including Museum and guest curators, art historians, educators, and artists.
  • Recruit and present a diverse schedule of events under the Music at the Michener category for all ages. Engage and hire performers, identify and build budgets, work together with the Advancement department to secure sponsorships, collaborate with Marketing staff to research target music audiences and press contacts, work with Facilities staff to identify and manage appropriate equipment and event set up requirements.
  • Provide Marketing Department staff yearlong public programming activity at the Museum; prepare and disseminate copy and images through a range of promotional vehicles, including the Museum’s quarterly publication, Museum eblasts, exhibition announcement cards, the Museum website, postcards and flyers, and others as necessary to reach a broad audience base.
  • Represent Public Programs Department perspective on internal Museum staff
  • Manage public programs budgets to ensure proper budget preparation and control for annual and long term goals.
  • Create and nurture partnerships with external stakeholders to further the Museum’s mission and support educational goals and objectives.

Your diverse background includes:

  • Master’s Degree in a museum-related field (preferred), including art history, humanities, museum studies and museum education.
  • 3-5 years of experience in managing and presenting innovative and dynamic public programs in a museum or educational/cultural setting for diverse audiences.
  • Demonstrates strong personnel management, financial management, interpersonal, organizational, and communication skills;
  • A creative, big picture thinker
  • Open to multiple points of view and skilled at dialogue
  • Inspired to bring audiences into conversation with works of art
  • A strong communicator who has excellent verbal and writing skills
  • Energized by working collaboratively; flexible problem solver
  • Experience in directing large and small grant-funded projects and budgets.
  • Engaged in current cultural dialogue
  • Knowledge of current and best practices with Museum public programs and educational programming
  • Excellent project management skills and proficiency with Microsoft Office suite.

Physical requirements:

  • Periodically move throughout Museum facilities
  • Ability to ascend and descend stairs
  • Frequent use of multiple technical equipment and applications

Some evening and weekend hours are required.

The James A. Michener Art Museum adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

This is a full-time position with benefits and a competitive non-profit salary. EOE.

To apply, please send cover letter, resume, references, and salary requirements to Rebecca Rosen, at rrosen@michenerartmuseum.org or mail to James A. Michener Art Museum, Attn: Rebecca Rosen, 138 South Pine Street, Doylestown, PA  18901. No phone calls, please.

The James A. Michener Art Museum, a private non-profit organization with a $3 million operating budget, seeks art educators to become adjunct faculty members, working with youth age 3 through grade 12, as well as adults.

Adjunct faculty members at the Michener Art Museum work in the education department to grow the institution’s arts education program attendance and visibility within the wider community with a commitment to museum based education for all youth, family, and adult audiences. Adjunct faculty will have both general fine arts skills combined with specific talents, interests, and motivational skills that would inspire diverse audiences of all ages. Adjunct faculty will be excellent teachers.

Responsibilities Include:

Responsibilities for each adjunct faculty member differ, pending the class, workshop, or camps s/he is teaching. Responsibilities may include but are not limited to the following:

  • Serve as a lead instructor for select weekend and weekday art classes and workshops in the fall, winter, and spring, and summer camps in the summer; develop museum-inspired lesson plans, samples,and interactives for fall, winter, and spring art classes and workshops; provide supply lists for classes.
  • Provide general art instruction for the school visit Art Door Program, teacher in-service workshops, and offsite school programs; develop themed lesson plans as required
  • Provide general art instruction for the Art Serve program for underserved youth and families; develop themed lesson plans as required
  • Provide instruction for adult studio arts community outreach programs, including Art for All Alzheimer’s program and Parkinson’s Disease studio class; develop themed lesson plans as required
  • Assist Director of Arts Education, Arts Education Coordinator, Director of Interpretation and Innovation, and/or Community Programs and Group Visits Manager with content development for select classes and workshops
  • Substitute teach as needed

*This position description is designed to accurately reflect job duties.  However, it may not be all-inclusive and other job related duties may be required.

