The Hutchins Center for African & African American Research
seeks a director for the Cooper Gallery of African & African
American Art, the only art space at Harvard University entirely
dedicated to exhibiting works by artists of African descent.
The director will be an engaging leader who will support the
Hutchins Center’s mission to support research on the history and
culture of people of African descent the world over and to provide
a forum for collaboration and the ongoing exchange of ideas. The
Cooper Gallery provides a unique platform for the study and
celebration of the role of the visual arts across the African
Diaspora and by which the visual arts are connected to other fields
of inquiry and engagement.
The director of the Cooper Gallery manages its daily operations and
reports to the executive director of the Hutchins Center. Chief
responsibilities include leadership in the development and
implementation of the overall exhibition program, stewardship of
financial resources, facility management, oversight of the Hutchins
Center’s extensive art collection, and supervision of one full-time
staff member and other contingent and contracted staff.
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361058 Administrative Manager
USA - MA - Cambridge
Director, Ethelbert Cooper Gallery of African and African American
00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary
Additional Qualifications and Skills
- BA required.
- At least five years of relevant professional experience in a
university museum or gallery, or similar institution, including
some experience in a supervisory capacity.
Master’s preferred, ideally in related field.
A deep commitment to and knowledge of African and African American
art, including but not limited to contemporary art.
Broad and deep connections in the art museum world.
A deep commitment to and understanding of diversity as a force for
academic and artistic excellence and as a deeply held commitment at
the heart of the institution’s mission.
Ability to work cooperatively and effectively with Gallery staff
and Hutchins Center administrative leadership and events and
Strong acumen in management of operations, including financial
stewardship and the administration, development and oversight of
Ability to work collaboratively and independently, and to handle
Experience with museum collections software.
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
Ability to attend evening and weekend events.
Ability to manage change a plus.
Demonstrated success in donor relations and other skills and
experience related to fund-raising a plus.
Knowledge of collection development practices in art and
architectural history, art, design, and curatorial studies a
Knowledge of digital technologies, web design and social media;
demonstrated ability to learn and use emerging technologies in
innovative ways a plus.
Some travel may be required.
All formal offers will be made by FAS HR.
Hutchins Center for African and African American Research
Criminal, Education, Identity
M-F 9AM to 5PM, with the possibility of adjustment going
General Administration, Museum
Duties and Responsibilities:
- Manages operations of the Gallery, including the supervision of
one full-time staff, contingent and contracted staff (including
security), and student interns.
- Collaborates with external curators on exhibition scope,
design, and implementation.
- Provides direction for events and programs.
- Serves as liaison to Harvard Art Museums and university
programs and departments in the area of visual arts, art
collections, and exhibitions. Contributes to the goals and
initiatives of the University's art community and broader
- Builds and maintains advisory boards in exhibitions and
- Manages Hutchins Center’s art collection.
- Prepares and operates within annual Hutchins Center
- Oversees promotion of the Gallery to increase audiences and
participation. Oversees publications, website and social media.
Fosters a welcoming atmosphere for visitors.
- Actively engages the community, locally and regionally. Is the
face of the Gallery and visible at internal and external events.
Creates new partnerships and beneficial collaborations.
- In conjunction with faculty and administrative leadership of
the Hutchins Center, University development and grants departments,
may assist with cultivation of donors and engage in efforts to
initiate, write and submit grants for Gallery initiatives.
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants
will receive consideration for employment without regard to race,
color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected
veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and
pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected
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members who will have any on-campus presence. Individuals may claim
exemption from the vaccine requirement for medical or religious
reasons. More information regarding the University’s COVID
vaccination requirement and exceptions may be found at the
University’s “COVID-19 Vaccine Information” webpage: http://www.harvard.edu/coronavirus/covid-19-vaccine-information/
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