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Preparator/Production Assistant

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The Preparator/Production Assistant is responsible for assisting with the National Museum’s multi-faceted exhibition program that includes primarily the installation and de-installation of on-site exhibitions and displays. Other responsibilities will include supporting the exhibition units’ role in providing fabrication support for other Museum programs. May include evening and weekend hours as needed to support exhibition openings.


  • 1. Provide general support to the production of exhibitions and displays.
  • 2. Assist with building, preparing and painting exhibition spaces for the on-site exhibitions and displays.
  • 3. Assist with the design, production, preparation and installation of exhibition graphics, artifacts, vitrines, and text elements.
  • 4. Provide support in loading and unloading exhibition crates and materials.
  • 5. Assists with the design, production and maintenance and/or repair of exhibit related objects, graphics, publications, brochures, printed collateral or signage.
  • 6. Provide assistance with lighting of exhibitions.
  • 7. Assist with creation of mock-ups, samples, plans, materials and other information for presentations.
  • 8. Assists with maintenance of the production work area and storage areas.
  • 9. Provide assistance with inventory control of exhibition elements to include temporary and traveling exhibits as needed.
  • 10. Staff members must be able to work with visitors of all ages to support the various events sponsored by the National Museum. Each staff member will be expected to work on a minimum of three museum-wide events per year: a) National Museum’s Gala Dinner & Silent Auction - (off-site) typically held in the Spring (April-May) b) National Museum’s Family Festival Day- Oshogatsu Festival (January) c) National Museum’s Family Festival Day- Natsumatsuri Festival (August)

This list is not exhaustive and may be supplemented as necessary. Incumbent will perform related duties as assigned.


Qualification Requirements: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education: Bachelors degree in Design, Art or Architecture or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Experience/Knowledge: At least 1 years of experience working in a gallery or museum setting. Must be a self-starter and able to multi-task and prioritize. Ability to work well under pressure to meet deadlines and complete assignments in a timely manner. Must have excellent organizational skills and be detail oriented. Professional phone manner is essential. Ability to work in a team-environment and be able to negotiate multiple perspectives and provide tangible solutions. Demonstrate commitment and flexibility at all times in order to ensure high quality service. Knowledge of Japanese American history and culture a plus.

Communication: Excellent communication and negotiation skills. Must be able to provide courteous and effective service to co-workers, volunteers and the general public. Ability to read and comprehend documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to effectively present information in one-on-one and small group format.

Computer: Computer literate in major graphic design programs including Quark-Express, Photoshop, Illustrator, experience with MS Office and Gmail is preferred.

Math: Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, proportions, percentages, area, circumference, and volume. Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry.

Reasoning: Act on own initiative. Must be able to comply with institutional policies and procedures. Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form. Perform successfully when juggling and re-prioritizing multiple assignments in a fast-paced, changing work environment. Reliable follow-through on assigned projects in a complete, well conceived and timely manner.

Physical: 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. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls. The employee frequently is required to talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, sit, reach with hands and arms, climb or balance, and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. Employee is occasionally required to go up and down ladders (up to 12 feet) and or use a scissor lift. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 75 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, and the ability to adjust focus.

Environment: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those the employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.


Reports to: Vice President of Exhibitions & Art Director
Positions supervised: None

The Japanese American National Museum reserves the discretion to change this job description at any time.The Japanese American National Museum is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their race, religion, ancestry, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, genetic information, disability, marital status, domestic partner status, or medical condition.



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