Gallery Coordinator and Curator of Collections: North Dakota State University – Memorial Union

North Dakota State University – Memorial Union

Gallery Coordinator and Curator of Collections

The student-focused Memorial Union Gallery inspires and enables critical, interdisciplinary explorations of art, ideas, and experience. The Gallery maintains, preserves, and sustains its diverse collection of American and regional art and works of cultural significance. The primary responsibilities of the position include management of all aspects of the Memorial Union Gallery and Store including supervision, operations, and programming; curation of the permanent art collections; leadership to the Memorial Union Gallery Advisory Board; coordination of the gallery program outreach; promotion of a safe work environment; and commitment to providing leadership and student development through the Arts.

Statement of duty/responsibility:

(see website for full list of duties / responsibilities:

Oversee the Memorial Union gallery program & store

  1. Supervise one graduate student and 1-2 student coordinators, and a student team of 5-10 employees in daily functions of the overall program. Oversee hiring, implement orientation/training, complete responsibility reviews, schedule and provide leadership opportunities.
  2. Oversee the selection and curation of exhibits, visiting artists and special events for the exhibit spaces.
  3. Ensure appropriate promotional and marketing of the Gallery programs & store is completed.
  4. Develop and implement short and long range goals for the program.
  5. Monitor and manage all fiscal aspects of the program including paying bills, managing the budget, preparing and requesting the budget and seeking additional funding through sales, framing services, co-sponsorships and grant writing.
  6. Work closely with the Memorial Union Gallery Advisory Board (MUGAB), comprised of students, faculty, staff, and community members, seeking input on collection management, exhibits and other programming opportunities.
  7. Manage store inventory, consignment & vendor agreements, and cash operations of the gallery store.

Curate and manage the permanent art collections

  1. Registration of the collection: Maintaining inventory, acquisition /de-accession, copyright and artist information records on all pieces in the collection.
  2. Curator of collections – managing the individual care and display of all pieces in the collection.
  3. Monitor security efforts for all art displayed in public areas, in the gallery and storage areas.
  4. Manage insurance and appraisal for collection and programs. Secure appropriate and adequate insurance for the collection and maintain current appraisal values as required by insurance.
  5. Develop and maintain short and long range goals for the collection.

Memorial Union Administration and Professional Development

  1. Assist in the implementation of the Memorial Union mission and goals, developing educational outcomes and program assessment.
  2. Coordinate the development and implementation of special Memorial Union projects and programs.
  3. Serve on Memorial Union, Student Life, Division of Student Affairs, and University committees.

Coordinate the gallery program outreach

  1. Partner with the Department of Visual Arts at NDSU to enhance the academic experience for students in the visual arts.
  2. Collaborate with various departments in the NDSU campus community to create opportunities for students/staff and faculty.
  3. Develop and maintain relationships with various Fargo/Moorhead entities including visual arts and cultural programs, galleries, artists, North Dakota Council on the Arts, North Dakota Art Gallery Association, the Plains Art Museum, MSUM and Concordia visual art departments, local public and private K-12 school programs, etc.
  4. Develop relationships with similar programs at the state and regional level.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • B.F.A. or B.S./B.A. in education, fine arts, or related degree
  • One to three years of full time experience working in a gallery setting
  • One to three years of experience in budget development and fiscal management
  • One to three years of experience supervising and advising students/employees
  • Marketing experience, preferably in a fine arts/gallery setting
  • Demonstrated skills in installation, lighting and striking of exhibits
  • Basic matting and framing skills
  • Strong communication skills
  • Computer skills

Preferred Qualifications:

  • MFA or M.S./M.A. degree in higher education or fine arts
  • Experience working in a Higher Ed setting
  • General understanding of American Contemporary Art
  • Demonstrated knowledge of student development theory

Screening Date: 07/24/2015

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