Title Exhibitions and Collections Manager
Organization Art Galleries at Black Studies
Closing Date
Location Austin, TX

Manage operations of Art Galleries at Black Studies (AGBS). Ensure shared accountability for project outcomes with Curator of Art, Curator of Public Programs, and Installation and Facilities Coordinator II. Execute exhibition design and project management duties in accordance with conceptual guidance provided by Curator of Art, in coordination with Installation and Facilities Coordinator II. Perform highly skilled, technical oversight duties pertaining to collections management.


Exhibition Management. Oversee and facilitate the organization and design of exhibitions by AGBS’s Curator of Art and guest curators, including faculty, alumni, and Black Studies students. Perform similar duties as needed for loan and/or travelling exhibitions and programs in collaboration with Curator of Art and Executive Director. Work with curators, artists, and lenders. Write and administer exhibition contracts, visiting artist contracts, and loan agreements with lenders in accordance with UT policies and procedures; work with contracts office to vet agreements and with Financial Manager for Black Studies to manage payments. Arrange for transportation of artwork.

Project Supervision. Facilitate team efforts carried out by Curator of Art and Curator of Public Programs in their organization and coordination of educational and community programming related to exhibitions. Contribute narratives about staff contributions to AGBS projects as input for annual staff performance appraisals. Hire contractual graphic designer as needed and, in coordination with Executive Director and Curator of Art, oversee production of printed materials for exhibitions and publications. Oversee and participate in the following processes, in coordination with and providing direction as needed to AGBS’s Installation and Facilities Coordinator II:
• Installation and de-installation of exhibitions and hiring of contractors
• Framing, shipping, and storage of artwork
• Development and ensuring timely execution of exhibition timelines

Budget and Operations Management. Oversee operational budget with Executive Director. Create and monitor operational and project budgets with Black Studies’ Financial Manager. Create and implement operational policies. Direct and supervise AGBS staff. Conduct annual assessments of staff. Help maintain gallery structure.
Collection Care. Care for works of art that are part of exhibitions and/or part of the Black Studies collection. Prepare condition reports. Manage acquisition of inventory management system in coordination with external data managers to migrate data from Excel into new database. Track object locations using inventory management system.

Facilitate AGBS events. Ensure staff accountability for participation in organizing and executing AGBS events, understanding Executive Director’s priority that exhibition openings and closings constitute “all hands on deck” gallery events, i.e., all AGBS staff are to participate. Approach this work with an understanding of the mission of the university and that of a teaching museum that aims to integrate itself into the university and into the larger Austin and outside art world.


Technical or vocational school certification. 5 years’ experience with exhibition design and construction, artwork shipping, handling, storage, framing, installation, and de-installation for an art gallery, museum, or institution devoted to the exhibition of material culture. 3 years’ experience coordinating exhibition research, curation, and/or organization. 1-3 years of archival/ registrarial experience. Working knowledge of creating and updating condition reports. Excellent project management skills. Highly organized, attentive to detail, self-directed. Collaborative, customer-service orientation. Relevant education and experience may be substituted as appropriate.


A Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in a related field. More than required number of years of experience. Staff management experience.


$62,000 + depending on qualifications


• Moderate physical activity. Requires handling of objects that can weigh up to 50 pounds (or heavier objects that require mechanical assistance).
• Requires stooping, bending, standing, squatting/ crouching, crawling/ kneeling, pushing/ pulling, climbing (ladders) and reaching above the shoulders
• Work environment involves exposure to potentially dangerous materials and situations that require following extensive safety precautions and may include the use of protective equipment.
• Work may be performed in an office, gallery, or field environment.
• Repetitive use of a keyboard at a workstation


• Resume/CV
• 3 work references with their contact information; at least one reference should be from a supervisor
• Letter of interest


Website https://www.galleriesatut.org/