SOHO20 is seeking an enthusiastic, creative, and dedicated individual for the position of Gallery Director. The person in this position will work independently on site at the gallery four days per week ( ~30 hours), from Thursday through Sunday, overseeing all operations. Additionally, s/he is required to be present during meetings, exhibition openings, scheduled events and programs, working closely with artist members who serve on the Board of Directors and various committees that help keep the organization functioning.
SOHO20 seeks candidates with a strong vision for the potential of this historic, feminist, artist-run space, who are committed to continuing its path into the future. This position provides opportunities to carve out new initiatives as long as the core structure of the organization is maintained. Although this position is flexible for the right candidate, it requires a commitment and understanding of all aspects of managing a small nonprofit arts organization.
About the organization:
SOHO20 Artists Inc. d.b.a. SOHO20 Gallery is a non-profit artist-run organization that has been promoting the work of women artists since 1973. The organization was founded by a group of 20 women artists in New York City, intent on achieving professional excellence in an industry sorely lacking in opportunities for women. Since its inception the gallery has been a voice for marginalized artists, fostering growth through opportunities and resources.
SOHO20’s mission is to end gender-based discrimination in the arts by demonstrating how important art by women, queer, trans, and otherwise marginalized artists, is to our cultural well-being. By supporting the work of these underrepresented groups, we demonstrate the value, quality, and diversity of their contributions. For over 40 years, SOHO20 has provided exhibition opportunities, public programming, community engagement, and a site for the exchange of ideas, for the arts community both locally and worldwide, in an effort to dissolve the biases and limitations based on gender, race, or class. SOHO20 is now one of the oldest organizations in the U.S. that addresses the underrepresentation of women’s work in museums and galleries.
The position will be available to start on July 1, 2018. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
Priority deadline: May 17, 2018
Regular duties of the Gallery Director include but are not limited to:
- Representing the artists of SOHO20 and the organization to the public and media
- Being a public ambassador for the organization, and acting as the face of the gallery during open hours and events
- Writing / editing press releases for all exhibitions
- Facilitating sales when applicable
- Developing public programs in collaboration with the Programs Chair
- Maintaining current grant funding and identifying new funding sources
- Planning and executing annual fundraising events with the Fundraising Committee
- Assisting artist members and Project Space artists in the layout and installation of exhibitions
- Assist the Financial Officer in keeping financial records, bookkeeping, and tracking member dues
- Updating and maintaining the gallery’s website to reflect current exhibitions, programs, open calls, and fundraising events
- Posting, updating, and promoting gallery activities through regular newsletters, mailings, and on relevant publications and social media platforms
- Liaising with the Artist Members, National Affiliates, and the Board of Directors
- Maintaining daily operations of the gallery space
- Hiring and managing interns
The ideal candidate will come to SOHO20 with a strong vision for the future of the organization, and be willing to work with artist and board members to realize it.
Desired skills and qualifications:
- Minimum 3 years of experience in a gallery, museum, or nonprofit organization
- Must have a strong understanding of SOHO20’s mission and history
- Passionate about feminism and gender parity, particularly as it relates to the art world
- Strong interest and knowledge of contemporary art and culture
- Familiarity with nonprofit funding strategies
- Must be flexible, diplomatic, community oriented, and willing to collaborate with artists and partner organizations
- Detail-oriented with excellent communication, organizational, interpersonal and writing skills
- Social media savvy
- Knowledge of Quickbooks a plus
- Self-starter, capable of taking the lead on projects with minimal day-to-day supervision
- Ability to thrive on working independently as well as in collaboration with individuals and groups
Salary range will be in the high 30’s to low 40’s based on candidate’s experience. To apply, please email a resume, cover letter, and short writing sample (1-2 pages) to firstname.lastname@example.org.