Installation & Facilities Manager

Honolulu Biennial Foundation

We’re Looking for an Installation & Facilities Manager!

HBF seeks a mission-driven professional with excellent technical, organizational, and leadership skills to lead logistics and installation management of artworks for approximately 50 artists across multiple sites in Honolulu for the HB2019.

Responsibilities and duties include:

  • Liaise with curators, artists, and management staff to develop complex installation plans, materials lists, floor plans, electrical plans, and timelines with consideration for budgetary guidelines.

  • Responsible for implementation of these installation plans and timelines across multiple projects and venues.

  • Help recruit, coordinate and manage a tight team of 12 art handlers, prep crew, and runners toward excellent, safe, and professional construction, installation, and deconstruction of all HB2019 artworks and sites.

  • Responsible for coordination and communication of schedules and work plans to this team.

  • Hire and supervise contractors as needed, including construction technicians, art handlers, and other contractors. Prepare agreements.

  • Responsible for maintenance of installations across multiple sites during the two month exhibition period, including lighting, mechanical and technical support for significant number of digital media installations. Reports problems, challenges and opportunities immediately.

  • Assist with crate handling, un/packing, storage, inventory as needed.

  • Maintains inventory of HBF technical and media equipment, tools and supplies.

  • Direct assembly and handling of contemporary artwork.

  • Demonstrate leadership and develop rapport to ensure that installation technicians arrive on time to the correct location and that they are familiar with the objectives of each project and can effectively execute their tasks.

  • Maintain a flexible, agile and positive attitude while adapting to unanticipated input and requests from curatorial and management staff, artists, and site partners.

  • Maintains open and frequent communication with Operations Director and Project Manager.


This is a fixed fee contract of 20 hours/week hours from November 2018 - January 2019 and increasing to 40 hours/week from February - May 2019 (and converting to employee status with benefits starting in February 2019) at a competitive rate that is commensurate with experience.


Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree and at least 3 years of exhibits or art installation experience, or an equivalent combination of education/experience.

  • Construction, electrical, and technical expertise are a must.

  • Excellent problem solving skills and multi-tasking ability.

  • Good natured. Able to communicate clearly, attend to detail, and meet deadlines.

  • Highly motivated and ability to show initiative and work independently.

  • Outstanding interpersonal skills, project coordination experience, and the ability to work well with management, curators, artists, contractors, and site partners with fluidity.

  • Some evenings and weekends are required.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience working in Hawaii.

  • Experience with museums, arts centers, and knowledge of the arts.

  • Graphics production and exhibition design experience a plus.

How to Apply

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and three professional references to:

Katherine Tuider, Executive Director and Co-Founder

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Posted on November 2