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    SculptureCenter is committed to a culturally diverse organization, and is an equal opportunity employer. SculptureCenter does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, sex, ancestry, citizenship status, mental or physical disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, veteran status, or military status.

    SculptureCenter leads the conversation on contemporary art by supporting artistic innovation and independent thought highlighting sculpture’s specific potential to change the way we engage with the world. Positioning artists’ work in larger cultural, historical, and aesthetic contexts, SculptureCenter discerns and interprets emerging ideas. Over the past 23 years, SculptureCenter has presented works by over 900 emerging and established artists through its annual schedule of exhibitions, public programs, and publications; and today is considered one of New York’s most important resources for the artistic community.

    Director

    SculptureCenter seeks a Director who is:
    - An artistic visionary with deep relationships within the contemporary art community, able to take well-considered, tenable risks to ensure groundbreaking leadership in identifying and launching artists in the United States and internationally;

    - An entrepreneurial leader with powerful interpersonal skills; someone who can inspire internally and externally, collaborate, mentor, and delegate;

    - A willing, talented, and tested fundraiser who is comfortable asking for money and who has the ability to build and steward relationships with the Board and beyond;

    - A compelling and effective communicator capable of persuasively positioning the sometimes-challenging issues often inherent in contemporary art;

    - A self-starter undaunted by a lean institution and effective under pressure, with strong organizational skills and a proven ability to focus and prioritize;

    - Administratively adept; able to lead, organize, and support a staff, manage a Board and budget, and liaise with peer and funding entities; capable of developing and achieving sustainable operational and financial strategies that can support operations and the pursuit of new initiatives;

    - Able to harness information technology to support operations, exhibitions, and artists;

    - Able to identify, recruit, and retain the future of curatorial talent upon which SculptureCenter’s mission depends

    On an ongoing basis, the Director will:
    - Oversee the development of – and in close cooperation with the curatorial team – rigorous and critically acclaimed exhibitions, public programs, and events that assert SculptureCenter’s position as one of the leading contemporary art institutions in the United States and internationally.

    - Take a leadership role in the regional, national, and international art communities to insist on the crucial contribution of art and arts organizations in sustaining a healthy and diverse society;

    - Evaluate fundraising efforts to date; conceive of new revenue streams including earned, sponsorship, and foundation support; in partnership with the Director of Advancement and Board, help propel fundraising efforts to significantly increase private support for SculptureCenter’s exhibitions, programming, and operations;

    - In conjunction with the Director of Finance and Administration, oversee SculptureCenter's financial operations; develop budget and ensure adherence to allocated financial resources, and provide Board with timely financial data;

    - Maximize the resources and impact of SculptureCenter by engaging in cooperative programming and joint ventures with other institutions locally, nationally, and abroad; encourage programmatic innovation;

    - Maintain long-term relationships with exhibited artists, connecting them to the SculptureCenter community;

    - Motivate, engage, and supervise staff, building morale and providing direction; delegate specific responsibilities and appropriate authority, holding individuals accountable for specific and collective performance;

    - Cultivate, solicit, and steward new and existing members of the Board; clearly communicate expectations and opportunities and hold members accountable to commitments on SculptureCenter’s behalf; identify opportunities to engage the Board as ambassadors to raise awareness of SculptureCenter activities;

    - Oversee strategy for and stewardship of SculptureCenter’s facility.

    SculptureCenter recognizes that diversity enriches cultural dialogue and is essential to innovation. SculptureCenter works across borders and generations and seeks to reflect and embrace multiple viewpoints in programming, hiring, visitor relations, and facility planning.

    Please send applications or nominations to Sarah James and Becky Klein at SculptureCenter@PhillipsOppenheim.com.

    Marketing and Communications Manager

    SculptureCenter is seeking an enthusiastic and experienced communications and marketing professional to further build SculptureCenter’s reputation as an organization devoted to emerging artists. The Marketing and Communications Manager reports directly to the Director of Advancement and works closely with all members of the SculptureCenter staff as well as the Board of Trustees, artists, strategic partners, and independent contractors. The Marketing and Communications Manager will spearhead all of the museum’s marketing and promotion activities, media relations, social media, audience development, and merchandising, including Limited Editions. This position is responsible for developing and implementing innovative, proactive strategies to build audience engagement, and develop opportunities that further reinforce the identity of the organization while increasing visibility.

