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Gallery and Program Director
Port Angeles Fine Arts Center

Port Angeles, WA

Gallery and Program Director: Job Description

Nature of Work:

Under the direction of the Executive Director, the Gallery and Program Director plans and manages the exhibitions and events of the Fine Arts Center. The Director will develop and present a yearly program calendar for the Executive Director and Board of Directors.

The Gallery & Program Director coordinates all gallery and some event related activities of the Center working with the Executive Director, Board of Directors and volunteer committees. The Director assists the Executive Director in achieving program and exhibition goals and objectives outlined in the Center budget and strategic plan. The Director also oversees operations of the gallery, outdoor art park and the docent program.

The position requires working a flexible schedule including most weekends and some evenings.

Essential Job Functions:

Essential job functions are those functions that the individual holding the position must be able to perform unaided or with the assistance of reasonable accommodation.) The following duties are not inclusive of all duties and the incumbent performs other related duties as required.

  • Curate gallery and outdoor art park exhibitions.
  • Develop and build docent program. Recruit and supervise docents and volunteers.
  • Draft budgets for exhibits and events.  Submit and review with Executive Director.
  • Assist with grant writing that is specific to art related proposals.
  • Develop long-range plans for programs and activities. 
  • Curate and design visual art exhibitions or arrange for the showing of traveling exhibitions.
  • Arrange loans of artwork and schedule with artists and lenders; negotiate gifts of artwork with artists and donors. 
  • Transport or arrange transport of artworks for exhibition.
  • Develop supplementary programming in support of the exhibitions, including lectures, performances, readings, workshops and tours.
  • Compose, design, and arrange publication of interpretive and promotional materials.
  • Marketing, communications, social media and graphic design for the Center’s exhibits and events.
  • Recruit art education program support (contract work or volunteers).
  • Create strategies to increase number of attendees (and the diversity of attendees) to gallery and art park events.
  • Remain current in the field of art and exhibition design. 
  • Create and/or contribute to the Center’s quarterly art publication.
  • Gallery maintenance 
  • Other duties as assigned

Working Conditions and Physical Demands:

Work is performed in an office environment and requires sitting and utilizing a keyboard and PC work station for extended periods of time. Physical labor includes installing and de-installing exhibits which requires bending, stooping and lifting-up to 50 pounds. It also includes regular outdoor walks on art park trails and property.



  • Bachelor’s degree in Art, Art History, Studio Art and/or Art Education, or a combination of training and equivalent professional work experience will be considered.  
  • Master’s degree is desirable.
  • Must possess strong marketing, public relations, and fundraising skills and experience engaging a wide range of stakeholders and diverse populations. 


  • Must have proficient computer skills with graphics and desktop publishing software as well as office programs, fluency with design and publishing in both printed and electronic formats.
  • Other Requirements:
  • Good driving record and possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid State of Washington driver’s license within thirty (30) days of employment. Must have own vehicle.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
  • Thorough professional grounding in the visual arts and their presentations
  • Strong knowledge of various types of styles of contemporary art work and art making methods as well as modern methods and practices of preparing gallery exhibitions and displays of works of art.
  • Knowledge of and ability to develop and conduct effective educational programs.
  • A broad range of contacts in the regional art world
  • Strong verbal and written and verbal communication skills. Public speaking skills and ability to communicate with volunteer board members, the public and artists.
  • Good organizational skills and ability to handle multiple tasks effectively.
  • Creative problem solving skills.
  • Ability to prioritize, schedule work and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to work independently, be self-directed and work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people and organizations. 

40 hrs/week

Salary: $42,000 a year, plus $400 per month towards health care costs.

Send Application Materials to

  • Resume (including exhibition history)
  • Marketing portfolio
  • Two writing samples 

Application deadline: January 2nd.

No phone calls, please.


Contact:Jessica Elliott
Address: 1203 E. Lauridsen Blvd.​

Deadline: 01-02-2018

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