Job Summary The Director is responsible for all activities pertaining to the Lore Degenstein Gallery, which is the primary art presentation space at Susquehanna University, and as such, is an important site of connection for the campus community and the region. Foremost among position responsibilities is organizing and presenting a variety of exhibitions annually. The successful applicant will manage the university's permanent collection of art; hire and supervise student gallery assistants; direct public relations efforts, donor stewardship, and community outreach; and work collaboratively with appropriate faculty, staff, and administrators. In addition, the Director will contribute 1-2 courses in Art History or Museum Studies during the academic year. The position reports to the Department of Art and Graphic Design.
Present approximately 5 exhibitions per academic year, including oPersonally curating exhibitions, renting traveling exhibitions or hiring exhibition curators Includes lighting (using lift and in-ceiling lighting components) Movable walls Gallery floor treatments (with SU Facilities) Generating wall labels, text panels, and vinyl lettering for exhibits oPreparing the Gallery space for exhibitions and managing the publicity
Hire, train, supervise, schedule and mentor up to 15 student gallery assistants and supervise student internships
Manage the university's permanent collection of art, including okeeping records of all artifacts in File Maker Pro opreparing reports such as the annual Fine Arts Insurance Report, and omanaging acquisitions physically and digitally
Teach 1-2 classes a year (number of classes to be determined in coordination with the Department Head of Art and Graphic Design and in consideration of the number and type of exhibits offered in any given year)
Administer an operating budget and endowed accounts, including oPlanning spending of exhibition fees, artist stipends, shipping, lodging, receptions, travel, publications, supplies, and student wages oreconciling budgets on a monthly basis
Direct public relations and community outreach, including oManaging social media accounts oMaintaining mailing lists (Excel) oCoordinating group visits to the gallery oInterfacing with media to publicize exhibitions oGuest jurying for local and regional art competitions oHosting openings, including introductions and exhibition background oConducting tours of the Permanent Collection as requested
Work collaboratively with appropriate faculty, staff, and administrators, including oCollaboration with faculty on exhibition programming oCoordinating class visits to the gallery oManaging placement of permanent collection pieces in campus offices oAiding in campus initiatives such as the Strategic Plan and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion plans oCoordinating special events planned after normal gallery hours
Build relationships with artists, artist groups and organizations (i.e. AAMG, AMA, CAA)
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities This position requires a strong grasp of contemporary art and art history as well as the use of FileMaker Pro, Word, Excel, and the Adobe Creative Suite. The Director must have excellent managerial, budgetary, teaching, communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills. Must be able to interact effectively with artists, colleagues and students from various campus departments, the general public, donors, and other galleries.
Physical Demands Position requires the ability to stand or sit for extended periods of time. Position requires the ability to move about the campus and to visit off-campus settings. Position requires the ability to talk and to hear instruction. Position requires occasional manual dexterity and the ability to use fingers, hands, and arms to feel, handle, and reach. Position requires occasional stooping, crouching and bending. Position requires the ability to occasionally lift up to 20 pounds and to mount artwork as needed. Working conditions are mainly indoors but the Director oversees the outdoor public sculpture on campus as well.
Education and Experience
Education Master of Arts (MA) in Art History, Curatorial or Museum Studies, or Masters of Fine Arts (MFA), and relevant experience.
Experience Two years of experience in gallery or museum operations and experience with exhibition design and implementation is required. Previous college teaching experience is preferable.
Number of Months: 12 months
Quick link for posting: 2240
Internal Number: 2240
About Susquehanna University
Susquehanna University is a selective, residential liberal arts college in Pennsylvania that provides a solid foundation in the liberal arts and sciences.