Manager of Facilities

The Westmoreland Museum of American Art seeks a Manager of Facilities to be responsible for managing all aspects of the buildings and grounds of the Museum, including maintaining HVAC parameters, maintenance, service contracts, and working with special events. This position is responsible for cleanliness and safety of the premises, especially in regard to the Museum visitor’s experience. Artists with appropriate skills are encouraged to apply.

Responsibilities:

This position is responsible for the operation of the heating, ventilating and air conditioning system (HVAC) for the protection and preservation of the Museum’s collection and all equipment including lighting, emergency generator and power distribution system. Most of these controls are operated by computer and outside contractors are retained to service them. Management, scheduling and oversight of these contractors are important to the skill set required for this position. This position also ensures that the museum grounds are safe and maintained, including managing outside contractors for snow removal and grounds keeping. Some hands-on work is involved when needed. Manages facilities budget, ordering of supplies and supervises one part-time custodian.

This position serves as first contact (24/7) for irregular openings/closings, false alarms, and any other issues related to the security system working with police and fire agencies as well as our own monitoring company.

Must work collaboratively and support other teams including the art team relating to securing and protecting the collection; and special events, including set-up and tear-down, and clean up.

Qualifications:

Excellent computer skills, the ability to manage a flexible schedule, and being a team player are a must. Some knowledge of HVAC, electrical and plumbing systems (including equipment maintenance and repairs), is preferred. If not, being a quick learner and possessing dedication and reliability are welcome substitutes. A valid PA driver’s license and the ability to lift and carry at least 50 pounds are a must.

Completion of an Associate’s Degree in related field, and an appreciation for the specific environmental needs of an art collection are preferred as is experience in supervision in the operation of a commercial or institutional facility.

Interested candidates should submit a letter of interest (detailing computer experience) and a resume.

About the Westmoreland Museum of American Art:

For almost 60 years, The Westmoreland Museum of American Art has brought national and international attention to the artists and places of southwestern Pennsylvania. Committed to engaging the public with imagination and innovation through great experiences with art, the Museum serves as a major cultural tourist attraction and welcomes visitors from all corners of the nation.

The only museum dedicated to American art in western Pennsylvania, The Westmoreland’s extraordinary permanent collection is complemented by world-class traveling exhibitions that have drawn visitors from across the country. In 2015, a major renovation and expansion project resulted in a new LEED-certified facility that includes expanded galleries and education spaces, enhanced behind-the-scenes capabilities, a community room, a hands-on interactive learning center, public green space, and a dynamic 14,000 square foot state-of-the-art cantilever east wing.

The Museum is located in Greensburg, PA, part of the Pittsburgh Metro area. While economically depressed in recent decades, the downtown area is slowly revitalizing and offers beautiful brick architecture and affordable real estate. Home to cultural attractions including the Seton Hill Arts Center, the Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra, and the Palace Theater, the city's downtown area has an emerging cultural district.

Learn more about the Westmoreland Museum of American Art at http://thewestmoreland.org/

The Westmoreland is accepting proposals for Pop-Up Exhibitions. Artists working in all media and living within a 150 mile radius of Pittsburgh, PA will be considered. Site-specific installations are welcome. Pop-Up Exhibitions will be held in the Robertshaw Gallery, adjacent to the lobby on the 1st floor. Opening receptions will coincide with one of the Museum’s Art on Tap (see item 5 to learn more about Art on Tap). If selected, artists will receive a confirmation email with exhibition dates and other relevant information.

GUIDELINES

1. Delivery: The Westmoreland is located at 221 N. Main Street, Greensburg, PA 15601. Please use the loading dock located on the north side of the building (Academy Place). You can announce that you are delivering to the greeter in the lobby and we will open the dock door for you. Work will need to be delivered during the week prior to installation. You can make arrangements with Bonnie West.
2. Installation: Will occur on Mondays, 9am–5pm. All artwork should be ready to hang with proper installation hardware. If you have special installation requirements, please contact us to discuss those needs. The Museum will handle installation and lighting.
3. PR: The Museum will prepare a press release to announce all Pop-Up exhibitions in the Robertshaw Gallery. The Museum will promote the exhibitions on our website, Facebook page and other social media. Pop-up exhibitions will also be included in the monthly e-news, other email communications and triannual printed newsletter. Each artist will submit a sampling of high-resolution images, one month prior to their scheduled exhibition, that includes artist’s name, title of work, date and medium.
4. Signage: The Westmoreland will produce all labels, title signage, and text panels. Artist will supply label information for each work of art.
5. Reception: The reception to celebrate your exhibition will take place during The Museum’s monthly Art on Tap event which occurs on the second Friday of each month from 5–7pm. This event is very popular and draws a large crowd so your work will have great exposure. Admission to this event, which includes 2 drink tickets and light refreshments, is $9 members / $12 non-members online, and $10 members/ $15 non-members at the door. Each artist will receive 2 complimentary admission tickets.
6. Sales: If your work is available for purchase, please provide a complete price list at the time of delivery. All sales will be processed through the Museum Shop. A 6% sales tax will be included in the total price paid by the customer. A 20% commission on the retail sales price will be withheld by the Museum. A current W-9 must also be provided to the shop manager. Artists will receive a single payment for the net proceeds of all work sold within 30 days of the close of the exhibition. The Westmoreland will not be responsible for the storage of work that is sold. In some instances, artists may be responsible for arranging delivery of purchased artwork.
7. De-Installation: Will occur on the Monday following the close of the exhibition, 9am–5pm. Artists will be responsible to pick up their work.

Link to Robertshaw Gallery Floor Plan
http://thewestmoreland.org/app/uploads/2018/02/gallery_floorplan.pdf

*Note: Wall height = roughly 10 feet