Lead Preparator

Schedule: Variable – Approximately 5 hours/week for planning, events, and maintenance related responsibilities, up to 40 hours/week during project-specific installation periods

Status: On-call, contractor

Reporting Structure: Reports to Artistic Director

Compensation: $26 - 29/hour, depending on experience

Applications due: November 15, 2021

Position Description: Southern Exposure’s Lead Preparator is the technical coordinator for projects and exhibitions. They provide technical assistance in support of all of Southern Exposure’s programs.


  • Meets weekly with SoEx Artistic and Co-Director to plan and manage technical needs and schedules for all exhibitions and projects, communicating details regarding schedules, plans, needs, conflicts, changes, etc
  • Oversees the installation and de-installation of exhibitions and projects and the operation of AV equipment for events and rentals
  • Maintains safe artwork handling protocols
  • Consults with staff, artists, curators, students, and rental clients regarding installation and technical needs of projects and schedules; responds to emails and information requests from staff, artists, and curators
  • Hires, schedules and supervises preparators and contractors for carpentry, fabrication, AV operation, and installation/de-installation of projects 
  • Maintains inventory of equipment, manages equipment storage area, keeps storage areas organized, clean, and stocked, makes recommendations for equipment and facility purchases, repairs, and upgrades
  • Create instructions for turning on and off installations


  • Experience working as a preparator in a museum or gallery
  • Good communication skills and experience working collaboratively
  • Enthusiasm for Southern Exposure’s mission and for contemporary art
  • Ability to work independently, take initiative and follow through
  • Patience, flexibility 
  • Punctuality, reliability
  • Basic proficiency in email, office and online tools including Google Suite desired
  • Familiarity with AV equipment, ability to operate basic video equipment highly desirable
  • Carpentry and/or AV skills highly desirable 

Physical Requirements:  

Performing this job requires the use of tools or controls, sitting, communicating, standing, climbing ladders, balancing, stooping or kneeling. While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly works on-site at the organization. 

How to apply: Interested candidates should send an email to [email protected] with the subject line: Lead Preparator: your name. Please attach a cover letter and resume.

Southern Exposure is AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran.

Southern Exposure (SoEx) is an artist-centered nonprofit organization that is committed to supporting visual artists. Through our extensive and innovative programming, SoEx strives to experiment, collaborate and further educate while providing an extraordinary resource center and forum for Bay Area and national artists and youth in our Mission District space and off-site, in the public realm.