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Our Albright-Knox team is made up of people who are passionate about art and who work hard to serve our audiences and help fulfill our mission.

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The Albright-Knox is currently hiring for the following position. Please follow the link under the open position to apply for that job. You may apply for multiple positions. No telephone inquires or general/unsolicited resumes, please.

Designer

About the Albright-Knox Art Gallery

Founded in 1862 as The Buffalo Fine Arts Academy, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery is the sixth-oldest art museum in the United States and one of the oldest anywhere dedicated to modern and contemporary art. As one the most prominent cultural institutions in Western New York, the Albright-Knox serves tens of thousands of students, families, tourists, and art lovers each year. In 2019, the museum broke ground on a transformative campus development and expansion project. Upon completion of construction, the museum will open in 2022 as the Buffalo AKG Art Museum. At the same time, the museum has been engaged in a wholesale reevaluation of its institutional identity, with a particular focus on making the Buffalo AKG a more inclusive, diverse, equitable, and accessible institution.

Position Overview

An integral part of the Albright-Knox’s Publications & Digital Content Department, the Designer designs and produces a wide variety of materials in support of the museum’s brand and activities.

Duties and Responsibilities

Print

  • Design and produce print materials that support the museum’s day-to-day activities, including invitations, brochures, members’ calendars, rack cards, newsletters, advertisements, signs, and posters
  • Participate in meetings with colleagues across the museum to discuss scope, concept, design, budget, and schedule of projects
  • Prepare and present preliminary designs, comprehensives, and complete layouts for review and approval by colleagues
  • Revise projects as needed through subsequent rounds of review
  • In collaboration with the Head of Publications & Digital Content, identify vendors to provide printing and other services, assign projects to vendors, and manage project schedules
  • Provide quality control of all projects by overseeing approvals of printer’s proofs and attending press checks, as required

Digital

  • Design digital advertisements, invitations, and newsletters
  • Provide art direction for online shop photography
  • Identify and crop images for the AK’s website
  • Create graphics for the website, social media, and emails
  • Maintain and update email templates and produce emails
  • Help with visual QA for the website and emails
  • Establish templates for videos and video series, including title screens, text overlays, and credit screens

Exhibitions

  • In collaboration with curators and editors, develop and design exhibition graphics, including overall exhibition identities, title walls, and wall texts
  • Work with colleagues and vendors on preparation and installation of exhibition graphics
  • Design and produce gallery guides, family guides, and booklets

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in graphic design or a related field
  • Five or more years work experience, preferably in a museum setting
  • Solid understanding of design and production and mastery of associated tools, including Adobe Creative Suite for Mac
  • Excellent skills in pre-press, file preparation, and specification for diverse forms of production
  • In-depth knowledge of offset and digital printing and print production
  • Understanding of relevant design standards regarding accessibility for all audiences
  • Ability to advise on color correction of photographs for print and web
  • Good communication skills and desire to function as part of a close-knit team
  • Ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously and meet deadlines

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Director of Learning and Creativity (Full-Time)

About the Albright-Knox Art Gallery

Founded in 1862 as The Buffalo Fine Arts Academy, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery is the sixth-oldest art museum in the United States and one of the oldest anywhere dedicated to modern and contemporary art. As one the most prominent cultural institutions in Western New York, the Albright-Knox serves tens of thousands of students, families, tourists, and art lovers each year.

In 2019, the museum broke ground on a transformative campus development and expansion project. Upon completion of construction, the museum will open in 2022 as the Buffalo AKG Art Museum. At the same time, the museum has been engaged in a wholesale reevaluation of its institutional identity, with a particular focus on making the Buffalo AKG a more inclusive, diverse, equitable, and accessible institution.

Among the most important elements of this effort is the renaming of the museum’s Department of Learning and Creativity (previously known as the Department of Education and Community Engagement). This change was made in alignment with the new, expanded Learning and Creativity wing, making the museum an even greater source of engagement and inspiration for the community and the variety of visitors we serve.

The Buffalo AKG seeks a visionary, inclusive, and innovative leader to build and enhance the strategic vision for the museum’s Learning and Creativity Department, including the review of traditional museum education functions (School & Educator Programs, Youth, Teen and Family Programs, Adult Programs Accessibility and Community Programs) as appropriate. The Buffalo AKG celebrates and fosters cross-departmental collaboration and dynamic, out-of-the box thinking.

