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Director of Arts and Chief Curator
Wave Hill

Website: https://www.wavehill.org/

The Organization  

Founded in 1965, Wave Hill is a public garden and cultural center located in the northwest corner of the Bronx.  Its twenty-eight acres of gardens and woodlands, historic buildings and greenhouses overlook the Hudson River  and the Palisades. Its mission is to celebrate the artistry and legacy of its gardens and landscapes, to preserve its  magnificent views and to explore the human connections to the natural world through programs in horticulture,  education and the arts.  

Wave Hill is owned by The City of New York and managed by a private board of directors in a public-private  partnership, and is a member of the City’s thirty-four member Cultural Institutions Group.  

The Position  

The Director of Arts plays a critical role in senior management at Wave Hill. The Director is responsible for  shaping the visual and performing arts program, ensuring a unified dynamic annual calendar and a coherent  programmatic message supporting Wave Hill’s mission. The position is in charge of planning and  implementation of all Strategic Plan initiatives for the arts. The Director regularly represents Wave Hill to the  public, press, arts community, and other organizations through speaking engagements, consortiums, panels,  programs, and interviews. As a senior management team member, the Director will engage with the staff’s  committees and the Board of Directors in big picture organizational planning and strategy.  

The position collaborates with Directors of Education and Public Programs and the Senior Director of  Horticulture to develop interdepartmental program planning to support the strategic plan and other new  initiatives. The position also works closely with the departments of Marketing and Communications and  Development to promote Wave Hill programs and interface with the press.  

The Director is Wave Hill’s Chief Curator. As Chief Curator, he/she will provide guidance and mentor the  curatorial staff in creating all visual and performing arts programming and ensures the smooth operations of all  exhibitions, residencies, commissions, and performance activities. The Director develops and manages the  department’s annual operating budget. The position interfaces regularly with the Development Department to  support fundraising for Arts. This includes working closely with the Manager of Institutional Giving on grants  for Arts, direct interface with the Board of Directors and other high-level donors to support cultivation and  stewardship of these relationships. The Director is an advocate for Wave Hill with New York City and State  government and the arts community.  

Requirements 

The Director of Arts is a highly creative, strategic, and managerially demanding role. It requires exceptional  interpersonal and organizational skills as well as outstanding communication ability. Broad knowledge of the  contemporary visual and performing arts scene, including place-based work, is a must, balanced with a strong  interest in Wave Hill’s mission in relation to the ecological issues of our time. The successful candidate will  bring strong relationships to the role to engender collaborative partnerships with other arts organizations.  

  • Bachelor’s degree (advanced degree preferred) 
  • Ten years of senior management of arts programming in a curatorial role
  • Demonstrated leadership ability and creative vision in a cultural institution setting
  • Strong portfolio of past projects that demonstrate curatorial vision and production capacities  (exhibitions, public art installations, artist commissions, performance, residencies, consortiums and public programs etc.) that successfully engage audiences, press, and provide artists with new  opportunities and resources
  • Solid active relationships with the local and national arts community including artists, curators,  foundations, agencies, government, and other cultural organizations
  • Skilled team leader who can balance individual staff needs with organizational goals
  • Proven ability to plan and manage all aspects of program development including budgets, schedules,  contracts, project production, events, promotion, and communication
  • Demonstrate track record in leading a talented team in the development and execution of projects,  meeting deadlines, and shaping an overall program calendar
  • Strong clear written and oral communication skills, ability to communicate programmatic vision to  inspire support, effective writing style for clear and concise public communication appropriate for a  general audience, and experience in the creation of engaging digital content including virtual programs
  • Experience managing staff, setting goals, evaluating performance, developing talent, and advancing  skills
  • Support of Wave Hill’s DEIA values and goals
  • Willingness to perform tasks at all levels, including hands-on participation and administrative tasks
  • Flexibility to respond to opportunity and changing conditions
  • Highly collegial attitude and willingness to adapt plans to accommodate input from horticulture,  facilities, marketing and communications, development, and other senior staff
  • Regular weekend and evening work, offsite engagement, and some travel required
  • Competent in the use of Microsoft Office, Basecamp
  • Familiarity with a CMS database such as Altru a plus

Benefits:  

Major Medical, Dental, Vision, life insurance, 401k and pension, three weeks’ vacation, sick days, and  personal days  

To apply:

Please email cover letter, resumes, and writing samples to careers@wavehill.org. NO Calls, please.  

Wave Hill is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment  without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin,  veteran status, or genetic information. Wave Hill is committed to providing access, equal opportunity, and  reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities in employment, programs, and activities. To request  a reasonable accommodation, contact humanresources@wavehill.org.

Date posted:

October 1

Expire date

Open Until Filled

Contact email:

careers@wavehill.org
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