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.
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The Akron Art Museum
One South High Street
Akron, OH 44308
The Chief Curator is responsible for leading all curatorial functions: organizing and coordinating exhibitions from the collection and outside sources; producing interpretive materials; and communicating to the public. Maintains strong relationships with donors, lenders, artists, dealers, arts organizations, and the academic community to develop the collection and further the mission of the museum. Commits to becoming established as a key artistic leader in the Akron community. Leads the curatorial department. Directly leads Associate Curator, Collection Manager and Registrar and Registrar, Research Scholar, Curatorial Fellow, and occasionally part-time assistants, interns and volunteers. Works closely with Collections Manager and Registrar, Manager of Building Services and Security, Director of Design to ensure proper handling, transportation, installation, security of works in exhibitions and the collection and exhibition design. Works closely with other department directors to further the objectives of the museum including education and programming, advancement and communications, accounting, and design. Works closely with the chair of the Collections Committee.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Formulates and coordinates a balanced exhibition schedule and interpretive plan in concert with the Executive Director. Assigns appropriate staff member(s) or guest curator to coordinate each exhibition.
- Determines and prepares exhibitions.
- Organizes traveling exhibitions, including those to be accompanied by comprehensive catalogues as funding allows.
- Organizes large and small exhibitions exclusive to AAM.
- Coordinates exhibitions originated by other institutions to be shown at AAM.
- Prepares ancillary interpretive materials for exhibitions.
- Researches and writes catalogue essays, website entries, digital content, marketing content as needed, and supervises other staff in these endeavors.
- Develops and supervises collections
- Oversees maintenance of curatorial files on collection.
- Supervises installation of exhibitions.
- Researches and documents work in the collection.
- Plans, coordinates and oversees execution of a conservation program.
- Initiates ideas for grant projects; prepares or assists advancement office in preparing grant applications.
- Ensures timely preparation and distribution of exhibition schedule.
- In concert with the Executive Director, strategically develops the collection through gifts and purchases.
- Maintains relations with artists and collectors locally and nationwide to develop and improve the museum’s collection through gifts and purchases.
- Maintains knowledge of the art market through relationships with dealers, galleries, critics and auction houses to enhance the development of the museum’s collection through gifts and purchases.
- Attends Collection Committee meetings and, at the discretion of the Executive Director, Board of Directors meetings or other meetings.
- Recommends and presents gifts and purchases to the Executive Director, and to the Collection Committee and/or Board of Directors as applicable.
- Directs the scheduling, preparation of agendas and preparation of minutes for Collection Committee meetings.
- Recommends and supervises possible de-accessions.
- Prepares departmental budgets and policies as well as other museum-wide policies.
- Plans and supervises implementation of the departmental budget.
- Monitors and oversees exhibition contracts
- Maintains fiscal control of collection and exhibition expense, including conservation.
- Initiates, prepares, and presents to the Executive Director for approval key departmental policies and plans, including accessioning and deaccessioning plans, conservation plans and exhibitions strategic plans.
- Works with Executive Director in preparation of institution-wide strategic plans, collection policy, facilities development plans, and other long-range plans.
- Represents museum in the community, nationwide.
- Serves on local committees in consultation with the Executive Director.
- Communicates to public media under guidance of Chief Advancement and Communications Officer.
- Develops regional and national profile through various activities.
- Attends evening and weekend events throughout the community as needed to strengthen museum and community relations.
- Participates in periodic travel as required.
- Undertakes other assignments as designated by the Executive Director.
Advanced degree in Art History or related experience and expertise in contemporary art and emerging forms of media. Minimum five years museum management experience; publications and lectures in the field.
Demonstrated strong leadership skills. Excellent verbal and writing skills, public speaking skills, and computer proficiency. Exceptional artistic judgment. Demonstrated command of public relations functions. Superior program planning and implementation skills, with demonstrated management and organizational ability. Ability to work well as part of a team; good interpersonal skills; creativity, energy and enthusiasm. Mature judgement: flexibility and willingness to adapt to changing needs of organization. Able to remain calm in stressful situations. Safety-oriented. Eagerness to assume a leadership role in the museum and in the community.
Assumes primary responsibility for youth and family programs (early childhood, non-school youth, and family audiences) including teaching studio classes, organizing family events, maintaining, and staffing hands-on spaces, and developing curriculum and resources. Oversees the maintenance, design, and engagement in the museum’s hands-on, participatory spaces. Performs administrative duties within the department and assists with gallery teaching when necessary. Supervises seasonal staff, interns, and volunteers at education events. Works closely with the communications department to help inform the public about/promote educational programming. Works closely with building services, event, and security staff as necessary to implement programs. Works closely with community organizations dedicated to the support of children and families.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- PROGRAMS FOR YOUTH AND FAMILIES
- Has primary responsibility for devising and coordinating initiatives, programs, and events aimed at families and children (non-school). Formats include on-site events, studio classes, gallery experiences, digital offerings, hands-on art-making spaces, and print materials.
