Director of the Art Museum – West Virginia University, College of Creative Arts

Description 

The College of Creative Arts is seeking applications for a full-time, twelve month Director of the Art Museum of West Virginia University. We are seeking an energetic and visionary leader with significant museum experience to provide administrative, artistic and intellectual leadership for the museum. The Director of the Art Museum of WVU reports directly to the Dean of the College of Creative Arts and manages six full-time professional staff members. The director must provide collegial and collaborative leadership that fully embraces the Museum’s contributions to the educational mission of WVU through its exhibitions, programming, acquisitions, and engagement with WVU faculty and students. The Director will be committed to integrating the museum into the University’s overall educational mission by providing opportunities for teaching and learning through exhibitions and outreach activities, and enhancing the connection to, and collaboration with, the university’s academic programs, faculty, students and staff.

 
In order to be successful in this position, the ideal candidate will:
  • Oversee day-to-day operations, including Museum budget and facility, in accordance with standards in the museum field and in compliance with the University’s policies and procedures.
  • Work collaboratively with the College of Creative Arts’ Dean and Directors to establish a shared vision and conduit between the College and the Museum.
  • Oversee Museum staff, comprised of six full-time employees. Responsible for recruitment, supervision, reclassification, and evaluation of staff in accordance with University personnel policies and procedures.
  • In collaboration with curator, oversee exhibition development from concept to implementation including related programs and publications.
  • Provide leadership for fund-raising and development. Maintain regular contact with donors and work with the Director of Development to identify and cultivate prospective donors. In addition, seek outside funding through pursuing, securing, and managing appropriate grants.
  • In collaboration with the Manage of Educational Programs, develop visitor-centered, inquiry-based programs for adults and WVU students. Participate in docent meetings. Assist with K-12 tour groups, leading small groups on an as needed basis.
  • Chair the Museum collections committee to approve potential acquisitions for collections that are in keeping with the museum’s mission and collection policies. Develop collecting priorities to strengthen the museum’s collections.
  • Serve as leader of Friends of the Art Museum membership group.
  • Meet regularly with Museum Advisory Council to provide guidance as they advocate and fund-raise for the Museum.
  • Collaborate with the CCA Communications and Marketing staff to develop plans for promoting museum exhibitions and programs to the public to raise the visibility of the museum and attract new visitors.
  • Advance an innovative vision for the Art Museum through strategic long-range planning, in collaboration with staff and other stakeholders.
  • Keep abreast of current thinking and issues in the museum field.
  • Pursue professional development opportunities, maintain membership in professional organizations, and cultivate diverse professional contacts.
  • Engage in the state and regional arts community.
The Art Museum of WVU (http://artmuseum.wvu.edu) is a state-of-the-art facility opened in 2015. Home to more than 3,000 works of art, the Art Museum boasts two galleries, a sculpture garden, a collection research and study room, storage areas, and an adjacent Museum Education Center.
 
The Art Museum is committed to presenting compelling exhibitions featuring a wide variety of artists and media. Past exhibitions have included the artwork of Shepard Fairey, Blanch Lazzell, Chinese master ceramists, and Appalachian Self-taught artists. In 2019 the Museum will present the work of Peter and Sally Saul.
 
The Art Museum’s aim, within the larger mission of West Virginia University, is to foster a vibrant, inviting, and inclusive environment in which visitors can study and learn from the direct experience of works of art. The Art Museum’s educational programs emphasize cross-disciplinary, inquire-based learning for all ages.
 
More information about the College of Creative Arts and the Art Museum of West Virginia University can be found at: http://ccarts.wvu.edu
Qualifications
  • Advanced degree in Art History, Arts Administration, Museum Studies, or a related field form an accredited institution.
  • Five (5) years of senior administrative experience, directly related to the responsibilities outlined above, at least two years of which are in a museum setting.
  • Record of success in donor relations, fundraising, grant-writing and/or capital campaigns.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of professional museum principles, standards and best practices, including but not limited to the areas of exhibition development, museum education, educational outreach, and audience development.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of 20th century and contemporary art.
  • Evidence of a network of professional colleagues in the museum field, and service to the museum profession.
  • Willingness to work nights and weekends as needed to accommodate programmatic and development needs.

 

Requirements

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Cover Letter that address the following areas:
    • Comparable work experience and past successes
    • Leadership experience and qualification
    • Development strategies
    • The importance of art in relation to WVU’s lad grant mission (http://www.wvu.edu/about-wvu/mission)
  • Contact information for four references
Date of Appointment: January 1, 2019 or until filled
 
Deadline: Review of applications will begin September 17, 2018

 

Conference Assistant – 2019 CAA Annual Conference

Join us as a conference assistant in 2019! CAA encourages students, emerging professionals, and others in the New York City area to apply, particularly those with strengths in hospitality and technology.

CAA employs assistants throughout the conference from Wednesday, February 13 to Saturday, February 16. Assistants provide essential support to ensure a successful conference: welcoming participants and attendees, helping answer questions and monitor activities, plus troubleshooting problems that may arise.

