Salary commensurate with experience
The Director of Exhibitions oversees all aspects of the museum’s exhibitions program to achieve installations of high quality, importance, and impact.
The Director of Exhibitions works in collaboration with the Museum Director and the Vice President of Exhibition, Collection and Information Strategies to lead the development and implementation of the museum’s program of temporary exhibitions, permanent gallery installations, and major permanent gallery installations. This position is also responsible for planning and implementing the museum’s statewide exhibition program, and for building and maintaining strong relationships with a wide range of national and international partners with whom the DIA collaborates.
Key success factors include the ability to facilitate collaboration and foster process transparency across participating departments; and support the success of the process through disciplined budget development, oversight, and systematic planning.
Key internal partners include process participants from the Curatorial, Learning and Audience Engagement, Registration, Collections Management, Conservation, Marketing and Communications, and Development departments.
The Program: Working with the Museum Director and the Vice President of Exhibition, Collection and Information Strategies, the Director of Exhibitions will:
- Develop and oversee the long-range schedule for the full program of exhibitions, major gallery projects and related activities for development and planning; facilitate projects through review and approval processes and implementation.
- Identify and lead teams to develop, manage, and implement exhibitions and major gallery projects that achieve audience, artistic, and financial goals; utilize collaborative work processes to ensure cross-functional communications, efficiency and effectiveness.
- Lead exhibition leadership team; facilitate meetings, processes and approvals to develop long-range planning, exhibition goals and criteria; utilize strategic planning decisions and tools.
- Build project budgets during various stages of approval; initiate transition to operational/multiyear budget analysis; analyze and monitor individual and overall exhibition budgets for adherence to established plans and goals.
- Contribute to the creation and implementation of the museum's strategic plans and to the development and effective communication of strategic goals, planning initiatives, policies and resource allocations as related to exhibitions and major gallery projects.
- Benchmark and implement best practices for exhibition work. Lead development of new and improved project management processes and policies, including potential software solutions.
- Exercise responsibility for all exhibition-related negotiations including proposals, contracts, exhibition fees, etc.
- Plan and implement statewide exhibition program, staying within approved parameters; coordinate with other areas of the statewide program to ensure statewide agreement is met and work is integrated when appropriate.
- Provide expert advice and act as resource of museum exhibition practice to internal and external colleagues; develop and maintain relationships with museum professionals nationally and internationally to provide benefit to exhibition program and museum in general.
Management: The Director of Exhibitions is responsible for the day-to-day management of the Exhibitions department, including leadership of a team that includes: an exhibitions designer, graphic designer, lighting designer, exhibition assistants, contracted curators, and other temporary or contractual project personnel.
- Master's degree in Art History, Fine Arts, Arts Management or related specialty; or equivalent related experience in exhibition and program planning and implementation.
- Deep knowledge of fundamental exhibition concepts, practices, policies, and procedures.
- Five (5) or more years of supervisory and/or project/process management experience; a minimum of five (5) years of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities of this position.
- Knowledge of current and emerging trends in museums and professional standards.
- A broad network of national and international peers and other museum colleagues, preferred.
- Extensive experience with international projects and partners, preferred.
- Financial fluency and experience with detailed budget creation, oversight, and reporting.
- Excellent writing skills
- Other duties as required
If you are interested in applying for this position, please do so online by close of business day, December 1, 2017.
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