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January 10, 2015

Seeking: Associate Director, Research & Academic program

Clark Art Institute
Image courtesy of The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute.

Position summary
The Clark Art Institute is both an art museum and a center for research and higher education. Its Research and Academic program (RAP) is a convener as well as a site for important discussion of ideas in the fields of art, art history, and visual studies. The RAP also sponsors a residential fellowship program and through this and its academic programs, the Clark creates contexts for those doing work in the field to generate and sustain crucial scholarship. In conjunction with the Starr Director of the RAP, the Associate Director conceptualizes, organizes, and implements the Clark fellows program and a rigorous schedule of Academic events.

Essential functions

Intellectual leadership
– Demonstrate an active and ongoing interest in current debates in the fields of art, art history, and visual studies, and a commitment to advanced scholarship, whether in the academy or museum
– Work with the Starr Director in conceptualizing, organizing, promoting and overseeing the Clark Fellowship program
– Work with the Starr Director to create and maintain an active conference, colloquium, and symposium schedule
– Assist in conceptualizing and developing new academic programs and initiatives within the RAP
– Work closely with the library, museum, and graduate program staff, students and visiting scholars and contribute to the Clark by service on committees and by participating in other institutional activities
– Provide intellectual and social support to visiting scholars and Fellows and offer assistance as needed to Fellows-in-Residence concerning their research projects and other scholarly and professional activities
– Represent the RAP at meetings of Association of Research Institutes in Art History (ARIAH), International Association of Research Institutes in Art History (RIHA), College Art Association (CAA) and other national and international organizations
– Perform other similar duties as assigned or as requested by supervisor
– There is an opportunity to teach in the Williams/Clark Graduate program in the History of Art

Administration and management 
– Manage and oversee the RAP’s administrative staff
– Manage the budget of the Research and Academic program by leading the budgeting process; reconciling financial statements; overseeing expenditures
– Work with the Starr Director and the Clark’s Advancement office to write grant applications for outside support of the RAP’s programs
– Work with the Clark’s special events coordinator and the Director to plan and implement special events involving the RAP. Assist in coordinating preparation of annual fellowship announcements, lecture announcements, reception invitations, preparation of published announcements of fellowship awards and other printed material
– Maintain a master calendar of programs and Fellow’s residencies throughout the year; review and coordinate calendars and schedules of the Museum, the Research and Academic program, Williams College, and other partner institutions
– Assist in handling correspondence with former and incoming Fellows and other visitors to the RAP
– Assist and oversee members of the RAP’s administrative staff in developing procedures for dealing with health insurance, taxes, and visa arrangements for incoming Fellows
– Provide updated materials for all aspects of the RAP programs for the appropriate pages of the Clark Art Institute website
– Work with the RAP’s administrative staff to maintain division files and records

A review of applications will begin immediately and that the deadline for submission of full applications (cover letter, current vita, current bio of 300 words or less, two writing samples, and three confidential letters of recommendation sent by referees directly to [email protected]) is Monday, January 26.

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