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WORKING AT THE BASS

The Bass is Miami Beach’s contemporary art museum. Focusing on exhibitions of international contemporary art, The Bass presents mid-career and established artists reflecting the spirit and international character of Miami Beach. The Bass seeks to expand the interpretation of contemporary art by incorporating disciplines of contemporary culture, such as design, fashion and architecture, into the exhibition program.

We always have many different volunteer and internship opportunities available year round. We may also have full-time salaried positions or part-time staff openings depending on availability and needs. Please follow the application instructions per each listing and email the required materials to the listed contact.

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Lead Preparator

DESCRIPTION:

The Bass, Miami Beach’s contemporary art museum, seeks a Lead Preparator to serve as an essential member of its Exhibitions team, supporting responsibilities and performing a range of duties associated with the production, installation, deinstallation, and ongoing care of contemporary art exhibitions. Reporting to the Senior Exhibitions Manager, the Lead Preparator will assist in managing contract art handling staff and serve as a key partner in supporting the development of fabrication and installation plans for the museum’s exhibitions.

The Bass organizes cutting-edge exhibitions of all media—each with its specific and diverse needs. The Lead Preparator will be a curious, enthusiastic, and adaptable team player with the ability to work well with these changing and variable conditions, taking initiative to research the techniques and equipment required for each exhibition on a case-by-case basis. The successful candidate will be proactive, resourceful, and detail-oriented, ensuring a safe and healthy work environment through up-to-date knowledge of best practice.

This is a permanent, full-time position.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

• Oversee and participate in the installation, deinstallation, lighting, packing, and/or unpacking of artwork as directed, including other art handling tasks that may be assigned.
• Serve as a proactive partner in the development of production, fabrication, and installation/deinstallation plans for each exhibition, attending departmental meetings, anticipating challenges, and working with museum staff and/or artist representatives when applicable to navigate the needs of each exhibition.
• Support the Senior Exhibitions Manager in supervising contract art handlers, preparators, and other installation staff, ensuring that crews perform duties in compliance with museum best practices and OSHA safety guidelines.
• Under the direction of the Registrar/Collections Manager and Senior Exhibitions Manager, apply knowledge and experience of museum best practices for handling, packing and unpacking, condition checking, and installing artworks, including contemporary artworks with unconventional materials.
• Support the Senior Exhibitions Manager in researching, sourcing, and ordering installation supplies and materials, contacting vendors and fabricators, soliciting estimates, and organizing equipment rentals.
• Prepare material lists and cost lists for exhibitions, gallery construction, and other projects.
• Support the payment process for exhibition-related expenses, including invoice and receipt reconciliation.
• Maintain the appearance of exhibitions spaces, carrying out tasks such as dusting, painting walls, replacing lights, cleaning artwork frames and fixtures, and other tasks as needed.
• Maintain the cleanliness and organization of the fabrication office and workshop, loading dock, and storage areas.
• Retain a proper inventory of supplies and materials and ensure that basic installation and exhibition maintenance supplies are in stock.
• Oversee and participate in the construction, painting, and fabrication of display fixtures, mounts, and crates, as needed.
• Support the Senior Exhibitions Manager in overseeing exhibition priorities and timelines, regularly checking in with outside fabricators, vendors, and contractors to assess project implementation and progress, including oversight of quality, accuracy of work, and monitoring schedules and deadlines.
• Develop drawings and/or scale models using SketchUp and/or other design tools to effectively communicate design ideas.
• Identify opportunities for professional development.
• Maintain up-to-date knowledge of current museum practices related to art handling.

