The Director of Exhibitions oversees all operations and activities of the exhibitions department, maintaining primary oversight of exhibition registration and gallery installations; supervises the WDFM’s installation and registration teams to ensure the safe handling, transport, installation and display of all work from the WDFM collection and on loan; advises on legal and ethical aspects of exhibition management.
The Director of Exhibitions develops and maintains exhibition schedules and budgets; reviews and negotiates all exhibition-related contracts; manages all registrarial aspects and logistics of exhibitions, including assembly and supervision of relevant project teams. Oversees tour details for exhibitions generated and traveled by WDFM.
The Director of Exhibitions works with operations, security, collections, and security staff to develop policies and procedures for exhibitions activity.
• Manage the Special Exhibitions Committee; responsible for protocol related to review, scheduling and implementation of special exhibitions.
• WDFM point person for oversight of exhibition planning from concept through production + implementation; as well as for approval of expenses and installation details for each exhibition.
• Coordinate the logistics of all exhibitions including reviewing and negotiating contracts; developing + maintaining exhibitions schedules; developing + maintaining budgets; and managing project teams.
• Evaluate needs, assemble + supervise teams, pursue + hire vendors, evaluate + manage fabrication and construction projects, and maintain primary oversight of all gallery installations + deinstallations.
• Generate, negotiate, and manage all exhibition-related contracts between WDFM and institutions, curators, artists, vendors, etc.; evaluate contract needs, draft, review with attorney and all parties (internal + external).
• Manage registrarial aspects and logistics of WDFM and traveling exhibitions, including securing loan arrangements, planning and coordinating shipping, insurance, customs, crating, receiving, storage, object preparation, installation/deinstallation, courier and security arrangements, as well as contract negotiation and facility report review. Serve as courier, when required, for WDFM traveling exhibitions.
• Ensure condition reports of exhibition objects are performed upon entry and exit of WDFM.
• Coordinate movement of collection and exhibition material at off-site storage location(s).
• Manage WDFM fine arts insurance policy as it relates to exhibitions, associated claims and issuance of insurance certificates.
• Design and revise appropriate forms, logs, etc.
• Develop and implement operational procedures for WDFM exhibitions activity, including receiving, storage, access, handling, installation, security, and display.
• Advise staff on matters concerning storage, insuring, loan, security and display of objects, as well as other exhibition issues.
• Administer and maintain oversight of Department of Homeland Security/TSA program at WDFM, including managing requisite protocol for meeting all security requirements; administering application and training of all
WDFM authorized participants; responding to site TSA site inspections; generating and submitting monthly and quarterly reports to TSA.
• Monitor gallery and storage environments, and security related to exhibitions.
• Consult with facilities management in order to maintain proper storage and environmental conditions for exhibitions.
• Advise security staff on issues specific to each exhibition.
• Advise staff on restrictions to gallery activity specific to each exhibition.
• Provide exhibitions-related reports, as needed.
• Participate in exhibition, operations, and security planning meetings.
• Supervise volunteers, temporary, and contract staff (art handlers, technicians, framers, etc.) in exhibition-related functions.
• Perform other exhibition coordination duties as assigned.
Education and Training:
• Baccalaureate degree in museum studies or fine arts degree; graduate level studies preferred.
• Minimum of seven years progressively responsible experience in planning and managing fine art exhibition schedules and installation including two years of supervisory or management experience
• Experience in planning and managing exhibition budgets.
Skills and Abilities:
• Planning and project management skills, including budget management and contract oversight
• Superior organizational skills
• Outstanding interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills
• Proven supervisory and leadership skills; a solutions oriented, diplomatic problem solver and team player
• Ability to work with multiple, overlapping deadlines, identify priorities, delegate tasks to ensure project deadlines are met
• Ability to work in fast paced, deadline driven environment
Special Environmental Factors:
Gallery installation environment may include limited exposure to paint and or adhesive fumes and moderate equipment noise.
To apply: Please submit letter of interest and resume. Open until filled. No phone calls please.