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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 Director oversees a nimble exhibition program and purposefully focused collections to position the gallery as a unique and vibrant entity among west coast institutions. The focus of the directorship is to 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 while engaging a broad audience of students, faculty, staff and interested community members. The Galleries serve as places of encounter and learning, and of dialogue across disciplines.

The Director of University Galleries oversees and manages all University galleries and related collections. These currently include the Hoehn Family Print Room, the Robert and Karen Hoehn Galleries, the Fine Art Galleries, and the David May Gallery. The Director is responsible for all aspects of developing, programming and installing exhibitions; including shipping, receiving, registration, installation, insurance, reception, publicity and security in accordance with best museum practices. In addition, the Director is responsible for managing the gallery and collection endowments and other budgetary resources, enhancing and stewarding the related gallery collections, and chairing curatorial advisory committees related to the collections. The Director will ensure the galleries and collections reflect the mission and values of the university and are managed in keeping with the purpose of the endowments. The Director also is responsible for cultivating new resources and relationships for the galleries and leading dialogues, both on campus and in the community, to envision and enhance the roles of the galleries at USD and in Southern California. In collaboration with the Department of Art, Architecture + Art History, the Director will further integrate the galleries into the curriculum and student learning experiences.

Duties & Responsibilities:


  • Coordinate the curation, publications (e.g. catalogues, brochures, and printed calendars), and public programming for 4 distinct galleries (in 6 spaces) and Print Study Room: an average of 8-12 exhibitions per year, and 1-3 publications;
  • Negotiate loan contracts and temporary exhibition fees on behalf of USD;
  • Provide oversight for website and online database of permanent collections, including new photography and addressing backlog of uncatalogued materials;
  • Stewardship of internal and external partnerships including museums in Southern California (e.g., projects with Honors Program, Copley Library, Timken Museum of Art, etc.);
  • Collaborate with colleagues at USD on wide variety of exhibition and other interdepartmental projects;
  • Responsible for acquisition, loan, and de-acquisition of works of art;
  • Chair Curatorial Advisory Committee related to collections.
  • Further integrate the programs of the galleries into the academic life of the university, including the curriculum and student learning experiences and projects.
  • Initiate outreach to faculty and staff regarding potential methods for incorporating the galleries into curricular and co-curricular experiences.

General Administration:

  • Provide leadership and articulate strategy for all gallery/collection activities, including conservation/preservation of collections;
  • Ensure legal and financial requirements are met for acquisitions by purchase and gift;
  • Supervise University Gallery staff, including their hiring, performance evaluations, and hourly time;
  • Conduct regular meetings with staff, students and other stakeholders, providing a model of efficient participation and engagement;
  • Monitor departmental budget and ensure prudent use of available funds;
  • Report departmental issues (including budget) in timely manner to the Provost's office;
  • Update and amend Policies and Procedures and Disaster Preparedness manuals in keeping with best practices of the museum field;
  • Track progress on current Strategic Plan (through 2024) and lead new strategic planning process;
  • Ensure all Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA)-related responsibilities are addressed in a timely manner, in consultation with Tribal leaders and outside consultants;
  • Coordinate with Risk Management regarding appropriate insurance for collection;
  • Represent University Galleries (and broader institution) on campus and in broader community settings.


  • Monitor current endowments with an eye toward maximizing their impact;
  • Maintain relationships with existing benefactors;
  • Build new relationships in support of gallery initiatives;
  • Solicit support for Print Society (both gifts in kind and funds);
  • Identify and pursue funding for forthcoming projects (exhibitions, publications, acquisitions, internships, symposia) from private individuals, foundations, and government entities;
  • Work with USD's Office of Sponsored Programs and University Relations to coordinate effective grant submissions and solicitations of support, as well as fulfillment of recognition, reports, and other contractual obligations;
  • Participate in local, regional, and national forums related to relevant grant programs.

Other Professional Activities:

  • Maintain memberships in professional associations that benefit galleries;
  • Participate in a variety of USD (and external) committees as assigned by the Provost;
  • Pursue scholarly research in area/s of expertise, as time permits.

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