REQUIREMENTS:

• At least 3 to 5 years of progressively responsible experience in exhibition installation planning and coordination, preparation, construction, design, and installation in a museum or other art venue; or an equivalent combination of training and experience.
• Skilled in art handling and familiar with installation techniques for traditional and new media.
• Advanced knowledge of materials, fabrication techniques, and construction processes.
• Knowledge and experience in exhibiting time-based media works.
• Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite is required.
• Experience with SketchUp, Adobe Creative Suite, and/or other CAD or design software.
• Strong organizational skills and ability to adhere to timelines.
• Experience with carpentry.
• Experience with audio/visual systems.
• Experience with welding and electrical systems is a plus.
• Experience building crates, vitrines, and mounts is a plus.
• Must have a valid driver’s license in good standing and possess an operational vehicle.
• Must be able to drive a box truck; a commercial driver’s license (CDL) is not necessary.
• Experience with forklifts, scissor lifts, rigging and other large machinery and equipment commonly used for mounting museum exhibitions.
• Excellent communication skills and professionalism; the ability to discuss projects with a broad range of exhibition stakeholders, including museum staff, artists and/or their representatives, fabricators, technicians, contractors, and others.
• Must have a positive attitude and strong work ethic.
• Willingness to conduct research and learn new skills and techniques as necessary.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:

The Lead Preparator must meet specific physical demands, including the ability to stand, walk, bend, reach, climb, kneel, and handle and lift objects. Additionally, the role requires precise vision along with the capacity to judge distances accurately for close work involving size, shape, and texture assessment. These physical capabilities are essential for safely carrying out tasks key to the role, such as operating power tools and machinery, climbing ladders, and handling objects firmly and with precision.

Due to the high volume of applications received, we are unable to respond to individual inquiries. If your qualifications and experience match the needs of the current opening, potential candidates will be contacted for an interview.

This job description describes the general nature of the duties and requirements of this job. It is not intended to be an exhaustive list or to limit the supervisor’s ability to modify work assignments as appropriate.

The Bass is committed to creating a diverse environment. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, political affiliation, or veteran status.

TO APPLY:

Please submit the following materials to the hiring manager Sofia Dotta, Senior Exhibitions Manager, at [email protected].

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, and the position may be filled prior to the close of applications.

• Resume/CV
• Cover Letter, including desired salary range.
• Two references, one professional supervisor, the other professional peer; academic or personal references will not be considered. Provide full name, position, place of employment, phone number, and email address for each, as well as a description of how you know the individual.

Please, no phone inquiries or in-person submissions will be considered.

NO THIRD-PARTY AGENCIES, HEAD-HUNTERS OR SUBMISSIONS FROM PERSONS/ENTITIES REPRESENTING INDIVIDUALS WILL BE ACCEPTED.

SALARY RANGE
$50,000 to $55,000

COMPENSATION PACKAGE
It is The Bass’ policy to provide a combination of supplemental benefits to all eligible employees. In keeping with this goal, each benefit program has been carefully devised. These benefits include time-off benefits, such as paid vacation time and holidays, insurance coverage and other plan benefits.

 

Collections Manager

DESCRIPTION:

The Bass, Miami Beach’s contemporary art museum, seeks a full-time Collections Manager. The Collections Manager is a key member of the Curatorial and Exhibitions team supporting the documentation, care, and presentation of the permanent collection and loans for temporary exhibitions. Key responsibilities include the management of transportation of works of art, applying experience with insurance papers, contracts, and associated legal documentation. The Collections Manager communicates efficiently with a range of constituents at the Museum and beyond while multitasking responsibilities and commitments. The Collections Manager will apply best museum practices for archiving, storing, and maintaining works of art.

This is a permanent, full-time position.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Manage and coordinate shipment of artwork to/from the Museum including the organization of transportation, insurance, and storage.
  • Communicate with lenders regarding shipment, documentation, and installation of artwork.
  • Assist with condition checks and installation of permanent collection rotations and temporary exhibitions.
  • Manage loans, including the maintenance and calendar of installations of art outdoors.
  • Prepare, manage, and execute plans for storing artworks onsite and offsite.
  • Plan and manage collections budget.
  • Document and archive records and files—electronic and otherwise—for collection rotations and temporary exhibitions.
  • Work with Curatorial and Exhibitions team to manage Museum’s digital database including maintaining up-to-date object information and photography.
  • Process and manage payments for invoices and vendors.
  • Assist with supervision of art handlers and preparators.
  • Other related duties as assigned.