Deadline: December 19, 2018

Role Description:
Assistants ensure that session rooms and other venues are prepared prior to the start time, help participants, assist with AV, and communicate with on-site AV technicians as needed. Assistants also monitor session rooms, conference badge and ticket adherence, record attendance numbers, and help prepare for the next session or event.
Assistants working in the registration area direct attendees to check-in areas, answer questions about conference, CAA membership, the CAA 2019 app, and support CAA staff.

Requirements:
Successful applicants will be friendly, communicative problem solvers who are comfortable in a customer service role, able to navigate crowds quickly as well as being patient and flexible in a busy environment.
Experience with projectors and both MAC and PC laptops is essential. Familiarity with New York City and the subway is preferred.

Employment details:
Assistants are paid $12 per hour and receive complimentary full-conference registration. Assistants are required to work a minimum of 20 hours (or a maximum of 32 hours) over the four days of the conference. Attendance at a one-hour (paid) training meeting Tuesday night, February 12, 2019, is required.

Candidates must be US citizens or permanent US residents and able to fill out a W-9 employment form.

For more information: Scroll down to “Work at the Conference” for more information.

To apply: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdcHYWwJPQnUgXwH62nwMgv6U0n2V0lKjtoJ8umuwg-VLOD6w/viewform

 

Exhibitions and Installation Administrator – New York University

NYU seeks a full-time Exhibitions and Installation Administrator to serve as an Exhibitions Project Manager for both the 80WSE gallery and Barney Building.

Position Summary

Direct the installation, lighting design, and de­installation of exhibitions for the Department of Art and Art Profession’s exhibition spaces. Supervise, train, and monitor student assistants in art handling skills during art installations and de­installations. Work with Program Directors in the design, logistics and execution of installations. Work with artists and exhibition curators with their projects. Oversee the maintenance and the general condition of physical spaces and maintain inventories of supplies. Plan and manage opening receptions and related events. Serve as Exhibitions Project Manager for both the 80WSE gallery and Barney Building, overseeing installation of artwork in galleries, windows, and departmental shows in other exhibition spaces on and off campus.

Qualifications

Required Education:
Bachelor’s Degree in Art or Arts Administration

Required Experience:
Min. 2 years’ experience in fabrication and carpentry, and physical preparation of professional gallery exhibitions, including lighting and support media; Installation/deinstallation of gallery exhibits; and supervising staff.

Preferred Experience:
Experience working in a higher education setting with student artists and supervising student employees.

Required Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:
Knowledge of proper art handling, extensive knowledge of techniques and materials for safeguarding artworks, lighting design, and exhibition design. Demonstrated excellence in fabrication and installation skills. Knowledge of contemporary art.

Additional Information

EOE/AA/Minorities/Females/Vet/Disabled/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity

Fine Arts Gallery Registrar and Collections Manager – Vanderbilt University

Position Summary

The Registrar/Collections Manager is part of the Fine Arts Gallery at Vanderbilt University and is a key individual contributor responsible for overseeing all aspects of care, safety, handling, and documentation of the University’s art collection and artwork on loan. The position develops and implements management standards, policies, and procedures. The Registrar/Collections Manager also helps educate gallery staff, students, and other interested parties on best practices and contributes to a lively exhibition and public engagement program. Reporting to the Director, the position interacts with both internal and external stakeholders.

About the Work Unit:

The Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery presents a series of exhibitions each year that demonstrate the broad scope of Eastern and Western art, from antiquity through old master traditions, and continuing through modern and contemporary art practices of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. The Gallery’s mission is to promote engagement with the visual arts among students and the greater community through exhibitions, collections, research, and instruction. With an emphasis on an interdisciplinary, trans-institutional approach to all of its activities, the gallery is committed to supporting the academic enterprise of Vanderbilt University as a whole, while advancing artistic excellence.

Key Functions and Expected Performance:

  • Creates and maintains records encompassing the University’s greater art collection and exhibitions in collection database and physical form.
  • Manages public online access to collection database.
  • Manages logistical issues surrounding local, domestic, and international incoming and outgoing loans, including soliciting bids and contracting shippers, developing loan contracts, and generating condition reports.
  • Manages conservation projects, including correspondence with conservators, maintenance of records, and loan paperwork and transit.
  • Maintains regular communications with Vanderbilt office of risk management for collections and loan insurance-related purposes.
  • Oversees digital image library and photography needs for collections and exhibitions.
  • Manages photographic services, including rights and reproductions.
  • Oversees physical facilities requirements including environmental control and monitoring, pest management, security, and risk management; reviews facility reports of potential borrowers.
  • Creates, establishes, and implements procedures for periodic inventories and routine condition reporting.
  • Functions as part of a collaborative and collegial gallery team and contribute to exhibition and public programming planning.
  • Participates in exhibition production including handling, installation and de-installation, moving, storing, packing and unpacking of artwork.
  • Oversees budget and project funding for collections care, conservation, and related activities.
  • Couriers works of art, as needed, and manages courier arrangements for incoming loans.

