Friday, January 08, 2016

Position Announcement: Chief Curator, IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA)

Title: Chief Curator
Department: IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) 
Reports To: Director of Museum
Supervises: Curatorial Staff
Closing Date: January 31, 2016

Summary of Responsibilities 
Chief Curator reports to the Museum Director and is responsible for the management, development and staff of the Museums Exhibitions Department. This incumbent is also responsible for the development of all of the Museums exhibitions, and associated materials for local, national and international audiences for the advancement, discourse, knowledge, and understanding of contemporary Native arts. Curator responsible for ensuring exhibitions comply with IAIAs vision, mission, and core values.

Essential Position Functions
-Curate and implement engaging contemporary Native art exhibitions for local, national and international audiences.
-Develop, write and manage exhibition didactic/educational related materials including articles, catalogs and other materials associated with MoCNA exhibitions.
-Supervise, direct, train and manage curatorial staff. 
-Complete ongoing research related to contemporary Native arts and museum related practices.
-Provide leadership in the presentation, research, and display of contemporary Native Art.  
-Oversee financial resources assigned to the exhibition department, which include but is not limited to the following: 
develop and present annual budget; monitor and analyze expenditures; collaborate with the development departments to seek additional funding and grants;manage grants and write grant reports to funder, detailing expenses. 
-Plan and organize the daily and long-term activities of the MoCNA galleries.
-Provide tours of the exhibitions to individuals, dignitaries, donors, members, schools, etc.
-Write, review and edit museum educational materials for publication.
-Work in collaboration with Program Manager, Graphic Designer and other IAIA/MoCNA staff to promote public relations and marketing materials for exhibitions.
-Work and communicate regularly with national, international Native and local press to insure good publicity of exhibitions. Be able to negotiate and work with national, international, Native and local magazine ad costs.  
-Work in collaboration with Program Manager to develop, organize and plan symposia, lectures and seminars for IAIA community and general public on topical issues regarding contemporary Native art.
-Responsible for exhibition and exhibit program development in collaboration with Program Manager and implementation including contract negotiation, staff supervision, exhibit design and installation.
-Participate on appropriate committees, and network with appropriate academic and artistic organizations.
-Implement goals for IAIA and MoCNAs Strategic Plans for 2017.
-Represent IAIA (Museum and College) and participate in local, national and international conferences when funds are available.
-Conduct studio visits and visit other exhibitions, museums, art markets when funds allow. 
-Work effectively and efficiently in a highly collaborative work environment. 
-Adhere to appropriate standards of conduct and ethics, including but not limited to: confidentiality; integrity and honesty; compliance with directives, including all IAIA policies/procedures; exhibit ability to adapt to changing work environments; cooperate, collaborate and work respectfully with others; participate in pro-active problem solving; regularly attend to job duties and participate in meetings as required; and refrain from engaging in any behavior that is not professional and/or appropriate in a professional work environment.
-Other duties as assigned.

Required Experience and Education 
Graduate degree in a related field. Must have at least five years curatorial experience and publication record. Must have knowledge of issues and concerns in contemporary Native American arts, culture, and education. Experience working within a Native American cultural and higher education context. Experience organizing and facilitating conferences, program development and implementation, publications and/or related activities.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities 
-Must have a demonstrated curation background in the area of contemporary Native Art.
-Must have a demonstrated background in the development of successful contemporary Native Arts exhibits and/or exhibitions, which include program development, exhibit design and installation.
-Must have a demonstrated background in the development of written exhibition didactic/educational materials and catalogue texts.
-Must have strong and effective team leadership skills.
-Must have demonstrated and excellent communication and collaboration skills.
-Experience in social media and internet applications and general office computer applications.
-Must have knowledge and success in grant writing; grant reporting, and budget oversight.
-Ability to effectively lead and supervise staff, which includes but not limited to training, coaching, performance evaluation and discipline. 
-Must have strong/proficient skills in written and verbal communications. 
-Must possess effective/efficient time management skills and excellent attention to detail. 
-Ability to work without supervision, to complete projects independently (as assigned), and to bring projects (or assignments) to conclusion on a timely basis.

Working Conditions 
-Ability to view, read, and/or interpret a wide range of basic to complex information related to contemporary Native Arts, museum curation and exhibitions, effectively/efficiently.
-Ability to use, with proficiency and without assistance, a wide range of computer applications, in order to complete essential functions.
-Ability to move and/or maneuver items weighing up to 15 lbs.
- Occasional travel for meetings, conferences, and other events using personal vehicle or company vehicle.

To Apply, go to and follow the instructions. 

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