The Director of Exhibitions oversees all aspects of exhibition management on behalf of the curatorial department, with oversight of all logistical aspects of planning and producing exhibitions, promoting and maintaining effective collaboration with other departments and external partners. Oversight includes long-range and short-term exhibition planning, budget management, registration, preparation, collection management, and contractual agreements. This is a full-time, salaried position.
- All ICA employees are required to reside in Massachusetts or within a reasonable commuting distance from our Seaport location as of their first day of work.
- All ICA employees are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 by their first day of work.
- Develop, propose, and manage the curatorial budgets throughout the year and provide monthly projections to CFO and Chief Curator
- Monitor and approve all expenses and communicate projected budget discrepancies
- Oversee project timelines for exhibitions to ensure overall efficiency in scheduling, workload, and project development
- In consultation with the Chief Curator, provide oversight of the long-term exhibition schedule, with sensitivity to institutional goals and attention to financial and touring goals
- Manage registration and preparation with direct supervision of the Chief Preparator, Senior Registrar, and Exhibitions Coordinator
- Oversee installation staff for all ICA exhibitions
- Supervise the preparation of gallery spaces for exhibitions, including maintaining applicable accessibility standards
- Draft and oversee all curatorial contracts for outside vendors including artists, contractors, publications, registration, and technicians
- Supervise additional support contractors relevant to exhibition designers and project managers
- Facilitate all aspects of touring ICA exhibitions
- Draft contracts and negotiate for all incoming and outgoing ICA exhibition programs, inclusive of seasonal projects at other ICA sites.
- Attend museum-wide operations meetings and act as a liaison between the curatorial department and other operational museum departments
- Other duties as assigned
- Bachelor’s degree in an art-related field or equivalent knowledge and experience
- Minimum of 7 years exhibition-related experience required, preferably working with contemporary art
- Previous experience handling loans and collection objects
- Minimum of 5 years of experience managing staff
- Previous experience managing travelling exhibition contracts and negotiations
- Experience with budget preparation and management
- Ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously in a fast-paced environment
- Possess the ability to delegate assignments as necessary
- Proven ability working seamlessly with diverse constituents
- Must be professional and organized; highly motivated and proactive
- Possess excellent communication, interpersonal, and management skills with the ability to work well as part of a team
This is not necessarily an all-inclusive list of job-related responsibilities, duties, skills, efforts, requirements, or working conditions. While the above is intended to be an accurate reflection of the current job, management reserves the right to revise the job or to require that other or different tasks be performed as assigned.
Interested candidates should send a resume and letter of interest to firstname.lastname@example.org. When applying, please include “Director of Exhibitions” in the subject line.
The ICA is located at 25 Harbor Shore Drive, Boston, and is accessible by public transportation (Red and Silver Line).
The ICA is dedicated to building a culturally diverse and pluralistic workforce committed to working in a multicultural environment. Qualified candidates from groups historically underrepresented in the museum professions are strongly encouraged to apply.
The ICA is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to being a diverse and inclusive workplace. We are an EOE/AA employer dedicated to fair and inclusive employment practices for all individuals.