Supervisory Relationships:

This position has supervisory responsibility over student staff and interns; the position reports administratively and functionally to the Director.

Education and Certifications:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in art history, art, museum studies, computer sciences or a related field from an accredited institution of higher education is necessary.
  • A Master’s degree in art history, museum studies, MLS with graduate level coursework in art history, or similar from an accredited institution of higher education is preferred.

Experience and Skills:

  • Knowledge of collections management and museum registration best practices is necessary.
  • Knowledge of museum standards for the care, preservation, and display of works of art and historical objects is necessary.
  • Proficiency in both PC and Mac platforms and strong computer skills including experience with Microsoft Office, Photoshop, and collections management software is necessary.
  • Knowledge of and experience working with digital image file formats, file format conversion and related software, and image editing applications is necessary.
  • Demonstrated interpersonal and communication skills, as well as the ability to work effectively with diverse clientele is necessary.
  • Availability to work a flexible schedule that includes evenings and weekends is necessary.
  • Ability to lift, move, and pack items up to 50 lbs. and climb a ladder is necessary.
  • Two years professional work experience in a museum, library, or visual resources special collection is preferred.
  • Experience creating metadata records and performing authority control is preferred.
  • Knowledge of best practices and experience with handling a variety of art objects and materials is preferred.
  • Experience creating faithful digital images of artwork is preferred.
  • Experience managing digital preservation projects is preferred.

Key Characteristics of a Successful Team Member in this Work Unit:

  • A self-starter – Able to assess collections needs and follow projects through to completion. Thrives in a fast-paced environment with competing deadlines.
  • Attention to detail – Careful attention to detail in both administrative work, object description/metadata creation, and object handling
  • Creative Thinking – Ability to think creatively, critically and innovatively. Goes beyond the boundaries of the job description, willingly takes on new challenges, finds creative solutions rather than always awaiting direct instructions
  • Naturally Communicates – Readily shares information and is comfortable working within a highly collaborative team. Communicates proactively. Understands that open communication and the sharing of knowledge is fundamental to the success of the team. Asks for advice, and considers it thoughtfully.
  • Teamwork – Commitment to high quality service and fostering collaboration. Flexible team player. Genuinely values teamwork and co-workers; make them feel valuable and important by acknowledging what they do well.  Doesn’t expect from others effort that one is unwilling to do themselves.  Finds ways to acknowledge other’s strong suits.
  • Works through Issues – Recognizes that the work is about successful outcomes.
  • Praises Publicly; Criticizes Privately – When dealing with co-workers or customers, “pretend your children are watching” how the situation is handled. Good manners and a cool head. Gives credit where credit is due.
  • Perspective – Maintains a sense of humor and perspective.  Can laugh first and foremost at oneself.
Qualifications

 
Job requires Bachelors and 3 years of experience or the equivalent.

For more information and to apply: https://vanderuniv.taleo.net/careersection/.vu_cs/jobdetail.ftl?job=1801774&tz=GMT-06:00

Director – USC Pacific Asia Museum

The University of Southern California seeks an entrepreneurially savvy and scholarly leader to provide strategic leadership, management expertise and an educational perspective for the USC Pacific Asia Museum (USC PAM).

The museum’s addition to USC was formally announced in November of 2013. Following a series of exhibitions and programs and plans for an upgrade to its physical plant and facilities, the museum was closed for renovations in July of 2016. It reopened in December of 2017. The Director will lead the continuing integration of the museum into USC. As an experienced “Academic Entrepreneur” of a museum or cultural institution, the Director is an advocate of the university museum as a teaching space and research laboratory where faculty and students across disciplines will explore and deepen their knowledge and accelerate discovery. The Director has the insight and ability to leverage USC’s multi-disciplinary academic resources in conjunction with the museum’s Pacific and Asian art holdings, its local and global connections, and other cultural and academic institutions. The Director will ensure USC PAM’s positive impact on USC, and on art and culture worldwide.

The University of Southern California Pacific Asia Museum is one of a small, elite group of stand-alone museums in the U.S. dedicated to the arts and culture of Asia and the Pacific Islands that is also a part of a major research university in the U.S.

The museum’s historic building has served as a center for art, culture and learning in Pasadena since its construction in 1924 by pioneering collector and entrepreneur Grace Nicholson (1877-1948) as her residence, galleries, and Treasure House/emporium. Ms. Nicholson’s championing of Asian art early in the century set the tone for much of the Pasadena community’s arts-related activities during the ensuing decades. The building also served as the site of the Pasadena Art Museum, which was renowned for its groundbreaking exhibitions of contemporary art. Pacific Asia Museum combined the spirits of both its predecessors in its focus on the classic and contemporary arts of Asia and the Pacific Islands. In 2013, University of Southern California partnered with the museum to form USC Pacific Asia Museum. The connection to the university has broadened the community that benefits from the museum’s role as a vital resource for education, cultural heritage and scholarship, and expanded the audience interested in a dialogue about art, history and culture.

