Expert Profile

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Alexandra Schindler

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San Jose

California

United States of America

Years in the field:

6 – 10 Years

Areas of Expertise

Administrative Support, Curatorial/Collections, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion + Access, Docent Programs, Education, Explainer/guide, Guest/Visitor Services, Intern Programs, Operations, Project Management, Volunteer Programs, Youth/Teen Programs, Other

  1. The Tech Interactive (formerly The Tech Museum of Innovation) | 2012-2020
  2. Gallery Experiences Manager | November 2016-July 2020
  3. · Managed 35+ full-time and part-time employees, including scheduling, payroll, annual reviews, and performance observations
  4. · Led the effort to implement a new electronic scheduling system for staff and volunteers, resulting in a more efficient process which saved hours of staff time, as well as paper
  5. · Created and tested multiple employee recognition programs within the department to boost team cohesion and staff morale
  6. · Mentored gallery staff in Lead positions, giving advice and tools on how to be a leader and work with volunteers
  7. · Responsible for interviewing and hiring new employees
  8. · Responsible for departmental purchasing and budget tracking, including vendor management
  9. · Coordinated with other departments within the organization to insure a superior guest experience
  10. · Managed partnerships with other nonprofit organizations
  11. · Retained some duties from Supervisor and Lead
  12. Supervisor, Gallery Operations | September 2014-November 2016
  13. · Assisted in implementing a new electronic purchasing system to streamline the approval process
  14. · Conducted monthly staff performance evaluations
  15. · Prepared and delivered annual staff reviews
  16. · Participated in the interview and hiring process for new staff
  17. · Provided input on the restructuring of the gallery staff team
  18. · Served as the manager-on-duty once a month, handling any issues related to the daily operations as the highest point of escalation
  19. · Retained all Lead duties
  20. Lead, Gallery Operations | November 2013-September 2014
  21. · Scheduled staff and volunteers on a daily basis
  22. · Managed the smooth operation of the museum floor
  23. · Provided input on programming and leadership decisions
  24. Gallery Interpreter | August 2012-November 2013
  25. · Interacted with guests to provide a one-of-a-kind educational experience
  26. · Prototyped and prepared programs and exhibits for opening
  27. · Scheduled staff and volunteers when acting as back-up Lead
  28. The Global Museum
  29. Collections Management Student Assistant | 2018
  30. · Performed condition reports on objects for installation in the gallery
  31. · Performed environmental monitoring and IPM in the collections storage space and the gallery space
  32. · Installed objects in the gallery
  33. · Created object mounts and vitrine inserts
  34. · Supported professional photography of the display objects
  35. · Rehoused objects in collections storage
  36. · Installed track lighting in the gallery space
  37. History San José
  38. Collections Intern | 2017
  39. · Researched, cleaned, inventoried, condition reported, cataloged, photographed, and rehoused 100 objects in the collection
  40. · Created and updated records in PastPerfect
  41. · Recommended objects for deaccession to the Curator of Collections and the Museum Technician
  42. Education
  43. Master of Arts, Museum Studies | San Francisco State University | May 2019
  44. Bachelor of Arts, History | California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo | March 2012
  45. Graduated Cum Laude
  46. · IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Access) Taskforce member at The Tech Interactive, committed to creating a more inclusive workplace
  47. · Award-winning, seven-year internship supervisor and partner with Cristo Rey San José Jesuit High School’s Corporate Work-Study Program
  48. · Member, American Alliance of Museums (AAM)
  49. · Member, California Association of Museums (CAM)
  50. · Member, Cultural Connections

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