Employment

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


Staff positions

FINANCIAL AND HUMAN RESOURCES COORDINATOR

Reporting to the Deputy Director for Museum Affairs and Strategic Impact (DD-MASI), the Finance and Human Resources Coordinator (FHRC) will be responsible for the Museum's daily business operations, assists with budget planning and preparation, financial administration and personnel services. The FHRC supervises and coordinates all Business Office staff, processes payments for employees, goods and services and performs all human resources record keeping, as well as salary and non-salary disbursement processing and record-keeping.

The Museum Affairs Division was built to align innovative methods of exhibitions and collections management, sound financial oversight and a work culture to support the long-term success and sustainability of the Smart Museum and its vital role within UChicago Arts. The successful applicant will be an enthusiastic partner whose work will support the Smart in realizing a facility that serves visitors and staff alike. 

Responsibilities
The job coordinates projects in monitoring the operating and capital budgets for divisions and/or University-wide administrative units. At the instruction of others, performs work that contributes to development of long and short term financial goals, business strategies/plans, and financial forecasts/models for major service programs and initiatives. Utilizes moderate knowledge of finance to help coordinate quarterly and year-end reporting for the operating budget.

Financial Administration

Human Resources

Competencies

Preferred Qualifications

Compensation
This is a full-time (37.5 hours/week), benefits-eligible position. Compensation depends on qualifications.

To apply
To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, and list of references through the University of Chicago jobs portal. Search posting number JR05797.


Guest Services and Operations Supervisor

The Guest Services and Operations Supervisor is responsible for supporting the Associate Director Museum Affairs and Guest Services in protecting the people, objects and facility of the Smart Museum and in managing guest services in the public spaces of the Museum.

Responsibilities
This position serves as the individual in charge of these areas, Wednesday through Sunday, and evening events as needed; which includes opening and closing the museum building according to set procedures:

Competencies

Preferred Qualifications

Compensation
This is a full-time (40 hours/week), benefits-eligible position. Compensation depends on qualifications.

To apply
To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, and list of references through the University of Chicago jobs portal. Search posting number JR05896.


Assistant Registrar

The Smart Museum is seeking an organized and collaborative Assistant Registrar to support the department with database and collection documentation. Reporting to the Head Registrar, the Assistant Registrar performs registration functions related to the care and maintenance of the museum’s permanent collection and its records, in addition to assisting the Head and Associate Registrars with overall departmental duties. As a part of the Smart Museum’s Collection Review this position will work closely with the collections and curatorial team to review and improve the systems that the museum uses to organize, manage, and provide access to information about our collections and exhibitions program.

Responsibilities
Database 

Photography, Rights and Reproductions

Other

Education, Experience, and Certification

Competencies

Preferred qualifications

Compensation
This is a full-time (37.5 hours/week), benefits-eligible position. Compensation depends on qualifications.

To apply
To apply, please submit a resume and cover letter through the University of Chicago jobs portal. Search posting number JR05366.


Director of Development

The Director of Development will be responsible for leading and coordinating arts related fundraising efforts for the Smart Museum of Art. Reporting to the Dana Feitler Director of the Smart Museum of Art and the Assistant Vice President for Development, Arts and Humanities, the Director will design and implement comprehensive strategies to identify, cultivate and solicit annual, major and principal gifts donors in collaboration with Smart leadership, Smart Board of Governors and development colleagues. Working closely with the Smart and University Alumni Relations and Development teams, the Director will identify funding opportunities, support individual and foundation donor engagement opportunities and solicitations, and collaborate with the Smart Board and Smart Director to develop strategic approaches for fundraising growth. Director of Development is a senior fundraising position with management responsibilities for the Smart Museum fundraising team and will also work closely with other arts leaders across the UChicago Arts initiative and develop partnerships with other appropriate UChicago fundraising colleagues.

Responsibilities

Competencies

Preferred qualifications

Compensation
This is a full-time (37.5 hours/week), benefits-eligible position. Compensation depends on qualifications.

To apply
To apply, please submit a resume and cover letter through the University of Chicago jobs portal. Search posting number JR04790. 


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 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.


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
$12/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.