Head of Gallery - VCUarts Qatar


Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts in Qatar
Position: F71600

This full-time, 12-month position is at the rank of Assistant Professor, is non-tenure-eligible, and begins July 1, 2023.

Application Deadline: For best consideration, applications are due March 23, 2023.

The Opportunity: 

VCUarts Qatar invites applications for the position of Head of Gallery to support and promote the School’s vision and mission through impactful exhibitions, speakers, and relevant public programs. The successful candidate will be a dynamic professional with a prominent curatorial voice and vision with significant hands-on experience in all aspects of curation, exhibition design, and associated activities. The Head of Gallery position will develop and implement a curatorial vision to guide an ambitious exhibition and speaker program and elevate the intellectual contributions of the VCUarts Qatar Gallery in local, regional, and global discourse. With an emphasis on showcasing work from emerging and established artists and designers, the Gallery facilitates wide-ranging activities and public programs at VCUarts Qatar, including the Crossing Boundaries Lecture and Workshop Series, Wavelength Lecture Series, Project Spaces exhibitions, the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) and Master of Fine Arts (MFA) exhibitions, while partnering with the Hamad Bin Khalifa Symposium on Islamic Art and the Tasmeem Doha conference. The successful candidate will provide leadership and vision for the VCUarts Qatar Gallery, teach or co-teach undergraduate or graduate-level courses, and engage in creative practice and/or scholarly research that speaks to their own areas of interest. The ideal candidate will have curatorial experience working across disciplines in art, design, and art history.

VCUarts Qatar:

VCUarts Qatar is the international branch campus of Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of the Arts (VCUarts). Located in Richmond, Virginia, VCUarts (www.arts.vcu.edu) is the top-ranked public art school in the U.S. VCUarts Qatar was established in 1998 through a partnership with the Qatar Foundation and offers students the opportunity to earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in fashion design, graphic design, interior design, and painting & printmaking; a Bachelor of Arts degree in art history; and a Master of Fine Arts degree in design. Located in Doha, the capital city of Qatar, VCUarts Qatar is fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art & Design, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and the Council for Interior Design Accreditation. The current student body represents a diverse range of nationalities, with students coming from 33 countries.

VCUarts Qatar is dedicated to global outreach and education and provides students with an environment for cross-cultural exchange that fosters inquiry, discovery, and innovation. Examples of this mission are the two significant international conferences hosted by VCUarts Qatar—the biennial design conference, Tasmeem, and the biennial Hamad bin Khalifa Symposium on Islamic Art. VCUarts Qatar attracts globally recognized designers, artists, and scholars while fostering partnerships within the region, and beyond, that enhance the educational, economic and cultural vitality of Qatar. Having established itself as a center of excellence for education and research, VCUarts Qatar has substantial involvement with the influential art and design world of the Middle East and is a catalyst for the growth and development of these fields in the region. VCUarts Qatar has 120 full-time faculty and staff and a student body of over 300 students. VCUarts Qatar was the first campus established in Education City, a unique 2500-acre multiversity campus. VCUarts Qatar was joined by Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, Carnegie-Mellon University, Texas A&M University, Weill Cornell Medical College, Northwestern University, and HEC Paris.

Qatar, with English as the standard second language, is a progressive country in the Arabian Gulf and remains one of the healthiest economies in the Gulf region. Doha offers all the conveniences found in a contemporary and cosmopolitan city, while honoring a rich tradition that is evident in the old markets and the city’s Islamic Arab architecture. Al-Wakrah Stadium, a venue for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, designed by the deconstructivist architect Zaha Hadid was inaugurated in 2021. The National Museum of Qatar, designed by Jean Nouvel, opened in March 2019 while the Museum of Islamic Art, designed by I.M.Pei opened in November 2008 and the Arab Museum of Modern Art (Mathaf) opened in 2010. The U.S. Embassy considers Qatar among the safest countries in the world for Americans.


Ranked by US News & World Report as a top-five arts and design school, VCUarts (arts.vcu.edu) includes over 3,000 undergraduate and graduate students with nationally recognized programs in design, visual and performing arts, and has an annual budget of $38 million and an endowment of more than $13.5 million. Students are taught by over 175 full-time teaching and research faculty members and the school is supported by over 60 staff members that assist in daily processes. The School includes two campuses; one in Richmond and one in Doha, Qatar. The Richmond campus is located on the university’s 75-acre Monroe Park campus situated in the city’s historic Fan District. Ultimately, the School's work extends globally with partnerships worldwide and across fields as diverse as the humanities, health care and business. 

