The Allen Memorial Art Museum (AMAM) at Oberlin College is seeking applicants for the position of Chief Preparator. This is a continuing 12-month Administrative and Professional Staff position reporting directly to the registrar and indirectly to the director of the museum. The Chief Preparator will supervise a full-time Assistant Preparator, and will work closely with all museum staff, including the registrars, curators, publications manager, and security officers. The position requires a unique skill set that combines practical knowledge and experience with an ability to think critically and resourcefully. The successful candidate must have highly developed exhibit preparation and organizational capabilities, flexibility, and a desire to thrive in a collaborative environment. AMAM staff is committed to presenting world-class exhibitions and programs, contributing to the curriculum of Oberlin College, and to the enjoyment of a broad general public through use of the museum’s comprehensive art collection.
The incumbent is responsible for fulfilling collections handling assignments while adhering to generally-accepted best practices for museum object care, display, movement, and storage. The Chief Preparator will be expected to implement the safe art handling of a broad range of media from a collection of 15,000 objects. He or she will be expected to move fluidly among museum assignments, using sound judgment and meeting deadlines.