The Yale Center for British Art is a public art museum and research institute that houses the largest collection of British art outside the United Kingdom. The core collection was presented to the university by Paul Mellon (Yale College, Class of 1929). Augmented by acquisitions made since the Center opened in 1977, the collections reflect the development of British art and culture from the late medieval period to the present.
The Center’s actively growing collections include more than 2,000 paintings, 250 sculptures, 20,000 drawings and watercolors, 40,000 prints, and 35,000 rare books and manuscripts. More than 40,000 volumes supporting research in British art and related fields are available in the Center’s Reference library. Works include masterpieces by Joshua Reynolds, George Stubbs, Thomas Gainsborough, J. M. W. Turner, John Constable and the Pre-Raphaelites to Henry Moore, David Hockney, and Yinka Shonibare, as well as major artists from Europe and America who lived and worked in Britain such as Rubens and van Dyck.
One of the Center’s greatest treasures is the building itself. Opened to the public in 1977, the Yale Center for British Art is the last building designed by the internationally acclaimed American architect Louis I. Kahn. The structure integrates the dual functions of study center and gallery, while providing an environment for works of art that is appropriately elegant and dignified. The building underwent a comprehensive, award-winning conservation in 2015-16. The Center stands across the street from Kahn’s first major commission, the Yale University Art Gallery (1953), located in downtown New Haven.
Education, Research, and Publications
The Center offers a year-round schedule of major, international loan exhibitions and programs. Academic resources include the Reference Library and Archives, conservation laboratories, a Study Room for examining works on paper as well as rare books and manuscripts from the collection, and an innovative, open-access, online catalogue of the collections.
The Center oversees an active research program through which it promotes and fosters the scholarship of all aspects of British art and material culture. It is the Center’s aim to support and generate research that is both interdisciplinary in nature and international in scope.
As well as fostering a public outreach program comprising lectures, conferences, tours, school visits, films, concerts, and performances, the Center offers opportunities for scholars at all levels to study its collections and participate in its scholarly programs. The Center offers short-term residential Visiting Scholar Awards at predoctoral and postdoctoral levels; opportunities for students at Yale and elsewhere, including travel grants, research positions, an annual Graduate Student Symposium, and a biennial Graduate Student Summer Seminar.
The Center is also active in publishing research and collaborates with Yale University Press on publications accompanying major exhibitions. Aspects of the Center’s publication program, and much of its research and teaching program, are developed in conjunction with that of its sister institution, the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, in London. Together both Center(re)s publish the new online journal British Art Studies.
The Center has retained the executive search firm of Koya Leadership Partners to assist in the search. Please email nominations and applications (resume/CV and cover letter) to Naree W.S. Viner, Managing Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Director provides overall leadership, strategic vision for, and management of the Yale Center for British Art, including care of the collection, collaboration with university schools and departments, and partnerships with global museums and research centers focused on British Art. This executive is an integral part of the University’s academic leadership, ensuring the continued use and exploration of the Center’s rich collections and applying innovative approaches to teaching, research, and publication. The Director is appointed by the President and reports to the University Provost. The Director works as a team member with other cultural heritage directors at the University, including the Institute for the Preservation for Cultural Heritage at Yale’s West Campus, under the direction of the Deputy Provost for Collections and Scholarly Communication.
The Director will serve on the Board of the Paul Mellon Centre in London and will work closely with its director. As the chief executive officer of the Center, the Director is responsible for overseeing an annual operating budget of $25 million and an endowment of $483 million as of June 2017. The Director leads a staff of 109 full-time employees plus an additional 30 part-time employees including security, and 100 student employees/interns. The Director serves as an articulate and compelling advocate for the Center and the importance of the arts within the University, to prospective donors and collectors, the museum community, and potential collaborators. Along with a broad knowledge of the British and American art worlds, the Director must have the strategic vision to identify new opportunities for the institution, the ability to inspire and empower staff, and a commitment to raising the Center’s visibility within the University, the local and regional community, and around the world.
The Director must be able to work adeptly and collegially with senior administrative leadership, as well as with deans and other academic and administrative leaders. This leader must also be able to work with independent-minded faculty across the institution. The Director must be committed to two-way communication, to fostering trust, and to building community at campus, national, le of leading a dynamic organization, with attention to the skillful and strategic allocation of the Center’s resources in ways that advance the Center’s quality and activities.
Required Education and Experience
An advanced degree in an art-related field is required; a Ph.D. is expected, as is equivalent professional and leadership experience in a comparable setting.
Required Skill/Ability 1:
Demonstrated visionary leadership with an entrepreneurial and enthusiastic spirit; proven strategic thinker with the foresight, capacity, and experience to understand and balance complex and discrete needs; demonstrated capability in providing stability and confidence when faced with important, ambiguous and quickly-changing circumstances.
Required Skill/Ability 2:
A strong advocate for the Center who has the experience and training to represent the Center in the region and in the broader arts world; expertise to curate and develop world-class, compelling exhibitions and publications to expand scholarly and audience engagement.
Required Skill/Ability 3:
Business Acumen and Operational Expertise. Strong record of successful oversight and management of finance and operations.
Required Skill/Ability 4:
Demonstrate a significant academic and scholarly achievements, including publications, in the field of British art and material culture, or a closely related field. Recognized distinction in the field, significant standing with peer institutions, and the stature to represent the Center to appropriate stakeholders.
Required Skill/Ability 5:
Proven record of visible and effective leadership and management, demonstrated ability to professionally develop and retain a strong team focused on impact, excellence and accountability. Demonstrated compelling public presence, and exceptionally skilled at developing and sustaining excellent relationships; excellent public relations insight and public speaking ability.
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