Reporting Relationships

The Director of Learning and Creativity reports to the Director. As a member of the Leadership Team, the Director of Learning and Creativity is an active participant in high-level discussions about museum operations, finances, facilities planning, and strategic decision-making. The Director of Learning and Creativity leads a department of six to seven full-time staff members and dozens of part-time staff and volunteer docents who work directly with the public to foster playful and enriching learning leading to inspirational knowledge and engagement. The Director of Learning and Creativity also works in close collaboration with the Curatorial, Public Art, Advancement, and Communications & Community Engagement Departments and, as needed, with the Board of Directors, participating in Board meetings and relevant committee meetings.

Position Overview

The Director of Learning and Creativity oversees and develops creative, playful and engaging educational offerings, including classroom learning, interpretive planning for exhibitions, docent programs, and a variety of legacy programs. In consultation with the Director, other members of the Leadership Team, and Learning and Creativity Department staff, an immediate goal will be to develop a comprehensive suite of programs in preparation for the opening of the Buffalo AKG Art Museum and its operations thereafter. An area of development will be programs and initiatives that open possibilities for learning through play.

This position builds upon the museum’s commitment to inclusive, diverse, equitable and accessible practices, working with Public Art, Curatorial, Advancement, and other departments to respond to the challenges and opportunities of vigorously engaging new and existing audiences – school aged through adult, individuals, and families – from a revitalized campus and a dedicated new Learning and Creativity wing with five classrooms. Working closely with the Director of Communication & Community Engagement, the Director will be a visible and collaborative leader, working with key community stakeholders and other partners as the public face for the department, with a goal of expanding the audiences actively engaged with the museum.

The work of the Director of Learning and Creativity is guided by the museum’s vision, mission, values, and Strategic Plan, and by the principles of inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility, the museum’s organizational commitment to which is codified in the Buffalo AKG IDEA Framework. The Director of Learning and Creativity embraces opportunities for professional development with an eagerness towards learning new skills and tactics and implementing novel approaches that will make the Buffalo AKG a leader among its peers. The Director will work across departments, developing in-gallery interpretation for all audiences. A keen interest in dynamic, engaging, and innovative programming will be critical to the Director of Learning and Creativity’s success.

Competencies and Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in Education, Art History or related field, plus five years relevant experience in arts education, guest services, public programs, curating, community engagement or related specialization
  • Five plus years experience in managing others/progressive leadership with responsibilities in planning, development, and implementation of educational programs.
  • Engaged knowledge/interest of Modern and Contemporary art practices helpful.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain of a wide variety of community partnerships.
  • Demonstrated understanding and experience in the application and use of digital technology to engage, communicate, educate, and attract visitors.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of learning theories and audience research data and evaluations methods desirable.
  • Deep commitment, knowledge and application of IDEA best practices in all programs, to broad audience participation.

Skills and Abilities

  • Exemplary interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills including highly developed public speaking skills.
  • Ability to generate and balance visionary thinking with practical, results-oriented approaches.
  • Demonstrated problem-solving and collaboration skills.
  • Demonstrated team leadership, management, and development skills.
  • Superior project management skills, including organizing and prioritization.
  • 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 and willingness to work evenings and weekends.
  • Mastery of Windows Office, including strong working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

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Art Preparator and Lighting Technician (Full-Time)

The Art Preparator and Lighting Technician is responsible for the handling and movement of any artwork at the museum’s main campus, offsite storage facility, and special project locations. They work closely with the Registration, Curatorial, and Facilities Departments to ensure the timely installation of special and collection-based exhibitions. The Art Preparator and Lighting Technician is responsible for assisting in the receiving and installation of special exhibitions, including projects organized in-house as well as those contracted from other institutions. The Art Preparator and Lighting Technician is also responsible for maintaining the lighting system for the museum and preparing specialized lighting for exhibitions. The Art Preparator and Lighting Technician reports directly to the Lead Art Preparator.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Oversees all aspects of handling and movement of the artwork within the building
  • Serves as an integral team member, by teaching proper processes, techniques, and materials to part-time handlers
  • Works with full-time, part-time handlers, and registrars when executing collection and exhibition-based projects
  • Responsible for keeping up-to-date in the ways in which to safely handle and properly display works of art in all media
  • Responsible for the safe and organized storage of all art objects in the collection, which involves moving, packing, unpacking, installing, de-installing, receipt, and release
  • Maintains a proper up-to-date inventory of any movement of the art with the registrars
  • Aids with the physical organization and maintenance of the museum in partnership with the Facilities Department
  • Transports, often with a team, works of art from the museum to the offsite storage facility
  • Assists in the transport of non-art objects such as empty crates, tools, and materials from the museum’s main campus to the offsite storage facility
  • Responsible for the lighting of all artwork within exhibition and collection gallery spaces
  • Works in tandem with the Curatorial, Registration, and Facilities Departments on specialized lighting needs as they relate to specific works of art on view
  • Installs, removes, and adjusts lighting
  • Inspects, replaces, and re-wires fixtures
  • Monitors proper and safe light levels throughout gallery spaces
  • Maintains an accurate inventory of lighting supplies
  • As appropriate, acts as courier to the objects in the collection when on loan to other institutions
  • Facilitates internal communication by participating in team meetings and sharing knowledge, skills, and experience with co-workers
  • Assists the staff and outside researchers requiring access to works in the collection
  • Maintains a consistent flow of productivity and efficiency
  • Participates in opportunities to advance professional growth
  • Performs other duties as emergent situations require

