Job Opening – Executive Director (02/2012)

2012 February 27

The David C. Driskell Center
College Park, Maryland

The David C. Driskell Center for the Study of the Visual Arts and Culture of African Americans and the African Diaspora at the University of Maryland, College Park, honor the legacy of David C. Driskell – Distinguished University Professor Emeritus of Art, Artist, Art Historian, Collector, and Curator – by preserving the rich heritage of African American visual art and culture. Established in 2001, the Center provides an intellectual home for artists, museum professionals, art administrators, and scholars, who are interested in broadening the field of African diasporic studies.  The Driskell Center is committed to collecting, documenting, and presenting African American art as well as replenishing and expanding the field.

The Driskell Center is seeking an Executive Director to advance and strengthen the Centers position as a leading institution in the field of African American art. The Executive Director will develop a Vision Plan for the next step in the Centers evolution and will develop the Centers strategic plan for the next five years.  As the chief administrative officer of the Driskell Center, the Executive Director has primary responsibility for all aspects of the Center’s operation and management, including artistic vision, fundraising, and fiscal and personnel management. He or she will report to the Dean of the College of Arts and Humanities.  The Executive Director will engage the Center, Campus, Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area, and national communities through visual arts programs and ongoing dialogue about the arts.

The Executive Director is responsible for developing and expanding the Centers financing, infrastructure, and programming, and for establishing an annual fundraising campaign. The Executive Director will provide leadership in setting budget priorities and making financial decisions, which will include expanding and securing University resources  as well as grants from foundations and from Federal, state, and local governments, and will manage income from the sale of prints, catalogues, and other items, and from the loan of the Centers exhibitions.  The Executive Director will build donor relations by cultivating existing and new donors.  He or she will maintain close contact with the Centers Board of Advisors, alumni, faculty, foundations, federal agencies, and other potential supporters of the Center’s activities. S/he will also establish relationships with art collectors leading to gifts of art for the Centers growing art collection and archive.

The Executive Director is also responsible for maintaining and enhancing relationships with the Office of the Dean of the College of Arts and Humanities, with the Universitys development/gift offices, with academic departments, as well as with the University of Maryland System, local and national communities, and educational and art institutions.  In addition, the Executive Director will set the artistic vision for the Center and be responsible for developing the Centers programming including, but not limited to:  Exhibition; Art Acquisition; Education (Universities, Community Colleges, High and Middle Schools); and Archives (Prof. Driskells and the Centers).

A Masters degree is required; a Ph.D. or MFA degree is preferred; degrees in Art, Art History, Art Administration, African American Studies, American Studies and Visual Studies are preferred. A minimum of five years experience in a leading position within a similar setting of higher education (Art Museum at a University) or Art Institution is required.  Other related experience will be considered.  Direct experience with museum operations, fundraising, public relations or marketing, and budget management, as well as exhibition planning and education programming is also required.  Significant knowledge of African American art and history is required.  Expertise in cultivation and stewardship of donors, including a record of success in donor relations, fundraising for significant projects, and grant applications is highly preferred. Strong interpersonal skills are critical; the candidate should be an articulate, dynamic, and effective communicator in person and in writing.

Salary for this position will be commensurate with successful applicants level of education and experience.

A complete application packet includes a letter of interest including a vision statement, a current resume, and contact information of three professional references, including name, title, mailing address, telephone number, and email addresses.  Applications are submitted online at  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

The University of Maryland, College Park, actively subscribes to a policy of equal employment opportunity, and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant because of race, age, sex, color, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, religion, ancestry or national origin, marital status, genetic information, or political affiliation. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply.

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