Staff positions

Associate Registrar

The Associate Registrar performs registration functions related to loans and exhibitions. The position facilitates overall exhibition planning, and oversees the logistics and coordination of the Smart Museum’s onsite and traveling exhibition programs. The Associate Registrar reports to the Head Registrar.

The Associate Registrar manages safe movement and storage of collections and archives related records and documentation; participates in the development of related policies and procedures and ensures compliance; manages loans and/or accessioning/ deaccessioning, including preparing and reviewing loan budgets and contracts, arranging shipping and insurance; oversees the maintenance of storage areas; and oversees collections records, which includes developing and managing collections database

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree required, preferably in art history or closely related subject (Master’s degree and/or Museum Studies degree/certificate preferred).
  • 3+ years previous work experience in a museum registration office required. Management experience preferred.
  • Experience with domestic and international exhibition and/or loan management for a museum required.
  • Knowledge of museum standards regarding the care and handling of art and knowledge of legal and ethical issues surrounding a museum art collection required.
  • Strong computer skills and familiarity with databases required, preferably previous work experience with TMS.
  • Ability to travel and work outside regular business hours, when necessary required.
  • Ability to represent the museum in a professional manner to donors, lenders, professional colleagues, and all university constituencies.

Hours

Full-time, benefits eligible.

To apply

To apply, search for requisition 097438 and submit a cover letter, curriculum vita, and reference contact information through jobopportunities.uchicago.edu. Review of applications begins immediately and position will stay open until filled.


Docent Program

Docent Program

Description

The docent program at the Smart Museum of Art seeks to train new docents (gallery educators) beginning winter 2015. As a trainee docent you would participate in a paid training course exploring educational strategies for use in the Museum’s galleries. After completing the training course you would serve as public ambassadors for the Smart Museum by leading tours and facilitating art-making activities for a variety of audiences including K-12, university, and adult community groups.

This position is available to University of Chicago students (undergraduates preferred) as well as Odyssey Project alumni.

Information Session

The Smart Museum, in collaboration with the Odyssey Project, will host information sessions at the Museum on Thursday, January 29. Interested individuals should attend either the morning session at 9–10:30 am OR the evening session at 6–7:30 pm. The purpose of each information session will be to discuss the position with Education staff. Refreshments will be provided.

How to Apply

In order to apply, one must attend the January 29 information session and then fill out an online application that will be posted at jobopportunities.uchicago.edu (for Odyssey Project alumni; search for requisition #097796) and smartmuseum.uchicago.edu/about/docent-application (for current UChicago students). Information regarding the application process will be shared at the sessions on January 29.

Tentative Project Schedule and Time Commitment

  • January 29, 2015: Information Session (Approximately 90 minutes; attend either the 9:00am OR 6:00pm session, but not both)
  • February 13, 2015: Applications Due
  • February 20, 2015: Applicants notified of hiring
  • February 28, 2015: Training, 10 am–3 pm
  • March 2015: Docents will observe tours led by experienced docents (two 60-90 minute tours)
  • March 14, 2015: Training, 10 am–3 pm
  • March 28, 2015: Training, 10 am–3 pm
  • April 2015: Post-training check-in
  • April–May 2015: New docents will co-lead tours. Each docent would be expected to lead between 2–4 tours, each requiring approximately 2 hours of preparation (approximately 6–12 hours total).

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.

 


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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