Status: Regular, Part-Time, 32 hours/week, Non-Exempt status
Schedule: Somewhat flexible within M-F, 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM framework
Supervisor: Public Art Collections Manager
Compensation: $18/hour plus benefits
Benefits: Medical, dental, disability and life insurance, holidays, paid time off, and 401(k) retirement plan.
RACC's Mission, Core Values, and Commitment to Equity and Inclusion:
RACC’s mission is to enrich our communities through arts and culture. We value freedom of artistic and cultural expression as a fundamental human right and support diversity of artistic and cultural experiences. RACC is committed to building a community in which everyone can participate in arts and culture. We believe that arts and culture are key elements in creating desirable places to live, work and visit. RACC strives to cultivate equity in all of its programs. We believe the arts have the power to change hearts and minds and to inspire social change. Prejudice and privilege have created barriers that RACC must dismantle, systematically and strategically, until everyone in our community has equitable access to arts and culture. We value a diverse workforce, built upon inclusion, equity, and cultural humility, and are proud to be an equal opportunity workplace. All staff members are expected to contribute to RACC’s mission and support RACC’s core values in guiding their decisions and actions.
Under direction of the Public Art Collections Manager, the Public Art Conservation and Installation Technician (Tech) provides outdoor sculpture maintenance and basic conservation for artworks in the City of Portland and Multnomah County Public Art Collection. Under the direction of the Public Art Manager and Portable Works Curator the Tech also coordinates and installs 2-D exhibitions within City and County buildings. This position performs tasks that draw on an understanding of sculpture fabrication techniques and utilizes a variety of art handling skills. The Tech will be working in a range of locations—from the RACC offices, to outdoors sites, to secure spaces in government buildings. The job is suited to a person who is comfortable working independently on a variety of tasks. The position can be physically demanding at times, but also offers an opportunity to work with an outstanding, nationally recognized collection alongside the artists, fabricators, and public art professionals who care for it.
Essential Functions and Responsibilities:
• Provides routine and short notice maintenance and conservation for objects in the City of Portland and Multnomah County Public Art Collection with a principle focus on outdoor sculpture.
• Assists the Portable Works Curator with the installation of the Portable Works Collection (framed 2-D objects); once familiar with the collection and locations, the Tech will work independently on installations organized by the Curator.
• Routine monitoring and condition reporting of the Public Art Collection, this includes data entry in the collection’s Maintenance Database.
• Follows safe workplace practices and procedures while maintaining, handling, and installing artwork.
• Cares for a variety of equipment related to artwork maintenance/conservation/installation; assists with the ordering of supplies, is responsible for the safe and orderly storage of equipment and supplies.
• Assists with the installation of artwork labels, plaques, and signage.
• Performs other program related duties as assigned/developed by the team.
Knowledge, Skills, and Experience:
• Knowledge of sculpture fabrication techniques and basic outdoor sculpture care, general familiarity with basic carpentry or construction techniques--based on at least 2 years of related, pertinent work, volunteer, or educational experience.
• Experience with the safe use of hand and power tools; ability to safely operate (with training) boom and scissor lifts and other related equipment.
• Ability to work both as a member of the team and, as appropriate, to work independently.
• Good problem solving, basic research, and communication skills.
• Ability to maintain effective and respectful working relationships with associates, representatives of other organizations, government officials, and the public; cultural flexibility and agility, and a commitment to fostering a respectful and inclusive work environment.
• General knowledge of office software/computers; familiarity with databases.
• Familiarity with museum standards for handling, moving, and installing fine art or similar fragile objects.
• A valid Oregon driver’s license and good driving record.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job:
• Lift and move objects weighing 40 pounds.
• Work confidently on ladders, scaffolding, or personnel lifts at heights over eight feet.
• Willingness to work outdoors in various weather conditions.
• Ability to work safely with paints, solvents, and related hazardous materials as prescribed by staff/OSHA.
About the Regional Arts & Culture Council
RACC advocates for public and private investments in the arts, provides grants for artists and arts organizations, manages public art, raises money through workplace giving, conducts arts education in public schools, and provides community services, including workshops for artists, organizational consulting, and a variety of printed and electronic resources. RACC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that receives funding from a variety of public and private partners to serve artists, arts organizations, schools and residents throughout Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington counties. Read more about our work.
• Submit your application by 5:00pm on Thursday, March 7, 2019. You may submit online at: https://racc.org/joblisting-pacit, by postal mail, or in person at RACC, Attn: Public Art Conservation and Installation Technician, 411 NW Park Avenue, Suite 101, Portland, OR 97209.
• Please include a cover letter and resume.