Gallery Director/Curator

University of Hartford

west Hartford, CT

ID: 7086019
Posted: September 23, 2021
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Position Summary
Assumes responsibility for directing the daily operations of the Joseloff and Silpe art galleries, the Kaman Print Center, as well as curating and presenting regional and national exhibitions which promote the mission of the galleries and the Hartford Art School. Performs all duties in full support of the University’s mission, understanding that the positive and effective execution of these duties is instrumental to the education of the University’s students.

Job Duties
This job description of the job is for identification and administrative purposes only. It is not intended to be a complete statement of all duties, which may be assigned by the supervisor according to varying needs.

Description of Key Responsibility
Actively pursues applicable grant, fundraising and other development opportunities for the galleries. Creates and maintains gallery exhibition budgets in an effort to ensure prudent fiscal management. Maintains financial records, including tracking of expenditures as well as the recording of income. Oversees the requisition of equipment and materials as well as payment to outside contractors, vendors and suppliers. Creates budget activity and other applicable financial reports upon request. *
Essential Duty? Yes
Percentage Of Time 30%
Description of Key Responsibility
Establishes, cultivates and maintains effecting working relationships with the Office of Marketing and Communication in the development of publicity and other relevant gallery communications which comply with University branding standards including, but not limited to, essays, press information, catalogue essays, text and other exhibition-related materials. Publicizes gallery events online via the gallery website, local events listings, social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter and other local artist websites. Maintains active distribution and mailing lists to ensure the integrity of information.*
Essential Duty? Yes
Percentage Of Time 25%
Description of Key Responsibility
Oversees subcontracted labor employed by the galleries to prepare spaces including, but not limited to, wall construction, painting, floor refurnishing, installation and de-installation of artwork. Obtains quotes for costs and fees for vendors as necessary and/or appropriate.*
Essential Duty? Yes
Percentage Of Time 15%
Description of Key Responsibility
Oversees the initiation and processing of purchase orders, requests for checks and other employment documentation. Hires, trains and supervises student gallery monitors, interns and part-time art installers.
Essential Duty? Yes
Percentage Of Time 10%
Description of Key Responsibility
Performs other related duties as assigned.
Essential Duty? Yes
Percentage Of Time 10%
Description of Key Responsibility
Represents the galleries and the University internally and externally as necessary and/or appropriate. Attends meetings with artists, collectors and prospective donors. Provides tours to students, trustees, artists and other museum and gallery professionals. Provides quality customer service to all visitors of the galleries and at openings and events. Attends special events as necessary and/or appropriate.
Essential Duty? Yes
Percentage Of Time 10%
Posting Number PS609P
Working Conditions
Normal office situation, requires travel including overnight stays.
Master’s Degree or equivalent required
Physical Effort
Typically sitting at a desk or table.
Intermittently sitting, standing, stooping.
Typically standing and/or walking.
Typically crawling and/or kneeling.
Requires repeated reaching by extending hands and/or arms in any direction.
Requires balance to prevent falling or erratic movement.
Climbing ladders or scaffolds.
Impact of Actions
Makes recommendations and decisions which usually affect the entire department.
Analytic: Work is non-standardized and widely varied requiring the interpretation and application of a substantial variety of procedures, policies, and or precedents used in combination. Frequently, the application of multiple, technical activities is employed; therefore, analytical ability and inductive thinking are required. Problem solving involes identification and analysis of diverse issues.
Decision Making
Analytic: Supervisor is available to establish broad objectives relative to basic position duties or departmental responsibilities. Independent judgment is required to study previously established, often partially relevant guidelines; plan for various interrelated activities; and coordinate such activities within a work unit or while completing a project.
Internal Communication
Requires regular contact to discuss issues of moderate importance and to respond to inquiries. Occasionally requires contact with officials at a higher level on matters requiring cooperation, explanation and persuasion.
External Communication
Requires regular contact with external persons of importance and influence. Involves considerable tact, discretion and persuasion in gaining the cooperation of others. Requires the handling of delicate relationships and complex situations.
Customer Relations
Contact with customers involves providing service in person to resolve serious complaints, maintain key relationships, make significant adjustments, handle high-profile meetings or deal with very sensitive situations.
Managerial Skills
Has responsibility or authority which is limited to the direction of temporary workers or student workers.
Knowledge & Skills
Professional Skills: Requires knowledge of theories and practices of a professional field. This level of skill typically is reserved for an individual with a four-year degree or a high-level vocational skill demonstrated by a number of years of on-the-position experience (ie., management). Writes reports using technical data requiring considerable interpretation, developing new methods and procedures. Frequently applies knowledge to practical issues and problems.
Special Skills
The ability to work effectively with diverse groups.


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