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#111174 Director, Stuart Collection

Filing Deadline: Fri 10/1/2021

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This recruitment is being handled by Arts Consulting Group. Please apply online using the UCSD Online Application and your application/resume will be forwarded to Arts Consulting Group for consideration.


The Stuart Collection seeks to enrich the cultural, intellectual, and scholarly life of the UC San Diego campus and the San Diego community by building and maintaining a unique collection of site-specific works by leading artists of our time. It has been inventive in both its curatorial point of view and its working processes. The collection results from an innovative partnership between the university and the Stuart Collection. Under an agreement forged in 1982 (and renewed in 2003), the entire campus may be considered as sites for commissioned sculpture. It is further distinguished from a traditional sculpture garden by integration of some of the projects with university buildings.

Great care is taken to incorporate the university's long- and short-range plans while maintaining the integrity of the art and providing provocative, thoughtful, and carefully considered additions to the fabric of campus life. Many of the artists who have designed works for the collection are associated with movements or attitudes which are seldom represented in public sculpture collections.

The Director is responsible for the development and management of the Stuart Collection, a world-recognized collection of contemporary, site-specific sculpture located on the UC San Diego campus. The incumbent is responsible for the development of new projects, the maintenance and conservation of the existing collection, and the execution of a successful fundraising program to fully support the collection. The incumbent develops and directs public relations, educational outreach, and public service programming to promote the collection and UC San Diego; collaborates with other art leaders on campus through an equity-minded leadership style, a demonstrable commitment to enhancing diversity and promoting inclusion, and the highest degree of ethics and personal integrity.

Travel may be required.

Applicants must submit a CV/resume, a Cover Letter and a Contributions to Diversity Statement (see for more information). Applicants should please submit Statement with the Cover Letter in one document.


  • Specialization in an area of the museum's collection. Advanced background and extensive knowledge and experience in the field of international contemporary art. Knowledge of current trends, collections, artistic endeavors and similar efforts, nationally and internationally.

  • Knowledge of standard museum curatorial practices and current trends.

  • Knowledge of collection building / connoisseurship, ethical and legal standards for acquisition, and of the current market.

  • Knowledge of selection, evaluation, and exhibition of objects. Demonstrated experience developing and managing an outdoor sculpture collection of museum quality including but not limited to identifying artists, developing proposals, site selection, project installation, and long term maintenance and conservation.

  • Donor cultivation and relationship building skills. Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain excellent relations with artists, patrons, museum directors, collections, writers and publishers, locally, nationally, and internationally. Extensive experience in all aspects of public relations as it pertains to promoting museum collections and educational outreach programs. Activities include by are not limited to writing press releases, producing, promoting, and participating in film and radio programs, developing and distributing brochures and other promotional material.

  • Supervisory and leadership abilities. Administrative and managerial experience.

  • Demonstrated experience maintaining an active national profile and art world credentials necessary to successfully promote the reputation and development of a highly regarded collection.

  • Experience maintaining excellent relations with and providing support to an external advisory group whose aim is to promote the support of University programs and develop an active and successful donor community.

  • Broad experience leading and participating in collaborative events and exhibitions with museums, libraries, universities and other public and private entities that promote the arts in some fashion.


  • Background check required.

  • Duties may require direct contact and/or supervision of children (defined as individuals under the age of 18); completion of the Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act (CANRA) form will be required.

Job offer is contingent on successful engagement in the UC COVID-19 Vaccination program (fully vaccinated with documented proof or approved exception/deferral).

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, gender identity or sexual orientation. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

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