Corcoran Careers

Position: Exhibitions & Programming Associate
Typical Hiring Range: $52,151 - $71,734


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About the Institution


The Columbian College of Arts and Sciences (CCAS) is the intellectual and creative backbone of the university, a place where the arts, the humanities, the social sciences, and the natural sciences come together to form a nexus of ideas and opportunity. As a leader among the nation’s liberal arts institutions because of an innovative curriculum that emphasizes perspectives, analyses, and communication, undergraduate students are equipped with the competencies needed to be effective and responsible citizens of the 21st Century. The Corcoran School of the Arts and Design bridges the George Washington University’s (GW) academically robust programs in the arts with Corcoran’s creative and inspired scholarship. Part of GW’s Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, the school functions as an incubator for artists and practitioners in arts-related fields, and serves to enrich students who are taking classes in other areas of the university. As such, it provides a platform for engagement that bridges creative expression and practical application with the breadth and depth of the larger liberal arts education.


About the Position


This position is responsible for exhibition preparation and maintenance duties, and in the re-housing of objects on display. This position takes part in planning teams for exhibition and gallery development, undertakes examination of collection objects and assesses conservation requirements for treatment and display. This position assists in the preparation of exhibition and loan budgets, manages expenditures, manages and schedules exhibition preparation workflows, prepares objects for exhibition including treatment and manufacture of exhibition supports, approves mounting methods and materials usage in work with exhibitions and curatorial departments, and prepares objects for transport between facilities. This position may present lectures on collections care and exhibition preparation. This position may provide supervision, technical guidance, training and scheduling of conservation interns, fellows, contractors, volunteers, visiting researchers and staff as well as providing support for other events for the school.

Additional Responsibilities Include:

  • Recruiting, hiring, and managing both contractor (preparators, installers) as well as student supporting positions, in consultation with the Assistant Director for Operations and the School Director
  • Acting as staff liaison to the faculty planning committee on exhibitions and programs
  • Managing and training volunteers, student docents and guides during exhibitions, programming and other events
  • Assisting in the planning of openings and other events; managing the actual opening and/or event
  • Enacting a timely response to all emails, telephone calls as well as meeting all other established deadlines
  • Performs other work related duties as assigned. The omission of specific duties does not preclude the supervisor from assigning duties that are logically related to the position.

Qualified candidates will hold a Bachelor’s degree in an appropriate area of specialization plus 2 years of relevant professional experience, or, a Master’s degree or higher in a relevant area of study. Degree must be conferred by the start date of the position. Degree requirements may be substituted with an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.


Minimum Qualifications


Qualified candidates will hold a Bachelor’s degree in an appropriate area of specialization plus 2 years of relevant professional experience, or, a Master’s degree or higher in a relevant area of study. Degree must be conferred by the start date of the position. Degree requirements may be substituted with an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.


Preferred Qualifications


  • A positive, professional attitude in all interactions with staff, faculty, administration, contractors, vendors, and the public
  • Strong customer service orientation, attention to detail, flexibility, and an ability to demonstrate initiative and deal with interruptions
  • Able to handle multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Ability to work collaborative with others
  • Detail oriented, organized and efficient

Position: Director, Corcoran School of the Arts and Design
Salary: Commensurate with Experience


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About the Institution


The Corcoran School of the Arts and Design is a vibrant educational community dedicated to educating the next generation of cultural leaders in the fields of Art History, Studio Arts, Design, Theatre and Dance, Music, Museum Studies, and Interior Architecture.  Recognizing that the challenges that society faces are diverse and require different modes of thought, the Corcoran educates the next generation of creative cultural leaders to be experts in their field of study and to address the critical issues of our time.


The school’s location in Washington, D.C. allows students to tap into a center of international culture and government, working and studying at some of D.C.’s most prestigious museums, design firms, arts organizations, and government agencies.  Offering over 20 undergraduate and graduate degrees, and a robust continuing education program, the Corcoran provides platforms for engagement that bridge creative scholarship and professional practice.  As part of the George Washington University’s Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, the Corcoran embodies the Engaged Liberal Arts, enriching arts and design education for students across the university and striving to link disparate fields and better prepare our graduates for multidimensional careers in the 21st century.


About the Position


The Corcoran School of the Arts and Design invites applications for a full time, tenure track or tenured appointment as Director to begin as early as Fall 2020. The appointment will be made at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor, commensurate with experience.


The Director will be responsible for the overall implementation of the mission and day-to-day operations of the Corcoran School.  The Director works closely with University faculty and personnel, and with external partners including community stakeholders, alumni, and funders, to shape the strategic, programmatic, financial, fundraising, and management operations of the School.  They support the mission and vision of the Corcoran School as well as its integration within the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, The George Washington University, the Washington, D.C. community, and the art and design fields at large. 


The Director will:

  • Provide academic and artistic leadership by inspiring faculty, students, staff, alumni, donor partners, and professional colleagues
  • Advance the national and international reputation and visibility of the Corcoran School
  • Contribute to the creation of community and unity within the School
  • Lead efforts to integrate the curriculum of the Corcoran programs
  • Lead efforts to unify the administrative infrastructures that support the Corcoran programs and facilitate accounting to GW and accrediting bodies
  • Coordinate efforts to organize school facilities, capital resources, and leadership and reporting structures
  • Oversee the School’s fiscal resources and manage personnel in partnership with the Columbian College Dean's office
  • Oversee the recruitment and retention of diverse faculty and students
  • Work closely with University and college-level leadership to manage enrollment for the Corcoran
  • Facilitate collaborations among faculty and students, both within the School and with other departments of Columbian College, other GW schools, and community partners, including programming in the School’s facilities
  • Advocate for the school internally and externally to advance the mission of GW
  • Develop and execute clear and realistic fundraising strategies along with sound fiscal management
  • Serve as the public face for the arts and design for GW in the broader community


The Successful Candidate


The successful candidate will be a high-level strategic thinker and will lead a vibrant and diverse school of art and design. The successful candidate should expect to work with the faculty to consider the School's curricular and research agendas and to develop and support a multi-faceted student experience. The successful candidate should be able to compellingly communicate a deep understanding of the relevance of the arts and design in contemporary society.  They will be able to combine a vision for the future of an academic institution dedicated to the arts, design, and scholarship with the skills to make that vision a reality, including securing financial support.  The successful candidate should expect to foster cross-disciplinary collaboration and inspire academic excellence, and should demonstrate commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.


Minimum Qualifications


An earned doctorate or equivalent terminal degree OR equivalent professional experience with a

  • A record of scholarship, research, and/or artistic achievement in an arts-related discipline
  • Five or more years of university teaching experience
  • Five or more years of administrative, leadership, and/or managerial experience with arts, design, and/or academic organizations.


Instructions for applicants


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Review of applications will begin on December 16, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled. Only complete applications will be considered. Finalists will be invited to make an on-campus presentation to the full faculty of the Corcoran School, after which point a committee recommendation will be shared and a vote taken.


Employment offers are contingent on the satisfactory outcome of a standard background screening.


The university is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that does not unlawfully discriminate in any of its programs or activities on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity expression, or on any other basis prohibited by applicable law.