Staff positions

Facilities and Security Manager

Under the direction of the Museum's Director of Finance and Administration, the Security and Facilities Manager is responsible for a comprehensive Museum protection program for people, objects and the facility.

Duties

  • Develops goals, policies and procedures for the Museum protection program by vetting best practices with other museum professionals in line with the goals of the Smart Museum and professional organization recommendations for museums the size of the Smart.
  • Hires, trains and oversees the activities of one part time Security Supervisor and a guard crew of 20–30 student Gallery Attendants. Supervises guard/desk crew during museum public hours and rental receptions during non-public hours. Enforces security and hospitality policies and procedures. Ensures appropriate security staff coverage at all times when the museum is occupied.
  • Prepares, communicates and records information regarding safety and security requirements and training, guard schedules, facilities work, and museum attendance. Conducts periodic security employee reviews.
  • Manages day to day facilities issues in regard to building maintenance, utilities, security and safety protection in all spaces. Oversees mail/copy room operations and maintenance.
  • Manages and responds to all unforeseen emergencies and alarms during off hours when the museum is closed.

Qualifications

  • Two years of relevant supervisory experience overseeing students or volunteers, required.
  • Experience in a museum or gallery security setting, strongly preferred.
  • Availability to manage and respond to all unforeseen emergencies and alarms during off hours when the museum is closed required.
  • Ability to work well with colleagues and general public required.
  • Knowledge of and ability to carry out emergency procedures required.
  • Trustworthiness and the ability to act responsibly required.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills required.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office, email systems and database applications required.
  • Consistent employment history with increasing levels of responsibility required.
  • Associate's degree, required. Bachelor's degree, preferred.

Hours

Full-Time, benefits eligible. Schedule is Tuesday–Saturday 9:30 am–6:00 pm, off on Sunday and Monday.

To apply

To apply, search for requisition 094966 and submit a cover letter, resume, and references through jobopportunities.uchicago.edu.


University of Chicago student positions

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

Student 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 lead the Smart Museum’s efforts in reaching K-12 audiences through the multi-visit tour programs—Smart Explorers for fifth grade and Art in Focus for third grade—in addition to assisting with single visit tour requests from university, adult, and other student audience groups. Docents also assist with the facilitation of family programming at the Smart Museum. Docents are required to complete a 12-week mandatory paid training course and attend ongoing training sessions on the first Friday of each month.

Docents are hired during spring quarter. Please check back in March for the application to join the 2014–2015 docent class.


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.

Interns are typically hired in the fall for one-year, renewable positions.


Curatorial Intern for Contemporary Art

The Smart Museum of Art’s Curatorial Intern reports to the Associate Curator of Contemporary Art and provides support for contemporary projects. Work during 2014–2015 will focus on support for upcoming exhibitions and catalogues including Monster Roster: Existentialist Art in Postwar Chicago and research and writing on artworks in the collection for our online database and upcoming collection displays. The intern assists with other office functions as needed.

Qualifications

  • University of Chicago graduate student or advanced undergraduate.
  • Excellent research and organizational skills. 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 work experience at the Smart Museum or other museums desirable. Knowledge of contemporary art required.

Hours

Flexible start (May/June or fall quarter 2014) through June 2015, 10 hours/week

Pay rate

$12/hour. Work-study accepted, but not required.

To apply

Send a letter of interest and current resume to Jessica Moss, Associate Curator of Contemporary Art. Applications due by April 25, 2014. 


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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