EXPERIENCE AND SKILLS:

  • Manage and coordinate shipment of artwork to/from the Museum including the organization of transportation, insurance, and storage.
  • Communicate with lenders regarding shipment, documentation, and installation of artwork.
  • Assist with condition checks and installation of permanent collection rotations and temporary exhibitions.
  • Manage loans, including the maintenance and calendar of installations of art outdoors.
  • Prepare, manage, and execute plans for storing artworks onsite and offsite.
  • Plan and manage collections budget.
  • Document and archive records and files—electronic and otherwise—for collection rotations and temporary exhibitions.
  • Work with Curatorial and Exhibitions team to manage Museum’s digital database including maintaining up-to-date object information and photography.
  • Process and manage payments for invoices and vendors.
  • Assist with supervision of art handlers and preparators.
  • Other related duties as assigned.

KNOWLEDGE AND EDUCATION

  • BA degree with concentration in art history, library science or museum studies program required.

TO APPLY

Please submit the following materials to the hiring manager James Voorhies, Curator, at [email protected].

  • Resume/CV
  • Cover Letter, including desired salary range.
  • Two references, one professional supervisor, the other professional peer; academic or personal references will not be considered. Provide full name, position, place of employment, phone number, and email address for each, as well as a description of how you know the individual.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, and the position may be filled prior to the close of applications.

Due to the high volume of applications received, we are unable to respond to individual inquiries. If your qualifications and experience match the needs of the current opening, potential candidates will be contacted for an interview.

This job description describes the general nature of the duties and requirements of this job. It is not intended to be an exhaustive list or to limit the supervisor’s ability to modify work assignments as appropriate.

The Bass is committed to creating a diverse environment. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, political affiliation, or veteran status.

Please, no phone inquiries or in-person submissions will be considered.

NO THIRD-PARTY AGENCIES, HEAD-HUNTERS OR SUBMISSIONS FROM PERSONS/ENTITIES REPRESENTING INDIVIDUALS WILL BE ACCEPTED.

SALARY RANGE

$50,000 to $60,000

COMPENSATION PACKAGE

It is The Bass’ policy to provide a combination of supplemental benefits to all eligible employees. In keeping with this goal, each benefit program has been carefully devised. These benefits include time-off benefits, such as paid vacation time and holidays, insurance coverage and other plan benefits.

OPPORTUNITIES

Internships

The Bass’ intern program is aimed at college juniors, seniors and recent graduates, graduate students and young museum professionals. The program provides an introduction to the inner workings of specific departments and theoretical training in a museum. The Bass encourages applicants from a wide range of disciplines in an effort to realize a well-rounded team for the intern program. Internships at The Bass are unpaid unless otherwise noted.

For more information on internships, please contact us at [email protected].

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Volunteers

Volunteers are an essential part of The Bass. The volunteer program offers positions in various departments ranging from events, programs, membership, marketing and clerical projects. Teens, college students, and members of the community are all encouraged to join as volunteers to support the museum’s programs.

For more information on our volunteer program, please email [email protected].

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Docents

Docents are an integral part of the visitor experience at The Bass. Trained by museum education staff as tour guides, docents give interactive tours to individuals as well as visiting groups of children and adults. Docents receive educational tutorials on the exhibitions and attend group outings, as well as gain access to a behind-the-scene look of the museum.

For more information on our docent program, please email [email protected].

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The Teen Board

The latest addition to our volunteer opportunities is the Teen Board, aimed at bringing teens together to help plan events and activities for the community. Open to students aged 13 through 18.

APPLY!

For more information:
[email protected]