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Career Opportunities

Chief Registrar - Full Time

The Santa Barbara Museum of Art, a leading West Coast art museum, presents internationally-recognized collections and exhibitions and a broad array of cultural and educational activities. SBMA’s permanent collection includes more than 27,000 works of art, including paintings, sculpture, prints, drawings, photographs, ceramics, glass, jades, bronzes, lacquer and textiles. These works represent the arts of Asia, Europe and the Americas spanning over 5,000 years of human history.

We are seeking a highly qualified Chief Registrar with strong leadership talents and extensive experience in all areas of collection and exhibition management. The Chief Registrar reports to the Assistant Director/Chief Curator and currently supervises a staff of three, including two associate registrars and one assistant registrar with the likelihood of an additional assistant registrar hired on a temporary basis during the on-going renovation.

The Chief Registrar’s primary responsibility is to oversee the registration operations for the Museum’s permanent collection and an active and varied program of special exhibitions. Specific responsibilities include oversight of exhibition-related operations; accessioning/deaccessioning works of art; maintenance of the collection files, both paper and electronic; management of the permanent collection, including outgoing loans and internal movement and storage of works of art; risk management; budget preparation and control; and coordination of photographic services.

Over the next two years the Chief Registrar will play a central role in planning and implementing the orderly temporary storage and eventual reinstallation of the permanent collection, scheduled to take place in a phased renovation over the next 3 to 5 years.

B.A. in art history, history, or related discipline is required with a preference for an M.A. in art history or museum studies. Strong candidates will have at least five years of professional registration/collections management experience in an AAM-accredited art museum. Ten years of museum experience with at least five years in a supervisory capacity is preferred. This position requires a thorough knowledge of registration methods and practices, and an understanding of museum legal and ethical issues. Excellent organizational, analytical, and logistical abilities, along with strong written and verbal communication skills, are a must. Additionally skills and qualities desired: precision attention to detail with the temperament to handle multiple tasks and meet deadlines; ability to work effectively with a broad range of individuals and within a collaborative team environment; flexibility and openness to innovation; and proficiency in collections management and business management software, particularly TMS. Fluency in at least one modern foreign language is preferred.

  • This position is full-time with an exempt status
  • Must be able to lift art objects up to 50 pounds periodically
  • Salary is DOE with competitive benefits including paid time off/paid holidays and medical/dental/vision/retirement plan eligibility and more.      
  • Successful Background Check is required.
  • Deadline to apply:  Applications, Resumes and Cover Letters will be accepted through 8/22/14 or until the position is filled, either before or after noted date.
Send cover letter, resume, and application to:

Human Resources 
Santa Barbara Museum of Art
1130 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93l0l
Fax: 805.966.6840
Email: hr@sbma.net

Click here to download an application.

 

Manager of Annual Fund and Planned Giving - Full Time

The Santa Barbara Museum of Art presents internationally recognized collections and exhibitions and a broad array of cultural and educational activities. We are currently seeking to fill the position of Manager of Annual Fund and Planned Giving, which reports to the Director of Development. As a key component of our Development Department, this position manages the Museum Fund for Excellence (MFE) and provides overall administration for the Planned Giving Program/SBMA Legacy Society. The position also serves as staff liaison to the Museum Collectors Council (MCC) and smART Families. 

The successful applicant must possess exceptional written, oral, and interpersonal skills; be proactive and take initiative to achieve annual fundraising goals; possess excellent organizational proficiency; strong customer service skills; have experience with volunteer management and event coordination; possess a strong ability to work with donors and Trustees in a confident manner, effectively multi-task and work efficiently under pressure, and to serve collegially within a goal-oriented development team. Proficiency in MS Word, Excel, and Raiser's Edge or similar database is required. A strong familiarity with Crescendo planned giving software is preferred. 

This position also requires three to five years of development experience specially related to annual fund and planned giving, in a museum, arts organization, or educational institution, or equivalent related management experience; BA degree is preferred. Must maintain a high level of discretion and confidentiality. 

 

  • Schedule: Full Time - 40 Hours per Week
  • This position is eligible for benefits
  • Successful Background Check is required.
  • Deadline to apply: Applications, Resumes and Cover Letters will be accepted through July 14, 2014 or until the position is filled.
Send cover letter, resume, and application to:

Human Resources 
Santa Barbara Museum of Art
1130 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93l0l
Fax: 805.966.6840
Email: hr@sbma.net

Click here to download an application.

 

Curatorial Assistant, Contemporary Art - Full Time

The Santa Barbara Museum of Art, a leading West Coast art museum, presents internationally-recognized collections and exhibitions and a broad array of cultural and educational activities.  The Museum seeks a Curatorial Assistant to provide general administrative, clerical and curatorial assistance to the Curator of Contemporary Art.  Duties include providing assistance in research and cataloguing of the permanent collection acquisitions, assigned projects, and assisting with exhibition preparation (preparing checklists, press copy and other publicity materials, assisting in research, proofing materials for exhibitions and maintaining files).  Also provides clerical assistance with departmental tasks, including telephone inquiries, correspondence, and serving as liaison with other Museum departments, visitors and patrons. 

This position requires excellent organizational abilities, general knowledge of art history, strong research skills and demonstrated writing capabilities.  Must be familiar with Microsoft Word, Outlook, Excel and Photo Editor; knowledge of TMS collection database software and basic graphic design skills are desirable.  Excellent proofreading skills, thoroughness and attention to detail are essential.  BA in Art or Art History preferred.

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  • Schedule: Full Time - 40 Hours per Week
  • Compensation: $17/hour DOE with Full Benefits
  • Successful Background Check is required.
  • Deadline to apply: Applications, Resumes and Cover Letters will be accepted until the position is filled, (either before or after noted date).
Send cover letter, resume, and application to:

Human Resources
Santa Barbara Museum of Art
1130 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93l0l
Fax: 805.966.6840
Email: hr@sbma.net

Click here to download an application.

 
 

Grants Manager - Full Time

The Grants Manager for the Santa Barbara Museum of Art oversees the Museum's grants program. This includes the research and generation of grant requests to community, family and individual foundations, local businesses, corporations, and Federal funding sources such as IMLS & NEA. The Grants Manager is proactive, oversees annual granting schedules and timelines, researches new funding opportunities, prepares progress and final reports on grants received. She/he works closely with Museum staff to ensure grant requests and reports include accurate and current program descriptions and statistics, financial and other data and/or exhibition descriptions, to secure funds for the Museum's exhibitions, education and public programs, and general operating fund.

The qualified candidate will have a bachelor's degree in English or related field, a minimum of five years of related experience, as well as a proven track-record of successful grants fundraising. Applicants will be required to provide writing samples to demonstrate research and writing skills. The ability to organize and synthesize complex ideas into clear and persuasive prose is essential for this position. The successful applicant will also possess the ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from funders and the Museum's leadership team. Knowledge about art, museums and philanthropic foundations is required.

  • Schedule: Full Time
  • This position status is eligible for benefits
  • Successful Background Check is required
Send cover letter, resume, and application to:

Human Resources
Santa Barbara Museum of Art
1130 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93l0l
Fax: 805.966.6840
Email: hr@sbma.net

Click here to download an application.

 

Internship/Volunteer Opportunities

The museum currently has no internship/volunteer opportunities available, please check again for future openings.

 

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