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The Albright-Knox Art Gallery is currently hiring for the following positions. We are unable to accept unsolicited resumes.

The Albright-Knox Art Gallery provides equal employment opportunities to all applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status, genetics or any other legally protected status.

Director of Education and Community Engagement (Full Time)
Art Preparator for the Collections (Full Time)
Maintenance Representative (Full Time, Temporary Summer Position)
Lighting Technician for Exhibitions (Part Time)
Art Preparator (Part Time, Temporary: September–November 2015)
Security Guard (Part Time)


Director of Education and Community Engagement (Full Time)

The Director of Education and Community Engagement reports directly to the Director of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery and is expected to be an active participant in the museum’s Management Group.

Position Summary
The Director of Education and Community Engagement is responsible for the vision, development, implementation, and ongoing management of the museum’s diverse educational initiatives, serving audiences from infancy to adulthood, as well as audiences with special accessibility needs. Working in close collaboration with the AK’s Curatorial, Public Art, Advancement, and Communications departments, as well as the AK’s Innovation Lab, the Director of Education will help expand the AK’s regional impact and enhance its national stature as a leading voice in contemporary museum education. Refinement of existing programs and the strategic development of new ones during an exciting and transformative period in the museum’s history are primary to this senior management position

We seek a seasoned educator, an effective leader, a collaborative team player, and an innovator thinker who is devoted to the transformative capacity of visual art and committed to realizing the museum’s mission through diverse educational programming and community engagement. As the public face of the AK’s education program and a member of the senior management team, the Director of Education and Community Engagement will provide strong leadership within the organization and in the community at large. 

Position Details

PRINCIPAL RESPONSIBILITIES

 

General:

  • Work in close partnership with the Director of the AK to create, manage, and lead the development of all of the museum’s education, community engagement, interpretation, and other related programs.
  • Work in close collaboration with diverse stakeholders and partners, both within the museum and beyond, to ensure maximum program efficacy.
  • Plan, develop, implement, and manage assigned budgets and allocation of resources.
  • Generate, enhance, and support opportunities for earned and contributed revenue through programs, services, gifts, and grants in close collaboration with the Advancement and Curatorial teams.
  • Help foster a culture of open communication and spirited collaboration among all museum departments through effective leadership.
  • Design and support internal training initiatives for all staff and volunteers.
  • Identify, recruit, and hire highly skilled educators and appropriately train, supervise, and evaluate their performance according to the highest museum standards.

 

Management:

  • Oversee the daily operations of the Education Department, including adult and childhood education, lectures, public programs, art classes, school and teacher programs, community programs, and accessibility programming.
  • Oversee docent and other volunteer training programs.
  • Oversee scheduling of education programs and special events in close collaboration with relevant departments.
  • Plan, develop, and implement a diverse yearly schedule of program offerings, including onsite programs and partnerships, as well as external outreach initiatives.
  • In collaboration with other departments such as Curatorial, Public Art, and Publications, develop innovative and targeted programming plans that enhance the museum’s reach and impact.
  • Oversee and provide leadership for the creation of high-quality education exhibitions drawn from internal and external sources that reflect the museum’s education and visitor engagement goals.
  • Develop initiatives for educational impact in the community and schools and develop and help support initiatives for arts-infused, visual literacy curricula.

 

Interpretation:

  • Oversee and lead the development of comprehensive interpretation plans for the museum’s collections, exhibitions, and architecture.
  • In close collaboration with Curatorial and other relevant departments, oversee the museum’s audio guide and other education-driven digital interpretive tools.
  • Create a diverse offering of interpretation vehicles in print, online, and through interactive programs.
  • In collaboration with the Publications and Communications departments, maintain the museum’s unique voice through all interpretive communications.
  • Assess new opportunities for digital interpretation in collaboration with the Publications and Communications departments. 
  • Sustain and develop a robust portfolio of interpretive aids that address the needs of adults, youths, teens, families, teachers, students, and those with special accessibility needs.

 

Community Engagement:

  • Assess and strategically expand the audiences reached by the museum’s education programming.
  • Enhance the visibility of the AK by representing the museum in local, regional, national, and international museum arenas and by making appropriate contributions to the field.
  • Function as an active liaison for visitor engagement across all facets of the museum’s operations, including both onsite and offsite programming.
  • Serve as the museum’s representative in the educational community and the community at large, ensuring that the museum enjoys a lively and productive relationship with educators and the education community locally and regionally and with the museum education community nationally.

 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  • Master’s degree in art history, museum studies or management, curatorial studies, or art education.
  • Engaged knowledge of modern and contemporary art practices and history.
  • Expert knowledge of current practices in museum/community education, interpretation, and audience engagement.

