Position:   Installation and facilities manager
Reports To:  courtney chow, operations Director  
Compensation: FIXED FEE COntract then Employee, Pay Commensurate with Experience
Term:20 hours/week hours from November 2018 - January 2019 and increasing to 40 hours/week from February - May 2019)

We’re Looking for an Installation & Facilities Manager!

About Honolulu Biennial Foundation

Honolulu Biennial Foundation (HBF) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that produces Honolulu Biennial, which takes place every two years, spread across various sites within the city and has a focus on exhibiting artists from the countries and continents linked by the Pacific Ocean. Honolulu Biennial debuted March 8th to May 8th, 2017 (HB17), featured 33 artists from over a dozen countries and Hawaiʻi, and welcomed 97,305 visits across nine exhibition sites. HB17 also offered 65 different public programs, and provided field trips to over 1,200 children across Oʻahu. Honolulu Biennial 2019 (HB19) will take place March 8th-May 5th, 2019.

Throughout the year, HBF serves the local community by presenting educational outreach programs, with an emphasis on programming for Hawaii’s youth, as well as exhibitions and professional development opportunities for the local arts community. 

Installation & Facilities Manager

HBF seeks a mission-driven professional with excellent technical, organizational, and leadership skills to lead logistics and installation management of artworks for approximately 50 artists across multiple sites in Honolulu for HB19. This role will report to the Operations Director of HBF.

The responsibilities and duties of the Installation Manager include:

  • Liaise with curators, artists, and management staff to develop complex installation plans, materials lists, floor plans, electrical plans, and timelines with consideration for budgetary guidelines.

  • Responsible for implementation of these installation plans and timelines across multiple projects and venues.

  • Help recruit, coordinate and manage a tight team of 12 art handlers, prep crew, and runners toward excellent, safe, and professional construction, installation, and deconstruction of all HB2019 artworks and sites.

  • Responsible for coordination and communication of schedules and work plans to this team.

  • Hire and supervise contractors as needed, including construction technicians, art handlers, and other contractors. Prepare agreements.

  • Responsible for maintenance of installations across multiple sites during the two month exhibition period, including lighting, mechanical and technical support for significant number of digital media installations. Reports problems, challenges and opportunities immediately.

  • Assist with crate handling, un/packing, storage, inventory as needed.

  • Maintains inventory of HBF technical and media equipment, tools and supplies.

  • Direct assembly and handling of contemporary artwork.

  • Other duties as assigned.

  • Demonstrate leadership and develop rapport to ensure that installation technicians arrive on time to the correct location and that they are familiar with the objectives of each project and can effectively execute their tasks.

  • Maintain a flexible, agile and positive attitude while adapting to unanticipated input and  requests from curatorial and management staff, artists, and site partners.

  • Maintains open and frequent communication with Operations Director and Project Manager.

  •  Assume other tasks and responsibilities as needed.



Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's Degree and at least 3 years of exhibits or art installation experience, or an equivalent combination of education/experience.

  • Construction, electrical, and technical expertise are a must.

  • Excellent problem solving skills and multi-tasking ability.

  • Good natured. Able to communicate clearly, attend to detail, and meet deadlines.

  • Highly motivated and ability to show initiative and work independently.

  • Outstanding interpersonal skills, project coordination experience, and the ability to work well with management, curators, artists, contractors, and site partners with fluidity.

  • Some evenings and weekends are required.


Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience working in Hawaii.

  • Experience with museums, arts centers, and knowledge of the arts.

  • Graphics production and exhibition design experience a plus.

How to Apply:
Please submit a cover letter, resume, and three professional references to:

 Katherine Tuider, Executive Director and Co-Founder



This is a fixed fee contract of 20 hours/week hours from November 2018 - January 2019 and increasing to 40 hours/week from February - May 2019 (and converting to employee status with benefits starting in February 2019) at a competitive rate that is commensurate with experience.

 HBF is an EEO/AA/ADA Veterans Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

Only selected candidates will be contacted for an interview. Please, no phone calls.