Director, The Opalka Gallery (Opalka_Dir)
Date Open: July 1, 2013
Director, The Opalka Gallery
The Sage Colleges
The Opalka Gallery, an integral part of aesthetic and academic emphases of The Sage Colleges, seeks an experienced, highly motivated director to lead this nationally recognized gallery into its second decade as a free-standing space whose primary concentration is on work by professional artists from outside the region. This position has an anticipated start date of July 1, 2013, but the College is flexible depending on the needs of the successful candidate.
In addition to mounting four to six exhibitions per year, the successful candidate will enhance the academic programs of the institution by acting as a liaison to faculty and by seeking opportunities for collaboration to link exhibits to educational programming. The director will also teach one course per year.
Requirements for the position include a graduate degree in a field closely related to visual art, including but not limited to art history, visual arts, or arts administration, at least three years of gallery management experience that includes a record of curating and installing exhibitions, and evidence of success in critical writing, publicity, exhibition design and preparation. This position requires some regional travel and evening and weekend hours as events dictate.
The ideal candidate will have a proven record in grant writing and funding, experience in higher education and evidence of successful grant acquisition. The director is responsible for creating and maintaining a budget, supervising gallery staff and teaching one course per year in the area of his or her expertise. The director acts as institutional liaison to the arts community and is responsible for convening an external advisory committee and an internal faculty/staff committee dedicated to integrating the gallery and academic pursuits at the institution.
The Sage Colleges, located in the Tech Valley/ Capital Region of New York State, include Russell Sage College for Women, the coeducational Sage College of Albany, and Sage’s graduate schools: the Esteves School of Education, the school of Management and the school of Health Sciences. New York’s Capital Region, located between the beautiful Adirondack and Catskill mountains, has a rich cultural and educational environment, as well as endless outdoor recreation year round. Boston, Montreal, and New York City are within easy access to the Capital Region.
Salary is dependent on qualifications and experience; generous benefits package includes tuition waivers for employees and dependents. Candidates from underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.
Applications will be accepted until position is filled. Those interested should send a letter of intent, curriculum vitae, and the name, address, telephone number and e-mail address of three professional references to: