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Exhibition Technician (FTP 0.8, 4 days per week)

REPORTS TO: Vice-President, Exhibitions, Research, Collections

GRADE: 3

SALARY: $ 32,443- $ 39,654

Purpose of Position

Reporting to the Vice-President, Exhibitions, Research, Collections (VPERC), the Exhibition Technician provides support in a range of capacities for the day-to-day operations of core, temporary and travelling exhibitions. The primary focus of this position is to ensure that exhibitions are maintained to a high standard, and conduct or coordinate exhibition production, installation and de-installation. The Exhibition Technician works closely with other members of the Exhibitions, Research and Collections (ERC) team, team members from the IT and Facility Management departments, as well as service providers, partners, guest curators and artists.

Essential Position Functions

Overall Exhibitions

  • Leads, coordinates or conducts exhibition preparations, production, installations, de-installations;
  • Ensures the proper maintenance and repair of exhibitions including audio-visual equipment and exhibition lighting, and works closely with the IT department to ensure the smooth running of computer-operated components.
  • Maintains an accurate inventory and record of exhibition components, equipment and parts, conducts warranty returns, and makes arrangements for purchases as required;
  • Monitors and maintains an inventory of materials and tools, orders supplies as needed. Maintains the orderly condition of the workroom and curatorial storage areas;
  • Leads or assists in ensuring appropriate shipping/receiving, packing/unpacking, handling and storage requirements of exhibitions, object, artifact and archival material loans;
  • Assists in conducting facility reports and condition reports for the Museum’s Collection, and for object, artifact and archival material loans;
  • Leads, coordinates or conducts object and artifact mount design and fabrication in consultation with Collections and other key staff.
  • Updates and inputs content (text, images, and video) into the Content Management System.

Administrative

  • Assists the VPERC with basic departmental administration requirements;
  • Compiles and maintains meeting minutes, spreadsheets, checklists and distributor/service provider contact lists relating to exhibitions;
  • Assist in ensuring the general smooth operation of the ERC workspaces and shared resources, including coordination and upkeep of library resources and communication boards;
  • Participates in appropriate committee activities and meetings as required;
  • Reports risk issues to the VPERC;
  • Other tasks as assigned by the VPERC.

Education, Knowledge & Experience

Skills and Qualifications – Required

  • Minimum of 5 years of experience working with exhibition production and installation in a museum or gallery setting;
  • A combination of education and experience equivalent to a two year post-secondary program;
  • Minimum of 3 years of experience working with exhibition lighting, audio and audio visual equipment;
  • Minimum of 3 years of experience in handling artifacts and archival materials;
  • Demonstrated understanding of museum standards and best practices;
  • Knowledgeable in the use of basic carpentry techniques, hand tools, power tools, basic lighting, paints and adhesives, and associated safety practices;
  • Ability to read and understand exhibition structural drawings, schematics, and product manuals towards repair and maintenance of exhibit components;
  • Experience working with and preparing digital materials (digital images, video);
  • Working knowledge and demonstrated experience with Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Access, Powerpoint);
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and collaboratively within a team;
  • Strong attention to detail and excellent organizational skills;
  • Strong time management skills and flexibility to effectively prioritize and ensure completion of work to change priorities as the need arises;
  • Ability to analyze situations and troubleshoot problems, and deliver appropriate solutions;
  • Possess a valid driver’s license

Skills and Qualifications – Desired

  • Specialized training in areas supporting job specifications;
  • Thorough knowledge of lighting methods and techniques;
  • Experience with mount making for a variety of objects, artifacts and archival materials;
  • Experience working with Adobe Photoshop, audio and audio visual software;
  • Experience editing and creating audio and audio-video clips;
  • Proficient and ability to work in both official languages, French and English, both spoken and written;

Working Conditions & Physical Demands

  • Combination of work in an office environment, onsite in exhibition and workshop spaces as well as occasional work offsite;
  • Ability to perform occasional heavy manual labour, including lifting or moving objects that weigh more than 25 kilos/55 lbs and heavy crates, use power and hand tools, and climb ladders, scaffolding and operate a skyjack to install lighting and exhibit components;
  • Maintain a clean, organized, and safe work environment. Observe safety and risk management procedures in public areas and work spaces;
  • Requires occasional travel and may require irregular hours (evening, weekends).

Competencies

  • Responsiveness - ability to respond to and learn from new developments and initiatives, ability to deal with sensitive and difficult personal issues that may arise, with tact, sensitivity and confidentiality.
  • Customer service focused - knowledge and ability to provide high levels of service to both internal and external customers, leading to high customer satisfaction and established relationships.
  • Communication - well developed communication skills: knowledge of various communication methods, and the ability to present and receive information in the most appropriate manner.
  • Problem Solving - knowledge of problem-solving and decision-making techniques, and the ability to anticipate, generate solutions to problems and decide on a course of action.
  • Adaptability - knowledge and ability to effectively manage ones’ own behavior and positively influence the actions of others during times of change, stress or uncertainty.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please send a resume and a cover letter to Tanya Bouchard, Vice-President, Exhibitions, Research, Collections, at tbouchard@pier21.ca

Competition closes at 5 pm on June 16, 2019.

We thank all applicants for their interest. However, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.