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.


Deputy Director, Museum Affairs and Strategic Impact

Duties
Reporting to the Dana Feitler Director, the Deputy Director, Museum Affairs and Strategic Impact is a vital member of the senior leadership team.

Working closely with the Director and senior members of Curatorial, Academic Inquiry and Audience Engagement & Public Practice, the DDMASI is charged with re-imagining and tuning the museum itself as a tool and a machine for learning in the 21st century, making it a site to better serve students and faculty at the University of Chicago, the surrounding communities, national and international partners in all aspects of the Smart’s collections and exhibitions programming. This includes ultimate responsibility for an effective, integrated approach to collections management and exhibitions administration, and finance and facility management.


Qualifications

Compensation
Full-time, benefits-eligible. 

To Apply
To apply, send cover letter, resume, and references via the University of Chicago's career site. Search for requisition JR01499.


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.


Museum Preparation Intern

Assist the Preparator’s office at the Smart Museum of Art. Duties include working with Preparation and Registration staff to care for, handle, and store museum collections, and participation in construction, installation, and deinstallation of both special exhibitions and permanent collection displays.

Duties


Qualifications


Hours
Applicant must be available to work 10 hours a week during the school year (32 weeks) and is preferred to work 20 hours a week during summer. If candidate cannot work summer hours, additional hours can be added to the school year work period. Start date will be for early fall, depending on candidate availability, and will continue through the 2018/ 2019 academic year.

Pay rate
$15/hour. College work-study eligibility desirable but not required. 

To apply
To apply, send a cover letter and resume to Sara Hindmarch, Head Registrar, shindmarch@uchicago.edu.


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.