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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The Halperin Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art
Job Requisition Number: 64199
The Halperin Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art is responsible for the development of this area of the collection, including its documentation, research, preservation, presentation, and growth. Additionally, the Curator will organize, solicit and propose thematic and monographic exhibitions of all sizes for presentation at the Cantor and its traveling exhibitions program. The Modern and Contemporary collection includes objects created in the 20th and 21st Centuries that span media (Paintings, Sculpture, Prints, Drawings, Photographs, Video etc.) and global geographical regions. 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 collections and exhibitions program in innovative ways. This is an exciting opportunity to focus on the ways in which modern and contemporary art can serve as a lens through which to learn about the conditions of our time and to situate the global contemporary within the context of art and cultural history provided by the rich collection of the Cantor. This curator position is an endowed position and reports to the Associate Director for Exhibitions, Collections, and Curatorial Affairs and works in close collaboration with the Museum Director.
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Collections Engagement Assistant
Job Requisition Number: 63706
The Collections Engagement Assistant reports to the Interim Curator of Education [ICE] and supports the CAC’s university-level curricular education programs, including Stanford class sessions held in the CAC’s Tanenbaum seminar room or galleries, curricular exhibitions, and special research projects relating to collections engagement for the University community.
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Museum Preparator II
Job Requisition Number: 64200
Under the supervision of the Acting Manager of Collections, Exhibitions and Conservation, the Museum Preparator II works with the team of Preparators at the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University (CAC) in the preparation, installation, storage, packing, and general handling of art objects in the permanent collection and temporary exhibitions. Preparators perform a wide variety of duties in support of museum operations and in collaboration with Registrars, Curators, Head of Exhibitions, and Conservators. This position is covered by a collective bargaining unit.
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Outdoor Sculpture and Conservation Coordinator
Job Requisition Number: 63022
With Cantor staff, develop and manage program for siting, installation and maintenance of Outdoor Sculpture Collection. Maintain works in good condition; develop budget, work plan and goals; train, hire and work alongside Stanford and occasionally non-Stanford students hired for the Outdoor Sculpture Maintenance Crew; plan, schedule, coordinate and monitor special projects such as annual survey, installations, de-installations, conservation treatments and repainting. Develop and maintain campus contacts, with vendors/consultants/contractors and other relevant departments. Schedule and work closely with specialist contract conservators and other service providers; write reports and perform record keeping of paper, photographic documentation and data files; contribute to Conservation blog with posts on activities and help maintain blog-site; work with Education Department and Public Relations department in creating signage as needed for special projects, and communications with university, public and staff. Collaborate closely with supervisor, director, curators, events staff, collections manager and finance manager on all aspects of program.
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Updated: September 3, 2014


Position Title: Art and Technology Research Assistant

Augmenting Art with Technology: Art++ aims to improve the experience of visitors in a museum gallery by proposing a new way of delivering information. Using augmented reality, Art++ will offer viewers an immersive and interactive learning experience by overlaying content directly on the objects through the viewfinder of a smartphone or tablet device. Imagine coming upon a painting and taking a photo of it, with your phone already out and focused on the work of art, a visitor can open this application to reveal hidden histories of that painting: infrared image of the original drawing beneath the paint; insight on how the painting may have looked before fading over the centuries; and illuminating details or historical context that may have otherwise gone unnoticed.


The Art++ team seeks two students interested in engaging with works in the collection to determine and develop the works of art that will be highlighted in the application. Students will work with curators, registrars, and conservators to research artworks that have subtle stories that could benefit from this unique form of storytelling. Work includes hands-on experience closely examining art objects, academic research, and as scientific research and experiments. Students interested in visual analysis, the science of conservation, and technology in museums are especially encouraged to apply. Exact timing of assistantship will depend on the intern’s schedule; fall or winter quarter preferred. Schedule is flexible, 8 – 10 hours per week. To apply: please submit cover letter, resume, and references to Colleen Stockmann, Assistant Curator for Special Projects, by midnight on October 5.



Position Title: Exhibitions Assistant

This student position reports to the Head of Exhibitions and provides administrative and some operational support for the implementation of the exhibitions program. This is an opportunity to acquire or augment skills in exhibition coordination and records management, and to gain some behind-the-scenes museum experience working with Cantor Arts Center staff. Responsibilities are to provide support in the following areas: organizing and maintaining the museum's exhibition archives; monitoring and maintenance of individual exhibition schedules; coordinating and attending certain exhibition meetings. The Exhibitions Assistant will also perform a range of administrative duties including routine correspondence, telephone, and e-mail, faxing, filing and copying, and other duties as assigned. Museum experience is preferred but not required; attention to detail, excellent organizational and communication skills, self-motivation, interest in arts administration. Schedule is flexible, 8-10 hours per week. This position has the potential to grow into a greater range of responsibilities. To apply: send resume and cover letter to Sara Kabot, Head of Exhibitions by midnight on October 5.



Position Title: Exhibition Planning Assistant

The Cantor Arts Center seeks a student with experience and interest in architecture and design to update and create accurate floor plans of all galleries. The student will work jointly with multiple departments including facilities, visitor services, and exhibitions. In addition to refining the Cantor’s digital set of gallery floor plans, the student will work on other building related initiatives including general way finding and other signage. Schedule is flexible, 8 – 10 hours per week. Exact timing of position will depend on the student’s schedule; fall or winter quarter preferred. To apply: please submit cover letter, resume, and references to Colleen Stockmann, Assistant Curator for Special Projects, by midnight on October 5.




Position Title: PR Student Assistant 
The PR student assistant will assist in planning publicity campaigns geared towards Stanford students and the community; distribute information about the Cantor and its programs through a variety of forms including Facebook, email, online, and printed materials around campus; work on outreach to student groups; keep online listings up-to-date and seek out new listing opportunities; write and submit notices for student publications; organize and file PR materials as needed. Student should have a good working knowledge of the Stanford campus and its environs, proficiency with Word and Photoshop desired, excellent written and oral communication skills, work well with others, able to work on an individual basis, and be self-motivated. Preferred: applicants interested in the arts, photography, and / or public relations/marketing. Schedule is flexible, 8 – 10 hours per week. To apply: send resume and cover letter to Margaret Whitehorn, Public Relations Assistant Manager by midnight on October 5.


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