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Crating Manager

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Position: Crating Manager

Status: Full-Time | Exempt | Salaried

Reports to: Director of Collection Care

Hours: Mon – Fri, 9:00am – 5:30pm

The Minnesota Street Project (Project), the Minnesota Street Project Foundation (Foundation), and Minnesota Street Project Art Services (Art Services) value a community where everyone can participate in arts and culture and strives to cultivate equity in all of its programs.  We value a diverse workforce built upon inclusion, equity, and cultural humility and are proud to be an equal opportunity workplace.  We believe that the arts have the power to change hearts and minds, and to inspire social change.  We also believe that arts and culture are key elements in creating desirable places to live, learn, work, and visit.

About Minnesota Street Project: 

Located in San Francisco’s historic Dogpatch district, the Project is a for-profit enterprise that supports contemporary arts in the Bay Area by providing sustainably below-market rents to artists, art galleries, and arts non-profits and by providing spaces for visiting exhibitions and arts-related programming.

About Minnesota Street Project Foundation: 

An affiliate of the Project, the Foundation was created to advance educational and civic programming and provide direct financial support to artists and arts organizations.

About Art Services: 

Art Services, founded & headquartered in San Francisco since 2016, is the Bay Area’s fastest growing and most innovative provider of highest quality art storage, installation, packing, crating, transportation, and solutions. Our clients include private collectors, galleries, and institutions who value our emphasis on customer relationships, collection care, and creative problem solving.

100% of our profits are used to support the artists, galleries, and institutions that comprise the Project as well as other arts non-profits and projects in the Bay Area.

Job Summary:

Art Services is seeking a full-time Crating Manager with at least 5 years’ experience in crate design and fabrication to open and operate a crate shop in our current facility. The Crating Manager will exhibit a friendly and approachable demeanor with all Project clients, staff, and vendors, acting as a positive ambassador for the Art Services department, as well as the overall Project. This person must value teamwork and have a goal to keep our team and artwork safe. This person will demonstrate understanding of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Access in the arts and in our daily lives, has cultural flexibility/agility, and a commitment to fostering a respectful and inclusive work environment.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Maintains excellent relationships with clientele and vendors, including collectors, galleries, institutions, consultants, and other arts professionals, ensuring industry-leading client satisfaction.
  • Hires, trains, and manages new crate shop staff; develops training materials (to OSHA/company standards) for new and existing staff to follow when in the crate shop.
  • Ensures proper security procedures are executed at all times, including opening and closing of the facility on a daily basis. Acts as non-primary security contact for off-hour alarms at Crate Shop location.
  • Establishes layout and workflow including additional shop buildout, sourcing storage equipment, and installation.
  • Proposes and designs crates along with pricing structure based on our current space and business model.
  • Demonstrates and maintains heightened quality assurance and overall professionalism in the warehouse and crate shop at all times.
  • Responsible for equipment maintenance tools and materials tracking and ordering.
  • Administers reuse/recycling practices and helps to reduce superfluous waste.
  • Expertly handles, tracks, and stores artwork throughout the facility in accordance with OSHA and company specifications.
  • Schedules and performs site visits as needed to inspect artwork/measure for accurate crating.
  • Works cross departmentally to maintain a safe/clean workspace and to establish a workflow for crate ordering based on requested.
  • Schedules, plans, and troubleshoots with the Project Management Department for onsite crating jobs related to large sculptures/rigging projects.
  • Regularly reviews shop for issues related to sprinklers, pest control and required cleaning and communicates needs to Operations Department.
  • Assists with crate packing when needed.
  • Attends weekly department meetings, as well as occasional programming events at 1275 Minnesota Street.
  • Assists the warehouse staff when needed and performs other related duties as required.
  • Evening or weekend work may be required to meet urgent deadlines

Required Skills, Abilities, and Experience:

  • Minimum 5 years’ experience in an art shipping organization, museum, or gallery; must have first-hand art handling, crate design and production, and expertise of best art handling/packing standards and materials; knowledge of domestic and international shipping preferred.
  • Preferred prior experience in a management level position overseeing staff, training, and timelines
  • Ability to quickly identify and resolve problems, effectively prioritize, and manage time efficiently, ensuring projects stay on schedule.
  • Demonstrated concern for detail, accuracy, and precise execution of work; excellent communication skills, both verbally and written; highly organized.
  • Proficient with Mac operating systems and software, including Adobe and Microsoft Suites and Filemaker Pro; knowledgeable with the G Suite, AutoCAD, Sketchup, and CRMs a plus
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Director, Jazz

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$65,000
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Position: Director, Jazz

FLSA Classification: Full Time – Exempt or Contract/Contractor Opportunity

Reports To: Vice President of Programs

Purpose: The Director, Jazz, leads the design, implementation, and coordination of all aspects of a program (or a diverse portfolio of programs), including activities such as planning, organizing, staffing, and managing program activities to achieve strategic plan goals.

