Job Opening – Director/Curator (09/2012)

2012 September 27

Kruizenga Art Museum
Holland, Michigan

Hope College, an accredited Christian coeducational liberal arts college located in the downtown of the Lake Michigan shore community of Holland, Michigan, has initiated a search for the founding Director/Curator of its Kruizenga Art Museum. Founded in 1866, Hope College is a nationally focused, selective undergraduate educational institution affiliated with the Reformed Church in America, enrolling 3,200 resident students served by 250 faculty members. The successful candidate for the endowed directorship will lead the college through the final stages of design and construction of and operational planning for an innovative, purpose-built museum facility. The Kruizenga Art Museum will house and exhibit a growing permanent collection of contemporary and multi-cultural historic art designed to support and advance the college’s educational mission. Its Director will report directly to the Dean for the Arts & Humanities.

The starting date for this position is July 1, 2013. Applications will be reviewed beginning December 1, 2012, though applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled.

Education: Master’s degree or above, preferably in museum studies, art history or the fine arts or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Summary of Position:
Reporting to the Dean for the Arts and Humanities, the Director will bring the vision for the museum to completion. The founding director/curator, will plan, develop, implement, and manage a series of exhibitions and related public programs for Hope College. Responsibilities include developing strategies that display work from the permanent collection on a rotational basis, commitment to the regular display of study collections to enhance classroom instruction, and securing and arranging for exhibitions drawn from outside the permanent collection. The Director will develop collaborations with individual faculty and with academic departments throughout the college to insure that museum exhibitions and other activities will expand every student’s understanding of the visual arts through intentional programming designed to attract students from every discipline.

The Director/Curator will work within the college’s strategic plan and submit for approval and manage an annual museum operating budget—including art museum fundraising and development. The Director will prepare grant proposals, manage budgets, conduct external fundraising in collaboration with College Advancement, supervise internal staff, and in addition provide direction and guidance to contracted staff and outside individuals and entities connected with the museum’s programs. The Director will form and reinforce productive partnerships and collaborative relationships to enrich the educational and cultural life of Hope College, the regional arts, and the overall community, and perform other duties as assigned.

Experience, skills, and knowledge:

At least five years of relevant and progressively responsible experience in art gallery and/or museum management, with previous managerial or supervisory experience preferred.

  • Demonstrated curatorial experience in planning, designing, and installing thematic, interpretive exhibitions including loan exhibitions.
  • Ability to develop and implement public programs for multiple audiences, coordinate activities, speak publicly and communicate effectively both in person and in writing.
  • Demonstrated experience in budgeting, managing staff, and fundraising.
  • Demonstrated strength as both a curator and executive with strong museum management, customer service, and interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrated prior experience in museum planning and development
  • A mature understanding of and commitment to the historic Christian faith applied to teaching and learning in a broadly ecumenical community.

Position Description: All aspects of collegiate, small museum administration and operation including, but not limited to:

  • Work with architects, planners, and donors in completing and opening the Kruizenga Art Museum.
  • Assess, inventory and catalog the permanent collection and oversee its strategic growth and public access according to a carefully crafted acquisition and collections management policy.
  • Develop and implement a vibrant integrated marketing and public relations program.
  • Lead long-range and strategic planning processes, using the input of advisory committees as appropriate.
  • Participate in augmenting classroom instruction, including offering opportunities for museum-based internships and practicum assignments.

About Hope College and the Arts & Humanities:
Hope College is a Christian coeducational, residential liberal arts undergraduate college affiliated with the Reformed Church in America. It is ranked in the top tier of national liberal arts colleges by U. S. News and World Report and is a member of the Great Lakes Colleges Association. Located in Holland, Michigan, a city of 35,000 on the shores of Lake Michigan, Hope College is within a three hour drive to Chicago, Detroit, and Ann Arbor. Holland is enriched by a significant Latino and growing Asian and African American populations and is part of the urban area of more than 900,000 that surrounds Grand Rapids, Michigan’s second largest city.

Hope College enjoys an unusually robust commitment to arts education, with its own Film Series, Visiting Writers Series, and Great Performance Series that attract audiences from throughout West Michigan. Its Fine and Performing Arts departments (Art, Dance, Music, and Theatre) are all nationally accredited, and the college aspires to achieve the same for its Kruizenga Art Museum.

All applications must be submitted electronically to the Search Committee, staffopenings@hope.edu

Applications must include the following materials:

  • A cover letter indicating how you meet the desired qualifications and personal characteristics described above.
  • C.V. and a list of at least three references including their relationship to you and contact information

Hope College places a high priority on sustaining a supportive environment that recognizes the importance of having a diverse faculty and staff in order to best prepare our students for successful careers in our multi-cultural nation and global community. Applications from persons with diverse backgrounds and cultures, including women and persons of color are, therefore, welcomed. Hope College complies with federal and state requirements for nondiscrimination in employment.

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