Careers at the Akron Art Museum

Thank you for your interest in employment at the Akron Art Museum. We are looking for engaging, knowledgeable and creative individuals to fill the positions listed below.

The Akron Art Museum is committed to creating an inclusive workplace that celebrates the diversity of all of our employees. We respect the dignity and inherent rights of all individuals and are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status, or any other federal, state, or local protected class. We continuously focus on equitable hiring, training, promotional practices, and policies because our greatest strength is our team.


We accept applications submitted online, by email, or by mail.

To apply online
To apply by email

Send cover letter, resume, and references to: humanresources@akronartmuseum.org

To apply by mail

Send cover letter, resume, and references to:
Human Resources
The Akron Art Museum
One South High Street
Akron, OH 44308

Under the direction of the Senior Operations Officer, is responsible for the safety of works of art in the galleries and in storage, and the safety of all visitors and employees in the building. All Security Guards report to the Security Shift Supervisor when the Senior Operations Officer is not on site. This full-time position is classified as non-exempt.

1. Provide a safe and secure environment for our employees, patrons, visitors, and contractors.
2. Provide effective protection for the museum’s artwork and assets from damage and loss.
3. Provide active enforcement of the museum’s rules and regulations.
4. Provide informative security awareness education to our employees, patrons, visitors, and contractors.
5. Open and/or close the building each day, following procedure and checking for any unusual activity. Set all necessary building alarms at closing, using assigned codes.
6. Open and/or close the museum to the public Tuesday – Sunday, preparing the galleries, moneybags, etc. and ensuring all necessary staff are on site.
7. Create the daily post assignments and break schedule and supervise the Security Guards throughout the day.
8. Operating the SiriusXM Radio as directed by standard or event protocol.
9. Deliver the incoming mail each day. Facilitate all other museum deliveries and invoices.
10. Keep the security department stocked with office supplies, medical supplies, and put in order requests for additional security needs.
11. Manage the DSX security system, programming alarms as needed. Assure security of restricted areas by providing escort of vendors and contractors through such areas and monitoring badge access and use. Keep track of keys, badges, and property passes.
12. Obtain and review camera footage when necessary to investigate situations.
13. Be on call and on site for the entirety of assigned shift, unless relieved by another Security Shift Supervisor or the Senior Operations Officer.
14. Supervise special events and rentals when needed. Assure adequate staffing and obtain payroll information for the Akron Police Department. Work with the Events Manager on duty and respond to requests as needed. Control the movement of vendors through building.
15. Be the liaison between Security Guards and administration, and relay any relevant issues brought up by Security Guards to the Senior Operations Officer.
16. Respond to all calls from Security Guards and Museum Staff when on duty. Be ready and able to resolve conflicts professionally and responsibly, and file incident reports properly as soon as an issue occurs.
17. Communicate, both orally and in writing, with Senior Operations Officer, or relevant department head to address any issues or incidents that may occur.
18. Monitor for safety concerns throughout the building and communicate with Building Services to resolve issues as needed.
19. Be ready and able to act in an emergency situation according to Akron Art Museum protocol. Facilitate the evacuation of all employees and visitors in the building if necessary.
20. Attend meetings and training sessions as assigned.
21. Perform additional duties as assigned by the Senior Operations Officer.

Prior experience in safety or security required. Experience in management or other relevant leadership role preferred. High School graduate or GED preferred as well as additional training or coursework in security, management, first aid/EMT training, or other relevant education. Knowledge of safety/security practices and procedures. Reliable, punctual, and trustworthy, able to deal with the public in a friendly, courteous, and tactful manner. Flexible, able to adapt to a change in schedule and deal with unexpected situations as they arise. Responsible, self-sufficient, able to take initiative. Strong leader, positive attitude, develop teams and look out for the well-being of others. Able to work cooperatively with co-workers in a team environment.


Assures that the physical appearance of the Museum is at its best, at all times, and that property and equipment is in proper working condition. Contributes to the facility operations including general and mechanical maintenance, janitorial and event services. Carefully follows proper cleaning protocol. Wears personal protective equipment as required.


