Employment

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


Staff positions

Deputy Director for Exhibitions and Operations

Duties
Reporting to the Dana Feitler Director, The Deputy Director for Exhibitions and Operations is a vital member of the senior leadership team at the museum, as he/she oversees the exhibitions logistics, registration, finance, administration and operations of the museum, supervising managers in each of those divisions. Working closely with the Director and the senior members of the Curatorial and Audience Engagement and Public practice teams, the DDEO has ultimate oversight and responsibility for all non-content production related activities at the museum.


The DDEO is responsible for overseeing all financial, administrative, and operational aspects of the Museum. Key responsibilities include managing the museum’s multi-million dollar operating budget and maintaining the policies and goals that govern its operations, personnel, and financial performance. The DDEO supports and advises the Director in developing strategic objectives, decision making, and in fulfilling the mission of the museum, and the DDEO takes a leadership role in establishing institutional policies, practices, and direction. The DDEO also serves as the lead liaison to the university for finance and operations, including working closely with the University leadership.

Qualifications

Compensation
Full-time, benefits-eligible. 

To Apply
To apply, send cover letter, resume, and references via jobopportunities.uchicago.edu. Search for requisition #103523.


Deputy Director for Audience Engagement and Public Practice

Duties
Reporting to the Dana Feitler Director, The Deputy Director for Audience Engagement and Public Practice is a key member of the museum’s senior leadership team, overseeing the entire education, interpretation, pubic programs, and marketing and communications departments at the museum. The DDAEPP partners with the director and other senior leaders to define and share the message, goals, and identity of the Smart Museum, working to determine what makes the Smart Museum unique within the constellation of other museums and arts institutions in the Chicago area and beyond. He/She also maintains relationships with and knowledge of other university art museums across the United States, strategizing to position the Smart as strong voice, partner, and leader in the university museum arena. The DDAEPP leads the museum’s efforts to provide meaningful experiences with art and programs to diverse audience’s onsite, online and in the larger community.  He/She will work directly with the Museum Director and other senior leaders to define the museum’s strategies for programming, engagement and learning, and outreach and communications.  To accomplish these goals the DDAEPP will lead a diverse team of professional staff and university and community partners to plan and execute innovative programs and experiences that encourage and support the engagement of visitors with the museum’s diverse mission of art.

Qualifications

Compensation
Full-time, benefits-eligible. 

To Apply
To apply, send cover letter, resume, and references via jobopportunities.uchicago.edu. Search for requisition #103537.


Director of Development

The Director of Development serves as chief development officer for the University of Chicago's Smart Museum of Art, is a member of both the Smart Museum's senior leadership team and the University of Chicago's Alumni Relations and Development (ARD) team, and is responsible for coordinating all activity related to seeking philanthropic support for the Smart Museum of Art.

Duties

Qualifications

Compensation
Full-time, benefits-eligible. 

To Apply
To apply, send cover letter, resume, and references via jobopportunities.uchicago.edu. Search for requisition #103133.


Assistant Curator for Modern and Contemporary Art

Reporting to the Dana Feitler Director, the Assistant Curator for Modern and Contemporary art also works closely the Curator for Global Contemporary Art to create a collaborative environment that encourages the development of programs and exhibitions. As a thoughtful member of the curatorial team, the Assistant Curator will bring in-depth knowledge about Art history and museum practice to assist in implement an exciting vision for the museum with his/her colleagues and be driven by interests in artists, scholarship, innovation and public engagement.

Time is divided between specific projects and general curatorial work within the department, which includes research on the collection and new acquisitions, work on the presentation of the collection, management of certain of special exhibition projects, and opportunities to give public lectures. The Assistant Curator will be part of a collaborative environment that encourages the development of programs and exhibitions both working together as a curatorial team and with faculty and students across all areas including collections, exhibitions, research, publications, engagement and education.   

Duties

Qualifications

Compensation
Full-time, benefits-eligible. 

To Apply
To apply, send cover letter, resume, and references via jobopportunities.uchicago.edu. Search for requisition #103540.


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 programming across the museum, including family engagement, collaborative arts partnerships, and public programs addressing critical contemporary issues.  Docents are supported through paid training course, mentorship structure, and ongoing training sessions with guest facilitators.

Docent positions are available to University of Chicago students as well as Odyssey Project alumni.

The Smart is currently seeking new docents to join our community during the Fall 2017 quarter.  We are seeking curious, committed individuals from across a diverse range of disciplines and backgrounds to be public learners alongside our audiences. 

To apply


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.


Curatorial Intern for Modern Art and Special Exhibitions

The Smart Museum of Art’s Curatorial Intern reports to the Curator of Modern Art and Design and provides support for modern art and special exhibition projects, especially the fall 2017 exhibition Revolution Every Day and its related publication, which primarily address 20th-century Russian and Soviet art.

Duties
Work will focus on:

Qualifications
University of Chicago graduate student or candidate with a BA in art history or related field. Rising seniors with relevant experience and major will also be considered.

Excellent research, proofreading, and organizational skills, and knowledge of both online and print sources of art historical scholarship and documentation. Excellent oral and written communication skills.

Excellent interpersonal skills. Flexibility and dependability.

Familiarity with computer programs such as Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, and Photoshop. Ability to work well on own and on collaborative projects.

Prior museum experience desirable. Knowledge of modern and post-war art required.

Ideally, the candidate would be available summer 2017 and through the upcoming academic year, but candidates for summer through September 2017 will also be considered.

Hours
Beginning June 2017, 10+ hours/week

Pay rate
$14/hour. Work study accepted but not required.

To Apply
To apply, send cover letter and resume to Diane Miliotes, Interim Curator of Modern Art and Design, 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 $11/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
$11/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.


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