Position Overview: The Director, Jazz, will implement a second iteration of a national program that is led by South Arts in partnership with the five other Regional Arts Organizations.

The position is a four year, grant funded position.

The Director, Jazz will be responsible for jazz field building through grant programs and services supporting artists professional development, jazz touring, and a wide range of creative activities such as engaging the community, composing work, and performing work in existing and new/alternative-spaces (especially in rural areas).

Jazz, a musical tradition rooted in the African American experience, is by nature a communal music based upon the relationship between artists and their community. This program seeks to honor and perpetuate this tradition by bolstering connections between contemporary jazz musicians and communities across the nation.

The successful Director, Jazz, will have:

  • solid and demonstrable jazz experience and/or jazz program management experience
  • strong leadership and interpersonal skills • ability to create and sustain collaborative working relationships with a multitude of internal and external partners.
  • professional maturity

Responsibilities:

  • Design and implement the work plan for the program and provide leadership for this national initiative.
  • Work closely and cooperatively with the five fellow Regional Arts Organizations to collectively carry out, assess, and evaluate the program.
  • Coordinate and attend convenings in each region, which will serve to provide input for the program’s ongoing implementation and refinement.
  • Cultivate and manage relationships with external partners including leaders in the field of jazz presenting and touring (presenters, artists and managers/agents), music service organizations and jazz networks.
  • Work with internal and external colleagues to build the infrastructure for the program, including asset mapping, professional development, web and social media presence, communications strategy and grant guidelines.
  • Create a regional approach with the five fellow Regional Arts Organizations for providing technical assistance to prospective program participants, both presenters and artists.
  • Manage the grants process for marketing assistance and touring subsidies programs.
  • Oversee the assessment and evaluation of the program, as well as disseminating lessons learned to benefit the broader jazz community.
  • Direct the grants administration cycle – application, adjudication, and grant award
  • Detail program outcomes and impacts and produce reports for a variety of purposes
  • Manage the program budget and related reporting
  • Recruit and develop agreements with consultants and contractors to carry out program activities
  • Ensure accessibility and equity throughout all aspects of work
  • Serve as a liaison, providing program related technical assistance and consultative services to potential applicants, grantees, and others

Experience:

  • Broad background in jazz with significant experience in contemporary jazz presenting and touring in the US, jazz programming, and work with jazz artists.
  • Established network and recognition in the jazz and/or presenting/touring field are particularly sought.
  • Five or more years of experience in arts management, incorporating jazz expertise and presenting/touring experience or knowledge.
  • Supervisory experience is a plus.

Knowledge:

  • Current state of contemporary jazz in the U.S. and the existing support organizations and systems.
  • Jazz field at-large, contemporary jazz presenting and touring in the US, jazz programming, working conditions of jazz artists at various career stages.
  • Research, literature, and data related to jazz, jazz artists, jazz field building/learning, and jazz eco-system, and diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility in jazz.

Abilities:

  • Design, implement and manage a competitive grant administration process – guidelines, application, adjudication, award, and final reporting.
  • Work independently as well as part of a team.
  • Manage self and time, directing multiple tasks and timelines simultaneously in order to meet objectives and deadlines.
  • Think critically, strategically, and decisively in a variety of situations, circumstances, and contexts.
  • Make data-driven decisions and use data to communicate programmatic success.
  • Develop partnerships, nurture collaborations and work amid a variety of authorizing contexts - federal government, state government, and foundations. 
  • Establish and maintain positive relationships and communicate in a professional manner with executives, staff, board, funders, governmental officials, and the public.
  • Work with multiple levels of constituents simultaneously, including local, state, regional, and national.
  • Take initiative and consistently meet deadlines.
  • Demonstrate excellent judgment, self-control, and discretion

Requirements:

  • A bachelor's degree preferably in a field of study in the arts, arts administration, nonprofit administration, public administration, or business administration.
  • Five or more years of significant expertise in the field of jazz related to contemporary jazz musicians, presenting, producing, touring and artists’ community engagement.
  • Regular travel will be required.
  • Basic knowledge of MS Office, with advanced knowledge of:
    • Outlook - scheduling meetings, managing calendars, use of rooms and other advanced functions; also managing, importing, and exporting contacts; task management.
    • Word - document formatting, review options/tracking, mail merge, layout options.
    • Excel - spreadsheet creation; column and row formatting; data sorting; page formatting, including borders, gridlines, and use of headers and footers.
  • SharePoint - file and data sharing collaboration. •
  • Microsoft Teams - file and date sharing collection.
  • Basic knowledge of online systems including:
    • CRM - constituent relationship management systems;
    • some Salesforce experience beneficial.
  • Basic knowledge of creating marketing/promotional level documents for internal and/or public use.

