Parks Exhibition Center Manager

Employer    Idyllwild Arts

Location    Idyllwild, CA

Job Type   Full-Time

Salary    Unspecified

Deadline  March 23, 2018


Position Description

The mission of the Idyllwild Arts Foundation is changing lives through the transformative power of art. 
 
The Idyllwild Arts Academy provides pre-professional training in the arts and a comprehensive college preparatory curriculum to a diverse student body of gifted young artists from all over the world. 
 
The Idyllwild Arts Summer Program provides arts instruction and experiences of the highest caliber to a diverse student population of all ages and abilities. 
 
Idyllwild is a small town located at over 5,000 feet on the western slopes of California’s San Jacinto Mountains.  Even though it seems far from the hustle and bustle of city life, the town and campus frequently hosts music festivals, prominent speakers and artists, and community events.  Also, it is only two hours by car to Los Angeles and San Diego.   
 
The position requires the operation and management of the Parks Exhibition Center throughout the year. This includes installation and maintenance of all temporary and permanent works of art, and gallery equipment. Essential responsibilities are under the general direction of the Academy Visual Arts Department Chair and the Summer Program Director of the Adult Arts Center. The position calls for an individual with curatorial and preparatory abilities, excellent communication skills, along with independent judgment and initiative within the guidelines and needs of the Idyllwild Arts Foundation. 
 
PRIMARY DUTIES DURING THE ACADEMY SCHOOL YEAR INCLUDE: 
 
 Designing and facilitating installation of all exhibits  Working with visiting artists, faculty and students  Ensuring proper handling, security, display, and return of all art works  Ordering of materials/equipment  Organizing work areas to ensure a safe and efficient working environment  Maintaining an inventory of supplies  Preparing reports, files and records as needed   Supervising all aspects of installation and removal of exhibitions  Communicating and coordinating with all involved  Organizing, curating and scheduling all exhibits in the Exhibition Center  Soliciting artists for visiting shows and developing a yearly calendar that corresponds to the requirements of the Visual Arts program  Communicating directly with the department chair, faculty and students  Preparing publicity materials (ads, exhibit postcards, web page updates, etc.)   Working with the Marketing and Development departments to ensure the timeliness of these materials  Managing the budget and physical space of Parks Exhibition Center including scheduling weekend staffing  Attending appropriate meetings with the faculty, staff and students to communicate and discuss upcoming projects and events  Performing other duties as assigned by the Visual Arts Chair. This includes teaching 2 studio courses. To ensure full engagement with Academy colleagues, developing and continuing his/her art practice is valued and supported. 
 
PRIMARY DUTIES DURING THE SUMMER SEASON INCLUDE: 
 
 Designing and facilitating installation of weekly and bi-weekly faculty exhibits  Working with visiting artists, faculty, students and staff to ensure proper handling, security and display of all art work  Ordering of materials/equipment, packing and handling of artwork  
 Organizing work areas to ensure a safe and efficient working environment  Planning, directing and implementing the display and sales of faculty art work and Native American art exhibits  Purchasing new inventory   Receiving and shipping  Hiring, supervising and training volunteer and seasonal staff  Managing sales, inventory, records and receipts for all sales   Coordinating events  Attending meetings  Working with Marketing/Development to facilitate and generate promotional materials  Performing duties as assigned by the Director of the Adult Arts Center &Native American Arts
 
YEAR-ROUND DUTIES: 
 
 Planning for both academy and summer program is carried out throughout the year. These duties include working with the Academy and Summer Program staff to ensure a smooth transition between programs.  Tracking, maintenance, exhibiting of campus art collection.  As the primary role is gallery manager, the class teaching load is 2 sections. 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS  
 
EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE: 
 
 BA degree in Fine Arts, Art History or a related subject; with 3 years directly related professional experience in gallery/museum management. This includes experience as an art preparator and/or curator, and in sales.  OR  MA or MFA in an art related subject with 1 year of practical gallery/ museum experience. 
 
THOROUGH KNOWLEDGE OF: 
 
 installation, handling, security, packing and shipping of art work  installation of both indoor and outdoor works  knowledge of materials and methods required for installation  maintenance of an exhibition space  computer literacy including word processing, databases, spreadsheets, social media, photoshop  understanding of basic inventory and sales procedures  Ability to: 
 
Work in a collegial manner with faculty, staff, students and the public. This includes excellent communication skills, both verbal and written; ability to plan, organize, and establish objectives and priorities; develop and implement plans for outreach; write and edit publicity materials; supervise and train staff and students in all areas related to the Exhibition Center. 
 
PHYSICAL DEMANDS
 
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit and talk or hear.  The employee frequently is required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel.  The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, and reach with hands and arms, lift up to 45 lbs. Ability to walk over uneven terrain on campus. 
 
WORK ENVIRONMENT  
 
Gallery and Class environment. 
 
QUALIFICATIONS
 
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position. 
 
 OTHER REQUIREMENTS
Ability and desire to work within the Idyllwild community, Riverside County, or commute a reasonable distance, that does not impede on-time arrival during winter months.  Obtain and maintain a valid California Driver License, pass a criminal history background check as required by California Education Code Section 44237, and pass a TB test. 
 
Reasonable accommodation will be considered to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this job. 
Interested candidates should send a CV/Resume (PDF or Word doc format, only) and a letter of interest addressing   their skills, abilities and experiences relevant to this opening. 
 
Deadline for submittal March 23, 2018

Email to: employment@idyllwildarts.org