Job Opening: Missouri State University Director of Exhibitions

Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri is pleased to announce an open, full-time staff position in the Art + Design Department as Director of Exhibitions.


The primary duty of the Director of Exhibitions is providing leadership and management of the exhibition program for the department of Art and Design within the Brick City Gallery, the Student Exhibition Center, and other venues on campus. The Director of Exhibitions plans and coordinates exhibitions, writes press releases and oversees the creation of promotional materials, supervises graduate assistants and student workers, administers the Art and Design department exhibitions budget and the Student Exhibition Center budget, manages and oversees the maintenance of the facilities, and monitors and assesses outcomes. The Director of Exhibitions teaches one course for all Missouri State University students, including planning and coordinating student exhibitions, supervising student workers, administering the SEC budget, managing and overseeing maintenance the facility, and monitoring and assessing outcomes. The Director of Exhibitions teaches one course in the fall and one course in the spring.


Description of Primary Duties    

Works with faculty, staff and students within the Department of Art and Design, College of Arts and Letters, and the University to enliven and develop opportunities for learning and cultural engagement through campus exhibitions, and visiting artists/scholars. Develop and manage campus exhibitions to serve the educational needs of students, engage the university community, and establish Missouri State University as a center for contemporary art and design in the region. These exhibitions will highlight both student works and works by nationally- and internationally-recognized contemporary professionals.


Minimum Acceptable Qualifications        

Education: A Master’s degree in Art or a related field is required.

Experience: At least one year of gallery/museum experience, including managing budgets, public relations, and publicity is required.

Skills: Exceptional interpersonal communication skills are required. Exceptional verbal and written communication skills are required. Proven mastery of common digital tools related to image manipulation and electronic postings is required. Strong management skills, including strong decision-making skills are required. The ability to prioritize tasks and to bring many varied tasks to completion by deadlines is required. The ability to work independently is required. The ability to quickly learn the administrative structure of the university and the procedures necessary to accomplish the job is required. The ability to use initiative in meeting the responsibilities of the job is required. The ability to develop knowledge of, respect for, and skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds is required.

Other: The ability to travel to and from different locations on campus to make arrangements for exhibitions is required. The ability to lift and carry objects weighing up to 40 pounds is required. Must be able to work evenings and weekends as needed.


Additional Qualifications              

Open Date          04/08/2019

Close Date           open until filled

Special Instructions to Applicants             

The first date of consideration is April 26, 2019, and review of applications will continue until the position is filled.


- PDF portfolio of materials that demonstrate success in exhibition installation and promotion (up to 10, 10 MB max)

- PDF portfolio of student work or other examples of student success (up to 10, 10 MB max), if available


Official transcripts will be required at the time of hire


EO/AA and Diversity Statement

Non Discrimination Statement

Missouri State University is a community of people with respect for diversity. The University emphasizes the dignity and equality common to all persons and adheres to a strict nondiscrimination policy regarding the treatment of individual faculty, staff, and students. In accord with federal law and applicable Missouri statutes, the University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin (including ancestry, or any other subcategory of national origin recognized by applicable law), religion, sex (including marital status, family status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or any other subcategory of sex recognized by applicable law), age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, or any other basis protected by applicable law in employment or in any program or activity offered or sponsored by the University. Sex discrimination encompasses sexual harassment, which includes sexual violence, and is strictly prohibited by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.


This policy shall not be interpreted in a manner as to violate the legal rights of religious organizations or military organizations associated with the Armed Forces of the United States of America.

The University maintains a grievance procedure incorporating due process available to any person who believes he or she has been discriminated against. Missouri State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Minority/Female/Veterans/Disability/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity employer. Inquiries concerning the complaint/grievance procedure related to sex discrimination, including sexual harassment and sexual assault, should be addressed to the Title IX Coordinator, Carrington Hall 205, 901 S. National Ave., Springfield, Missouri 65897,, 417-836-8506, or to the Office for Civil Rights. All other inquiries concerning the grievance procedure, Affirmative Action Plan, or compliance with federal and state laws and guidelines should be addressed to the Equal Opportunity Officer, Office for Institutional Equity and Compliance, Park Central Office Building, Suite 111, Springfield, Missouri 65897,, 417-836-4252, or to the Office for Civil Rights. (Res. Board Policies No. 70-11; Bd. Min. 10-28-11.)

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