The Amon Carter Museum of American Art seeks a Director of Curatorial Affairs (DCA), a senior-leadership position at the museum. The DCA will help expand, oversee, and preserve one of the world’s finest collections of American art.
The DCA will serve on the museum’s Leadership Team and supervise a department of eight professionals, including five curators and two conservators. S/he will liaise with the Board of Trustees and designated staff for acquisitions and collection development; engage with collectors and patrons; and, in collaboration with the Executive Director, fellow curators, and Board, set the direction and range of exhibitions and acquisitions at a time when the institutional vision for the collection is dynamically expanding.
The successful candidate for DCA will be a collaborative team-player who encourages and facilitates the success of his/her colleagues and the institution as a whole. The Amon Carter is instilling a flatter, less hierarchical organizational structure guided by a collegial Leadership Team of seven: the DCA, Executive Director, Chief Operating Officer/Chief Financial Officer, Deputy Director, Director of External Affairs, Director of Public Engagement, and Director of Human Resources. Executive Director Andrew J. Walker and COO/CFO Scott Wilcox share authority, with the former setting the artistic direction, working with donors, and providing the public face of the museum and the latter handling administrative and HR matters, finances, and day-to-day operations. The successful Director of Curatorial Affairs will embrace this organizational structure, thrive in the museum’s collaborative work environment, and eschew micromanagement in favor of encouraging and mentoring those under his/her charge.
PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE DIRECTOR OF CURATORIAL AFFAIRS
The Director of Curatorial Affairs (DCA) at the Amon Carter will provide the leadership and vision for the museum’s curatorial excellence. The DCA will serve on the museum’s Leadership Team and oversee staff in both the curatorial and conservation departments. S/he will also oversee acquisitions and present recommendations to the museum’s internal Exhibitions Committee. S/he is expected to maintain a working relationship with the Board of Trustees and serve as staff liaison with the Board Collections Committee. S/he will be an ambassador to community groups and patrons, and represent the museum at national and international professional meetings. The DCA will take an active role in fundraising initiatives and will prepare and manage the curatorial and conservation budgets.
Responsibilities and Duties include:
- Serve on the museum’s Leadership Team, working both as a unified whole and individually with its members, to consider significant decisions and strategic directions for the institution, as well as to jointly implement museum policies and activities.
Provide strategic oversight for the development of exhibitions with broad community appeal.
a. Participate in the Exhibitions Committee.
b. After fielding and considering input from multiple sources, recommend exhibition directions and particular exhibitions to the Executive Director and the Exhibitions Committee.
c. Continue to enhance and update the exhibition program’s direction, rationale, and scope.
d. Oversee, encourage, and support the curatorial staff in originating exhibitions.
e. Cultivate global contacts for sources of important travelling exhibitions.
With the Executive Director, provide counsel on refining the strategic vision for the permanent collection, including new directions in collecting and changes in the Collections Policy.
Seek out and recommend acquisitions; chair the staff Acquisitions Committee and liaise with the Board Collections Committee.
a. Cultivate private collectors and gallerists for loans and gifts to the museum.
b. For possible acquisitions, travel both solo and with colleagues and regional collectors to art fairs, to meet with dealers, and to view exhibitions; ensure the museum’s curators remain apprised of auction-house sales and dealers inventories.
Lead the Curatorial Division, including the curatorial and conservation departments.
a. Select and mentor division employees; continue to attract and retain talented and committed staff; provide annual performance appraisals.
b. Advocate for the Curatorial Division; ensure that the curatorial staff has the support, both financially and professionally, to maintain the museum’s standards for curatorial excellence.
c. Prepare, inform, and monitor the approved division budget.
- Work with the Pubic Engagement Department to interpret the permanent collection and temporary exhibitions.
- Collaborate with the Executive Director and Director of External Affairs to secure public and private contributions to fund special exhibitions.
- Work with Deputy Director in matters pertaining to the museum facility, exhibition installation, and registration.
Prepare and present lectures and presentations on special exhibitions and collection works for the museum’s programs.
a. Represent the museum, either by attendance or as a speaker, at forums ranging from docent gatherings and public events to member programs and civic groups.
b. Welcome and entertain visiting guest speakers, lecturers, and scholars.
Oversee and recommend loan requests; work closely with conservators, curators, registrars to ensure the care, condition, and safety of all loans.
- Provide editorial oversight for exhibition and collection publications, and, as time permits, research and write catalogue essays and other scholarly pieces; assist outside researchers.
