Director, Hand Art Center

Stetson University
DeLand, FL

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Director, Hand Art Center 
Staff (Full-Time) --> Academic Support

DeLand, FL • ID: 946-280 • Full-Time/Regular

The Director of the Hand Art Center is responsible for the overall operations of the galleries and collections found within the HAC. The Director’s role includes planning and promoting exhibitions, developing and maintaining partnerships, supervising and directing student staff, and management of both collections and facilities. The Director will also teach one course per year in the Department of Creative Arts, and report to the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.


    Oversee the organization, development, and day-to-day operations of the Hand Art Center. Collaborate with the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and Creative Arts faculty in policy-making and long-range planning to ensure that the collection and exhibitions support Stetson’s academic programsProvide vision for all gallery exhibitions, visitor experiences, and education programs. A typical year will have up to 8 overlapping exhibitions that feature a mix of guest artists, travelling exhibits, student capstone projects, faculty creative work, and selections from our Oscar Bluemner collectionCollaborate with university departments and faculty members, as appropriate for specific exhibitions, to develop resources for use in Stetson courses. Build relationships with faculty and students and with community stakeholders to develop new initiatives, collaborations, and art related educational programs and to promote these programs in the community. Collaborate with the Director of the Gillespie MuseumWork with curator(s), including the Bluemner Curator, and/or faculty to develop interpretive material and implement programs for museum exhibitions, publications, and other appropriate contextsOversee and assist in public programming, education programming, and preparing museum marketing materials (posters, postcards, interpretive material, electronic communications, social media presence). Manage and train work-study students and interns. Includes interviewing, hiring, time card approval and performance reviewsOversee the installation of changing exhibits (hanging and display, forms, labels, lights, etc.) Organize collection and archival information in existing storage facilitiesOversee and maintain collection records, inventory, loans, photographic materials, donor records, artist files, liability, shipping/receiving, insurance arrangements and other legal documentation relating to the collection and/or visiting exhibitionsMaintain climate control records and process museum collection records into an electronic database (PASTPERFECT) Work with the Development Office to identify program-related funders. Collaborate with Development officers on solicitations by providing information required for proposals including program narratives budgets and reporting for acquired grants. Engage in external grantseeking activities as appropriateAssist faculty and staff requests for artwork installations in various university buildings. This includes physical installation, retrieval and storage of ‘orphaned’ works of art, loan agreements and updating inventory recordsTeach undergraduate courses in Museology and Collections Management on a rotating basis; mentor students outside of the classroom about museum careers Facilitate the use of the Hand Art Center Seminar room as a classroom and event spaceEngage in meaningful and useful service that promotes college and university strategic goals and prioritiesEstablish and maintain relationships with other museum educators regionally and nationally

Required Skills
  • Must have knowledge of all aspects of museum operations, including exhibition planning, budget management, public programming, audience development, and building partnerships
  • An ideal candidate will also have demonstrated experience in seeking and securing extramural funding support

Required Experience
  • Master’s degree (e.g. MA in Museum Studies, Art History, Arts Administration or Arts Education, or MFA) required
  • Demonstrated experience in administration and coordination of an arts facility

Salary Grade: 7

Application Procedure: Candidates should submit a cover letter and resume or CV in addition to required application forms.


Stetson University is located in DeLand, Fla., with a second campus in Gulfport, Fla. and two satellite centers. Founded in 1883 by Henry A. DeLand as the DeLand Academy and later renamed Stetson University to honor its benefactor, John B. Stetson, the university has a storied history of leadership, values and significance. The university is home to many Florida firsts, including the first collegiate newspaper, the oldest schools of business administration and music, the first college of law and was the state's first private university to integrate.

But our story is about more than the buildings at our campuses and those who helped build them; it's really about our students.

The university is led by President Wendy B. Libby, supported by administrative offices which provide services and resources to students and faculty. Stetson University is home to 73 academic programs in four divisional areas and with undergraduate and graduate studies offered in many areas. The university is accreditedby numerous accrediting agencies, including the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, and curriculum is closely aligned with the marketplace to prepare students for life after Stetson. Undergraduate leadership, research, volunteer service and participatory activities flourish at all four of the university's locations.

At Stetson University, graduation isn't the end goal. It's just one stop along the way as students pursue something greater for themselves and the world around them.

At Stetson University, we dare students to be significant.

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