- Assists in developing new initiatives aimed at youth and family audiences and researching best practices and trends in the field.
- ADMINISTRATIVE DUTIES
- Prepares and manages education program budgets and orders, organizes and inventories supplies and materials for related programs.
- Records and maintains records for related programs (e.g. attendance, contact information, etc.).
- Drafts contracts and other paperwork for class instructors
- TOUR PROGRAM AND INTERPRETATION
- Assists with developing interpretive materials (tours, hands-on gallery activities, gallery guides) aimed at youth and families for the collection and special exhibitions.
- Assists with gallery teaching and leads tours as needed.
- OTHER DUTIES
- Writes program descriptions, articles, and other content related to youth and family programs for museum’s print and digital publications.
Undertakes other assignments as requested by the Curator of Education.
Bachelor’s degree or B.F.A. required. Must have teaching experience, including studio teaching. Must have knowledge of modern and contemporary art and educational strategies; experience coordinating and supervising events and/or programs aimed at children; and experience working in group situations that include children and adults. Knowledge of art materials, processes, and techniques is important. Early childhood teaching experience preferred. Must be able to effectively collaborate and function as a member of a team as well as function independently. This person must be reliable, creative, energetic, well-organized, and skilled in program planning and implementation. Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written, are essential, as are good people skills. Basic proficiency in Outlook, Excel and other Microsoft Office programs is required. The ability to work with adults as well as children is required. The job will require working some evenings and/or weekends.
$13.00/hr, full-time, must be available to work evenings and weekends
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. Must be available to work evenings and weekends.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Performs all janitorial tasks as scheduled, including, but not limited to:
- Cleaning of restrooms and work areas
- Mopping floors
- Vacuuming carpets
- Collecting trash
- Washing walls and windows
- Picking up trash on Museum’s outside property
- Sweeping or hosing down sidewalks and shoveling snow
- Assists with other building maintenance tasks as scheduled, including, but not limited to:
- Floor stripping and waxing, buffing
- Moving office furniture
- Replacing light bulbs
- Minor repairs and adjustments to doors
- Watering landscaped areas
- Setting up and breaking down of special events
- Cleaning up after special events
- To the extent training and abilities allow, assist in the accomplishment of special projects involving:
- Building and equipment repair
- 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.
- 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.
Security Officer – Part-Time & Part-Time
$15/hr, must be available to work evenings and weekends
Under the direction of the Senior Operations Officer and Security Supervisors, is responsible for the safety and security of all visitors, vendors, and employees as well as the safety of works of art in the galleries, storage, and throughout the building/grounds. Wears personal protective equipment as required.
This position is classified as non-exempt. Wears personal protective equipment as required.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Provide a safe and secure environment for our employees, patrons, visitors, vendors, and contractors.
- Provide effective protection for the museum’s artwork and assets from damage and loss.
- Provide timely response and assistance to our customers’ needs. Ensure a positive visitor experience for patrons. Field visitor questions.
- Provide active enforcement of the museum’s rules and regulations.
- Provide informative security awareness education to our employees, patrons, visitors, vendors, and contractors.
- Perform Officer duties as assigned by the Senior Operations Officer, reporting to work when scheduled, on time, and remaining at assigned post until properly relieved.
- Open and close the galleries, and continually check for damaged or missing objects. Report any changes in condition to your Security Supervisor.
- Reports to the Security Supervisor, both orally and in writing all incidents, accidents, vandalism, suspicious activity, unusual occurrences, and any violation of the Museum’s policies, or procedures. All reports shall be made as soon as possible after the event has occurred.
- Helps with Museum activities and special events when needed within the Security Departments policies and procedures.
- Participates in required training and the Museum’s risk reduction program.
- Performs other duties as assigned.
ACCESS TO SENSITIVE AREAS AND DOCUMENTS:
- Has access to sensitive areas and documents if such access is in accordance with normal duties, policy and procedures, and Internal Control guidelines.
- Has access to sensitive areas, documents, and assets in case an emergency exists. Such access will be reported to Security Supervisor as soon as possible.