  1. Performs all janitorial tasks as scheduled, including, but not limited to:
    1. Cleaning of restrooms and work areas
    2. Mopping floors
    3. Vacuuming carpets
    4. Dusting
    5. Collecting trash
    6. Washing walls and windows
    7. Picking up trash on Museum’s outside property
    8. Sweeping or hosing down sidewalks and shoveling snow
    9. Cleaning, empty trash cans outdoor including, garden, terrace areas and parking lots
  2. Assists with other building maintenance tasks as scheduled, including, but not limited to:
    1. Floor stripping and waxing, buffing
    2. Moving office furniture
    3. Replacing light bulbs
    4. Minor repairs and adjustments to doors
    5. Watering landscaped areas
    6. Setting up and breaking down of special events
    7. Cleaning up after special events
  3. To the extent training and abilities allow, assist in the accomplishment of special projects involving:
    1. Building and equipment repair
    2. Painting
    3. Landscaping
  4. In absence of supervisor, responds to general staff requests for assistance with small cleaning, maintenance, or lifting jobs; for example, replacing of light bulbs, cleaning up spills, lifting boxes of publications, etc.
  5. Performs other duties as requested by Events Manager, Building Services Manager, Building Services Leader, Security Manager, or another authorized person.


High school diploma or general education degree (GED) is preferred. Prior experience in janitorial, landscaping or building maintenance preferred, but not required. Mature judgement: flexibility and willingness to adapt to changing needs of organization. Reliable, punctual, and trustworthy, able to deal with visitors well, act reasonably in emergencies, perform tasks as instructed, and cooperate well with co-workers.  Works well in a team environment.  Able to remain calm in stressful situations. Maintains a neat appearance and good personal hygiene. Safety-oriented. 

SUMMARY Gallery Teachers will be key contributors to the Education Department as they serve participants in the museum’s tour pK-12 tour program. Gallery teacher- led tours are focused on student participation, creativity, and hands-on learning. Strong public speaking skills, experience working with children and demonstrated interest in art or education are preferred. Must be available approximately 10 hours per week, Tuesday through Friday, 9 am to 12 pm. Some evening or weekend availability will be infrequently required.


A. Act as gallery teacher during interactive tours through the galleries for pK-12th grade audiences. Tours include hands-on projects and interpretive activities completed in the galleries.

B. Assist visitors in hands-on studio spaces.

C. Participate in training on the museum’s collection, special exhibitions, classroom management, museum best practices and other relevant topics.

D. Assists in data collection related to tour audiences.

E. Helps maintain collection of tour supplies, inventory, and storage spaces

F. Participates in reflection and evaluation of tour program

G. Undertakes other assignments as requested by the Curator of Education and Education Coordinator.

QUALIFICATIONS High school diploma or GED required. 2+ years’ experience working with children in a student teaching, day care, summer camp or educational setting required. Demonstrated interest in art and education. Strong public speaking skills required; excellent rapport with children; the ability to work well as part of a team; good interpersonal skills; creativity, energy, and enthusiasm. This role is open to any AAM volunteer or employee. All candidates must successfully pass a criminal background check.

JOB KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS Understands job procedures and methods; demonstrates ability to acquire necessary skills; understands how job relates to others; makes effective use of resources; demonstrates skill in performing assigned tasks. o Quality of Work-Produces work that is accurate and thorough; demonstrates commitment to excellence and continuous improvement; ability to monitor quality of own work; applies feedback to improve performance; takes initiative to find ways to improve and promote quality work. o Planning /Organizational Skills-Independently plans/prioritizes work; sets goals and objectives; displays appropriate sense of urgency toward top priorities; manages time efficiently; plans for additional resources; integrates changes smoothly. 2 o Dependability-Meets attendance and punctuality requirements; keeps commitments; accepts responsibility for own actions; follows instructions and responds to management direction; responds to requests for service and assistance; commits to doing the best job possible. o Interpersonal Skills-Maintains a feeling of hospitality with team and visitors all times; displays tact and consideration; works actively to resolve conflicts; displays positive outlook/pleasant demeanor; always conducts self in a professional manner; assists and supports co-workers and customers. o Communication-Expresses ideas coherently; demonstrates good listening and comprehension; always keeps others properly informed; selects appropriate communication tools. o Initiative-Volunteers readily; undertakes self-development activities; seeks increased responsibility; takes advantage of opportunities; seeks creative ways to improve skills; asks for help when needed. o Problem Solving-Identifies problems in timely manner; gathers/analyzes information skillfully; resolves problems in early stages; looks for alternative solutions; works cooperatively in group problem solving situations. o Use of Technology-Demonstrates required skills; adapts to new technology; uses technology to increase quality and productivity of work; accepts training opportunities to improve technical skills. o Personal Appearance-Always dresses appropriately for work; demonstrates acceptable personal hygiene and grooming habits.