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Position Summary

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. This work includes a variety of tasks based on the day and phase of the installation period. Teamwork and good communication are essential. Tasks include, but are not limited to, artwork unpacking, packing, installation, and assembly; furniture and mount fabrication; truck packing and offloading; fabricating furniture and unique mounts; wall repair and painting; and assisting artists.

In addition to the installation and de-installation of exhibitions, the Exhibitions Technician will occasionally be scheduled during public hours and private events to provide support. Some weekend work will be expected. For these shifts 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 and maintaining the audiovisual (A/V) elements of exhibitions. The Exhibitions 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 Director of Exhibitions or Exhibitions Technical Supervisor on a temporary, part-time basis, which means that the Exhibitions Technician may be contacted when opportunities are available and may accept or decline the hours. The part time 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: Exhibitions Technician
Department: Exhibitions
Reports To: Director of Exhibitions
Status: Temporary, On-call, Part-time, Non-exempt

Essential Job Responsibilities
  • Work as part of a team on deadline-driven physical tasks and projects
  • Perform professional handling, packing, installation, and de-installation of artwork in a wide variety of media
  • Perform maintenance of exhibitions in galleries and installation spaces (including the cleaning of cases, paint touch-up, etc.)
  • Produce specialty fabrication and finishing of mounts, casework, and other structural supports for unique installations
  • Maintain proper workspace and inventory of tools, supplies, and materials
  • Prioritize maintaining 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
Minimum Qualifications

Education and Experience

  • 1–3 years combination of relevant education, training, and/or work experience in a museum or arts setting
  • Experience installing or maintaining A/V displays and contemporary art installations OR some combination of fabrication/construction experience

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Ability to identify problems and resolve them quickly
  • Experience with art handling, art storage, and installation for a variety of media, using accepted museum standards and practice
  • Familiarity with materials and tools used in a museum setting
  • Ability to troubleshoot A/V elements in installations
  • Familiarity with variety of equipment used in multimedia exhibitions
  • Ability to analyze A/V manuals, specifications, and diagrams
  • Knowledge and skill in the use and care of hand and power tools
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Ability to follow written and oral instructions and procedures
  • Ability to work independently, and to perform work assignments as part of a team
Other requirements
  • Ability to be on feet for at least six hours each day
  • Ability to lift and/or move up to 35 lbs. and climb ladders
  • Physical activity including twisting, sitting, bending, lifting, and climbing stairs
  • Excellent manual dexterity
  • Interest in and dedication to the mission and core values of The CJM, including its commitment to anti-racism, diversity, equity, access, and inclusion
how to apply

Send a cover letter and resume to:

The Contemporary Jewish Museum

Email: jobs@thecjm.org

Please indicate “Exhibitions Technician” in the subject line.

Who we are

In the Exhibitions Department, we prioritize our working relationships and skill-sharing. We take turns working in lead and supporting roles on different projects and find ways to collaborate when we can; all with the ultimate goal of helping each other grow and expand our impact, life experience, and professional options wherever possible. We believe that museums and museum workers can be forces for economic and social equity.

About The CJM

Mission Statement: The CJM makes the diversity of the Jewish experience relevant for a twenty-first century audience. We accomplish this through innovative exhibitions and programs that educate, challenge, and inspire.

The CJM 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.