    Specific Duties and Responsibilities include:
    Marketing and Public Relations
    - Manage communication and advertising schedule. Develop creative strategies to promote SculptureCenter’s mission and specific programs. Write, edit, and manage production of all printed and electronic promotional materials ensuring consistency and clarity. Identify potential marketing partnerships and implement collaborative projects.

    - Manage content for sculpture-center.org and oversee contracted web developers.

    - Develop strategies to increase audiences and maintain an active presence on all social media platforms: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube/Vimeo, and Soundcloud. Develop and manage all content for social media and other digital promotions, including exhibition listings on external websites.

    - Manage SculptureCenter’s email list. Produce and publish all mass email communications including monthly e-newsletter, exhibition announcements, and program invitations.

    - Contribute to press strategy, develop press materials, serve as primary press contact, and report to staff and Board on press placements. Manage outside PR consultants. Cultivate and maintain direct relationships with editors and writers. Secure media placements and reviews for exhibitions, programs, events, and institutional happenings.

    - Maintain and promote SculptureCenter brand; refining and implementing organizational style guide. Oversee all printed and digital collateral materials; manage outside designers.

    - SculptureCenter brand throughout the museum, including: Visitor Service desk, didactic materials, and inventory and merchandising for museum shop.

    - Work together with Visitor Services on bookstore promotions, merchandising, and on-site and web-based sales.

    Limited Edition Projects
    - In conjunction with the Director of Advancement, identify artists to produce limited edition artworks to benefit SculptureCenter. Work directly with artists to develop artwork, research and coordinate production and packaging.

    - Design and execute marketing and sales strategy for each edition and for the program as a whole, which may include advertising, art fairs, direct mail, and/or events. Meet annual earned income revenue goals for Limited Edition sales.

    Community Relations
    - Represent SculptureCenter and work closely with peers at other community organizations including the Long Island City Cultural Alliance (LICCA), the Museums Council of New York City, and the American Association of Museums.

    - Represent SculptureCenter and cultivate new audiences at art openings, community meetings and events, and art world events. Seek opportunities to identify new brand partnerships for specific exhibitions and programs, and general organizational strategies within LIC, NYC, and beyond.

    Qualifications
    The ideal candidate will possess knowledge of the contemporary art world, an entrepreneurial spirit, creativity, and enthusiasm for promoting arts and culture.

    Requirements include:
    - Bachelor’s degree, preferably in a related field (e.g. communications, marketing, etc.)
    - Minimum of three years’ experience working in a similar role for a museum, gallery, or communications firm with increasing responsibility, and knowledge of the contemporary art field and artists.
    - Experience with website content management systems. Basic HTML knowledge is a plus.
    - Experience with MailChimp or similar email marketing platforms.
    - Comfort with social media platforms.
    - Experience or interest in learning Google Analytics and Google Ads.
    - Introductory knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite and/or Canva is a plus.
    - Exceptional written and oral communication skills.
    - Demonstrated leadership ability.
    - Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills.
    - Experience managing a budget.
    - An ability to develop positive, effective relationships with Board members, art collectors, donors, journalists, artists, and colleagues is critical.

    To apply, please submit a professional cover letter describing your qualifications and relevant experience, resume, and salary requirements to hr@sculpture-center.org with “Marketing 2021” in the subject line.

    Due to the high volume of applications, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please.

    Internships

    Our internship program is temporarily suspended. Please check back here or sign up for our newsletter for future updates about the program.

    Working with a small staff in an open office environment, SculptureCenter interns take on projects that have a direct and visible outcome in our exhibitions, public programs, and events. They leave the program with a range of professional skills important for working in the field of contemporary art and hands-on experience working in a non-profit art institution.

    Public Process High School Internship Program

    For more information about SculptureCenter's free three-week summer intensive program for high school students, visit the Public Process page.