JOB POSTING: Director of Exhibitions/ Sugar Hill Children's Museum of Art and Storytelling
Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Posted by: Linda Hudson
A growing organization founded in 1983, Broadway Housing Communities (BHC) is committed to addressing the challenges of poverty and homelessness experienced by adults, children, families and entire communities in Upper Manhattan. BHC has developed six buildings that provide housing and other services for adults, children and families living in deep poverty; operates an award-winning early childhood center; and provides opportunities for tenants and the wider community to engage with the cultural arts. A seventh project now under construction in the National Historic District of Sugar Hill will include 124 units of permanent, affordable housing; an expanded childcare center; and a children’s museum of art and storytelling along with other community facilities.
The Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling (SHCMAS) is the cultural capstone of BHC’s development in Sugar Hill, at the intersection of the historic African-American community of Harlem and the Latino community of Washington Heights. SHCMAS will provide young visitors with opportunities to discover, engage with and appreciate important works of art while strengthening their own cognitive and creative skills. Museum programs developed for 3-8 year olds and their families will feature exhibitions, ranging from single-artist presentations to thematic surveys and newly commissioned artist projects, intensive hands-on art education programs, monthly storytelling series and other public programs. Acknowledging the significance of art and storytelling in Sugar Hill’s history, intergenerational and cross cultural participation will be encouraged.
The Associate Director for Exhibitions will form part of the senior management team and play a key role in the development and implementation of the Museum’s programmatic vision and goals. S/he will join a senior management team dedicated to making the SHCMAS a welcoming and vital cultural resource for Northern Manhattan and the Sugar Hill community. Functioning as chief curator, the Associate Director for Exhibitions will serve as the in-house scholar, programs manager and spokesperson for SHCMAS. The Associate Director for Exhibitions will research and plan exhibitions and special programs, manage curatorial and public programs finances and budgets, foster and manage partnerships with other museums and cultural institutions. S/he will be responsible for all aspects of the production and implementation of designated temporary, collection, and travelling Museum exhibitions, and all related programming and printed matter. S/he will work closely with the Associate Director of Education to realize the education program goals, and work with the Museum Director and development staff to raise programmatic funds and organize donor events. Once a permanent collection has been established, duties will also include managing acquisitions. S/he will also work closely with the Board of Trustees, Programs Committee and Advisory Board.
Responsible for all aspects of planning, development and implementation of exhibitions and special programs. Collaborate with all staff, colleagues, interns, volunteers, exhibition and program partners, and contract workers necessary to complete these tasks.
Coordinate and manage images and captions for press, education, and curatorial, and suggest appropriate materials for the Museum Shop in a timely fashion, including books, catalogues, and other merchandise.
Produce proposed exhibition layouts including installation and de-installation schedules. Arrange and manage personnel (security, art handlers, operational personnel, artists, etc.), display furniture, mounting needs, audio-visual equipment and its installation, and other site-specific technicalities. Plan, coordinate, implement, and supervise entire installation and de-installation as the curator-in-charge. · Produce final texts for invitations, press releases, signage, brochures, website materials, ad copy, and other public materials, and coordinate with necessary editors, translators, designers and other providers in the production of said materials.
Work collaboratively with development, public relations, and special events to plan for all details relating to press events and exhibition receptions, including tours for key supporters or special groups. Assist with public relations efforts to support and promote all programming and other Museum activities.
Conclude all programming and exhibitions as required, including but not limited to final reports, filing, and archiving.· Focus on long-term vision to eventually develop a permanent collection that advances the museum’s mission and goals. Develop and cultivate private collections collaboratively with the Museum Director and Programs Committee Members, with the goal to enhance the Museum's holdings by promised and outright gifts of works of art.· Work actively with the Development and External Affairs Manager to identify and pursue funding for exhibitions, artist residency, public and special programs. Work with staff to develop fundraising strategies and actively participate in solicitation process, including cultivating donors and collectors, drafting content for proposals, and other fundraising activities.
Develop and sustain advantageous relationships with the community of artists, critics, collectors, dealers, museum colleagues, professional organizations, and friends of the Museum to enhance the SHCMAS' position locally, nationally, and internationally.· Select, supervise, develop, and evaluate the curatorial and public programs staff, interns and volunteers to maintain the aesthetic and intellectual quality and administrative efficiency of departmental programs.
Develop operating, exhibition, and program budgets, and assist in monitoring and maintaining budget responsibility for the department and its projects in coordination with other departments.
Master’s Degree in Art History, Fine Arts, Museum Studies, or related field· 5+ years of curatorial, museum and/or arts education experience· Proven history of excellent scholarship, as well as writing and public presentation skills · Excellent leadership and interpersonal skills and ability to communicate effectively with a wide variety of constituencies including young children and their families, artists, museum staff, educators, volunteers, interns, donors, lenders, vendors, peer institutions, and the general public· Strong organizational skills including ability to manage complex exhibition and project budgets, timelines, and deadlines· Experience successfully fundraising, cultivating donors and securing programming support · Demonstrated ability to support SHCMAS’ education mission· In-depth knowledge of African American and/or Latino art preferred· Fluency in Spanish a plus
APPLICATION: To apply for a position at BHC/SHCMAS, please email your resume and cover letter with salary requirements to email@example.com. Applicant review will continue until the position is filled. Please indicate your last name and "Associate Director for Exhibitions " in the subject line. No phone calls, please -- we will respond to those candidates whose qualifications are best aligned with the components of this job description.
BHC is committed to providing equal employment opportunity without regard to race, ethnicity, religion, gender identity, national origin, age, citizenship status, marital status, sexual orientation, veteran status, height, weight, or disability. Women, older adults, people of color, poor and low-income people, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Salary commensurate with experience. We offer a comprehensive benefits package, including health, dental, 403(b) retirement plan and paid time off.