Information on job, internship, and other opportunities to work at the University of Chicago's Smart Museum of Art.
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.
- Develop and execute an overall strategic fundraising plan for Smart Museum development. Work closely with the Museum's advisory Board of Governors to enhance its capacities and fundraising potential. Manage a personal major gift prospect portfolio with goals for solicitations and dollars raised. Prioritize the director's prospect portfolio and staff the director's prospect work.
- Plan and lead robust strategies for individual and corporate and foundation fundraising, with particular emphasis on expansion of the individual major gifts, including donations of works of art. Identify, qualify, cultivate, and solicit prospective donors who have the capacity to make financial commitments of $100,000+. Deliver timely and effective follow-up to prospects and donors.
- Manage a team of professionals, student interns, and external partners. Collaborate and coordinate with key development partners, including ARD gift officers and colleagues in strategic information and communications, to advocate effectively for the Smart Museum and pursue development efforts in the context of the University's broader UChicago Arts strategy and development efforts.
- Participate in comprehensive planning as a member of the Museum's senior staff, ensuring financial support for the fulfillment of the Museum's ambitious plans. Ensure Museum communications demonstrate clarity and consistency, propelling the Smart Museum to reach its strategic and fundraising goals. Draft compelling talking points, letters, proposals and briefing materials for institutional leaders and gift officers.
- Manage staff and an allocated budget to execute responsibilities in an efficient, timely, and cost-effective manner. Ensure compliance with University policy and provide timely reporting.
- Model professional and ethical behavior and promote participation in the life of the University. Perform other duties as assigned. Seek opportunities for professional development that will enhance job performance, including building networks within the University and with colleagues at peer institutions.
- Minimum of five years of professional work experience in nonprofit management, development, alumni relations, marketing, public relations, sales, or similar professional work experience required.
- Minimum of three years of experience leading a project team or managing staff required.
- Minimum of two years of experience in managing senior leadership, trustees, and board members required.
- Minimum of one year of experience in developing and monitoring budgets required.
- Demonstrated record of organizing successful fundraising, marketing or membership programs preferred.
- Experience developing successful corporate, foundation or government proposals preferred.
- Experience with capital campaigns preferred.
- Experience fundraising for arts and/or art museums preferred.
- Bachelor's degree or higher required.
- Advanced graduate or professional degree in business, marketing, management, or higher education administration preferred.
To apply, send cover letter, resume, and references via jobopportunities.uchicago.edu. Search for requisition #103133.
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.
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.
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.
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.
$11.00/hr. Work-study accepted, but not required.
E-mail resume to Damisha Marshall, Business Office Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Work will focus on:
- Editorial and permissions work on the exhibition catalogue
- Exhibition and label preparation and writing, as well as writing for artworks in the museum’s holdings for gallery display and for our online database.
- Assistance with other office functions as needed.
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.
Beginning June 2017, 10+ hours/week
$14/hour. Work study accepted but not required.
To apply, send cover letter and resume to Diane Miliotes, Interim Curator of Modern Art and Design, Smart Museum of Art.
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.
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.
Starting immediately with year-round employment, approximately 8–15 hours per week.
Starts at $11/hour plus tips.
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.
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.
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.
Starting immediately with year-round employment, approximately 8–15 hours per week.
$11/hour; higher if a multi-session docent cross-training program is completed
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 email@example.com with their request.