Stanford Jobs at Cantor Arts Center

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Associate Director for Academic and Public Engagement
Job Requisition Number: 62090
The Associate Director for Academic and Public Engagement (ADAPE) reports to the Director and is a member of the senior staff.  The ADAPE is responsible for the museum’s academic and educational programming, including developing and implementing educational and audience building strategies, overseeing the operations of an education department that specializes in integrating the visual arts into campus life, building community, and encouraging use of the Museum’s collections and exhibitions in the university curriculum.  S/he works with the museum’s staff and volunteers, the university community, the broader education community, and the public to create and implement programs utilizing the museum’s collections and special exhibitions that stimulate learning about and through the arts, art history and theory, educational theory and practice, and other related disciplines.  The ADAPE designs learning environments to serve the museum’s diverse audience, which includes all age groups and various levels of knowledge and interest.  With the Director and other curators, the ADAPE envisions, designs, and implements strategies designed to realize the museum’s potential as a vital force in the academic and social life of the University and local, regional, national, and international communities.  In addition, the ADAPE provides leadership to the museum’s Visitor Services program and the museum’s comprehensive Marketing and Communications strategy and implementation.  The goal is to ensure that the educational focus of the museum is clearly articulated and communicated, while working to build strong and engaged audiences on campus and beyond.
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Associate Director for Collections, Exhibitions, and Curatorial Affairs
Job Requisition Number: 61714
A new position, the Associate Director for Collections, Exhibitions, and Curatorial Affairs (AD-CECA) will be a key member of the museum’s senior leadership team. Reporting to the Director of the museum, s/he will provide leadership for the museum’s excellence in exhibitions, collection management, acquisitions, conservation, and research. S/he has the responsibility for the works of art owned by or lent to the museum, always guided by advanced knowledge of profession-wide principles and methods used in the handling, exhibition, and preservation of art collections. He/she is responsible for managing and coordinating all curatorial activities of the Cantor Arts Center: he/she convenes and runs collections team meetings; strategically plans and manages the museum’s exhibition schedule; and acts as project director and quality-controller for all museum exhibitions and displays. In addition, the AD-CECA will play a strategic role in strengthening the museum’s commitment to the academic life of the university, by initiating collaborations with Stanford students, faculty, and staff. The successful candidate will have specialization in an art historical field complementary to the Museum’s existing areas of curatorial expertise.
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Curatorial Project Manager, Department of Prints, Drawings and Photographs
Job Requisition Number: 62184
The Curatorial Project Manager reports to the Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs, and will work on a number of significant traveling exhibitions and catalogues, as well as other gallery rotations. Responsibilities include providing support for these original exhibitions and loan shows; documenting objects in the permanent collection by conducting scholarly research, creating records, and updating information in the museum database; and being active in departmental programs related to student engagement with the collection, academic programs, and donor cultivation.
Fixed Term: March 2014September 2015
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Finance and Administration Manager
Job Requisition Number: 61750
The Cantor Arts Center is seeking an adaptable and resourceful problem solver who loves to be immersed in spreadsheets and financial analysis.  The Finance & Administration Manager will report to the Associate Director for Finance & Operations and will have primary responsibility and accountability for financial reporting and forecasting.  The position will also assess, create and implement tools and processes for supporting and enhancing the overall efficiency of museum finances, operations and administration. This position supervises an Accounting Associate and Receptionist
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Museum Curator
Job Requisition Number: 61073
The Phyllis Wattis Curator of the Arts of Africa and the Americas
The Curator of the Arts of Africa, Native America and Ancient America is responsible for the development of this area of the collection, including its documentation, research, preservation, presentation, and growth. The collection includes objects in several media from Africa, American Indian tribes primarily from the western parts of North America, including art from the modern and contemporary period, and ancient Native American cultures from before the period of western contact. We are committed to developing these areas of the collection, and expect the successful curator will specialize in either the arts of Africa or Native American cultures, and also have a strong interest in the other area of the collection. We are especially interested in a curator who can offer new and fresh perspectives on the collection and will integrate contemporary art and issues into the collection and exhibition program.
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Senior Registrar
Job Requisition Number: 61259

