Art Institute of Chicago, Academic Engagement and Research
Associate Director, Academic Engagement and Research
|Location:||Illinois, United States|
Based in Academic Engagement and Research (AER), a fast-paced, service-oriented branch of the museum’s new Research Center, the Associate Director is responsible for cultivating the next generation of museum research and art professionals. The Associate Director designs and implements pathway programs for emerging professionals and creates opportunities for research development across museum departments internally and with institutional partners externally.
With the AER team, the Associate Director co-manages the Art Institute’s Andrew W. Mellon Foundation academic programs, including the Mellon Undergraduate Curatorial Fellowship program and the Mellon Chicago Objects Study Initiative (COSI) as well as the McMullan Arts Leadership Initiative and other grant projects or special initiatives, assessing and shaping them for long-term sustainability. Working collaboratively with AER’s Project Manager, the position takes a lead role in managing the museum’s centralized support structure for internships and fellowships, sustaining cohesive, equitable programs across diverse funding streams.
With the Executive Director of the Research Center, the Associate Director works in a broad capacity to expand the diversity of the future museum field and foster a research community across the museum and beyond. The ideal candidate would have an academic profile (qualified to teach graduate students, and with a deep understanding of research tools and methods) and a committed, anti-racist pedagogical framework. Candidates should bring to this role their own research interest in art history topics historically underrepresented in American museums. Through this lens, they will have the opportunity to contribute to collection development in the library and archives, forge new collaborations, and impact the museum's research program in this area.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Facilitate access: Supervise existing pathway programs for emerging museum professionals; hone a critical framework for training that incorporates diversity and inclusion as part of its pedagogy. Innovate and implement refinements to these programs, as well as seek out new opportunities to build support in these areas.
Collection research and support: Contribute to the expansion of Research Center resources into new areas, in collaboration with the Director of the Ryerson and Burnham Libraries and the Director of the Art Institute of Chicago Archives.
Administrative management: Manage departmental and special project funds, including budget design, expense tracking, and grant reporting.
Liaising and communication: Collaborate cross-departmentally to identify opportunities and develop materials useful to staff where it concerns mentorship and equitable best practices for supporting emerging professionals.
Stewardship: Maintain impeccable record keeping, including organizing data for funder reports and supporting an archive of internship and fellowship records.
A graduate degree, PhD preferred, in an art history, collections management or visual culture field (including but not limited to degrees in Art History, History, Museum Studies, Library and Information Science) and/or equivalent professional achievements.
Two or more years of experience in college-level teaching, mentoring or other pedagogy-centered roles that would support the museum’s communities of emerging professionals.
Two or more years of professional experience in a supervisory role is desirable.
Proven leadership and success in the management of complex projects.
Willingness to advance the museum’s commitment to creating an inclusive and equitable institution is required. Experience leading equity-centered evolutions in professional practice is preferred.
Experience with design, budgeting, implementation, reporting and funder relations for transformative grant or gift initiatives, and donor relationships is desirable.
Capacity for analytical, detailed work, and strong written, oral, and interpersonal skills is required. Aptitude for leading collaborative teams, motivating others and working diplomatically across organizational boundaries and with diverse constituencies is highly desired.
Demonstrated ability to set strategic goals for program areas and events; effectively backwards plan long-term projects; prioritize tasks towards their successful completion, implementation, and evaluation.
The ideal candidate should have a broad art historical foundation and commitment to a global, equitable, and inclusive art world as they will be expected to engage in diverse projects across the Art Institute’s global collections.
A research interest in works on paper, rare books or archives is desirable but not required.
All staff members are expected to embrace the museum’s commitment to creating an inclusive and equitable institution and to adhere to the museum’s shared values.
Our museum reflects and deepens our collective humanity; the arts are integral to an inspired and just society.
We respect and acknowledge each of our colleagues’ contributions and expertise across all roles within our organization.
We share in the responsibility to create an antiracist culture built on equity, inclusion, and justice for all, acknowledging that these efforts are intersectional and ongoing.
We encourage and advance a culture of hospitality, empathy, and gratitude for each visitor, supporter, and member of our staff.
We embrace innovation and foster change with a progressive understanding of—and obligation to reconsider—our past.
We sustain an open and dynamic civic platform, inviting and advancing the diverse perspectives of our city, staff, visitors, and supporters.
The Art Institute of Chicago is an equal opportunity, equal access employer fully committed to achieving a diverse and inclusive workplace.
Please apply online at: www.artic.edu/careers
|Primary Category:||Art / Art History
|Secondary Categories:||Library and Information Science