Assistant Director for Exhibitions and Outreach: UW-Madison Ruth Davis Design Gallery

The School of Human Ecology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison seeks a talented individual with creative and strategic vision to serve as the Assistant Director for Exhibitions and Outreach for the Ruth Davis Design Gallery.

Working under the direction of the Center Director who oversees the Ruth Davis Design Gallery and the Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection, the Assistant Director will draw on the resources unique to a research institution. The Assistant Director will develop and direct a model academic gallery program that will 1) increase the Design Gallery’s relevance to Design Studies courses and other academic disciplines; 2) strengthen relationships with diverse communities; and 3) attract external funding support; and 4) serve as a benchmark for other aspiring academic galleries.

The Assistant Director must have excellent project management and communication skills, strong attention to detail, and a demonstrated ability to effectively manage multiple complex projects with overlapping timeframes and deadlines. Qualified applicants will also have a proven track record of curatorial vision, successful collaborations, and experience working with international artists and designers.

Responsibilities include 1) formulating and taking exhibitions and related educational programming from initial concept to successful implementation; 2); translating contemporary art and design concepts across disciplines and across academic and non-academic constituencies; 3) active engagement in professional networks/organizations that promote research and best practices in academic galleries/museums; 4) experience and passion for teaching and mentoring undergraduate students.

Selected job duties include:

  • Directing exhibition layout and design including configuration of custom audio-visual technologies
  • Recruiting, training, mentoring, and evaluating student gallery staff
  • Directing the preparation and design of educational and promotional materials
  • Managing budgets
  • Assessing outcomes

Requirements: A master’s degree in museum/gallery studies or related field like studio art, design studies, or art history with three years of full-time administrative leadership of an academic gallery/museum or other comparable small arts organization.

Please refer to position vacancy listing (PVL#) 83358 when sending a cover letter highlighting: relevant experience related to this position; a description of interest in working in an academic setting; a resume; and names and contact information for three references to:

Dr. Sherry Harlacher

Director, Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection / Ruth Davis Design Gallery

(608) 890 – 4854

Review of applications will begin August 15, 2015 and the position will remain open until filled.

Unless confidentiality is requested in writing, information regarding applicants and nominees must be released upon request. Finalists cannot be guaranteed confidentiality.

The University of Wisconsin is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.

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