The San Diego Museum of Art seeks an experienced Deputy Director for our Curatorial Affairs Organization in leading the Curatorial Affairs, Exhibitions and Collections team. The Deputy Director Curatorial Affairs provides leadership for the museum’s excellence in exhibitions, catalogues, acquisitions, and research. He/she is responsible for managing and coordinating all curatorial activities of the San Diego Art Museum: he/she convenes and runs collections team meetings; strategically plans and manages the museum’s exhibition schedule; acts as project manager and quality-controller for all museum exhibitions and displays. The Deputy Director of Curatorial is a key member of the Senior Leadership team at the San Diego Museum of Art. S/he brings leadership, vision, and strategic thinking to all aspects of the institution’s Curatorial activities. The Deputy Director has the responsibility for the works of art owned by or lent to the museum, including jurisdiction over the acquisition, exhibitions, preservation, study, curatorial staff, registration staff, exhibitions, research, acquisitions and collections. This colleague must work cooperatively and creatively with other museum departments and with regional partners, ensuring that the overall institutional goals are maintained, programs are effectively conceived and promoted, and that the departmental staff is well supported in its efforts to accomplish superior work.
Founded in 1926, the Museum is located in the heart of Balboa Park and serves a diverse constituency as well as over 300,000 visitors each year. San Diego is the eighth largest city in the United States, and the international border with Mexico is located roughly 30 minutes from the front door of the San Diego Museum of Art. Since late 2004, all of the didactic materials in the museum’s galleries have been presented in both Spanish and English. The administration views the opportunity of providing “gateway” experiences to the visual arts as a high priority, and a demonstrated commitment to dynamic curatorial practice is considered an essential quality of the successful applicant.
- To assist the Museum in delivering our Mission Statement: To collect, preserve, Interpret and display the finest works of art that men and women have created throughout time for the benefit of the broadest conceivable audience.
- Effectively managing and overseeing a Curatorial Department, which presently includes the staff of Curators, exhibitions, collections and installations staff, and registration. Serving as a mentor to this talented staff, helping them develop as professionals and building a collegial, focused department.Provide leadership, vision, and strategic direction for this large, diverse department.
- Oversee the developing and stewarding of collection of our 19,000 objects. Determining collections and conservation priorities, planning and executing accession and deaccession processes to strengthen the collection, and ensuring the highest standards of ethical practice are met in these pursuits.
- Actively participating in fundraising and public relations efforts of the Museum.
- Identifying, cultivating and educating supporters and potential supporters of the Museum through advice and special activities.
- Building and maintaining key curatorial relationships regionally, nationally, and internationally with artists, gallerists, collectors, and peers that benefit Museum’s reputation and program.
- Working in collaboration with appropriate museum staff to prepare an annual departmental budget as well as to pursue grants and gifts to support that budget.
- Ensuring the timely execution of all exhibitions and exhibition catalogues, along with adherence to project and departmental budgets.
- The ability to compellingly speak and write about art to and for a broad audience, as well as a scholarly one.
- Playing a lead role in long-range institutional planning efforts, such as establishing programmatic and collection development priorities, conservation planning, and strategic planning.
- As an authority in art, providing guidance and engendering enthusiasm about art and institutional mission for Museum Trustees, leadership, patrons and museum staff.
- Ability to balance the creative and intellectual process of curating with administrative, financial and practical management duties.
- A demonstrated record of publications and recognition in the field as a leading thinker about art.
- Ability to undertake travel domestically and abroad to conduct business, visit artists, and accompany patrons.
- Prepare and oversee annual departmental budgets, analyzing and evaluating revenue producing activities, and implements strategy for multi-year budget activities.
- Collaborate with other departments on development initiatives and the implementation of programming for the benefit of the overall Museum’s programs.
- Serve as an institutional liaison with supporters, donors, public and helps secure long-term relationships with philanthropists who are oriented toward the museum.
- Evaluate all exhibition materials, working collaboratively with the Education department, with the goal of bringing clarity, accessibility, and excitement to these interpretive tools while preserving the curatorial perspective.
- Team with the Education and Public Engagement staff to ensure the highest quality programs are incorporated into the Museum’s public offerings.
- Perform other duties as assigned by the Executive Director.
- Advanced degrees in art history, museum studies, visual arts, or a related field; Ph.D. (or equivalent highest degree)
- Minimum ten years work experience in Museums; minimum five years experience in a management role within a dynamic museum curatorial program.
- Commitment to and enthusiasm for service directed toward a diverse audience and public.
- Strong desire to work with creative artists and in teams with other museum departments.
- Successful track record of innovative museum curatorial programming.
- Excellent writing, public speaking and communication skills.
- The successful candidate will be experienced in acquiring, researching, exhibiting and publishing works of art.
- Outstanding interpersonal and a superior record of ethical performance.
- Some fundraising experience preferred.
- Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and internet based research.
- Some carrying and lifting up to 25 pounds
- Daily walking required interior of facility
- Noise fluctuates between quiet and moderately noisy.
- Members of the Senior Leadership Team at the San Diego Museum of Art are expected to devote significant amounts of time and energy to the successful pursuit of their jobs. The Deputy Director of Curatorial must be prepared to work evenings and weekend hours on an occasional basis, in addition to fulfilling the performance obligations of a routine workday. Occasional travel outside of the immediate region may also be required.
- S/he will receive a highly competitive salary and excellent employee benefits.
Interested applicants should submit the following before December 1 2013:
Please submit cover letter, salary requirements, CV, and portfolio to: email@example.com or submit to The San Diego Museum of Art, Human Resources, P.O. Box 122107, San Diego, CA 92112.
The San Diego Museum of Art is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in the hiring of personnel on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, gender, age, Vietnam Era Veteran or disabled veteran, sexual orientation, marital status, disability or any other protected status as provided by law.