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Date: Dec 18, 2007 5:56 AM
Subject: YBCA Seeks Director of Visual Arts

December 18, 2007

Yerba Buena Center
 for the Arts (YBCA)

 Just Announced: Director of Visual Arts

 Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA), San Francisco's premiere
contemporary arts center, seeks a dynamic individual to provide
leadership and creative direction for its renowned visual arts
program. We're looking for a dynamic, visionary curator who has the
skills and ability to take an already highly regarded visual arts
program to the next level of innovation and impact not only locally,
but also nationally
 and internationally.

 Who We Are
 YBCA is a 15-year-old multidisciplinary arts center that anchors the
dynamic Yerba Buena Cultural District in downtown San Francisco. YBCA
works continuously to break new ground with its programs in visual
art, performance and film/video, and to connect our programs to a
broad cross section of the community, not just the art elite. Our
facilities are comprised of two landmark buildings with 12,000 square
feet of gallery space, a 94-seat Screening Room, flexible
performance/meeting space and a 750-seat Theater. Institutionally, we
are committed to innovation in our practices, exceptional diversity in
our range of work and the engagement of audiences with art that speaks
to the ideas and issues of the contemporary world. The YBCA curatorial
team works collaboratively to develop organization-wide thematics,
around which performances, exhibitions, films and public programs are
curated and created. The opportunity and expectation exists for the
Visual Arts program be a significant cornerstone of that endeavor.

 What We Are Looking For
 The ideal candidate will possess strong experience with and knowledge
of contemporary art practice throughout the world, with a history of
creating innovative and provocative exhibitions. A commitment to the
full range of contemporary art is especially crucial, including the
recognition that artists are breaking boundaries among disciplines and
that contemporary artistic expression emanates from all cultures,
including and especially, those of the Pacific Rim of which YBCA and
San Francisco are a part. Institutionally, we are particularly
interested in placing Bay Area artists in dialogue with artists
nationally and internationally.

 The position requires an inspiring leader who can articulate and
advocate strongly for visual art projects, while developing and
sustaining a collaborative relationship with the other curators. An
ability to engage in artistic discourse in an expansive and generous
manner is particularly important. Essential to the position as well,
is an intellect that can absorb, discuss and explicate the ideas and
aesthetics of contemporary art; the ability to write intelligently but
without jargon about contemporary art; the capability to be a
charismatic public speaker who can inspire audiences and stimulate
donors to fund innovative projects; and a commitment to placing
contemporary art at the heart of contemporary life.

 The Director of Visual Arts has primary responsibility for the design
and execution of the Visual Arts program at YBCA. Working under the
supervision of the Executive Director and in collaboration with the
curatorial team, the Director shapes the artistic agenda for the
Visual Arts program through curated exhibitions and projects.
Implementation of that vision is also the Director's responsibility,
which includes directing the visual arts staff to accomplish
departmental objectives. As a senior member of the organizational
management team, the Director plays a vital role in determining and
defining the organizational culture at YBCA; participates in strategic
planning and budgeting; provides leadership to the Visual Arts
department and collaborates closely with other departments to the
benefit of the Visual Arts program and YBCA.

 Department: Visual Arts
 Reports to: Executive Director
 Direct Reports: Five (5)
 Work Schedule: Full Time (37.5 hours/week), Evenings and Weekends as Necessary

 Specific Responsibilities
 • Curate and create the visual arts program at YBCA. Oversee the
design and direct the installation of all YBCA exhibitions
 • Collaborate with the other YBCA curators to determine curatorial
direction for the institution and create specific projects that are
multi disciplinary or interdisciplinary in nature

 • Take a leadership role in the Development area by participating in
a full range of activities thatsupport the Visual Arts department
specifically and YBCA generally, including cultivation events and
building relationships with individual donors

 • Collaborate with Marketing and Community Engagement departments to
develop and support a broad base of community participation in the
exhibitions program and YBCA in general

 • Supervise and manage the Visual Arts department including associate
curator(s) and exhibitions staff

 • Overall budgetary responsibility for the department and as part of
the senior management team

 • Direct the traveling exhibition program as a source of both revenue
generation and extension of the YBCA brand nationally and

 • Other duties as assigned by the Executive Director

 Minimum Qualifications
 • BA degree in a Visual Arts field

 • Minimum 5 years experience as a curator in a visual arts
institution of note and/or independent curator of notable exhibitions

 • Extensive background in and knowledge of contemporary art

 • Knowledge of best practices of contemporary art museums and arts centers

 • Demonstrated leadership and management ability

 • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in partnership with people
of diverse backgrounds

 • Commitment to working collaboratively, including artistic and
curatorial collaborations

 • Excellent interpersonal skills; verbal and written communication
skills; ability to do public presentations

 How to Apply
 Potential applicants are requested to send a cover letter addressing
the issues and ideas raised in "What We Are Looking For" above, and a
resume to Please include "Visual Art Director E-Flux" in
the subject line.

 Please do not send supporting materials at this time.

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 New York, NY 10002, USA

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