Associate Director of Exhibitions
Title: Associate Director of Exhibitions
Reports to: Director of Visual Arts
Salary Range: $60,000-$65,000/year
Full Time: Yes (40 hours/week)
ABOUT THE BCA:
A leading force in the city’s cultural community, Boston Center for the Arts has supported thousands of individual artists, small organizations and performing arts companies, who add depth and dimension to the Boston arts ethos. Through residencies and programming, Boston Center for the Arts serves as an epicenter for an expanding cohort of artists working across all disciplines, and has catalyzed careers by providing fertile ground for experimentation and artistic risk-taking.
RACIAL EQUITY COMMITMENT:
Black Lives Matter. It is incumbent upon us to act accordingly, and to identify those ways that we, as a leading cultural organization, can stop perpetuating pervasive and systemic white supremacist practices and lead through our actions.
Boston Center for the Arts (BCA) is committed to doing the hard work of dismantling even the most subtle forms of white supremacy in our organization, in our practices, and in the work we do to help make Boston a place where ALL artists can live and thrive.
The Associate Director of Exhibitions supports and manages the daily operations of the Mills Gallery and other Visual Arts Programs in partnership with the Director of Visual Arts. The Associate Director of Exhibitions will work with curators, artists, installation crews, juries, BCA staff, and the general public, and will be responsible for the smooth running of Mills Gallery exhibitions, including creating and implementing exhibition-related live and virtual public programs and managing the gallery staff and volunteers. The Associate Director of Exhibitions will also assist the Director of Visual Arts with installation- and logistics-related aspects of BCA’s Public Art Residency, Studio Residency, and Run of the Mills programs.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The duties of this position include, but are not limited to:
MILLS GALLERY AND EXHIBITIONS PROGRAM —
- In collaboration with the Director of Visual arts and visiting curators, conceptualize, oversee and execute all aspects of the exhibition program including but not limited to:
- Managing exhibition budget and scheduling;
- Creation of exhibition checklists, labels, signage and any additional printed exhibition material;
- Working with invited curator and artists on transport and installation/de-installation plan for work;
- Creating contracts for invited curators and exhibiting artists and overseeing payment of curators, artists and contractors;
- Recruiting, training, and supervising all gallery installation staff, gallery sitters, and volunteers;
- Maintaining artist and exhibition files and archives (both electronic and physical);
- Providing administrative support to the Director of Visual Arts; and,
- Working with BCA Marketing/Communications on exhibition promotion.
- Organizing and maintaining Mills Gallery and storage areas, including but not limited to:
- Inventorying and maintaining electronic equipment, gallery fixtures, exhibition furniture such as pedestals and shelves, gallery tools, paint, and packing materials, in communication with BCA Facilities staff.
- Maintaining the safety, security, and functionality of the Mills Gallery space, including safety equipment, Gallery resources, procedures, and other physical needs to present a professional public gallery that can keep up with current Gallery needs.
- Working with the Senior Director of Operations to develop budgeting for the physical needs and resources of the Gallery.
- Programmatic duties include but are not limited to:
- Creating, planning and oversight of live as well as virtual public events including artists talks and receptions for all Mills Gallery Exhibitions.
- Recruiting and managing gallery volunteers in conjunction with the Programming Associate, and training volunteers in the knowledge necessary for working in the gallery.
- Generates Visual Arts open calls.
- Providing production support for events and maintenance in BCA spaces, as assigned. This may include painting, cleaning, building and maintaining. This work may involve lifting, bending, stooping, kneeling, crouching, reaching, grasping, pushing, and pulling.
- Assists the Director of Visual Arts with installation- and logistics-related aspects of BCA’s Public Art Residency, Studio Residency, and Run of the Mills programs.
- Works in collaboration with the Theatre Programs Manager and the Senior Director of Operations with internal and external Mills Gallery Rentals and events. This includes but is not limited to providing information that will be used in the contracting, managing site visits, staffing events happening in the Mills Gallery, and making suggestions on event logistics.
- Contribute to programmatic elements for BCA community events as needed.
- Participation in cross-organizational teams as assigned.
The successful candidate will possess most, if not all, of the following qualifications, experience, and attributes:
- 5+ years experience in museum or gallery management including curatorial and installation experience, and experience with gallery interpretation and programming for a range of audiences.
- Administrative experience working with museum or gallery tracking and budgeting systems.
- Prior experience working with multiple stakeholders, including curators, artists, installation crew, and audiences.
- An understanding of BCA’s mission and goals, including a demonstrated commitment to equity and to connecting art to community.
- Art-making and mindfulness practices, a plus.
The successful candidate will have:
- Strong oral and written communication skills.
- Strong organizational skills.
- Experience working in cooperation with visual artists in many areas of practice.
- Experience managing volunteers.
- Ability to multi-task successfully.
- Experience working with the Microsoft Office Suite, Google Suite, and CRM databases.
- Excellent organizational and collaborative skills.
- An ability to maintain the highest professional ethics at all times.
- Respects diverse perspectives.
- A positive, nimble, and creative thinker with proven ability to take initiative and and tackle complex challenges.
- Flexible, collaborative, and team-oriented.
- Engenders trust with staff and remains open to feedback.
- Operates with a high degree of integrity and respect.
- Possesses a passion for the arts.
JOB STRUCTURE AND BENEFITS:
This position is full-time. Occasional weekend and evening hours will be required. Salary is $60,000-$65,000/year. Boston Center for the Arts offers a comprehensive benefits package including paid time off, 80% covered medical and dental insurance, an FSA plan, short-term disability, and a 403(b) retirement savings plan plus complimentary tickets to BCA and BCA partner events and performances.
Boston Center for the Arts is committed to building a team that reflects the diversity of Greater Boston. People of color, members of the LGBTQIA+ community, and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.