Minimum Requirements

  • BS/BFA/BA; MS/MFA in art/art education; art teacher certification preferred
  • Minimum 2 years of experience teaching art to children and/or adults in public setting; additional experience with Special Populations and diverse audiences preferred
  • Demonstrated commitment to arts and museum education; understanding of current trends in arts education; demonstrated understanding of the importance of diversity and inclusion in the arts education community
  • In depth knowledge of arts education methodology, arts processes and materials, classroom management, curriculum development, and commitment to authentic art production
  • High level of self-motivation; creative thinker; ability to prioritize; ability to work independently and as a team member; ability to work collaboratively with internal and external partners and vendors
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills; superior organizational skills; adept at multitasking, flexibility, and attention to detail
  • Demonstrate collegial style that promotes teamwork, creativity, and open communication
  • Proficient in the use of technology, including the Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Publisher); research and retrieval skills using standard internet processes
  • Graphic program/design experience/photo editing/photography skills are a plus
  • Conversational Spanish helpful but not necessary
  • Flexible schedule
  • Background clearances as required by law

To apply, please send cover letter, resume, and references, to Andrea Thompson at athompson@michenerartmuseum.org or mail to James A. Michener Art Museum, Attn: Andrea Thompson, 138 South Pine Street, Doylestown, PA 18901. No phone calls, please.

The James A. Michener Art Museum, a private non-profit organization with in Doylestown, PA seeks a per diem Preparator.

The Preparator will assist the Chief and Assistant Preparators in the preparation and installation of art objects and other related materials for museum exhibitions. Primary duties and responsibilities involve all physical aspects of the museums’ inventory and loaned objects; physical installation, maintenance, shipping, and storage.

Characteristic Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assist Registrar and other curatorial staff in collections inventories and maintenance of galleries and other related spaces
  • Assist in the installation and de-installation of exhibition areas.
  • Packing, crating, and uncrating art objects for display, storage, or transit- must be able to lift 50 pounds
  • Preparation of gallery spaces- assembly of modular wall system, light patching, painting, and cleanup
  • Experience and knowledge of shop tools and machinery for construction of exhibition mounts and displays
  • Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned

Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to stay flexible, organized, and work closely with others to communicate as a small team- this includes a necessary professional demeanor in a museum setting or an occasional lender/client interaction.
  • Knowledge of art handling procedures and practices and the ability to stay organized and safe in pressure deadline situations
  • A knowledge of materials with the ability to construct appropriate and safe packages for shipping and delivery of art objects
  • Must have a valid driver’s license, and able to drive a 16ft box truck for transport of art objects

Working Conditions and Physical Effort:

  • Moderate physical activity. Requires handling of objects that can weigh up to 50 pounds (or greater mass that require mechanical assistance). Standing or walking may occur up to 50% of the time or more

To apply, please send resume, references, and salary requirements to Rebecca Rosen, at info@michenerartmuseum.org or mail to James A. Michener Art Museum, Attn: Rebecca Rosen, 138 South Pine Street, Doylestown, PA  18901. No phone calls, please. EOE.

The Arts Education department at the James A. Michener Art Museum is seeking a part-time Image Management Assistant to help organize and maintain the photography files of the department.

The Image Management Assistant will have both digital image editing skills combined with strong organization and computer skills. A knowledge of social media trends, as well as digital photography skills are also desired skills.

Responsibilities Include:
Responsibilities for the Arts Education Image Management Assistant may include but are not limited to the following:

  • Organizing the existing photography and video files for the Arts Education department to be used affectively for social media, digital, and print material
  • Renaming photography and video files to best meet the needs of the Arts Education department
  • Gathering images from files for social media, digital, and print materials
  • Occasionally photographing Arts Education classes and events

Minimum Requirements:

  • Proficient in the use of technology, including the Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Publisher); research and retrieval skills using standard internet processes
  • Graphic program/design experience/photo editing/photography skills
  • Flexible schedule––weekends preferred
  • Ability to work independently and as a team member

To apply, please send cover letter, resume, and references, to Andrea Thompson at athompson@michenerartmuseum.org or mail to James A. Michener Art Museum, Attn: Andrea Thompson, 138 South Pine Street, Doylestown, PA 18901. No phone calls, please.

Get Involved

Volunteers are critical to the fulfillment of the Michener Art Museum’s mission. Support staff is utilized in various areas of the museum. The administrative offices need volunteers with basic office skills, including data entry; the galleries demand responsible, community oriented people; our charming shop needs to be stocked and maintained; our children’s art workshops, both on-site and offsite, need volunteers who enjoy nurturing the creative process; our education department seeks individuals who like to share their enthusiasm for art with others; and our expanding program offerings need special events hosts to ensure that our visitor’s experience at Museum events is a positive one.

Learn More

The Michener Art Museum offers credit and non-credit college internships for the summer. Projects have included work in one of the following departments: education, collections, visitor services, library and Bucks County Artist Database research project, and marketing and public relations.

Internships require a minimum of 15 hours per week for two months and occur between the months of May and August, contingent on the intern’s college requirements and project availability. Credit and non-credit internships are non-paying.

All positions for Summer 2019 have been filled. View the list to see what positions are offered. Please check back for Summer 2020 opportunities!

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