Job Opening – Director – SFA Art Galleries (07/2012)

2012 July 29

Stephen F. Austin State University
Nacogdoches, Texas

Posting Number: 0601807

Position Type: Non-Classified Staff

Department: ART

General Description:
This is a professional position responsible for overseeing the planning and execution of exhibitions and other programs that support the mission of the School of Art, the university and the larger East Texas arts community. Responsible for overseeing a small permanent staff, student gallery guards and museum interns; preparing the budget and grant-writing; performing public relations duties including working with community support groups; coordinating special events; and serving as liaison between the university and the larger arts community. This is a security-sensitive position. Reports to the director of the School of Art.

Essential Job Functions:
1. Initiates phone calls and written correspondence to acquire art from galleries and/or artists.
2. Works in concert with others to select works for exhibitions to provide a variety of art for display.
3. Plans and makes arrangements for annual calendar of exhibitions.
4. Prepares grant proposals for state, federal and private organizations.
5. Oversees the shipment, insuring and security of artwork.
6. Prepares catalogs, brochures, post cards and press releases for each exhibit.
7. Organizes events in association with the exhibition schedule.
8. Coordinates visits by surrounding area public schools and gives presentations to students.
9. Prepares presentations for presentation at various gallery functions.
10. Oversees staff, student galleries guards and interns.
11. Maintains good public relations, including working with community support groups, as well as coordinating special events with other arts and cultural groups in the area.
12. Supports and maintains recurring high-profile special events, including the annual Texas National and Refined (an Art Metals biennial).
13. Serves as liaison between the university and the larger arts community.
14. Responsible for small, but growing, study collections.
15. Works with art faculty in developing collections policy.

Non-Essential Job Functions:
1. May teach classes, such as art appreciation.
2. May assist in gallery expansion design or remodel planning.
3. Arranges fundraising activities to supplement budget constraints.
4. Coordinates gallery events related to School of Art and College of Fine Arts special events.
5. Provides support in accreditation activities and reviews as needed.
6. Performs other related duties as assigned.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
1. Knowledge of, or the ability to learn, university policies and procedures.
2. Thorough knowledge of various styles and periods of art in all mediums.
3. Organizational skills in managing projects simultaneously.
4. Ability to arrange secure transportation of items.
5. Ability to communicate effectively in both oral and written form.
6. Ability to establish and maintain a good rapport with university faculty and staff, artists, and the general public.
7. Ability to present lectures on various aspects of the art world.
8. Ability to develop objectives, evaluate effectiveness and assess needs.
9. Ability to manage a budget and work within the constraints within that budget.
10. Ability to train and supervise others.
11. Ability to work evenings, nights and weekends as needed.

Master’s degree in art, art history, art education (with credentials in museum education) is required. Related experience may be substituted for required education on a basis set forth by the Department of Human Resources.

Experience and Training:
Five years of related experience is required. Experience in an art gallery capacity is preferred. Supervisory experience is preferred. Preference will be given to candidates who wish to actively participate in teaching.

Work Hours: Forty hours per week. Evening and weekend hours are often required to cover events and gallery openings.

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