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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.

Curatorial Assistant (Full Time)
Maintenance Representative (Full Time, Temporary Summer Position)
Lighting Technician for Exhibitions (Part Time)
Art Preparator (Part Time, Temporary: October 2015)
Security Guard (Part Time)


Curatorial Assistant (Full Time)

The Curatorial Assistant manages multiple responsibilities in the Curatorial Department and works directly with the Senior Curator to ensure the department’s excellence, efficiency, and effective interface with other museum departments and the public. The Curatorial Assistant assists the department’s curatorial staff in all areas of responsibility, such as research for exhibitions and publications, and support for all curatorial functions, including exhibition planning, acquisitions, loans, and general curatorial inquiries.

Position Details

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Manage and maintain Exhibition Schedule with input from the Senior Curator, Curator for the Collection, and Executive Offices.
  • Act as exhibition assistant, including conducting research on specific works, their locations, photograph sources, etc. Assist with arranging loans; catalogue preparation; preparation of checklists including compiling, creating new records, and managing groups in collection database. Coordinate and schedule work in areas including photography, framing, construction, and lighting.
  • Ensure effective communications between Curatorial and other departments.
  • Liaise with the Education Department on programs related to exhibitions and events.
  • Coordinate visits, address inquiries, and conduct gallery tours as necessary for visitors, sharing knowledge about the Collection and answering related inquiries from the public and scholars.
  • Attend monthly Master Calendar Meetings.
  • With input from all curators, prepare agenda for weekly Curatorial meetings. Take and circulate minutes for each meeting.
  • As required, handle travel arrangements for Senior Curator, Curator for the Collection, artists, and VIPs, including booking hotels and flights.
  • Oversee curatorial events on shared Master Calendar with assistance from the Events Department.
  • Disperse and track external exhibition proposals among curators.
  • Manage, track, and file correspondence related to artist/exhibition proposals and art donations.
  • Create and manage edits to a monthly list of upcoming exhibitions of interest and circulate to the entire Board of Directors.
  • Take responsibility for office management, including, but not limited to, ordering supplies, sorting mail, scheduling meetings, creating shipments and mailings, and managing exhibition and acquisition details as needed.
  • Author correspondence and other communication that helps ensure good relations between the Senior Curator and the public.
  • Initiate and curate smaller exhibitions for the museum.
  • Author texts for museum publications of various kinds (including catalogues, wall texts, marketing copy, etc.).
  • Create personal development opportunities to cultivate knowledge of trends and developments in modern and contemporary art.
  • Assist with Art Committee meeting planning and setup, including writing acquisition summaries for specific works on the agenda and maintaining files related to potential acquisitions.
  • Coordinate Curatorial Department intern program, including scheduling, assisting with task distribution, and addressing questions or concerns to better guide the interns toward successful assignment and quality completion of their project.
  • Attend curatorial events outside of regular office hours, as requested.
  • Create and file purchase orders.
  • Act as a courier for works of art from the AK’s Collection as required.
  • Act as liaison for Advancement opportunities that support the museum and its programs.  

 

COMPENTENCIES AND QUALIFICATIONS

  • MA in art history or curatorial studies required.
  • Experience working on exhibitions preferred.
  • Curiosity about and passion for modern and contemporary art and artists.
  • Highly motivated with aspirations to make a difference in the museum field.
  • Strong research background and writing skills.
  • Experience working in office environment.
  • Organized, with an ability both to handle multiple projects and see the big picture while managing micro details.
  • Ability to adapt to change, identify places where help is required, and take initiative to provide it.
  • Valid driver’s license.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, including Outlook, Word, Excel (including mail merge, creating labels, and databases), and image management (Photoshop, etc.).

Please apply for this position online at:
https://home.eease.adp.com/recruit/?id=13981471


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: October 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.