The Pacific Asia Museum, founded in 1971 and accredited by the American Alliance of Museums in 2009, is committed to scholarship and has produced more than 50 exhibition catalogues. It has a collection of over 15,000 items from across Asia and the Pacific Islands, extending from Persia to the Pacific Islands and spanning more than 500 years. Prominent holdings include the Harari Collection of Japanese paintings and drawings from the Edo (1600-1868) and Meiji (1868-1912) periods, one of the largest collections of Japanese folk paintings outside of Japan, a South Pacific bark cloth collection, collections of Chinese ceramics and textiles, and Buddhist art from throughout Asia.

In its brief history, the museum has organized and presented groundbreaking exhibitions, including the first North American exhibitions of contemporary Chinese art after the Revolution and the first exhibition of Aboriginal art in the United States.

Exhibitions originated by the museum have traveled across the country and to Japan. Presently the museum is traveling an original show to Mexico City demonstrating the influence of Mexican Muralism on Chinese art after its own Revolution. USC PAM also continues its tradition as a partner to the community by its presentations of exhibitions, performances, lectures, classes, workshops, and festivals, all drawing on the arts and cultures of Asia and the Pacific Islands. These programs provide quality arts programming and education to children and families and ensures greater access to the arts for area residents while nurturing new audiences.

The integration of USC PAM into the greater university serves the research and scholarly pursuits of the entire school and benefits several institutions focusing on the historic, cultural and dynamics of the Pacific Rim and the Asia-America experience including the East Asia Studies Center, the Korean Studies Institute, the USC Center for Japanese Religions and Cultures and the USC U.S.-China Institute. In addition, and importantly, all six arts schools include a significant number of students from Asia, and creative work by many faculty members is influenced by Asia.

SCOPE OF POSITION:

The Director reports to the Executive Director of USC Museums, develops the museum’s vision, communicates its mission across communities and platforms, is the principle administrative and fiscal officer of USC Pacific Asia Museum. The Director is the museum’s leading spokesperson to a broad constituency including students, faculty, donor, alumni, university leaders, trustees, volunteers, visitors, local, global arts and philanthropic communities and the global museum and academic communities. The Director leads the marketing, fundraising, research and educational initiatives, curatorial vision, acquisitions program and exhibition schedule, as well as facility planning and budgetary process. The successful candidate works closely with the Executive Director of USC museums; and through PAM inspires and elevates the University’s institutional, intellectual, creative and community research, educational and cultural pursuits.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  1. Develop and implement strategic and budgetary plans to ensure the continuing integration of the museum into the broader university as an integral place for learning, and as a destination for the broader Manage museum resources including human, museum collection, capital, revenue and expenditures and the processes and controls necessary for implementation. Ensure alignment between the museum’s goals and the overarching goals of the University and leverage USC resources.
  2. Develop and implement plans to designate PAM as a global recognized resource for the study of Asian and the Pacific Islands’ art and culture. Lead the outreach to and create partnerships with traditional and contemporary Asian and Pacific Islands arts scholars, artists, museums and other cultural organizations, collectors and
  3. Lead the continuing development and communication of the vision and mission to all relevant stakeholders. Ensure complete buy-in.
  4. Develop a brand promise/identity and marketing plan to communicate the identity and promise of the museum to the university, community and donors.
  5. Ensure curation of exhibits, shows and acquisitions are consistent with the brand promise/identity.
  6. Drive marketing and communication. Personally, and inspirationally communicate and advocate on behalf of the USC Pacific Asia Museum across media platforms, cultural institutions, galleries and all other global sources of influence in the world of scholarship, art and culture. Attend and represent USC PAM at relevant conferences, exhibitions and events, or where requested by Advancement and or University
  7. Build and lead, in conjunction with USC’s University Advancement Office, a robust ongoing development/advancement and revenue program ensuring a capital reserve to fund programs, people and other resources. This includes but is not limited to donor and trustee relations, new donor development, grants, membership, special events, creation of national and international boards and
  8. Oversee personnel and ensure a cohesive team and collaborative work environment. Promote individual initiative and provide mentorship. Recruit and hire best in class staff and outside consultants. Carry out timely evaluations, promotions and terminations
  9. Establish relationships and collaborate with University senior administrative and academic leaders and colleagues. Encourage and recruit interdisciplinary faculty participation including potential co-curatorial roles and research programs. Advocate for museum integration into curricula across disciplines. Help develop innovative curriculum and programs. Encourage and facilitate research, inquiry, interpretation, experimentation, innovation, conservation, new and contemporary artists, publication and all forms of
  10. Collaborate with volunteers and other community leaders and be a resource for K-12 and other community programs. Build a robust membership base and encourage admission thus raising the profile of the museum as a destination point. Partner with the Fisher Museum and other relevant USC schools, departments and programs to ensure the museum plays a leading role in the ever-changing higher education environment and the role of the university museum in that environment. Maintain currency with emerging technologies and student behavior such as virtual environments and the use of social networks
  11. Oversee the curating of exhibitions. Develop criteria, plans and processes for new acquisitions
  12. Develop and manage budgets. Oversee the allocation of expenditure and resources. Oversee personnel, contract management, policy development and revenue such as memberships, admissions, concessions and retail. Create and communicate USC PAM specific success
  13. Foster and promote the museum as a point of entry for exploration into Pacific and Asian art and culture, a portal to the university and safe-haven for international students

