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Posted: 01/15/2015

The Chinati Foundation
Facilities/Master Planning Management

The Chinati Foundation is an art museum based on the ideas of its founder, artist Donald Judd. It is located primarily at the site of former US Army Fort D.A. Russell, on the outskirts of Marfa, Texas. Chinati opened to the public in 1986 as an independent, non-profit, publicly funded institution. Marfa, the seat of Presidio County, is located 200 miles southeast of El Paso, 60 miles from the Mexican border, close to Big Bend National Park and the Davis Mountains. Judd’s specific intention was to create permanent installations of contemporary art, insulated from the visual and programmatic distractions of most art museums. He sought a unified experience in which art, architecture and the surrounding natural environment would be inextricably linked. The remote location he chose reinforces the impact of some of the late 20th century's most extraordinary works of art. The museum, which has a total of 34 buildings, is situated on 340 acres of land in the high Chihuahuan desert, 4,685 feet above sea level. The permanent collection includes works by Carl Andre, Ingólfur Arnarsson, John Chamberlain, Dan Flavin, Roni Horn, Donald Judd, Ilya Kabakov, Richard Long, Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen, David Rabinowitch and John Wesley. A large-scale installation by artist Robert Irwin will be added to the permanent collection and open to the public in 2016. The Chinati Foundation organizes annual special exhibitions, related public programs, artists' residencies, college and university internships, art classes for students and adults, international symposia (the proceedings of which are published), seminars, performances, lectures, concerts and other annual celebrations -- setting a standard for artistic excellence while continuing to engage the community and visitors and deepen their appreciation of contemporary art. The museum publishes an award-winning annual newsletter that chronicles its activities and has become one of the most respected publications of its kind in America. Chinati has a long-range plan that affirms its commitment to preserving its installations, buildings, and land and expanding the collection according to Donald Judd’s vision. The operation of the museum is supported by earned and contributed income, including the proceeds of a growing endowment currently valued at approximately $14 million. It is governed by a Board of Directors consisting of 20 voting directors.

Facilities/Master Planning Manager
Professional Opportunity
Marfa, TX

The Chinati Foundation seeks a Facilities/Master Planning Manager to supervise and facilitate day-to-day management of the museums complex of 34 buildings situated on 340 acres. The position will also be instrumental in the development and subsequent implementation of a master plan for the conservation, restoration, maintenance, and development of the entire museum collection including artworks, buildings, and grounds. Successful candidates will be highly organized, diligent and committed, excellent at creative problem solving and follow-through, and enjoy working in fast-paced, dynamic, and unique environments. This position reports directly to the Executive Director.

Responsibilities include: 


              Manage and participate with building maintenance and repairs

      Manage and participate with grounds maintenance and recuperation

      Manage and participate in special projects planning and implementation

      Daily walkthrough of all areas, interior and exterior

      Manage after-hours security checks and protocol

      Undertake weekly, monthly and annual schedule of routine buildings, grounds, collections, equipment and tools maintenance

      Manage all maintenance functions including winterizing, plumbing, carpentry, and electrical systems to ensure prompt response and proper diagnosis of equipment failure

      Establish and monitor annual goals and budgets (capital and expense budgets) for the department

      Maintain active communication with all departments, directing or assisting with varying types of special projects or improvement programs for buildings, grounds, collections and visitors experience

      Be an effective, accessible, respectful and motivating manager of facilities staff and grounds crew

      Maintain well-organized workshop and storage areas

      Must have strong desire to get along well with people and constantly strive to provide outstanding service to the museum, other staff and visitors

      Utilize advanced level of troubleshooting skills for the resolution of technical and mechanical issues

Master Plan

      Coordinate and complete the work of researching and developing components of the Master Plan in partnership with Executive Director. With senior staff across all departments, develop the vision and set goals and priorities that support the Master Plan and align with Chinatis strategic plan

      Assist the Executive Director in assessing differing strategies and options, by identifying and gathering data necessary for decision-making from a variety of internal and external sources and stakeholders

      Work extensively with outside consultants and contractors, including a preservation architect, structural engineer, land preservationist, landscape architect, civil engineer and conservators. Act as a liaison between contracted / construction team and museum, ensuring clear communication and efficient decision-making

      Organize and coordinate all outside contracts, bid documents and associated deadlines with vendors and subcontractors


OPen until
Until Filled

How to apply
Applicants should submit a resume, a cover letter describing interest and experience, and the names of three references. Send resume and accompanying materials to: Email: hr@chinati.org Subject: Facilities/ Master Planning Manager
Anne Adkins
Phone: 432-729-4362
Fax: 432-729-4597
The Chinati Foundation
One Cavalry Row/PO Box 1135
Marfa, TX 79843

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