Director, SFU Galleries position


Context
SFU Galleries encourages and advances conceptual and experimental programs
that explore ways in which contemporary art is socially and politically engaged. It
does so within the context of Simon Fraser University, a public research university
known for its radical past committed to intellectual freedom, interdisciplinary
research, innovative programming, and support for artists to exhibit, create work,
study, and teach over its fifty-four-year history.

SFU Galleries’ mandate is to exhibit, research, collect, publish, educate, and
develop programs in the field of contemporary art and in contemporary
approaches to art history. The mission is to present, study and collect art that
engages, challenges, strengthens and enriches local, national and international
communities and art audiences. This is done through the exploration of current art
practices and ideas, including the crucial considerations of BC and nation,
activating them through exhibitions, publications and events, and caring for the
SFU Art Collection.

There are three distinct galleries under SFU Galleries: SFU Gallery, Burnaby
(established 1970), Audain Gallery, Vancouver (established 2010), and Teck
Gallery, Vancouver (established 1989). SFU Galleries stewards the SFU Art
Collection and is responsible for public art installations throughout the university’s
campuses. SFU Galleries report to the Vice President, External, with a focus on
advancing engagement between the university and the public through art, and has
strong ties to the School for the Contemporary Arts along with the various
campuses and faculties.

The Role

This Director role combines managerial, curatorial and public relations aspects,
representing SFU’s visual arts to the public and the university community in
support of knowledge, innovation, creation and research.
The Director provides leadership in promoting and implementing the art galleries’
long-term initiatives,including a strategic plan and the planning and development of
new gallery spaces such as the planned SFU Art Museum which will replace the
SFU Gallery. Through innovative and challenging curatorial exhibitions, programming
and publications, the Director represents the University’s vital and critical commitment
to the visualarts.
This position oversees and directs the acquisition, preservation, and display of
works of art within the art galleries, as well as the overall management of the SFU
Collection (approximately 5,500 works).
The Director will maintain and continue to expand a network of internal and external
contacts in the arts community and M E R E D I T H G R O U P January 2020 enlist
the support of administrators, public funders, benefactors, donors, and the
public. This position oversees budgets and manages galleries operations and staff.

Qualifications
As a professional working in an academic environment, this position requires a
unique range of expertise and experience. These include a deep understanding of
contemporary art in its local, national and international contexts along with
curatorial practices and principles, and the ability to recognize the possibilities of
research-based exhibition projects and programs which engage the SFU academic
community while appealing to wider audiences. A collaborative and collegial
approach, team leadership, fundraising and operational management experience,
and strategic capabilities along with an understanding of the process of conceptualizing
and building a new museum facility are also required.
A postgraduate degree in a relevant discipline, and substantive gallery or museum
leadership experience or a similar combination of education and expertise will be
needed to successfully carry out this interesting and complex position.
With equity, diversity, and inclusion being core to SFU’s excellence as an engaged
university, SFU is committed to ensuring that no individual is denied access to
employment opportunities for reasons unrelated to ability or qualifications. SFU
encourages applications from all qualified individuals, including persons with
disabilities, visible minorities, women, Indigenous people, people of all sexual
orientations and gender identities, and others who may contribute to the
diversification of the university.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; Canadians and Permanent
Residents of Canada will be given priority.

For further information about this position, contact Hilary Meredith, HJ Meredith
Group.
To apply, please send a letter of interest and resume, in one pdf
attachment, to:
Hilary Meredith
Hilary@meredithgroup.ca

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