For a full job description and to apply: http://www.ilmpartners.com/director-usc-pacific-asia-museum/

Coordinator, Operations & Administration, Museum of Arts & Design – Miami Dade College, Museum of Art and Design

Miami Dade College’s Museum of Art and Design (MOAD) seeks a full-time Coordinator, Operations & Administration at the Wolfson Campus.

Job Summary: 

The Coordinator, Operations and Administration at MOAD manages the administration and daily operations of the Museum of Art and Design (MOAD), which includes facilities management and supervision of the visitor services department. The position is responsible for the department’s budget reconciliation and financial reporting and managing all aspects of procurement from contract agreements to accounts payable and receivable. The coordinator supports grant development efforts and is responsible for grant compliance and reporting under the supervision of the Executive Director.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Manages the day to day operations of MOAD and Special Collection Galleries and facilities, including staffing, budget monitoring and processing of admissions’ revenue
  • Leads the grant development process; prepares budget and financial reporting
  • Oversees business operations processes, including agreement for services, purchase orders, requisitions, budget transfers, and restricted accounts
  • Facilitates the preparation of the yearly department budget as well as month-end and year-end reconciliation process
  • Analyzes visitor data for planning and goal setting purposes
  • Modifies time and attendance for departmental employees including missed punches and allocations of comp time and over time.
  • Serves as department liaison to Accounts Payable, Payroll, Central Accounting, MDC Foundation and other District departments
  • Coordinates Freedom Tower security and custodial needs with campus administration
  • Assists with the development and implementation of museum projects and events
  • Ensures compliance of MDC policies and procedures
  • Supervises and trains part-time front desk personnel and gallery attendants; reviews and modifies time and attendance as needed
  • Performs other duties as assigned

Minimum Requirements:

  • Master’s degree and one (1) year of experience in a related field; or Bachelor’s degree in a related field and five (5) years of relevant work experience with art exhibitions
  • All degrees must be from a regionally accredited institution
  • Knowledge and understanding of College organization, goals and objectives, and policies and procedures
  • Possess strong leadership and interpersonal skills to manage staff in accordance with applicable College policies and procedures
  • Possess highly detail oriented and organizational skills
  • Knowledge of budgeting, retail and financial management
  • Possess excellent communication skills both verbal and written
  • Ability to effectively communicate with a wide range of individuals and constituencies in a diverse community
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities and meet tight deadlines
  • Ability to demonstrate and provide records of achieving high customer satisfaction
  • Knowledge and understanding of museum standard practices specifically art museums
  • Knowledge of Microsoft office software and specific computer programs related to area of responsibility
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities and meet tight deadlines
  • Ability to demonstrate and provide records of achieving high customer satisfaction
  • Ability to document, write proposals, reports and business correspondence
  • Ability to work well in a multi-ethnic and multi-cultural environment with students, faculty and staff
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule that may include evening and weekend assignments

For a full job description and to apply: https://mymdhrpub.oracleoutsourcing.com/psc/PMYMDJ/CUSTOMER/HRMS/c/HRS_HRAM.HRS_APP_SCHJOB.GBL?Page=HRS_APP_JBPST&Action=U&FOCUS=Applicant&SiteId=1000&PostingSeq=1&JobOpeningId=998085

 

Chief Preparator – Stanford University, Cantor Arts Center

JOB PURPOSE:
The Cantor Arts Center seeks an experienced museum preparator to oversee and manage assigned staff engaged in installation and gallery maintenance. The Chief Preparator is a hands-on, detail-oriented manager to oversee all technical aspects of the Museum’s art handling projects. The Chief Preparator is responsible for museum-quality art handling related to installation and de-installation, including: receiving, packing and unpacking, handling, and displaying fine art objects; planning and directing the fabrication of exhibition pedestals, props, temporary walls, and other display designs; securing services of outside contractors; assuring a safe and healthy work environment through knowledge of best practices. The Chief Preparator is a key team member for the Museum’s ambitious schedule of exhibitions and collection use.

ABOUT US:
Cantor Arts Center boasts a proud and venerable history. Conceived with the founding of Stanford University in 1891, the museum opened in 1894, serving the University and the broader community. The 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake damaged the museum, necessitating its closure to the public. In 1995 groundbreaking for a major new wing and restoration of the historic building began in earnest with the revitalized museum opening in 1999 as the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Center for the Visual Arts. The Cantor offers approximately 50,000 square feet of exhibition space, as well as classrooms and other study spaces for students and faculty. The Cantor’s collection spans 5,000 years and includes more than 38,000 works of art from around the globe. Collections include art from Europe and America, both historical and contemporary; Asia, primarily Japan and China; Africa; Oceania; historical works from Mexico, Central America, and South America; the Stanford Family Collection; and public sculpture on the Stanford campus.