The Senior Registrar, reports to the Acting Manager of Collections, Exhibitions and Conservation and is a member of the Registration Department of the Cantor Arts Center (CAC). His/her primary role is to organize manage, and care for the museum’s permanent collection. Profession-wide, museum principles and standards are used as guidelines in handling, exhibition, and preservation of art collections. S/he works closely with the registration, exhibition and preparation staff, curatorial staff, and students in addition to conservators, donors, institutional and private lenders, shippers and craters, insurance providers, and customs brokers.
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Family Sunday Art Educator
The Cantor Arts Center Family Programs seeks a creative, experienced art educator to teach Studio Art-Making on our highly popular Family Sundays. Responsibilities include teaching approximately once a month, designing lesson plans inspired by objects in our collections, and assisting with special events as needed. Lesson plans should introduce new techniques and media and implement best practices in educational pedagogy. The art educator would also manage the Cantor’s Moorman Art Studio and may perform a variety of administrative duties including submitting lesson plans and corresponding with the Cantor staff. The right candidate should be organized, detail-oriented, and personable, exhibit strong communication skills, and have a solid teaching background, and express interest in working in museums and with young audiences. The position would require working approximately 4 hours once a month on Sundays, plus an additional 2-4 hours per week for planning and administrative tasks. Compensation is commensurate with experience, and the position is not benefited. To apply, please email a cover letter, resume, and any work samples (portfolio, lesson plans, curricula) to Michelle Ho, Education Programs Assistant, at Deadline: Sunday, February 23th.

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Position Title: Art and Science Fellowship for Junior Year Science Majors
Did you know that x-ray fluoroescence (xrf) can help an art historian understand ancient clay firing techniques in Greek vases? And that understanding the same ancient technology can be applied to improving the life of today’s lithium batteries for use in the aeronautics industry?
Why apply? Increase your value as a scientist by developing the ability to approach problems in a creative, multi-disciplinary way through researching the technical art history of an object in the Cantor Arts Center Collection. Use labs and scientific equipment on campus: xrf, xrd, mass spec, laser, etc. Great on a resume.
Choose an art object in the Cantor collection and with the assistance of faculty from the sciences, staff from the museum and the Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource/SLAC you could (for example):
• Study patinas and bronze casts made during and after Rodin’s lifetime using Cantor’s large Rodin collection
• Investigate coatings to stop corrosion on outdoor sculpture
• Study cross-section samples of paintings and other art objects to authenticate maker and provenance
• Identify colorants, clays and firing methods in ancient ceramics; apply methods to new technologies
Post-research opportunities:
• Work with Cantor, Science Faculty and SSRL staff to publish a paper
• Present at a conference poster session
• Develop an exhibition around your research
Develop a proposal for any object in the museum collection and apply for the Chen-Yang Fellowship Fund. Winter-Spring quarter: 12 hours/week, $15-17/hour, up to 20 weeks. Full time summer project $6000, conference and travel grant, materials research funds up to $5000.
CONTACT: Susan Roberts-Manganelli, Director, Art + Science Learning Lab, Cantor Arts Center

Position Title: Conservation Assistant

Assist Director of Art and Science Learning Lab in preservation, restoration, and conservation duties.  By end of assistantship, have clear idea of general museum practices in the preventive care and conservation treatment of the collection.  May include preparation of objects for specific gallery rotations or exhibitions.  Assist contract conservators on site while estimating or performing treatment on paintings, sculpture, works on paper, textiles, etc. Gain knowledge of basics of climate control in museum setting.  Other duties include monitoring gallery hygrothermographs twice a week; filing records; preparing silica gel for exhibition cases and storage cases; monthly inventory safety cabinet for lab chemicals; performing simple treatment procedures as training with conservator progresses (brush dusting, preparing for storage, surface cleaning, in-painting, pest control measures). Some experience with art object handling skills desirable; art history and/or studio art; chemistry; photography is desirable, but not required. Student should be responsible and organized; able to take direction and work well with others. Position is approximately 5 - 8 hours per week. To apply: send resume and cover letter to Susan Roberts-Manganelli, Director of Art and Science Learning Lab.


Position Title: Preparator Assistant
Under the direction and supervision of museum preparators, the Preparator Assistant learns and undertakes standard and certain specialized practices for handling, mounting, installing, and storing works of art in various media, as well as preparing gallery spaces and furnishings. No experience necessary, but consideration will be given to candidates who have experience with making and/or handling works of art or comparable fragile and sensitive materials; good dexterity and vision; physically and temperamentally steady; responsible; reliable; able to take direction and work well with others. Schedule is flexible, 8 - 10 hours per week. Open to Stanford students only. To apply: send resume and cover letter to Daniel Meltsner, Preparator.

Position Title: Studio Art-Making Assistant
Cantor Family Programs is hiring 6-8 helpers to assist on Sundays during the weekly Family Programs’ Drop-In Art-Making. Held in the museum's Moorman Studio, the class is taught by a rotating roster of professional art educators from
1 - 3 pm every Sunday. During thirty-minute sessions, families create art inspired by a work from the museum's collection featured in that day's docent-led tour. Studio assistants explain the art project to families, maintain art supplies on the table, clean up as needed, answer questions, and assist the art educator. We are looking for stellar, reliable studio assistants that are passionate about art and enjoy working with families. Studio assistants are expected to work at least 2 Sundays a month from 12:30 - 3:30 pm and are compensated from a base of $10/hr. To apply: send resume and short paragraph about why you would like to be a part of the studio art-making crew to Michelle Ho, Education Programs Assistant.

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