JOB TITLE: Head Preparator, The Broad
REPORTS TO: Director of Collections Management
CLASSIFICATION: Full-time, exempt
DATE AVAILABLE: January 2014


In 2010, Eli and Edythe Broad announced plans to open The Broad, a new, public museum of contemporary art on Grand Avenue in downtown Los Angeles (anticipated opening: fall 2014). Designed by world-renowned architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro, the museum will be a 120,000 square foot, three-level facility, and will include approximately 50,000 square feet of gallery space on two floors, a lecture hall for up to 200 people, and a public lobby with display space and a museum shop. The project will include a state-of-the-art archive, study and art storage space that will be available to scholars and curators who want to research works in the collection and borrow artworks for their institutions through The Broad Art Foundation’s worldwide lending program. The museum will be adjacent to luminary cultural institutions such as the Music Center of Los Angeles and Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Colburn School of Music, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, forming a remarkable locus of culture in Southern California.

The museum’s exhibition programming will focus on the contents of the renowned contemporary art collections of Eli and Edythe Broad, which feature in total 2000 artworks by more than 200 artists and unparalleled, in-depth groupings of works by select artists such as Jeff Koons, Roy Lichtenstein, Cindy Sherman, Jean-Michel Basquiat and many others.

The Broads created The Broad Art Foundation in 1984 as a pioneering lending library for contemporary artworks. Dedicated to increasing access to contemporary art for audiences worldwide, the foundation has made nearly 8,000 loans to 485 museums and galleries around the world. In addition to The Broad Art Foundation’s works, the loan program also makes available art from The Eli and Edythe L. Broad Collection. Together, the Broad Collections are among the most prominent collections of postwar and contemporary art in the world. For more information on The Broad Art Foundation, please visit

The Broad Art Foundation and The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation together comprise The Broad Foundations, which have assets of $2.4 billion. The Broad Foundations were established to advance entrepreneurship for the public good in education, science, and the arts. For more information about The Broad Foundations, please visit

Position Summary

As a key member of the founding museum team, the head preparator will play a critical role in the opening of The Broad Museum. He/she will be responsible for the safe handling and movement of artwork, the installation and maintenance of the galleries and collection spaces, and management of temporary and contract art handling personnel.

Duties and Responsibilities


  • Responsible for installation of 3-4 exhibitions per year at The Broad
  • Responsible for art movement, installations and de-installations from and to lending/borrowing organizations and individuals
  • Hire, schedule and supervise contract art handlers
  • Hire, schedule and supervise non-art sub-contractors for exhibitions
  • Oversee fabrication of pedestals, mounts, cleats, etc.
  • Work with the curators on exhibition lighting
  • Oversee audio/video installations
  • Install exhibition labels, didactics and graphics
  • Develop exhibition/installation budgets under the direction of the Director of Collections Management


  • Inspect and maintain the galleries daily, including dusting and cleaning of artwork, changing lights, paint touch-up
  • Purchase and maintain equipment and tools
  • Order collection supplies (archival supplies, installation hardware, lumber, etc.)
  • Supervise contract cleaning crew in the galleries
  • Inspect and clean collection storage
  • Assist facility staff with pest management
  • Collection Management
  • Prepare and pack incoming/outgoing artwork
  • Re-house artwork: box construction, replace old materials
  • Prepare installation manuals
  • Assist with developing and implementing procedures and guidelines for the safe handling and movement of all art objects
  • Prepare condition reports
  • Document packing, crating, installation as needed
  • Assist registrars with inventory
  • Assist with collections management annual budget
  • Assist contract conservators

Other duties:

  • Domestic and international courier travel
  • Other duties as assigned


This position will supervise the assistant preparator, contract art handlers, fine arts shipping companies and additional contractors as required.


  • Bachelor’s degree (advanced degree preferred) in art, design or related field
  • Five or more years of art handling experience in a museum environment
  • Experience in all aspects of art installation including large –scale artwork, A/V and multi-media installations
  • Experience in carpentry, painting, pedestal fabrication
  • At least 2 years supervisory experience
  • Experience with purchasing and maintaining art handling tools and equipment
  • Ability to use various hand tools and equipment including fork and scissor lifts
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Ability to work effectively in a team setting
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Computer skills: Microsoft Office Suite, Autocad, Adobe
  • Knowledge of contemporary art
  • A valid driver’s license
  • Ability to lift 50+ lbs

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Rigging experience
  • Exhibition design experience
  • Courier experience

Employment is contingent upon a satisfactory background and reference check, which will include a credit and criminal report as well as verifications of employment and educational records. You must be legally entitled to work in the United States for any employer.


The ideal candidate will have experience in all aspects of installation and de-installation of museum quality exhibitions. Knowledge of handling and moving large fragile works carefully while supervising a crew is required. He or she should be able to work in a team environment as well as alone. The ability to work in a fast paced environment while thinking creatively and problem solve is a must. The candidate should be able to teach and explain the correct methods and procedures for the safe handling of art works and equipment.


The Broad is currently under construction. This position will be based at The Broad Art Foundation’s current offices in Santa Monica, California until the new facility is complete, at which time the position will relocate to downtown Los Angeles. Travel to and from the Broad’s residences, along with travel to local warehouses and occasional domestic and international courier travel will be required.


The appointee’s compensation package will be based on his or her experience and salary history. The foundation offers excellent benefits including a variety of health plans and a 401k retirement savings plan with an employer match.


For consideration, please send a letter of interest and resume to Please list the job title “head preparator” in the subject line. We will only contact candidates chosen for further consideration.


The foundation does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, ethnic or national origin, age, disability, gender, sexual orientation, veteran status or other characteristics covered by law with regard to employment opportunities.

The statements in this description represent typical elements, criteria, and general work performed. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required for the job.