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

Staff positions

Dana Feitler Director

The University of Chicago seeks a visionary museum professional who, in collaboration with the University, will lead the Smart Museum of Art’s emergence as a global model for an engaged and engaging university art museum.

The Director provides comprehensive artistic vision, administration, leadership, and oversight of the Museum staff. The Director works to secure the Museum’s position as an innovative leader among academic art museums; champions the signal importance of the visual arts, arts education, curatorial practice, and scholarship; ensures that the Museum connects with and is accessible to the local community; and oversees Museum collections, exhibitions operations, finances, and fundraising. The Director is the Smart Museum’s public advocate and ambassador, and is an active partner to the Board of Governors, the University community, and broader arts constituents locally, nationally, and internationally.

Additional information
Review the posting details and submit your application through the University of Chicago's career portal using posting #JR16056. The University of Chicago has retained m/Oppenheim to support this recruitment. Additional information and nomination and application instructions are available in the position profile:

Collections Research Preceptor

Reporting to the Director of the Feitler Center for Academic Inquiry at the Smart Museum, and working closely with the Center’s staff, the Collections Research Preceptor guides, instructs, and mentors undergraduate interns engaged in research, interpretation, and programming about the Smart Museum’s collection. The Preceptor will hold a PhD in Art History or a related field, have expertise in object-centered or collections-focused research methodologies, and have experience mentoring undergraduates. This role is responsible for developing an object-centered research methodology and research plan, leading undergraduate students on research into art objects, developing workshop and roundtable events with relevant faculty and area experts to fill the gaps in research findings (example: art provenance), overseeing students’ presentations of their research in written and oral forms, scheduling and facilitating student access to collection objects, coordinating with relevant UChicago and Smart Museum staff about the presentation, archiving, and promotion of the research work of undergraduates. 

The Fellow may teach one course per year in field of expertise, ideally one that draws on the Smart Museum’s collection or exhibitions.

This position is posted as a two-year, full-time, grant funded role that may be contingent on additional funding to continue.

To apply
Review the posting details and submit your application through the University of Chicago's career portal using posting #JR16676. Current UChicago employees should search and apply through Workday. 

Head Registrar

The Head Registrar manages the Collections and Exhibitions team in all aspects of the management of the Smart Museum collection and loans made to it: from their public facing use in loans, exhibitions, and classes, to their behind-the-scenes care in transit, conservation, and storage. The Smart Museum seeks an inspired, experienced, and collaborative colleague to lead the department and perform key aspects of collections management and registration including overseeing the permanent collection, establishing collections management procedures and priorities, and managing loans and exhibitions with the assistance of the Collections and Exhibitions staff. The Head Registrar will be part of a strong team with a collaborative work culture, and will be key to the long-term success and sustainability of the Smart Museum and its important role within UChicago Arts. A member of senior staff the Head Registrar reports directly the Director of the Smart Museum of Art.

This is a full-time benefits eligible position

To apply
Review the posting details and submit your application through the University of Chicago's career portal using posting #JR14883. Current UChicago employees should search and apply through Workday. 

University of Chicago student positions

The following jobs and internships are only available to University of Chicago students.


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.

Smart Scholars and Undergraduate Research Associates

Smart Scholars

Presented by the Feitler Center for Academic Inquiry, this program supports research opportunities at the Smart Museum of Art resulting in an original creative work (of visual art, music, dance, writing), program, or scholarly essay. Students propose their own projects grounded in academic research (library, database, archive, conservation, materials science laboratory, or other museums) into one or more objects in the Museum’s collection. Browse the archive of Smart Scholars projects »

Smart Undergraduate Research Associates

Presented in partnership with the College Center for Research and Fellowships, Undergraduate Research Associates work closely with a mentor—Smart Museum curators, educators, registrars, or conservators—to provide art-related research for specific Museum projects that are already in the planning stages and are scheduled to take place during the term of the student’s position, such as exhibitions or related programming. 

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. 

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.