Gallery Director Job Description

Gallery Director Job Description

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Gallery director provides art direction, copy direction, and mentorship to creative staff of copy writers designers and art directors.

Gallery Director Duties & Responsibilities

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Sample responsibilities for this position include:

Management of theme-based digital or non-digital shows, including oversight of independent curators, artist coordinator, preparation of support materials, marketing materials, installation and de-installation
Adhere to company policies, procedures and performance standards
Responsible for the annual juried show, selecting judges and organizing materials
Manage all of the exhibitions planned for the Gallery
Work closely with Marketing, Sponsorship, Press and Preferred and Client Development teams to create dedicated catalogues, invitations, signage and any other material required to promote the shows
In concert with the Museum's overall strategic plan, develop a comprehensive strategic development plan clearly detailing goals, objectives, and budgets consistent with the vision and mission of the Desert Museum
Oversee the successful deployment of all unearned income revenue generating programs from plan preparations, preparation of proposals and donor cultivation, to donor record-keeping, solicitation, donor recognition and follow through
Oversee all aspects of major and annual gift acquisition
Overall annual fund and capital campaigns management and organization including pipelines, prospect tracking, strategy, task assignment and maintenance of timelines
Participate in coordination of annual Gala, with focus on generating sponsorships and table underwriting and donor or prospective donor attendance

Gallery Director Qualifications

Qualifications for a job description may include education, certification, and experience.

Education for Gallery Director

Typically a job would require a certain level of education.

Employers hiring for the gallery director job most commonly would prefer for their future employee to have a relevant degree such as Bachelor's and Master's Degree in Art, Art History, Management, Communication, Contemporary Art, Social Media, Business, Museum Studies, Education, Arts

Skills for Gallery Director

Desired skills for gallery director include:

Applicable policies
Art and curating collections of art
Automated financial and accounting reporting systems to track and monitor financial results
Fabrication
Gallery/retail operations systems and reporting
Installation
Outside regulations pertaining to gallery administration
Procedures
Art History and familiarity with contemporary art
Art history

Desired experience for gallery director includes:

Previous gallery experience
Exceptional organizational and, written and oral communication skills
Comfortable with a lot of autonomy
Very strong computer skills (Apple OS preferred) with high proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite and Microsoft Office
Knowledge or strong interest in Japanese arts and crafts preferred (ceramics, metalwork)
At least 3 years experience managing a commercial gallery or exhibition space

Gallery Director Examples

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Gallery Director Job Description

Job Description Example
Our company is growing rapidly and is hiring for a gallery director. To join our growing team, please review the list of responsibilities and qualifications.
Responsibilities for gallery director
  • Collaborate with faculty to create professional-quality exhibitions of graduate and undergraduate student work and faculty work
  • Oversee use of art exhibition space throughout the campus for digital and non-digital display
  • In conjunction with the Faculty Advisory Committee, identify activities that support the academic divisions’ goals
  • Organization of one visiting artist exhibition per year, to include lectures by visiting artist
  • Organization of one visiting curator exhibition with lecture per year
  • The Director may elect to teach one course per semester and would receive a separate adjunct faculty contract and compensation to do so
  • Oversee the operations of the Gallery department, ensuring the implementation and execution of KQA and BSA standards
  • Correct sales tickets (directors, controllers, salespeople) and commissions percentage as needed
  • Help with credit/exchange sales transactions
  • Maintains proper tracking of all merchandise sold at the Gallery
Qualifications for gallery director
  • At least three to five years experience in gallery or museum environment
  • Extensive knowledge of the Contemporary art scene including strong relations with artists, curators, institutions and collectors
  • Progressively responsible, mid-level experience as a museum curatorial assistant, gallery curator, exhibition designer
  • Five or more years’ experience as a museum curatorial assistant, gallery curator, exhibition designer or registrar
  • Demonstrated experience in successfully seeking out and securing grants or other external funding sources
  • Knowledgeable and skilled in grant writing
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Gallery Director Job Description

