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PT Art Handler/Installer (Hourly)

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Posting Details

Position Information

Role Code/Title 29072 - Media Spec II
Position Number H29072
Working Title PT Art Handler/Installer (Hourly)
Department Institute For Contemporary Art
Recruitment Pool All Applicants
Anticipated Hiring Range $18-25/hour
Campus Monroe Park Campus
Position Type Hourly
Hours/Week Varies
Normal work days Varies
Normal work hours Varies
Job Category Trades/ Housekeeping and Operations
Does this position provide patient or clinical services to the VCU Health System? No
Does this position require a pre-placement medical assessment? No
Is any portion of this position grant-funded? No
Sensitive Position No
Resource Critical No
Description of the Job

Scheduled to open in 2018, the new Institute for Contemporary Art (ICA) at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), designed by the renowned Steven Holl Architects, invites applications for multiple part-time art handler/installers.

Art Handler/Installers will report directly to the Lead Preparator, and assist the Lead Preparator with delivery/receiving and installation/deinstallation of artworks and preparation and maintenance of exhibition spaces. Responsibilities may also include: construction of exhibition furniture and crates; packing and fitting crates, and assistance with inventory control and maintenance of tools and equipment.

Art Handlers/Installers will generally work during the 6-8 week installation and deinstallation periods between the ICA’s three-per-year exhibition cycle, with other hours as required.

Art Handers/Installers work closely with and provide support and assistance to the ICA’s Curatorial Production Manager, the Director of Facilities, Installation, and Exhibition Design, and Acting Registrar.

Position Responsibilities:
- Prepare and organize tools and equipment required for installation and
deinstallation
- Assist in the inventory maintenance of consumable exhibition materials
- Assist with incoming and outgoing art and equipment shipments
- Prepare gallery spaces for exhibition, including: painting and patching
- Assist in the construction and preparation of exhibition furniture and crates
- Prepare and install exhibition furniture
- Prepare, move, and install artworks, at the direction of the Lead Preparator
- Under the supervision of the Lead Preparator, assist artists who are on-site for
installation/deinstallation
- Assist with the installation of A/V equipment, including speakers, monitors, and
projectors
- Assist with lighting placement
- Install labels, signage and other didactic materials
- Other duties as assigned

Required Qualifications

Required Qualifications:
- 2-3 years experience with hands-on installation and deinstallation of complex,
preferably contemporary, art work
- Demonstrated knowledge of and experience with museum best practices for object
care and handling, packing and moving of artworks, and appropriate display
techniques
- Strong interpersonal and verbal communication skills
- Demonstrated experience working with exhibitions teams
- Good organizational and time management skills
- Ability to work in physically demanding situations, including heavy lifting up to 50
pounds and working at heights
- Flexibility to work nights and weekends

Preferred Qualifications

Preferred Qualifications:
- Current driver’s license
- Proficiency in carpentry fabrication and production
- Demonstrated experience with workshop skills and safety, including using
hand and power tools
- Demonstrated experience with/licensure in the use of: forklifts, scissor lifts,
scaffolding, and rigging
- A/V installation and troubleshooting experience

Job Open Date 12/05/2017
Remove from posting on or before
Open Until Filled Yes
Special Instructions to Applicants
Additional Information

Art Handlers/Installers will generally work during the 6-8 week installation and deinstallation periods between the ICA’s three-per-year exhibition cycle, with other hours as required.

Work is intermittent with recurring shifts.

Supplemental Questions

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Optional & Required Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter/Letter of Application
  2. Resume
Optional Documents
  1. Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  2. Reference Letter - 1
  3. Reference Letter - 2
  4. Reference Letter - 3