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

Staff positions

Director of Development

The Director of Development will be responsible for leading and coordinating comprehensive fundraising efforts for the Smart Museum of Art. The Director will design and implement holistic strategies and build relationships to identify, cultivate and solicit annual, major, and principal gift donors in collaboration with Smart Museum leadership, the Smart Museum Board of Governors, University leadership, and development colleagues. Working closely with the Smart Museum and Alumni Relations & Development (ARD) teams, the Director will identify and define funding opportunities, support individual and foundation donor engagement opportunities and solicitations, and collaborate with the Smart Board and the Dana Feitler Director to develop strategic approaches for fundraising growth. This Director is a senior fundraising position with management responsibilities for the Smart Museum fundraising team and will work closely with other arts leaders across the University of Chicago and develop partnerships with other University of Chicago fundraising colleagues.

Reporting to the Assistant Vice President for Development-Humanities and the Arts, and the Dana Feitler Director of the Smart Museum, the Director is a member of the Smart Museum’s senior leadership team and a member of the ARD Humanities and the Arts Directors group.

The job manages a team of professional staff responsible for programs designed to meet University fundraising goals for contributed income. Manages relationships with alumni, faculty, administrators, and organizations with potential to make gifts in support of the University. Develops communication strategies for projects and contributes to the development of larger advancement strategies.

To Apply
Review the posting details and submit your application through the University of Chicago's career portal using posting #JR19329. Current UChicago employees should search and apply through Workday. 

Posted November 4, 2022

Executive Assistant

The Executive Assistant reports to the Dana Feitler Director of the Smart Museum of Art. The position provides confidential and high-level office and location support activities by acting as lead and coordinating the work of others. Identifies enhances and applies specific processes and procedures to maximize the efficiencies of the University to which the support is being provided. May ensure the correct functioning of facilities, office and/or business support services.

To Apply
Review the posting details and submit your application through the University of Chicago's career portal using posting #JR19390. Current UChicago employees should search and apply through Workday. 

Posted November 14, 2022

University of Chicago student positions

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


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

Each year, the Feitler Center for Academic Inquiry at the Smart Museum of Art welcomes proposals from University of Chicago undergraduates in any field of study for research projects 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 into one or more objects in the Smart Museum’s collection.

Lean more about the program and proposal requirements »
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. 

Collections Research Associate (4 Openings)

Tara Kuruvilla, Collections Research Preceptor, Feitler Center for Academic Inquiry

Opportunity Description
The Smart Museum of Art’s Feitler Center for Academic Inquiry supports excellence in undergraduate education at the University of Chicago by expanding opportunities for object-centered inquiry. As a Collections Research Associate, you will conduct in-depth research on select artworks in the Smart Museum’s permanent collection with an aim to vet existing information, conduct original scholarship, add to the museum’s archives, and deepen general understanding of a range of objects. You will select your objects of study in consultation and collaboration with the museum’s Collection Research Preceptor, curatorial, and registration staff—matching your research interests and language expertise with understudied artworks in the Smart’s collection and broader institutional needs. The fresh perspectives and interdisciplinary backgrounds that the Research Associates bring to the role are critical in the Smart’s efforts to bolster our knowledge of our holdings. In addition to adding to the museum's archives, you will be asked to make your research more publicly accessible, through object chats, label texts, blog posts, and/or other programs and platforms.

Principle Responsibilities
Gaining in-depth experience in the study of original works of art, your duties may include, but are not limited to, reviewing digital and physical museum archives, conducting artist and object research, making case statements for changing existing information on artworks or artists, providing regular updates to the Collections Research Preceptor, organizing and archiving research assets so that they are accessible for future scholars, and forging ways to publicly share such scholarship. In addition to building research skills, you will learn best practices around archival data management, be mentored in safely handling art, and be trained to use the museum’s internal collections database (The Museum System).

Suggested Skills
We are searching for candidates with a passion for the arts, museums, and object-centered research; enthusiasm and a willingness to learn about new fields of study; critical thinking skills; excellent organization, planning, and implementation skills; a detail-oriented approach; well-developed interpersonal and written communication skills; strong time management skills. 

Skills Gained 
Students will be mentored in object-centered research approaches to produce independently-directed, open-ended scholarship on the Smart’s collection. These positions provide the opportunity for students to contribute to collections research while learning how the institution operates on a day-to-day basis. We hope that you will not only gain valuable research and communication skills and learn about working in a museum environment but also that we can support you as you develop further insight into your academic and professional interests. 

Time Commitment and Compensation 
The Collections Research Associate positions run through Winter and Spring Quarters 2023, with a stipend of $3,000 ($1,500 per quarter). The expected commitment is approximately 8-10 hours/week.

Application Requirements
Please submit a one-page cover letter to tell us more about your academic and extracurricular interests and why you would like to conduct object-centered research on the Smart’s collection. What do you hope to gain from your time at the museum? We suggest using direct, jargon-free language and short paragraphs to highlight the skills and experience you bring to this position. 

Please also share your CV or Resume and academic transcript (unofficial): These materials allow us to identify resources and suggest understudied objects in the museum’s collection that align with your research interests, professional experiences, and coursework.  

Application Submission and Deadline
Please submit your application to feitlercenter@uchicago.edu by Sunday, November 20, 2022. Any questions can be directed to Aneesah Ettress, Academic Engagement Coordinator, ettress@uchicago.edu.  

Not sure you meet 100% of our qualifications? Research shows that women and individuals from underrepresented backgrounds often apply to jobs only if they believe they meet all criteria. We recognize that it is highly unlikely that any applicant meets every single qualification for a given position. We encourage you to apply if you think you could excel in or benefit from this role. We are dedicated to considering a wide range of candidates, including those with diverse interests, experiences, and backgrounds. 

This internship is currently planned to support in-person museum activities. If campus guidelines change, the positions may be reconfigured to be remote.

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