The Head of Installations is a key member of the management team at the Tang. This position reports to the Assistant Director for Curatorial Affairs/Malloy Curator and supervises the Building Manager and a staff of up to ten crew members during exhibition installations.
This position plays a central role in all aspects of exhibition planning and installation, including developing installation designs and budgets; hiring temporary installation staff; working with artists and curatorial staff on large scale artist’s projects and exhibitions, and oversees and supports the Building Manager in caring for and maintaining the museum and its systems.
In consultation with curators and artists, the Head of Installations generates plans and models for exhibitions; oversees the execution of all components of Tang exhibitions; supervises installation staff as well as independent contractors; participates as a working member of the installation team and facilitates necessary communication among all relevant parties. The Head of Installations also performs the duties of the Building Manager when needed. Good budget management skills, fiscal integrity, attention to detail, and communication skills are essential.
The successful candidate must be able to work a flexible schedule during the peaks and valleys of exhibition preparation. Must be able to work under tight deadlines and be able to interact effectively with diverse constituencies both on and off campus. Work schedule includes every other weekend.
Bachelor's degree and 5 years museum work, including supervisory experience
MFA in Fine Arts or related field In-depth knowledge of contemporary art; extensive experience handling artwork in a museum or contemporary art setting and up-to-date knowledge of best practices in art handling; demonstrated experience in managing complex projects and multiple staff; computer-based design skills, fabrication skills; demonstrated experience with various museum quality presentation techniques; carpentry and construction skills; experience with HVAC systems, museum lighting techniques, audio visual technologies.
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