Job: Catalina Island Museum Director of Exhibitions (Catalina, CA)

Job Information

  • Location:

    Avalon, California, 90704, United States

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  • Posted:

    June 21, 2019

  • Position Title:

    Director of Exhibitions

  • Company Name:

    Catalina Island Museum

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  • Min Education:

    Master's Degree

  • Min Experience:

    5-7 Years

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The Director of Exhibitions is a key member of the museum’s team responsible for planning, developing and overseeing 4-6 special exhibitions annually. Exhibitions are displayed in two separate galleries with 1400 square feet of combined space and in dedicated outdoor sculpture areas. Additionally, the Director of Exhibitions is responsible for regular rotations of the museum’s permanent historic Catalina collections within a 1400 square foot gallery. Stand-out candidates will have at least 5 years of experience managing exhibitions and hold a M.A. in a museum-related field. They will understand planning for and the cadence of scheduling high-risk/reward exhibitions; will possess superior organizational and communication skills; embrace best museum practices and museum collection care; demonstrate comfort working with lenders on a local, national and international scale; nurture creativity and community; excel at team building, leadership and strategic planning. Experience with exhibition design and installation would give candidates a competitive edge. The Director of Exhibitions will work with the entire museum team, will report to the Executive Director and work closely with the Registration and Collections Associate to secure, contract, insure and transport loans to and from the museum.


  • Research, propose, coordinate, communicate and manage all exhibition related activities.

  • Continually advance the exhibition calendar with 2-3 years of scheduled exhibitions in development.

  • Budget appropriately for all needs related to exhibitions and museum collections.

  • Develop content for permanent and temporary displays.

  • When appropriate hire, coordinate and act as a liaison with outside vendors, contracted Guest Curators, Designers and Preparators.

  • Perform administrative tasks related to exhibitions contracts, report writing, exhibition documentation, updating database and archives, publication files and correspondence.

  • Excite Museum members, stakeholders and Catalina’s community through well-planned exhibitions and the use of the museum’s collections.

  • Prepare ahead to deter any delays caused by island-related issues such as weather or lack of available materials.

  • Speak publicly and trains staff and docents about exhibitions.

  • Understand federal, state and local laws affecting loans of artwork.

  • Work with staff and Board of Trustees to move Museum towards Alliance of American Museum accreditation