QUALIFICATIONS and CHARACTERISTICS:
High school diploma or general education degree (GED) is preferred. Knowledge of safety/security practices and procedures, as well as prior experience in safety or security field preferred, but not required. Additional training or coursework in security, first aid training, or other relevant education preferred, but not required. Interest in art preferred, but not required. Mature judgement. Reliable, punctual, and trustworthy. Flexible, able to adapt to a change in schedule and deal with unexpected situations as they arise. Willingness to adapt to changing needs of organization. Works well in a team environment. Able to deal with the public and co-workers in a friendly, courteous, and tactful manner; demonstrated ability to remain calm and task-focused in stressful situations, and to respond appropriately to any emergency or unusual occurrence. Proven ability to communicate well and establish rapport with a diverse population. Able to follow first aid protocol and aid sick or injured guests or employees. Maintains a professional appearance and good personal hygiene. Safety-oriented.
$15/hr, must be available to work evenings and weekends
This position is the first point of contact for visitors and provides information about the museum and exhibitions. Museum Guides foster a welcoming, inclusive, and comfortable environment for all visitors. Works as part of a professional, service-oriented team, promoting the museum, supporting cultural experiences, and generating revenue at the Museum Shop and Visitor Services Desk. The staff also assists the security team in protecting the museum, employees, and visitors against theft and accidents. Guides visitors to follow expected safety and social distancing protocol.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Welcome, greet, orientate, and direct visitors at front desk or in galleries as assigned. Provide outstanding guest service and build long-term guest relationships.
- Develop a thorough knowledge of museum operations and keep current with museum programs and special events through resources such as the museum’s website, social media sites, weekly e-blast, Outlook calendar and publications.
- Be familiar with and able to facilitate discussions around the artists and exhibitions, current and upcoming.
- Know and able to discuss the building’s physical layout and architectural features.
- Review daily schedule of events and communicate relevant information to other staff/hosts as needed.
- Answer the museum’s main telephone line, dispense general information or transfer calls to appropriate staff members. Communicate through email with appropriate staff members.
- Operate computer programs including admission and customer relations system and proficiency with MS Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
- Track visitor information and attendance in database system.
- Sell memberships and share membership benefits.
- Conduct day-to-day shop activities such as processing transactions through the point-of-sale system, proper and accurate cash handling, performing opening, closing duties, and maintaining cleanliness and neatness of workspace to proper standard.
- Assist with processing and shipping orders placed from outside the Shop, checking in merchandise, restocking merchandise, resetting displays, and conducting annual physical inventory.
- Upkeep of the space around visitor experience desks and galleries during shift, including tidying lobby and gallery areas, refilling brochure racks, and notifying maintenance as needed.
- Attend ongoing meetings, trainings, and professional development opportunities.
Gallery Engagement and Interpretation:
- Engages gallery visitors in connecting with, engaging with, and understanding artworks in the. museum’s collection and special exhibitions. Engagement techniques include games, role-playing, sensory exploration, and conversation
- Assist visitors in hands-on studio spaces.
- Participate in training on the museum’s collection, special exhibitions, classroom management, museum best practices and other relevant Training will take place approximately 6 times per year and museum guides will be paid for this time.
- Assists in data collection related to gallery audiences.
- Helps maintain collection gallery engagement supplies.
- Observe visitors in the gallery and take proactive action as needed to prevent potential damage to artwork.
- Gently and respectfully remind visitors of security concerns (no touching, no food or drinks, no large bags, etc.) Encourage questions and discussion of the artwork.
- Have visitors place large bags and other objects inappropriate for the galleries in lockers.
- Inspect art objects, labels, and lights/furnishings for signs of change or damage.
- Report damage or change in condition of objects immediately to the Collections Manager, security staff and Visitor Experience Manager. Completes incident reports as needed.
- Alert security staff as needed to ensure a safe environment for artwork and visitors.
- Maintains a basic understanding of our emergency, radio, and art handling procedures.
- Assist in disaster and emergency situations with evacuation and crowd control.
- Attend training sessions on emergency protocol, radio etiquette and procedure, and reporting incidents.
- Other duties as assigned.
QUALIFICATIONS and CHARACTERISTICS:
High school diploma or GED preferred. Customer service and/or public engagement experience required. Excellent verbal communication skills with ability to be both friendly and authoritative. Ability to communicate effectively with individuals of varying social and cultural backgrounds, excellent rapport with children and adults. The ability to work well as part of a team; good interpersonal skills; creativity, energy, and enthusiasm. Ability to remain calm in stressful situations, resolve complaints with tact and courtesy, and deescalate challenging situations. Ability to anticipate, intervene, and prevent potentially harmful circumstances to artwork. Dependability, flexibility, and adaptability in a dynamic event-driven environment. Attention to detail and the ability to stay alert for long periods of time in a quiet environment. Knowledgeable in standard computer applications and programs, e.g., Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and Outlook email. Maintains a neat appearance and good personal hygiene. Safety-oriented. Appreciation of art required. This is an hourly position requiring availability for weekend, evening, and possibly holiday shifts.