Position Description

The Contemporary Jewish Museum (The CJM) seeks an Exhibitions Technician who will work with the Exhibitions team to install, maintain, and de-install exhibitions and installations at The CJM. 

In addition to installation and de-installation of exhibitions, the Exhibitions Technician will be scheduled during some public hours and private events to provide support, including for the audio-visual (A/V) elements of exhibitions. Some weekend work will be expected.

For these shifts, and under direction of the Chief Preparator and Exhibition Designer, the Exhibitions Technician will be the exhibitions point person for all CJM staff, and will assume responsibility for the operation and maintenance of exhibitions, including regular art handling duties. The Exhibition Technician will be responsible for the overall look and function of all exhibitions during their shift.

Shifts for regular Exhibitions Technician work and for private events and other special projects will be scheduled by the Chief Preparator and Exhibition Designer or Exhibitions Technician Coordinator, on an on-call basis, which means that the Exhibitions Technician may be contacted when opportunities are available and may accept or decline the hours. The on-call status does not obligate The CJM to offer hours or obligate the Exhibitions Technician to accept hours offered. Work hours for this position will be variable.

Position Title: Exhibitions Technician
Department: Exhibitions
Reports To: Chief Preparator and Exhibition Designer
Status: Temporary, Part Time, Non-Exempt

Essential Job Responsibilities
  • Perform professional handling and installation of artwork in a wide variety of media
  • Produce specialty fabrication and finishing of mounts, casework, and other structural supports for unique installations
  • Perform maintenance of exhibitions in galleries and installation spaces (including the cleaning of cases, paint touch-up, etc.)
  • Maintain proper workspace and The CJM inventory of tools, supplies, and materials
  • Ensure a safe environment by using appropriate museum-standard materials, equipment, and methods to display, store, and pack works of art
  • Assume responsibility for operation and maintenance of exhibitions and installations, acting as point person for exhibitions-related issues during evening and/or weekend shifts
  • Perform other exhibition related duties, as assigned
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
  • Ability to troubleshoot audio-visual elements in installations
  • Familiarity with a wide variety of devices used in multi-media exhibitions
  • Ability to analyze A/V manuals, specifications, and diagrams
  • Familiarity with materials and tools used in a museum setting
  • Experience with art handling, art storage, and installation for a variety of media, using accepted museum standards and practice
  • Knowledge and skill in the use and care of hand and power tools
  • Excellent organizational skills, with particular attention to detail and record keeping
  • Ability to identify problems and resolve them quickly
  • Ability to follow written and oral instructions and procedures
  • Ability to work independently, as well as to follow instructions and to perform work assignments as part of a team
Minimum Qualifications
  • B.A./B.F.A. in Art, Art History of Museum Studies, or related field
  • 3–5 years experience in a museum or contemporary art setting
  • Technical expertise for installing and maintaining A/V displays and contemporary art installations
Other Requirements
  • Ability to be on feet for at least eight hours each day
  • Ability to lift and/or move up to 50lbs and climb ladders
  • Physical activity including twisting, sitting, bending, stooping, lifting, climbing stairs, and isometric contraction
  • Excellent manual dexterity
  • Visual and hearing acuity

Send cover letter and resume to:

The Contemporary Jewish Museum
Email: jobs@thecjm.org
Please indicate “Exhibitions Technician” in the email subject line.

The Contemporary Jewish Museum is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin or ancestry, age, marital or domestic partner status, sex, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a protected veteran, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.

Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, The CJM will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.