Preparator

Post Date:
June 3, 2019

Full-time

Nonexempt.

Background

The Frick Collection is an art museum consisting of more than 1,400 works of art from the ninth to the nineteenth centuries, displayed in the intimate surroundings of the former home of Pittsburgh industrialist Henry Clay Frick. The residence is one of New York City’s few remaining Gilded Age mansions. The Collection with its furnishings and works of art has been open to the public since 1935, and has continued to acquire works of art since Mr. Frick’s death. Adjacent to the museum is The Frick Art Reference Library, an internationally-recognized research library that serves as one of the most complete resources for the study of Western art. Founded in 1920 by Helen Clay Frick as a memorial to her father, the Library today holds more than one million study photographs, 285,000 books, 80,000 auction catalogs, and 2,250 periodical titles. Today it is one of the leading institutions for research in the fields of art history and collecting and is open to interested individuals from all over the world.

Along with special exhibitions and an acclaimed concert series, the Frick offers a wide range of lectures, symposia, and education programs that foster a deeper appreciation of its permanent collection.

Position Summary

The Preparator will be a team player participating in wide ranging responsibilities including the physical installation of exhibitions, packing and unpacking of artwork, preparing artwork for display, maintenance of the galleries, art storage, and art preparatory work spaces. The position supports exhibition-related receiving and releasing of loans which often occurs before/after regular business hours, on evenings and weekends, the Preparator may be required to work extended hours to provide support for these activities. The person in this position will be a member of the Conservation department and work under the supervision of the Head of Art Preparation and Installation.

Requirements

The ideal candidate is expected to be accountable and committed to best practices; they will work calmly in a sometimes-fast-paced work environment, have excellent communication and organization skills and requisite professionalism and communications skills to interact well with colleagues and service contractors at all levels.

Minimum qualifications for this position include at least three years of experience in art handling of high value artworks, and a commitment to completing necessary administrative duties. Familiarity with wood working tools is required. Some supervisory experience is preferred.

Experience with one or more of the following is desired: The ability to fabricate exhibition furniture from drawings, crate making, matting and framing of artworks, mount making, or re-housing of collections for long-term storage. The successful candidate will have knowledge of safety procedures when operating shop equipment and gallery lifts. Proper care and maintenance of tools is essential. Attention to detail and ability to follow through with projects are crucial.

Benefits in Employment with the Frick Collection

Full-time employees are eligible to participate in group life, health, and dental insurance plans. Employees contribute to the cost of their health insurance based on income level and type of coverage selected. Other benefits include: life, short, and long term disability insurance, employee contributed tax deferred annuity, health savings account with employer seed, flexible spending plans for health, dependent care and commuting costs, generous defined benefit pension plan with participation after one year of service/vesting after five years of service, 13 paid holidays, accrual of 12 vacation days the first year of employment, 25 vacation days second year of employment. All employees may access free or discounted admission to most of New York’s finest museums. The Frick provides employees with a discount on Museum Shop purchases and an on-site employee dining service. The Frick offers a beautiful and pleasant work setting and excellent opportunity to appreciate some of the world’s finest works of art.

Application Process

To apply submit résumé, cover letter including salary requirement, and link to portfolio:

Chief Conservator
jobs@frick.org (Include “Preparator” in subject line of email.)
The Frick Collection
1 East 70th Street
NY, NY 10021

No phone calls please.

Equal Employment Opportunity has been, and will continue to be, a fundamental principal at The Collection, where employment is based upon personal capabilities and qualifications without discrimination because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, alienage or citizenship status, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy, military status, creed, genetic predisposition or carrier status or any other protected characteristic as established by law. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including, but not limited to, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training. This description shall not be construed as a contract of any sort for a specific period of employment.