Community Services Leader III

Torrance Art Museum

Torrance, CA

SALARY: $17.34 - $19.13 Hourly 
DEPARTMENT: Community Services
OPENING DATE: 05/13/19
CLOSING DATE: 06/03/19 05:30 PM 
DESCRIPTION: 
The City of Torrance Community Services Department has two openings within the Cultural Services Division to work at the Torrance Art Museum!
 
The Torrance Art Museum (TAM) is the premier exhibition space located in the South Bay community of Torrance whose programming is primarily focused on the temporary display of contemporary art. 

We are currently accepting applications for a Community Services Leader III (Curatorial Assistant) and a Community Services Leader III (Museum Registrar)!
 
Community Services Leader III (Curatorial Assistant)
The CSL III (Curatorial Assistant) will assist with the research, development, organization and implementation of exhibitions at the gallery. The current exhibition schedule is generally 5 cycles per year in 3 galleries.

Hours: This is a recurrent, part-time, non-civil service, as needed position. Hours are approximately 18 hours per week. This position may expected to work some evenings and weekends.

Job Duties & Responsibilities
The following duties represent the principal job duties; however, they are not all inclusive.
  • Conceive of graphics framework for each exhibition including designing postcards, didactic panels and exhibition catalog;
  • Prepare and produce all titles, labels and text panels;
  • Provide website updates regularly;
  • Initiate and coordinate public programming, including concerts, panels, workshops and festivals;
  • Coordinate photographic and video documentation for each exhibition and event;
  • Maintain a digital video and image library for research, publication and promotional uses;
  • Liaise with artists, curators, art institutions, suppliers and other services as needed in the planning of each curatorial project;
  • Communicate with artists and lenders, and prepare loan agreements and other contracts, as needed;
  • Write press releases, as needed;
  • Ensure the effective functioning of the presented works throughout the life of each exhibition;
  • Prepare final exhibition reports and administer all exhibition files;
  • Assist with organizing gallery openings and other special events;
  • Perform research activities in relation to future exhibition and publication projects utilizing traditional and digital sources;
  • Work with curatorial team to locate and select artists and objects; research and verify exhibition information;
  • Coordinate with public relations and educational staff, including volunteers;
  • Assist in preparing and reviewing exhibition proposals;
  • Prepare exhibition touring packages and coordinate the museum's touring exhibitions;
  • Assist, as needed, with installation and hanging of artwork;
  • Perform other duties as required.

Community Services Leader III (Museum Registrar)
The CSL III (Museum Registrar) will organize loan forms, conduct condition reports on borrowed artwork, and assist with shipping arrangements. The current exhibition schedule is generally 5 cycles per year in 3 galleries.

Hours: This is a recurrent, part-time, non-civil service, as needed position. Hours are flexible but concentrated around exhibitions. This position may be expected to work some evenings and weekends.  The museum is open to the public from Tuesday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Job Duties & Responsibilities
The following duties represent the principal job duties; however, they are not all inclusive.
  • Ensure that loan forms are completed on all artwork lent to TAM;
  • Work with the Preparator and other museum staff to organize pick-up and delivery of artwork;
  • Assist with artwork pickup and delivery as needed;
  • Complete condition report forms on all artwork being lent to the museum, including photo documentation;
  • Ensure the effective functioning of the presented works throughout the life of each exhibition;
  • Administer all exhibition schedules;
  • Maintain digital and print libraries documenting each exhibition;
  • Administer all exhibition files and prepare final exhibition reports. Organize materials after each exhibition and file;
  • Perform other duties as required.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

Education and Experience
Any combination of education and experience that would have provided the required knowledge and skills is qualifying.  A typical way to obtain the knowledge and skills would be:

Graduation from High School or equivalent and one year of recent part-time work experience directly related to recreation or community programs and services.  Some positions may require specific experience in a field such as: fine or performing arts, sports, preschool, therapeutic recreation, senior citizens, parks or science programs.  An Associate's degree in a related field is desirable.

License and/or Certificates
Negative tuberculin test.  A valid California Class C Driver's License.

Ideal Candidate
   In addition to the minimum qualifications, the ideal candidate for BOTH positions will possess:
  • Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History, Curatorial Studies or Fine Art desired; Master of Fine Arts preferred;
  • Knowledge of and keen interest in the contemporary art community in the South Bay and Southern California;
  • Passion for working with contemporary art and artists, as well as the general public;
  • Ability to work independently and exercise sound judgment;
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with members of the internal and external communities; and
  • Skills in Microsoft Office.

   In addition to the minimum qualifications, the ideal candidate for CSL III (Curatorial Assistant) will possess:
  • Some knowledge of exhibit preparation procedures;
  • Knowledge of Adobe software, such as Photoshop, InDesign, and Illustrator;
  • Graphic design and layout skills;
  • Excellent research, organization, and interpersonal skills;
  • Initiative and resourcefulness;
  • Ability to meet deadlines; and
  • Practicing artist preferred.
   In addition to the minimum qualifications, the ideal candidate for CSL III (Museum Registrar) will possess:
  • At least 2 years' experience working in a gallery or museum setting;
  • Previous experience with registrar duties and art handling;
  • Ability to develop procedures in line with City and museum/gallery practices;
  • Fluency with marketing and public relations both electronically and in print;
  • Leadership skills as the position may have technical direction over part-time staff;
  • Ability to move supplies and light equipment; and
  • Ability to establish and maintain cooperative relationships with all persons contacted in the course of work including fellow employees, lenders of artwork, museum patrons and volunteers, and contract employees;
HOW TO APPLY & EXAM PROCESS: 

Interested applicants must submit an online application available at www.TorranceCA.Gov/Jobs.  Application submissions will be accepted from Monday, May 13, 2019 through Monday, June 3, 2019 at 5:30 p.m. Only those candidates whose experience best meet the needs of the City and the Department will be invited to participate in a panel interview.

Panel Interviews are tentatively scheduled for the week of June 17, 2019.

If you have additional questions, please contact Max Presneill, Museum Curator, at MPresneill@TorranceCA.Gov or (310) 618-6341.

SPECIAL NOTES: 
Applicants with disabilities who require special testing arrangements must contact Human Resources.  If you have a disability for which you require an accommodation, please contact us at (310) 618-2915 no later than five (5) business days before the test date.
 
As a condition of employment, candidates must pass a background check and a pre-employment medical examination.
 
The provisions of this announcement do not constitute an expressed or implied contract, and any provisions contained in this announcement may be modified or revoked without notice.

 

 
APPLICATIONS MAY BE FILED ONLINE AT: 
http://www.TorranceCA.Gov/Jobs

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