The Denver Art Museum is seeking candidates for the position of-----Assistant Preparator--within the Exhibitions Department. This position reports to either a Senior Preparator or Associate Preparator, in the Exhibitions Department.The Assistant Preparator assists with all aspects of gallery buildout and art installation work related to the general implementation of exhibitions, gallery reinstallations, rotations, and installations in programmed spaces across the museum campus, including: art installation, crating and packing, matting and framing, drywall and build-out, painting, cabinetry, wiring and electrical work, lighting, installing graphics, and demolition. They also assist with other projects throughout the Exhibition and Collection Services department and the Museum Campus as needed. This position is part of a curious, respectful, dynamic, inclusive, and creative team that is committed to creating memorable museum experiences for all.----The pay range for this position is $23.17-$26.44/hr based on experience.
-----A comprehensive medical/dental/vision plan, that can be extended to domestic partner, spouse, and children.-----DAM 100% paid Life Insurance, and Short/Long Term Disability.--- Generous sick and vacation paid time off and one personal day.-----Ten paid holidays.-----403(b) Retirement Plan with immediate eligibility to contribute and those who meet the requirements will qualify for the 3% non-elective contribution and 2% match program.-----A free RTD Eco Pass.-----A free DAM Family Membership.-----Free Telehealth and Employee Assistance Program.-----Access to Headspace.-----Two weeks Paid Parental Leave.PRIMARY
-----Assists with the planning, coordination and implementation of all preparation-related activities. -----Serves as project lead for assigned exhibitions and/or rotations as needed.--- Assists with wall installation, gallery patching and painting, gallery maintenance, fabricating, modifying and maintaining exhibition cabinetry and pedestals and other build-out activities in preparation for an exhibition or installation. Must be able to interpret production drawings and specifications of exhibition components.-------Assists with the coordination and oversight of outside contractors working on art installations, build-out, painting, lighting, demolition and other preparation-related activities. -----Assists the Senior Preparators and Associate Preparators as well as the Associate Director of Preparation and the Associate Director of Production to ensure contractor work is within specification. -----Assists with managing and escorting contractors while they are on DAM premises and coordinates their access and necessary paperwork with Protective and Facilities Services.--- Assists in securing estimates, ordering, and arranging delivery or pickup, and processing invoices for preparation related services, supplies and materials.-----Assists with maintaining inventory, packing, storage, movement and maintenance of Museum's stock of exhibition furniture, cabinetry, and related props.-----Assists with other Exhibitions and Collections Services departments including Collections Management, Registrar, CATS, and Photography on various tasks and projects as needed.-----Assists with casework fabrication for assigned projects and ensures that contractors and fabricators follow DAM's standardized casework philosophy and ensures staff, contractors and designers are familiar with this document and all guidelines within.-------Works closely with the project manager, designers, and fabricators in review of buildout, casework, and platform designs.-------Works with Associate Director of Exhibition Production for sign off on all final fabrication drawings.-----Assists with exhibition lighting needs and burnout replacements for all gallery spaces throughout the complex as needed.-----Trains and directs part-time preparation assistants as needed.-----Consistent usage of the Racial Equity Lens in day-to-day operations.-----Yearly goal setting to support Racial Equity Roadmap initiatives.-------Courier duties as needed.
-----Excellent communication skills and an ability to work collaboratively and constructively within a team-----Knowledge of museum exhibition processes and art handling practices required-----Skills in carpentry and using museum woodshop equipment and tools required-----Proven ability to interpret production drawings and specifications of exhibition components.--- Proven skills related to the installation of complex museum exhibitions-----Good reasoning and problem-solving ability-----Knowledge of museum lighting practices and applications preferred-----Skill in using museum equipment such as lifts, ladders, etc.-----Knowledge of safety practices and considerations-----Skill in establishing priorities and coordinating work activities.-----Ability to deal with multiple projects simultaneously.--- Ability to find creative solutions in a flexible and collaborative manner.-----Ability to understand and work within institutional priorities.-----An appreciation for the Museum's focus on improving visitors' experience.EDUCATION / TRAINING /
-----Degree in art, art history, studio arts, museum studies, or equivalent experience preferred-----3 years of extensive preparation experience in a museum, gallery, or art center environment required-----Art handling experience essential-----Successful experience in leading projects preferred-----Carpentry skills preferredWORKING ENVIRONMENT /
-----Computer and ARGUS database-----Hand and power tools-----Art moving equipment including A-frame, carts, furniture dolly, pallet jack--- Lift equipment (scissor lifts, forklift, rugger, stacker)--- Camera (35M, Polaroid, digital, ipad)--- Trucks and vans-----Museum, gallery, storage locations--- Temperature changes--- Exposed to hazards from electrical/mechanical/power equipment--- Subject to many interruptions--- Lifting, pushing or pulling more than 50 pounds-----Standing, walking, sitting, and climbing-----Eye/hand/foot coordinationDENVER ART MUSEUM:The DAM prioritizes adaptability and a human-centered work environment.--We are happy to consider adjustments to job responsibilities to ensure the right candidate will be successful. As an institution, we believe the Denver Art Museum is both a platform for and an amplifier of the voices of people of all races. We acknowledge that Black lives matter and communities of color Latinx, Indigenous, Black, and others have been underrepresented in art museums over decades, both internally and externally. We are committed to elevating all voices, artworks and perspectives and strive to support racial equity inside and out.We prohibit discrimination against any person or organization based on age, race, sex, color, creed, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, transgender status, gender identity, gender expression, ancestry, marital status, veteran status, political service or affiliation, genetic information, or disability, as well as any other status protected by federal, state or local law.We strive to provide a professional and positive work environment for our employees. The Museum expressly prohibits any form of employee harassment on the basis of age, race, sex, color, creed, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, transgender status, gender identity, gender expression, ancestry, marital status, veteran status, political service or affiliation, genetic information, disability or any other applicable status protected by federal, state or local law. Actions based on these or any legally protected characteristic will not be tolerated.We encourage the freedom of gender expression and/or gender presentation. As an institution, we do not create barriers that may prevent any employee from expressing behaviors, mannerisms, interests, and appearances that represent their authentic personality or culture. Qualified candidates are expected to exemplify the DAMs internal values, which include being dynamic, respectful, inclusive, creative, and curious. The ability to maintain effective and positive working relationships with visitors, employees, volunteers, representatives of public and private entities, policy making bodies, and contractors is critical to the success of this position.The Museum believes vaccination is an important measure to protect the health and safety of everyone from significant illness due to COVID-19 infection. As a condition of employment, employees must present proof that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 on their first day of employment or receive an exemption or other reasonable accommodation due to circumstances protected under federal or state law that prevent the employee from being vaccinated. Employees are also mandated to receive a booster within 6 months of being fully vaccinated.