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Assistant Director for Curatorial Affairs

SAINT LOUIS ART MUSEUM
Curatorial Affairs
 
JOB DESCRIPTION: ASSISTANT DIRECTOR FOR CURATORIAL AFFAIRS
 
REPORTS TO:            DIRECTOR
 
SUPERVISES: CURATORS, ASSOCIATE CURATORS-IN-CHARGE, AND ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT
 
SPECIFICATIONS:
M.A. in the history of art.  Broad general knowledge of the history of art, and specific knowledge as it pertains to the collection of the Saint Louis Art Museum.  Minimum 5 years management experience in an art museum, arts-related organization, or institution of higher learning.  Demonstrated knowledge of staff management, project and organizational planning, and board and public engagement.  Excellent oral and written communication skills, organizational abilities, and planning, implementation, and budget experience. Preferred:  Ph.D., or its equivalent in relevant experience, in the history of art or related field; previous development and fund-raising experience.  Competitive candidates will demonstrate independent curatorial accomplishments in a comprehensive art museum.
 
JOB PURPOSE:
To lead and supervise the curatorial staff; to build and maintain conceptual and qualitative excellence in the staff, the curatorial program, and in the care, presentation, development, and interpretation of the collection of the Saint Louis Art Museum.
 
DUTIES, WORK PERFORMED:
 
Direct and oversee the key responsibilities of the curatorial staff:
  • Ensure conceptual and qualitative excellence in all curatorial endeavors;
  • Evaluate and develop curatorial proposals for temporary exhibitions;
  • Direct and coordinate research on the collection, exhibitions, and publications;
  • Cultivate and assist in cultivating gifts of individual works of art and collections as well funding for acquisitions;
  • Develop overall direction and priorities for collections development;
  • Coordinate meeting of the Committee on Collections.
Administer the daily operations of the curatorial departments:
  • Manage the curatorial staff;
  • Establish goals and priorities for the curatorial staff;
  • Oversee the development and presentation of and adherence to departmental budgets;
  • Develop and ensure adherence to production schedules and deadlines;
  • Ensure that curatorial actions and initiatives are in conformity with institutional policies;
  • Directly and indirectly oversee the hiring of curators;
  • Review annually the performance of senior curatorial staff, and oversee their review of their staffs’ performances.
Represent the Saint Louis Art Museum externally:
  • Represent the Museum in professional and social forums locally, nationally, and internationally;
  • Work with the Museum’s study groups in tandem with the curatorial, learning and engagement, and development staff;
  • Develop and maintain strategic contacts with local, national, and international colleagues and peer institutions;  
  • Develop and maintain contacts with donors, dealers, collectors, and auction houses.
Participate in the Management of the Museum:
  • Meet regularly with the director on issues pertaining to the curatorial staff;
  • Participate as a member of the Museum’s management team;
  • Represent and speak to the curatorial point of view in more general forums;
  • Communicate directly with other management team members, and members of the staff more broadly, to communicate, discuss, and resolve where necessary curatorial issues that may be relevant to or impact their areas of responsibility.
The above responsibilities are to be undertaken in consultation and collaboration with the director, the curatorial staff, and the museum staff at large, as appropriate. The above statements of this job description describe the general duties and level of work performed by employees assigned to this position.  They do not claim to describe all of the functions of this position.  Employees may be assigned other duties and the essential functions may change, or be changed, from time to time.