Variable Preparator


The Broad is a high-profile contemporary art museum founded by philanthropists Eli and Edythe Broad on Grand Avenue in downtown Los Angeles. Designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro in collaboration with Gensler, the museum offers free general admission and presents an active program of rotating temporary exhibitions and innovative audience engagement. The Broad is home to the 2,000 works of art in the Broad collection, which is one of the world’s leading collections of postwar and contemporary art. The museum, which opened in September 2015, welcomes more than 900,000 visitors per year.

The 120,000-square-foot building features two floors of gallery space and is the headquarters of The Broad Art Foundation’s worldwide lending library, which has actively loaned collection works to museums around the world since 1984.

The Broad’s art collection is distinctive in the exceptional depth of its holdings and dedication to the full arc of artists’ careers. Developed over five decades, the collection is the result of the long and enduring engagement with art by Eli and Edythe Broad. Providing public access to the collection has been a central commitment of the Broads’ philanthropy.

The Broad has taken an intentional, contemporary, and progressive approach to founding and operating the museum, reimagining the 21st-century museum experience to create a welcoming, accessible, and inclusive environment—from the museum’s physical design to its online ticketing, to its approach to visitor engagement. The Broad’s innovations have been implemented at other institutions across the country, and the museum is seen as a thought leader in the industry.

The Broad’s approach to the art museum experience has consistently attracted a young and diverse visitorship since opening: 63% of visitors identify as Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) (compared to 27% at art museums nationwide) and 60% are under the age of 35.


As a variable preparator, you will join The Broad prep crew in handling both the permanent collection and loaned works of art; tasks include installation, deinstallation, packing and unpacking, movement and storage of objects, and maintenance of gallery spaces and storage areas.


  • Read and understand technical drawings and installation instructions
  • Prepare exhibition spaces and furniture for artwork, including patching, painting, running cables, cleaning
  • Safely handle and install the artwork for exhibitions, travel, and storage
  • Adhere to The Broad safety procedures
  • Ability to collaborate with a team and work well alone, when needed
  • Other duties as assigned


  • A minimum of two years experience in art handling techniques in a museum environment or graduation from an art handling program
  • Knowledge of best practices and materials for packing and installing artwork
  • The ability to clearly communicate with supervisors and fellow preparators is required
  • Must be self-motivated, reliable and detail-oriented
  • Knowledge of AV installations is not required but appreciated
  • Knowledge of basic carpentry is a plus


  • Ability to comfortably lift 60 pounds
  • Ability to use tools and equipment for art installation safely and skillfully
  • Ability to work at heights over 8 feet


  • Approaches work with integrity and honesty.
  • Support and demonstrate the museum’s culture of developing a diverse, equitable, inclusive, and accessible environment for staff, contract staff, vendors, and visitors.
  • Demonstrate and practice cultural awareness/sensitivity to all programs and services the museum provides.


  • All employees of The Broad are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19, subject to certain exemptions as required by law. All newly hired staff must show proof of their COVID-19 vaccination within 45 days of hire. Please contact Human Resources if you have questions regarding the COVID-19 vaccination policy.
  • Adhere to all safety measures and guidelines 
  • Ability to wear a mask during your scheduled work shifts
  • Ability to adhere to a health screen in compliance with health and safety guidelines as outlined by LA County Department of Public Health.  
  • Must adhere to COVID-19 policies and procedures. 


Employment is contingent upon a satisfactory background and reference check, which will include criminal reports as well as verifications of employment and educational records. You must be legally authorized to work in the United States for any employer.


This position will have a variable schedule, generally 8:30am–5:30pm, Monday-Friday. Selected candidates may have periods during which they are not scheduled to work at all, interspersed with periods of heavy workloads and overtime.


Compensation is based on experience.

This position may be eligible for 401k paid holidays and paid vacation time. Additional benefits include employee discount at The Shop, discounts at local eateries, and more.


The Broad is an equal opportunity employer, and we aspire to reflect the diversity of Los Angeles in both our staff and our visitors. It is the practice of The Broad to offer equal opportunity consistent with applicable federal and state law in all aspects of employment.  All employment decisions will be made in compliance with applicable federal and state laws prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race (including traits historically associated with race, including but not limited to hair texture and protective hairstyles), religion, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, marital status, sex, pregnancy, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, medical condition (as defined by California law and including Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS), actual or perceived), genetic information, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, military or veteran status, having filed a discrimination complaint or any other status protected by applicable law. The Broad believes that by actively building a diverse workforce we can innovate, inspire, and engage with the widest possible audience. 

 The statements in this description represent typical elements, criteria, and general work performed. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required for the job.

*Reasonable accommodations will be made for qualified candidates with disabilities in accordance with the ADA and the ADAAA.

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