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Director/Manager of Exhibitions and Partnerships
Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture

San Francisco, CA

For almost 40 years, Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture (FMCAC) has served as a unique cultural destination within the Golden Gate National Recreation Area on San Francisco’s northern waterfront. As an extraordinary example of a repurposed military industrial facility, FMCAC is a cultural hub, a venue for the performing and visual arts, a host to a vibrant schedule of exhibitions and events, and a home to 25 nonprofit resident organizations that include museums, restaurants, art and music schools, and performing arts groups. 

FMCAC’s board and staff have prioritized strengthening the organization’s core mission to support and cultivate a thriving and active creative community. Over the past several years, FMCAC made significant progress, including:

  • The addition of arts-focused resident organizations, including the San Francisco Art Institute, Embark Gallery, and FOR-SITE Foundation.
  • The addition of active ground floor uses, including Flax Art & Design, Equator Coffee and a new restaurant currently under construction.
  • Development of arts programming, exhibitions and installations, including Janet Cardiff’s "The Forty Part Motet," Sophie Calle’s Missing, Isaac Julien’s Playtime, and a newly commissioned sculpture by Matthew Passmore.

The Director/Manager of Exhibitions and Partnerships will play an important role in continuing to advance these initiatives and priorities.

Interested and qualified candidates, please send resumes, with cover letter, in confidence to Please include the words "Director/Manager of Exhibitions and Partnerships"; in the subject line of your message.

Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture (FMCAC) is an equal opportunity employer (EOE).

The Director/Manager of Exhibitions and Partnerships will lead the development and implementation of arts programming on campus in collaboration with FMCAC’s board of trustees and senior staff. This position will work as part of a team to continue to develop a vision for the arts programming and program priorities for FMCAC. This role will be part project manager and part curator, working to further develop FMCAC’s arts programming by building on existing partnerships, developing new partnerships, and realizing and producing arts events, exhibitions and experiences.
The ideal Director/Manager of Exhibitions and Partnerships candidate will have a proven record of creating and managing arts programming, and should have strong connections in the San Francisco Bay Area arts community in order to develop mutually beneficial partnerships and collaborations. S/he is comfortable working in a team environment, is able to develop programmatic priorities, and can effectively shepherd arts programming events and exhibitions from concept to execution. S/he should possess strong project management skills and be able to work both on long- to medium-term projects while keeping shorter-term details in line. This is a position that requires a person with both vision and the willingness to roll up their sleeves to get things done.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Development of program priorities, with a focus on building strategic partnerships and developing art in public spaces.
  • Development and implementation of one to two major art exhibitions annually.
  • Collaborate on activation of the campus’ public realm through art programming and installations.
  • Work with existing and future resident organizations and events on campus to expand public art offerings.
  • Develop and cultivate existing and new partnerships, including possible resident organizations and arts and cultural focused events.
  • Manage program budgets, deadlines, and communications.
  • Work with staff and consultants as necessary to design and/or generate appropriate marketing and outreach materials for programming on campus.
  • Build community outreach and public engagement with diverse audiences, including educational organizations, to provide greater exposure to and knowledge of arts and culture.
  • Participate in grant writing and fundraising efforts. Cultivate potential donors interested in FMCAC’s arts and cultural programming.
  • Represent FMCAC within the San Francisco arts community and beyond.
  • Representing FMCAC to clients and visitors, using good interpersonal and communication skills.

Job Qualifications:

  • Minimum five years’ experience in performing and/or visual arts management/program development.
  • Excellent project management and communication skills and ability to meet deadlines while maintaining high quality work and attention to details.
  • Demonstrated experience working in a professional collaborative environment, including working closely with agency staff, a board, partners, and community stakeholders.
  • A track record in developing and cultivating partnerships with arts and civic institutions.
  • Experience planning, promoting, and executing events, exhibitions, and/or festivals.
  • Programmatic background and experience working with and supporting artists.
  • Demonstrated written and verbal communications skills.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in MS Office software suite, including Word, Excel, and Powerpoint.

Supervisory Responsibilities:
Although there are no direct reports this position does have supervisory responsibilities, notably during the production of exhibitions and events.

Physical Demands:

  • This position has no significant physical demands.


  • Competitive base salary. Attractive benefits package.

Contact:Marijane Kubow

Deadline: 11-30-2017

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