Staff positions

Coordinator of Academic Initiatives

Under the supervision of the Associate Director of Academic Initiatives, the Coordinator of Academic Initiatives manages all University academic use of the Smart Museum's Education Study Room. S/he carries out a major strategic goal: to foster the academic and curricular use of the Museum's collection. The Coordinator of Academic Initiatives also ensures proper, care, handling, and documentation of artwork used for academic initiatives.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree required; advanced degree in Art History or related field preferred
  • Previous museum experience required
  • Knowledge and understanding of artwork from multiple periods required; Knowledge of legal and ethical issues surrounding a museum art collection required
  • Strong computer skills and familiarity with databases required; knowledge of TMS (The Museum System) preferred
  • Knowledge of art handling methods and object condition issues required
  • Excellent organizational skills required: ability to manage schedules, multiple communications, and short-term deadlines
  • Ability to communicate effectively and comfortably with faculty, students, and museum staff required
  • Detail-oriented and sensitive to the necessity of accurate record-keeping required; Ability to maintain confidentiality required
  • Must be self-directed and self-motivated, ability to work without supervision but also as part of a team required
  • Ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously and prioritize workflow required
  • Considerable handling of art objects, including careful handling and lifting required; Need to stand for extended periods during classes required
  • Some office work, including typing, data entry, and phoning require
  • Background check required

Hours

Full-time, benefits eligible.

To apply

To apply, search for requisition 098366 and submit a cover letter and resume through jobopportunities.uchicago.edu. Review of applications begins immediately and position will stay open until filled.


Manager of Community Engagement and Arts Learning

With guidance and support from the Director of Education and Interpretation, the Manager of Community Engagement and Arts Learning will develop and then manage new programmatic strategies to engage the University’s campus and surrounding neighborhood communities.

These responsibilities will fall into three primary areas of work. First, working with local educators, students, teaching artists, Museum staff, and University colleagues, the Manager of Community Engagement and Arts Learning will create a substantive education program for local school communities inspired by the Museum’s mission to open the world through art and ideas. Second, the Manager of Community Engagement and Arts Learning will participate in the planning, development, and administration of a new University-wide model for collaborative K-12 arts education. Third, in concert with Museum staff, guest artists, and existing docents, the Manager of Community Engagement and Arts Learning will re-think the docent program as a platform for community engagement while also managing the Museum’s robust tour program. The docent group is comprised of both University of Chicago students and alumni from the Odyssey Project.

Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in Museum or Art Education, Fine Art, Art History, or related field
  • Minimum 3 years relevant work experience
  • Knowledge of current best practices regarding the interpretation of art for varied publics and previous gallery teaching experience
  • Knowledge of the interplay between creative and pedagogical practices
  • Demonstrated success in building collaborative relationships with diverse constituencies required
  • Knowledge of Chicago Public School system and proven ability to engage school administrators, educators, and students
  • Strong organizational, planning, problem solving and project management skills
  • Strong communication skills, and ability to interact effectively with public audiences including children; teachers; parents; university students, staff, and faculty; as well as interdepartmentally
  • Strong research, writing, and editing skills
  • Strong computer skills and basic office computing skills required. Proficiency in graphics programs such as Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator is desirable
  • Willingness and ability to travel and work some evenings and weekends required

Hours

Full-time, benefits eligible.

To apply

To apply, search for requisition 098073 and submit a cover letter and resume through jobopportunities.uchicago.edu. Review of applications begins immediately and position will stay open until filled.


Docent Program

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.


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.

Education Program Intern

This position supports the Museum’s efforts in presenting educational programming and interpretation for adults, families, schools, and University of Chicago students by assisting with administrative tasks; facilitating, documenting, and evaluating programs; and creating permanent collection-related resources.

The Education Program Intern will research and author new entries for the Smart Museum’s online collections database; Assist education staff in the development and implementation of programs; Organize supplies, materials, and equipment needed for education programs and set up for programs as directed; Assist (when needed) in promoting programming via posting flyers or sending electronic information as directed; Help to monitor and maintain interactive elements in the Museum’s temporary and permanent collection based exhibitions; Share education content with docents via online platforms; Assist in evaluating programs and generating statistics tied to exhibitions, tour, family, adult, and University programs; Design and print program related materials; Attend education staff meetings and other meetings as necessary; and other administrative duties as assigned.

