Job Opening: Barbara Alfond Manager of Exhibitions and Publications at Colby College Museum of Art

29 Dec 2017 8:16 PM | Anonymous member

Barbara Alfond Manager of Exhibitions and Publications, Colby College Museum of Art

Full-Time, Exempt, Salaried, Administrative Staff Appointment

The manager of exhibitions and publications manages all administrative aspects of the planning and implementation of the Colby Museum of Art exhibitions and print and digital publications. Working closely with the deputy director, director and chief curator, and the curatorial and education departments, the manager of exhibitions and publications does this by aligning the appropriate staff from across the museum and implementing effective project management and procedures. 

The manager of exhibitions and publications serves as an intermediary between museum leadership, the curatorial, education, collections, and installation departments, and external parties related to the development and facilitation of the museum’s exhibitions and related publications and communications. The position is responsible for initiating and maintaining institutional partnerships in service of the exhibitions and publication programs. The ideal candidate will be highly organized and motivated, have exceptional writing and editing skills, and enjoy working in a dynamic, inspiring environment.

  • Implement a coherent vision for the Colby Museum of Art’s exhibition and publication programs emphasizing scholarship, diverse subjects, accessibility, and varied audiences
  • Coordinate effective communication between museum leadership, curatorial, collections, education, and installations colleagues to streamline a collaborative approach to realizing the museum’s exhibition and publication programs
  • Manage the museum’s exhibitions programs as a whole, including administration related to exhibition travel itineraries, production schedules and meetings, and coordination with internal and external partners
  • Generate artist agreements and exhibition contracts, monitor to ensure obligations are met in a timely manner
  • Facilitate editing exhibition texts and labels in collaboration with the curatorial and education departments,  
  • faculty, and students
  • Help create and execute communications and marketing for exhibitions, provide approved copy, reproductions, and credits to relevant departments for use in marketing, advancement, grant applications and reports, educational materials, website and digital forums
  • Manage the museum’s print publication program, including coordination with authors, designers, editors, and publishers
  • Oversee production of the museum’s current digital publication, The Lantern, maintain publication schedule and standards, provide final copy-edit of content, implement future digital publications as needed
  • Serve as a liaison and provide editorial coordination and copy-edit/review as appropriate for press releases, calendars, and other written communications
  • Maintain budgets related to the Colby Museum of Art exhibitions and publications
  • Cultivate effective working relationships and connections with publishers, designers, and editors and closely follow trends in museum publishing and digital publications and resources
  • Perform additional duties as assigned; duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice
  • Bachelor’s degree or the equivalent in education and experience
  • Minimum three to five years of experience in a museum or related arts setting, with experience managing complex projects
  • Proven project management track record working within a team in a demanding environment and managing team deliverables
  • Prior experience with production processes for digital and print publications and exhibitions
  • Strong design sense and experience working with contract designers and editors
  • Proven leadership skills, ability to contribute to a motivating work environment and to foster teamwork and coordinate groups
  • Ability to work under own initiative, with a proactive approach to problem solving and flexible approach to all challenges
  • Demonstrated experience delivering absolute accuracy in budget oversight
  • High level of proficiency required with Google and MS Office suites including databases, schedules, spreadsheets, mail merge with MS Word, Excel, Outlook, Access, Acrobat, and Embark or other collection management software
  • Excellent organizational skills with attention to detail; ability to multi-task and meet deadlines
  • Strong written and verbal skills; ability to communicate and interact at all levels of the organization
  • Ability to make an impact through work as a member of a team and diverse community
This position reports to the deputy director of the museum with a close working relationship with the director and chief curator, curatorial and education departments, and collections and installation staff. Position will also interact with faculty, staff, students, alumni, and outside constituencies.

General open office and campus environment. Position involves sitting, although frequent movement is necessary. Computer usage involving repetitive hand/wrist motion is also necessary. Occasional travel may be required.


Interested candidates should apply electronically by visiting, and clicking the "Apply Now" button on the Colby College website. Please submit a letter of interest including salary requirements, resume, and relevant publication or writing sample (these can be submitted as one or two documents and emailed to: Also include the contact information of three professional references. Materials should be addressed to:

Barbara Alfond Manager of Exhibitions and Publications - Search Committee
Office of Human Resources
Colby College
5500 Mayflower Hill
Waterville, ME 04901-8855

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