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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

This position will provide support to the Curator/Assistant Director for Arts Programming at the Institute for Humanities Art exhibition spaces providing everyday support of the spaces and program and logistical coordination and organization of 4-5 major exhibitions yearly, as well as potential off-site special projects/exhibits.

Responsibilities*

Responsibilities include but are not necessarily limited to:

Gallery support:  Open and close gallery space(s) during exhibitions, ensure all facets of the exhibit are appropriate and functioning.  Communicate and coordinate via phone and email with galleries, vendors and artists related to exhibition details and logistics under the direction of the Curator.  Arrange transport and shipping, and insurance of exhibition works with artist's gallery or others as needed.  Pack art for shipping as needed.  Under direction of the Curator, provide general exhibition support such as installation and de-installation of exhibits, including but not limited to various methods of hanging artwork, setting lights, creation/coordination of signage and exhibit tags, assistance to artists while they are in residence, on- and off-site assistance and support for gallery events, lectures, and opening receptions.  Act as ambassador for the Institute and exhibition program at all times through engagement with visitors. Meet weekly with Arts Curator to establish and review project goals, challenges, assigned tasks, progress and deadlines. Accompany Arts Curator to site visits and studio visits for potential and upcoming projects and collaborations. Maintain ongoing research, communication, and conversation with Arts Curator regarding future arts programming.

General Administration:  Order, organize and maintain general gallery supplies and tools.  Organize supply ordering in communication with the artists for each main gallery and pop up exhibition.  Coordinate/confirm residency details and logistics with Fellows Coordinator. Coordinate supplementary support for visiting artists such as M-cards, meetings, vehicle rental etc. Research and obtain any necessary permits, equipment, clearance, from University and City per project. In communication with the Arts Curator, schedule any consults or meetings with tech support or Plant Operations.  Complete work orders for Plant Operations, record and file all receipts for exhibition materials and gallery business expenses per project.  Maintain concise and organized files on each artist and project. Create and maintain yearly budgets for each project  through ongoing communication and with theCurator and Chief Administrator, and adhere to specifications and budgets indicated in each artist’s budget /contract. Set up for art related programming events, ensure speaker, performance and/or panel needs are anticipated, organized and planned.  Cover Institute main reception desk as needed.  Provide general administrative assistance and support to the Assistant Director, Arts Programming/Curator.

Work with Arts Curator, Public Relations Specialist, Fellows Coordinator, and Graphic Artist to accurately record and maintain dates and descriptions of artist residencies, exhibitions, and arts programming on Institute calendars  for the purpose of publications and announcements.  

Social Media: Research artists, artists’ accomplishments and activities, and arts in the humanities programming globally to remain current and informed; work with Public Relations Specialist and Social Media interns to post information and images related to IH Gallery projects and programming.

 

Required Qualifications*

The successful candidate must have the physical ability to ascend/descend ladders and scaffolding in order to install exhibits and change lighting in the gallery.  Must have the physical and visual ability to hang and set up art in a visually sophisticated, artistic manner; proven display and design literacy experience is required and to lift light to moderate items as well as physically move large items, sometimes across campus.  Proven excellent organization skills and attention to detail.  High level of oral and written communication skills.  Demonstrated trouble shooting and problem solving skills.  Candidate must possess the ability to exercise sound and practical decision making skills, to prioritize multiple projects simultaneously, to work effectively under a high level of stress and pressure and successfully meet deadlines (crucial), as well as, demonstrate the ability to follow-through and follow-up on projects and tasks without being constantly reminded.  The chosen candidate must be able to take direction from the Curator and have the ability to discern when to consult with the Curator regarding requests from the artists or the artist's gallery.  At least two years of experience working in a museum or gallery assisting with organization and installation of varying types of exhibitions.

While a regular work schedule will be established the candidate must have the  flexibility and ability to change the regular schedule as well as work evenings and weekends as required (sometimes as additional hours during the week) in order to meet exhibition deadlines and provide support to after hours events and programming.  

Desired Qualifications*

Bachelor's degree in Museum Studies, History of Art or art school with experience using Adobe Photoshop, graphic design programs such as Adobe Illustrator and InDesign.  Working knowledge of aesthetics and contemporary art is highly desireable.  Capable of working independently as well as part of a team and to appropriately assess the varying needs and exhibit diplomacy with a diverse group of faculty, staff, students, artists and other professionals.  One year of experience with social media in a professional setting is highly preferred.  Basic construction skills and carpentry, experience are a definite plus. 

Additional Information

PLEASE NOTE:  This position is 32 hours per week (80%) for the majority of the year and 20 hours per week (50%) for eight - ten weeks each year (approximately late May/June through early-mid August).

Additional Information

The College of Literature, Science, and the Arts seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitments to serve the diverse people of Michigan, fulfill the College’s Guiding Principles, and sustain the excellence of LSA.  

To learn more about diversity, equity, and inclusion visit http://lsa.umich.edu/lsa/about/diversity--equity-and-inclusion.html

To learn more about LSA’s Guiding Principles visit http://lsa.umich.edu/lsa/faculty-staff/human-resources/lsa-staff-guiding-principles.html

Background Screening

The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Mission Statement

The mission of the University of Michigan is to serve the people of Michigan and the world through preeminence in creating, communicating, preserving and applying knowledge, art, and academic values, and in developing leaders and citizens who will challenge the present and enrich the future.  The University of Michigan is committed to foster learning, creativity and productivity, and to support the vigorous exchange of ideas and information, not only in the classroom but in the workplace by: 

  • Creating a work environment in which people treat each other with respect and dignity, regardless of roles, responsibilities or differences. 
  • Providing support, direction and resources enabling us to accomplish the responsibilities of our jobs and to reach the goals that are set for professional and personal growth.

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.