Artistic Director: Juliet Art Museum, Clay Center


The Clay Center is a museum and performing arts venue located in downtown Charleston, WV.  The Center houses performing arts, visual arts and sciences under one roof – one of the few of its kind in the country. Our facility is home to the Avampato Discovery Museum, the Juliet Art Museum, the Maier Foundation Performance Hall, the Walker Memorial Theater and the Digital Dome (a large format film and planetarium).  Visit our website at

Artistic Director

Juliet Art Museum

Job Status:   Full Time

Reports To:   President/CEO

Amount of Travel Required: As needed

Positions Supervised: Curator/Exhibition Manager, Part-Time staff


This leadership level position will help define and implement the artistic direction of the Center’s Juliet Art Museum. The Artistic Director will lead the collecting, exhibit directions as well as the programmatic and educational activities of the museum.  The Director will creatively and consistently engage local and regional communities to grow and diversify audiences and promote the museum as a leader in the arts and as a vital resource for education.  The Director will actively interact with local and state-wide communities of artists and position the museum as a catalyst for the arts. This position reports to the President/CEO.


Exhibits & Collection

  • Supervise and coordinate planning, organization and maintenance of the Museum’s collection.
  • Lead, in coordination with Curator/Exhibition Manager and the Director of Education, the selection of exhibition themes and associated events.
  • Develop long-term exhibition plans for the museum that include events, programmatic elements, funding and promotional strategies.
  • Participate in the design and development of museum spaces and permanent collection exhibits.
  • Participate in the installation and de-installation of exhibitions.
  • Work with the Curator/Exhibition Manager and the Acquisitions Committee on the accession/deaccession activities of the collection.
  • Supervise the development and maintenance of the institution’s registration, cataloging and basic recordkeeping systems using computer databases.

Programs & Community Engagement

  • Work closely with the Curator/Exhibition Manager and Director of Education to develop and implement public programs and events that deepen the museum’s role in engaging with artists, communities, issues and local interests.
  • Collaborate with the Director of Communications to develop ideas and implement strategies for innovative marketing and promotional material, events and social media and interactive engagement.
  • Research and measure audience interests and educational content that fit within the museum’s mission.
  • Develop plans for new learning programs that connect with all ages of art-interested audiences through artmaking, classes, creative participatory spaces and community engagement programs.
  • Become an active and visible ambassador for the Clay Center and Juliet Art Museum in various community events, civic groups, art associations, etc.


  • In coordination with the Curator and CEO, prepare annual and long term budgets and plans for the Juliet Art Museum.
  • Support the Curator/Exhibition Manager in all short and long term aspects of the Museum’s operational needs including but not limited to: repairs, lighting, climate and pest-control, signage, security, etc.
  • Work closely with the Collectors Club to expand the group’s membership and support their activities to enrich the Juliet Art Museum’s collections and programs.
  • Write internal and external articles to document and promote the museum’s assets and programs.
  • Work with the CEO, Vice-President of Development and the Development team in identifying, cultivating and stewarding existing and prospective museum donors.
  • Collaborate with the Center’s Development team and grant writer on the identification, planning and writing of grant proposals to support the museum’s exhibits, programs and public engagement initiatives.
  • Insure the complete implementation of granted programs and timely and accurate reporting to grantors and donors.
  • Insure the existence and consistent implementation of robust training programs for education staff, curatorial and preparatorial staff and for docents and interns.


Education: A bachelor degree or higher in related fields
Experience: Three to seven years related experience

Computer Skills: Proficiency in MS Office products (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook)

Benefits: health, vision & dental insurance (employer pays 75% of single premium), 150 hours paid time off after 6 months, short & long term disability, life insurance, and up to 3% employer match to a TIAA 403(b) retirement plan

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