Employment

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


Staff positions

Guest Services Attendant

The Guest Services team works closely with the Guest Services Coordinator and Guest Services and Operations Supervisor to welcome Smart Museum guests and ensure compliance with Smart Museum visitor protocols including protection of art objects while they visit the Museum and its exhibitions. In addition, when exhibitions are not on view, the Guest Services team works with colleagues across the Smart Museum to support ongoing operations including support for various administrative, operational and programmatic areas of the Museum.

This is a 20 hour per week benefits eligible position.

To apply
Review the posting details and submit your application through the University of Chicago's career portal using posting #JR12661. Current UChicago employees should search and apply through Workday.
 

Curatorial Research Assistant

Working at the Smart Museum of Art, the Curatorial Research Assistant works with the museum’s curatorial department under the leadership of Curator of Global Contemporary Art and in partnership with other academic departments including the Department of Art History to advance our collective commitment to expanding the fields of art history and museum practice. The Curatorial Research Assistant is responsible for providing research, administrative, communications, and logistical support for, and coordination of exhibitions and collections management for Global Contemporary Art and the broader Smart Museum’s curatorial focus. The Curatorial Research Assistant will have research experience and specialization in modern and contemporary, preferably with a focus on global and/or transnational art histories. They will also be knowledge in current museum practices and actively committed to making the field more diverse, inclusive, and equitable.   

The Curatorial Research Assistant reports to the Curator of Global Contemporary Art and works closely with the Curatorial Team and Exhibitions & Publications Manager.

This is a full-time benefits eligible position.

To apply
Review the posting details and submit your application through the University of Chicago's career portal using posting #JR12609. Current UChicago employees should search and apply through Workday.
 

Assistant Director of Development

The Assistant Director of Development works closely with the Director of Development and other department team-members, additional Museum colleagues, and those in the University’s Central Alumni Relations and Development (ARD) division to meet Smart Development goals and contribute to growth. The Assistant Director of Development provides essential support to the Museum’s annual giving, exhibition and programmatic support, and other needs by supporting institutional grant applications, reports, and other post-award requirements; provides oversight and guidance for direct response individual donor campaigns; and spearheads the stewardship effort through timely acknowledgment and gift communication processes and a strategic donor communication program, while also supporting targeted donor engagement events (in person and virtual). The Assistant Director of Development reports to the Director of Development and works closely with colleagues across University Alumni Relations and Development, UChicago Arts, and the Smart Museum.
 
This is a full-time benefits-eligible position.

To apply
Review the posting details and submit your application through the University of Chicago's career portal using posting #JR12660. Current UChicago employees should search and apply through Workday.


University of Chicago student positions

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


Internships

University of Chicago undergraduate and graduate 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 during the academic year with full-time positions often available during the summer.


Smart Scholars and Undergraduate Research Associates

Smart Scholars

Presented by the Feitler Center for Academic Inquiry, this program supports research opportunities at the Smart Museum of Art resulting in an original creative work (of visual art, music, dance, writing), program, or scholarly essay. Students propose their own projects grounded in academic research (library, database, archive, conservation, materials science laboratory, or other museums) into one or more objects in the Museum’s collection. Browse the archive of Smart Scholars projects »


Smart Undergraduate Research Associates

Presented in partnership with the College Center for Research and Fellowships, Undergraduate Research Associates work closely with a mentor—Smart Museum curators, educators, registrars, or conservators—to provide art-related research for specific Museum projects that are already in the planning stages and are scheduled to take place during the term of the student’s position, such as exhibitions or related programming. 


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 does not have open docent positions at this time. Please check back in the future. 


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 talentacquisition@uchicago.edu with their request.