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The Port Angeles Fine Arts Center, Port Angeles / Seeks Gallery and Program Director

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The Port Angeles Fine Arts Center is currently seeking an innovative Gallery and Program Director to curate gallery shows and a five-acre art park, providing high quality art experiences and exhibits for travelling visitors and local community members alike. The Center is less than a mile from the Olympic National Park Visitor’s Center and approximately 18 miles away from Hurricane Ridge. The grounds are perched atop a wooded hill overlooking the City of Port Angeles, the Port of Port Angeles, and the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Vancouver Island, BC can be seen across the Strait, and Victoria, BC is just a ferry ride away.

The Center operates one indoor gallery with several exhibits annually. The surrounding art park in Webster’s Woods houses hundreds of outdoor sculptures in a wooded setting accessible to the public via a series of self-guided trails. The works of art installed can blend in with the forested surroundings, surprising viewers upon discovery, and sometimes provide stark contrasts to the natural setting. As they are exposed to the elements, the works are also in a constant state of change.

The Gallery and Program Director’s primary tasks will be generating engaging exhibitions and curating both the gallery and the art park. This person will reach out to the local community and connect with regional, national, and/or international artists and jurors. The PAFAC is run by a small staff, which includes an Executive Director, an Administrative Coordinator, volunteers and docents. The Gallery and Program Director oversees the exhibits and curation and will report directly to the Executive Director. The Executive Director works with the Board of Trustees and Board of Directors, the City, and other community organizations on a variety of administrative and organizational aspects of the Center’s operations, including business development, budgeting and human resources. Both Directors collaborate on event programming, marketing, and cultivating educational opportunities through both the exhibits and the art park.

Consider this unparalleled curatorial opportunity at the Port Angeles Fine Arts Center, on the Olympic Peninsula, where the mountains meet the sea.  Visit our website for job description and application details.

Nature of Work:
Under the direction of the Executive Director, the Gallery and Program Director plans and manages the exhibitions and events of the Fine Arts Center. The Director will develop and present a yearly program calendar for the Executive Director and Board of Directors.

The Gallery & Program Director coordinates all gallery and some event related activities of the Center working with the Executive Director, Board of Directors and volunteer committees. The Director assists the Executive Director in achieving program and exhibition goals and objectives outlined in the Center budget and strategic plan. The Director also oversees operations of the gallery, outdoor art park and the docent program.

The position requires working a flexible schedule including most weekends and some evenings.

Essential Job Functions:
Essential job functions are those functions that the individual holding the position must be able to perform unaided or with the assistance of reasonable accommodation.) The following duties are not inclusive of all duties and the incumbent performs other related duties as required.
- Curate gallery and outdoor art park exhibitions.
- Develop and build docent program. Recruit and supervise docents and volunteers.
- Draft budgets for exhibits and events. Submit and review with Executive Director.
- Assist with grant writing that is specific to art related proposals.
- Develop long-range plans for programs and activities.
- Curate and design visual art exhibitions or arrange for the showing of traveling exhibitions.
- Arrange loans of artwork and schedule with artists and lenders; negotiate gifts of artwork with artists and donors.
- Transport or arrange transport of artworks for exhibition.
- Develop supplementary programming in support of the exhibitions, including lectures, performances, readings, workshops and tours.
- Compose, design, and arrange publication of interpretive and promotional materials.
- Marketing, communications, social media and graphic design for the Center’s exhibits and events.
- Recruit art education program support (contract work or volunteers).
- Create strategies to increase number of attendees (and the diversity of attendees) to gallery and art park events.
- Remain current in the field of art and exhibition design.
- Create and/or contribute to the Center’s quarterly art publication.
- Gallery maintenance
- Other duties as assigned

Working Conditions and Physical Demands:
Work is performed in an office environment and requires sitting and utilizing a keyboard and PC work station for extended periods of time. Physical labor includes installing and de- installing exhibits which requires bending, stooping and lifting-up to 50 pounds. It also includes regular outdoor walks on art park trails and property.

- Bachelor’s degree in Art, Art History, Studio Art and/or Art Education, or a combination of training and equivalent professional work experience will be considered.
- Master’s degree is desirable.
- Must possess strong marketing, public relations, and fundraising skills and experience engaging a wide range of stakeholders and diverse populations.

- Must have proficient computer skills with graphics and desktop publishing software as well as office programs, fluency with design and publishing in both printed and electronic formats.

Other Requirements:
- Good driving record and possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid State of Washington driver’s license within thirty (30) days of employment. Must have own vehicle.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
- Thorough professional grounding in the visual arts and their presentations
- Strong knowledge of various types of styles of contemporary art work and art making methods as well as modern methods and practices of preparing gallery exhibitions and displays of works of art.
- Knowledge of and ability to develop and conduct effective educational programs.
- A broad range of contacts in the regional art world
- Strong verbal and written and verbal communication skills. Public speaking skills and ability to communicate with volunteer board members, the public and artists.
- Good organizational skills and ability to handle multiple tasks effectively.
- Creative problem solving skills.
- Ability to prioritize, schedule work and meet deadlines.
- Ability to work independently, be self-directed and work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people and organizations.

Salary: $42,000 a year, plus $400 per month towards health care costs.

Application Materials:
- Resume (including exhibition history)
- Marketing portfolio
- Two writing samples

Email all application materials to
Application deadline: January 2nd.
Contact person: Jessica Elliot

​Port Angeles Fine Arts Center
1203 E. Lauridsen Blvd.​
Port Angeles, WA 98362
(360) 457-3532

No phone calls, please.

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