Posted August 14, 2014.
JOB TITLE: Curator and Head of Program
STATUS: Full-time, exempt
REPORTS TO: Executive Director
THE JOB: This newly-established position plays a critical role in helping to shape the vision, oversight and management of the creative content of the Katonah Museum of Art, a non-collecting institution 50 minutes north of New York. A key staff position within an organization dedicated to visual arts and culture, the Curator and Head of Program will lead the curatorial and education departments, and generate original exhibitions as an active contributor to the program. The ideal candidate will have a strong network of contacts in and beyond the art world, possess a deep knowledge of contemporary and/or modern art, and love working with artists of all generations and disciplines. Now under new leadership, the KMA is looking for dynamic thinkers who understand the importance of exchange and alignment between education and curatorial, and who are interested in fostering a climate of participation and collaboration of diverse publics within the museum context. The ideal candidate will have sound academic credentials and a background as a curator of original and timely projects and be comfortable with innovative historical content generated by guest curators. The KMA has a long and committed history of working with underserved communities through outreach and advocacy under the stewardship of past and future leaders. It seeks a strong communicator with great written and verbal skills with experience managing and inspiring others.
can work quickly, from concept to execution, and have a backlog of ideas ready to bring to fruition are interested in participatory modes of engagement and like the social aspects of your job have some educational programming background, be it for adults, teens or children understand the hybrid nature of art today and enjoy bringing artists together in creative and unusual ways appreciate teaching and the role art can play in the lives of young people are comfortable with seasoned art lovers as well as those still learning pride yourself on being extremely well organized and able to multi-task to get the job done
A. Oversee the formation of a new Program department that represents the merger of the curatorial and educational branches of the Museum, including its staff, budget, and schedules.
B. Work with staff to develop new team-based models for joint content creation, support, and feedback. Streamline workflow and responsibilities within newly-formed department.
C. Generate exhibitions and projects, including working with artists; compiling checklists; designing installation; researching and securing loans; coordinating tour schedules; and other related responsibilities.
D. Develop written exhibition materials for the KMA’s audiences, including catalogue essays, exhibition brochure texts, tour circulation packets, gallery guides, labels, didactic texts, press releases, and calendar copy.
E. Identify and liaise with guests curators brought in to do special projects. Also serve as coordinating curator for traveling exhibitions organized by other institutions.
F. Travel for general work in the field, including research, teaching, and public speaking engagements.
G. Work with Development on grants and fundraising as needed to support specific initiatives.
H. Maintain relationships with key trustees and collectors; participate in museum and departmental cultivation activities for potential patrons.
Master’s degree and a minimum of 5 years curatorial experience in field of contemporary art and/or education. Strong record of research and scholarship with proven experience organizing loan exhibitions and producing high quality publications. Ability to build positive and effective relationships with staff, trustees, artists, donors, patrons and the broader community. Ability to work effectively under pressure and meet deadlines. Strong organizational skills are essential.
Interested candidates should submit the following materials in MS Word or PDF electronic form to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Cover letter explaining qualifications and interest in the position
Resume with salary history
The names of three (3) professional references (individuals will not be contacted without prior approval)
All inquiries and materials will be confidential. Applications will be acknowledged. Please do not mail hard copies.
The Katonah Museum of Art is a registered 501(c)(3) not for profit organization and an equal opportunity employer.
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