3522 Senior Museum Preparator

Recruitment #PBT-3522-098939

Introduction

                 This is a Position Based Test administered in accordance with Civil Service Rule 111A.

San Francisco Public Library (SFPL) is dedicated to providing free and equal access to information, knowledge, independent learning and the joys of reading for our diverse communities. The library system includes the architecturally significant Main Library in the city’s Civic Center, 27 neighborhood branch libraries, a partnership library within SFMOMA, two administrative buildings and four bookmobiles. With a collection of more than 3.7 million items, and circulation exceeding 11 million each year, SFPL serves more than 6 million visitors annually. The library system has extraordinary political and fiscal support that mandates an annual funding allocation from the city’s property tax revenues, resulting in a budget of $160.6 million in FY19. With a strong budget, SFPL has approximately 900 employees committed to outstanding public service.

In 2018, SFPL was named the Gale/Library Journal Library of the Year. SFPL has also been recognized as a top innovator by the Urban Libraries Council in establishing forward thinking, progressive approaches to library service. The library embraces its role as the most democratic of institutions, providing safe and welcoming facilities for all. Through a robust array of services and programs, the library places an emphasis on literacy and learning, digital inclusion, social justice, equity and healthy communities. To learn more about SFPL, visit https://sfpl.org.

Position Description
Under the direction of the Communications and Public Affairs Manager, the Senior Museum Preparator designs and constructs special exhibition fixtures and displays; installs and arranges exhibits; packs, unpacks and supervises the storage and handling of exhibition items, which can include valuable works of art.

Essential duties of the position include, but are not limited to:
• Conferring with curatorial staff in the planning, installation and construction of exhibits and accessory materials;
• Designing and constructing certain types of installations, such as pedestals, hanging signs and special exhibit displays;
• Adjusting or installing lighting for exhibits;
• Adjusting and installing security sensors for exhibits;
• Arranging signage and text panels in the exhibits and throughout the library;
• Mounting and trimming signage and artwork created by the graphic designer;
• Preparing and installing vinyl decals on interior and exterior walls and doors;
• Ordering materials needed from suppliers for installing specific exhibits and signage;
• Installing art objects in display cases, hanging exhibition artwork, setting up standing displays for physical materials;
• Packing, shipping, receiving and unpacking art objects; supervising the storage and inventory of paintings, statuary and furniture and notifying exhibition curators of any discrepancies; and
• Performing other job-related duties as assigned.

Nature of Work: The nature of work requires high level of manual dexterity to move art and operate tools/equipment. Involves frequent climbing on ladders, scaffolds, and lifts; medium to heavy work requiring lifting, carrying, and moving materials, tools, and equipment, and finished exhibit and display fixtures and furniture.

Work Location: Incumbent will station at the Main Library, 100 Larkin Street. However, there may be situations where the incumbent will be required to perform duties at 27 neighborhood branch libraries and other off-site locations throughout the City as required.

Work Schedule: The normal work schedule for this position may include some weekend and evening hours; appointee must be willing to work this schedule. 

Minimum Qualifications

These minimum qualifications establish the education, training, experience, special skills and/or license(s) which are required for employment in the classification.  Please note, additional qualifications (i.e., special conditions) may apply to a particular position and will be stated on the exam/job announcement.

Education: Possession of an Associate degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in Art, Fine Arts, Museum Studies or a related field. AND

Experience:
Two (2) years of verifiable experience in the preparation, fabrication, installation and the care and handling of valuable art objects; making museum mounts for objects; building exhibition furniture and working closely with museum staff at a museum, gallery, or traveling exhibition program.

Education Substitution:
Additional qualifying full time work experience (2000 hours equal one year) as described above may be substituted for the required education on a year-for-year basis. One year of work experience equals thirty (30) semester units or forty-five (45) quarter units.


Note: One (1) year full-time employment is equivalent to 2,000 hours worked. 2,000 hours of qualifying experience is based on a 40 hour work week. Any overtime hours that you work above 40 hours per week are not included in the calculation to determine full- time employment.

Special Condition: Ability to lift and carry objects weighing up to 50 pounds.

The above minimum qualifications reflect special conditions associated with the position(s) to be filled. They differ from the standard minimum qualifications associated with this classification.

Applicants must meet the minimum qualification requirement by the final filing date unless otherwise noted.

