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Building Manager/Preparator

Hamilton is one of the nation's top liberal arts colleges. It is independent, highly selective, coeducational and residential. Originally founded in 1793 as the Hamilton-Oneida Academy, Hamilton is today composed of 1,850 diverse and talented students from nearly all of the 50 states and approximately 40 countries. More information can be found at www.hamilton.edu/about.

Position Summary:

The Building Manager/Preparator will work closely with the director, curator, registrar and other museum staff to develop a broad range of exhibitions and perform related duties as required.


  • Assists in the planning and implementation of art exhibitions and visible storage displays; participates in exhibition planning meetings; confers with curators, artists, and staff from other departments and institutions in planning for the design and construction of exhibits; recruits and supervises temporary installation teams; supervises and trains student workers; and works with other staff to develop production schedules and project budgets. Plans, prioritizes and performs all aspects of exhibition fabrication and installation, including matting and framing artwork, mount making, audio/video installation, packing and unpacking artwork, fabricating and installing exhibition labels and graphics, constructing walls and pedestals, painting and lighting. Develops and manages a building and installation budget, including expenditures for exhibition fabrication and production, crating, supplies, temporary employees, subcontractors, and equipment;
  • Assists in the receipt, dispersal, packing, crating, transportation, handling, and maintenance of artwork, artifacts and related material in the permanent collections and on loan for exhibitions; implements preservation-minded storage and display methods; designs and fabricates crates and mounts for art transport. Assists with the storage, installation and preservation of the permanent collection. Consults with curators, registrars and conservators with regard to art handling, transport, and display; adheres to best practice with regard to art handling, and ensures temporary art handlers/installers and student workers comply with art handling guidelines.
  • Monitors the condition and appearance of exhibit installations and visible storage displays, identifies problem areas and recommends solutions, assists with cleaning exhibition cases, and coordinates necessary repair/maintenance of exhibitions. Supervises custodial staff and grounds crews working in and around the museum.
  • Schedules and oversees all work in the building by non-Wellin staff including contractors and other departments. Performs routine facility maintenance, including housekeeping in art storage rooms. Oversees the maintenance and repair of tools and equipment, monitors and oversees maintenance of building systems, including lighting and environmental monitoring systems, insures adherence to safe workplace practices in all preparation work and workshop spaces. Manages facility and audio/visual setups for public programs and events. Works with the Physical Plant, ITS, and A/V departments and museum staff to ensure that equipment and resources in the classroom and seminar rooms are maintained. Supervises custodial staff and grounds crews working in and around the museum and ensures compliance with the Museums' Housekeeping Guidelines. Serves as the Building Coordinator and educates staff and visitors on procedures in the event of a building emergency. Works with the Office of Environmental Protection, Safety & Sustainablity, Museum Security Administrator and Campus Safety, and Physical Plant to ensure best practice for fire safety, building security, and environmental compliance. Develops and implements safety plans in accordance with institutional guidelines.
  • Performs other duties as directed.


Bachelor Degree in Fine Arts, Museum Studies or related field required. Masters of Arts or Fine Arts preferred.

  • Must support the teaching mission of the museum, work well with students and create learning opportunities for them.
  • Previous experience with art handling in a museum environment, exhibition installation, installing audio and video arts, matting and framing, crate fabrication and packing, mount making, and budget management required.
  • A familiarity with HVAC systems, security systems, fire systems and building management is also required.


Please review Hamilton's Benefits Summary for more information.

Application Procedure

Interested applicants should send a resume, letter of interest and contact information for three professional references to apply@hamilton.edu. Consideration of candidates will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Hamilton College is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity employer and encourages diversity in all areas of the campus community.

Posted 09/17/2013
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