Lead Art Handler/Preparator

UCI Health
September 23, 2023
Offerd Salary:$24.91 - $25.43
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Updated: Aug 23, 2023 Location: Irvine-Campus Job Type: Department: Museums

Job Opening ID: 58227

Reports To: Assistant Director, Exhibitions and Facilities Management

Working Title: Lead Art Handler/Preparator

Department: Museums

Bargaining Unit: TX

FLSA: Non-Exempt

Payroll Job Code: 009632

Job Location: UCI Campus- Irvine

Percent of Time: 50%

Work Schedule: Variable

Employee Class: Career

Position Summary:

Langson IMCA is a start-up organization with limited, though growing, personnel and financial resources within a large, established institution that is part of the University of California public education system. It was founded in 2017 following the gift to UCI of two important private collections of California Art. Two years later, the university hired acclaimed art museum leader and educator Kim Kanatani as its inaugural director to guide the museum's future, envisioned as the seminal investigator and presenter of California's influence and innovation through art. Langson IMCA brings together students, faculty, scholars, artists, and other publics to generate new knowledge and learning, and foster transformative experiences inspired by California Art and its global contexts. Note: career appointment 50% time

The Langson IMCA Lead Preparator is a hands-on, detail-oriented technician, who assumes the responsibility for preparation and installation of the Museum's temporary exhibitions and other art handling/preparatory projects. Under the direction of the Assistant Director, Exhibitions and Facilities Management, the lead preparator is responsible for museum-quality art handling related to installation and de-installation, including; receiving, packing and unpacking, handling, and displaying fine art objects; planning and directing the fabrication of exhibition pedestals, temporary walls, didactics and other display designs; assuring and adhering to a safe and healthy work environment through knowledge of best practices. The lead preparator is a key team member for the Museum's ambitious schedule of exhibitions and collection use.

Total Compensation:

In addition to the salary range listed below, we offer a wealth of benefits to make working at UCI even more rewarding. These benefits may include medical insurance, sick and vacation time, retirement savings plans, and access to a number of discounts and perks. Please utilize the links listed here to learn more about our compensation practices and benefits.

$24.91 - $25.43 (Hourly Rate) Expected Pay Range within the Full Salary Range $24.41 - $29.02 (Hourly Rate)


  • Demonstrates a good knowledge of professional museum procedures and practices with an emphasis on art/object handling, installation, packing and care with a minimum of two years of experience in a museum or gallery setting
  • Familiarity with presentation technology such as media players and digital programming displays for exhibitions
  • Proficiency in light carpentry, interior painting, and graphics application and design
  • Competent using power tools, wood/metal shop machinery, and lifting apparatuses for de/install
  • Familiar with reading and creating exhibition schematics and design elements using Microsoft and/or Adobe CC software
  • Must be able to work as part of a team and have good communication skills and maintain professional working relationships with all staff
  • Preferred:

  • Possesses a valid driver's license BA in Art, Art History or BFA
  • Special Conditions Required:

  • Will require working at off campus location(s).
  • Conditions of Employment:

    The University of California, Irvine (UCI) seeks to provide a safe and healthy environment for the entire UCI community. As part of this commitment, all applicants who accept an offer of employment must comply with the following conditions of employment:

    Background Check and Live Scan

    Legal Right to work in the United States

    Vaccination Policies

    Smoking and Tobacco Policy

    Drug Free Environment

    The following additional conditions may apply, some of which are dependent upon business unit or job specific requirements.

    California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act


    Pre-Placement Health Evaluation

    Details of each policy may be reviewed by visiting the following page - https: // hr.uci.edu/new-hire/conditions-of-employment.php

    Closing Statement:

    The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.

    We are committed to attracting and retaining a diverse workforce along with honoring unique experiences, perspectives, and identities. Together, our community strives to create and maintain working and learning environments that are inclusive, equitable, and welcoming.

    UCI provides reasonable accommodations for applicants with disabilities upon request. For more information, please contact Human Resources at (949) 824-0500 or [email protected].

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