Job Opening – Deputy Director of Curatorial Affairs (06/2012)
Williams College Museum of Art
The Williams College Museum of Art (WCMA) seeks a Deputy Director of Curatorial Affairs with a specialization in late 19th or 20th century American or Contemporary art to lead a dynamic exhibition program and oversee all curatorial matters.
As a teaching museum, the Williams College Museum of Art advances learning through lively and innovative approaches to art for the students of Williams College and communities beyond the campus. The Museum has a broad collection of more than 13,000 objects with particular strengths in 19th and 20th century American art, Photography, and Contemporary art. Visit our website: http://wcma.williams.edu/
The Deputy Director for Curatorial Affairs reports to the Museum Director, and supervises the curatorial and installation staff. He/she envisions and plans a nationally recognized and dynamic exhibition program, provides direction for the collections growth (policies and procedures, acquisitions, including gifts and purchases), and conceives and plans innovative print and online publications and programs that expand collection strengths and key initiatives. The Deputy Director develops and implements exhibition and publication budgets and schedules, and collaborates closely with Williams’ faculty, students, and staff. He/she is also encouraged to teach courses on occasion.
Additional responsibilities include:
- Writing and editing scholarly materials that appeal to a broad range of museum visitors.
- Maintaining ongoing, active professional relationships with artists, curators, critics, and other specialists locally, nationally, and internationally.
- Regular engagement in programs, talks, symposia, and electronic media; actively engaged in WCMA’s website and other digital outreach media, including the Museum’s blog.
- Collaborating with college development staff on fundraising; actively cultivating relationships with existing major and potential donors, foundations, collectors, and alumni.
- Working with the education department to develop interpretive programs and materials, and to make exhibitions relevant to Williams’ coursework and diverse audiences.
- Playing a lead role in long-range institutional planning efforts, such as establishing programmatic and collection development priorities, conservation planning, and strategic planning.
Intellectual curiosity, creativity, and enthusiasm for emerging museum practices in curation, education, and publication, and for bringing scholarly research and distinctive visual arts programs to a broad public in innovative and accessible ways.
In addition to:
- PhD in Art History or equivalent preferred, with extensive knowledge and emphasis in American or Contemporary art, and appreciation for the full range of the field.
- Advanced knowledge of, and experience in, museum curating, research, and collection development.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to communicate complex concepts about history, visual arts, and cultural practice to a public that ranges from casual museum goers to academics.
- High-level cultivation and grant development experience.
- College-level teaching experience.
- Understanding of, and sensitivity to, diverse communities served; locally, nationally, and internationally.
- Ability to collaborate internally and externally, and cultivate strong relationships with faculty, donors, and colleagues.
For optimal consideration, please submit resume materials by July 13, 2012; review of resumes will continue until position is filled.
Employment at Williams is contingent on the verification of background information submitted by the applicant, including the completion of a criminal record check, and education when applicable.
Please send a cover letter and resume including job # 300815-CHR to:
Office of Human Resources, Williams College 100 Spring Street, Suite 201, Williamstown, MA 01267
Phone: (413) 597-2681, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Beyond meeting fully its legal obligations for non-discrimination, Williams College is committed to building a diverse and inclusive community where members from all backgrounds can live, learn and thrive.
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