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A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.

Job Summary

The Stamps School of Art and Design seeks an Outreach and Public Engagement Coordinator to join the Stamps Gallery team. Reporting to the Director of the Stamps Gallery, the Outreach and Public Engagement Coordinator will work on all aspects of outreach and public programming initiatives, ranging from assisting with development of exhibition tours to artist-created events, lectures and conversations, gallery talks, and symposia. The ideal candidate will demonstrate outstanding organizational skills and a keen understanding of event production, as well as a passion for contemporary art and a familiarity with both emerging and established artists, designers, writers, scholars, and other key voices in contemporary and modern art, politics, and culture. The Coordinator will work closely with the Director to support the development of community partnerships to expand, diversify and enhance the experiences of audiences at the Stamps Gallery. The incumbent will play an essential role in the visitor experience and will have the ability to be sensitive to the needs and expectations of different communities, individuals, and artists. The Coordinator will be a community connector with a passion for building stronger, inclusive communities through art and design practices. 

Outreach and Engagement 60%

  • Coordinates and leads weekly exhibition tours; provides visitor experiences for exhibitions, programs and events at the Stamps Gallery.
  • Coordinates both large- and small-scale public engagement events through programs that take an experimental approach to pedagogy and connecting the Gallery’s program to audiences and ideas beyond the Stamps Gallery.
  • Follows best practices to ensure the safety of both artworks and public program participants, adhering to established professional standards; educates visitors and gallery staff on standards and best practices.
  • Liaises with a wide range of stakeholders including artists, educators, curators, writers, scholars, and university and community leaders.
  • Cultivates and coordinates volunteers and interns to assist with exhibition tours, the Front Desk and public events, ensuring that temporary staff are appropriately trained in best practices in public engagement.
  • Covers regularly-assigned Front Desk shifts, including evening and weekend hours.

Planning and Program Development 35%

  • Coordinates all aspects of program planning, administration and implementation, including program scheduling, promotion and supervising interns.
  • Researches and conducts outreach with individuals and community groups to develop programming that is stimulating and innovative and that reflects the university’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion; actively seeks opportunities to incorporate diverse interests and participation and to reduce access barriers to programs.
  • Supports the Director in the development and planning of a dynamic roster of programs in dialogue with current exhibitions at the Stamps Gallery.
  • In collaboration with the Director, develops and implements strategies to research and evaluate the effectiveness of public programming.
  • Manages assigned program budget, adhering to university policies and procedures.

Special Projects  5%

  • Assists with related school events, activities, and initiatives as requested.
Salary Range:
The salary range for this position is $24,000 - $28,000 with a 60% appointment (based on a full-time rate range of $40,000 - $48,000). 
 
Hours:
24.00 hours per week, Tuesdays through Saturdays, with regular evening and weekend shifts.
 
Supervision Exercised:
Interns, volunteers and student assistants
 
Supervised By:
Director of the Stamps Gallery

Required Qualifications*

  • Bachelor’s degree in art history, museum studies, art education or related discipline.
  • Minimum of 3 years relevant work experience with demonstrated success in producing public events, museum programs, public programming and education or other directly relevant programming.
  • Knowledge of contemporary practices in art and design and trends in engaging the public through creative and curatorial practice.
  • Excellent interpersonal, and communication skills, with the ability to interface effectively and diplomatically with internal and external constituents including faculty, students, staff, donors, and community leaders.
  • Strong work ethic, a high level of professionalism, and ability to manage multiple tasks.
  • Computer and database proficiency, with experience using Word, Excel, the Google suite of tools, and databases (Filemaker Pro preferred). Macintosh experience preferred.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team with close supervision and within a diverse, multicultural environment. Must be a self-starter comfortable with receiving input from many sources.
  • Knowledge and skills sufficient to effectively supervise a team of volunteers, interns, and student assistants.
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule, including evenings and weekends.

Desired Qualifications*

  • Master’s degree in art/design, art history, museum studies, art education or related discipline.
  • Working technical knowledge of exhibition installation practices and tools and professional requirements for safe handling of artwork.
  • Supervisory experience.
  • Familiarity with the curricula and aims of the Stamps School programs. An understanding and appreciation of the academic goals and issues in university-based art-design education a plus.
  • Previous work experience in a higher education environment.
  • Experience working with students and colleagues from diverse backgrounds.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.