Posted 7/25/14


Job Responsibilities:
Plan and direct day-to-day operations of Alternatives, a retail museum shop featuring handmade wearable and functional contemporary craft by regional and national artisans. Create product displays that are merchandised effectively to maximize sales and profitability. Purchase and consign an assortment of inventory based on quality, price point, season, store variety, and a keen understanding of national trends and the local marketplace. Ensure customer needs are met, complaints are resolved, and service is quick and efficient. Continually build and maintain new relationships with craft artists. Curate bi-monthly featured solo and group retail exhibitions, monthly trunk shows, and organize seasonal craft fairs. Develop an online sales program. Collaborate with museum gallery artists to provide materials and merchandise pertaining to gallery exhibitions. Manage departmental budget by forecasting and monitoring cash flow, perform inventory, and facilitate monthly artist consignment payments. Develop strategies to improve customer service, drive store sales, and increase profitability. Market store by preparing copy and images for related press via website, eNewsletters, press releases, promotional materials, and by collaborating with local organizations to attract new customers and promote sales. Establish and maintain policies and procedures for shop and information desk. During the shop’s open hours, the Retail Manager is also responsible for welcoming visitors to the DCCA and answering general phone inquiries.

Experience with managing a retail operation; consignment experience preferred; interest in art, craft, and design essential. B.A. or B.F.A. preferred.

Salary range:
$9.50 – $11.50 per hour based on experience. The position averages 20-25 hours/week.

Anyone interested should contact Helen Page at or call (302) 656-6466 x7107.

All applications are due by August 11, 2014.


Posted 7/21/14


The DCCA Preparator is responsible for all aspects of museum exhibition installations and helps oversee the safe handling of all works of art in the galleries. The position requires a broad variety of experience, flexibility, and demonstrable hands-on abilities with a range of tasks. Exhibition-related tasks include exhibition design and planning, graphics, construction of exhibition furniture, gallery painting, lighting, and art handling and installation. In collaboration with the DCCA Chief Curator and Curatorial Assistant, the Museum Preparator also oversees the safe movement of art objects within the building and transport of artworks to and from the museum. The Preparator also packs and unpacks art, installs and de-installs artwork, prepares works for exhibition (mat, frame, stretch, etc.), and other exhibitions-related projects.

The DCCA Preparator will also serve an integral role in the final planning, preparation, and installation of a new DCCA sales gallery and outdoor sculpture program. This position reports to the Chief Curator.


Plan, prioritize, and schedule work

Assess resource needs and determine adjustments as required

Assist in the development of exhibition budgets

Oversee temporary preparation interns; direct and supervise their work.

Maintain the museum’s workshop and related tools and equipment

Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities:

Three to five years of museum or gallery experience

Extensive knowledge of design and construction of museum exhibits; lighting concepts and systems; safety regulations, and practices; and ADA requirements

Knowledge of art handling procedures for two- and three-dimensional art objects

Knowledge in using the standard tools, practices and methods used in painting, rough and finish carpentry as well as cabinet work

Experience with the use and application of different materials such as various kinds of lumber, fabrics, plastics, mechanical fasteners, and adhesives

Ability to plan, prioritize, schedule, implement, and oversee a variety of projects

Prepare cost estimates and make sound purchasing decisions

Lift and move heavy objects as required

Interpret artists’ schematic drawings and gallery floor plans

Develop and implement design concepts

Participate effectively as a member of a cross-functional team

Establish and maintain effective working relationships with museum staff, volunteers, the general public, and representatives from other museums

Explain and carry out methods and procedures relating to the handling of art

Candidates will be expected to demonstrate their experience in handling an array of art objects from traditional paintings to digital media installations as well as the rigging and movement of art including large-scale sculptures.

Full-time position (40 hours per week), to include some evening and weekend hours. Full benefits

Salary: Competitive compensation depending on experience

Please email application materials to Maiza Hixson at

All applications are due by August 15, 2014.



A Part-Time Security Guard is needed for weekend and evening hours at the DCCA. The hours would include working Saturdays 10am - 5pm, and/or Sundays 12pm - 5pm, and evening coverage during special events (such as First Friday Art on the Town evenings). Part-time guards at the DCCA are many times artists still in school or recently graduated, who want to remain involved in the art-related field. Additional security and CPR experience is a plus. 

The Part-Time Security Guard is to ensure a positive, safe and secure environment for the entire facility. This includes the public viewing contemporary art in the galleries, the studio artists in the facilities, and the office area for the staff. The Security Guard is responsible for the overall well-being of the artwork, public safety, building safety, and employee safety at all times while on duty.

Anyone interested should contact Helen Page at or call (302) 656-6466 x7107.

Posted: ongoing



The DCCA seeks DCCA Teaching Artist Positions for various programs. Responsibilities vary depending on the program. They include but are not limited to; curriculum development and implementation, supply purchasing, overseeing volunteers and assistant teachers, set-up and clean up, and maintaining a safe and creative studio environment.

Types of Programs:

• Family Programs

• Hands-On Art Activities

• Summer Arts Camps

• Teen Workshops

• Outreach Programs

• Children’s Art Classes

For more information contact Sarah Ware, Curator of Education at


Download full PDF description here.

Posted: ongoing