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Nancy Prophet Fellowship - 2 Year Term Appointment

To be considered for this opportunity, you must apply through this on-line system.

Please see Special Instructions for more details.

1. In your cover letter of interest, please comment on how you attend to diversity and inclusivity as fundamental to a cultural institution and learning community. 2. Please provide the names of 3 references with contact information to the tab labeled "Letter of Recommendation." 3. Please also provide writing samples to the appropriate tab: the primary writing sample must be less than 10 pages. 4. To the "Other Document 1 tab, attach your transcripts (unofficial). 5. To the "Other Document 2" tab, if possible (though not required), please also submit 1 short, published general audience writing sample (e.g. wall text, gallery guide, project related blog post, etc.). 6. Applicants who apply by April 30, 2018 will be given full consideration.

Posting Details

Position Information

Job Title Nancy Prophet Fellowship - 2 Year Term Appointment
Department Museum Education
Posting Type Internal/External
Employment Type Full-Time
Job Summary (Overview)

The Nancy Prophet Fellowship at the RISD Museum is a two-year, full-time position for artists and scholars embarking on careers in the arts and considering the museum profession and the roles museums play in an increasingly diverse society. Named in honor of the Nancy Prophet, an artist of Narragansett and African heritage and RISD’s first graduate of color in 1918, this program provides significant professional-practice opportunities to high-achieving college and graduate school alumni up to three years post-graduation. Fellows will have the opportunity to participate extensively in aspects of the Museum’s curatorial and programming work. Through mentorship and professional-development support, they will develop the knowledge, skills, and experience necessary to make important contributions to the museum field. Applicants should demonstrate a commitment to fostering the understanding of works of art in a museum context; excellent organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills; and the ability to work independently as well as collegially.

The RISD Museum acquires, preserves, exhibits, and interprets works of art and design representing diverse cultures from ancient times to the present. Distinguished by its relationship to Rhode Island School of Design, the Museum educates and inspires artists, designers, students, scholars, and the public through exhibitions, programs, and publications. The RISD Museum is committed to building a diverse and inclusive community where members from all backgrounds can learn and create. With the goal of increasing the diversity of the museum profession, we aspire to create a climate that recognizes and values diversity as central to excellence.

Essential Functions/Duties

1. Assist in the development and coordination of programs to engage public and academic audiences with exhibitions and works of art in the collection.
2. Assist in planning and organizing exhibitions including preparation of artists’ exhibition histories, bibliographies, checklists, photographic materials, etc.
3. Assist in the realization of programs for emerging and established artists and designers
4. Coordinate guest speakers, interns and college students, including scheduling, administering contracts, and making travel and other business arrangements.
5. Conduct research on the collection and prepare material for publication, acquisition, and exhibition.
6. Organize departmental files; manage correspondence.
7. Liaise with Museum staff, RISD faculty and students, and staff from local institutions.

Job Qualifications Required

Candidates will be recent graduates (1-3 years) with a BA/BFA or MA/MFA degree(s) in an art or design field, art history, museum studies, or a related field (e.g. history, cultural studies, etc.).

Excellent verbal and written communication skills and familiarity with art required.

Job Qualifications Preferred

Cultural competence, collaborations with diverse communities, or other areas of experience or expertise that support the stated goals are preferred.

Foreign language skills (written and verbal) are highly desirable.

Pre-employment Requirement

The successful candidate will be required to meet our pre-employment background screening requirements.

Other than regular hours (typically 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Mon-Fri.)

Occasional weekend and evenings.

Hours/week and months/year

35 hours/week; 12 months/year.

2 Year Term Appointment with benefits.

Compensation: the equivalent of approximately $17/hr (totaling $32,000 annually) with $2,000 allowance per year for professional development activities; in addition, excellent benefits are offered.

Salary Grade N/A
Union No
Posting Detail Information

Posting Number S00135P
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Special Instructions to Applicants

1. In your cover letter of interest, please comment on how you attend to diversity and inclusivity as fundamental to a cultural institution and learning community.

2. Please provide the names of 3 references with contact information to the tab labeled “Letter of Recommendation.”

3. Please also provide writing samples to the appropriate tab: the primary writing sample must be less than 10 pages.

4. To the "Other Document 1 tab, attach your transcripts (unofficial).

5. To the “Other Document 2” tab, if possible (though not required), please also submit 1 short, published general audience writing sample (e.g. wall text, gallery guide, project related blog post, etc.).

6. Applicants who apply by April 30, 2018 will be given full consideration.

EEO Statement

RISD recognizes diversity and inclusivity as fundamental to its learning community and integral to an art and design education. We welcome candidates whose experience has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and excellence. RISD is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetics, or any other protected characteristic as established by law.

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Documents Needed To Apply

Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Writing Sample
  4. Letter of Recommendation
  5. Other 1
Optional Documents
  1. Other 2