Director, Lilley Museum of Art – University of Nevada, Reno

Job Description

The Department of Art at the University of Nevada, Reno invites applications for Director, Lilley Museum of Art. The position is a twelve-month Administrative Faculty position beginning in the spring of 2020.  Administrative faculty are professional staff members who perform responsibilities related to the operations of units within the university.

The UNR Department of Art is an energetic, supportive, and exciting community of professionals with a deep commitment to excellence in research/creative activity, teaching and service to the university and northern Nevada community. We are seeking candidates who can demonstrate their interest and experience in working with diverse student populations and a commitment to developing exhibitions and educational programs that help expand the constituencies who appreciate art and participate in the activities of the museum, especially programming for historically underserved populations.

The Director oversees the Lilley Museum of Art, including approximately 4,000 square feet of exhibition space located in the new University Arts Building. In addition to the museum, the Director oversees University Galleries which is comprised of multiple student exhibition spaces in nearby facilities to currently include Student Galleries South, McNamara Gallery, and Front Door Gallery. The position reports to the Chair of the Department of Art and serves as a vital link between Art Department curriculum, faculty, and students and the programming of the museum and the galleries. In close collaboration with the Department of Art chair and faculty, the Director has administrative and artistic authority to set and implement the vision, goals, and objectives of the museum, implement its artistic and administrative policies and procedures, and shape the direction of it is programs. Serving as a highly visible leader, spokesperson, and advocate for the museum, the Director shepherds the museum in alignment with the mission, priorities, and values of the Department of Art, School of the Arts, College of Liberal Arts, and the University.  The Director works to maximize collaborations with University and community partners to meet the needs of the region as well as contribute to the advancement of the arts generally.

The Museum and Department of Art act as a steward of a diverse collection of art (Permanent Collection) that represents a humanist approach to the preservation of art for enjoyment and study. The collection reflects the diversity of art and history of art taught at the University of Nevada, Reno and serves as a reference collection of note within the region, including a growing depth and breadth of art holdings toward a greater representation of global art production.

We are seeking a candidate with a strong commitment to education and outreach, this includes myriad campus audiences but also extends to opportunities to foster external connections in Reno and the northern Nevada region.  The Director will work to maximize collaborations with university and community partners to meet the needs of the region as well as contribute to the advancement of the arts generally.

The Director, in close collaboration with the Art Department chair and faculty, has administrative and artistic authority to set and realize the vision, goals, and objectives of the museum, implement its artistic and administrative policies and procedures, and shape the direction of its programs. Serving as a highly visible leader, spokesperson, and advocate for the museum and the arts, the Director will shepherd the museum to both inform and fulfil the mission, priorities, and values of the Department of Art, School of the Arts, College of Liberal Arts, and the University.

The Director is responsible for effectively leading two full-time museum staff as well as varied part-time staff made up of student employees and volunteers. The Director will help to train emerging professionals and will further develop the skills of those already in the field. Ultimately responsible for all areas of the museum’s operations, including work as the education curator and the chief curator of temporary and collection exhibitions, the Director is also the supervisor of all administrative, budgetary, security, preparatory, and registration activities within the museum. The Director must exercise exceptional judgment, while leveraging experience in the field and a diverse skill set to partner with an array of campus professionals to cultivate donations, market and publicize, and advance equity and inclusion.

The Director will teach a minimum of one, maximum of two courses per year in an area of the Director’s specialty, in consultation with the Chair of the Department. The director may also be eligible to serve as a committee member on Master of Fine Art and Bachelor of Fine Art advanced degree thesis committees.

The successful candidate will have excellent communication, thoughtful judgement, budgetary and time management skills, and knowledge of presenting exhibitions programming in an academic setting.

Required Qualifications

Bachelor’s Degree  and four years of related professional experience; OR a Master’s Degree: MA, MFA, or PhD from a nationally accredited institution with major course work in Art, Art History, Curatorial Practice, Museum Study and two years of related professional experience.  Related Experience:

•          Leadership or non-leadership experience in an art gallery or museum environment, preferably within an academic setting

•          Teaching experience at the college level

•          Organize and implement large exhibitions, auctions, and museum related special events

•          Knowledge of proper art handling, storage, security, climate conditions standards, museum installation practices, curatorial, and operational best practices and standards guided by American Alliance of Museums (AAM)

•          Knowledge of proper art packing and shipping requirements

•          Advanced training in art and art history; training in curatorial practices and non-profit management

•          Experience with outreach activities, connecting within and outside of the UNR community

Preferred Qualifications

•          Experience working with diverse and underrepresented populations

•          Teaching experience at the college level

•          Grant writing experience

•          Ability to compare, analyze, and create reports

•          Marketing/Development/Fundraising experience

•          Fiscal management and operations

Compensation Grade

C

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