Deputy Director for Exhibitions and Programs

Founded in 1987 by artists, Artspace New Haven centers on community-building and education while providing a platform to present the work of visual artists in the city of New Haven. Artspace’s exhibition and commissioning programs encourage experimentation and civic discourse while fostering an appreciation for the vital role artists play in improving our community.

The Deputy Director for Exhibitions and Programs will work closely with the Executive Director and other members of the staff to advance Artspace’s mission, to execute and develop support for its exhibitions and programs, and to meet the goals of its strategic plan. The Deputy Director is expected to be an active and visible member of the local and national art communities, and to participate in the overall institutional advancement of Artspace and its programs. Under the direction of the Executive Director, the incumbent is responsible for the conception, execution, oversight, and quality of several internally generated exhibitions, programs, and publications.

The Deputy Director is considered to be a subject matter expert with extensive practical knowledge of trends and best practices for artist support, exhibition development, educational programming, community outreach, marketing, public relations, and fundraising. They will provide leadership, strategic vision, and managerial oversight for the museum’s curatorial and audience engagement while facilitating a satisfying and inspiring workplace culture and a highly engaged, high-performance team.

The Deputy Director for Exhibitions and Programs is a full-time, exempt position.

Reports to: Executive Director

Works closely with Gallery Assistant, Communications Manager, Development Assistant

Schedule: In-person and remote work

Exhibitions and Programs

  • Originates one to two exhibitions of varying scales and platforms every year
  • Works with the Executive Director, staff and consultants to develop, produce, and analyze exhibition-related programming, educational materials, and didactics
  • Ensures that the highest level of professional care is given to works of art on loan to Artspace.
  • Identifies potential exhibition funding opportunities
  • Coordinates and installs assigned exhibitions traveling to Artspace from other institutions, if needed
  • Develops educational programs and oversees scheduled tours of exhibitions
  • Participates in the promotion and selection of artist(s) in residence
  • Participates in the promotion and selection of Lead Artist and students for the Student Apprenticeship Program
  • Develops and regularly meets with the curatorial advisory board

Public Information and Electronic Media

  • Collaborates with the Communications Manager to prepare exhibition-related materials for public relations and marketing efforts
  • Prepares writing and an additional copy for communications and marketing materials to serve audiences and to enhance Artspace’s image, identity, and donor prospects

Development, Donor Relations, and Institutional Advancement

  • Under the supervision of the Executive Director, takes an active role in the identification of possible funding sources and grant preparation and reporting
  • Maintains a visible role in the regional, national and international community including the maintenance of relationships with artists, curators, galleries, collectors, donors, and members of the general public.
  • Works with Development Assistant to track exhibition budgets and expenditures.
  • Participates in donor-related programs
  • Attends exhibition previews and related events
  • Represents Artspace to the public at large
  • Other duties as assigned


Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in art history, arts management, or related field required. Minimum of ten years progressively responsible experience in a non-profit arts institution, with five years of experience leading teams required. Additional years of experience may be substituted for the degree requirement.

  • Must be a strategic thinker with the ability to plan and execute goals and objectives
  • Must demonstrate a high level of emotional intelligence
  • Must have experience facilitating projects with living artists
  • Must possess excellent leadership skills and the ability to lead diverse teams to meet strategic goals.
  • Must have excellent interpersonal and customer services skills and must have the ability to establish and maintain effective relationships
  • Must have the ability to handle multiple priorities, meet deadlines and work independently with minimal supervision
  • Be a compelling spokesperson adept at inspiring widely divergent audience
  • Must have exemplary written, verbal, and listening communication skills and a demonstrated ability to communicate clearly and professionally
  • Must demonstrate experience managing complex budgets and major grants
  • Must be proficient in the latest version of Microsoft Office and Google products as well as familiarity with digital platforms for organizational strategy, innovative publishing, and working knowledge of the printing industry as it relates to the publication of exhibition catalogs. Proficiency with WordPress, iMovie, or FinalCut Pro a plus
  • Must have the ability to work a non-traditional schedule including evenings, weekends, and overnight travel as needed. However, as an anti-racist organization mindful of oppressive employment practices, all staff work a hybrid remote/in-person schedule. Travel, evening, or weekend work will more often than not be driven by your own professional development desires.

Salary Range: $75,000 – 85,000

Interested applicants should send an email to director@artspacenh.org with the subject line DEPUTY DIRECTOR and ATTACH ONE PDF that includes a cover letter, CV, two writing samples, and images from three past exhibition projects.

Artspace is a registered Connecticut 501(c)3 organization. We strive to have a diverse workplace where employment opportunities are broadly distributed. It is the policy and practice of  Artspace to offer equal opportunity consistent with applicable federal and state law in all matters of employment. All employment decisions will be made in compliance with applicable federal and state laws prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, marital status, gender, age, medical condition (as defined by applicable law), genetic information, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, and past or present membership in the uniformed service (or application thereto) or any other status protected by applicable law.