Job Opportunities

Current Opportunities:

Lead Preparator/Art and Artifact Handler 

 

The Columbus Museum seeks a Lead Preparator/Art and Artifact Handler to assist with all aspects of exhibit preparation, construction, installation, and dismantling, as part of the museum’s design team. The museum, accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, has a collection of American art, a collection of regional historical artifacts, and a garden designed by the Olmsted Brothers firm in the 1920s for homeowner and noted industrialist W. C. Bradley.

Duties and responsibilities: Under general supervision, participate in all aspects of the planning, preparation, design, and installation of museum exhibits, art collections, historical artifacts or other display materials. Designs and constructs display materials as required. Assists with moving, maintenance, and security of collections. Adheres to all standard museum conservation practices.

Installing and de-installing permanent galleries and temporary exhibitions, including but not limited to the fabrication of exhibits; installing objects, labels, text panels, graphics; creating hands-on interactives; lighting objects, as well as preparation of galleries for installation by doing light construction, patching and painting. Removal or relocation of artwork, artifacts, and exhibition materials. Mat and frame artwork, including building and assembling frames. Produce exhibit mounts and supports, including furniture and archival supports for housing and displaying artifacts and artwork. Create and implement lighting design of exhibitions. Establish timelines for production logistics, such as detailed production schedules, estimating time and cost involved. Work closely with Designer/Exhibition Coordinator, Exhibition Manager, and Collections team, as well as workers in other areas such as Security or Development. Other duties as assigned.

Skills: Proficiency in carpentry and fabrication; understanding of advanced construction and structure, carpentry techniques and methods of installation and construction; skill in the operation of power and hand tools used in woodworking; skill in light welding and working with foam core, Plexiglas, fabrics, paints and other finishes. Knowledge of lighting, especially in regards to museum settings, is highly desirable. Computer skills are required, especially skill in Adobe Programs: Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign preferred. Excellent communication, time management and organizational skills, as well as a proven ability to consistently meet deadlines and budgets. A take-charge attitude and flexible outlook as well as emotional maturity and self-motivation are highly desirable.

Knowledge: Working knowledge of museum standards for exhibition fabrication and installation, including safety requirements associated with such work; knowledge of art and artifact conservation display methods, techniques, and procedures.

Education: Bachelor’s degree in fine arts or closely related design field. Associates degree with comparable experience and training may be substituted for bachelor’s degree.

Experience: Experience in handling art and historical artifacts in accordance with standard museum conservation practices; must be proficient in handling fragile pieces without damage. Minimum of 2 years job-related experience is a must.

 

This is a full-time position with full benefits. Interested applicants should visit the Muscogee County School District website at www.muscogee.k12.ga.us to submit an online application (art preparatory, https://mcs.tedk12.com/hire/index.aspx ). The Columbus Museum is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, gender, age, disability, creed, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

 

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Assistant Collections Manager 

The Columbus Museum, an art and regional history museum, seeks an Assistant Collections Manager for one of the largest museums in the Southeast. The Assistant Collections Manager will assist the Collections Manager with duties related to the care and storage of the Museum’s collection. The collection includes 18th- to– 21st century American art, decorative arts, and contemporary design, as well as historical artifacts related to the Lower Chattahoochee Valley. The museum’s grounds feature the beautiful Bradley-Olmsted Garden, designed by the Olmsted Brothers firm in the 1920s for homeowner and noted industrialist W. C. Bradley. The Museum is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.

With a population of 204,000, Columbus is the second largest city in Georgia. It is experiencing a renaissance that includes revitalization of its beautiful and historic downtown riverfront. Cultural amenities include the Springer Theater, the River Center for the Performing Arts, and, at Columbus State University, the Corn Center for the Visual Arts, Schwob School of Music, and the Bo Bartlett Center. Columbus is the corporate headquarters of Aflac, TSYS, W. C. Bradley, and Synovus Bank. Located on the East Coast, it is 1 ½ hours from the Atlanta airport and 3 ½ hours from the Gulf Coast.