Qualifications

Ideal candidate will be a third or fourth year undergraduate or a graduate student and possess the following:

  • Knowledge of visual art, art history, and museum work
  • Strong research, writing, and editing skills
  • Interest in public/community education and programming
  • Some experience teaching or working with children and/or adult groups
  • Excellent communication skills, attention to detail, and ability to work well with the public
  • Flexibility, creativity, enthusiasm, and the ability to work well both collaboratively and independently
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and with digital media
  • Basic knowledge of InDesign, FileMaker Pro, and Photoshop
  • Professionalism and dependability
  • Able to work some evening and weekend hours

Hours

12–15 hours per week, from June 20, 2015 to June 17, 2016

Pay rate

$11/hour; work-study accepted, but not required

To apply

To apply, please log in to your Chicago Career Connection profile and search by Job ID: 51906.


Registration Intern

This position assists the Registrar’s office at the Smart Museum of Art. Duties include maintaining the electronic and paper records and other documentation that catalog both the permanent collection and loans to the museum, as well as assisting with the movement, packing, storage, and shipment of these objects.

The Registration Intern will assist with cataloging works both in the collection and on loan to the museum and prepare condition reports, inventories and receipts; assist with maintaining the systems that catalog, document and report on both the permanent collection and loans to the museum including: copyright research and clearance, and archiving departmental records; assist with replying to information requests and generating internal and external documents relating to loans, exhibitions, and acquisitions; assist with the packing, unpacking, installation, deinstallation, and storage of artwork; assist with the campus loan program, processing loan renewals and performing routine condition checks of artwork; assist with the integrated pest management program, monitoring for pest activity within the museum; assist with managing permanent collection and installation photography; assist with object movement for University of Chicago classes held at the Smart, monitoring at least one class per quarter; and other duties as they arise.

Qualifications

  • Applicant must be highly sensitive to the necessity of confidentiality and absolutely accurate record keeping and be familiar with database management, networking and image processing. S/he must be extremely detail-oriented, have excellent written and verbal communication skills, possess the ability to see projects through to completion, and be able to work well both with others and independently.
  • A concentration in art history preferred, along with previous office or museum experience. Familiarity with PCs, Microsoft Word and Excel is essential; familiarity with Adobe Photoshop CS2, scanning software, and The Museum System (TMS) is desirable.
  • Physical demands include the ability to see and write or type; the ability to lift and carry moderately heavy objects; the ability to crouch, climb, balance, sit, and stand for long periods of time; the ability to safely handle and transport artworks; and the ability to withstand various outdoor temperatures.
  • Background check is required.

Hours

Applicant must be available to work 10 hours a week during the school year (32 weeks) and is preferred to work 18 hours a week during summer.

If candidate cannot work summer hours, additional hours can be added to the school year work period. Start date will be for summer or early fall, depending on candidate availability, and will continue through the 2015–2016 school year.

Pay rate

$12/hour; work-study accepted, but not required

To apply

To apply, send a cover letter and resume to Sara Hindmarch, Head Registrar, Smart Museum of Art.
 


H. C. Westermann Study Collection Registration Intern

This position assists the Assistant Registrar, H. C. Westermann Study Collection at the Smart Museum of Art. The H. C. Westermann Study Collection is composed of 2,000+ letters, photographs, prints, drawings, and 3D objects created by and pertaining to the artist. Duties include photographing and scanning objects in the H. C. Westermann Study Collection, as well as digital photo processing and maintaining the electronic and paper records related to the Study Collection.

The Intern will photograph and scan objects in the H. C. Westermann Study Collection; assist with photo editing and digital image management; assist with cataloging works in the collection and entering/uploading information to the electronic database; assist with the storage of artwork; and other duties as they arise.

Qualifications

  • Applicant must be highly sensitive to the necessity of confidentiality and absolutely accurate record keeping and be familiar with database management and image processing. S/he must be extremely detail-oriented, have excellent written and verbal communication skills, possess the ability to see projects through to completion, and be able to work well both with others and independently.
  • A concentration in art history preferred, along with previous office or museum experience. Familiarity with PCs and digital photography is essential; familiarity with Adobe Photoshop CS2, scanning software, and The Museum System (TMS) is desirable.
  • Physical demands include the ability to see and write or type; the ability to lift and carry moderately heavy objects; the ability to crouch, climb, balance, sit, and stand for long periods of time; and the ability to safely handle and transport artwork.
  • Background check is required.

Hours

Applicant must be available to work 7.5–12 hours a week for a 10-week summer period.

Pay rate

$12/hour; work-study accepted, but not required

To apply

To apply, send a cover letter and resume to Monica Welke, Assistant Registrar, H. C. Westermann Study Collection, Smart Museum of Art.
 


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.

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

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