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Mountmaker

(Part-Time/Seasonal)

The Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) seeks a skilled and reliable Mountmaker to support our Exhibitions and Registrar Teams for on-site exhibition prepping and installation periods. The Mountmaker would have access to the Museum’s prep space, equipment, and supplies to design and create brass mounts under supervision of the Exhibition Design and Production Manager who also is a trained Mountmaker.

The Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) champions contemporary makers across creative fields and presents the work of artists, designers, and artisans who apply the highest level of ingenuity and skill. MAD provides an opportunity for employees to enrich and develop their love of the art, craft and design while contributing their specific skills, expertise and talents. www.madmuseum.org

COMPENSATION AND SCHEDULE

This is a temporary/seasonal part time hourly position at a rate of $35/hour.

This is an ongoing, open requisition for applications. Selected candidates will be contacted throughout the year dependent upon exhibit need and scheduling. Specifics regarding required dates, duration and working schedule will be discussed during the interview process.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Responsible for the design, fabrication, and installation of artwork support systems, made from materials such as steel and brass among others, both from the Museum’s collection and incoming exhibition loans
  • Design unique mounting solutions for fragile and complicated works of art for display
  • Collaborate with internal stakeholders, including the exhibition designer, conservators, registrars, and curators on the mount design and execution
  • Handle the artwork in conformity with established conservation specifications 
  • Generate mount documentation and installation and deinstallation instructions
  • Maintain an organized and clean working environment
  • Maintain proper use and care for equipment and supplies
  • Communicate inventory/supply and equipment needs 
  • Set up and takedown of mount making studio before and after use
  • Perform related duties as required 

SKILLS and QUALIFICATIONS  

  • Excellent acetylene torch skills and experience fabricating brass mounts
  • Familiarity of chemical hygiene
  • Extensive knowledge of museum art handling, object care, and packing standards for a wide range of objects
  • General knowledge of fabrication and construction methods
  • Basic knowledge of electrical practice, electronics, and mechanical installations
  • Ability to interpret and follow detailed instructions
  • Ability to work in a team environment and to work tactfully and effectively with fellow staff, vendors, curators, and the public
  • Ability to safely operate and or work from personnel lifts, scaffolding, and ladders
  • Strong initiative and work ethic with flexibility to respond to and act in changing circumstances, often under pressure
  • Exceptional problem-solving capability
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Excellent time management skills with a proven ability to meet deadlines
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Occasional work on weekends and evenings as necessary
  • COVID guidelines: The health and safety of our Museum community is the highest priority. As such, MAD requires all newly hired staff members and freelancers to be fully vaccinated with an FDA authorized and/or approved COVID-19 vaccine, including a booster if eligible. Requests for reasonable accommodations for medical, religious, or other reasons will be considered in accordance with applicable law.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

  • Experience mount making
  • Experience in museum art handling, installations, and preparation
  • Experience working strategically and closely with museum registrars

PHYSICAL REQUIRMENTS

  • Required to lift 50 pounds, work on high lifts and safely operate saws and other power tools
  • Will be exposed to loud machinery

Research shows that women and people from underrepresented groups often apply to jobs only if they meet 100% of the qualifications.  We recognize that it is highly unlikely that someone meets 100% of the qualifications for a role. If much of this job posting describes you, then please apply for this role. 

COVID guidelines: The health and safety of our Museum community is the highest priority. As such, the MAD requires all newly hired staff members to be fully vaccinated with an FDA authorized and/or approved COVID-19 vaccine as a condition of employment. Requests for reasonable accommodations for medical, religious, or other reasons will be considered in accordance with applicable law.

MAD provides equal opportunity to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, age, mental or physical disability, pregnancy, alienage or citizenship status, marital status or domestic partner status, genetic information, genetic predisposition or carrier status, gender identity, HIV status, military status and any other category protected by law in all employment decisions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, compensation, training and apprenticeship, promotion, upgrading, demotion, downgrading, transfer, lay-off and termination, and all other terms and conditions of employment. 

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