Director and Chief Curator of the Gregory Allicar Museum of Art
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Working Title Director and Chief Curator of the Gregory Allicar Museum of Art Research Professional Position No Posting Number 201600935AP Position Type Admin Professional/Research Professional Number of Vacancies 1 Work Hours/Week 40 Proposed Annual Salary Range 70,000- 75,000 Desired Start Date 07/01/2017 Position End Date (if temporary) Open Posting Date Open Until Filled Yes To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by 11:59pm (MT) on 12/16/2016 Description of Work Unit
Located in Fort Collins, Colorado, the Gregory Allicar Museum of Art’s stated mission is to invite individuals to engage with art and each other to inspire fresh perspectives and wonder. The museum is a catalyst for visual literacy and critical thinking and seeks to instill a passion for learning. The museum is located in the University Center for the Arts, in the heart of an arts neighborhood that includes music, theater, dance performance and practice spaces, and the Avenir Museum of Design and Merchandising. In 2016 the museum completed a 6,000 square foot expansion of the facilities with five galleries for permanent and temporary exhibitions in order to expand exhibition and programming opportunities. The museum collects, preserves, exhibits, and interprets works of art drawn from its permanent collection of approximately 3,500 objects and from traveling exhibitions. The major collections of the museum focus on global modern and contemporary art, African art, and Native American art, as well as European paintings, works on paper, sculpture, and decorative arts from the 16th through the 20th centuries.
The museum’s strategic plan focuses on four objectives: Educational Vitality—encouraging teaching and learning through formal and open-ended interaction with art objects, ideas, and modes of visual expression and understanding; Welcoming Engagement—embracing all audiences in their involvement with visual culture; Art and Objects—expanding the scope, depth and access to the museum’s collections and exhibitions and honoring the diversity of art making across time periods, geographies, and cultures; and Fiscal Strength—establishing reliable and diverse funding sources to support the museum’s programmatic, operational, and organizational effectiveness.
The Director and Chief Curator reports directly to the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and is responsible for developing and managing annual budgets and three-year projected budgets; supervising the work of three current staff members and five Associate Curators, which includes developing timelines and staff goals; developing and implementing strategies for generating new resources through grant writing, donor stewardship, Advisory Board development and stewardship, active work with College of Liberal Arts development staff, and planning fundraising events; developing and maintaining a strategic plan, action plans, assessment plans, and securing accreditation from the American Alliance of Museums (AAM); developing program and exhibition-specific marketing plans; overseeing and promoting the museum’s collections and programs through curatorial work, publications, research and collection building, and public speaking; and coordinating outreach and educational programs.
Required Job Qualifications
• M.A. in Art History, Museum Studies, Curatorial Studies, or related field.
• At least 3 years management experience in a museum, cultural institution, or arts organization and demonstrated administrative, managerial, communication, fund-raising, and curatorial experience.
• Demonstrated knowledge of the field of art history; demonstrated ability to develop concepts for displaying global arts; and a demonstrated ability to engage with the arts community.
• 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
• Ph.D. in Art History, Museum Studies, Curatorial Studies, or related field.
• Successful record of raising funds and securing gifts from individuals, corporations, and foundations.
• Successful record of writing and securing grants from public granting agencies.
• Personal and professional commitment to diversity as demonstrated by involvement in teaching, research, creative activity, service to the profession and/or diversity/inclusion activities.
• Record of scholarly publications.
• Knowledge of and experience with at least one area of the museum’s collections.
Personal and professional commitment to diversity as demonstrated by involvement in teaching, research, creative activity, service to the profession and/or diversity/inclusion activities.
Job Duty Category Curatorial Duty/Responsibility
Director and Chief Curator will:
a. Oversee exhibitions: In keeping with the museum’s strategic plan and the museum’s role as a steward of objects in the public trust, Director and Chief Curator will work with fulltime staff and Associate Curators to choose appropriate traveling exhibitions, and promoting the museum’s collections by curating works from permanent collection of artworks for temporary and permanent exhibitions, in order to develop public exhibitions as well as making the permanent collections available to instructors across campus for the purposes of enhancing classroom teaching; and develop the larger timeline for exhibition rotation.
b. Engage in exhibition planning and installation: Oversee and promote the museum’s collections and programs through curatorial work, publications, research and collection building, and public speaking; coordinate outreach and educational programs with appropriate university and local school district officials; work with fulltime staff and Associate Curators to develop exhibition timelines for choosing works, writing textual wall panels, deciding on exhibition dates; and set a specific timeline for exhibition installation, opening, and closing.
c. Develop long-term and exhibition-specific programs for different age groups and interest groups, including educational programs for university curricula, community, K-12 schools, seniors, and exhibition-specific interest groups. Utilize works of art for educational purposes.
Percentage Of Time 33% Job Duty Category Administration and Supervision Duty/Responsibility
Director and Chief Curator will:
a. Supervise staff and student interns: Supervise the work of three current staff members, who assist in developing timelines and staff goals in order to implement museum exhibitions and traveling exhibitions. Supervise staff who hire and train student employees to staff galleries for security. Supervise staff on collection management of permanent collection of 4000 works of art including proper storage, record keeping and insurance records; supervise staff on communications and marketing efforts to promote museum exhibitions and programs; supervise staff on day to day management and upkeep of facilities for museum and storage areas. Supervise evaluation/assessment intern – plan assessment strategies to gage effectiveness of exhibitions and programs.
b. Coordinate associate curators in order to manage exhibition and installation timeline: Supervises the work of five Associate Curators, who are full-time faculty members in the Department of Art and Art History at CSU, working with them to develop exhibition timelines for choosing works, writing textual wall panels, deciding on exhibition dates, and setting a specific timeline for exhibition installation, opening, and closing.
c. Work with Advisory Board, composed of faculty and community members to develop and maintaining a strategic plan, action plans, and assessment plans to maintain long-term vision for the museum, and to secure accreditation from the American Alliance of Museums (AAM).
d. Maintain records on attendance, demographics of visitors as part of assessment efforts.
e. Manage yearly budget, reconcile all budget statements, project three-year financial budget covering staff salaries, exhibition costs, collection costs, conservation costs as possible, administrative costs, programming costs, children’s outreach programming, promotion, and publicity costs. Develop travelling exhibitions to promote museum and to bring in additional revenues.
Percentage Of Time 33% Job Duty Category Development Duty/Responsibility
Director and Chief Curator will engage in fundraising: Develop and implement strategies for generating new financial resources through grant writing, donor stewardship, Advisory Board development and stewardship, working with College of Liberal Arts development staff, and planning fundraising events.
Percentage Of Time 34% Application Details
Special Instructions to Applicants
For initial application, candidates should upload the following: a letter of application addressed to Catherine Dicesare, Department of Art and Art History, describing interest and qualifications; curriculum vitae; electronic portfolio of curatorial work (e.g., exhibition views, catalogs, and publications); and names, addresses, and email numbers of three references by December 16, 2016 for full consideration. Applicant references will be contacted at the semi-finalist stage.
Conditions of Employment Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires), Valid Driver’s License, Travel Search Contact firstname.lastname@example.org EEO Statement
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Applicant Documents Required Documents
- Cover Letter
- Curriculum Vitae