Physical Requirements:

Sedentary work - Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time. The worker is required to have close visual acuity to perform an activity such as: preparing and analyzing data and figures; transcribing; viewing a computer terminal; extensive reading; visual inspection involving small defects, small parts, and/or operation of machines (including inspection); using measurement devices; and/or assembly or fabrication of parts at distances close to the eyes.

Use of fingers - Picking, pinching, typing or otherwise working, primarily with fingers rather than with whole hand or arm as in handling.

Salary and Benefits:

Salary – $65,000 annually. Negotiable depending on education and experience. Please indicate in the cover letter if interested in the contract/contractor option and include preferred hourly rate for work.

Benefits

  • South Arts offers an excellent benefits package that includes health, dental, and life insurance; longterm and short-term disability; vacation; paid holidays; and a 403(b) plan with company match.  Contract/Contractor will not be eligible for benefits.
  • The position is based out of our Atlanta, Georgia office. Our current hybrid model is primarily teleworking with a designated amount of time each month spent in the Atlanta office.

Application Submission:

Deadline: Open until filled

Email resume and cover letter to: Attn: Human Resources

E-mail to: hr@southarts.org

South Arts’ mission is advancing Southern vitality through the arts. South Arts is a non-profit regional arts organization founded in 1975 to build on the South’s unique heritage and enhance the public value of the arts. South Arts’ work responds to the arts environment and cultural trends with regional perspective. South Arts’ offers an annual portfolio of activities designed to address the role of the arts in impacting the issues important to our region, and to link the South with the nation and the world through the arts.

The organization works in partnership with the state arts agencies of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. It is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, member states, foundations, businesses, and individuals.

For more information about South Arts, please refer to our website at www.southarts.org

Equity Statement:

South Arts is an inclusive employer and adheres to Equal Employment Opportunity Commission standards. South Arts does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, age, disability, genetic information, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, pregnancy, marital status, military status, economic status, or geographic location in any of its activities or operations.

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Warehouse Lead Art Handler

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Minnesota Street Project Art Services provides a comprehensive, concierge-based art collection management service to private collectors, galleries, and institutions. Adhering to the best art handling practices, we package, install, transport, inventory, and store artwork in conformance with museum standards, with 100% of our profits going to supporting and sustaining Bay Area arts and culture. Our 50,000 ft2 storage facility located in San Francisco, CA, features state-of the art environmental-control and security systems, as well as an attractive viewing room and photography facility. Minnesota Street Project is currently seeking a full-time Lead Warehouse Art Handler, with expert art handling skills, to join our team of arts professionals.

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

• Exhibits a friendly and approachable demeanor with MSP staff, clients, and vendors, acting as a positive ambassador for the overall Project; ensures strong communication is facilitated and deadlines are continually met.
• Leads warehouse crew in daily work orders (packaging and handling artwork) and installs for client viewing room appointments, stages outgoing artworks, anticipates incoming shipments by designating spaces in advance of deliveries, and assists with loading and unloading of trucks for shipments and field jobs.
• Moves stored objects in warehouse, maximizing spatial utilization while maintaining artwork safety
• Assists the Registration department with measuring and barcoding incoming artworks; condition reports artworks on an as-needed basis.
• Leads training exercises on packing, handling and installation techniques as necessary
• Keeps warehouse consistently clean, useable, and client-ready, bringing a proactive approach; inventories and readies supplies for field teams; administers reuse and recycling policies.
• Prioritizes the safety of personnel and artworks, adhering to company operational guidelines at all times
• Assists in upkeep of warehouse equipment and systems including forklift and HVAC
• May require occasional field work including packing, delivery and installation of artworks in client’s homes, offices and galleries
• Attends weekly department meetings and performs other related duties as required.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
• Minimum 3 years of experience in a museum, gallery or art shipping organization; demonstrated expertise in art handling techniques and storing practices.
• Demonstrated concern for detail, accuracy and precise execution of work; ability to quickly identify and resolve problems, ensuring projects stay on schedule.
• Works well independently and in a team; excellent communication skills, both verbally and written.
• Experienced operating warehouse equipment (VRCs, forklifts, walkie stackers, and pallet jacks)
• Valid drivers license.
• Ability to lift 50 lbs safely.
• Proficient with PC and Mac operating systems and software, including Adobe and Microsoft Suites and Filemaker Pro; familiarity with G Suite and CRMs.
• BA in Visual Arts, Humanities, Art History or equivalent a plus.

