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Assistant Director of Exhibitions and Programs

25 Jul 2023 1:21 PM | Jordana Saggese

The David C. Driskell Center located at the University of Maryland College Park campus is looking to hire a full-time Assistant Director for Exhibitions and Programs. Salary Range: $65-75K/ year

Position Summary:

The Assistant Director of Exhibitions and Programs acts as direct assistant to the Director of the David C. Driskell Center in all aspects of managing, planning, and coordinating activities across its library, gallery, and archives. You will be involved in most planning discussions and meetings and will be assigned tasks according to the Center’s priorities. Tasks may include management of the center’s schedule of exhibitions and other events, coordinating related education programming, and marketing for both on-campus and external audiences. The Assistant Director of Exhibitions and Programs will also lead the development program –from investigating and writing grant applications to identifying and developing donor relationships.

The successful Assistant Director of Exhibitions and Programs will provide full administrative and communications support at a senior level to the Director to ensure the smooth management of day-to-day affairs. Handle sensitive and complex issues in a professional and objective manner. Manage online communications with members and the general public. Take initiative as appropriate, especially in the Director’s absence.

B.A. in Art History, Museum Studies, Non-profit Management, or related fields.

Minimum 5 years of full-time experience working in a museum or art gallery.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of collections management databases, cloud-based work management software (e.g., Trello, Asana), and Microsoft Suite.
  • Demonstrated experience with grant writing, management of exhibitions, art education programs, and budgeting.
  • Ability to work in a close, collaborative environment.
  • Ability to organize and plan own work.
  • Excellent attention to detail, with the ability to maintain a high level of accuracy.
  • A flexible, pro-active approach to work including the ability to prioritize and re-prioritize.
  • Experience in writing for museums in either a curatorial or educational
  •  capacity.


  • Master’s in Art History, Museum Studies, or related fields.
  • Some knowledge in the areas of artwork and items in the Museum’s care; knowledge of museum theory and practices.

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