Major Responsibilities:

  • Provides leadership and curatorial vision to guide the Gallery programming, focused on contemporary art, design, and art history; 
  • Provides oversight of the day-to-day operational management of wide-ranging art and design gallery activities; 
  • Develop and teach courses on topics relevant to areas of expertise, with a willingness to teach courses across the academic departments. Courses may be taught at the undergraduate and/or graduate level;
  • Serves as a managing editor for the Gallery website;
  • Supports and enriches the educational, research, and outreach aspirations of VCUarts Qatar, working collaboratively with school and departmental leaders, faculty, staff, and other relevant stakeholders;
  • Works collaboratively with inter-departmental staff, vendors, and clients, coordinating daily activities and facilitating the timely completion of projects.
  • Collaborates with the Gallery Committee to initiate, develop, coordinate, and provide leadership on internal and external exhibitions and guest lectures that consistently attain standards of international excellence in alignment with the strategic goals of VCUarts Qatar and the University.
  • Collaborates with colleagues on the VCU Home Campus, such as VCUarts Anderson Gallery and the Institute of Contemporary Arts.
  • Builds collaborations with community and cultural organizations and engages a wide audience that includes students, faculty, local residents, and visitors throughout the world;
  • Supervises the Exhibitions and Lectures Assistant who supports day-to-day operations;
  • Performs other duties as assigned by the supervisor or needed within the general duties typically associated with this position.


  • MA, MFA or equivalent in Art/Design History, Art/Design Criticism, Museum Studies, or related academic disciplines;
  • Minimum of five (5) years of curatorial experience in a Gallery, museum, non-profit, or higher education in a supervisory/management role, with progressive responsibility for designing and carrying out a full range of programs or projects;
  • Experience overseeing and ensuring standards of excellence in museum and curatorial principles, exhibition design practices and procedures, and an understanding and sensitivity to professional ethics related to working with designers, artists, and speakers;
  • Demonstrated creativity and innovation in developing and implementing all stages of an exhibition, including basic conversations of works of arts, exhibition design, registrar’s procedures, the accession process, installation, and a basic understanding of legal procedures of import/export, logistic and hospitality for artists, agreements for securing loans, and repatriation issues;
  • Broad working knowledge of art/design history of all periods and specialized knowledge in contemporary art/design, familiarity, and knowledge of non-Western art/design is a benefit;
  • Strong writing skills for historical and critical analysis of art and design, with the ability to write for both scholarly and general audiences;
  • Experience writing and directing all promotional and academic materials, such as exhibition catalogs, in support of exhibitions and speakers;
  • Experience coordinating guest speakers and presenting speakers to an audience;
  • Independent, strong project management skills and excellent organizational skills with the ability to organize resources, budget management, establish priorities, and manage deadlines;
  • Excellent ability to work effectively with a diverse group of administrators, faculty, staff, students, artists, and suppliers, and develop and maintain favorable external and internal partnerships with the various constituencies of VCUarts Qatar, VCU Richmond, and local creative industries;
  • Experience with international project collaboration and working with academic, community, cultural and educational institutions in an inclusive and culturally sensitive manner;
  • Demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse faculty, staff, and student environment or commitment to do so as a staff member at VCUarts Qatar;
  • Must possess excellent verbal and written English language proficiency;
  • Established research agenda and a clear potential for external funding, as well as a potential for a scholarship or creative expression to complement and expand existing expertise in the department/unit.

Application Instructions:

Virginia Commonwealth University is committed to organizational diversity, equity, and inclusion – an environment where all can thrive in their pursuit of excellence. Applicants are requested to submit a Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (typically between 150-300 words), providing your career aspirations and contributions toward promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion. Through this statement, you can share how your lived experiences and academic and professional activities will impact your contribution to VCU’s mission of promoting equity and inclusion. Note: Examples include working with others to further the goals of equity and inclusion; leading in any capacity that tangibly promotes an environment where diversity is welcomed, fostered, and celebrated; creative activity, research and scholarship that promotes equity and parity; teaching and mentoring students, and/or engaging with faculty and/or staff from traditionally underrepresented groups to create a positive and successful organizational experience. For additional guidance on writing a Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: https://provost.vcu.edu/faculty/prospective/.

In addition, the following documents should submitted:

  • Cover Letter (address interest and qualifications for the position; include discussion of research agenda, teaching, and service activities);
  • Curriculum Vitae;
  • Reflective teaching statement (include approaches and philosophies; evidence of effective teaching; and potential courses in area of specialization)
  • Portfolio of visual work that demonstrates curatorial experience; 
  • (2) Writing samples that demonstrate your communication skills and ability to write for scholarly and general audiences; 
  • List of three professional references including names with titles and contact information.
    (References will not be checked prior to candidate’s approval).;

Only electronic applications submitted via the VCU Job Portal will be accepted. For best consideration, completed applications are due by March 23, 2023.

Questions about the application process should be directed to Kristin Brown, HR Administrator, at brownka@vcu.edu, School of the Arts HR.

Virginia Commonwealth University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action university providing access to education and employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, political affiliation, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or disability.