Job Description Example
Our company is hiring for a gallery director. We appreciate you taking the time to review the list of qualifications and to apply for the position. If you don’t fill all of the qualifications, you may still be considered depending on your level of experience.
Responsibilities for gallery director
  • Train Consultants on Point of Sale Systems
  • Submit transfer reports/invoices to controllers
  • Enter RTAs (Return to Artist)
  • Follow up on payment status with vendors and property controllers
  • Manage inventory, including ordering all approved owned jewelry and merchandise for the gallery
  • Follow up on payment status with vendors, corporate controllers, and property controllers
  • Review submissions by vendors and new artists for potential representation in the gallery, with Corporate Gallery Director
  • Set/send marketing timeline to marketing department and directors
  • Manage client records, including merging records, updating client history/interests, adding affiliations to client history, marking clients inactive, purging bad email/mailing addresses
  • Pull mailing and email lists from SpinnSoft and submit with marketing requests
Qualifications for gallery director
  • Highly developed organizational and task management skills, strong interpersonal skills, oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to maintain a climate that is collegial, that respects and values diversity, and assures a welcoming atmosphere that recognizes the interests and needs of faculty, staff and learners
  • Being open to creativity and innovation
  • In-depth knowledge of standards for displaying art and design work safely and securely, including construction techniques and appropriate building materials
  • Experience in managing exhibitions, including shipping, and contracts
  • Two years managing an art gallery or equivalent experience
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Job Description Example
Our innovative and growing company is searching for experienced candidates for the position of gallery director. If you are looking for an exciting place to work, please take a look at the list of qualifications below.
Responsibilities for gallery director
  • Submit Artist Consignment statements on a monthly basis
  • Supervisory and leadership responsibilities include achieving results through providing direction and accountability of the following Grand Performers within the culture and policies established by the Kessler Collection
  • Gallery Sales Consultants
  • Assume project responsibility from pre-construction through closeout to include but not limited to consultants and professional services providers, contractor relations, constructability, team collaboration, project schedule, reports and budgets
  • Initiate and maintain positive working relationships with internal business partners, architectural/engineering consultants, contractors, vendors and other project team members
  • Provide an accurate monthly job cost commitment report, and cash flow projection for active projects
  • Assume responsibility for the monthly billing procedure to ensure it is completed in a timely and accurate manner
  • Provide job closeout notification and checklist, and lead and ensure project closeout is completed in a timely and accurate manner
  • Manage the team's performance and take action to resolve performance issues
  • Facilitate and manage project meetings
Qualifications for gallery director
  • Two years teaching experience or equivalent work with undergraduate and graduate students and a commitment to teaching
  • Good organizational, communication, social media, budgetary and writing skills
  • Knowledge of and on-going interest in contemporary, international, national, and regional art
  • A keen interest in the experimental nature of student creative development, balanced with an understanding of the need to represent the highest standards and academic mission of the UW
  • Bachelor degree is preferred but not required
  • Initiative to innovate and tactically plan then direct implementation of processes that will support Museum Director’s vision and Strategic Plan goals
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Gallery Director Job Description

Job Description Example
Our growing company is hiring for a gallery director. If you are looking for an exciting place to work, please take a look at the list of qualifications below.
Responsibilities for gallery director
  • Recommend departmental and project process improvements to increase effectiveness, efficiency and productivity
  • Provide direction and training for the development of Project Managers and Assistant Project Managers assigned to the team or project
  • Contribute to company’s culture, mission and values through thought leadership and actions
  • Assisting the Gallery Director in planning, organizing and managing all aspects of exhibitions and special events including receptions, concerts, visiting artists, workshops and lectures held at or sponsored by the gallery, including logistics but not limited to facilities, food service, lodging, marketing, transportation and evaluations
  • Enjoying and being responsive to the changing and variable nature of gallery work
  • Maintaining, enhancing and updating a mailing list of approximately 1800 individuals and peer organizations
  • Providing support for fundraising activities, assisting with the coordination of fundraising campaigns and events, grant writing, and gallery development activities
  • Planning, implementing and coordinating communication strategies between print and digital media to varying audiences across all program areas of the gallery
  • Overseeing the work-study student employees including training, scheduling and assigning job responsibilities
  • Coordinating with CAA staff on college initiatives including serving on committees
Qualifications for gallery director
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite of products.Ideally agile in database and CRM systems management
  • PhD in Art History preferred
  • Phi Beta Kappa membership preferred
  • Active participation in relevant professional organizations preferred
  • Demonstrated passion and experience, professionally or personally, as a champion for contemporary arts and artists and advancing the exchange of important ideas
  • Ability to transform vision into action and lead an organization through change and growth while communicating with inspiration and mobilizing the Board, staff, volunteers, and community stakeholders
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Gallery Director Job Description

Job Description Example
Our growing company is looking for a gallery director. Thank you in advance for taking a look at the list of responsibilities and qualifications. We look forward to reviewing your resume.
Responsibilities for gallery director
  • Managing daily operations of gallery retail store and inventory content and focusing gallery store marketing strategies
  • Administering operating budget for gallery store
  • Recruiting and training qualified student managers and employees, and supervising and coaching for improved performance
  • Selecting vendors and products
  • Working with Gallery Director to set and meet strategic goals
  • Working with Education Coordinator to plan and implement overall gallery education & outreach programs
  • Assisting with communications to schools, parents, and participants
  • Assisting in management of the After School Art Program (ASAP)
  • Overseeing the work-study student employees including training, scheduling and supervising job responsibilities
  • Completes exhibition design for all exhibitions
Qualifications for gallery director
  • Operationally competent and organized
  • Comfortable and effective in the “Chief Fundraising Officer” role with a proven track record of identifying, cultivating and increasing diverse funding streams
  • Exceptional communicator and collaborator, able to promote visibility and credibility of SPACE Gallery in the arts, non-profit and private sector and engage diverse stakeholders in vision and execution
  • Experience in successfully advancing diversity, inclusion, and equity within an organization or community
  • 5+ years of senior leadership, preferably at the Executive Director level
  • Knowledge of professional development strategies, standards and ethics

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