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Director of University Galleries

Director of University Galleries

Posting #: 4151

Department Description:
USD’s campus is enhanced by the presence of four distinctive fine art display spaces. Their activities—exhibitions, collections, events, and internships—can be explored here. Providing our community with direct access to the finest things that artists have created is the mission of the University Galleries.

University Description:
The University of San Diego, a contemporary and engaged Roman Catholic institution, was founded by the Diocese of San Diego and the Society of the Sacred Heart in 1949. Governed by an independent board of trustees since 1972, USD remains committed to a liberal arts education grounded in the Catholic intellectual tradition and the pursuit of truth, goodness and beauty. Inspired by this centuries old tradition of Catholic higher education, the University welcomes people of all faith traditions and any, or no, religious background. The future success of USD relies on the contributions of those who seek to foster the development of engaged global citizens and an earnest confrontation of humanity’s urgent challenges.

Detailed Description:
The University of San Diego is searching for a dynamic Director of University Galleries, who will oversee a nimble exhibition program and purposefully focused collections that position the Galleries as a unique and vibrant model among west coast institutions. The Galleries collect and exhibit compelling works wrought by artists over time, focusing on prints—from Rembrandt to Julie Mehretu—photographs, time-based art, and Native American art and material culture. Engaging a broad audience of students, faculty, staff and interested community, the Galleries serve as places of encounter and learning, and of dialogue across disciplines.

Duties & Responsibilities:


The Director of University Galleries will oversee a robust program of exhibitions, publications, lectures, screenings, and events in four distinct spaces and will work to build the related collections.

  • The Hoehn Family Galleries, in Founders Hall at the heart of campus, are dedicated to exhibiting prints. The adjacent Print Study Room houses the University's substantial print collection and print research library and is open to the campus community during weekdays.
  • Nested within the Humanities Center, the small, elegant Humanities Center Gallery presents Screenings, together with exhibitions that dovetail with the diverse and innovative practices of the Center, including interdisciplinary research, digital humanities, and engagement with the public humanities.
  • The David W. May Gallery is the display space for the university's collection of American Indian art and material culture, and has established a steady rhythm of exhibitions of contemporary Native American artists.
  • The Fine Art Galleries in the Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice focus on photography, with exhibitions examining issues related to peace and social justice. These themes are at the center of a small but growing collection of photographs.


The Director works with a team that includes the Hoehn Curatorial Fellow for Prints (a three-year appointment); a May Collection / NAGPRA Specialist; an Operations Coordinator; and student gallery guides. More broadly, the Director will:

  • Oversee the curatorial, administrative, legal, fundraising and budgetary workings of the galleries.
  • Develop support and relationships for the galleries on campus and further afield.
  • Negotiate loans and partnerships.
  • Collaborate with the Department of Art, Architecture + Art History—and with colleagues across the university—to weave the work of the galleries into the curriculum and student experience.
  • Oversee the University Galleries website and online database of the permanent collections
  • Track progress of the current Strategic Plan (through 2024) and lead a new strategic planning process.
  • Work with USD's tribal liaison and NAGPRA consultants to complete the repatriation of sacred objects.


  • Shepherd gallery and collection endowments in harmony with their purposes, together with other budgetary resources.
  • Work with USD's Office of Sponsored Programs to pursue funding from foundations, individuals and government agencies.
  • Maintain relationships with existing supporters.

Other Professional Activities:

  • Pursue scholarly research as time permits.
  • Participate in professional associations that are pertinent for the galleries.
  • Engage with relevant internal and external committees.

Job Requirements:
Minimum Qualifications:

  • Advanced degree in art history or related field.
  • A track record of organizing exhibitions and publications.
  • At least 5 years of experience directing a museum is required.
  • Experience in strategic planning related to art museums and galleries
  • Organizational skills in multi-institutional collaborations.
  • The ideal candidate will flourish within the context of a lively, change-making university with a liberal arts college at its core, together with schools of engineering, law, business, leadership and education sciences, nursing, and peace studies.
  • Working knowledge of NAGPA regulations.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in art history or related field preferred.
  • At least 5 years of experience directing a museum in a university environment, non-profit gallery, or leading a museum department is preferred.

Special Conditions of Employment:

The University of San Diego is requiring all employees to follow our Covid-19 vaccine requirement process.

Background check: Successful completion of a pre-employment background check.

Degree Verification Requirement: Persons offered employment in this position will be required to provide official education transcripts for degree verification purposes.

Posting Salary:
Commensurate with experience; Excellent Benefits

The University of San Diego offers a very competitive benefits package including; medical, dental, vision, a retirement contribution given to you by the University, and access to on-campus Fitness Centers. Please visit the benefits section of our website to view all of the perks and benefits that USD has to offer. USD: Human Resources: Benefits

Special Application Instructions:
Resume and Cover Letter Required

Click Apply Now to complete our online application. In addition, please upload a cover letter and resume to your application profile for the hiring managers’ review.

Please forward a letter of application, a CV, and contact information for three recommenders, together with supplemental materials, such as exhibition catalogues and/or grant proposals.

If you have any questions or difficulties please contact the Employment Services Team at 619-260-6806, or email us at

Additional Details:
Hours: 37.5 hours per week

Closing date: Open until filled. The review of applications will begin on May 16, 2022.

Note: External job postings will be up for at least five days. After that time, applications will be reviewed by the hiring manager/committee throughout the posting period. A candidate may be selected at any time which could then close this posting on a date earlier than listed.

The University of San Diego is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion and is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the campus community.

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About This Job

  • University of San Diego - University Galleries
  • San Diego, CA
  • Category: Professional
  • Salary Range: $105,000-$120,000
  • Posted: May 10, 2022