December 6, 2016

Seeking Director of the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts

Harvard University
Courtesy of the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard.

The Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts seeks to appoint an accomplished, visionary and entrepreneurial leader as the John R. and Barbara Robinson Family Director of the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts. The Director will manage the artistic goals and long-range vision of the CCVA. The successful candidate will curate up to six exhibitions per year, and will develop public cultural programming, lecture series, workshops and artists’ talks. The Director is expected to attract a broad public audience and provide a dynamic forum for artistic exploration.

The Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts is housed alongside the Visual and Environmental Studies Department in the only Le Corbusier structure designed and built in North America. The Director of the CCVA will manage and balance the vision of the CCVA with curricular demands on the building, including visiting faculty and senior thesis exhibitions. It is anticipated that the Director will hold a concurrent teaching appointment and will actively participate in teaching departmental courses. He/she will foster collaborative relationships within Harvard as well as the larger arts community. This position will collaborate with other Harvard Museums as well as academic departments, and encourage connections between academics and artists.

The Director reports to the Chair of the Department of Visual and Environmental Studies, and will have full artistic authority and responsibility as Director of the CCVA. The Director is also responsible for supervising two staff members: the Exhibition Manager and the Program Manager.

The Director is expected to cultivate donors and to work closely with Institutional Advancement to secure future funding. This position also conducts outreach to individuals, foundations, corporations, and governmental agencies in order to secure funds for exhibitions, cultural programs, and publications in alignment with departmental priorities. This includes but is not limited to working with Research Administrative Services and Offices of Sponsored Research.

Basic qualifications
–Advanced degree in Art History, Curatorial Studies or related field, or equivalent scholarship demonstrated through publication
–Minimum of 7 years progressively responsible curatorial experience
–Experience managing staff
–Experience in managing budgets

Additional qualifications
–Excellent interpersonal skills working with a diverse population
–Ability to influence others and to build relationships with people at all levels of the organization
–Grant experience preferred
–Teaching experience optional

Applicants for the position should send a cover letter, documentation of past curatorial work (PDFs preferred), curriculum vitae, syllabi, and other appropriate support materials by January 20, 2017. Apply online through Aspire.

Harvard is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation or any other characteristic protected by law.

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