Gallery Director, Art Department

Humboldt State University

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Under the lead direction of the Department Chair, the Gallery Director will be responsible for providing leadership and overseeing two on campus galleries, the Reese Bullen and Goudi'ni Native American Arts galleries, running all aspects of the on-campus exhibition program and overseeing and managing the university’s permanent collection of works of art. The Reese Bullen gallery features exhibitions by professional artists related to areas of instruction in the Art department. The Goudi'ni Native American Arts gallery highlights the work of contemporary and traditional Native American artists.

The Department of Art is interested in a Gallery Director who will bring an innovative vision to our gallery programming that supports the mission of the university and the department. We are currently re-envisioning the mission, programming, and scope of our galleries and are looking for a director who can contribute to this process by engaging meaningfully with the various constituencies involved. The director will promote alignment between gallery programing and course curricula, further collaboration between academic departments, increase on-and-off campus engagement with gallery programming, and broaden relationships with local Native peoples and tribal nations. The director works closely with the Museum and Gallery Practices Certificate Coordinator and helps to train students in the Museum and Gallery Practices Certificate Program.

The successful candidate will be a dynamic museum/gallery professional with curatorial vision and significant hands-on experience with all aspects of gallery work and collections management.

  • Plans, curates, designs, fabricates, and executes the installation and de-installation of 4 exhibits per year in the Reese-Bullen gallery and 2-4 exhibits per year in the Goud'ini gallery.

  • Serves as Goud'ini gallery board member.

  • Oversees publicity, art movement, insurance and shipping for all exhibitions.

  • Coordinates sales in relation to exhibitions.

  • Plans and coordinates receptions and opening events for each exhibition.

  • Supervises the three on-campus Student Access Galleries and coordinates exhibition planning with student interns.

  • Oversees day-to-day gallery operations and provides lead oversight to gallery support staff.

  • Schedules and supervises interns and student workers who act as gallery assistants and gallery sitters.

  • Oversees gallery budgets.

  • Prepares internal and external grants as appropriate to support gallery programming.

  • Prepares IRA grants and other grants (e,g. loyalty grants) as appropriate to support gallery programming.

  • Oversees loans from the university’s permanent collection to offices on campus and off-campus institutions.

  • Coordinates donations to the university’s permanent collection.

  • Communicates with outside scholars and off campus institutions about works of art in the university’s permanent collection.

  • Oversees conservation of works of art from the university’s permanent collection.

  • Catalogs works from the university’s permanent collection and maintains the collection database.

  • Interfaces with prospective and current donors to the gallery and collection.


General knowledge and skills in museum and gallery practice and collection management, with a foundational knowledge of public administration principles, practices, and methods. This foundation would normally be obtained through a bachelor’s degree OR through a combination of education and work experience which provides the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for this position - primarily the ability to provide advanced-level functional expertise and leadership to art gallery operations.

  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships within and outside the gallery with faculty, staff, students, and community members from diverse backgrounds and serve as a liaison for the galleries

  • Cultivate relationships with artists, scholars, and other individuals in the contemporary art world

  • Promote meaningful engagement and build inclusive collaborations and partnerships with Native communities

  • Analyze and address problems using reasoning and the interpretation and application of policy and procedures to develop and recommend alternatives and best courses of action

  • Analyze data and make accurate projections using business mathematics and basic statistical techniques

  • Make independent decisions and exercise sound judgment

  • Compile, write, and present reports related to the gallery and its collection

  • Take initiative and independently plan, organize, coordinate, and perform work in various situations where numerous and diverse demands are involved

  • Train others on new skills and procedures and provide lead work direction

  • Effectively interpret, organize, and present information and ideas in written or presentation form

Preferred Qualifications:

  • MA in Museum Studies, Arts Administration, or a related field, or MFA in studio art or a related field

  • Experience working with or for Native American tribes, groups, or organizations

  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity and cultural sensitivity in gallery operations, programming, and artist recruitment

  • Experience in exhibition design, installation, and fabrication

  • Professional experience in a university museum or gallery setting that includes working directly with students

  • Demonstrated experience with grant writing and securing external funding

  • Experience in fundraising and developing and maintaining relationships with donors

  • Experience in collections management

How to Apply

To apply, qualified candidates must electronically submit the following materials:

  • Letter of Interest

  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae

  • Contact information for at least three professional references

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Application Deadline: The deadline to submit application materials is 11:59 p.m. on Monday, November 18, 2019. To be notified in the event this recruitment re-opens for a subsequent review of applications, send an email to that includes the job number (18-82) and applicant’s last name in the subject line of the message.

HSU is committed to enriching its educational environment and its culture through the diversity of its staff, faculty, and administration. Persons with interest and experience in helping organizations set and achieve goals relative to diversity and inclusion are especially encouraged to apply.

Equal Employment Opportunity StatementHumboldt State University is a Title IX/Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, protected veteran status, or any other legally protected status.

Posted on October 21