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The Preparator is a key role in the Center for Design and Material Culture (CDMC) that supports multiple aspects of CDMC exhibitions. This position reports to the Engagement Manager for Exhibitions and Programs in the CDMC and is responsible for specialized object handling, installation, lighting, and the fabrication of mounts and casework for objects in the Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection and on loan to the CDMC for exhibition in the Ruth Davis Design Gallery and Lynn Mecklenburg Textile Gallery. Responsibilities in this role include physical and logistical aspects of exhibition creation, including exhibition design, mount making, strike, installation, and gallery maintenance. The Preparator will be responsible for the care of the CDMC galleries workspace, including specialized equipment, gallery display furniture, and supply orders. This position will also occasionally help with event preparations and may be able to work additional hours during installation and strike of exhibitions. The Preparator will also work with the Collections Manager in specialized object handling and collection care as it relates to the Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection.

Assists in preparing, handling, mounting, and installing collections, specimens, and related displays and exhibitions to enhance access, education, and enjoyment.20% Handles and prepares collections within established policies
50% Supports the installation and maintenance of permanent galleries and traveling exhibitions
20% Assists in fabrication and construction of collection or exhibition related components
10% Assists in maintaining and utilizing specialized equipment related to the work of the section

The Center for Design and Material Culture at the School of Human Ecology is seeking individuals with a minimum of one year of post-baccalaureate work experience in art handling and installation in a museum or gallery setting.

Candidate for the role must possess:
– A strong background in fabrication with experience in carpentry, painting, and using power tools
– A valid driver’s license and be able to operate state vehicles
– The ability to climb ladders and follow related safety procedures

Well Qualified Candidate will have:
– Demonstrated knowledge of professional museum collection care procedures
– Experience with exhibition design and/or working with a contract designer
– Experience with managing multiple projects concurrently
– Demonstrated commitment to creating an inclusive work environment
– Preferred experience with at least one aspect of the CDMC’s tripartite focus on material culture, textiles, and design thinking

Minimum $20.00 HOURLY
Depending on Qualifications
The posted minimum hourly rate for the position is $20.00 per hour, may be negotiable based on experience and qualifications. Employees in this position can expect to receive benefits such as generous vacation, holidays, and paid time off; competitive insurances and savings accounts; retirement benefits

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