Information on job, internship, and other opportunities to work at the University of Chicago's Smart Museum of Art.
Responsible for ensuring the clarity, consistency, and effectiveness of all development and other public communications, in line with Museum and University best practices and priorities. The Grant Writer produces strong and effective copy in a wide range of formats, including grant applications; stewardship reports; the Museum's annual report, Bulletin; direct-mail solicitations; press releases, blog-posts, and gift acknowledgments. He or she is responsible for generating a high volume of foundation, corporate, and government funding proposals each year, and will work directly with program officers and foundation representatives to identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward grants from institutional donors. This staff member also plays an important role in crafting overall strategic communications for the Museum's public communications, annual giving campaigns; cultivation and stewardship programs; and exhibition, collections, and education program-specific communications efforts. Reporting to the Director of Development & External Relations and collaborating closely with the Associate Director of Communications and other members of the Museum's staff and colleagues within University and UChicago Arts Alumni Relations and Development and Communications.
Qualifications and experience
- Bachelor's degree required; advanced degree strongly preferred.
- Exceptional writing skills. Exceptional command of English language, grammar, and style. Ability to write strategically, persuasively, and quickly. Ability to write in a variety of registers and using the idioms of several different signers.
- Ability to understand and engage with current ideas in art historical scholarship and related fields. Ability to present information in a popular, accessible, and relevant way.
- Ability to excel as part of a highly motivated staff. Ability to work independently, to prioritize among multiple concurrent projects, and to meet deadlines. Ability to work collegially and collaboratively in an open office environment and with a variety of personalities.
- Organizational and human relations skills with ability to collaborate well and supportively and cultivate good relationships with colleagues within the Museum and its many collaborators. The temperament to work with a diverse and demanding population is expected. Must be self-directed and self-motivated, able to set goals and develop projects.
- Clear, effective, and tactful oral and written communication skills; ability to handle sensitive information with discretion. Ability to prioritize and execute multiple tasks simultaneously with an ability to view a project in its entirety.
- A minimum of three years of professional writing experience required, preferably in a development, fundraising, higher education, or other non-profit position.
Full-time, benefits eligible.
Please see the full position description and submit an application through jobopportunities.uchicago.edu. Search for requisition 101880.
Art to Live With Registration and Programming Coordinator
The Art to Live With Registration and Programming Coordinator performs registration and programmatic functions related to the care, maintenance, operations, and loan of the Art to Live With program and collection within the University of Chicago Campus Collection as operated under the Smart Museum of Art. Assisting the Campus and Public Art Collections and Conservation Manager in the care of the collection, specific duties include: managing loans from the Campus Collection primarily for student purposes, engaging with students and staff to create programmatic opportunities around the collection, and managing text and photographic data within the collections database and online.
Qualifications and experience
- Bachelor's degree: preferably in art history, museum studies, or closely related subject required. Advanced degree in art history, museology, or a related field preferred.
- A minimum of three years of related experience preferred.
- Supervisory experience preferred; Experience in a museum registration office preferred; Experience managing complex projects and sound decision making ability required.
- Experience with The Museum System database preferred; Strong technical computer skills and familiarity with databases required.
- Knowledge of museum standards regarding the care and handling of art required.
- Ability to work outside regular business hours required.
- Background check required.
Schedule is part-time, 28 hours/week. Salary is competitive, depending upon qualifications, with comprehensive University of Chicago benefits.
Please see the full position description and submit an application through jobopportunities.uchicago.edu. Search for requisition 102066.
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.
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. Applications for the next docent cohort will be made available in 2017.
University of Chicago student positions
The following jobs and internships are only available to University of Chicago students.
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Curatorial Internship
The Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago is pleased to offer the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Curatorial Internship for 2017–18. Application deadline: February 27, 2017.
- To provide a museum opportunity involving object-based curatorial research for advanced graduate students in art history and related disciplines;
- To advance substantive research on objects in the collection of the Smart Museum, which will be incorporated into the Smart’s permanent research files, online collection database, and future exhibitions and displays;
- To assist curatorial staff in further integrating the collections of the Smart Museum into the academic and intellectual life of the University of Chicago.
The successful candidate will work 19.5 hours per week on a 10-month appointment at the Smart Museum of Art (September through June), and will be fully integrated into the life of the Museum. Duties will involve research on a significant bequest of European and American photographs spanning the earliest days of the medium through very recent work. The Mellon Foundation Intern may also pursue further Smart collection research, according to interests.
The successful candidate will receive $20,000 for a 10-month, 19.5 hrs/wk appointment.
Candidates must be advanced graduate students at the University of Chicago in good standing in their department, ideally in the late stages of the dissertation. Students in other circumstances will be considered, but must at a minimum have finished their graduate coursework.
The successful candidate will have a strong knowledge of art history, including research sources and methods. While preference will be given to specialists in European and/or American photography, applicants with expertise in other areas of the Museum’s holdings will also be considered. In the event of a successful application outside the area of photography, project focus will be determined based on curatorial needs as well as the intern’s expertise and interests.
Candidates are encouraged to apply regardless of whether they have previous museum experience.
The position requires excellent research and writing skills; excellent oral communication; the ability to work collaboratively, as well as independently on research; and strong computer skills.
Applications should include the following four elements: a letter of interest; a CV with detailed information on course of study; contact information for three references (at least two should be academic references); and a writing sample, such as a course paper. Please send applications by February 27 to Anne Leonard, Curator and Interim Senior Director of Academic and Curatorial Initiatives, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Starts at $10/hour plus tips.
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.
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.
$10/hour; higher if a multi-session docent cross-training program is completed
To apply, please fill out an application at the Museum’s information desk. Applications are always accepted.
The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Disabled/Veterans Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law. For additional information, please see the University’s Notice of Nondiscrimination. Academic job seekers in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process should call 773.702.5671 or email ACOppAdministrator@uchicago.edu with their request. Staff job seekers in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process should call 773.834.1841 or email email@example.com with their request.