Primary Duties

–Maintenance of collections database including accessioning, cataloguing, images, inventory (experience with Past Perfect a plus) –Assist with processing incoming/outgoing loans, including packing, condition reporting, shipping –Assist in assigning and arranging for the proper storage of objects –Assist in processing new/existing accessions, including cataloguing, labeling, paperwork, storage –Monitor data loggers and information collected for the purpose of maintaining proper environmental levels –Travel in town and out of town when transporting objects for loans, exhibits, etc. –Perform weekly gallery checks for the purpose of monitoring objects’ conditions –Perform other duties related to those listed above which are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed.

Required education
–Bachelor’s degree (M.A. preferred) in Museum Studies, art history, public history, American studies, or related field

This full-time position offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience and full benefits. Interested applicants should visit the Muscogee County School District website at https://mcs.tedk12.com/hire/index.aspx to submit an online application. For further information, please contact Patricia Butts at pbutts@columbusmuseum.com. Position is open until filled.

The Columbus Museum is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.

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Museum Shop Attendant 

Purpose Statement

The job of the Shop Attendant is to oversee the Museum’s Shop, including selling products and providing excellent customer services to patrons of the Museum. The Shop Attendant is responsible for greeting customers as they come in the shop, assisting with receiving, pricing, displaying, restocking shelves, dusting, and cleaning are also required.

This part-time job reports to the Shop Manager and the Deputy Director, Operations.

Essential Functions

  • Offer a welcoming greeting to all customers as they enter the shop for the purpose of making the customers feel welcome.
  • Initiate conversation, ask open-ended questions to determine customer needs for the purpose of meeting their needs.
  • Communicate information regarding product details to customers for the purpose of making sales.
  • Accurately answer routine questions/inquiries in a helpful and courteous manner for the purpose of providing customer service.
  • Maintain cleanliness of shop for the purpose of upholding Museum standards.
  • Uphold customer service standards for the purpose of providing excellent customer service.
  • Inform customers of our in-store specials and promotions and their advantages for the purpose of making more sales.
  • Utilize add on selling for the purpose of maximizing sales.
  • Handle cash, change and operate the cash register including credit card machine and be somewhat familiar with our Quick Books POS system for the purpose of processing sales as quickly and efficiently as possible.
  • Always thank the customer for visiting the store and encourage them to return for the purpose of providing excellent customer service.
  • Ensure stock levels on the sales floor are maintained continually for the purpose of maximizing sales.
  • Organize merchandise on the sales floor, keep shelves and fixtures fully replenished and the drink machine stocked for the purpose of maximizing sales.
  • Keep merchandise and supplies in the closet organized for the purpose of maximizing sales.
  • Offer customers a chance to purchase a membership to the Museum for the purpose of maximizing membership revenue.
  • Offer customers a chance to round their purchase up to the nearest dollar for the purpose of maximizing donations to the Museum.

Other Functions

  • Maintain an awareness of theft deterrents for the purpose of controlling theft loss.
  • Communicate sources of potential loss to management for the purpose of controlling theft loss.
  • Report all shop thefts or damaged merchandise to the Gift Shop Manager for the purpose of controlling theft loss and inventory levels.
  • Answer the phone in a professional and pleasant manner and be proficient with the Museum phone system for the purpose of providing excellent customer service.

 

Job Requirements: Minimum Qualifications, Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:

SKILLS are required to perform essential and other functions of the job with limited supervision. Specific skill-based competencies required to satisfactorily perform the functions of the job include: demonstrated organizational skills; good communications skills; excellent customer service skills, excellent project and time management skills.

KNOWLEDGE is required of: computer based cash register system, Quickbooks Point of Sale system and Microsoft Office products.

ABILITY is required to: understand good customer service practices, customer management, sales techniques, cash management and provided equipment.

 

Schedule:

Must be able to work part-time, Thursday 5:00-8:00, Saturday 10:00-5:00, Sunday 1:00-5:00

Email Brooke Starling, Museum Shop Manager/Buyer at bstarling@columbusmuseum.com

to apply.  No phone calls please.

 

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