Staff positions

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Contract positions

Lead Research Consultant

July 2015–June 2016

The UChicago Arts Partners (Smart Museum of Art, Oriental Institute, Logan Center for the Arts, Court Theatre, and the Arts and Public Life Initiative) seek a Lead Research Consultant.

This position will design and conduct a research strategy for the first phase of a multi-year project. This research should help to better understand, document, and evaluate key assets, opportunities, dimensions, strategies, and impacts of the Arts Partners’ existing programs; and how those things can be leveraged in support of arts learning in the K-12 environment on the South Side of Chicago. We expect that the ultimate outcome for this project is the development of a new model of collaborative arts learning, drawing on the University’s original works of art and resources—across disciplines—in support of a University-wide art education program.

This position will be engaged as a core part of the UChicago Arts Partners team, involved in all aspects of planning, designing and implementing the research strategy. We expect to employ a participatory research strategy involving educators, administrators, and students from our local school communities. The research strategy should include: Identifying what arts education programming is currently being offered to the South Side education community from University partners; identifying the intersections and gaps in our current work; articulating the collective impact of our work; through extensive engagement with our school communities, determine what our K-12 students, teachers, schools, parents, and other community members most need; and working with the UChicago Arts partners to formulate the development of a new arts education model informed by these research findings.


Applicants should have a PhD in education/education leadership, learning sciences, social policy, anthropology, or a related field. The position requires a researcher with a history of working in close collaboration with practitioners, using design-based research or similar methods involving iterative implementation of educational improvements, informed equally by research and practice. S/he should be familiar with experiential learning as well as ethnographic/qualitative research processes. S/he should have an understanding of the landscape of Chicago Public Schools, particularly on the South Side, as well as how to navigate school administration. The ideal candidate will be a proactive, highly organized person with excellent writing and interpersonal skills who understands the relationship between the arts and issues of cultural access.


Contract-based beginning mid-July 2015 through June 2016. Open immediately until filled. Approximately 15 hours per week with some evening and weekend commitments.

To Apply

To apply, submit a cover letter and resume to Michael Christiano, Director of Education and Interpretation, Smart Museum of Art.

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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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