Reports to Warehouse Manager

BENEFITS:

Minnesota Street Project offers a competitive benefits package that includes Medical, Dental, Vision, LTD, AD&D, Paid Time Off and Parental Leave, Retirement Savings, 401-k Plan, and Pre-Taxed Commuter and Childcare Benefits.

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Warehouse Coordinator, Art Services

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Minnesota Street Project Art Services is seeking a full-time Warehouse Coordinator, with at least 3 years experience in an art shipping organization or museum. The Warehouse Coordinator will exhibit a friendly and approachable demeanor with all Minnesota Street Project clients, staff, and vendors, acting as a positive ambassador for the Art Services department, as well as the overall Project. This individual acts as the point-person for warehouse scheduling and works closely with other departments to maintain on-time resolutions to time-sensitive projects. This person must value teamwork, have a keen eye for detail, and a passion for art in addition to possessing an aptitude for organization with administrative expertise. This person will demonstrate understanding of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Access in the arts and in our daily lives, and has cultural flexibility/agility and a commitment to fostering a respectful and
inclusive work environment.

Essential Responsibilities:

• Maintain excellent relationships with clientele and vendors, including collectors, galleries, institutions, consultants, and other arts professionals, ensuring industry-leading client satisfaction; ensure strong communication is facilitated and deadlines are continually met.
• Manage the daily scheduling/and utilization of hourly warehouse team-members to maximize capacity and efficiency, ensuring jobs are completed in a timely manner and within budget; strategically populate warehouse calendar with appropriate resources within our Customer Relationship Management (CRM) software.
• Schedule deliveries (receipts and releases) for multiple warehouse locations through the CRM on behalf of clients, coordinating dock availability with 3rd party shippers.
• Review job expectations with warehouse teams, maintaining contact throughout the day, proactively gauging and resolving scheduling concerns; prepare warehouse teams for additional duties/redirection of tasks, and ensure all artworks are properly staged in advance of next day releases.
• Produce all bills of lading (BOLs) to transfer client property in and out of each warehouse location, as well as in-house work orders (WOs) for both client related and non-client-related jobs; this includes photography sessions and viewing room appointments.
• Review paperwork daily to check for detailed accuracy; source and secure necessary artwork release authorizations and process completed BOLS to meet monthly billing deadlines.
• Collaborate daily with Project Coordinator to finalize overlapping logistics such as field job extensions into the warehouse, preparedness of artworks for the field jobs, and Field Art Handler availability for (inhouse) Warehouse-based jobs.
• Collaborate with Operations Manager to schedule internal works orders (facilities-related tasks, meetings, trainings, etc.), working to secure availability in a timely manner.
• Notify Registration when shipments come in for long-term storage; request pulllists from Registration to schedule in timely manner for collection releases.
• Assist in ensuring heighted warehouse quality control, suggest process, policy, and training recommendations as they arise to best support the movement of artworks and our teams.
• Create packing estimates for safe long-term storage (soft-packs/crates); work directly with clients and each department to develop packing plans for storage and safe transit as needed.
• Attend weekly office and department meetings, as well as occasional programming events at 1275 Minnesota Street and team gatherings.
• Performs other related duties as required.

Required Skills, Abilities, and Experience:

• Minimum 3 years experience in an art shipping organization or museum; must have first-hand warehouse and/or field work experience.
• Ability to quickly identify and resolve problems, effectively prioritize, and manage time efficiently, ensuring projects stay on schedule.
• Attention to detail and accuracy are expressed in day-to-day jobs/projects.
• Excellent communication and client services skills, both verbally and written.
• Proficient with PC and Mac operating systems and software, including Adobe and Microsoft Suites and Filemaker Pro; knowledgeable with the G Suite and CRMs.
• Extended knowledge of crate construction and packing is a plus.

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Lead Handler

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Minnesota Street Project is currently seeking a full-time Lead Art Handler with art shuttle transportation experience and expert art handling skills to join our team of arts professionals.

