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Director of Art Gallery / 美术馆馆长

Director of Art Gallery / 美术馆馆长

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Band 55
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Business/Professional Administrative
Shanghai-Art Gallery

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Position Summary

Visual artistic expression is a fundamentally creative human endeavor. Through the presentation of well-designed exhibitions and educational programs, the NYU Shanghai Art Gallery promotes aesthetic appreciation for and intellectual reflection about artistic expression. It adds further vibrancy to our community while deepening our presence in and of the city of Shanghai.

The Director of the Art Gallery provides administrative and artistic leadership for the NYU Shanghai Art Gallery. The Director plans and presents exhibitions, develops programs to engage members of the NYU Shanghai community with those exhibitions, and produces digital and print publications which extend the impact of those exhibitions beyond the time during which they are on display. The Director works with the NYU Shanghai development team to identify, cultivate, and steward supporters for the Gallery, and for the University more generally. The Director is responsible for long-range planning, budgeting, and operations of the Gallery.

If appropriate, the Director may also be a member of the teaching faculty, providing courses for NYU Shanghai students in subjects relating to the visual arts.

The main responsibilities include:

  • Planning exhibitions appropriate to a world-class university art gallery
  • Managing all logistics associated with staging an exhibition, including design, installation, publicity, event planning, insurance, and oversight of vendors and guest curators
  • Planning and executing programs that integrate the Gallery into the university’s curricular, co-curricular, and extracurricular academic life
  • Building and maintaining relationships with local, national and international artists and arts organizations
  • Collaborating with development and alumni relations professional colleagues on matters of identification, cultivation, and stewardship of university benefactors 
  • Participating in the budget development process by developing proposals in collaboration with the university’s finance and budgeting professional staff
  • Overseeing all Gallery expenditures and operating within the constraints of approved budgets
  • If applicable, providing appropriate supervision to support staff, student workers, interns, and volunteers 
  • Acting as Gallery spokesperson, engaging with the news media, the university community, and the larger Shanghai community


Preferred Education

  • Master’s degree or above, in art history, museum education, museum studies, arts administration, curatorial practice, studio art, or the equivalent

Preferred Experience

  • At least 5 years of experience working with non-profit art galleries, including curating and staging exhibitions, administering promotional materials, and ancillary programming, ideally as an exhibiting artist, curator, or arts professional

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Gallery organization, planning and promotion
  • Oral and written communication, in English and Chinese
  • Ability to interact successfully with a wide range of personalities
  • Innovative and creative thinking
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to manage and adapt to stress and change
  • Ability to lead a team of workers
  • Sophistication about public relations, media, social media, and technology
  • Ability to make effective use of database software
  • Ability to write grant proposals and raise funds

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