Exhibitions and Public Programs Manager

McEvoy Foundation for the Arts | San Francisco, California


McEvoy Foundation for the Arts (MFA) presents exhibitions, conversations, screenings, and public programs that engage, expand and challenge themes within the McEvoy Family Collection. mcevoyarts.org

Job Summary

Reporting to the Executive Director (ED), the Exhibitions and Public Programs Manager is responsible for organizing and implementing MFA’s full artistic program. This program invites talented independent artists, curators, writers, filmmakers and other creative professionals to develop highly inventive and engaging exhibitions, lectures, film screenings, performances, and readings, and conversations that engage the McEvoy Family Collection (MFC). The position manages all aspects of this program including identifying and procuring promising project proposals for review and selection by MFA’s leadership, cultivating programmatic and audience-driven partnerships and envisioning new programmatic models, maintaining the artistic program’s archive, and working with curators and artists to support the development of exhibitions and public programs that will engage and delight an expanding audience base.

The Program Manager is a key member of a highly collaborative management team. She/he manages artistic program staff including installation and technical contract staff, part-time gallery staff, and other production team members. 

Reports To

Executive Director


  • Implements MFA’s robust schedule of exhibitions and public programs for broad and diverse audiences
  • With guest curators and artists, staff, vendors, partners, and MFC’s Collections Manager, provide or obtain all administrative and production needs including invitations and bookings, loans and loan agreements, contracts and permissions, exhibition inventories and checklists, insurance and security, condition reports, installation and de-installation, equipment rentals, service and supply purchases, documentation and archive management, and shipping logistics.
  • Develops advance schedule, budgets, short and long-term plans, and evaluations of the artistic program
  • Organizes and prepares materials for artistic program review meetings to select exhibitions and public programs
  • In consultation with guest curators and staff, collects and prepares well-researched, coherent, and compelling writing on upcoming programs and events for MFA’s communications staff to publish in the form of press releases, website, and various printed collateral including posters, flyers, program notes, gallery guides, wall labels and descriptive text, etc.
  • Trains gallery staff on exhibition maintenance and provides information that facilitates conversation with visitors
  • Responsible for the safety, storage, and transit of objects on display while on loan
  • Cultivates partnerships with institutions and individuals that increase access to and participation in the artistic program


  • Bachelors degree in art history, museum, theater, music, or performance studies
  • 3 to 5 years of curatorial and/or public programming experience in a non-profit modern and/or contemporary art setting,
  • A commitment to public service and the participation of a variety of social, economic, and cultural perspectives
  • Strong writing, presentation, public speaking, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Knowledge of local, national, and international arts activities and programs
  • Ability to lead by example, setting up and breaking down events
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Power Point), FileMaker Pro, and design software
  • Experience with video and audio recording and presenting equipment and software
  • Additional skills and experience to lead people and muster necessary resources to execute highly professional productions in a variety of creative media


Commensurate with experience and qualifications. Excellent employee benefits include insurance for medical, dental, and vision services; employee supported retirement plan, paid vacation, paid holidays and sick time.


Criminal Background Check

Due to the sensitivity and requirements of our positions, you should expect to undergo and be cleared of an employment background/criminal check, if extended an offer for employment. You may also be asked to provide proof of educational degree(s), licenses or credentials pertinent to the position.

Equal Employment Opportunities

MFA is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive reconsideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.

How to Apply

To apply, please submit your resume and cover letter to Susan Miller (smiller@mcevoyarts.org).  Please include “Exhibitions and Public Programs Manager” in the subject header. Applications accepted through March 2, 2018. Position open until filled.

McEvoy Foundation for the Arts