CORE DUTIES*:

  • Organize department’s short-term and long-term projects
  • Ensure successful installation of artwork spanning all mediums – works on paper, painting, 3D objects, video and new media art, etc.
  • Coordinate and manage daily activities of installation staff and contract service providers, including: working with exhibiting artists, scheduling and assigning work to staff and directing and leading workers in completing assigned work; monitoring work and project activity progress, making necessary changes; completing performance evaluations of assigned staff; performing quality assurance checks
  • Oversee maintenance of museum galleries during exhibitions, including lighting and mechanical and technical aspects of exhibitions
  • Work independently and assume direct responsibility for complex tasks
  • Implement, interpret, and manage policies and procedures pertaining to installation and gallery management, including health and safety programs and training
  • Track budget for area of responsibility, and provide time and workforce needs and estimates to higher level management based on cost analyses, ensuring work is completed according to stipulated price and agreement
  • Coordinate activities, construction, and renovation with Cantor staff, subcontractors, and/or vendors. Support assigned project activities; ensure compliance with larger unit goals.
  • Train on operation of tools and equipment associated with woodworking, electrical, light construction, and audio-visual and computer displays

* – Other duties may also be assigned

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to coordinate daily activities including work scheduling, quality assurance, program validation, monitoring of installation and gallery maintenance activities, and supervision of personnel
  • Demonstrated experience working with subcontractors/vendors and demonstrated ability to monitor project activities and ensure compliance with internal/external regulations
  • Demonstrated experience analyzing and interpreting policies
  • Demonstrated knowledge of best museum practices, including AAM guidelines
  • Use problem-solving skills to perform concurrent multiple tasks in a busy environment
  • Knowledge of environmental and safety rules, regulations, and policies. Ability to conduct job site inspections to ensure compliance
  • Ability to follow written and verbal directions and communicate those instructions to others
  • Exhibition design experience strongly preferred
  • Knowledge of SketchUp or AutoCAD desired

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

Education & Experience:
A combination of education, training and experience performing responsibilities similar to those listed above. Minimum of 5 years working in an art museum or gallery setting. Prior experience in a lead or supervisory capacity strongly preferred.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS*:

  • Frequently sitting, perform desk-based computer tasks, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh up to 10 pounds.
  • Occasionally stand/walk, twist/bend/stoop/squat, grasp lightly/fine manipulation, use a telephone, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh up to 11-20 pounds.
  • Rarely kneel/crawl, climb (ladders, scaffolds, or other), reach/work above shoulders, grasp forcefully, writing by hand, sort/file paperwork or parts, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh >40 pounds.

* – Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of the job.

WORKING CONDITIONS:

  • Requires 24-hour response availability seven days per week for emergency situations.
  • May be exposed to noise > 80dB TWA.
  • May working at heights 4 – 10 ft.

WORK STANDARDS:

  • Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.
  • Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.
  • Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University’s Administrative Guide, http://adminguide.stanford.edu.

For a full description and to apply: https://careersearch.stanford.edu/jobs/chief-preparator-4472?src=JB-10023

Photographer, Museum Collections – George Washington University, GW University Museum and The Textile Museum

The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum seek a full-time Photographer, Museum Collections for a two-year position. Funded through an IMLS award, the goal of this grant-funded project is to digitize 25% of the museum’s collections. The incumbent will be responsible for shooting objects in the permanent collections for online access, exhibition, and publication. This exciting opportunity provides experience to working on a federally funded grant project, while helping to establish a fully functional photography program for the first time in the museum’s history.

Reporting to the Registrar, the Photographer, Museum Collections is responsible for the following duties:

  • Working with the Registrar to set up the museum’s new photo studio with photography and photo editing equipment.
  • Providing professional-quality photographic services, to include taking high quality, high-resolution images of objects in The Textile Museum’s permanent collections, including flat textiles and 3-dimensional objects (such as costumes on mannequins or mounted objects).
  • Utilizing creativity, artistic skill, technical skill, sound professional judgment, resourcefulness, and initiative to adapt and apply photographic guidelines when processing digital imaging files for color accuracy, contrast, and density.
  • Managing the storage of image files.
  • Collaborating with staff on digital asset management.
  • Maintaining and calibrating equipment as needed, including cameras, lights, printers, and monitors.
  • Collaborating in creating short- and long-term photography program planning.

This position is located on GW’s Virginia Science and Technology Campus in Ashburn, VA, at the museums’ Avenir Foundation Conservation and Collections Resource Center. The incumbent may perform other related duties as assigned. The omission of specific duties does not preclude the supervisor from assigning duties that are logically related to the position.