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Enthusiastically and diplomatically leads art handlers in the field; exhibits a friendly and approachable demeanor with clients and acts as a positive ambassador for the overall Project.
  • Handles, packs and installs artwork at private offices, galleries and residences, as well as in our viewing rooms and galleries; professionally secures and transports artwork, all in accordance with museum standards.
  • Assists the registration department with labeling artworks and performing condition reports; expertly stores and tracks artwork in our warehouse, as well as our vehicles, in accordance with museum standards.
  • Anticipates bookings/projects and takes all necessary steps to streamline the incoming and outgoing processes.
  • Ensures strong communication is facilitated throughout the team and that deadlines are continually met.
  • Is part of a rotation of handlers that embark on a monthly Los Angles shuttle.
  • Is available for occasional work outside the greater Bay Area.
  • Attends weekly department meetings, as well as occasional programming events at 1275 Minnesota Street.
  • Keeps vehicles and warehouse consistently clean and useable, bringing a proactive approach.
  • Inventories supplies and administers reuse/recycling policies.
  • Performs other related duties as required.
  • Available to work 5 consecutive days of the week, between the hours of 8am and 6pm, and occasionally beyond
  • Availability for long-haul/out of town projects.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Minimum 3 years experience in a leadership position at a museum, gallery or art shipping organization; demonstrated expertise in art shuttle transport, art handling techniques, packing, crating and storing protocols, as well as client relations and team communication.
  • Art transportation and shipping knowledge; Valid CA license and ability to drive a 16 – 26’ box truck.
  • Professional commitment and adaptability; willingness to safely shift directions for the need of the artwork or client, in a moment’s notice.
  • Experience, if not expertise, operating material moving equipment (VRCs, forklifts, scissor lifts, material lifts, gantries and pallet jacks).
  • Outstanding time management; ability to quickly identify and safely resolve problems, ensuring projects stay on schedule, whilst keeping the client and team in communication.
  • Demonstrates concern for detail, accuracy and precise execution of work, while managing time and efficiency of individual and team performance.
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbally and written.
  • Works well independently and as a team; gracefully shifts between warehouse, client and office settings, whilst communicating along the way.
  • Ability to safely lift 50+ lbs individually and 75+lbs as a team.
  • Proficient with PC and Mac operating systems, including Adobe and Microsoft Suites and FilemakerPro. Ability to educate others on digital platforms, as needed.
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Lead Handler (Rigging Experience)

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Minnesota Street Project is currently seeking a full-time Lead Art Handler with rigging experience and expert art handling skills to join our team of arts professionals.

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Enthusiastically and diplomatically leads art handlers in the field; exhibits a friendly and approachable demeanor with clients and acts as a positive ambassador for the overall Project.
  • Handles, packs and installs artwork at private offices, galleries and residences, as well as in our viewing rooms and galleries; professionally secures and transports artwork, all in accordance with museum standards.
  • Assists the registration department with labeling artworks and preforming condition reports; expertly stores and tracks artwork in our warehouse, as well as our vehicles, in accordance with museum standards.
  • Anticipates bookings/projects and takes all necessary steps to streamline the incoming and outgoing processes.
  • Ensures strong communication is facilitated throughout the team and that deadlines are continually met.
  • Is part of a rotation of handlers that embark on a monthly Los Angles shuttle.
  • Is available for occasional work outside the greater Bay Area.
  • Attends weekly department meetings, as well as occasional programming events at 1275 Minnesota Street.
  • Keeps vehicles and warehouse consistently clean and useable, bringing a proactive approach.
  • Inventories supplies and administers reuse/recycling policies.
  • Performs other related duties as required.
  • Available to work 5 consecutive days of the week, between the hours of 8am and 6pm, and occasionally beyond
  • Ability to plan and lead rigging projects

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Minimum 5 years’ experience in a leadership position at a museum, gallery or art shipping organization; demonstrated expertise in art handling techniques, packing, crating and storing protocols, as well as client relations and team communication.
  • Experience planning and leading rigging projects utilizing gantries, cranes, and the like
  • Art transportation and shipping knowledge; Valid CA license and ability to drive a 16 – 26’ box truck.
  • Professional commitment and adaptability; willingness to safely shift directions for the need of the artwork or client, in a moment’s notice.
  • Experience, if not expertise, operating material moving equipment (VRCs, forklifts, scissor lifts, material lifts, gantries and pallet jacks).
  • Outstanding time management; ability to quickly identify and safely resolve problems, ensuring projects stay on schedule, whilst keeping the client and team in communication.
  • Demonstrates concern for detail, accuracy and precise execution of work, while managing time and efficiency of individual and team performance.
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbally and written.
  • Works well independently and as a team; gracefully shifts between warehouse, client and office settings, whilst communicating along the way.
  • Ability to safely lift 50+ lbs individually and 75+lbs as a team.
  • Proficient with PC and Mac operating systems, including Adobe and Microsoft Suites and FilemakerPro. Ability to educate others on digital platforms, as needed.
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