 

WORK EXPERIENCE

  • Five to ten years of progressive leadership in the museum field, with relevant experience in museum education/interpretation, guest services, public programs, curating, community engagement, or related specialization.

 

SKILLS AND ABILITIES

  • Exemplary written, verbal, and listening communication skills and a demonstrated ability to communicate clearly and professionally.
  • Ability to generate and balance visionary thinking with practical, results-oriented approaches.
  • Sensitivity to situational dynamics (when to lead and when to follow).
  • Demonstrated problem-solving and collaboration skills as well as understanding and use of diplomacy.
  • Strong staff management and mentoring skills.
  • Superior project management skills, including organizing, multi-tasking, and prioritization.
  • Highly developed public speaking skills and comfort in the role of public spokesperson.
  • Skilled in representing museums in different media (social media, TV, printed media, etc.).
  • Active curiosity about new technologies and avenues for interpretation.
  • Self-directed, able to work independently and efficiently.
  • Ability to maintain the highest level of confidentiality and discretion.
  • Understand and maintain highest ethical standards related to organizational responsibilities and public accountability.
  • Ability to create and successfully manage multiple annual budgets.
  • Evening and weekend hours required.
  • Proficient computer skills in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Database and additional software knowledge preferred.

Please apply for this position online at:
https://home.eease.adp.com/recruit/?id=14518281


Art Preparator for the Collections (Full Time)

The Art Preparator oversees and monitors all aspects of the Albright-Knox’s Collection, both on-site and off-site; collaborates with curators and the Senior Registrar for Collections to ensure the care and preservation of the Collection; and assists Albright-Knox staff and outside researchers requiring access to works in the Collection. The Art Preparator for the Collections will report directly to the Head of Art Preparation.

Position Details

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Collaborates with the Senior Registrar for Collections to assess and execute all aspects of collection care.
  • Assists with the moving, packing and unpacking, receiving, and releasing of Collection artworks for in-house use and for loan to other institutions.
  • Assists the Senior Registrar for Collections and curators with the prioritization of works for conservation and, when necessary, makes these available for treatment.
  • Monitors all Collection galleries on a daily basis.
  • Collaborates with the Senior Registrar for Collections on all collection-based institutional initiatives and grant-related projects.
  • Collaborates with the Registrar for Collections to oversee and maintain the off-site storage facility through effective space planning.
  • Oversees and maintains all on-site storage vaults for safety and easy access.
  • Maintains accurate storage inventory with the Senior Registrar for Collections.
  • Assists with the preparation of the Collection for on-site and special touring exhibitions and travel, as a courier, when necessary.
  • Partner with Buildings and Grounds, when necessary, to organize the shipping and receiving area of the museum to ensure the safe movement of all works of art.
  • Collaborate with the Head of Art Preparation to supervise other art preparation staff and freelance registrars.
  • Collaborate with the Head of Art Preparation to manage the installation and de-installation of special exhibitions.
  • Other related duties as required.

 

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Strong team player.
  • Ability to assist outside contractors and visiting artists, curators, and conservators.
  • Highly organized with strong time-management techniques and attention to detail.
  • Good judgment and decision-making skills.
  • Ability to lead and manage projects from beginning to end.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Results-driven, energetic, and dedicated to task.
  • Must be available to work evenings, weekends, and overtime.

 

EDUCATION AND WORK EXPERIENCE

  • Five years plus experience in museum/gallery setting.
  • Impeccable art installation and art handling skills.
  • Applicable experience in the preparation of art objects for exhibition and loan.
  • Ability to use varied hand tools; knowledge of art processes and materials.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office software.

Please apply for this position online at:
https://home.eease.adp.com/recruit/?id=14282231


Maintenance Representative (Full Time, Temporary Summer Position)

Position Details

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Use a daily checklist to inspect grounds and common areas of all assigned properties.
  • Be proactive in addressing all problems identified through inspections.
  • Follow a schedule to perform general janitorial services such as mopping, sweeping, dusting, and general cleanup inside all buildings.
  • Perform outside maintenance, including grass cutting. Patrol the parking lot and provide general cleanup twice daily.
  • Perform minor and routine maintenance functions based upon work orders approved by the Head of Buildings & Grounds.
  • Provide setup and cleanup for all events as directed by the Head of Buildings & Grounds.

 

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Exceptional interpersonal communication abilities.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide exceptional internal and external customer service.
  • Organized self-starter with strong attention to detail.
  • Basic computer skills required.
  • Ability to work overtime as needed.

 

EDUCATION AND WORK EXPERIENCE

  • High school diploma or General Equivalency Diploma.
  • 2+ years relevant work experience in general maintenance.
  • General knowledge of electrical, plumbing, carpentry, and drywall applications.
  • Ability to perform skilled routine repairs.

