Interim Registrar and Exhibitions Manager

CAM seeks a part-time, temporary, interim Registrar and Exhibitions Manager that will work with the curatorial department to plan, prepare and execute the deinstallation of the Spring/Summer ‘23 season and the installation and opening of the Fall/Winter ‘23 season of exhibitions. This includes scheduling incoming and outgoing shipments of artwork, communicating with lenders on shipping, managing paperwork and insurance, conducting condition reports, planning, coordinating, and supervising contractors for wall construction, scheduling and hiring install crew, and working closely with the curators to finalize exhibition design. This position will work closely with the Associate Curator with additional training and support from the full-time Registrar. This position will report to the Chief Curator or Executive Director.

Start date: April 24, 2023
End date: September 22, 2023

Responsibilities:

  • Manage packing, crating, courier arrangements, transportation, and other logistics for local, domestic, and international shipments; supervise object movement in line with museum standards.
  • Communicate with artists, curators, and AV Production Specialist on multimedia files, AV tech needs, wall construction, exhibition layout, and furniture needs. 
  • Work with Associate Curator and full-time Registrar to develop and implement installation guides for crew.
    • Schedule and supervise temporary personnel for exhibition installations.
    • Manage installation schedule, workflow, and delegate tasks.
    • Communicate with private, institutional, and gallery lenders on shipping, packing, condition, and installation needs for all loaned artworks.
    • Communicate with curators throughout installation to ensure expectations are met. 
    • Create condition reports for high-value and fragile objects in a variety of media.
    • Conduct research for purchases and sourcing materials. 
    • Order supplies, equipment, and construction consumables; maintain inventory of equipment and ensure the viability of technical equipment, including projectors, cables, and monitors.
    • Help design specific installation needs and oversee the fabrication of pedestals and exhibition furniture.
    • Ensure safe, proper, and organized display as well as temporary storage of all artwork.
    • Manage/supervise loading/unloading of trucks containing artwork. 
    • Directly oversee all packing and unpacking. 
  • Coordinate with Visitor Services, Learning and Engagement, and other museum departments to ensure the safety of artworks during public programs, special events, and facility rentals.
  • Oversee environmental monitoring readings, housekeeping, and IPM policy. 
  • Monitor and respond to incident reports; occasionally respond to incidents/emergencies off-hours and on weekends.
  • Conduct weekly condition checks of artworks and building, and perform maintenance as needed.  

Qualifications:

  • Experience in registration, installation exhibitions, and/or art handling and preparation. Experience in museum setting preferred. Any other combination of experience that provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities will be considered.
  • Knowledge of standard museum registration methods as well as exhibition materials, processes, equipment, safety, and art transportation and packing standards. Any combination of these will be considered. 
  • Supervisory experience and strong interpersonal communication. Ability to interact professionally with internal and external constituents.
  • Effective time and project management skills; set goals and objectives, organize and/or schedule other people and their tasks, and develop realistic action plans.
  • Multiplatform computer proficiency as well as an understanding of database management, imaging software, and spreadsheets. Knowledge of 3D modeling software is preferred.​    
  • Ability to work both independently and as a team member.
  • Dependability, flexibility, and adaptability in a dynamic, fast-paced environment.
  • Knowledge of and experience in carpentry, construction, painting, rigging, mounting signs, and graphics preferred.
  • Experience with time-based media, including video and audio, is preferred. 
  • Understanding of basic construction and fabrication – able to delegate to contractors, oversee gallery construction and custom fabrication projects 

Compensation: 

Part-time, minimum 15 hours, maximum 20 hours per week, then full-time during the installation period August 14 – September 8, 2023. Occasional weekend and evening hours may be required. $35/hour

Application Instructions:

Please click “Apply Here” to be forwarded to the application portal. In order to apply, you must create a free account for Submittable. You will be asked to upload a cover letter and resume. Applications will be acknowledged. Applicants will be contacted for interviews after March 18, 2023. Position is open until filled.

Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion:

The Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis is committed to embracing diversity, practicing equity, and ensuring accessibility and inclusion. We will continually strive to achieve a welcoming environment in all our spaces, where staff, artists, board, and community feel reflected and valued for their unique perspectives and backgrounds. DEAI values will guide and impact all the decisions the museum makes, both internal and external, so that we are choosing a path toward ongoing transformation. We embolden ourselves to carry out these values by:

  • acknowledging our place in and actively working against our national problem of systemic racism and white supremacy;
  • ensuring that underrepresented voices are included and heard;
  • seeking out and building partnerships that represent our DEAI values;
  • continuing to be a free gathering space and an open forum for ideas.

We enthusiastically take on the work of change. To remain true to these core values, we will hold ourselves accountable through a perpetual process of reflection and responsive action.

About the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis:

Founded by civic and cultural leaders in 1980, the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis transformed from a small gallery into an internationally-recognized arts institution, now permanently housed in a 27,000-square-foot building designed by renowned American architect Brad Cloepfil. Flexible, open, and inviting, the building reflects the organization’s values, and supports a dynamic range of exhibitions, public programs, and educational activities. CAM is the only museum in the St. Louis region solely dedicated to contemporary art and one of the preeminent non-collecting institutions of its kind in the United States. We are a site for discovery, a welcoming space, free and open to all.

Learn more at camstl.org.

CAM is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, age, family responsibilities, national origin, or veteran status.

We recognize that it is highly unlikely that an applicant meets 100% of the qualifications for a given role.  If most of this job description describes you, we encourage you to apply for this role.