Exhibition Project Manager

Department: 
Curatorial

Job Objective
Reporting to the Senior Curator, the Exhibition Project Manager plays an integral role within a five-person exhibitions department, and works in close collaboration with the Senior Exhibitions Manager. The primary responsibility of the Exhibition Project Manager is in support of the development, production and installation of MOCA’s exhibitions and artist projects. This includes working with lead curators and artists on the development and production of new commissions and onsite projects; planning and scheduling production and installation timelines; managing an installation crew; and providing hands-on assistance in the installation of works of art in diverse media. The position also involves supporting registrational activities including condition reports, packing and unpacking, shipping and receiving, gallery inspection and maintenance, and supervision and training of gallery attendants.

What will you be doing?
• Assist with all phases of the development and implementation of exhibitions, from proposal phase to production, installation, maintenance and deinstallation.
• With some guidance from the Senior Exhibition Manager, organize installation and de-installation of exhibitions including hiring contractual art handlers, supervising installation crews, and managing all on- and off-site logistics.
• Create digital renderings, 3D models, and mock-ups for gallery areas to aid in exhibition design.
• Design, construct, and install pedestals, shelving, and signage/vinyl lettering for exhibitions.
• Work closely with artists, fabricators, and vendors to manage the production of art works both prior to exhibitions and onsite.
• Help coordinate shipping, receiving, and movement of artwork onsite.
• Assist the Registrar with condition checking of incoming and outgoing artworks and the development of condition reports.
• Create and monitor exhibition and production schedules to ensure delivery deadlines are met.
• With the Senior Exhibitions Manager, monitor, install, operate, and manage repairs for exhibition technology including, but not limited to, projectors, media players, computers, and sound equipment.
• Apply a clear understanding of departmental policies, facility access, parcel controls, emergency procedures, training materials, and other pertinent information to department workflow.

Who are you?
• Bachelor’s degree in related area of study (e.g. fine arts, visual arts, art history, etc.).
• Minimum three (3) years of professional experience in art handling, arts project management, exhibition organization, or other relevant experience in the field is a must.
• Experience working with artists, fabricators, shippers, art installers; knowledge of art fabrication methods and processes.
• Solid hands-on skill with power tools and general construction methods including building and woodworking skills.
• Proficiency with mechanized equipment and scissor lifts.
• Strong respect for art objects, and knowledge of current trends and protocols in art handling, packing and crating of artwork, art materials, construction, painting, and lighting.
• Proficient in mathematics including geometry and algebra.
• In depth understanding of audio visual equipment and installation, including creating and working with various types of media files for exhibitions.
• Outstanding abilities with rendering and model software including Google Sketch-up, Adobe Creative Suite, Microsoft Office, as well as installation specific programs such as Flexisign, and various video creation/editing software.
• Valid driver’s license and insurance.

Physical requirements and working conditions
• Able to perform all necessary functions of this position within the exhibitions workshops and museum gallery spaces including physically demanding installations and de-installations.
• Art handling and the operation of tools and equipment require physical agility, the ability to lift and carry at least 40 pounds, and manual dexterity.
• The ability, knowledge, and certifications to handle a scissor lift and work at heights up to 25 feet.
• Evenings or weekends will be necessary to accommodate seasonal exhibition installations.
• Occasional travel required to prepare for exhibition installation.

Ready to apply?
Submit the following to cwilson@mocacleveland.org and use the subject line “Exhibition Project Manager”.
• Cover letter or cover email that lets your personality and style shine through. This is your first chance to convince us of your awesomeness so don’t be modest; tell us what you can offer and what you hope to gain. It wouldn’t hurt to mention a current or past MOCA exhibition or program that you attended, or perhaps a life-changing installation experience. And if you know someone who is associated with MOCA, tell us!
• Resume or CV that highlights relevant education and experience and makes it blindingly obvious that you are the best possible candidate for this position.
• Contact information for employers or coworkers who will be able to tell us why you would be perfect for this position.