Minimum Qualifications

Qualified candidates will hold a Bachelor’s degree in an appropriate area of specialization plus 2 years of relevant professional experience, or, a Master’s degree or higher in a relevant area of study. Degree must be conferred by the start date of the position. Degree requirements may be substituted with an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  • BA in photography and/or equivalent course work in museum studies, art history, or fine arts is preferred.
  • Two years of art photography experience in a museum/cultural institution studio setting.
  • Knowledge of Capture One photo editing software is highly desirable.
  • Knowledge of tethered capture photography.
  • Experience in lighting 2-D and 3-D objects, with experience with flat textiles is highly desirable.
  • Conversant in latest photography and digital imaging technologies.
  • Experience with museum collections management databases and/or digital asset management systems is highly desirable.
  • Ability to troubleshoot equipment or set up issues and creatively adapt lighting and camera settings to produce accurate high quality images.
  • Demonstrate flexibility and the ability to work well independently as well as part of a small team.
  • Ability to lift up to 40 lbs.
  • Ability to climb and balance when carrying equipment.

For a full-job description and to apply: https://www.gwu.jobs/postings/57147

Visitor Services and Venue Coordinator – Colorado State University, Avenir Museum of Design and Merchandising

Colorado State University seeks a full-time Visitor Services and Venue Coordinator at the Avenir Museum of Design and Merchandising.

Description of Work Unit: The Avenir Museum of Design and Merchandising is a university teaching collection as well as a public museum of 20,000 historically and culturally significant items of dress, textiles and interior artifacts representing regional, national, and international cultures. The Avenir Museum is housed in a 19,000 sq. ft. facility (opened in 2016) at 216 E Lake Street, adjacent to the University Center for the Arts, and includes four galleries, a large dedicated smart classroom and program space, expanded collections storage and work areas, extensive library/conference room, and conservation lab.

The Avenir Museum is a unit of the Department of Design and Merchandising, which is part of CSU’s College of Health and Human Sciences. The Museum embraces a vision of excellence in its community-facing delivery of exhibitions and programs serving a wide variety of audiences, in addition to its primary role as a teaching collection for Colorado State University. The Department of Design and Merchandising has 13 full-time faculty positions, plus additional special faculty appointments and non-tenure-track faculty, serving over 500 undergraduate students and 35 graduate students in several campus facilities, including the Avenir Museum. The Avenir Museum of Design and Merchandising currently has full-time staff positions of Director of Operations and Engagement; Curator/Assistant Professor of Design and Merchandising (a joint faculty-staff position); and Assistant Curator/Collections Manager. These positions currently report to the Department Head of Design and Merchandising.

Position Summary: The primary responsibility of the Visitor Services and Venue Coordinator is to support and enhance all visitor experience – whether CSU student, out-of-town visitor, or community guest – and to expand access to the Avenir Museum of Design and Merchandising as a singular university and regional community resource, both in the Museum setting and through related online platforms.

Ideal candidates for the position of Visitor Services and Venue Coordinator will have strong interpersonal skills, excellent customer service orientation and experience, be capable of coordinating multiple projects and deadlines, and will understand that working at the Avenir Museum of Design and Merchandising is a collaborative effort requiring the ability to work within a team, as well as across all areas of Colorado State University, to create a superior experience for all museum guests. This position is an opportunity to become a valued and integral team member at an academic museum whose facilities have recently undergone major renovation and expansion, and to contribute to excellence in policy development, visitor services, operations, marketing and promotions strategies, and exhibitions in an elegant, state-of-the-art building and workplace setting.

The Visitor Services and Venue Coordinator will be responsible for multi-faceted visitor services activities and experiences from pre-visit (i.e., social media, marketing, promotions, web content) to in-person visit (e.g., tour scheduling, development and staffing of facility rental opportunities, creating and supporting friendly and approachable visitor programming) to post-visit (e.g., exhibition evaluation, tracking visitor traffic numbers, social media, etc.). On the venue coordination side, direct responsibilities will involve assisting with the development and implementation of a facility rental policy, serving as the on-site venue coordinator during rental occasions, ongoing coordination of periodic on-site print and digital visitor information, and serving as the Avenir Museum on-site staff member on Saturdays (augmented by student staffing as required).

The regular work schedule for this position is 40 hours/week, Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00AM – 6:00PM; this work schedule corresponds to the public hours of the Avenir Museum. Flexible work hours will occasionally include later weekend and evening hours to support the expansion of public programs and the development of select facility rental opportunities (all Museum employees contribute to a flexible team presence at events, as a particular program may require; the Visitor Services and Venue Coordinator will be the lead Avenir Museum employee presence after 5PM).

Required Job Qualifications:

• Bachelor’s degree in Museum Studies, Anthropology, History, Art, Art History, Communications, Graphic Design, Hospitality Management, Recreation/Park Interpretation, or other related field.
• Minimum two years’ full-time employment in an office, business, gallery, academic museum, facility management, or very similar setting working in operations-related, customer-facing responsibilities.
• Literacy with Microsoft Office Suite and Adobe Acrobat.
• Experience with Adobe Creative Cloud (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign).
• Experience with digital engagement content and strategies (including social media) for a museum or other business.
• Must have a valid driver’s license or the ability to obtain a driver’s license or access to a licensed driver by the employment start date.

