CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: GALLERY DIRECTOR
 

Sager Braudis Gallery invites qualified professionals to apply for the position of Gallery Director. Reporting to the gallery owners, they shall provide overall leadership and management for all gallery operations, including two indoor exhibition spaces.  The gallery has a vibrant work environment with established and loyal clientele, and is located in Columbia, Missouri’s North Village Arts District.  Our focus is to promote local, regional, and national artists' work, creating sustainability for them to continue in their artistic endeavors, while building relationships with patrons, to whom a variety of acquisition services are offered. 

 

REQUIREMENTS

– Candidates must have passion for and working knowledge of local, regional and international contemporary art, with directly related experience in art gallery operations, including administrative, curatorial, and fundraising. Candidates should preferably have curatorial experience, especially exhibitions at galleries.

– Candidates must have a strong background and/or knowledge of marketing and event coordination. 

– The candidate must have an advanced degree in the arts or in a field appropriate to the position (Museum Studies, Art History) or PhD, MA or MFA in Art, or the equivalent demonstrated by a combination of education and experience. 

– The candidate must be capable of working independently AND in a team-oriented environment as required. Competent leadership skills, excellent project management skills and the ability to work closely with artists, patrons, academics, researchers, scholars, designers, and other professionals is essential. 

 

RESPONSIBILITIES
 

Day-to-day tasks will vary depending on where we are in exhibition and even yearly cycles.  However, in general, they include:

– Developing and maintaining the gallery floor
– Maintaining ongoing promotion and advertising of the gallery via literature, social media, and website
– Assessment and selection of artwork
– Overseeing the type of artwork sold and analyzing data trends therein
– Planning, organizing, presenting and marketing exhibitions and shows, including responsibility for public relations
– Working closely with individual artists, developing relationships with new artists, and extending relationships with established artists from the gallery 'stable'
– Promoting exhibitions and work by individual artists
– Arranging transportation of work to and from the gallery regionally, nationally and sometimes internationally
– Ability to lift 50 lbs.
– Organizing equipment hire and ensuring correct installation of the artwork
– Negotiating with gallery managers and curators from other galleries to arrange for loans
– Keeping front-of-house staff briefed on technical and artistic matters relating to programming
– Developing client lists by notifying potential clients of particular works and exhibitions, according to their stated interests
– Extending the client database
– Liaising with visiting artists and negotiating sales
– Cataloguing acquisitions and keeping records and archives
– Developing and updating (in conjunction with design) the gallery website , social media, and literature
– Promoting and selling artists' work through both exhibitions and personal contacts
– Keeping up to date with industry developments and market trends
– General administration
– Flexibility to work evenings and weekends when necessary as well as paid travel 10% of year

 

QUALIFICATIONS
 

The following degree subjects are particularly useful:
– Art History/History of Art
– Arts Management
– Business Studies
– Fine Art/Visual Art
– Marketing
– Modern languages.

* A good knowledge of the current art scene is essential.
* Consideration without a degree may be possible, but it is unlikely unless you can demonstrate significant relevant work experience or specialized knowledge.
* A pre-entry postgraduate qualification, such as an MFA in a related subject, e.g. art history or visual culture, can be useful, but still needs to be supported by relevant practical experience.

 

SKILLS
 

You will need to show:
– Excellent organizational abilities
– Strong written and oral communication skills
– The ability and confidence to deal with a range of people, personalities, and situations
– Sales ability and commercial awareness
– Experience of management accounting and financial negotiating
– A flexible and practical approach to all of the above
– Teamworking skills and the ability to lead and motivate a team
– A genuine interest in and enthusiasm for art
– Creative flair
– Physical stamina for organizing and setting up exhibitions
– Strong administrative skills are a huge advantage and candidates with specialized knowledge above will be favored. 

 

WORK EXPERIENCE
 

Pre-entry work experience is highly desirable. Paid employment for new graduates is unlikely without evidence of experience.
A history in marketing, sales, contemporary art, art history, curation, museum studies, or preservation will reflect well on candidacy. 

 

Please attach your full CV, with the names and contacts including email