Employment

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 serves as chief development officer for the University of Chicago's Smart Museum of Art, is a member of both the Smart Museum's senior leadership team and the University of Chicago's Alumni Relations and Development (ARD) team, and is responsible for coordinating all activity related to seeking philanthropic support for the Smart Museum of Art.

Duties

Qualifications

Compensation
Full-time, benefits-eligible. 

To Apply
To apply, send cover letter, resume, and references via jobopportunities.uchicago.edu. Search for requisition #103133.


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 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.


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.


Arts Administration Student Assistant

The Smart Museum’s Arts Administration Student Assistant reports to the Director of Finance & Administration. Work with the Museum program staff to reconcile their expenses by creating “GEMS” expense reports. Occasionally may be asked to assist in organizing physical and virtual files and keep office records in order and other related duties as required. Must be reliable and self-directed. Must prepare materials in time for biweekly payroll close schedule.

Qualifications
Must be a University of Chicago student in good standing, able to work in an office environment, use MS Excel and internet browsers, be willing to learn other software as needed, and carry boxes weighing 25 pounds up and down 2 flights of stairs.

Hours
Beginning July 2017, available 4-8 hours per week, at the Museum during training and then may work from home most hours. Maximum 8 hours/week after training.

Pay rate
$11.00/hr. Work-study accepted, but not required.

To Apply
E-mail resume to Damisha Marshall, Business Office Manager, damisha@uchicago.edu.  


Curatorial Intern for Modern Art and Special Exhibitions

The Smart Museum of Art’s Curatorial Intern reports to the Curator of Modern Art and Design and provides support for modern art and special exhibition projects, especially the fall 2017 exhibition Revolution Every Day and its related publication, which primarily address 20th-century Russian and Soviet art.

Duties
Work will focus on:

Qualifications
University of Chicago graduate student or candidate with a BA in art history or related field. Rising seniors with relevant experience and major will also be considered.

Excellent research, proofreading, and organizational skills, and knowledge of both online and print sources of art historical scholarship and documentation. 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 museum experience desirable. Knowledge of modern and post-war art required.

Ideally, the candidate would be available summer 2017 and through the upcoming academic year, but candidates for summer through September 2017 will also be considered.

Hours
Beginning June 2017, 10+ hours/week

Pay rate
$14/hour. Work study accepted but not required.

To Apply
To apply, send cover letter and resume to Diane Miliotes, Interim Curator of Modern Art and Design, Smart Museum of Art.


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, 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
$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.