Desirable Qualifications
The stated desirable qualifications may be used to identify finalists at the end of the selection process when candidates are referred for hiring.
• Knowledge of the City’s purchasing systems and requirements, and ability to maintain relationships with City vendors
• Knowledge of proper techniques for handling valuable works of art, including those for mount-making, installing exhibit, crating, packing and unpacking objects
• Knowledge of the general methods of gallery operations and procedures
• Knowledge of special care and handling of irreplaceable and valuable objects
• Skill in the use and care of standard hand and power tools 
• Demonstrated concern for detail, accuracy, and neat execution of work
• Demeanor suited to a fast-moving and dynamic environment
• Excellent oral communication skills
• Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to deal effectively and courteously with Library staff, lenders, donors, vendors, and the public
• Ability to multitask and perform a variety of tasks independently
• Ability to work collaboratively and efficiently within the team and organization

How To Apply

Applications for City and County of San Francisco jobs are only accepted through an online process. Visit www.jobaps.com/sf to register an account (if you have not already done so) and begin the application process.

  • Select the PBT-3522-098939 job announcement
  • Select “Apply” and read and acknowledge the information
  • Select either “I am a New User” if you have not previously registered, or “I have Registered Previously”
  • Follow instructions on the screen

Computers are available for the public (from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday) to file online applications in the lobby of the Dept. of Human Resources at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco.

Applicants may be contacted by email about this announcement and, therefore, it is their responsibility to ensure that their registered email address is accurate and kept up-to-date.  Also, applicants must ensure that email from CCSF is not blocked on their computer by a spam filter.  To prevent blocking, applicants should set up their email to accept CCSF mail from the following addresses (@sfgov.org, @sfdpw.org, @sfport.com, @flysfo.com, @sfwater.org, @sfdph.org, @asianart.org, @sfmta.com, @sfpl.org, @dcyf.org, @first5sf.org, @famsf.org, @ccsf.edu).

Applicants will receive a confirmation email that their online application has been received in response to every announcement for which they file.  Applicants should retain this confirmation email for their records.  Failure to receive this email means that the online application was not submitted or received.

Applications completed improperly may be cause for ineligibility, disqualification or may lead to lower scores.

Important:
All work experience, education, training and other information substantiating how you meet the minimum qualifications MUST be included in your application by the filing deadline. Failure to submit a complete and accurate application at the time of filing may result in your ineligibility for this recruitment or inability to receive full credit for scoring purposes. Any new information concerning work experience, education, training and other information that is submitted after the filing deadline may not be used for scoring or considered to determine whether you meet the minimum qualifications.

Applicants MUST attach the following documents online through JobAps at the time of application filing; however, resumes will NOT be accepted in lieu of a completed City and County of San Francisco application.

1. Resume (Upload through “Resume” tab)
2. Cover Letter (Upload through “Other Item” tab)
3. Copy of diploma or transcript as proof of qualifying education (if applicable) indicated in the Minimum Qualifications section (Upload through “Transcripts” tab)

If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact the analyst, Vivian Yeung at (415) 557-4581 or via e-mail at Vivian.Yeung@sfpl.org.

Verification:
Applicants may be required to submit verification of qualifying education and experience at any point during the recruitment and selection process. Written verification (proof) of qualifying experience must verify that the applicant meets the minimum qualifications stated on the announcement. Verification of qualifying experience must be documented on the employer's business letterhead and must include the name of the applicant, job title(s), dates of employment, description of job duties performed, and signature of the employer or the employer’s authorized representative. Employees of the City and County of San Francisco may submit performance evaluations showing duties performed to verify qualifying City experience. City employees will receive credit for the duties of the class to which appointed. Credit for experience obtained outside of the employee's class will be allowed only if recorded in accordance with the provisions of Civil Service Commission Rules. Verification may be waived if impossible to obtain. The applicant must submit a signed statement explaining why verification cannot be obtained. Waiver requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Failure to provide the required verification, or request for waiver when requested may result in rejection of application. If education verification is required, information on how to verify education requirements, including verifying foreign education credits or degree equivalency, can be found at
https://sfdhr.org/how-verify-education-requirements

Note: Falsifying one’s education, training, or work experience or attempted deception on the application may result in disqualification for this and future job opportunities with the City and County of San Francisco. Applicants are advised to keep copies of all documents submitted. Submitted documents become a part of the recruitment process and will not be returned. The department may require applicants to present additional material.

Selection Procedures

Minimum Qualification Supplemental Questionnaire (Weight: Qualifying): Candidates will be prompted to complete a Supplemental Questionnaire as part of the online employment application. This Minimum Qualification Supplemental Questionnaire is designed to obtain specific information regarding an applicant's experience in relation to the Minimum Qualifications for this position. Applicants must also complete the official application. It is essential that applicants provide complete information in identifying their education, experience and training. The Minimum Qualification Supplemental Questionnaire will be used to evaluate if the applicant possesses the required minimum qualifications.

Oral Examination (Weight 100%)
Candidates who meet the minimum qualifications will be invited to participate in an oral examination designed to measure their relative knowledge, ability and skill levels in job related areas including, but are not limited to design, estimate costs, and construct a wide variety of exhibit fixtures; handle delicate and valuable works of art; establish and maintain effective working relationships; and the ability to communicate effectively.

