Employment

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


Staff positions

Associate Director, Individual Gifts

Job Summary
Reporting to the Director of Development, the Associate Director of Individual Giving at the Smart Museum of Art implements comprehensive fundraising strategies to raise gifts from individuals in support of the mission and priorities of the museum, and is primarily responsible for all membership programs and auxiliary groups, as well as for a portfolio of current and potential donors with the capacity to make gifts in excess of $100,000. The Associate Director of Individual Giving works in partnership with the Director of Development and the Dana Feitler Director to develop and maintain a comprehensive cultivation and stewardship program for major and leadership giving donors. Plans and organizes cultivation events for small groups of high-level donors and prospects. Travels within assigned regions to meet with prospects and donors. Works effectively and collaboratively with internal and external colleagues to achieve development goals and objectives. This position is based in Chicago but will require approximately 20% travel.

Responsibilities

Competencies

Additional Requirements​​

Education:

Experience:

Compensation
37.5 scheduled weekly hours, benefits-eligible, pay range depends on qualifications.

To Apply
To apply, send cover letter, resume, and references via the University of Chicago's career site. Search requisition JR00981.


Assistant Director of Development

Job Summary
Reporting to the Director of Development, the Assistant Director of Development at the Smart Museum of Art conducts a variety of essential projects for the museum’s development efforts, including providing strategic planning and support to manager and team.

Responsibilities

Competencies

Additional Requirements​​

Education:

Experience:

Compensation

22.5 scheduled weekly hours, benefits-eligible, pay range depends on qualifications.

To Apply

To apply, send cover letter, resume, and references via the University of Chicago's career site. Search requisition JR00994.


Curatorial Fellow for Diversity in the Arts

Job Summary
The Smart Museum is seeking a talented, creative, and motivated individual for a two-year Curatorial Fellowship for Diversity in the Arts.

Considering the Museum’s program over the coming two years, priority will be given to candidates with a research focus on African American art or art of the African diaspora. Depending on areas of expertise, the fellow will have the opportunity to work between the Museum and a relevant academic department, such as the Department of Art History, and/or other departments such as: Anthropology, Cinema and Media Studies, English, History, and/or Visual Arts.

In consultation with the relevant unit, the fellow may teach up to one class per academic year, in addition to forging mentorships and collaborative partnerships both with curatorial leadership and existing faculty. The goals for the Curatorial Fellow during their tenure at the Smart Museum are to further their own scholarship, to help elucidate the powerful possibility of a museum as medium in an academic setting, and to hone the skills needed to launch a curatorial career. One of the aims of this fellowship is to increase the diversity of the museum profession including groups historically underrepresented in curatorial positions such as black/African American, Native American, and Hispanic/Latina scholars.

Reporting to the Curator of Global Contemporary Art, the Fellow works in partnership with the other members of the museum staff and works closely with faculty and other University colleagues, as well as members of our broader community.

Responsibilities

Competencies

Additional Requirements

Education:

Experience:

Technical Knowledge or Skills:

Working Conditions and Physical Requirements:

Compensation
Two year fellowship, 37.5 scheduled weekly hours, benefits-eligible.

To Apply
To apply, send cover letter, resume, and references via the University of Chicago's career site. Search requisition JR00978.


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.


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. 


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 European Art

The Smart Museum of Art’s Curatorial Intern for European Art assists with: exhibition planning, gallery installations, and other curatorial tasks including research on collection objects and new acquisitions. This position is for summer 2018.

Duties

Qualifications
Must be a University of Chicago student (graduate student preferred) in art history or related subject. Knowledge of European art and relevant research sources required. Must work well with others, without close supervision, and be able to maintain rigorous standards of security. Must be reliable, attentive to detail, and highly organized. Excellent writing/editing skills and prior museum experience desirable.

Hours
Should be available to work approximately 10 hours per week starting in June 2018.

Pay rate
$15/hour.  Work study accepted but not required.

To Apply
Send letter of interest, CV, and names of three references (including current e-mail addresses and telephone numbers) to Anne Leonard, Senior Curator of European Art and Director of Publications and Research, aleonard@uchicago.edu.

Application closing date is April 13, 2018.


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, Guest Services and Operations 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.


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.