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Exhibitions Director
Richmond Art Center

Richmond, CA

The Richmond Art Center is seeking a talented and enthusiastic Exhibition Director to develop a dynamic exhibition program that explores the interconnection between the visual arts and the culturally diverse communities of the Bay Area. The Exhibition Director will further establish the Art Center as a vital space to exchange new ideas and to reaffirm the role of the visual arts in a rapidly changing society. This innovative thinker and spokesperson for the exhibition program will be responsible for developing relationships with local artists, arts organizations, academic and collecting communities.

Job Description

Position: Exhibition Director
Full Time, Exempt, Flexible work schedule
Supervisor:   Executive Director

Essential Functions:  Under the direction of the Executive Director, and with the support of the Exhibition Committee and key staff, the Exhibition Director is responsible for the development, installation, and presentation of exhibitions and related activities. These exhibitions should feature visual art that reflects both the Art Center’s mission and the culturally diverse region of the Bay Area.  As a member of the leadership team, he/she will collaborate with key staff to arrange related workshops, lectures, and performances; promote the exhibition program; help secure funding for the exhibitions; and schedule and supervise volunteers and interns supporting the exhibition program.  The Exhibition Director plays a key role in developing and implementing the organization’s strategic plan.



  • Develop and manage an ongoing 18 – 24 month exhibition schedule.
  • Work with the leadership team to identify ways underrepresented communities and artists can be better represented and involved in programmatic engagement.
  • Identify potential artists, cultural institutions and community partners that would supplement the development of the exhibitions and related programs.
  • Collaborate with staff to create programming that is cooperative with other Art Center’s programs.
  • In consultation with the Executive Director, submit exhibition proposals for the Exhibition Committee’s review and input.
  • Write or coordinate the writing of all exhibition text and related media and web content that reflects the Art Center’s education and communication standards.
  • Create a project timeline for and manage all facets of each exhibition, and stay accountable to deadlines.
  • Serve as a partner and act as the content lead to guest curators/artists in the development of exhibitions.
  • Where applicable, prototype interactive and/or participatory elements in exhibitions and or provide contextual knowledge that will enhance the experience for audiences of all ages.
  • Develop docent program and exhibition tour content, train docents, interns, and teaching artists to lead exhibit tours and related audience engagement activities.

Communication and Fundraising:

  • Work with the Communications Director to implement a communications schedule for the exhibition program by providing timely copy and visuals for the website, eNews, social media, press releases and print materials for distribution.
  • Work with the Communications Director, in addressing exhibition inquiries from public and media outlets; conduct interviews, and tours.
  • Work with the Development Director to identify funding sources and contribute to the preparation of grants and cultivation of exhibition sponsorships.
  • Work with staff and designated committees to support special fundraising events in acquiring art items or special art tours for auction.

Community Engagement

  • Build and manage relationships with schools and community organizations to ensure broad community engagement.
  • Serve as an ambassador to the art community, supporting and cultivating relationships with diverse artists, collectors, and gallerists, who can contribute to the vitality of the Art Center.


  • Work with Volunteer Coordinator to schedule and train volunteers and/or interns to support various exhibition-related functions including installation of artwork, prepping and maintenance of the galleries, and research and development and documentation of exhibitions.
  • Work with staff to manage data for juried show applications and supervise jurying process, and notifications to artists.
  • Ensure proper documentation of exhibit contracts and loans of artwork, condition reports and organization of shipping logistics.
  • Supervise a part-time assistant to assist with delegated administrative duties and installation of exhibits.
  • Work with Finance Director in managing the annual exhibition budget, track costs for each exhibition, prepare all requests for payments and art sales,
  • Direct, coordinate and assist with the installation/de-installation of exhibits, including gallery prep, layout, display, security, and lighting of the art objects.
  • Execute and manage agreements with guest curators, or other providers to enhance implement the exhibition program.


  • Maintain strong collaborative relationships and clear communication with all staff.
  • Attend and participate in special events, staff meetings, and other Art Center’s programs.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Executive Director.

Job Requirements, /knowledge and skills:

  • Master’s degree in art, art history, museum studies or a related field.
  • At least three years of professional experience in developing and presenting exhibitions.
  • Ability to manage a budget and work within the means of the Art Center
  • Excellent interpretive, writing and presentation/public speaking, and communication skills
  • Working knowledge of various communication platforms, and messaging to diverse audiences.
  • Strong organizational, planning and research skills.
  • Fluent in best professional practices for installation, packing and delivering of art objects
  • Assist with fundraising (including writing grants, for exhibition support.)
  • Must have excellent work habits, including a willingness to work the hours necessary to get the job done. Work flexible hours including some evenings, and weekends.
  • Experience working with interns, volunteers and guest presenters, desirable.
  • Mastery of Microsoft Office programs (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and Google Enterprise Suite. Must be familiar with various social media platforms and provide administrative support.
  • Have a vehicle.
  • Able to lift 30 lbs.

About the Richmond Art Center: 

A non-profit organization, the Richmond Art Center has provided 80 years of excellence in arts education and exhibitions for the East Bay region. The Art Center’s mission is to be a dynamic arts organization that empowers and transforms individuals and the community through creative exploration, experience and education. The largest Art Center in the East Bay, the 1951 vintage modern facility is part of Richmond’s Civic Center Plaza and receives partial funding from the City of Richmond. The Art Center offers one of the most extensive schedules of exhibitions and art instruction programs in the East Bay, presenting 14 to 16 exhibitions in four galleries, and providing 50-60 art classes and workshops in six studios four times a year to 425-450 students each quarter, ages 5 and up of all skill levels. In addition, the Art in the Community program offers art making experiences in  schools and various community spaces centers at no cost, engaging nearly 1700 local youth and adults. The Art Center has over 600 members, 100 volunteers, 11 full-time and five part-time staff. The Center has an operating budget of just over $1.3 million.  

To apply, please submit the following materials via email:
Resume and a cover letter introducing yourself, stating how your work experience qualifies you for this position, how this opportunity supports your career goals, and specifying experience you have had in a role that cultivates a positive and collaborative workplace culture. Also, include the names and contact information for three professional references. Open until filled.

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Compensation & Benefits: $52,00 to $ 54,000 per annum

DOE, includes prorated vacation, sick, and holidays and contribution to group health plan.

The Richmond Art Center is an equal opportunity employer, values diversity and respects differences.  Principals only. Recruiters please don’t contact this job poster.
Address: 2540 Barrett Avenue

Deadline: 01-31-2018

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