Director – Trout Gallery, Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA

Dickinson was chartered in 1783 by Benjamin Rush, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, to provide a “useful education” in the liberal arts and sciences. The college emphasizes small classes with extensive opportunities for research, fieldwork, performance, and internships in our 46 majors. Innovative programs range from neuroscience to data analytics to ballet. Dickinson’s decidedly global curriculum includes 13 languages and one of the top off-campus study programs in the nation. Sustainability education, interdisciplinarity, active learning, and civic engagement are key dimensions of the program. Our liberal-arts approach translates into a competitive edge—95% of graduates are in a job, internship, graduate school or pursuing meaningful service within one year.

Dickinson College invites applications for Director of the Trout Gallery, the college’s art museum and teaching gallery. The Director is responsible for the operations of the gallery to include: all aspects of exhibition scheduling and planning; working with internal and external curators; independent curation from the permanent collection (works from antiquity to the present); collaborating on student and faculty exhibitions; educational programming across campus; outreach to the Carlisle, Central Pennsylvania, and broader artistic communities; collection development and management including donor cultivation; writing exhibition related publications; public relations, and supervision of a gallery staff of five (Registrar/Preparator; Educational Outreach; Administrative Assistant; 2 Gallery Attendants) plus student workers/interns. The Director works in close collaboration with other academic and administrative departments on campus, including particularly the art & art history department and college advancement. The Director holds an academic appointment as a contributing faculty member to the art & art history department, teaching one course in Museum Studies or their area of specialization annually and, in rotation, the senior seminar in Art History. Grant writing and collection acquisition is coordinated with college advancement. The Director is responsible for managing the budget, funded through the gallery’s endowment. The Director meets with a gallery advisory committee monthly and reports directly to the provost.

  • In collaboration with key stakeholders across the college such as the Trout Advisory Committee and the Department of Art and Art History and College Advancement, identifies and solicits potential exhibitors/exhibitions.
  • Implements exhibitions including but not limited to scheduling, staffing, marketing, preparation of exhibit, and production of gallery openings. Includes independent curation in some cases.
  • Oversees the inventory/appraisal of the permanent collection. Works to enhance the collection, including the recording of acquisitions. In collaboration with college advancement, direct and coordinate the identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of corporate, foundation (grants), and individual donors.
  • Manage staff effectively to ensure excellence in collections, exhibits, on-site and outreach education, development, marketing, communications and facilities to create engaging and relevant museum content. Oversee and manage gallery’s budget including its significant endowment(s). Meets with gallery advisory committee monthly.
  • Supports the Department of Art and Art History as a contributing member teaching course(s) in museum studies or related specialization. Teaching activities include preparing course outlines and syllabi, engagement in curricular development, selection of textbook, classroom instruction, creating a learning environment that encourages involvement, directing projects, advising/mentoring students on course content, and documents student progress through relevant assignments/exams. Teaching load will include one course in Museum Studies or an area of specialization annually and, in rotation, the senior seminar in Art History.
  • Build strong relationships among faculty, staff and other key stakeholders in order to maximize the learning outcomes for students inside and outside the classroom. Provide educational outreach and programming for the community

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To submit application, please visit Dickinson College at Materials requested include letter of application, C.V., names of three references, publications or other professionally related materials, and sample syllabi.

The position requires a PhD in Art History, five years or more prior experience in museum-related work, and teaching experience in higher education.

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