Employment

Information on job, internship, and other opportunities to work at the University of Chicago's Smart Museum of Art. 


Staff positions

Manager of Strategic Communications/Grant Writer

The Smart Museum of Art's Manager of Strategic Communications/Grant Writer is the chief writer for the Museum's development and external relations office and is responsible for ensuring the clarity, consistency, and effectiveness of all development and other public communications, in line with Museum and University best practices and priorities.

The communications manager produces strong and effective copy in a wide range of formats, including grant applications; stewardship reports; the Museum's annual report, Bulletin; direct-mail solicitations; press releases, blog-posts, and gift acknowledgments. He or she is responsible for generating a high volume of foundation, corporate, and government funding proposals each year, and will work directly with program officers and foundation representatives to identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward grants from institutional donors. This staff member also plays an important role in crafting overall strategic communications for the Museum's public communications, annual giving campaigns; cultivation and stewardship programs; and exhibition, collections, and education program-specific communications efforts. Reporting to the Director of Development & External Relations and collaborating closely with the Associate Director of Communications and other members of the Museum's staff and colleagues within University and UChicago Arts Alumni Relations and Development and Communications.

Qualifications

Compensation

Salary is competitive, depending on qualifications, with comprehensive University of Chicago benefits. 

To Apply

To apply, submit a resume, cover letter, and references online at jobopportunities.uchicago.edu(search requisition number 099883). Application review begins the week of December 28, 2015 and will continue until a candidate is selected. 


Docent program

Smart Museum docents serve as public ambassadors for the Smart Museum and assist the Museum in fulfilling its educational mission as gallery teachers for a range of K-12, University, and adult audiences. Docents also assist with the facilitation of family programming. Docents are required to complete a 12-week mandatory paid training course and attend ongoing training sessions on the first Friday of each month.

Docent positions are available to University of Chicago students (undergraduates preferred) as well as Odyssey Project alumni.

The Smart is not currently seeking new docents. Applications for the next docent cohort will be made available in winter quarter. 


University of Chicago student positions

The following jobs and internships are only available to University of Chicago students.


Internships

University of Chicago students gain direct experience in museum work through year- and summer-long internships in a variety of areas, including our curatorial, registration, education, marketing, and business offices. Qualifications vary by department; all positions are paid and require approximately 10–19 hours of work each week.

There are no open internships at this time. Please check back in the future.


Baristas

Café Attendants are an integral part of the hospitality team at the Smart Museum and ensure that our patrons have a welcoming, positive experience in the Smart Café. Café attendants are responsible for serving coffee and prepared foods to patrons of the Smart Museum, as well as selling gift shop merchandise. We are looking for friendly, personable students who would enjoy working in a museum setting. Work schedules are flexible quarterly to fit around a student’s class schedule.

Qualifications
University of Chicago student. Strong interpersonal and customer service skills required. Interest in visual art encouraged. Previous food service or retail experience preferred, but not required. Work study eligible.

Hours
Starting immediately with year-round employment, approximately 8–15 hours per week.

Pay rate
Starts at $8.25/hour plus tips.

To apply
To apply, please fill out an application at the Museum’s information desk. Applications are always accepted. If you have questions, contact Kate Kelly, Café and Gift Shop Manager.


Gallery Attendants

The Smart Museum of Art’s Gallery Attendants are responsible for maintaining security within the Smart Museum gallery and lobby areas during public hours. Within this role, the Gallery Attendant acts as a public representative of the Museum and the University by greeting patrons and providing information as needed. Work schedules are flexible quarterly and can be designed to fit around a student’s class schedule. Docents who wish to receive additional working hours at the Museum are strongly encouraged to apply and will receive a premium hourly rate.

Qualifications
University of Chicago student. Excellent verbal communication and interpersonal skills. Interest in visual art encouraged. Ability to stand for long periods of time. Work-study encouraged, but not required.

Hours
Starting immediately with year-round employment, approximately 8–15 hours per week.

Pay rate
$9.00/hour; higher if a multi-session docent cross-training program is completed

To apply
To apply, please fill out an application at the Museum’s information desk. Applications are always accepted.


No phone inquiries please. 

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The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer / Disabled / Veterans Employer.