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University Curator
University of the Pacific

Stockton, CA

Primary Purpose
The University Curator at University of Pacific will be responsible for administrative oversight of the University’s permanent fine art collection (valued at approximately $6.7 million) on its three campuses in Stockton, Sacramento and San Francisco. He or she will also work closely with the College of the Pacific’s Visual Arts Department to develop exhibitions and related programming at the Richard Reynolds Gallery that enhance arts education at the University and engage its surrounding communities. The position reports to the Chief of Staff in the Office of the President, with a dotted line to the Dean of the College of the Pacific, who will have authority in matters relating to academics.

Essential Functions
Permanent Art Collection Management (50%)

  • Plans and oversees the strategic use of the University’s permanent art collection, including its stewardship, exhibition, preservation, conservation/maintenance, storage, security, inventory, appraisal, audit, transportation and external loan. This work will require good coordination and collaboration with units across Pacific’s three campuses, including the schools and College of the Pacific, and the University offices of Insurance and Risk Management, Development, Facilities, Support Services and outside vendors.
  • In collaboration with interested faculty and students, researches and interprets significance of permanent art collection.
  • In consultation with Chief of Staff, manages Powell Permanent Art Fund budget (housed within the Office of the President) and coordinates reporting with Powell Advisory Board. 
  • Collaborates in developing programming linking the permanent art collection to university events and to existing and new degree programs at Pacific, potentially including but not limited to Visual Arts, MediaX, History, Political Science, Business, Education, Gender Studies, Ethnic Studies and the Humanities Center. 
  • Through use of the collection, engages communities on and off Pacific’s campuses, raising the visibility of the arts at Pacific and of the University as a whole. 
  • Coordinates use of the permanent art collection for research or other academic purposes by Pacific faculty and/or students. 
  • Working with staff in San Francisco and Sacramento, supports the oversight of the permanent art collection stored and displayed on the San Francisco and Sacramento campuses. 
  • Leads the development and/or maintenance of University practices and procedures related to fine art.
  • Maintains quality and accuracy of object documentation in the University’s collections information system and on-site placements.
  • Develops, implements and maintains University-wide fine art signage standards.
  • Establishes and maintains a web presence for permanent fine art collection.
  • Assesses quality and effectiveness of management and use of fine art collection. 
  • Performs other related duties as assigned or requested.
Richard Reynolds Gallery Management (50%)
  • In collaboration with University faculty and students, conceives and implements a series of fine art exhibitions annually at the Richard Reynolds Gallery (not to exceed four shows/year). These shows may include works from the permanent collection but need not. Responsibilities may include overseeing marketing, working with students on gallery preparation and installation, docent training, community outreach & education, and facilities management. Partners with Physical Plant to install shows.
  • Designs experiential learning opportunities for students related to the Gallery.
  • With guidance from Visual Arts faculty, manages Gallery budget (housed within the Department of Visual Arts).
  • Assesses quality and effectiveness of gallery programming.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned or requested.

Minimum Qualifications    
Bachelor’s degree in art history, fine art, arts management, museum studies, exhibition design or a related area. Four (4) years of related work experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in art history, fine art, arts management, museum studies, exhibition design or a related area.
  • Two years of teaching experience;
  • Dynamic individual with knowledge of and experience in managing a fine arts collection, exhibition design and presentation;
  • Demonstrates understanding of contemporary arts practice and its cultural contexts;
  • Proven ability to coordinate a collaborative environment among faculty and students to schedule relevant, educational, and challenging exhibitions, and to effectively market the program to build audiences;
  • Significant experience with community outreach and/or community-based educational programming;
  • Ability to undertake duties at a high level with minimal supervision;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills;
  • Broad organizational skills, including the ability to coordinate multiple projects simultaneously;
  • Record of experience in the physical aspects of gallery management, installation, and maintenance;
  • Demonstrated commitment to promote diversity and inclusion and to work successfully with diverse populations.

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Pacific is an AA/EOE employer and does not discriminate on the basis of any protected category.


Deadline: 01-31-2017

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