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Technician, Gallery Construction & Fabrication

Posted: 04/30/2023

Technician, Gallery Construction & Fabrication
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art is seeking a talented Technician to assist the Manager, Gallery Construction with the construction and installation activity required for permanent gallery and temporary exhibition construction projects, maintenance of gallery finishes, and gallery renewal projects.
Works collaboratively with Exhibit Design and Installation staff to complete a high volume of construction and fabrication tasks. This will involve managing multiple tasks in various stages of design and completion and maintaining a consistent level of finish and quality. The amount and variety of work required will demand that the candidate move seamlessly from one activity to another.
  1. Gallery Maintenance: Follows best practices for maintaining gallery finishes, fixtures, and furniture, with an emphasis on preventative maintenance. Works closely with internal staff and outside contractors to complete gallery renewal projects. Uses Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS) to schedule, track, and record work performed. Work required will include: general cleaning of finished surfaces, wall and furniture finish touch-up or repainting, drywall and casework patch and repair.
  2. Fabrication: Assists the Manager, Gallery Construction in production and installation of casework and gallery furniture which includes fabrication and finishing of casework components blocks, wedges, and pedestals). Processes involved will include rough and fine carpentry, sanding, priming, and paint prep. Application of sprayed and rolled finishes. Position will also include staging, storage, and installation of finished gallery components. 
  3. Fabrication Shop: Facilitates activity among staff and contractors using the production shop. Keeps track of tools, materials, and maintains the department in an orderly fashion. Assists with maintaining health and safety standards, product inventory, and general maintenance of shop equipment. 
  4. Equipment Safety: Maintains high standard of safety protocol when working above and around art. Maintains safety standards for all spaces and equipment. Ensures personal participation in training and compliance with safety policies and protocols. Follows established practices for preventative maintenance.
  5. Other: Completes all other duties as assigned or requested for the general support of the Infrastructure and Gallery Construction division and the institution in general
  • High school diploma or GED
  • 3+ years of work experience with progressive responsibility in a related field or similar high-quality fast paced environment
  • Knowledge of safe museum practices.
  • Skilled in the use of tools and construction techniques: pneumatic tools, various saws, drills, and hand tools.
  • Basic proficiency with Excel and other MS Office Applications (Word, Outlook), and Adobe Suite.
  • Good hand-eye coordination, manual dexterity, and spatial reasoning. Self-motivated, reliable, and focused.
  • Ability to follow instructions and plan ahead.
Core Competencies
  • Integrity: Demonstrating honesty and a consistent and uncompromising adherence to strong moral and ethical principles and values.
  • Analytical Thinking: Simplifies complex situations in a systematic, logical manner by identifying issues, making comparisons, setting priorities and assessing implications.
  • Service Focus: Highly responsive and resourceful; strong propensity to provide excellent service and support internally and externally with a professional and approachable manner.
  • Communication Skills: Ability to interact professionally with all levels of internal staff and with external stakeholders. Strong interpersonal communication skills; diplomatic and collaborative work style.
  • Design Competency - The ability to recognize a broad range of potential in each problem; the ability to work at varying levels of abstraction; ability to model and visualize solutions before all the information is available; an approach to problem solving that involves the creation and evaluation of multiple alternatives.
  • Emotional Intelligence: High EQ (emotional intelligence) with experience managing and building positive relationships with cross-functional teams.
  • Inclusion: Including and integrating all people and groups; respecting people from all backgrounds and cultures; understanding, accepting, and valuing differences between people
  • Technical Acumen: Well versed in technology and/or the ability to identify the technologies that have impact on the growth and sustainability of the museum and to attain the knowledge required to leverage the power of those technologies in the daily job.
Department: Infrastructure and Gallery Construction
Salary Grade: Grade 5
Starting Hourly Rate: $21.83 - $24.58 per hour
Working Conditions
The employee frequently is required to use hands or fingers, handle or feel objects, tools or controls, to stand; walk; sit; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; climb stairs; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. Will occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. Must be comfortable working at heights up to approximately 40 feet and be able to climb ladders 6-10 ft. Heights of 12 feet and up are generally via a lift.  Must also be physically capable of operating a motor vehicle, and motorized equipment.
Travel Expectations: Limited local travel only 
The Nelson-Atkins is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women, and LGBTQ+ applicants.
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art does not discriminate based on race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, non-disqualifying physical or mental disability, national origin, veteran status or any other basis covered by appropriate law. All employment is decided based on qualifications, merit, and business need.
For individuals with disabilities who would like to request an accommodation, please contact the Human Resources Department.
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art conducts pre-employment background checks as part of our selection process.
Salary information is a general guideline only.  The Museum considers factors such as (but not limited to) scope and responsibilities of the position, candidate’s work experience, education/training, key skills, internal peer equity, as well as market and business considerations when extending an offer.

Job Type: Full Time

Salary Range: $30,000 - 49,999