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Technician, Lighting Design

Posted: 05/04/2023

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art is seeking a skilled and dedicated Technician to join our Lighting Design team. 
Technician, Lighting Design
Reporting to the Manager, Lighting Design, the Technician assists the Manager of Lighting Design with quality control of lighting across the museum campus by maintaining existing lighting systems and components as well as through installation of new infrastructure.
Provides assistance in selection, purchasing, inventory, movement, storage, and installation of lighting hardware for the entire Nelson- Atkins campus.
Works collaboratively with the Engineering department and outside contractors to complete electrical tasks as needed.
Completes work requests, lighting preventative maintenance, and featured exhibitions projects while following required procedures and guidelines that ensure safety and longevity.
  1. Lighting Maintenance: Applies best practices for maintaining gallery and campus lighting and control systems. Uses Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS) to schedule, track, and record work performed. Work required will include general cleaning of lighting hardware, inventory and organization of storage areas, relamping or fixture replacement, fixture positioning and aiming, control system programming and provisioning. May be required to replace ballasts, lamp holders, switches, or other electrical components.
  2. Lighting Quality Assurance: Assists Manager of Lighting Design with condition assessments of lighting systems. Assists with maintenance of lighting design guidelines for the museum properties and quality of all museum lighting systems. Works with Curatorial and Conservation teams to provide the desired results and ensure the safety of artwork on display.
  3. Featured Exhibitions and Rotations: Assists Manager of Lighting Design to effectively light 35 - 40 exhibitions and rotations annually. Tracks inventory of lamps, fixtures, and supplies necessary to install and focus lighting systems.
  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 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
  • Proven experience troubleshooting, diagnosing, and repairing electronics and light fixtures.
  • Ability to read and interpret architectural and electrical drawings.
  • 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.
  • Keen color perception
  • Good hand-eye coordination, manual dexterity, and spatial reasoning
  • Self-motivated, reliable, and focused.
  • Ability to follow instructions and plan ahead.
Core Capabilities
  • IntegrityDemonstrating 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 a given 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.
Department: Lighting Design
Salary Grade: Grade 5
Starting Range: $21.83 - $24.58 per hour

Working Conditions
While performing the duties of this position, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear. The employee frequently is required to use hands or fingers, handle or feel objects, tools or controls. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; climb stairs; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this position include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, and the ability to adjust focus.  The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. Must also 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 traveling and operating a motor vehicle, and motorized equipment.
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