Director of Exhibitions

Purvi Patwari/Institute Contemporary Art

25 Harbor Shore Drive
Boston, MA 02210




Apr 07, 2023

Overview: The Director of Exhibitions oversees all aspects of exhibition management on behalf of the curatorial department, with oversight of all logistical aspects of planning and producing exhibitions, promoting and maintaining effective collaboration with other departments and external partners. Oversight includes long-range and short-term exhibition planning, budget management, registration, preparation, collection management and contractual agreements.

1. All ICA employees are required to reside in Massachusetts or within a reasonable commuting distance from our Seaport location as of their first day of work.
2. All ICA employees are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 by their first day of work.
3. The ICA offers the flexibility of a hybrid work week, which averages two days a week in the office for employees who are eligible to work remotely (subject to change).

• Develop, propose and manage the curatorial budgets throughout the year and provide monthly projections to CFO and Chief Curator
• Monitor and approve all expenses and communicate projected budget discrepancies
• Oversee project timelines for exhibitions to ensure overall efficiency in scheduling, workload and project development
• In consultation with the Chief Curator, provide oversight of the long-term exhibition schedule, with sensitivity to institutional goals and attention to financial and touring goals
• Manage registration and preparation with direct supervision of the Chief Preparator, Senior Registrar, and Exhibitions Coordinator
• Oversee installation staff for all ICA exhibitions
• Supervise the preparation of gallery spaces for exhibitions, including maintaining applicable accessibility standards
• Draft and oversee all curatorial contracts for outside vendors including artists, contractors, publications, registration and technicians
• Supervise additional support contractors relevant to exhibition designers and project managers
• Facilitate all aspects of touring ICA exhibitions
• Draft contracts and negotiate for all incoming and outgoing ICA exhibition programs, inclusive of seasonal projects at other ICA sites.
• Attend museum-wide operations meetings, Access Team meetings, and act as a liaison between the curatorial department and other operational museum departments
• Other duties as assigned

This position is full time, salaried exempt, and at-will.


• Bachelor’s degree in an art-related field or equivalent knowledge and experience
• Minimum of 7 years exhibition-related experience required, preferably working with contemporary art
• Previous experience handling loans and collection objects
• Minimum of 5 years of experience managing staff.
• Previous experience managing travelling exhibition contracts and negotiations
• Experience with budget preparation and management
• Ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously in a fast-paced environment
• Possess the ability to delegate assignments as necessary
• Proven ability working seamlessly with diverse constituents
• Must be professional and organized; highly motivated and proactive
• Possess excellent communication, interpersonal and management skills with the ability to work well as part of a team.

Physical Requirements:
• Possess mobility to work in an office setting and use office equipment; travel offsite and to different locations; ability to understand printed materials.
• Ability to see, listen and talk for extended periods in person, over the telephone and computer.
• Visual acuity: color perception, close vision, accurate depth perception and distance vision.
• Very frequent sitting, standing and movement throughout the museum.
• Ability to lift up to 15 pounds, pushing and pulling, keyboarding and gripping.

This is not necessarily an all-inclusive list of position-related responsibilities, duties, skills, efforts, requirements, or working conditions. While the above is intended to be an accurate reflection of the current job, management reserves the right to revise the job or to require that other or different tasks be performed as assigned.


Starting compensation is based on meeting minimum qualifications.

ICA Compensation:

Each ICA position has a job grade based on the position’s evaluated job responsibilities, required education and experience, needed skills to perform the job, and professional knowledge.

The position’s grade and respective compensation range is determined by the position’s overall responsibilities, including decision making, supervisory/management requirements, resource management and budgeting duties.

Compensation is ultimately determined by the scope of the position and responsibilities, the candidate’s relevant experience, and internal equity, with starting salaries typically falling in the lower half of the compensation range.

Interested candidates should send a resume and letter of interest to When applying, please include “Director of Exhibitions” in the subject line.

The ICA is located at 25 Harbor Shore Drive, Boston, and is accessible by public transportation Red and Silver Line.

The ICA is dedicated to building a culturally diverse and pluralistic workforce committed to working in a multicultural environment. Qualified candidates from groups historically underrepresented in the museum professions are strongly encouraged to apply.

The ICA is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to being a diverse and inclusive workplace. We are an EOE/AA employer dedicated to fair and inclusive employment practices for all individuals.






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Visual Art

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