Director of Art Fabrication and Special Projects


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Company Description:
MASS MoCA is one of the world's liveliest (and largest) centers for making and enjoying today's most important art, music, dance, theater, film, and video. Hundreds of works of visual and performing art have been created on its 19th-century factory campus during fabrication and rehearsal residencies, making MASS MoCA among the most productive sites in the country for the creation and presentation of new art. More platform than box, MASS MoCA strives to bring to its audiences art experiences that are fresh, engaging, and transformative.

Director of Art Fabrication and Special Projects
North Adams
Full Time
Bachelor's Degree

The Director of Art Fabrication and Special Projects job is a combination of managerial and hands-on work. This position will oversee and execute all details of decided upon exhibitions and special institutional projects (including both exhibitions and capital construction projects). Key in this role is planning, budgeting, drafting, and supervision of said projects to make sure we meet deadlines, and ensure the exhibitions open on time, on budget, and at the highest possible quality. This position provides leadership and directs the fabrication, while working closely with the Director of Art Installation on the execution and maintenance of museum exhibitions, and commissioned works. 

The Director of Art Fabrication and Special Projects will collaborate with the with visual arts and facilities staff, outside vendors, partner institutions, and exhibiting artists. This role will focus on value engineering, logistics, and resource management and will provide finalized construction/installation drawings for all projects, engineering approval, and ensuring building/fire code are met for all exhibition for all exhibitions. Additionally, this role will be responsible for consulting with the art installation team on all AV projects (including specialized lighting and kinetics), 

This position will from time to time focus on non-exhibition related special projects and capital construction projects. These projects will be determined in advance so that the duties related to exhibitions can be shared amongst other team members or overhires (1099). This position reports to the Director of Exhibitions and manages and evaluates the Exhibitions Manager/Senior Registrar and the Director of Installation.

- Code bills and manage budgets for Special Projects and Fabrication working with Exhibition Manager/Senior Registrar on budget management

- Communicate with artists on Special Projects to insure quality, timeline, and budget

- Work closely with Director of Exhibitions, Exhibitions Manager/Senior Registrar, and Director of Art Installation to insure the sharing of information and collaborative scheduling of all work needed for Special Projects and general exhibitions.

- Assure that operating licensing and OSHA requirements are up to day

- Supervises Director of Installation and Exhibition Manager/Senior Registrar, including assigning priorities and duties; executing performance reviews, and determining and managing budgets.

- On call for any onsite exhibition related emergencies along with Exhibition Manager/Senior Registrar and Director of Installation

Exhibition Design 

- Serve as a liaison with Buildings and Grounds on the scope of their work for Art Fabrication leading up to and during installation/deinstallation of exhibitions
- Turn preliminary exhibition Sketchup plans into final working documents and disseminate to Art Fabrication and Buildings and Grounds team

- Create all construction drawings in collaboration with Director of Installation

- Work with Exhibition Manager/Senior Registrar and Director of Installation to facilitate conversations between Art Fab, Buildings + Grounds, and other relevant team members to develop exhibition install calendars and additional builds or designs

- Update calendars and planning documents following scheduling conversations
- Plan for fire safety and egress, review any code issues 

- Work with engineers to approve and exhibition fabrication

- Work to ensure that necessary exhibition and commissions are designed to travel

Contractor sourcing/coordination For Exhibitions
- Facilitate meetings with external contractors including but not limited to sprinkler experts, electricians, outsourced fabricators, engineers, etc.
- Organize the rental of lifts, cranes, and other mechanical equipment
- Disseminate and review quotes/plans with team and decide on contractors based on quality, schedule, and budget
- Coordinate onsite work time with outside contractors


Production for Exhibitions

- Working with Director of Installation to consult on construction/assembly methods for artwork fabrication

- Provide suggestions, budget, and execution for all AV and specialized technical needs (kinetics, sounds, video, specialized lighting) 

- Provides exhibition long troubleshooting and technical assistance as needed, including training for security and pertinent staff of open and close procedures for all exhibitions

- Assisting with any metal fabrication and wood construction

- Working directly with engineers, the fire marshal, and building inspector to ensure we are meeting suggested codes for artworks/installation and reviewing said suggestions with Managing Director of Exhibitions, Exhibitions Manager/Senior Registrar, and Director of Art Installation.

- Source tech for building 6 assuring all projects open on time and on budget

- Oversee James Turrell and Laurie Anderson long-term projects including maintenance and installation

As defined by the National Labor Relations Act, this position is not part of the bargaining unit/union.


• Bachelor's degree in Art and Design (or equivalent experience)

• Five years' work in the field of fabrication and art installation 

• Excellent work ethic, craftsmanship, practical problem-solving, creative thinking, embracing collaborative practice, and understanding of team spirit 

• The ability to communicate clearly with colleagues, collaborators, and artists 

• A high level of professional consideration for the art in our care

• Knowledge of standards for packing, crating, handling, and installing artworks

• Experience working in all aspects of art fabrication including value engineering, working with outside contractors, and creating digital fabrication drawings

• The most competitive candidate will have experience working with artists to realize their vision. 

• Experience managing small teams of technicians, working with city officials, and outside contractors 

Work Conditions: 

• Some duties of this position require being able to work outside, potentially in inclement weather for extended periods of time

• Potential for overtime and weekends during installation periods

• Physical Requirements

• Ability to stand, walk, and/or sit for extended periods of time with limited breaks

• Ability to use hands to finger, handle, or feel, reach with hands and arm, and reach above shoulder height

• The employee is regularly required to climb or balance, squat, kneel, and crouch. 

• The employee must regularly be able to lift and/or move up to 50+ pounds and move heavy objects as required.

• Ability to climb ladders and operate mechanical lifts and power tools

• Ability, mobility, and license to drive a motor vehicle

• Acute vision, hearing, voice, smell, and sense of touch

• Employee is required to move about their work area, between buildings and the campus grounds, ascend and descend stairs

Physical Requirements:

• Must be vaccinated for COVID-19 

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