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Employment Opportunities at RAM and RAM’s Wustum Museum

RAM ASSISTANT PREPARATOR
RAM BUILDING SERVICES ASSISTANT
RAM MUSEUM STORE ASSISTANT
WUSTUM COMMUNITY EDUCATOR
WUSTUM GENERAL MUSEUM ASSISTANT

Assistant Preparator

Racine Art Museum, 441 Main Street, Racine

Part-time, 29 hours per week
Some weekend and evening hours are required

General Summary of Position

Under the direction of the Curator of Exhibitions and supervision of daily activities by the Chief Preparator, this position assists the Exhibitions and Collections Departments in the performance of routine preparatory duties including the preparation and installation of exhibitions; maintaining and caring for the permanent collection; handling, packing, storing, shipping, receiving, unpacking; and transporting art works that are in the Museum’s care. This position serves both RAM and Wustum (two physically separate museums) as well as local offsite storage locations.

Principal Job Functions

Handling and transporting works of art.

  • Identified as a primary art handler.
  • Receiving and unpacking incoming/outgoing work; moving and placing work for storage and for exhibition; shipping and packing work for transport.
  • Work with the Registrar/Collections Manager and Chief Preparator in identifying adequate storage for all loaned objects when not yet on view.
  • Moving objects between RAM and Wustum campuses.
  • Works with the Registrar/Collections Manager and Chief Preparator to implement the transport and storage of incoming gifts, conservation, and exhibition loans.
  • Assisting with the packaging and shipping of articles sold by the Museum Store.
  • Packaging and transporting works of art from donors and lenders or to/from conservation.

Under the direction of the exhibitions staff, responsible for installation of exhibitions and works of art on display at both museum campuses.

  • Preparation and cleaning of exhibition/display space.
  • Preparation, movement, and placement of exhibition furniture.
  • Preparation, movement, and placement/handling of works of art.
  • Establishing appropriate lighting and security for objects on display.
  • Installing signage.

Maintaining and caring for the permanent collection.

  • Assists the Registrar/Collections Manager and Chief Preparator regarding packing and placing artwork in storage; maintaining, organizing, and cleaning the storage spaces.
  • Works with other staff to make objects available for catalogue or promotional photography.

Installing exhibitions in non-gallery locations and special projects.

  • Assists the Chief Preparator in working with Museum Store and other staff on exhibitions/events such as Peeps, AdORNAMENTS, the RAM Holiday Tree, regularly occurring art sales, and others.
  • Preparation and cleaning of exhibition/display space.
  • Preparation, movement, and placement of exhibition furniture.
  • Preparation, movement, and placement/handling of works of art.
  • Establishing appropriate lighting and security for objects on display.
  • Installing signage.

General gallery/building safety and security.

  • Shares responsibility with various staff for opening and closing the RAM building (lights, locking/unlocking, etc.)
  • Works with Registrar/Collections Manager and Chief Preparator to implement security procedures for galleries, building, and works of art.
  • Works with staff to maintain all aspects of gallery functionality.
  • General housekeeping duties in exhibition areas.

Works with various other staff to share responsibility for shipping and receiving of packages at the loading dock and for maintaining that space.

Physical Requirements and Working Conditions

This position generally works in display, storage, and warehouse conditions. This is a physical position and requires the ability to lift 50 lbs. and above; the ability to climb ladders and operate some machinery such as a scissors lift. A valid driver’s license and access to a vehicle that could be used to perform some work-related duties is required.

Education and Experience

Bachelor’s Degree preferred. Previous experience in display venues, exhibit spaces, historical/art, museums or galleries desired.

Please mail or email resume to:

Lena Vigna, Curator of Exhibitions
Racine Art Museum
441 Main Street; PO Box 187
Racine, WI 53403
[email protected]

No phone calls please.

Building Services Assistant

Racine Art Museum, 441 Main Street, Racine

Part-time, 20 hours per week, $11 per hour
Some weekend and evening hours are required

General Summary of Position

Responsible for assisting the Building and Grounds Supervisor with cleaning and maintenance at the Racine Art Museum (RAM) in downtown Racine.

Principal Job Functions
  • Maintain and clean RAM building.
  • Communicate with Supervisor regarding daily and weekly cleaning tasks and schedules.
  • Maintain RAM garden, sidewalks, and parking lot.
  • Help determine and schedule repairs.
  • Assist in the upkeep of supplies and equipment.
  • Assist the Supervisor with vendor contractors.
  • Assist Education and Exhibition Department programs, museum events, and facility rentals with set up and preparation.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
 Required Knowledge and Skills
  • General knowledge of cleaning and maintenance procedures and materials.
  • Maintain communications with Supervisor and other employees.
  • Use time management and problem solving skills.
  • Attention to detail.
Education and Experience

High School diploma and 1–2 years of building and grounds maintenance is preferred.

Physical Requirements and Working Conditions
  • Ability to be physically active a minimum of 5 hours per day.
  • Able to lift 50 pounds; climb stairs and ladders; use power and hand tools.
  • Perform landscaping and yard work tasks including tree trimming and light snow removal as needed.
  • Tolerate warm and cold environments—indoors and outdoors that need be cleaned as required.
  • Some weekend and evening hours are required.
Benefits

A retirement plan is available on the first enrollment date following 12 months of employment with employer match/contribution.

Please request an application from, or mail/email resume to:

Sharon Martinoff
Racine Art Museum
441 Main Street; PO Box 187
Racine, WI 53403
[email protected]

No phone calls please.

