Exhibitions Planning & Installation Manager
Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art
Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2022, Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art (BMoCA) is at an exciting time in its history. Over the past decade, the museum has reached new heights thanks to record-breaking attendance numbers, dramatic programmatic growth, and the critical support of its community. BMoCA is now bursting at the seams, and in 2022, the museum will launch a capital campaign to support an expansion of its facilities, scheduled for opening in 2027. With an expanded facility, BMoCA will be able to realize its vision of becoming a leader in the global conversation about art and culture.
The Exhibitions Planning & Installation Manager works collaboratively with all museum departments, first and foremost with the Executive Director + Chief Curator, Curator and guest curators to lead exhibition planning and execution. This includes the management of installation and de-installation of the museum’s exhibitions at its main facility at 1750 13th St. in Boulder, and at its off-site exhibition spaces, including Macky Auditorium on the campus of the University of Colorado – Boulder, Frasier Retirement Community, and various other library and outdoor spaces throughout the Denver metro region.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
- Responsible for the overall planning and execution of museum exhibitions with the Curator(s)
- Organize checklists and create and manage all lender information and documentation.
- Maintain calendar of museum’s exhibitions installations and deinstallations
- Provide exhibition overviews and related assets in a timely manner to other museum departments for use in programming development, marketing, fundraising, etc.
- Coordinate with Curator(s) and interpretive staff to develop didactics, vinyl and gallery guides, and ensure these interpretive materials are completed on time.
- Develop and manage installation, fabrication and framing budgets for each exhibition.
- Ensure insurance coverage is appropriate given artwork value of each exhibition.
- Schedule and supervise installation and de-installation, including art handling and condition reporting, scheduling and hiring necessary contract art installers and fabricators, renting/purchasing necessary equipment and display materials, and executing lighting plan.
- Develop and ensure adherence to safe workplace practices and procedures in exhibition installation and deinstallation, including appropriate artwork handling protocols and procedures.
- Coordinate and arrange inbound and outbound shipping of artwork, including picking up and/or delivering local artwork as necessary.
- Coordinate artwork framing as necessary.
- Maintain exhibition/gallery spaces.
- Maintain installation furnishings such as pedestals, vitrines, and shelving, and electronic equipment such as television/video monitors, headphones, projectors, etc.
- Coordinate all gallery preparations with Visitor Services staff and create exhibition related daily instructions for opening and closing galleries.
- Coordinate installation photography and supervise contract photographer;
- Manage current exhibitions records and maintain exhibition archives.
- Other duties as assigned
- Bachelor’s degree or the equivalent in work experience
- Three to five years of experience in the area of exhibition planning and installation in a gallery, museum, or art institution.
- Hands-on art installation experience
- Previous management experience of contract art handler teams preferred
- Experience with contemporary art is strongly preferred.
- Excellent organizational skills, including ability to plan and organize multiple projects, prioritize duties, meet deadlines, manage budgets, and work effectively both as part of a team and independently.
- Familiarity with various mediums of artwork and their proper handling.
- Considerable knowledge of labeling and mounting techniques.
- Working knowledge of lighting techniques and technologies.
- Ability to complete some fabrication preferred.
- Previous experience with any graphic tool that can assist in exhibition and installation planning preferred (i.e. SketchUp).
- Proficiency with Google Suite a plus
- General understanding of budget development and tracking, and financial reporting.
- Ability to take initiative and be self-directed.
- Ability to routinely lift up to 50 pounds.
- Ability to routinely walk up and down stairs.
- Hold a valid driver’s license.
- Specific vision abilities included, close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.
Hours & compensation
Typical working hours are 40 hours/week, 9am-5pm Monday through Friday on-site at the museum and/or at off-site exhibition locations. The position will require periodic work on weekends and evenings as required by the Museum’s exhibitions calendar.
The salary range for this position is $50,000-$55,000 based on experience and includes health and dental benefits, paid vacation, access to a 401K plan, a RTD EcoPass, and a complimentary gym membership to One Boulder Fitness.
Send a cover letter and resume to . No phone calls please. Applications will be reviewed as received on a rolling basis and start date is as soon as possible, on a mutually agreed upon date.
Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art is an equal opportunity employer and considers all candidates for employment regardless of race, color, sex, age, national origin, creed, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or political affiliation.