- Recommend new initiatives that fulfill the museum’s mission and, once approved, see them through to completion; oversee other initiatives as assigned.
QUALIFICATIONS – ABILITIES, EXPERIENCE, KNOWLEDGE, AND SKILLS
1. Minimum of five years of museum curatorial and management experience in a senior position at an art museum with a major collection and strong curatorial program.
2. Demonstrated leadership, mentoring, and organizational skills.
a. Demonstrated ability to think strategically and creatively; acumen with long-range planning for the exhibition and publishing schedules.
b. Desire to work in the advanced area of museum senior administration and to mentor and professionally develop the Division’s curators and professionals.
c. Ability to manage multiple projects, work under pressure, and meet deadlines.
d. Problem-solving skills, both as an individual and as part of a group, and proven negotiation skills.
e. Must possess a professional presence with a talent for inspiring and building confidence both within the museum and outside the institution among a broad range of constituencies.
f. A passion for art and the curatorial process.
g. Diplomatic; comfortable in dynamic or challenging situations.
h. Confidence that considers and can accept others’ views.
3. Collaborative skills; experience with or passion for a team-oriented culture with shared responsibilities; comfortable with a flatter, less hierarchical institutional structure.
4. Commitment to the interrelatedness of art and education.
5. M.A. in art history required; Ph.D. preferred. Degree in field of American art or culture preferred.
6. Curatorial experience in the field of American art preferred, but primary experience in fields such as 19th-century European art or prints and drawings will be openly considered when combined with management experience and recognition in the field.
7. Experience developing and preparing successful grant applications to federal and state agencies and to foundations.
8. Experience in acquiring art for museum collections.
9. Excellent communication and writing skills.
a. The ability to write and speak about art in a manner accessible to a general audience.
b. Strong research and publication record desirable.
10. Knowledge of preservation and conservation issues and techniques; prior experience overseeing the treatment of art objects desirable.
11. Business acumen and sound financial-planning abilities.
12. Positive outlook; high energy, self-motivated, with a strong work ethic.
13. Community interaction and cross-staff partnership building are essential.
14. Computer proficiency with MS Office products.
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Nominations welcome. Apply in confidence: Email cover letter, résumé (Word document preferred), salary requirement, names of 3 references with contact information by April 25, 2016 to retained search firm: Marilyn Hoffman, Museum Search & Reference. EOE. Full information.
Provide assistance with museum events.
· Assist with preparation and provide support during events including exhibition receptions, cultivation dinners, public programs, and corporate events as directed by the Museum Events Manager or Events Assistant. Must carry and maintain radio contact when on duty.
· Arrange tables, chairs, place settings, floral arrangements and event equipment.
· Assist with cleanup and breakdown after the event, mindful of the special nature of the art museum environment
· Maintain inventories of event supplies, table service, silver, linens and paper items.
· Assist with oversight of caterers and vendors on-site.
· Inform the Museum Events Assistant or Manager of any safety hazards or repairs necessary for event equipment.
· Assist with event-related cleaning requests.
· Submit hours worked on timesheet for approval and payroll in a timely manner.
· Assist with emergency and evacuation procedures if requested.
· Other duties as assigned.
· Maintain confidentiality.
Skills and Requirements
· Food Handler Certification required (class provided); Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) certificate preferred.
· Must follow proper food-handling etiquette and direction regarding preparation, handling, storage and disposal of food.
· Must be able to stoop, lift, and carry objects not exceeding 25 pounds. Job requires long periods of walking and standing.
· Must be able to read and understand museum safety instructions and signage; must follow all museum regulations and instructions.
· Good personal grooming and professional etiquette required at all times.
· Must be responsible, reliable and available to work the schedule necessary to support museum events scheduled early mornings, during the day, in the evenings and on weekends. The work schedule varies and may average five to twenty hours per week, with hours from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
· Excellent time management skills needed to perform duties according to deadlines and report to work timely when scheduled.
· Must take direction well, follow instructions, and work without supervision.
· High school diploma; college or trade school certification required.
· Prior VIP event experience preferred.
Other Job Requirements
· Satisfactory completion of post-offer drug screen, physical, and Food Handlers Certification required. The required uniform and radio will be provided. The Carter Museum campus is smoke-free.
To apply send cover letter, resume, and employment references to Human Resources, 3501 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth, TX 76107 fax (817) 665-4315, email firstname.lastname@example.org. EEOC.