Required Qualifications

  • A dynamic team player
    • Possesses the following:
      • A highly collaborative approach, with strong interpersonal and problem-solving skills
      • Organizational skills, demonstrating attention to detail and effective time management
      • Good judgment in decision making
      • Excellent communication skills
      • Flexibility to work evenings, weekends, and in emergent situations
      • Ability to drive during transports to and from the museum’s offsite storage facility
  • Must have a valid NYS Driver’s License and US Passport
  • Must be able to lift and carry objects weighing up to 50 pounds
  • Ability to use varied hand tools; knowledge of art processes and materials
  • Ability to ascend and descend ladders and lifts, as well as work from them when installing, maintaining, or deinstalling artworks on loan or in the collection
  • Working comprehension of lighting filters, gels, lenses, fixtures, canisters, and lamps
  • Familiarity with current museum standards for lighting works of art
  • Thorough understanding of new lumen technologies
  • Ability to read light meter levels and assess lighting quality
  • Comfortable working from heights
  • Ability to operate scissor and mechanical personnel lifts

Education and Work Experience

  • Two years plus experience in a museum or gallery setting
  • Two years plus experience lighting artworks in accordance with museum standards
  • Excellent art installation and art handling skills
  • Applicable experience in the preparation of art objects for exhibition and loan
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Software, Outlook, Teams, and Word
  • Ideally, previous experience with tracking, rigging, crating, lifts, and other specialized equipment

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Art Preparator (Full-Time)

The Art Preparator is responsible for the handling and movement of any artwork at the museum’s main campus, offsite storage facility, and special project locations. They work closely with the Registration, Curatorial, and Facilities departments to ensure the timely installation of special and collection-based exhibitions. The Art Preparator is responsible for assisting in the receiving and installing of special exhibitions, including projects organized in-house as well as those contracted from other institutions. The Art Preparator reports directly to the Lead Art Preparator.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Oversees all aspects of handling and movement of the artwork within the building
  • Serves as an integral team member, by teaching proper processes, techniques, and materials to part-time handlers
  • Works with full-time, part-time handlers, and registrars when executing collection and exhibition-based projects
  • Responsible for keeping up-to-date in the ways in which to safely handle and properly display works of art in all media
  • Responsible for the safe and organized storage of all art objects in the collection, which involves moving, packing, unpacking, installing, de-installing, receipt, and release
  • Maintains a proper up-to-date inventory of any movement of the art with the registrars
  • Aids with the physical organization and maintenance of the museum in partnership with the Facilities Department
  • Transports, often with a team, works of art from the museum to the offsite storage facility
  • Assists in the transport of non-art objects such as empty crates, tools, and materials from the museum’s main campus to the offsite storage facility
  • As appropriate, acts as courier to the objects in the collection when on loan to other institutions
  • Facilitates internal communication by participating in team meetings and sharing knowledge, skills, and experience with co-workers
  • Assists the staff and outside researchers requiring access to works in the collection
  • Maintains a consistent flow of productivity and efficiency
  • Participates in opportunities to advance professional growth
  • Performs other duties as emergent situations require

Required Qualifications

  • A dynamic team player
    • Possesses the following:
      • A highly collaborative approach, with strong interpersonal and problem-solving skills
      • Organizational skills, demonstrating attention to detail and effective time management
      • Good judgment in decision making
      • Excellent communication skills
      • Flexibility to work evenings, weekends, and in emergent situations
      • Ability to drive during transports to and from the museum’s offsite storage facility
  • Must have a valid NYS Driver’s License and US Passport
  • Must be able to lift and carry objects weighing up to 50 pounds
  • Ability to use varied hand tools; knowledge of art processes and materials
  • Ability to ascend and descend ladders and lifts, as well as work from them when installing, maintaining, or deinstalling artworks on loan or in the collection

Education and Work Experience

  • Two years plus experience in a museum or gallery setting
  • Excellent art installation and art handling skills
  • Applicable experience in the preparation of art objects for exhibition and loan
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Software, Outlook, Teams, and Word
  • Ideally, previous experience with tracking, rigging, crating, lifts, and other specialized equipment

Apply for this position online

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.

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