NANCY HANKS CURATOR OF MODERN AND CONTEMPORARY ART
The Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University seeks an experienced and energetic curator with a wide knowledge of art history and a specialty in modern and contemporary art. Excellent opportunity to help advance the curatorial vision of a dynamic young museum (opened in 2005) at leading and innovative research university. This is an endowed upper-level position. Reports to the Chief Curator and works closely with the Director and staff in a highly collaborative, motivated, and team-based environment.
The Nancy Hanks Curator will have the opportunity to organize ambitious and innovative exhibitions; assist in the planning of the museum’s overall exhibition program; coordinate exhibitions with Duke Faculty across disciplines and work with guest curators; conceive compelling installations from the collections; write and edit exhibition-related texts; plan programs in conjunction with exhibitions; recommend works to be considered for acquisition for the collection; and research and care for a growing permanent collection. Other duties include working with respective departments on grant writing and fund raising, collaboration in planning publicity and promotional material, and support of related projects. The curator will contribute to the ongoing systematic digitization of the collection. This position assists in supervising and training museum interns.
Ability to collaborate with others is essential, as is effective communication with a wide variety of people, from donors to undergraduate students. Strong intrapersonal, planning, and organizational skills are needed. Candidate must be able to work on multiple projects simultaneously in a time-sensitive environment.
Preferred qualifications: Minimum M.A. in art history or related field, with an emphasis on modern or contemporary art, PhD in modern art preferred. Non-American interests are desired. Candidates must have at least 3-5 years of curatorial experience, with knowledge of standard museum curatorial practices and exhibition development and logistics. Successful candidate will have publication experience and an international network of relationships in the art and museum world.
This is a full-time position with a competitive salary and excellent benefits. To apply, please send letter of interest, resume, and contact information for three references to
Curator Search Committee, Nasher Museum of Art, Box 90732, Durham, NC 27708, or email c/o email@example.com Applications accepted until position is filled. Duke University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.
MAJOR GIFT OFFICER
(Duke HR Requisition #: 400726041)
The Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University is a dynamic young museum with a growing national and international reputation. We are seeking an equally dynamic Major Gift Officer to help lead the museum forward.
The Nasher Museum of Art Major Gift Officer is responsible for the identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of individual prospects at the $100,000+ level, to meet established goals as articulated in the Museum’s five-year strategic plan. The position will report to the Museum’s Director of Development and External Relations; and will work closely with the Director of the Museum on top prospects, working on cultivation and solicitation strategy, and ensuring progress in reaching fundraising goals with these prospects.
Plan, coordinate and implement major gift funding activities for the Museum’s endowment and major capital-dependent initiatives.
Assume the lead role in prospect management, including the identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of individual major gift donors and prospects, with emphasis on gifts of $100,000+.
Maintain an active schedule of solicitations, cultivation and stewardship calls to donors and new prospects.
Travel to meet with prospects and donors for purposes to include cultivating interests, obtaining contributions, and providing information on projects of interest to donors.
Represent the Museum and Duke University before a variety of audiences, providing information concerning fund raising activities and programs.
Maintain liaison with the Duke Office of University Development to coordinate fund raising activities to include policies, strategies, prospect clearance and donor recognition relating to major gift activities.
Perform other related activities incidental to the work described herein.
The above statements describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this classification. This is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties required of personnel so classified.
Required Qualifications at this Level
Education/Training: Work requires the completion of a bachelor’s degree program.
Experience: Work requires a minimum of five years experience in major gift fundraising; and experience in major gift fundraising in a successful comprehensive campaign. In addition, the candidate must have a demonstrated track record of success in major gift fundraising, and experience working closely with major gift prospects. The candidate must also have knowledge of fundraising systems; and the ability and willingness to travel. The candidate must have a track record as an effective communicator; and be adept at crafting proposals, donor correspondence and other kinds of materials. Knowledge of planned giving vehicles would be useful. Experience in the arts and/or a museum setting is highly desirable and preferred, as well as a level of comfort with museums and the art world. Experience in dealing with high net-worth individuals and art collectors are preferred. A high energy level and a creative approach to fundraising are essential.
