Job Listing: Museum Preparator/Media Specialist

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Longwood Center for the Visual Arts - Farmville, VA

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Position Title – Museum Preparator/Media Specialist

Salary - Pay Band 3

Job Type - Part-Time

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About Longwood University:

A comprehensive university with a strong liberal arts foundation, Longwood has a distinctive mission to develop citizen leaders who are prepared to make positive contributions to the common good of society. Founded in 1839, Longwood is the third-oldest public university in Virginia.

Longwood is part of the proud tradition of higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Roughly one hour's drive from Charlottesville, Lynchburg, and Richmond, Longwood is located in the historic two-college community of Farmville. Longwood currently has approximately 4,800 undergraduate and graduate students and 38,000 alumni. It maintains affiliations with the neighboring Robert Russa Moton Museum of civil rights history and the Longwood Center for Visual Arts, a nationally accredited university art museum. A member of the Big South Conference, Longwood competes at the NCAA Division I level.

Job Description:

The Longwood Center for the Visual Arts (LCVA) invites qualified applicants to apply for the position of Museum Preparator/Media Specialist II (PW053). The Preparator works closely with the exhibitions and collections departments, and is responsible for the implementation of permanent and temporary exhibition design and interpretation including wall preparation, pedestal and display material construction and placement of display materials, as well as setting up equipment for programs and events according to event design. The Preparator will also be responsible for the inventory of display materials, event equipment, and related supplies. The selected candidate will ensure the safety, security, maintenance, cleanliness, and organization of display materials, event equipment, and related supplies and oversee students, volunteers, and interns assigned to his/her department. The Preparator reports to the Curator of Exhibitions.

Essential Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Prepare walls for installation including repairing, spackling, sanding, and painting
  • Construct pedestals, walls, and other display materials, including matting and framing of two dimensional works, according to plans and schedule provided by Exhibition Manager
  • Procure necessary supplies and materials for preparation and construction
  • Coordinate the movement and placement of pedestals and other display materials
  • Place work orders with facilities management
  • Assist Curator of Exhibitions and Collections Manager
  • Construct and contract services for construction of crates, as needed
  • Event set up for all LCVA and High Street Theatre programs
  • Ensure safe handling and storage of equipment and products (paints, solvents, etc.)
  • Maintain a safe, clean, tidy, and organized storage area for supplies, display materials, and equipment
  • Establish and maintain display material inventory in computer files that indicate type, dimensions, and accessories
  • Develop and maintain collegial and productive relationships internally (museum and university) and externally (greater community).
  • Follow best practices as outlined by the LCVA collections policies and manual, Longwood University, and the American Alliance of Museums
  • Occasional overnight travel is required


  • High School diploma or equivalency required
  • Extensive knowledge of art and art handling
  • Experience in light construction, painting, and wall preparation
  • Competency using power tools
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced dynamic environment
  • Attention to detail and organizational skills
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite to include Word and Excel
  • Ability to do basic mathematical computations
  • Ability to safely lift 50 pounds unassisted and work on ladders or scaffolding at heights up to 20 feet
  • Ability to interpret and carry out complex installation and event plans
  • Ability to work well both independently and as part of a team

Additional Information:

This is a part-time, non-exempt, funded wage position limited to an average of 29 hours per week and 1500 hours maximum per work year. Pay band 3. This position will start August 10, 2022. Commonwealth of Virginia benefits do not accompany this position. A successful criminal background investigation is required. AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service alumni are encouraged to apply.

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Longwood University will provide, if requested, reasonable accommodations to applicants in need of accommodations in order to provide access to the application and/or interview process. You are not required to note the presence of a disability on your application. If, however, you require accommodations in the application and/or interview process, please contact the Office of Human Resources at 434-395-2074 or

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Application Instructions:

Review of applications will begin immediately. This position will begin August 10, 2022. Position will be posted a minimum of five business days, position posted 5/10/22. To apply for this position, qualified applicants must complete the online application with the option to attach a resume, cover letter, and/or other documents.