Director of Galleries and Museum, Assistant Professor of Visual Studies: Sweet Briar College

Classification:  Full-time, exempt, benefits eligible, half-faculty/half-staff position

Reports To:  Dean of the College

Job Summary/Objective:  The incumbent will ensure effective day-to-day operations and plan exhibits/exhibitions of the Pannell Gallery, Benedict Gallery, Babcock Gallery and Sweet Briar Museum.  He/she will teach three courses a year in their academic specialty to support our offerings in Visual Studies, which includes Art History and Studio Art.

Position Type/Expected Work Hours:  As faculty, hours will vary per teaching schedule and other duties; staff responsibilities will include early evening gallery openings and occasional weekend events.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for the maintenance and conservatorship of the Gallery collection and archives, and updating the associated EmbARK database;
  • Advise the College when outside conservation and or other research is required.
  • Direct and manage the Living with Arts Initiative, a presidential initiative that places significant pieces of art in student living spaces;
  • Represent the Galleries and Museums with the SBC Friends of Art Board and meetings;
  • Manage the reception of visitors, guests, faculty and students in the museum and galleries;
  • Supervise student workers;
  • Collaborate with the directors of the Center for Creativity and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and other local cultural organizations; and,
  • Teach three courses per year.

Required Qualifications:

  • The successful applicant will hold a M.A., and preferably a Ph.D., in art history, museum studies, or arts management;
  • Teaching experience at the college level is desirable;
  • Preference for a background in contemporary (19th – 21st century) material culture;
  • Candidate should excel in curating and researching exhibitions;
  • Research agenda that complements and enriches SBC’s collections, including our small outdoor sculpture collection; and
  • Five to seven years of gallery and/or museum operations experience.

How to Apply:

Applications should be sent by email in a single PDF file to and should include: 1) a Sweet Briar College employment application; 2) cover letter; 3) CV; and 4) the names and full contact information for three professional references.  Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until position is filled.

Sweet Briar College is a women’s liberal arts institution, located in Central Virginia approximately 12 miles north of Lynchburg and 60 miles south of Charlottesville. Founded in 1901, the College’s curriculum encompasses a comprehensive baccalaureate program in the arts, sciences and humanities, as well as graduate programs in education. It is one of two women’s colleges in the United States offering an ABET-accredited engineering degree. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, Sweet Briar College is committed to enhancing our community and encourages applications from qualified individuals with varied backgrounds, experiences and ideas who would increase the diversity of the College.

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