Note: Candidates must achieve a passing score on the Oral Exam in order to be placed on the Eligible List/Score Report in rank order according to their final scores.

Certification:
The certification rule for the eligible list resulting from this examination will be Rule of Three (3) Scores.  Additional selection processes may be conducted by the hiring department prior to making final hiring decisions.

Eligible List/Score Report:
A confidential eligible list of applicant names that have passed the civil service examination process will be created, and used for certification purposes only. An examination score report will be established, so applicants can view the ranks, final scores and number of eligible candidates. Applicant information, including names of applicants on the eligible list, shall not be made public unless required by law. However, an eligible list shall be made available for public inspection, upon request, once the eligible list is exhausted or expired and referrals resolved. The eligible list/score report resulting from this civil service examination process is subject to change after adoption (e.g., as a result of appeals), as directed by the Human Resources Director or the Civil Service Commission.

The duration of the eligible list resulting from this examination process will be twelve (12) months, and may be extended with the approval of the Human Resources Director.

Upon approval of the Human Resource Director (see Civil Service Rule 111A.26.5), the eligible list/score report resulting from this announcement may be used by other departments that also use this classification or a similar classification. To find other Departments which use this classification, please see https://sfdhr.org/sites/default/files/documents/Forms-Documents/Position-Count-by-Job-Codes.pdf.

Additional Selection Processes: The hiring department may administer additional position-specific selection procedures prior to making final hiring decisions. Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed to advance through all of the steps in the selection process.

Medical Examination
Prior to appointment, candidates must successfully pass a medical examination to determine his/her ability to perform the essential functions of the job and/or the ability to meet the physical minimum requirements.
 

Conviction History

As a selected candidate for a job, you will be fingerprinted, and your fingerprints will be sent to the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The resulting report of your conviction history (if any) will be used to determine whether the nature of your conviction (or arrest, in limited circumstances) conflicts with the specific duties and responsibilities of the job for which you are a selected candidate. If a conflict exists, you will be asked to present any evidence of rehabilitation that may mitigate the conflict, except when federal or state regulations bar employment in specific circumstances, such as:

  • Candidates for positions with the Unified School District and the Community College District may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under the California Education Code.
  • Candidates for positions with the Recreation and Park Department may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under California Public Resources Code 5164.

Having a conviction history does not automatically preclude you from a job with the City.

If you are a selected candidate, the hiring department will contact you to schedule a fingerprinting appointment.

Disaster Service Workers

All City and County of San Francisco employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law (California Government Code Section 3100-3109). Employment with the City requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all Disaster Service Worker-related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.

Conclusion

Terms of Announcement: Applicants must be guided solely by the provisions of this announcement, including requirements, time periods and other particulars, except when superseded by federal, state or local laws, rules or regulations.  Clerical errors may be corrected by the posting the correction on the Department of Human Resources website at www.jobaps.com/sf.

The terms of this announcement may be appealed under Civil Service Rule 111A.35.1. The standard for the review of such appeals is ‘abuse of discretion’ or ‘no rational basis’ for establishing the position description, the minimum qualifications and/or the certification rule.  Appeals must include a written statement of the item(s) being contested and the specific reason(s) why the cited item(s) constitute(s) abuse of discretion by the Human Resources Director.  Appeals must be submitted directly to the Executive Officer of the Civil Service Commission within five business days of the announcement issuance date.

Reasonable Accommodation Requests: Applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum eligibility requirements for this job announcement can find information on requesting a reasonable ADA Accommodation at: 
http://sfdhr.org/information-about-hiring-process#applicantswithdisabilities

Information regarding requests for Veterans Preference can be found at: 
http://sfdhr.org/information-about-hiring-process#veteranspreference

Seniority Credit in Promotional Exams: Information regarding seniority credit can be found at: http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20#senioritycredit

General Information concerning City and County of San Francisco Employment Policies and Procedures: Important Employment Information for the City and County of San Francisco can be obtained at http://sfdhr.org/information-about-hiring-process or hard copy at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor.

Copies of Application Documents
Applicants should keep copies of all documents submitted, as these will not be returned.

Right to Work:  All persons entering the City and County of San Francisco workforce are required to provide verification of authorization to work in the United States.

Exam Type: CPE
Issued: October 7, 2019
Micki Callahan
Human Resources Director
Department of Human Resources
Recruitment ID Number: PBT-3522-098939
LIB/VY/415.557.4581


Benefits

All employees hired on or after January 10, 2009 will be required (pursuant to San Francisco Charter Section A8.432) to contribute 2% of pre-tax compensation to fund retiree healthcare. In addition, most employees are required to make a member contribution towards retirement, ranging from 7.5%-13.25% of compensation. For more information on these provisions, please contact the personnel office of the hiring agency.

For more information about benefits, please click here.

 



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