Museum Store Assistant/Receptionist

Racine Art Museum, 441 Main Street, Racine

Part-time, hourly
Some weekend and evening hours are required

General Summary of Position

The Museum Store Assistant will process all sales and maintain an orderly sales floor. The successful candidate will also serve as an ambassador for the museum, greeting guests, and answering questions about the museum and store merchandise.

Principal Job Functions
  • Manage overall operations of the Museum Store.
  • Set up cash register for each shift and process sales.
  • Provide daily light housekeeping such as vacuuming, dusting shelves, straightening merchandise, and maintaining gift wrap area.
  • Restock sales merchandise as needed.
  • Assist with receiving new merchandise.
  • Answer phone inquiries in the Museum Store.
  • Attend special events as required.
  • Assist with online sales and orders.
  • Assist with annual inventory.
Required Knowledge and Skills
  • Retail or equivalent sales experience.
  • Proficient in customer service.
  • Sound oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work well with others in a team environment.
  • Familiarity with point-of-sale system for cash receipts and sales is a plus.

Please mail or email cover letter and resume to:

Lisa Englander, Principal, Guest Experience and Retail Division
Racine Art Museum
PO Box 187
Racine, WI 53401-0187
[email protected]

No phone calls please.

Community Educator

RAM’s Wustum Museum, 2519 Northwestern Avenue, Racine

Part-time, hourly, average of 16 hours per week
Some evening and weekend hours are required

General Summary of Position

Assist Curator of Education with all aspects of educational programs at the Racine Art Museum and RAM’s Wustum Museum. Duties include the conception, planning, preparation, and organization of all education programs including studio classes, tours, family programs, community art events, RAM on the Road, SPARK!, and more. Primary workspace is at Wustum Museum, 2519 Northwestern Avenue in Racine.

Principal Job Functions
  • Member of the Education team responsible for family outreach programs including Downtown Outreach, Drop in for Art, Mommy and Me, and school programs.
  • Works with Education team to develop and plan family/outreach hands-on art experiences that are relevant to current museum exhibitions, collection, and the Association’s mission.
  • Plans and preps materials.
  • Basic set up and clean-up of museum program spaces.
  • Communicates project ideas to Curator of Education, marketing, and front desk staff.
  • Records program attendance and communicates other data to Curator of Education.
  • Helps with general Museum duties and assists Wustum reception desk staff as needed. General museum duties include guest and community relations, processing class registrations, processing class fees, and answering phones.
  • Works special events, receptions, weekend duty, etc. at both museums.
  • Other duties as assigned.
Required Knowledge and Skills
  • Must be current on all museum exhibitions, programs, and events.
  • Must have knowledge of a variety of studio art making techniques and terms.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of museum education policies and procedures.
  • Excellent organizational skills, including the ability to multi-task and proactively follow through on projects.
  • Ability to communicate effectively and professionally with different constituencies, both verbally and in writing.
  • Command of Microsoft Office Suite and solid computer skills required.
  • Must be able to work a flexible schedule, including evenings and weekends as needed.
  • Required to participate in new docent training and basic training for working with people with Alzheimer’s, dementia, and memory loss.
  • Must have valid driver’s license.
Education and Experience

Bachelor’s Degree in Education, Communications, Art, or a related field. Two-three years’ experience working as an artist, art teacher, art educator, or facilitating youth programs, preferred.

Physical Requirements and Working Conditions

Must be able to lift and carry up to 50 pounds.

Please email cover letter and resume to:

Tricia Blasko, Curator of Education
[email protected]

No phone calls please.

General Museum Assistant

RAM’s Wustum Museum, 2519 Northwestern Avenue, Racine

Part-time, hourly, $7.25 per hour
Primarily weeknight and weekend hours

General Summary of Position

The General Museum Assistant is responsible for front desk/reception customer relations and duties maintain cleanliness of museum galleries and studio spaces and assist in Education Programming.

Principal Job Functions
  • Front Desk Reception staff
    • Engage in customer relations
    • Record museum attendance
    • Take class registrations
    • Process payments
    • Answer phones
  • Education Assistants
    • Assist Education staff and teachers with classes, camps, and family programs at both campuses and off-site
    • Gallery duty and events at RAM
    • Prepare, clean, and set up
  • Maintenance Duties
    • Set up and take down classroom spaces
    • Maintain, clean, and vacuum museum galleries and classroom spaces
  • Must have knowledge of building, museum policies, exit strategies, and emergency procedures.
Required Knowledge and Skills
  • Must maintain current knowledge on all museum exhibitions, programs, and events
  • Demonstrate knowledge of museum and education policies and procedures
  • Excellent organizational skills, including the ability to multi-task and proactively follow through on projects and tasks assigned
  • Command of Microsoft Office Suite and solid computer skills required
  • Must be able to work a flexible schedule, including evenings and weekends as needed
Physical Requirements and Working Conditions

Ability to lift up to 50 pounds and move tables and chairs as needed.

Please mail or email resume to:

Tricia Blasko, Curator of Education
RAM’s Wustum Museum
2519 Northwestern Avenue
Racine, WI 53404
[email protected]

No phone calls please.

Equal Opportunity

RAMA complies with all Federal and State anti-discrimination statutes and does not discriminate for any reasons mentioned in either Federal or State law as amended from time to time. This policy will be in effect in all hiring situations for full-time as well as part-time employees, temporary part-time employees for educational programs and art classes, interns, and for the volunteers who perform staff functions as unpaid employees.

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