Art Collections Director – Job Description
Posting Date 12/15/2015
Job Number 174-15
Job Title Director, Art Collections
Status Accepting Applications
Please submit a resume with Job No. 174-15.
Reporting to the Dean of Wilkinson College, the Director of Arts Collections will be responsible for the management of the Hilbert Museum of California Art, the Escalette Permanent Collection of Art and other collections as may be acquired and/or assigned. Develop a clear vision for the museum’s goals and objectives, translate them into strategic plans and work with the campus community to realize them. Manage the acquisition, documentation, exhibition, and preservation of the assigned collections, using museum-standard practices. Serve as the liaison to the Board of Directors and Art Committee of the Hilbert Museum of California Art and the Art Advisory Board of the Escalette Permanent Collection. Identify priorities for the museum and ensure adequate budget, space, staffing and resources. Develop policies and procedures that govern the museum’s operations and collections management. Develop funding, audiences, programs and volunteers to support the museum and collections. Identify grant sources and work with director of corporate and foundation relations to submit proposals and steward donors. Advise the Chancellor and collaborate with faculty. Collaborate with Strategic Marketing and Communications on branding the Hilbert Museum through a unique website, advertising, and a robust social media strategy. Provide recommendations to Board for acquisitions and collection loans. Ensure adequate staffing with the use of docents, student ambassadors, volunteers, and student assistants. Review and approve use of museum space for ancillary activities. Develop and manage strategic plans and budgets and provide general management. Participate fully in the education of students and the advancement of scholarship while balancing partnership building and fundraising needs.
Required: Master’s Degree in Museum Studies, Art, Art History, Anthropology or related field; three years’ experience working in collections management in an academic museum, gallery or related environment; five years preferred. Current knowledge of the Code of Ethics for Art Museum Directors. Ability to build and lead a team and develop staff in a diverse environment. Comprehensive knowledge of current standards and best practices in museum/gallery management and collections care. Knowledge of the professional acquisition, deaccessioning and disposal, preservation, conservation and exhibition procedures. A demonstrated ability to provide institutional leadership and vision in the arts. Ability to work with prospective donors to secure gifts of art and monetary support, including event management and membership activities. The ability to contribute to scholarly publications. Knowledge of general marketing and public relations concepts, including the use of websites and social media, especially Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Instagram, and Pinterest. Ability to recruit, train and steward volunteers including board leaders, docents, and ambassadors. Ability to develop catalogs and other collateral. Computer skills in the use of Microsoft Office applications and Adobe Creative Suite. Strong technical ability to learn and use enterprise systems and other databases needed for the Position, including TMS. Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituents in a diverse community both inside and outside of the University. Able to effectively establish priorities and schedule work assignments for staff; train and supervise graduate and undergraduate students. Ability to create and manage budgets. Knowledge of the financial accounting standards for works of arts, historical treasures and similar assets. Ability to gather data, compile information and prepare reports. Strong organizational skills and initiative. Work independently and manage projects efficiently. Must be able to lift/move up to 45 pounds, work in confined spaces and tolerate occasional adverse environmental conditions. Leadership ability to serve as a vital link between academic and development priorities. Understanding of the professional standards in reproductions of works of art.
Desired: Experience with grant writing. Experience in a higher educational setting or non-profit preferred.
Notice to Applicants: This position will be posted for a minimum of 5 business days and may close at any time after that without prior notice.
Successful completion of criminal background and credit check is required for final candidate.
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