Employment Opportunities

Palm Springs Art Museum provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

 

 

Assistant Registrar 

PSAM is seeking an experienced registrar to assist with the management, storage, and preservation of the Museum’s art collections at three sites.  Accessions collections, including the approval process, documentation, data-entry in TMS (The Museum System), numbering artworks, and assigning storage spaces. Responsible for the management of digital image assets. Assists with securing photographic images and non-exclusive copyright.  Acts as project manager for in-house exhibitions and handles loans to the permanent collection.

Qualifications: B.A. in art history or related discipline and at least two years of museum registration or collections management experience. Knowledge of professionally accepted collections management standards and procedures including art handling, storage and basic conservation.  Knowledge of collections database programs (experience with TMS preferred) and digital imaging systems. Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs (Word, Excel and Outlook). Must be able to work independently and collaboratively in a team-oriented environment. Strong organizational, communication and interpersonal skills.

Compensation and title commensurate with experience.  The position is available in October. 

Please email  letter of interest and resume to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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Curatorial Assistant

Job Classification                 Full-time, Non-exempt

Division/Department:            Art/Curatorial

Reports to:                         Head of Curatorial

Works Closely with             Curatorial, Exhibitions & Collections Management departments

Job Summary

This position assists the Head of Curatorial and Curatorial team with research and writing for art-related projects, including acquisitions, exhibitions, collection artworks, and publications. Facilitates visits from outside artists, curators, and scholars, including making travel arrangements and processing expenses.

General administrative and clerical duties as assigned.

 RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Assists curators in the preparation of labels and generating other materials, verifying accurate object information, fact checking, proof reading, gathering credit information, and obtaining visuals.
  • Assists curators with developing exhibitions presentations, written reports, fund-raising requests, lectures, and interpretive materials.
  • Assists curators with research for catalogues and publications.
  • Participates in writing and filing grant proposals, which may involve working closely with members of the Advancement Division.
  • Helps draft curatorial presentations to the Collections Committees of the Board of Trustees; serves as meeting facilitator for same by drafting and circulating agendas and supporting documentation; recording minutes; and drafting consent calendar reports for the Executive Director and/or Head of Curatorial.
  • Obtains images and handles rights and reproductions for the museum, for both collection and non-collection images, used in outside and in-house publications; press and promotional materials; and marketing and website. Ensures copyright law is followed.
  • Supplies images to outside requestors; schedules and supervises photography shoots of permanent collection objects; and manages image files for shared server.
  • Coordinates arrangements with artists, art institutions, collectors, and others as needed.
  • Circulates offers of artwork and exhibitions through relevant departments and ensures timely responses are sent. 
  • Answers general inquiries about the collection and exhibitions and handles correspondence with artists and donors regarding artworks. Works with curators and educators on public programs and related materials; facilitates master calendar requests and completes technical sheets for same.
  • Provides curatorial texts, images, and general information to marketing department.
  • Updates the museum web page and informs the education department of exhibition and installation changes.
  • Conducts research in the Museum’s collections database (TMS).
  • Other duties as assigned.

Requirements

  • Degree in Art History, Architecture and Design, or related fields.
  • Excellent research and writing skills essential.
  • Knowledge of art history and related scholarship in the field of art history is a plus.
  • Proficient in computer programs; including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PhotoShop (or equivalent), standard database programs, and digital imaging.
  • Ability to support museum mission and goals, act as museum representative in a professional and ethical manner. Ability to interact tactfully with board members, volunteers, and membership.
  • Familiarity with TMS (The Museum System) is a plus.
  • Ability to interact within a team environment and with other museum departments.
  • Ability to respect and maintain professional confidentiality.

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PREPARATOR

Under the direction of the Exhibition Designer/Installation Manager, fabricates and installs museum exhibits. Responsible for transporting, preparing, and installing/removing art objects; maintaining care of exhibitions; maintaining and/or producing didactic materials; and maintaining storage areas.

  •  Participates in the safe transport of art objects to and from the exhibition space
  • Assists in preparation of galleries and installation of pedestals, Plexiglas tops, platforms, walls, graphics, title walls, and exhibition labels
  • Assists in the preparation of objects for exhibition, including: mounting, matting, and framing
  • Assists in maintaining/producing didactic materials, including digital media, exhibition labels, informational graphic panels, and cut vinyl signage
  • Inspects art exhibition areas to determine safety of objects; and performs necessary upkeep to ensure visitors’ continuing enjoyment of an exhibition, i.e. replaces lamps and labels, dusts, cleans Plexiglas, etc.
  • Helps maintain safe, clean, and well-organized art vaults, receiving room, frame room, and prep area, and adequate supplies for packing, storing, and exhibition prep
  • Assists Registrars by locating/returning objects to storage; conducting collection inventories; reporting changes/damage to artwork; and aiding with storage projects at three museum sites and several offsite storage facilities.

Qualifications:

Team-oriented individual with BA in art, design, or related field. Equivalent experience in installation and fabrication of museum exhibits will be considered. Must be able to multi-task under multiple deadlines. Good working knowledge of installation methods (mounting, matting, framing) required; woodworking and/or metalworking skills a plus. Experience using heavy equipment, including scissor-lift, gantry, pallet jack, and table lift, required. Must have work experience driving a medium-size truck, safe driving record, able to lift 50 pounds, and available to work occasional overtime, night, and weekend shifts.

Job Classification:  Regular/Full-time/Exempt

Compensation and Benefits

Commensurate with experience.

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SECURITY OFFICER

Job Classification: Seasonal full-time and part-time

Department: Security

Reports To: Security Manager, Assistant Security Manager And Security Supervisors

Job Summary

The Security Officer is responsible for the protection and safety of the art, visitors, and staff. Patrol and monitor premises to prevent and detect signs of intrusion and ensure security of points of entry.

Major Duties & Responsibilities

  • Maintain a safe and secure environment by patrolling and monitoring premises.
  • Performs fire watch duties as directed, and assists in emergency evacuation of visitors and staff when required.
  • When assigned to night shifts, performs safety and hazard patrols throughout public and all non-public areas.
  • Responds to exhibit case or fire alarms and reports conditions by radio to Control.
  • Reports to supervisor any damage to exhibits, unsafe conditions, loose floor tiles, torn window shades, etc., also any unusual occurrences such as minor accidents, and other cases requiring additional help or authority.
  • Inspect access points during closing.
  • Perform opening and closing procedures.
  • Actively support an environment of teamwork, cooperation, and service excellence.
  • Must have valid guard card.

Skills

  • Professionalism, dependability, alertness.
  • Good communication and customer service skills are a must as visitors interact with security officers with questions and concerns.
  • Must have strong work values and quick decision making.

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How to Apply 

Please send letter of interest and resume to:

Search Committee

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 (*No phone calls please)

Please note that due to the high volume of interested applicants, we are only able to contact candidates with the most relevant experience and skill sets for our open positions.  We are not able to accept phone inquiries or confirm receipt of applications.  Thank you for your interest in employment at Palm Springs Art Museum.