Job Opening: Exhibitions Manager, Japan Society (NY)

job opening - 5Japan Society in New York has just posted an opening for Exhibitions Manager. The formal job description as posted on the Japan Art History Forum (JAHF) is as follows:

Reporting to the Director of the Gallery, the Exhibitions Manager is a crucial position that handles logistical concerns relating to exhibition installations, deinstallations, and daily gallery operations particularly pertaining to checks and balances of overall gallery budgets. A key objective of this role is to physically bring exhibitions together for presentation working with various groups of people including lenders, art handling crew, security guards and other contracted personnel as required for each exhibition.

The Exhibitions Manager works with colleagues in the Gallery Department to keep track of overall development of exhibitions according to set timetables. He/she will also work closely with internal and external individuals and companies to ensure smooth operations of financial tracking.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include:

* gatekeeping exhibition checklist in FileMaker
* working with art lenders to make shipping arrangements (incoming and outgoing)
* creating exhibition installation/deinstallation schedules
* managing contracted art handlers and security guards
* reviewing all contracts executed on behalf of Gallery, including vendor contracts and loan agreements
* obtaining insurance coverage for all works on loan to Japan Society
* processing and tracking all Gallery-related expenses
* performing exhibition-specific budget reconciliations
* processing image requests, both internal and external; includes requesting images from lenders, and image requests for objects from Japan Society’s permanent collection, etc.
* liaising with Japan Society staff in regards to exhibition installation and deinstallation scheduling
* managing Japan Society house collection by ensuring preservation, conservation, image copyright, and inventory upkeeping including appropriate insurance coverage


* BA, or MA preferred, in Art History, Museum Studies, Arts Management, or related field, plus a minimum of two years professional experience in a museum or gallery; previous experience as a registrar highly preferred
* Excellent oral and written English communication skills
* Superior attention to detail and organizational skills
* Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work with diverse teams
* Strong management, analytical, problem solving, and prioritization skills
* Interest in Japanese art and culture preferred; Japanese language skills highly preferred

To Apply: Email your letter of interest and resume to the Director of Human Resources, at

Other open positions at Japan Society can be found at: Japan Society – Career Opportunities


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