The ASU Art Museum in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University seeks an Associate Director, at the rank of Associate Museum Professional. This is a full-time, continuing status appointment, with an administrative appointment, beginning April 2020. This position reports to the Museum Director and assists with planning strategies, projects and programs to increase audience and enlarge financial support. The Associate Director is a critical member of the Museum’s senior management team who provides organizational leadership, and participates in long-range planning and overall management of the Museum, including implementation of strategic objectives and initiatives.
About the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts:
ASU’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, the largest comprehensive design and arts school in the nation, is a vibrant example of the New American University philosophy. With more than 5,000 students, more than 400 faculty and faculty associates, 135 degree options and a tradition of top-ranked programs, the Herberger Institute is built on a combination of disciplines unlike any other program in the nation. The institute includes the School of Art, School of Arts, Media and Engineering, The Design School, School of Film, Dance and Theatre, School of Music, and the ASU Art Museum. Through recognizing that design and the arts are critical resources for transforming society and solving complex problems, ASU’s Herberger Institute is committed to positioning artists, scholars, designers, and educators at the center of public life.
For more information on the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, visit herbergerinstitute.asu.edu.
About the ASU Art Museum:
Founded in 1950, the ASU Art Museum was named “the single most impressive venue for contemporary art in Arizona” by Art in America magazine. The ASU Art Museum is an integral part of the ASU Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University. The Museum strives to be more relevant and accessible inspired by the charter of the New American University and to be a meeting point for the exchange of new ideas, perspectives and experiences among artists, students and the public through our exhibitions, residencies, collections and programs.
Collaboration and activity across the Museum, University and Field:
Direct and review the departmental activities and operations, overseeing the development and evaluation of their programs to promote a highly functional, interactive, and dynamic museum team
Supervise administrative duties museum-wide, including cross-departmental collaboration and relations with operations to assure effectiveness and efficiencies in accordance with the museum’s strategic plan and ASU policies & procedures
Supervise hiring, training, and performance for assigned staff and facilitate mentorship and professional advancement opportunities
Encourage and model effective communication within museum departments, external colleagues, donors, volunteers, and stakeholders, and actively identify and increase efficiencies within museum work flow
Lead staff retreats, meetings, and bi-annual staff gatherings
Maintain an integrated and coherent operations program for the museum including project & contract management, calendars, communication tools and other data
Serve as the primary liaison within our community, Herberger Institute, ASU Foundation, and Arizona State University including students, faculty and staff
Represent the Director, Museum and University throughout campus, state, regional and national organizations, boards, councils, committees and other events as necessary
Conduct and assist with the development of long- and short-range goals
Actively contribute to student learning and discovery through mentoring and managing interns, lecturing and gallery talks, teaching, advisory committees, and collaborative programs with faculty and department
Lead and participate in the Museum’s Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Accessibility committee.
Perform additional duties as assigned; duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice
Exhibitions and Programs Management:
Provide administrative oversight of the curatorial department activities, including curators, registrars, conservator, and preparators and encourage community outreach and collaboration
Shape, plan, schedule and manage the design, development and coordination of exhibitions, programs and special projects that meet the Museum’s mission
Oversee collections management, working closely with curatorial team and conservator, including detailed acquisitions, deaccessions and loans collection processes
Funding and Budgetary Responsibilities:
Participate in departmental grants and development efforts
Work with the director and development teams to increase the Museum’s overall ability to effectively seek outside support from individuals, foundations and government agencies
Work closely with individual donors, foundations and governmental agencies on cultivation, requests and reporting
Oversee and participate is planning, developing and administering the curatorial, education, registration, preparator, and conservation contracts and budgets
Assist with annual museum budgeting and periodic reports and reconciliation.
Lead and participate in special funding initiatives
A master’s degree in a relevant field or the equivalent in education and experience
5-7 years of senior level administrative and supervisory experience
5-7 years of progressive project management experience
Commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion as key strategies toward institutional excellence, representing a range of perspectives, thought, and actions
Working knowledge in management, supervisory, administrative and strategic planning principles, practices and methods
Demonstrated experience with budget preparation, analysis and management
Ability to forge mutually respectful, trusting, and effective relationships with a diverse group of Board members, community leaders and decision makers
Strong leadership, decision-making, interpersonal and organizational skills
Outstanding oral and written communication skills
Comfortable and up-to-date on the use of technology
Must be available to work flexible hours including nights, weekends and special events
All applicants must submit:
a letter of application addressing your interest in the position and the required qualifications
the name and contact information of three references
All applications must be submitted electronically via apply.interfolio.com/74571
Applications must be addressed to: Lilian Silva
The application deadline is March 27, 2020. Applications will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis for a reserve pool. Applications in the reserve pool may then be reviewed in the order in which they were received until the position is filled.