Preferred Job Qualifications:

• Prior employment experience in an academic museum setting.
• Excellent customer service skills and ability to work with museum staff and various CSU departments and administrative staff, as well as colleagues at other institutions, tour groups, civic leaders, educators, and students.
• Demonstrated commitment to providing inclusive and accessible experiences for diverse museum visitors.
• Ability to supervise and train volunteers and student workers, and to work as part of a team with the Museum Director, Curator, and Collections Manager.
• Ability to work independently, sometimes as the only staff member in the building, often with frequent interruptions by visitor service engagement opportunities.
• Ability to exercise discretion, confidentiality, and independent judgment.
• Knowledge of digital Audio Visual presentation equipment/smart classroom technology
• Graphic design experience.
• Proficiency in Adobe Creative Cloud (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign).
• Additional software familiarity: Four Winds Interactive; Traf-Sys VisiCount.
• Experience in an academic setting working with students and community volunteers.
• Prior experience organizing and running engagement events (lecture series, occasional weekend workshops, author talks, “hands-on” textile-related crafts, etc.) is a major plus.

Visitor Services Coordination

• Emphasis on exceptional customer service, organization and efficiency.
• Maintaining clean and professional appearance of the Avenir Museum lobby, reception desk, and other public areas.
• Providing welcoming, hospitable greeting and orientation to all visitors.
• Maintaining presence in the museum’s public spaces, directly observing the quality of the guest experience, and developing insights on services and amenities on behalf of both student and community visitor constituents.
• Coordination of periodic visitor information updates in print and digital communication formats.
• Assist Director of Operations and Engagement with generating and disseminating Avenir Museum quarterly digital newsletter, and campus/regional advertising endeavors.
• Staying abreast of Colorado State University and community/regional activities and interests, to share knowledgeably with guests.
• Supervision of university student hourly workers, as required for events or programs.
• Currency with visitor services trends and best practices in the academic museum field.
• Collaborate with Avenir Museum staff to ensure emergency readiness on behalf of visitors, the artifact collection, and the building.
• Work effectively and personably with volunteers, board members, major donors, university partners, press and media.

Percentage of time: 45%

Venue Management

• Oversee set-up and take-down activities for internal and external events on the Avenir Museum premises.
• Secure, lock, and alarm all Avenir Museum spaces, zones, and the building after all guests, renter’s representatives/caterers/contractors have departed.
• Collaborate with the Avenir staff and university partner offices to develop a Facility Rental Policy and procedures related to event rentals, to include: contract preparation, booking procedures and fee structures for both internal and external customers, rental hours and availability, approved/preferred vendors, room configuration options, and space capacity/restrictions.
• Maintain presence at events (including after-business or evening hours) to coordinate customer/visitor and event needs while ensuring policy adherence, safety, and facility security.
• Assist the Director of Operations and Engagement with promotion of appropriate facility rentals, following formal adoption of the Facility Rental Policy.
• Work with Director of Operations and Engagement to coordinate CSU Facilities/Custodial Services/Access Services/CSUPolice on preparation for events, as needed.
• Assist other Avenir Museum staff members when “all hands on deck” tasks are necessary (e.g., with exhibits installation/strike) as required.

Percentage of time: 25%

Print/Digital Content Coordination

• Working within CSU design standards, collaborate with Avenir Museum staff and university communications teams to design text/graphics for exhibition panels, building and facility wayfinding, advertising copy, branded Avenir Museum merchandise, etc.
• Integrate the above across both print and digital applications.
• Augment and maintain best practices for Avenir Museum social media presence, in concert with the Department of Design and Merchandising, the College of Health and Human Sciences (CHHS), and under the umbrella of CSU’s Social and Digital Media team housed in the CSU Division of External Relations.
• Working with Avenir staff, develop collaborative plan to amplify strategic, current presence on Facebook; establish and maintain strategic, current presence on Twitter and Instagram.
• Design, assemble, and maintain the currency of exhibit script print notebooks for each Avenir Museum exhibition (5-6 annually), as an accessibility/inclusion service for visitors.
• Serve as the Avenir Museum’s community-of-practice liaison to the CHHS Social Media Administrators team.

Percentage of time: 20%

Volunteer Coordination

• Work with the Director of Operations and Engagement to support the volunteer program.
• Assist with researching, implementing, and managing volunteer hours tracking database.
• Maintain personable and appreciative relationship with museum volunteers, maximizing individual strengths and skills to opportunities.

Percentage of time: 10%

Closing date: 11/12/18

For a full job description and to apply: https://jobs.colostate.edu/postings/61771

Associate Director of Learning: Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

Are you someone who is:

  • relationship builder who forges strong partnerships across a variety of audiences and stakeholders?
  • Experienced in creating arts and civic learning opportunities and programs with a focus on youth?
  • An excellent communicator with strong writing and presentation skills?

If so, then the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago is looking for you! Continue reading “Associate Director of Learning: Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago”