Sangre de Cristo Arts & Conference Center

Director of Collections, Archives and Exhibits

Organization: Sangre de Cristo Arts & Conference Center

Position: Director of Collections, Archives and Exhibits

Pay Range: Starting at $50,000 year

Description

Director of Collections, Archives and Exhibits oversees the care, preservation, identification and interpretation of objects in the collection and items loaned to or by the Museum. The Director of Collections, Archives and Exhibits develops permanent and temporary exhibitions that fulfill the mission of the institution, develops relationships with collectors and donors to hone and develop collections, and develops local, regional and state partners to ensure exhibitions are well-received. The Director of Collections, Archives and Exhibits reports to the CEO, supervises the collections and exhibitions staff, and serves as staff liaison to the Board of Trustees Program Committee.


Our Mission

The Sangre de Cristo Arts & Conference Center (SdC) creates artistic learning and educational experiences for everyone.


Who We Are

One-of-a-kind, educational, inspirational and inclusive…the Sangre de Cristo Arts & Conference Center is southern Colorado’s premier arts destination. Since its beginning in 1972, the Arts Center serves 17 counties surrounding Pueblo, Colorado and is a regional destination for those counties and beyond. With five exhibit galleries, an award-winning children’s museum, a school of dance, a school of arts and ample space for meetings, performances and events – the Arts Center truly has something for everyone! The Sangre de Cristo Arts Center and Buell Children’s Museum are accredited by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM).

Our Values

• Welcoming all people and bringing people together
• Involving community members as essential to our success
• Providing culturally and historically important exhibitions of art
• Promoting art education as vital to the full intellectual and social development of children and youth
• Enriching life for families, adults and seniors through engaging art experiences
• Providing facilities and programs that are accessible for all
• Preserving and interpreting art of the American Southwest
• Promoting the artistic production of our region
• Supporting community cultural activities
• Playing a central role in community revitalization

General Qualifications

• Bachelor’s degree in Art History, Museum Studies or a discipline closely related to the core
responsibilities of this position. MA study in a related field is a plus.
• 2+ years curatorial experience in a collecting museum. Knowledge of AAM standards is preferred.
• Knowledge and understanding of Museum archival principles, methods, tools, procedures and
techniques. Experience with collections care, preservation and conservation.
• Strong knowledge of archival records management, principles and procedures.
• Knowledge of research methodology, principles and procedures.
• Experience in developing plans for exhibit galleries, including experiential galleries.
• Demonstrated experience developing new exhibits from permanent collections and other sources.
• Familiarity with current exhibit video and interactive technologies and their creative application in a
museum setting.
• The interpersonal skills and acumen required to manage and mentor a diverse team and guide them
on a path of continuous improvement.
• Ability to approach and work with government agencies and civilian organizations, particularly in
matters of artifact loans and acquisitions.
• Familiarity with the use of archival-related database programs. Experience with PastPerfect
preferred.
• Proficiency in Microsoft Office, Outlook, Adobe Creative Suite.
• Ability to communicate effectively in English, both orally and in writing. Spanish a plus.
• Proven ability to diplomatically work with artists, donors, co-workers and staff.
• Physical ability to move art; must be able to lift 40 pounds and spend long hours standing and
walking. Physical ability to implement gallery prep and installation including use of power tools,
working overhead, and on ladders.
• Strong planning, organizational skills and attention to detail
• Available for evening and weekend events
• Available to travel 1-3 times per year
• Must pass a background check
Collections Duties and Responsibilities
• Manages the acquisition, documentation, maintenance, care and use of the SdC’s collections.
• Conducts periodic inspections, inventories and appraisals of the collections on a rotating basis.
• Creates plans to address deficiencies in conditions, housing and documentation, records data in both
digital and hard copy formats and reports findings to the CEO and Program Committee.
• Engages conservators, scholars and other professionals as necessary to support efforts.
• Ensures accurate, complete and consistent documentation for objects in database, digital files, hard
copy files and exhibition labels.
• Oversees the development, management, data entry of databases.
• Mitigates risks to safety and security of objects and mitigates reputational risks to the institution
related to the collections.
• Remains up-to-date on current issues related to collections and museum management. Discusses
potential issues or relevant concerns with the CEO in a timely fashion and effectively collaborates
with colleagues to strategically address issues.
• Supervises and trains Visual Arts staff.
• Cultivates community partners, collectors, artists, experts and others who can assist in the
development of the SdC’s collections.
Exhibitions Duties and Responsibilities
• Develops exhibition proposals and schedules 2-3 years in advance that meet educational needs of
visitors.
• Provides information about collections and objects on display
• Collaborates with marketing department to assist in the implementation of a digital strategy for
collections and exhibitions online.
• Oversees contracts with artists, institutions, galleries, lenders, traveling venues, artist commissions;
tracks loan forms and coordinates shipping and insuring of borrowed artworks.
• Researches and solicits potential traveling venues for SdC-generated exhibitions.
• Follows AAM guidelines and Museum standards for format, accuracy, presentation, safety and
interpretation of objects.
• Collaborates with community partners to ensure exhibitions have relevance and connection to a
broad audience.
• Designs exhibitions, oversees and participates in the fabrication, installation and deinstallation.
• Provides updated exhibition content for the SdC website and publicity. Reviews public relations
materials before publication or distribution.
• Collaborates with CEO and colleagues to ensure museum goals and objectives are met.
• Maintains active and positive relationships with experts, artists, community leaders, lenders,
collectors, donors and colleagues. Represents the SdC by participating in panel discussions, lectures,
conferences and establishes collaborative relationships with the community.
• Works with the CEO to develop and monitor annual budget for the Visual Arts Department.
• Protects the reputation of the Museum by recognizing and mitigating risks associated with
exhibitions and the collections. Works collaboratively with the CEO to strategically and proactively
address potential issues.
• Upholds the values of diversity, equity and inclusion in the planning of exhibitions.
• Act as a resource for both staff and the general public for collections and/or exhibitions related
issues.
• Attend special events at the SdC including exhibition openings, lectures, fundraising events and
other activities as requested by the CEO.
• Invites exhibition applications from artists and artists’ groups, processes applications and manages
as many as 16 exhibitions per year.
• Leads planning and implementation of exhibition-related programs, presentations and events in
collaboration with other museum directors.
• Establishes annual goals for Visual Arts Department and conducts annual reviews of Visual Arts
staff.
• Performs other duties as assigned by the CEO and as needed in cooperation with other museum
departments.

Application Instructions

Provide a persuasive cover letter that describes your experience and personal interest in this position. Please include an example of how you resolved a difficult situation with an artist or employee. Include a resume that illustrates your relevant experience to the requirements and activities of the position and how these connect with your passion as a museum professional. Include a photographic portfolio of exhibits you have developed or a proposal for an exhibit at the SdC.

List at least three professional references along with telephone numbers and email addresses. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.

This is a full-time, exempt salaried position. The starting salary $50,000 yearly and includes our standard benefits package for full-time employees. The information contained in this position description describes the general nature and level of work being performed in this job. This description is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of responsibilities, duties, and requirements for the employee in this position. The incumbent is responsible for performing all duties in a safe
and efficient manner in compliance with safe work procedures and safety regulations. This job description is not intended to constitute an offer or contract of employment. Job descriptions may and do change periodically.
We are an EEO Employer.

Please submit your resume to: tammie@sdc-arts.org