Assistant Director

Art, Design & Architecture Museum at UC Santa Barbara

Position Information
Payroll Title: CURATORIAL MGR 1

Job Code: 0421

Job Open Date: 10/6/22

Application Review Begins: 10/21/22; open until filled

Department Code-Name: ARTM (ART MUSEUM)

Percentage of Time: 100%

Collective Bargaining Unit (CBU): 99 - Non-Represented

Grade Type/Grade: MSP / 25

FLSA Exemption Status: Exempt

Work Location: Arts Bldg. 1626

Pay Rate/Range: $91,300 - $105,000/yr.

Days/Hours: M-F; 8am - 5pm, some weekends

Benefits Eligibility: Full benefits


Department Marketing Statement
AD&A Museum Mission: Because we believe that art can transform individuals and communities, our mission is to stimulate research, support artistic practice, and generate original programming through the Art, Design & Architecture Museum’s collections. To achieve our mission, the AD&A Museum: -Collects, preserves and conserves architecture and design archives, primarily from Southern California, and art works representing many cultures and traditions -Presents exhibitions and educational programs that aim for international significance and resonate with regional audiences and concerns -Stimulates research and scholarship in its renowned Architecture and Design Collection and in the Art Collections -Through internships, provides opportunities to students for professional experience in museum and archive work -Motivates faculty across disciplines to incorporate art, architecture, and design in research and class curricula -Maintains and strengthens a vibrant network of supporters, colleagues, and collaborators, locally and internationally, to enhance understanding and enjoyment of art and design

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Brief Summary of Job Duties
The Assistant Director (AD) manages programs that have a critical impact upon the organization. Has significant responsibility for formulating and administering policies and programs, manages significant human, financial, and physical resources, and functions with a very high degree of autonomy. Oversees through subordinate employees the accountability and stewardship of department resources and the development of systems and procedures to protect organizational assets.

Is responsible for assessing, analyzing, and implementing the mission and creative vision of the Museum as defined by the Director. Works collaboratively with the Director and is responsible for carrying out that mission by overseeing and leading department heads at the Museum to achieve stated goals. Develops and implements a roster of exhibitions and educational programs which explore issues in art, architecture and design but also relate to the broader teaching goals of the University and ensure the continued success, reach and impact of the Museum.

As a scholar, educator, and advocate who is passionate about art and its role in collegiate and community life, the AD elevates the Museum's engagement with both the UCSB campus community as well as that of neighboring Goleta and Santa Barbara. As a community builder, the AD  fosters a welcome, collegial, and highly collaborative environment for students, faculty, and staff, contributing to productive workflows and the flourishing of ideas. Additionally, has an adaptive leadership role, actively participating in shaping the Museum environment to advance equity and strengthen institutional capabilities. Performs duties with a demonstrated commitment to accessibility and inclusion, collaboration, and interdisciplinarity.

Defines the standards for exhibitions and educational and public programs and continually reviews, interprets, and evaluates programs and objectives in light of the mission of the Museum and University. In consultation with the Director provides strategic leadership, oversight and management of multiple departments at the Museum. This involves creating and establishing policies and procedures for day-to-day museum operations and the Museum's multi-platform programs, all the while maintaining recognized professional standards. Assists the Director with overseeing and managing aspects of operations related to creative programming, collection stewardship, educational initiatives, installation and design and outreach. Is in charge of allocating and administering resources as well as managing the resultant budgets. Individual department heads report directly to this position.

Involves academic interpretation of objects in a collection and on loan. Recommends acquisitions, deaccessions, and conservation. Conducts original research and presents / publishes results. May have administrative responsibilities and / or oversee the care of the collections and their documentation.

Spends the majority of time (50% or more) achieving organizational objectives through the coordinated achievements of subordinate staff. Establishes departmental goals and objectives, functions with autonomy. Manages the accountability and stewardship of human, financial, and often physical resources in compliance with departmental and organizational goals and objectives. Ensures subordinate supervisors and professionals adhere to defined internal controls. Manages systems and procedures to protect departmental assets.

Responsible for a curatorial program. Responsibilities are defined by overall objectives and involve the highest degree of complexity in subject area specialization. Determines how to use resources to meet goals. Work is performed independently under general consultative leadership. Evaluates, interprets and revises guidelines, policies and programs.

Required Qualifications
Advanced degree in related area and / or equivalent experience / training.
1-3 years - Demonstrated commitment to fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion in museum practice.
1-3 years - Experience in, and knowledge of collections stewardship/ building, exhibition development, and conservation / preservation.
1-3 years - Managing staff, schedules and budgets.
1-3 years - Curatorial experience.
Preferred Qualifications
Specialization in Latin American or Asian American art preferred.
Knowledge of curatorial practices and current trends.
Demonstrated commitment to fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion in museum practice.
Demonstrated knowledge of managing staff, and functioning in a leadership role.
Broad-based knowledge of organizational administration.
Knowledge of facilities and office management.
Knowledge of financial management and budget development.
Solid knowledge of in project management.
Knowledge of museum programming.
Strong knowledge of donor development.
Knowledgeable of current issues facing the curatorial and art museum adminstration fields.
Skills in scholarly research and in writing scholarly publications.
Possess public speaking expertise.
Ability to take a long-range approach in regard to relevant museum programming, exhibits, and strategic planning.
Proficient in MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
Special Conditions of Employment
Satisfactory conviction history background check.

Ability to work occasional weekends.

UCSB is a Tobacco-Free environment.

Special Instructions
For full consideration, please include a resume and a cover letter as part of your application.

Job Functions/Percentage of Time/Duties
Fundraising and Program Management 20% - Develops and implements the Mission and Creative Vision of the Museum as defined by the Director. Develops and manages the programming of the Museum, including exhibitions and educational programs. Supervises, plans and conceptualizes an exhibition program that explores diverse topics and historical themes. Establishes departmental goals and objectives. Manages financial resources including some fundraising.

Curatorial 35% - Develops, implements, and curates exhibitions. Plays a critical role in long-range institutional planning efforts, such as establishing programmatic and collection development priorities, and exhibition planning. Envisions, plans, and budgets for exhibitions, educational programs, publications and PR. Provides direction for collections growth and cultivation and plans oversees the museum's policies around deaccessioning, and conservation priorities. Proofs and approves catalogs and other interpretive materials.

Development 20% - Actively cultivates relationships with existing major and potential donors, collectors, foundations, and artists. With the Outreach Coordinator, ensures that the vision and strategy for educational programming is articulated, expanded and implemented. Assists the Director with activities of the Art, Design, and Architecture Museum related to development.

Administrative 25% - Oversees through subordinate employees, the accountability and stewardship of department resources and the development of systems and procedures to protect organizational assets. Directs the collaborative efforts of those responsible for the maintenance, display, interpretation and care of the collections in accordance with the highest professional and ethical standards. Makes recommendations regarding necessary staffing and resources. Assists Director with recruiting and hiring. Supervises the Designer; Collections Manager; and PR Marketing Coordinator positions. Manages financial requests and develops budgets for projects and exhibitions. Manages department budgets and resources.

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Due Date: 
Wednesday, November 30, 2022
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