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Curator of Academic Programming [The Graham Gund Gallery, Kenyon College]

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on October 19, 1972 in job announcements |

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Curator of Academic Programs The Graham Gund Gallery, Kenyon College

The Curator of Academic Programs is a full-time exempt position held by an individual with arts management experience to handle the development and management of curricular connections between and among Kenyon students, faculty and staff. The Curator will be responsible for the development and production of web-based content relating to special announcements and programs developed in relationship to the curriculum. He or she will be responsible for some grant writing, and shared day-to- day operations and office routines, in addition to research and writing related to the programs developed under his or her direction and in coordination with the Director. The Curator of Academic Programs will help administer the Gallery’s curatorial mission and vision, as well as have an understanding of College policies, procedures and programs related to the administrative department. The Curator of Academic Programs is supervised by the Director.

Essential Function of the Curator of Education

A. Curricular Ties for Kenyon Students and Faculty

With guidance from the Director, the Curator of Academic Programs of the Graham Gund Gallery at Kenyon College will coordinate and produce innovative curricular connections between Kenyon’s traditional liberal arts curriculum and the Gallery. He or she will work closely with faculty in creatively developing lesson plans, organizing visits, interpreting art and visual culture in classrooms, and related activities. He or she should have a proven record of successful implementation of innovative interpretive programming and methodologies in a museum or gallery context. The Curator of Academic Programs must be able to work creatively with faculty and students in the development of projects that address the content of exhibitions, installations, featured films and collections, linking the works and projects to the many disciplines and methodologies valued in a liberal arts context. He or she must work closely and openly with Director and other staff to define unique ways to situate the new Gallery’s programming across the entire liberal arts campus. To do so, he or she must possessthe personality and rapport to develop and maintain excellent cooperative relationships with and between constituents ranging from college faculty and staff to our student population. The Curator will be required to assist in managing Gallery interns when related to his or her special initiatives and projects and must exhibit deep interest in mentoring Kenyon students.

B. Visual Literacy, or Fluency

The Curator will work with the Director in articulating the role of visual literacy in the College’s curriculum. The Curator should also develop relationships with other museums with academic programs, helping situate the Gallery in the larger discourse surrounding the role of academic museums on college campuses while communicating new theories and methodologies being used elsewhere. He or she will develop resources to aid the college’s many constituents in understanding and adopting visual literacy techniques in their classrooms and in other student-centered programs.

C. Community Education

In cooperation with the Director and Assistant Director, the Curator of Academic Programs will assist in developing and managing high quality community outreach programs linking the Gallery’s mission to our region. The Gund Gallery has an already well-established program of arts education support in local and regional school districts and programs produced and presented in cooperation with community organizations. It is expected that these programs will continue to enhance art and cultural offerings to underserved populations while sustainably expanding to provide maximum meaningful opportunities with limited resources.

D. Website and Technology

The Curator of Academic Programs will also be responsible for some production of website and social media content useful for the interpretation of exhibitions, artists and projects produced by the Gallery and its Curatorial staff. This includes such things as developing faculty-focused emails, content, and resources. Additionally, he or she will be responsible for researching and implementing innovative cell phone, ipod, and/or other delivery systems for interpretive content, in collaboration with the Director and other Gallery staff.

E. Financial Administration

The Curator of Academic Programs must be responsible for managing project budgets, on occasion, with the assistance of the Director and additional staff. Grant budget management is also an important aspect of this position’s financial management duties, when grants have been awarded to curricular programming.

II: Supervisory Responsibilities

Some supervision of the Administrative Assistant, student workers, volunteers, and interns.

III: Working Conditions

Work is performed in an office environment and a gallery setting. The ability to lift boxes or items of 30 pounds or less and move tables, chairs, pedestals and other items needed for meetings, events, exhibition installations, and similar functions is required.

IV: Minimum Qualifications

Terminal degree required, and concentration in modern and contemporary art and visual culture preferred. Three-five years of museum/gallery experience required. Computer literate, with knowledge of Microsoft Office, web programs, social media, and other digital technologies. Experience with databases and mailing lists. Strong organizational and detail skills necessary. Knowledge of public and donor relations preferred. Ability to handle and balance substantial research and administrative detail and a wide variety of related tasks; to communicate and deal effectively with people; and to take initiative and to work with minimal supervision essential.

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