Current as of January 13, 2020

The Greater Reston Arts Center, a 501c3 non-profit in its 46th year dedicated to enriching community life by promoting involvement and excellence in contemporary art, seeks an Executive Director & Curator (combined role). The opening comes at a time when the institution is ready to implement a brand/name change (following a yearlong review with professional assistance) and repositioning as an institute of contemporary art – moves that better align the organization with our position and ambition as a leader in the region’s cultural conversation.  The Executive Director & Curator must have a commitment to the institution’s contemporary art mission, relevant postgraduate qualification, and demonstrated ability and enthusiasm to lead the organization through this important repositioning and rebranding and continue its dynamic growth trajectory. 

The Executive Director & Curator will have both operational and creative/content decision-making authority across the organization (exhibitions, including increasingly nationally and internationally recognized artists at our main gallery and the very best local and regional artists at our satellite Signature gallery, accompanied in all cases by robust public programming), educational programming (especially our county-wide, K-12 Emerging Visions program and summer camps), and the nationally ranked Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival). This position reports directly to and will have the support of an engaged Board of Directors. 

Combining the roles of Executive Director & Curator reflects the organization’s primary mission as a content leader, and special consideration will be given to candidates with experience curating contemporary art exhibitions. Curatorial work will be supported by an experienced staff and outside guest curators, if and as desired, with the Executive Director & Curator retaining overall decision making and control.

The Executive Director & Curator will be a person with:

  • A minimum of a master’s degree in Art History, Art Management, Museum or Curatorial Studies, or related field.
  • Proven leadership, organizational skills, and management capabilities, that should include planning and budget experience with prior P&L responsibility and experience managing direct reports.
  • The interest and initiative to ensure that ongoing administration and annual fundraising are successful (to include prior successful grant writing and obvious ability to complement and grow the organization’s development capacity).
  • An ability to extend the organization’s commitment to diversity and inclusion, consistent with its determination to reflect and program for the diverse audience and stakeholder populations that we serve.
  • The ability to confidently represent the organization and develop and articulate its vision.  This must include excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • If no prior experience leading a contemporary visual arts organization, then a passion and career interest in leading an organization whose mission is the promotion of contemporary art, and, in all cases, a clear interest and ability to network and collaborate with, and extend the organization’s reach within, the regional and national contemporary art communities in support of that mission.
  • A demonstrated capacity for strategic and innovative thinking and visioning that will advance key objectives, allow the organization’s essential assets to flourish, and bring the organization through a successful rebranding and repositioning as an institute for contemporary art.
  • Proven capability of working effectively with staff (currently four other full- or near-full-time employees and multiple part-time employees), a board of directors, artists, sponsors, and supporters, particularly in a non-profit organization.

Complementing these qualifications, the Executive Director & Curator will have a supportive and flexible team-management style and possess creative problem-solving capabilities essential for an evolving and growing organization determined to make important and relevant contributions that help shape the region’s cultural landscape.

For a detailed description of the institution and its programs please explore our website. Salary will be competitive with the market and commensurate with the skill set the candidate offers. 

Applicant should provide a curriculum vitae or resume together with a letter of interest as soon as possible (interviewing will begin as early as February) to gracejobposting2020@gmail.com (the posting will remain open until filled).  If applicable, applicant should also provide digital portfolios of curatorial work submitted as a PDF of no more than 25 MB or via a cloud link.

Summer 2020

Greater Reston Arts Center (GRACE) is hiring a Summer Art Camp Instructor for Summer 2020. GRACE Summer Art Camp in partnership with Reston Association (RA) provides a safe and educational environment for campers to explore art history and to expand creativity and critical thinking skills through art-making and creative play. Summer Art Camp is held at the RA’s Glade Recreation Area.

The GRACE Summer Art Camp Instructor will provide enthusiastic and thorough direction in the visual arts to all camp participants for all six weeks of the 2020 GRACE Summer Art Camp (June 29 –August 7). The Summer Art Camp Instructor will lead all summer camp sessions and will collaborate with GRACE staff to develop and implement fun, engaging, educational content. The Summer Art Camp Instructor will report directly to the Education Manager and the Executive Director of GRACE.
Responsibilities include:

  • Collaborating with the Education and Public Programs Manager and the Summer Camp Administrator to plan daily and weekly art projects/lessons, games, and recreation time that are developmentally appropriate, intellectually engaging, and in keeping with the theme of the camp week. This responsibility will be performed during the spring prior to the beginning of camp and include some paid planning/meeting time.
  • Acting as the primary instructor for all camp sessions. The Summer Art Camp Instructor is assisted by high school and college interns.
  • Weekly and daily classroom and materials set-up/clean-up (assisted by Summer Art Camp interns).
  • Participate in camp set-up and break-down sessions with Education and Public Programs Manager and interns.

The Summer Art Camp Instructor must have excellent classroom management skills, experience planning for a range of skill and age levels, and be comfortable using technology in the classroom. The ideal candidate will have an art education certification, several years of experience as an elementary art teacher, and the ability to create high-quality content that is engaging and appropriate for a fun summer camp environment.

  • Sessions are one week and run June 29–August 7, 2020
  • Campers range in ages 6-10
  • Daily work hours are 8:30am–4:30pm, Monday–Friday; campers are present 9am–4pm
  • Pay is $20/hour

Applicant should provide a curriculum vitae or resume and a letter of interest to the Education and Public Programs Manager, Sarah Berenz, at sberenz@restonarts.org

Also seeking a Summer Art Camp Intern
Interested students should submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information for two references to Sarah Berenz at sberenz@restonarts.org.

Find out more and sign up to be a Summer Art Camp volunteer here! 


GRACE offers internships in for both undergraduate and graduate students. Possible focuses include Exhibitions/Gallery Management, Development, and Education. Internships for college credit are welcomed. To apply, please send your resume and cover letter outlining internship to Sarah Berenz