Deadline: Nov. 1, 2021
4808 Penn Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
Silver Eye is Seeking a Deputy Director!
Position Title: Deputy Director
Reports To: Executive Director
Silver Eye Center for Photography, Pittsburgh’s only nonprofit devoted exclusively to contemporary photography, seeks a Deputy Director. Silver Eye promotes the power of contemporary photography as a fine art medium by creating original exhibitions, unique educational programing, and a space for artists to learn, create, and connect through our digital lab. Our programs are dedicated to supporting the work of emerging, mid-career, and under-recognized artists and sharing that work with our diverse audience in engaging and meaningful ways. Silver Eye is a small, dynamic team of three full time individuals, who value a flexible mindset, and ability to work across different types of responsibilities and tasks. Silver Eye is a highly-respected national and international organization and a vital cultural resource in Pittsburgh.
Deputy Director Job Description
The Deputy Director works closely with the Executive Director to assist with or manage all administrative and programing tasks for the organization. This position is responsible for managing Silver Eye’s communications and is the first point of contact in person and online for our audience. This position will manage Silver Eye’s marketing, social media, newsletter, member services, and day to day office administration. The Deputy Director makes significant contributions to educational programming. This position will assist the Executive Director with tasks related to fundraising, program development and implementation, and curation.
This is a front of house position, responsible for creating an outstanding gallery experience by welcoming visitors, engaging with them about our program, and answering their questions. This is a high profile, detail-oriented job that requires the ability to handle multiple diverse tasks.
Media Relations & Marketing
–Responsible for the majority of the external and internal gallery communication.
–Create and distribute press releases, press kits, email marketing, and social media.
–Maintain and update Silver Eye website and social media channels.
–Assist with creating print and online publications, postcards, gallery guides, and mailings.
–Maintain media contacts and database; oversee media listings, and respond to inquiries.
–Proof, copy edit, and/or design communications and fundraising materials.
–Track gallery and programming attendance.
–Maintain media and photo archives; coordinate with photographers/designers as needed.
–Assist with events, including reservation lists, ordering supplies, and greeting guests.
–Assist in developing media and event sponsorships.
Membership & Fundraising
–Assist the Executive Director with membership programs and fundraising appeals.
–Track, and report on membership and fundraising activities, revenue and expenses.
–Handle all membership inquiries and communications, sell and renew memberships.
–Maintain and update membership information using the Silver Eye’s database.
–Produce acknowledgment letters and other donor recognition materials.
–Assist with all aspects of grant writing and reporting.
–Assist in identifying, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding donors, including individual and major gifts, corporate sponsors, planned giving, and grants.
–Ensure that memberships program is market competitive and provides compelling value, benefits, and programs to attract new members and retain and upgrade existing ones.
Office Administration & Front of House
–Welcomes and assists visitors, answers phones, and provide front-line customer service.
–Processes sales and maintain POS systems.
–Manages gallery and bookstore.
–Copy, scan, file documents, and take minutes as needed.
–Maintain, update, and organize exhibition checklists and loan agreements.
Curatorial and Program Leadership
–Support the Executive Director in execution of the organization's artistic vision and overall strategy for all programs, exhibitions, and education initiatives.
–Assist the Executive Director in exhibition curation, including helping to conceptualize and implement an innovative exhibition calendar that promotes excellence, diversity, visibility, and interpretive strategies to better meet audience needs.
–Help to ensure that Silver Eye’s programs excel at a regional and national level and reflect contributions to the field of photography from a diverse range of artists.
–Promote the highest standard of museum/art gallery practices including professionalism with all artists and collaborators, loan agreements, shipping and handling of art, insurance, installation, environmental control and other issues.
–The Deputy Director will lead our innovative year-long internship program Scholar’s @ Silver Eye.
–Create educational resources and perspectives for all of our programming including our gallery’s Education Guides and Community Perspectives.
–Ensure that the gallery educational programs, resources, and collaborations cover a wide range of relevant content.
–Promote integration of education initiatives into exhibitions, programs, marketing, and developmental efforts.
Minimum Education, Skills & Personal Attributes
–5 years experience in the field in the field.
–Leadership and project management experience.
–Passion for contemporary art and photography.
–High level of self-motivation with drive to take initiative.
–Warm, friendly manner and strong people skills.
–Effective communicator with clear verbal, written communication and presentation skills.
–Highly organized and detail oriented, with the ability to meet deadlines.
–Demonstrated experience with communications management and strategy.
–Versatility, flexibility and a willingness to work in a small, dynamic workplace.
–Excellent knowledge of Google Docs.
Preferred Skills and Experiences
–Experience with Mac operating systems, Photoshop, InDesign, wordpress, video editing and MailChimp.
–Experience managing websites and mailing lists.
–Experience writing about contemporary art for general audiences.
–Experience working closely with living artists.
This position is based in Silver Eye’s gallery and is generally 40 hours per week with a 10am-6pm work schedule. Silver Eye often holds events and some weekend and evening hours are required.
This is a full time position, salary is $40,000-45,000. This position offers health insurance, paid time off, and an IRA match.
Silver Eye is an Equal Opportunity Employer
Silver Eye is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity, strive for equity, and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. There are no perfect candidates and Silver Eye is a place where staff are encouraged to learn and grow. However you identify or whatever your path here, please apply if this position inspires you.
How to Apply
Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume here. Questions about this position should be directed David Oresick, firstname.lastname@example.org Silver Eye is seeking to fill this position as soon as possible, applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and accepted until the job is filled. Priority will be given to applications received before Nov 1, 2021.