Director: Sordoni Art Gallery at Wilkes University

Wilkes University invites applicants for the position of Director of the Sordoni Art Gallery. A non-collecting art gallery devoted to educational outreach, the Sordoni Art Gallery is relocating to a new and more publicly accessible space on the campus gateway corridor that links campus to downtown Wilkes-Barre. The successful candidate will be responsible for launching the new gallery and strengthening its engagement with the Wilkes University community and its other constituencies.

Reporting to the Dean of the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, the Director will also hold a tenure-track faculty position in the Department of Integrative Media, Art, and Design. Teaching duties will include two courses per semester including the departments general education offerings. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The Director will be responsible for all aspects of the gallery’s operations, including curation, budget management, exhibitions, publicity, educational programs, fundraising, grant writing, and supervising staff. The Director also represents the gallery to the public, including donors, gallery visitors, media, and the museum and arts communities in the region.


M.A., M.F.A., or Ph.D. in appropriate discipline required; M.F.A. or Ph.D. preferred.

Five years of progressively responsible experience in art gallery operations, including all aspects of exhibition management and curation.

Demonstrated commitment to diversity.

Experience with budget management and strategic planning.

Experience with publicity and fundraising, including grants.

Experience with community engagement and programming.

Strong written and verbal communication, public relations, and marketing skills.

Experience with teaching, scholarship, advising, and service.

Excellent interpersonal and collaborative skills, including supervision of staff.

Excellent organizational skills and the ability to coordinate multiple projects.

Wilkes University is an independent, comprehensive university dedicated to academic excellence in the liberal arts, sciences, and selected professional programs. The University has approximately 2,000 students at the undergraduate level and over 2,000 full-time equivalent students at the graduate and first professional levels.

Its institutional focus is on developing strong mentoring relationships with each of its students and contributing vitally to the economic development of Northeastern Pennsylvania. The University is located in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, a revitalized city that is located on the lovely Susquehanna river and is within two and one-half hours driving distance of New York City and Philadelphia.

To apply, visit and click Jobs at Wilkes. Please be sure to include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy, and samples of artistic or scholarly work. In addition, three letters of reference should be submitted by e-mail to Mr. Joseph Dawson ( Review of applications will begin on February 1, 2016 and will continue until the position is filled.

Wilkes University is constantly seeking to become a more diverse community and to enhance its capacity to value and capitalize on the cultural richness that diversity brings. The university strongly encourages applications from persons with diverse backgrounds.

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