Skills: The candidate must possess outstanding interpersonal skills, as well as excellent verbal and written communication skills, analytical and organizational skills.
To apply, please send letter of interest, resume and contact information for three references to: Development Search Committee, Nasher Museum of Art, Box 90732, Durham, NC 27708, or email those to firstname.lastname@example.org. Candidates also need to apply via hr.duke.edu/jobs/apply/external.php.
DUKE STUDENT JOBS
Students fill many part-time paid positions at the museum. Work-study students are welcome.
VISITOR SERVICES REPRESENTATIVE
Visitor Services Representatives handle admissions fees, answer the telephone and direct calls, greet and keep an accurate count of visitors, assist visitors with the purchase of museum memberships and answer visitors’ questions. nasher.duke.edu/apply
Gallery Guides lead tours of the museum for K-12 students, adult groups and the public. Students must commit to 3 semesters. Recruiting is done at the end of the spring semester. If interested contact Curator of Education, Juline Chevalier (email@example.com).
Periodically, work-study positions are available with specific museum departments, including curatorial, education, membership, registrar, special events and public affairs. For information about possible openings, contact Office Manager, Nikki Reeb (firstname.lastname@example.org) or 919-684-3307.
Security guards patrol the galleries to ensure the protection of artwork, report safety violations, and answer visitors’ questions during business hours, including weekends, and for evening events. If interested, contact Protection Services Manager, Sgt. Jimmie Jones (email@example.com) or 919-684-3352.
For general information on application and hiring procedures, please contact Nasher Office Manager, Nikki Reeb (firstname.lastname@example.org) or 919-684-3307.
UNDERGRADUATE INTERNSHIP COURSE
ARTHIST 310 is a practicum at the Nasher Museum designed to provide professional museum experience as well as an opportunity to explore the museum and its operations from a variety of viewpoints. Students must be available for a total commitment of 6 hours/week: the one-hour weekly seminar with museum staff, plus 5 hours working in an assigned department (schedule to be arranged between the student and supervising staff). Interns may be assigned to the following departments: curatorial, academic programs, museum education, development/external relations, registrar/collections management, or communications/marketing. NOTE: only one student each semester will be assigned to the curatorial department.
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Students are evaluated on their work in their assigned departments, participation in the weekly seminar, and the completion of short, written assignments: a blog post, artwork spotlight, and exhibition analysis. Grades are assigned by the supervising staff in consultation with the Academic Program Coordinator.
To apply for the internship send a resumé and cover letter with a statement of interest, including first and second choices for departments and how a museum internship furthers your career goals, to Marianne Wardle, Andrew W. Mellon Coordinator of Academic Programs (email@example.com). Students will be interviewed by the pertinent museum department, and if selected will be given a permission number to enroll.
SUMMER INTERNSHIPS IN MUSEUM STUDIES
Duke students can apply for paid internship positions or funds to support internships at other museums:
- Two funded positions for students to work at the Nasher Museum
- One funded internship at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, Italy
- Two museum studies grants for students taking unpaid internships elsewhere
- One museum studies grant funded by the Vice Provost for the Arts
Note: The deadline for the 2014 Peggy Guggenheim Collection internship is November 6, 2013. Information and deadlines for all other 2014 internships will be posted later this semester.
VOLUNTEERING AT THE NASHER MUSEUM
Volunteer opportunities at the Nasher Museum are open to those aged 16 years and older.
The museum does not have a volunteer coordinator on staff, therefore volunteer requests are handled exclusively via e-mail.
Volunteer opportunities include, but are not limited to:
- Helping children with craft projects during our free Family Days
- Staffing the information desk on our free Thursday evenings
- Representing the museum at local festivals and fairs
- Stuffing envelopes
- Data entry
- Miscellaneous office support
Please join the Nasher volunteers e-mail listserv to receive updates on volunteer opportunities. Send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with “subscribe nasher-volunteers” in the subject (not the body) of the e-mail (without the quotation marks).
When volunteers are needed, announcements will be made via e-mail through the listserv and you will be asked to directly contact the appropriate museum staff member.