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Company: University of Washington
Location: Seattle
Posted on: January 26, 2023

Job Description:

If you are using a screen reader and experience any difficulty accessing our web pages, please call 206-543-2544 or email UWHires and we will be happy to assist you. jump to content Salary: Salary and benefits are competitive. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Shift: First Shift Notes: This position is 90% Full Time

As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For a complete description of our benefits for this position, please visit our website, click here. The College of Arts & Sciences (CAS) is one of the largest academic units on the UW Seattle campus, employing over 1400 tenure-track and research faculty, in 43 departments and centers, and generating an average $120 million dollars in sponsored research each year. CAS is comprised of 4 major divisions - Arts, Humanities, Social Science and Natural Science - whose cutting-edge research spans from malaria treatment to solar energy to human rights. CAS is home to diverse music, art, drama, dance, digital arts academic units and degrees, and runs one performance hall (Meany) and two major museums (Henry Art and Burke). CAS academic programs support more than 22,000 undergraduates and 2600 graduate students. The College occupies over 1 million square feet of space spread across campus and off-campus facilities in more than 50 buildings.

As a UW employee, you have a unique opportunity to change lives on our campuses, in our state and around the world. UW employees offer their boundless energy, creative problem-solving skills and dedication to build stronger minds and a healthier world.

UW faculty and staff also enjoy outstanding benefits, professional growth opportunities and unique resources in an environment noted for diversity, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits and natural beauty.

The College of Arts & Sciences has an outstanding opportunity for an Administrator-Program Operations to join their team.


The Associate Curator of Programs is responsible for leading the Henry's artist and community program offerings, with a particular focus on amplifying diverse voices and reaching a range of audiences. Programs at the Henry often develop in conversation with partners and their communities, as well as with an understanding of the audiences and issues that matter to them. As such, the Associate Curator of Programs develops and nurtures relations with a number of partners-exhibiting artists, local organizations, and University of Washington faculty, staff, and students-with the goal of offering arts-based programming that engages meaningful questions, offers opportunity for quiet reflection or group dialogue, expands creative thinking and practices, and supports Seattle's greater arts ecologies.

The position partners closely with Henry colleagues to collectively brainstorm programmatic approaches to core exhibition ideas as well, including development of the annual Interpretive Guide, which is a print publication that invites community members to share their reflections on exhibitions, and the community installation project, which offers gallery space to local partners for interactive arts exhibitions. The position will also supervise and support a Youth Programs Manager in maintaining and developing the Henry's standing youth and multigenerational programs (including the Henry Teen Art Collective, the Henry Art Liaison Program, and ArtVentures), as well as supervises interns and work study positions. They also oversee evaluation strategies across programming to ensure quality and relevancy.

SCHEDULE: Tuesday - Friday, 36 hours per week (90% FTE), some evening and weekend hours may be required based on program needs

REPORTS TO: Director of Curatorial Affairs


Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Program development and management

  • Leads the Henry's artist and community program offerings, with a particular focus on amplifying diverse voices and reaching a range of audiences
  • Oversees a yearly schedule of approximately 65+ programs that include:
    --- 45% Public Programming (College-aged, Adult, Seniors)
    --- 30% Teen Programming
    --- 15% Intergenerational and Family Programming
    --- 10% Community/School Group Visit support
  • Develops and nurtures relations with partners-exhibiting artists, local organizations, and University of Washington faculty, staff, and students-with the goal of offering arts-based programming that is meaningful to their communities
  • Collaborates with the Curatorial Department to identify artists, guest speakers, and support exhibition components that have performative and programmatic elements
  • Conceptualizes and oversees a wide range of topics, formats, and interpretive approaches that appeal to diverse audiences
  • Fosters innovative program formats in response to various audiences' ways of approaching the museum
  • Works toward diverse and equitable engagement with race, gender, and ableness across program topics, artists, and program guests
  • Writes text and works strategically to think about how to communicate with multiple audiences and interest groups
  • Works in tandem with the Henry's Communications teams to ensure a strong web and social media presence; plans strategically for documentation of programs and considers the impact of programs beyond their initial presentation
  • Partners with the Visitor Experience Team to inform visitors about programs and to expand audience awareness and participation; partners with the IT Department to ensure audio/visual and other technology needs for programs are met
  • Continually improves and refines the Henry's programs by evaluating events for quality, attendance, and educational content
    Is present at the majority of public and youth programs, working evenings and weekends as needed

    Administration and supervision

  • Manages annual programs team budget and program-specific budgets
  • Works with Development staff to secure additional funding where necessary to support programs
  • Supervises and assists the Youth Programs Manager in developing and maintaining standing education programs, including the Henry Teen Art Collective, ArtVentures, and the Art Liaison Program, and the facilitating artists, interns, and work study positions associated with these programs
  • Supervises and assists the Youth Programs Manager in developing exhibition resources for educators
  • Supervises University of Washington Work Study student employees and interns

    Other duties as assigned


  • Typically 5+ years of educational, curatorial, or museum programming experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience

    Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.


  • Ability to work with multiple internal and external partners to achieve a project or common goal
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, with a collaborative approach.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with diverse audiences.
  • Attention to detail and ability to conceptualize steps involved in implementing programs and events as well as to see big picture.
  • Well-developed written and oral communication skills; ability to communicate in a professional manner.
  • Self-directed with the ability to take initiative and anticipate actions needed; ability to exercise discretion and independent judgment and to be a team player in an active work environment.
  • Ability to lead, manage, delegate, and juggle multiple tasks and meet demanding deadlines.
  • Ability to work well under pressure while exhibiting professionalism, a customer-focused attitude, and consistent flexibility in a busy environment.
  • Commitment to equitable museum practices


  • Significant experience in arts programming with experience in a museum/university environment
  • Deep and broad engagement in contemporary ideas and culture in keeping with the Henry's mission
  • Proven understanding of contemporary art across disciplines
  • A wide network of contacts within current creative/intellectual communities

    Application Process:

    The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process. These assessments may include Work Authorization, Cover Letter and/or others. Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select "Apply to this position". Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment, you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your "My Jobs" page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.
    Applicants considered for this position will be required to disclose if they are the subject of any substantiated findings or current investigations related to sexual misconduct at their current employment and past employment. Disclosure is required under Washington state law .

    Committed to attracting and retaining a diverse staff, the University of Washington will honor your experiences, perspectives and unique identity. Together, our community strives to create and maintain working and learning environments that are inclusive, equitable and welcoming.To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact the Disability Services Office at 206-543-6450 or .COVID-19 VACCINATION REQUIREMENTEmployees of the University of Washington are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 unless a medical or religious exemption is approved. Being fully vaccinated means that an individual is at least two weeks past their final dose of an authorized COVID-19 vaccine regimen. As a condition of employment, newly hired employees will be required to provide proof of their COVID-19 vaccination. View the Final candidate guide to COVID-19 vaccination requirement webpage for information about the medical or religious exemption process for final candidates.

Keywords: University of Washington, Seattle , ASSOCIATE CURATOR OF PROGRAMS, Other , Seattle, Washington

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