Head Preparator

Bard College

Bard College

The Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College (CCS Bard) and Hessel Museum of Art seek an experienced museum preparator for the full-time position of Head Preparator. The Head Preparator is a hands-on, detail-oriented manager charged with overseeing all technical aspects of the Museum’s art handling projects while supervising part-time casual art installers engaged in exhibition installation and gallery maintenance.

The Head Preparator is a key member of CCS Bard and the Hessel Museum’s exhibitions team, responsible for producing an ambitious schedule of public exhibitions involving outside loans, new commissions, and works from the on-site Marieluise Hessel Collection, which is also used for teaching within CCS Bard’s graduate program in curatorial studies.


The Head Preparator is responsible for museum-quality art handling related to installation and deinstallation while maintaining a safe work environment. This includes: receiving, packing/unpacking, handling, and displaying fine art objects; planning and directing the fabrication of exhibition furniture, props, temporary walls, and other display designs; and securing the services of outside contractors.


Museum or gallery experience in art preparation; direct experience in museum standards and practices strongly preferred

Experience with art preparation management and woodshop supervision

Leadership experience and the ability to manage, motivate, and evaluate staff

Strong interpersonal, communication, and customer service skills

Ability to remain flexible and focused in a demanding work environment

Highly organized and able to plan and prioritize deadlines and assignments effectively

Ability to work both independently and as part of a team

Ability to work some weekends and holidays per the schedule above

Proficiency with Mac OS and Google Workspace

Valid New York State Driver’s License

This position requires long periods of standing and sometimes long periods of desk-based computer use; the Head Preparator will need to be able to talk and hear, walk around, and occasionally work outdoors (during clement weather), as well as be able to lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh up to 40 lbs.

How to Apply

Applications are encouraged by February 15, 2023.

Please submit a cover letter, resume and list of three professional contact references to Interfolio at: http://apply.interfolio.com/119826

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Posted on January 18