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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.

How to Apply

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.

Fine Art Cataloger (Full Time)

The Fine Art Cataloger reports to the Curator for the Collection and is a key member of a cross-departmental collections team. This position is responsible for cataloguing works in the Fine Art Collection in the museum’s collection management database (MIMSY XG) and performing basic database management duties.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Using best industry practices, catalog the Fine Art Collection
  • Create and enhance related or existing collections management software (CMS) records
  • Maintain internal standards, style, and vocabulary for all records
  • Identify and either personally execute or oversee data entry projects for objects, artists, exhibitions, condition/conservation, publications, keywords, etc. geared toward the digitization of collection-related documentation
  • Work with the Publications and Digital Assets Departments to identify issues with, improve, and enhance the Search the Collection section of the museum’s website
  • Perform basic database administration, such as training new users, creating and maintaining user accounts, field settings, functionality, controlled vocabulary lists, hierarchies, and saved searches
  • As necessary, perform database cleanup
  • Monitor new data entry created by collections staff for accuracy and compliance with existing style and standards
  • As needed, perform collection database queries and advanced searches for staff members
  • Assist Senior Registrar for the Collection in management of the physical artwork files
  • As needed, respond to external research queries and host researchers who need access to the physical artwork files onsite

Basic Qualifications

  • Minimum two years fine art cataloging experience
  • Strong understanding of relational databases and demonstrated proficiency with Collection Management Systems, preferably MIMSY XG
  • BA in Art History, Museum Studies, Information Sciences, or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Office Software (calendar, task module, email organization)
  • Basic understanding of intellectual property laws

Additional Qualifications

  • Ability to work alone and be self-directed yet thrive in a team environment
  • Ability to multitask and prioritize with high degree of accuracy and attention to detail
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Accurate keyboarding skills

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Designer (Full-Time)

An integral part of the Albright-Knox’s Publications 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, 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 museum’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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Art Preparator (Full-Time)

Duties and Responsibilities

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 Registrar, Curatorial, and Facilities Departments to ensure the timely installation of special and collection-based exhibitions. The 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. 

  • Oversees all aspects of handling and movement of the artwork within the building
  • Serves as an integral team member by using proper processes, techniques, and materials while performing job duties and teaching part-time handlers 
  • Works with full-time and part-time handlers, and registrars when executing collection and exhibition-based projects
  • Responsible for keeping up-to-date in the ways in which to handle safely and display properly works of art in all mediums
  • Responsible for the safe and organized storage of all art objects in the collection, which involves moving, packing, unpacking, 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

Required Qualifications

  • A dynamic team player
    • Possesses the following:
      • A highly collaborative approach, with strong interpersonal and problem-solving skills
      • Organization skills, demonstrating attention to detail and effective time management
      • Good judgment in decision making
      • Excellent communication skills
      • Flexibility to work evenings, weekends, and in emergency 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 or more experience in a museum or gallery setting
  • Impeccable 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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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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