Taubman Museum of Art
Deputy Director of Exhibitions
The Taubman Museum of Art seeks an experienced museum professional to coordinate and manage a dynamic exhibition program. S/he will assume intellectual responsibility for the exhibition program, working with the Director, the adjunct curators, and other senior staff members to define and deliver a portfolio of exhibitions (including permanent, temporary and traveling) that will best serve the museum’s mission and its diverse audiences.
The Director of Exhibitions will:
• Oversee and manage all aspects of the Museum’s exhibition program, spanning 8 galleries and 2 common presentation spaces
• Work with colleagues to develop proposals for new exhibitions, 3-5 years out
• Manage a team that includes the head registrar, design and production staff, and art handlers, to achieve timely rotations and to communicate exhibition content effectively to Museum visitors (through partnering with the education department)
• Assemble, brief, and manage interdisciplinary project teams for individual exhibitions, to support exhibition contexualizations
• Develop detailed annual schedule of exhibitions and budgets for individual galleries and exhibitions, and ensure delivery against these plans on time and on budget
• Oversee the preparation of exhibition contracts
• Work with external consultants and temporary staff (guest curators, designers, fabricators, installers, etc.), as necessary, to ensure successful delivery of galleries and exhibitions
• Develop opportunities to travel the Museum’s special exhibitions to other venues, and to bring in loan exhibitions from elsewhere as appropriate
• Ensure that exhibition content and interpretation is consistent with the Museum’s mission
• Assist the Museum Deputy Director for Advancement and Marketing in fundraising for exhibitions, both in grant writing and sponsor presentations
• Commission evaluative work as necessary to ensure that displays and exhibitions meet their stated objectives, and that curatorial team is functioning to its best potentials
• Be an active member of the Museum Management Team, contributing to both the creation and the implementation of the Museum’s strategic plans
• Other duties as needed or required
Qualifications: The selected candidate will have an MA in Art History or Museum Studies and progressively responsible art exhibition management experience. Academic courses or professional training beyond an MA is preferred. Minimum of five years of experience in museum exhibition development, management and production is also preferred. Applicants must have an advanced knowledge of art history; proven
supervisory, planning, organization, and project management skills; a capacity to prioritize and deal with multiple projects and assignments at once; and an ability to analyze, assess, and make recommendations and decisions based upon a sophisticated understanding of museum policy, budget, and art museum best practices. Applicants must demonstrate excellent oral (speaking, networking, interpersonal) and written (writing, research, editing) communication skills, including public speaking. A security background check will be required.
Benefits: The position offers a competitive salary, in line with the American Alliance of Museums 2012 salary study, and full employee benefits, including health insurance programs, STD, LTD and life insurance, participation in 403(b) pension program, and generous paid time off.
To apply, please forward via email only a cover letter, resume and salary requirements to firstname.lastname@example.org. No phone calls please. Deadline for response is May 10, 2013.