Exhibitions manager

Now Hiring: Exhibitions Manager

OVERVIEW

The Union is hiring an Exhibitions Manager to oversee all aspects of our exhibition and public arts programming. Presenting five or more shows in our 1,700 sq ft Wanda D. Ewing Gallery and one to three public art projects annually, exhibitions at The Union serve to showcase works by local and national artists, with emphasis on the diversity of twenty-first century artistic practices and the work of artists of color and those using their practice for social change.

This position is highly collaborative and requires the ability to work well with artists, visiting curators, and Union team. The successful candidate will be a flexible and organized individual with a proven record of exhibition planning, gallery management, public art initiatives, and public programs development. The ideal candidate will already be active in contemporary art discourse at the national level, and abreast of best practices in socially- or community-engaged art, art education, and related areas. This position collaborates with The Union senior leadership team to consider exhibition artists, guest curators, and public artists.

ESSENTIAL JOB RESPONSIBILITIES
  • Facilitate the research, development, and presentation of approximately five exhibitions and one to three public art projects annually, showcasing a diverse roster of regional and national artists, with emphasis on local representation and artists of color
  • Lead the development of public programs that connect the works presented at The Union with our community
  • Serve as a docent for exhibition programming, leading tours, artist lectures, and other assorted initiatives that connect the greater community with the arts
  • Serve as a liaison between the organization and guest artists and curators, helping to manage the logistics of travel schedules, exhibition production, oversee work transit and the installation process
  • Oversee scheduling and work orders to maintain daily gallery operations (painting/patching walls, lighting, hanging, installation, exhibition removal)
  • Manage public art planning and initiatives (scheduling, community engagement, artist calls, selection and contract processes, equipment rentals, implementation)
  • Assist with the creation of accessible interpretive materials to engage a broad audience
  • Work closely with the youth engagement team to develop methods for children and families from diverse backgrounds to engage with contemporary art and artists
  • In partnership with the leadership team, identify and recruit partners for activities to overcome barriers to participation through meaningful inclusion
  • Collaborate with the Executive Director and staff to set goals and objectives for new projects in support of the mission and contribute to long-term planning impacting development, marketing, and other organizational efforts
  • Prepare and monitor exhibition and public art budgets and expenses
KNOWLEDGE + EXPERIENCE
  • At least five years’ experience organizing exhibitions and/or public art initiatives and working directly with artists in art museums, art centers, public sectors, or other art spaces
  • Substantial knowledge of contemporary art, including African American contributions to the field, and socially- or community-engaged practices
  • Demonstrated commitment to community engagement and/or social justice advocacy
  • Experience with fine arts procedures, including knowledge of best practices in art handling, shipping, insurance, and registration
  • Strong organizational skills and the ability to interact positively and professionally with staff and constituents
  • Ability to proactively prioritize, manage time, and meet deadlines while juggling multiple duties and tasks
  • Enthusiastic team player with effective and professional negotiating skills, discretion, and diplomacy
  • Superb verbal and written communication skills; personable and diplomatic in working with diverse constituencies and inspiring participation from partners, artists, and community members
  • Experience generating exhibition schedules and budgets
  • Comfortable using Microsoft office tools, Photoshop or Illustrator, and G Suite
SALARY RANGE

$35,000–$40,000 + benefits (health/vision/dental/PTO)

TO APPLY

Please send one-page cover letter summarizing your experience, a resume or CV, and contact information for three references to jobs@u-ca.org with the subject title: Re: Exhibitions Manager.

The Union for Contemporary Art is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of age, race, religion, color, handicap, gender, physical condition, developmental disability, sexual orientation or national origin. Period.

Thank you for your interest in employment opportunities at The Union. Please be advised that we are only able to contact those candidates whose skills and background best fit the needs of the open position. Position will be posted until filled.