Reporting to the Founding Director, and working closely with the museum's leadership boards, the Chief Curator will contribute to making the Manetti Shrem Museum a dynamic site for a program of contemporary art that engages different time periods and cultures to investigate issues of broad contemporary relevance.
The incumbent will join an energetic start-up team in defining the purpose, mission and impact of a new museum at a top-ten public research university, which is also the repository of an important art historical legacy.
The Chief Curator will lead the Curatorial & Collections department, and will be responsible for oversight, management and growth of the museum's collections. (The Fine Arts Collection at UC Davis contains more than 5,000 objects. Founded as a collection of Old Master prints, it is now encyclopedic in scope, including notable holdings of antiquities, works on paper and ceramics central to the history of UC Davis.) The incumbent must possess a progressive vision for curatorial and collections activities, a vision in keeping with the innovative and irreverent history of the university. As a public practice artist, or a curator indebted to collaborative praxis, the Chief Curator will develop and implement interdisciplinary projects.
The museum is an engaged partner in the intellectual work of the campus, involving students, faculty and staff as initiators, partners, and subjects in the research and development of all aspects of its artistic program. The Chief Curator will increase the museum's integration into the university curriculum and engage more of the campus intellectual assets.
The Chief Curator will represent the establishment of the Manetti Shrem Museum Museum locally at UC Davis and to national and international audiences.
**PLEASE NOTE: THE MANETTI SHREM MUSEUM IS RECRUITING FOR ONE LEADERSHIP POSITION, AN ASSOCIATE CURATOR OR A MORE EXPERIENCED CHIEF CURATOR. PLEASE SUBMIT AN APPLICATION TO THE POSITION FOR WHICH YOUR QUALIFICATIONS BEST APPLY. IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN THE ASSOCIATE CURATOR - APPLY TO REQ # 03019767 BY 09/4/17. DIRECT LINK TO POSITION: www.employment.ucdavis.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=77454
Work flexible schedule during evenings and weekends to meet deadlines.
Occasional travel to visit museum sites and to meet with clients.
UC Davis is a smoke and tobacco free campus effective January 1, 2014. Smoking, the use of smokeless tobacco products, and the use of unregulated nicotine products (e-cigarettes) will be strictly prohibited on any UC Davis owned or leased property, indoors and outdoors, including parking lots and residential space.
Background Check Required:
This position is a critical position and subject to a background check. Employment is contingent upon successful completion of background investigation including criminal history and identity checks.
MA in art history, studio practice, or equivalent education and experience.
Expertise in the field of contemporary art with an skills to work beyond area of specialization to support the museum's inclusive artistic program.
Five years management experience in a museum or non-profit venue and curatorial experience at the same, or as an independent curator with implemented projects.
Track record of significant, academically rigorous and compelling exhibitions and publications.
Acquaintance with and enthusiasm for all areas of visual arts education.
Experience providing effective vision and strategic direction to the Curatorial & Collections Department staff and supporters.
Facility with public presentation and convening diverse public groups.
Demonstrated experience managing substantial department, project, and program budgets.
Experience using managerial and leadership skills to lead by example and encourage collaborative efforts.
Writing skills to prepare a variety of correspondence, reports, policies/procedures, informational documents, position descriptions, training manuals, and performance evaluations.
Strategic planning and analytical experience.
PhD in art history, studio practice, or related field.
Experience working in a higher education environment.
Experience in launching new projects and/or working in start-up environments.
Experience using interpersonal, communication, collaborative, negotiating and team-building skills to establish and maintain good working relationships with colleagues, faculty, vendors, volunteers and university officials, with an emphasis on tact, diplomacy, flexibility, professionalism and discretion.