Landmarks seeks a part-time contract project manager. Additionally, Landmarks seeks a UT Austin graduate student for a part-time collections assistant position. See both position descriptions below.
Landmarks seeks an independent contractor to serve as a project manager for select public art projects.
The contracted project manager will play a key role in realizing public art projects for Landmarks at The University of Texas at Austin. Typical public art projects take an average of 3-5 years to mature, and Landmarks anticipates completing at least one project annually for the foreseeable future.
Contractor will work closely with the Assistant Director of Collections and Founding Director and Curator, and interface with other members of the Landmarks team. Project manager also works with artists, their representatives, and key project collaborators.
Contractor must track and bill all hours for each assigned project. The hours will vary depending on project demands, but may not exceed an average of 20 hours per week.
Services that Contractor will provide:
- Arrange and attend project meetings, take notes, and distribute upon request
- Track project partners for meetings, communications, and acknowledgements
- Make routine site visits to project sites on campus and impromptu visits upon request
- Provide photo/video documentation upon request
- Research and interface with fabricators, shippers, and installers upon request
- Assist in researching conservation plans and care for projects
- Solicit estimates from external vendors and campus partners
- Manage all aspects of project-related purchasing in coordination with the Business Coordinator
- Prepare and route vendor contracts
- Provide administrative support for project-related Business activities, such as maintaining project budgets, and assisting with purchases and reimbursements
- Coordinate and lead tours for various project-related constituents, including colleagues, university groups, and donors upon request
- Create tracking system to convey activities and hours spent on individual projects, and provide monthly or quarterly invoices for payment
- Maintain documentation for each project that can serve as a road map for others to follow
- Attend staff meetings to review project checklists
- Other duties as agreed.
Contractor minimum requirements:
- Bachelor’s degree in art history, art education, curatorial/museum studies, or comparable experience in a related field
- Knowledge of the principles and practices of contemporary art
- Strong project management skills, organization, and attention to detail
- Effective writing and research skills
- Efficiency with Microsoft Word and Excel
- Ability to track and meet deadlines and manage shifting priorities
- Discretion with sensitive information
Contractor Preferred Qualifications:
- At least two years project management experience in related field.
- Knowledge and experience in the field of contemporary art, public art, and curatorial practices
- Knowledge and experience in architecture and construction processes
- Knowledge and experience in The University of Texas at Austin administrative processes
- Proficiency with the Adobe Creative Suite and video editing
- Ability and desire to engage in the long-term stewardship of public art project development over the course of several years
Other Requirements and Working Conditions:
- Daily use of a computer, monitor, and copier
- Daily use of personal cell phone for routine communications
- Occasional use of standard PPE for construction sites
- Access to transportation to complete tasks
- Ability to walk across campus and shuttle materials on occasion
- Available to work evenings and weekends on occasion
- Comfortable working remotely as office space will not be designated for this position
- Routine ability to be physically present on campus for group meeting and other needs as requested
As a contractor minimum hours are not guaranteed. The person performing services will be an independent contractor and will not be an employee of UT Austin and will not qualify for any benefits from UT Austin. To qualify, applicants must not have received a paycheck from The University of Texas at Austin any time after December 1, 2021.
Please submit cover letter, resume, and three references to Thao Votang by email: email@example.com. All inquiries must be directed to Thao. Please do not contact any other Landmarks staff.
- $50-80/hour commensurate with experience
Collections Assistant, Landmarks
M-F, 9-5, very flexible, with occasional evenings/weekends
Approximately 15 hours/week
This non-academic Graduate Research Assistant position is responsible for assisting the Assistant Director for Collections with care of the Landmarks public art collection on the UT Austin campus. This includes maintenance, conservation, transportation, installation, and storage of works of art.
Collection Care (50%)
- Conduct routine visits and standard maintenance tasks at all works in the collection
- Ensure appropriate exhibition settings are maintained for works, including but not limited to proper signage, mounts and bases, lighting, and placement of surrounding fixtures
- Complete condition reports, flagging areas of concern and alerting necessary staff/vendors
- Maintain and update collection database
- Assist AD and conservators with treatments and maintenance campaigns. This may include:
- Communicating with vendors
- Soliciting estimates
- Consulting with maintenance and conservation experts for treatment planning
- Submitting work requests and coordinating with facilities services, custodial services, PMCS, etc.
- Assisting AD with logistics of new installations and relocations or storage of art
- Assisting AD and vendors in emergency response
Volunteer Management (25%)
- Manage Landmarks Preservation Guild (LPG) volunteer program, including recruiting/managing leadership roles
- Recruit, retain, and recognize volunteers
- Develop training procedures, modules, documents and schedules in coordination with AD
- Coordinate training sessions with conservators and other subject matter experts
- Assign works of art to volunteers for routine maintenance and observation
- Review and track volunteer performance and participation
- Administer annual survey(s)
- Inventory conservation and maintenance supplies; manage supply orders
- Recordkeeping and archival storage of conservation and project-related material
- Monitor attic stock and off-site storage of art and related materials
- Assist education and development staff with preparation for VIP tours and special programs like Explore UT
- Assist at openings and events as needed
- Assist with loan requests
- Bachelor’s degree
- Rising (fall 2021) or currently enrolled graduate student at UT
- Effective written and verbal and interpersonal communication skills
- Undergraduate studies in related field such as museum science, art, art history, historic preservation, landscape design, archival science, etc.
- Experience with object conservation and collection databases
- Knowledge of and appreciation for visual art
- Experience with volunteer coordination
- Available to work a varied work week to include flexible hours, weekends, evenings, as required
- Ability to work indoors and outdoors, move across the entire UT campus, occasionally operate tools, and occasionally carry heavy loads (30-40 lbs, with or without accommodation).
- Occasional driving required; able to drive a university vehicle
Skills to be Gained in this Role:
- Knowledge of best practices in public art collection care
- Basic object conservation skills and experience assisting conservators
- Volunteer management
- Experience working on a team
Resume and cover letter required. No phone calls please.
Cover letter must address the following:
- Explain your interest in the position
- Detail any relevant work or educational experience
- How would this job provide you with an opportunity you wouldn’t otherwise be able to pursue?
- Anything else you would like to share with the hiring committee that we should know
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