Please apply for this position online at:
https://home.eease.adp.com/recruit/?id=13873341


Lighting Technician for Exhibitions (Part Time)

The Lighting Technician for Exhibitions is responsible for the lighting of all special exhibition and Collection gallery spaces. The Lighting Technician for Exhibitions reports directly to the Head of Art Preparation.

Position Details

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Work in tandem with other Curatorial, Registrar, and Buildings and Grounds departments on specialized lighting needs.
  • Install, de-install, and adjust lighting as needed.
  • Weekly inspection of fixtures, replacing burned out bulbs as needed.
  • Weekly monitoring and assessment of light levels throughout exhibition galleries.
  • Maintain accurate inventory of all lighting materials.
  • Other related duties as required by department and museum.

 

COMPETENCIES & QUALIFICATIONS

  • Working comprehension of lighting filters, gels, lenses, fixtures, canisters, and lamps.
  • Familiarity with current museum standards for lighting works of art.
  • Knowledge of new lumen technologies.
  • Ability to read meter light levels and access lighting quality.
  • Comfortable with heights and using ladders.
  • Ability to operate scissor and mechanical personnel lifts.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships.
  • Previous experience in the museum and/or art gallery lighting field preferred.
  • Flexibility in work schedule; must be available to work evening and weekend hours as needed.

Please apply for this position online at:
https://home.eease.adp.com/recruit/?id=14112771


Art Preparator (Part Time, Temporary: September–November 2015)

The Art Preparator assists staff and outside researchers requiring access to works in the AK’s Collection. He/she is also responsible for assisting in the receiving and installing of special exhibitions, including projects organized in-house, as well as those contracted from other institutions.

Position Details

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

For installations in October 2015 and potential projects beyond that time:

  • Oversee all aspects of handling and movement of all artwork within the building.
  • Oversee and work with art handlers when working on projects.
  • Responsible for safe and proper display of artwork.
  • Responsible for the safe and organized storage of all art objects. This involves moving, packing, unpacking, receiving, and releasing Collection paintings and sculpture.
  • Maintain storage inventory with the Registrars.
  • Assist with the physical organization and maintenance of the museum in partnership with the Buildings and Grounds and Curatorial teams.
  • Accompany, as courier, and install Collection objects at other museums when appropriate. 
  • Transport, often with team, items from museum to off-site storage facility.
  • Participate in opportunities to advance personal and professional growth.
  • Facilitate internal communication by participating in team meetings and by sharing knowledge, skills, and experience with co-workers.
  • Be innovative. Seek opportunities to increase productivity and efficiency while enhancing the financial viability of the organization.
  • Use good time-management techniques.
  • Use good judgment to make decisions.

 

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Strong team player.
  • Ability to assist outside contractors and visiting artists, curators, and conservators.
  • Highly organized with strong time-management techniques and attention to detail.
  • Previous experience with tracking, rigging, and crating a plus.
  • Good judgment and decision-making skills.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Results-driven, energetic, and dedicated to task.
  • Must be available to work evenings, weekends, overtime, and emergency on-call basis.
  • Willingness to drive during off-site transports.

 

EDUCATION AND WORK EXPERIENCE

  • Five years plus experience in museum/gallery setting.
  • Impeccable art installation and art handling skills.
  • Applicable experience in the preparation of art objects for exhibition and loan.
  • Ability to use varied hand tools; knowledge of art processes and materials.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office software (calendar, task module, email organization).

Please apply online using the following link:
https://home.eease.adp.com/recruit/?id=14024741   


Security Guard (Part time)

Position Details

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Ensure physical security for protection against intrusion
  • Perform routine security patrols
  • Procedural security, including enforcing the Gallery’s key and security badge control policy and detection of embezzlement
  • Investigate and write reports on accidents, incidents, suspicious activities, safety and fire hazards, and other security-related situations
  • Conduct complete and accurate investigations surrounding intrusions, thefts, fires, accidents, incidents, vandalism, suspicious activities, and policy and procedure violations
  • As a primary point of contact for both employees and patrons, act with courtesy, respect, and in a friendly manner at all times
  • Listen with empathy to employees’ and patrons’ issues and concerns
  • Respond to security and fire alarms, medical emergencies, crimes-in-progress, non-criminal incidents, and natural disasters

COMPETENCIES AND QUALIFICATIONS

  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Must be at least 18 years old
  • Security experience is preferred, but not necessary
  • Current New York State Security License preferred
  • Good working knowledge of security operations, safety practices in a business environment, and enforcement procedures
  • Strong written, verbal, and oral communication skills

Please apply for this position online at:
https://home.eease.adp.com/recruit/?id=12266011


How to Apply

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No telephone inquiries or general/unsolicited resumes, please.