Art Galleries Director

New York, United States
Salary Not Specified
Jan 25, 2021
Employment Type
Part Time

About SUNY Oneonta:

SUNY Oneonta is a public college in Central New York, enrolling about 6,500 students in bachelor's, master's and graduate certificate programs. Most of SUNY Oneonta's main campus lies within the City of Oneonta, which is located in the northern foothills of the Catskill Mountains, about a four-hour drive from New York City, Boston and Philadelphia. With a population just shy of 14,000, the City of Oneonta is the largest municipality in a rural region dominated by agriculture and tourism.

Known as an exemplary residential campus that values inclusion, service and sustainability, SUNY Oneonta is a nurturing community where students grow intellectually, thrive socially and live purposefully. Employees give SUNY Oneonta high marks for work/life balance and culture. The college's and ratings are 4.5 and 4.1, respectively.

Beyond campus, many residents enjoy the natural beauty of the Catskills. Outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, and running are among the most popular. Several ski areas nearby typically operate for seasons lasting over 100 days beginning in late November or early December. During the summer, boating, swimming and other water sports are popular on lakes throughout the region.

Job Description:

The Art Department at the State University of New York College at Oneonta invites applications for an Art Galleries Director. The appointment begins March 2021 and is a 60% part time, year-round appointment that reports to the Chair of the Art Department with a secondary report to the Dean of the School of Liberal Arts.

With 250 majors in both BA and BFA programs, nine full-time faculty and numerous part-time instructors, the Art Department has increasingly integrated the galleries into the overall learning experience of students and views the galleries as the place of practice and essential learning for its majors. Currently poised to begin the NASAD accreditation process, the department views the galleries as critical to the overall program. The galleries also serve the wider campus as sites open to all students, and the general public, supporting recruitment and fund-raising activities. These spaces are frequently sites for campus celebrations and other activities. The galleries and its exhibitions also serve to build and strengthen ties with the surrounding regional community. To learn more about the College and the department and galleries, please visit / and .

Duties include but are not limited to: tasks related to the operations and management of the fine art galleries: The Martin-Mullen Art Gallery, Project Space Gallery, and the Open Space Gallery (lobby area adjacent to the Martin-Mullen Art Gallery), and the gallery storage/preparatory room; scheduling and arranging all aspects of exhibitions, artist lectures and receptions including publicity, temporary storage of work in transition, security, return of work, and all other operational responsibilities; work on budget-related tasks; maintaining the gallery website, social media, and other communications and marketing needs; travel by car and truck to pick up and drop off exhibit materials.

The director is the gallery liaison with several other units on campus and collaborates to create gallery exhibitions and schedules that reflect the programmatic learning outcomes of the art programs, and when appropriate, accommodate the needs of the broader campus as defined by the President, Provost, and/or Dean.

The director oversees all gallery support staff and student interns, works with the gallery advisory committee for short- and long-term planning and meets regularly with the chair of the Art Department and Dean of the School of Liberal Arts.


Required qualifications: master's degree in studio art, arts management, museum studies, or related discipline; skills that include exhibition design and special exhibition construction, lighting and safety; capacity to build and install exhibits; a valid driver's license.

Preferred: curatorial experience; experience teaching at the undergraduate level; demonstrated interest in developing co-curricular learning experiences; experience in creating virtual exhibitions; good communication and writing skills; experience working with and serving diverse populations.

Additional Information:

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SUNY Oneonta values a diverse college community. Please visit our website on diversity at: . Moreover, the College is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Women, persons of color, persons with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.

Application Instructions:

To apply online go to: . Please upload a curriculum vitae or resume, a letter of interest that includes a statement of curatorial and gallery experience and any relevant teaching experiences. The committee welcomes up to two supplemental documents such as exhibition portfolios, links, and publications. Contact information for three professional references is required.

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