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Job Standard for Arts Cultural Assets Program Specialist

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Arts Cultural Assets Program Specialist Overview

  • Work Type: Non-Classified/Professional
  • Job Code: 75416
  • Pay Grade: P7
  • FLSA Status: Exempt
  • Career Level: Intermediate
  • Family: Performing Arts
  • Function: Venue Services


Provides essential and strategic services to the University community by developing and implementing a vision for the intentional inclusion of artwork in University owned or controlled spaces (both internal and external facilities and grounds). This position curates both artworks and processes, creating and managing policies and procedures that will affect and inform campus-wide efforts in public display of art; provide leadership and education in university collections management practices; and will foster and leverage campus and community relationships and partners to achieve related goals for display and celebration of artwork. This position provides project management for the inclusion and celebration of artwork and artists within the Boise State community.

Level Scope

Fully competent and productive professional contributor who applies acquired job skills, policies and procedures to complete substantive assignments/projects/tasks of moderate scope and complexity. Works independently with general supervision; exercises judgment within defined guidelines and practices to determine appropriate action. May provide guidance and assistance to entry level professionals and/or support employees.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree and 2 years of experience or equivalent professional experience. Prefer degree concentration in: visual arts, art history, architecture, urban or community and regional planning or other related field.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of arts administration, art history, forms, architecture, and/or urban or community and regional planning practices.
  • Knowledge and familiarity with higher education environment and practices.
  • Understanding of professional art or museum exhibition and installation practices.
  • Experience with long-term project management responsibilities.
  • Ability to develop and explain complex policies and processes.
  • Excellent communication skills (oral and written).

Essential Functions

Key Responsibilities

60% of the Time the Arts Cultural Assets Program Specialist must:

  • Develops, communicates and enacts vision and action plan for intentional inclusion and placement of artwork in University-owned or controlled spaces (both internal and external facilities and grounds).
  • Leads the development and implementation of policies and procedures related to the University’s acquisition and placement of artwork, including processes for deaccession.
  • Institutes and administers processes for commissions and loans of University artwork; creating Memorandum of Understanding and/or contracts.
  • Manages large scale curating, acquisition and commission projects for new construction, renovation and individual departments from the initial point of contact to the final installation of the project.
  • Works closely with University archivists to develop, maintain and communicate best and shared practices for collections care.
  • Provides administrative support to the University Arts Collections Committee, serving as standing member, budget manager, web manager, spokesperson and lead technical administrator of collections management software.
  • Leads student employees in supporting collections management functions.
  • Provides coordination of University artist in residence programs, including participation and/or leadership in call to artist efforts, artist stewardship, gallery arrangements and official events and opportunities for artists’ exposure and integration into the campus and extended community.
  • Provides direct management of Student Union gallery space(s) including exhibition season application management, scheduling, artist relations, promotions and event management.
  • Represents Boise State University, serving as liaison or consultant to city, state, regional and national arts agencies, museums and professional associations.
  • Creates centralized publications and other literature, both in print and online, to promote and report on inclusion of artwork in University owned or controlled spaces (both interior


35% of the Time the Arts Cultural Assets Program Specialist

  • Determined by department needs

5% of the Time the Arts Cultural Assets Program Specialist

  • Perform other duties as assigned

Work Environment and Physical Demands

Exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally (Occasionally: activity or condition exists up to 1/3 of the time) and/or 10 pounds of force frequently (Frequently: activity or condition exists from 1/3 to 2/3 of the time) to lift, carry, push, pull, or otherwise move objects, including the human body. General office work involves sitting most of the time, but may involve walking or standing for brief periods of time.

Travel Requirement

May be required to travel

Career Path

Additional training/education or equivalent experience, as well as business need, are required for movement into higher level jobs.


Incumbent must perform the essential duties and responsibilities with or without reasonable accommodation. The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work. Final employment offers are contingent upon a Final Candidate’s successful completion of a Background Verification and a determination by the University that the information derived from the Background Verification does not disqualify the individual. In addition, a Financial History Check and Motor Vehicle Record (MVR) Check may be required.