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Deputy Director of Curatorial Affairs/Chief Curator MAD

Deputy Director of Curatorial Affairs/Chief Curator - Museum of Arts and Design


The Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) seeks a Deputy Director of Curatorial Affairs/Chief Curator to help lead the Museum into its next phase of growth and success.

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The Deputy Director of Curatorial Affairs/Chief Curator will lead a curatorial team toward accomplishing the Museum's mission of welcoming all to celebrate the creative process through which materials are crafted into works that enhance contemporary life.  MAD seeks a respected and seasoned leader with a record of curatorial achievement in craft, design, and objects that document contemporary and historic innovation.  The Deputy Director of Curatorial Affairs/Chief Curator is a member of the Museum's senior executive team, actively participating in helping shape the organization's vision and delivering on its mission, while directing its curatorial program.

The ideal candidate will have expertise in art and design from 1945 to the present, with an emphasis on contemporary practice; a demonstrated interest in the making of art, craft, and design objects; experience in setting strategic goals for the development and management of a museum collection, as well as significant experience working with exhibition funders, and members of the press.

Along with the Director, the Deputy Director/Chief Curator is the key contact person for the art in the Museum's exhibitions program and must be at ease in a highly visible and public position. This role must cultivate relationships with artists, donors, collectors, and the broader art world, building support for MAD's artistic program through gifts, purchases, and exhibition fundraising efforts. Additionally, as a community ambassador for MAD, the Deputy Director/Chief Curator must develop civic, cultural, philanthropic, and governmental relationships, advancing the Museum's mission in tandem with the strategic success of its operations, fundraising, and revenue plans.


  • Management and mentoring of Curatorial Department staff, policies, procedures, and budgets.

  • Works with MAD's Director in the development and implementation of an exhibitions program strategy, and management of exhibition planning to set the direction and master calendar for exhibitions.

  • Serves on the senior executive team to ensure the success of the Museum's operations, fundraising, and revenue plans.

  • Management of interpretation, scholarship, and fundraising for the exhibitions program and collection.

  • Serves as content authority for exhibitions and publications, ensuring balance of schedule, scholarship, and value for audiences in the community and the art world.

  • Serves as a key member of the fundraising team to develop support for the collection, exhibitions, and other programs.

  • Management of the collection, including accessioning and deaccessioning, storage, and loans.

  • Development and implementation of a comprehensive, long-range, collections plan, setting funding strategies and building external support.

  • Works with the Acquisition and Collection Committee Chairs to set agendas, develop acquisition strategies, educate members, and enlist support for the collection plan.

  • Works closely with the Education Department, and other departments, to ensure the accuracy and relevance of the information disseminated about the art.

  • Works with the Deputy Director of Education to develop and deliver docent and volunteer education.

  • Collaborates with the Deputy Director of Communications and Marketing to develop and ensure the accuracy of all art-related information delivered to the public and press.

  • Works to promote exhibitions throughout the museum.

  • Other duties and responsibilities as assigned.

Education/Experience Requirements

  • Master's degree in art history or related field, Ph.D. or equivalent preferred.

  • Applied knowledge of professional museum principles, practices, and procedure.

  • Outstanding national and international exhibition and publication history.

  • Management and supervisory skills; commitment to mentoring and developing staff.

  • Proven ability to develop and implement a sustainable multi-year exhibition program.

  • Excellent research, written, and verbal communication skills.

  • Demonstrated ability to build relationships with staff, artists, other institutions, donors, and collectors.

  • Broad knowledge of art, craft, and design.

  • Self-directed and motivated.

Minimum of 6 years management-level museum experience required.

Minimum of 7 years applied curatorial experience.

Demonstrated experience managing substantial department, project, and program budgets.

Application Instructions

Please email your resume and cover letter, including desired salary to with the exact subject line "Deputy Director of Curatorial Affairs." Applications without cover letters and /or desired salary will not be considered. Please indicate available start date in the cover letter. Only eligible candidates will be contacted for an interview. No phone calls, please.

The Museum of Arts and Design is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in the hiring of personnel on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, national and ethnic origin, gender, age, Vietnam-era veteran or disabled veteran status, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, or any other projected status as provided by law.