Exhibitions Preparator

California College of the Arts

The role of the part-time Exhibitions Preparator is to help coordinate and supervise installations and de-installations on CCA’s Oakland campus, to assist with gallery maintenance and general operations, and to occasionally assist with administrative tasks related to the CCA Exhibitions program. This position reports to the Director of Exhibitions and Public Programming and is supervised by the Exhibitions Manager. The position is based in Oakland at the Oliver Art Center, but may occasionally support installations/de-installations in San Francisco.

  • Supervising the installation and de-installation of gallery exhibitions, specifically leading Sunday and Monday installations on CCA’s Oakland campus at the Oliver Art Center and Isabelle Percy West Gallery.

  • Spackling, painting, preparing walls and galleries to be exhibition-ready and performing tasks involved in displaying, storing, cleaning, cataloging, securing, and installing art exhibitions.

  • Assisting students, faculty, and visiting artists with the hanging, installation, and de-installation of exhibitions.

  • Setting lights for exhibitions.

  • Helping train and manage student Work Study preparators.

  • Communicating with the Exhibitions Staff via phone, Email, and in-person meetings on a consistent basis during assigned shifts.


This position requires availability for regular Sunday shifts. Weekly shifts are Sundays and Mondays 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. with a mandatory unpaid 30-minute lunch break and paid 15-minute break.

Physical & Dexterity Requirements: A combination of active work, which may involve event preparations and set up, and sedentary desk work. Frequently may require lifting 30+ pounds, opening boxes or packages, standing for prolonged periods of time, and setting up tables, displays, and event equipment.

  • Previous experience in art handling and/or preparator work.

  • Experience lighting artwork in a gallery setting.

  • Knowledge of current art installation best practices and techniques.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills.

  • The ability to perform strenuous physical activities including occasional fabrication and heavy lifting (30 lbs. minimum) and work from tall ladders in order to work on lighting or the installation of art.

  • Eagerness to pitch-in as needed.

  • A willingness to train others and be trainable.

  • Attention to detail and the ability to work independently.

  • Experience with video and media equipment desired.

How to Apply

Applicants are required to attach a cover letter and resume. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Recommended document file formats are Word or PDF. If there are multiple attachments, we recommend compressing/zipping your files into a zip format file. There is also a place in the application for you to provide a link to large documents. Please submit an application form for each position for which you believe you are qualified. Applications are not kept on file for future positions.

Application Deadline

For staff positions, screening begins immediately and continues until the position is filled.

EEO Statement

As an educational and cultural institution, California College of the Arts has a responsibility to provide access and opportunities for all people, with special attention to supporting groups historically underrepresented in higher education.

We believe that a culturally diverse campus is integral to academic excellence, and our student, faculty, staff, and trustee bodies should reflect the diverse world in which we live, with attention to race, ethnicity, religious creed, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, and ability.

California College of the Arts is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from individuals who will contribute to its diversity.


Please address any questions to hr@cca.edu.

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Posted on January 25