Director of Exhibitions – Department of Art and Design, Missouri State University, Springfield, Missouri

12 month appointment, staff

Appointment begins 07/01/2019

The Department of Art and Design at Missouri State University invites applications for a 12-month staff position as Director of Exhibitions.

Description of Primary Duties
The primary duty of the Director of Exhibitions is providing leadership and management of the exhibition program for the department of Art and Design within the Brick City Gallery, the Student Exhibition Center (SEC), and other venues on campus. The Director of Exhibitions plans and coordinates exhibitions, writes press releases and oversees the creation of promotional materials, supervises graduate assistants and student workers, administers the Art and Design department exhibitions budget and the Student Exhibition Center (SEC) budget, manages and oversees the maintenance of the facilities, and monitors and assesses outcomes. The Director of Exhibitions teaches one course for all Missouri State University students, including planning and coordinating student exhibitions, supervising student workers, administering the SEC budget, managing and overseeing maintenance the facility, and monitoring and assessing outcomes. The Director of Exhibitions teaches one course in the fall and one course in the spring.

The Director of Exhibitions works with faculty, staff and students within the Department of Art and Design, College of Arts and Letters, and the University to enliven and develop opportunities for learning and cultural engagement through campus exhibitions, and visiting artists/scholars. Develop and manage campus exhibitions to serve the educational needs of the students, engage the university community, and establish Missouri State University as a center for contemporary art and design in the region.  These exhibitions will highlight both student works and works by nationally- and internationally-recognized contemporary professionals.

Minimum Qualifications
Education: A Master’s degree in Art or a related field is required.

Experience: At least one year of gallery/museum experience, including managing budgets, public relations, and publicity is required.

Skills: Exceptional interpersonal communication skills are required. Exceptional verbal and written communication skills are required. Proven mastery of common digital tools related to image manipulation and electronic postings is required. Strong management skills, including strong decision-making skills are required. The ability to prioritize tasks and to bring many varied tasks to completion by deadlines is required. The ability to work independently is required. The ability to quickly learn the administrative structure of the university and the procedures necessary to accomplish the job is required. The ability to use initiative in meeting the responsibilities of the job is required. The ability to develop knowledge of, respect for, and skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds is required.

Other: The ability to travel to and from different locations on campus to make arrangements for exhibitions is required. The ability to lift and carry objects weighing up to 40 pounds is required. Must be able to work evenings and weekends as needed.

Special Instructions to Applicants
Applications are to be made electronically using this link: .

First date of consideration is April 26, 2019. Review of the applicants will continue until the position is filled.


  • Cover Letter (include 3 professional references)
  • Resume
  • Unofficial transcripts (Master’s degree in Art or related area is required)
  • PDF portfolio of materials that demonstrate success in exhibition installation and promotion (up to 10, 10 MB max)
  • PDF portfolio of student work or other examples of student success (up to 10, 10 MB max), if available

Employment will require a criminal background check at University Expense.

An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Minority/Female/Veterans/Disability/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity Employer and Institution.

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