Deputy Director, Sarasota Museum of Art

The Sarasota Museum of Art, a division of Ringling College of Art and Design, seeks an experienced museum professional to partner with and support the Executive Director in all aspects related to the formation of a new, non-collecting contemporary art museum within a preeminent college of art and design. The Deputy Director will serve under the direction of, and report directly to, the Executive Director.

The Museum has partnered with Ringling College of Art and Design to transform the historic Sarasota High School into a state-of-the-art destination, with the art museum as its anchor project. The comprehensive campaign includes plans to renovate the high school, establish the Museum, provide a home for continuing studies and lifelong learning, and endow the project as one of Ringling College’s primary strategic initiatives.

Sarasota’s first museum of modern and contemporary art will be a dynamic center for exhibiting innovative and compelling visual art of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. A vital part of Sarasota’s rich cultural landscape, the Museum will interweave exhibitions, educational programs, and community outreach initiatives to engage a diverse audience and to serve as a destination for creative discovery and discourse.

The Deputy Director is a key member of the Senior Leadership team at the Sarasota Museum of Art. S/he brings leadership, vision, and strategic thinking to all aspects of the institution’s activities. S/he will partner in developing all areas of the Museum, including curatorial, visitor experience, education, outreach, retail development, and food service. The candidate is expected to possess competencies in all areas of art museum management, and demonstrate special expertise in at least one of three areas: curatorial; education and outreach (including visitor experience); or earned income/revenue generation (membership, retail, special events).

The Deputy Director collaborates with College personnel and regional partners to ensure overall institutional goals are maintained, programs are effectively conceived and promoted, and Museum staff is well supported. S/he is expected to balance the creative and intellectual process of programming with duties associated with administrative and financial oversight and planning.

The successful candidate will possess and continue to cultivate strong relationships with global colleagues; provide exceptional thought leadership regarding trends in contemporary art and museology; possess a comprehensive understanding of professional standards and best practices with regard to art museum ethics and governance, as established by the American Alliance of Museums; maintain a genuine and deep commitment to diversity in the widest sense; and proactively ensure the organization is a thought leader in social justice, social access, and full social transclusion.

Members of the Senior Leadership Team at the Sarasota Museum of Art are expected to devote significant amounts of time and energy to their professional positions. The Deputy Director must be prepared to occasionally work evenings and weekend hours, in addition to fulfilling the performance obligations of a routine workday. Some domestic and international travel to conduct business, visit artists, and accompany patrons, may also be required.

Specific Responsibilities Include:
Assist the Executive Director in providing leadership, vision, and strategic direction for the Museum, and serve as a mentor to staff, students, and the Museum community.
Actively participate in the fundraising and public relations efforts of the Museum; identify, cultivate, and educate supporters and potential supporters of the Museum.
Build and maintain key regional, national, and international curatorial relationships with artists, gallerists, collectors, and institutional peers in order to further the Museum’s mission, reputation, and program.
Serve as an educational authority on art, providing scholarly guidance to trustees, patrons, and staff.
Employ the highest level of excellence in written and oral communication addressing a broad range of audiences, from lay to scholarly.
Play a lead role in long-range institutional planning efforts, including programmatic and exhibition goals, as well as institutional strategic planning.
Serve as an institutional liaison and promote long-term relationships with supporters, donors, philanthropists, and the public.
Oversee and participate in the development and administration of the budget; determine funds needed for staffing, contractual services, equipment, materials and supplies.
Ensure proper maintenance of art museum facilities and compliance with museum standards.
Serve as a representative for the Director (as needed) to local, national, and international constituents.
Manage and participate in the development and implementation of goals, objectives, policies, and priorities for the Museum; recommend and administer policies and procedures.

Minimum Qualifications:
Master’s degree in art history, museum studies, visual arts, or a related field; B.A. with M.B.A. or M.P.A. considered
5 years experience in museums or related institutions
3 years experience in a management role within a dynamic museum curatorial program
Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and internet-based research
Excellent writing, public speaking, and communication skills
Outstanding interpersonal skills and a superior record of ethical performance

Preferred Qualifications:
International experience/global sensibility

For full consideration apply by May 15, 2016. Open until filled. Apply on-line at

Ringling College of Art and Design is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Job Information
Location:Sarasota, Florida, 34234, United States
Job ID:28058924
Posted:April 19, 2016
Position Title:Deputy Director, Sarasota Museum of Art
Company Name:Ringling College of Art and Design
Job Function:Assistant/Deputy/Associate Director
Entry Level:No