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Careers

CAREERS

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.

HOW TO APPLY

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

To apply online
Complete the Application for Employment online form

To apply by email
Send cover letter, resume, and references to:
HR@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

SUMMARY:

Directs and plans all fund development including foundation and government grants, capital campaigns, annual and planned donations, membership, special projects and events. Must understand, inter­pret, and help sustain the total program and mission of the museum and provide leadership for the museum’s advancement. Leads Advancement department including Development Officers, Grants Manager, Events Manager and Shop Manager. Develops, coaches and motivates team to achieve departmental goals and initiatives. Works closely with Executive Director & CEO and board-appointed advancement committee to develop and implement the museum’s fund development strategy.  Serves as a member of the museum’s Leadership Team providing insight and guidance to the overall operations of the organization.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  1. Development
  • Develops a measurable and effective fundraising strategy and implements the fundraising plan agreed upon by the Executive Director and CEO.
  • Facilitates the Executive Director’s partic­ipation in fund- development by assist­ing with solicitation and formal engagement.
  • Directs and monitors grant programs; maintains a schedule of application deadlines, interim re­ports, and final re­ports.  As needed, writes such propos­als and reports for govern­ment, businesses, agencies, individ­uals and founda­tions.
  • Develops and maintains relationships with professionals in the giving community, including, foundation officers, trust officers, other development directors, and executives in corpo­rate marketing and charitable giving.
  • Supports and builds community relations between the museum and the community.
  • Develops programs to educate, involve and cultiva­te prospects for annual gifts, capital gifts and be­quests and mobilizes the participation of museum staff.
  • Develops and maintains positive relationships with trustees and individual patrons of the museum.
  • Leads the museum’s government advocacy initiatives working with lobbyists, elected officials, and encouraging support from the museum’s constituents.
  • Coordinates and attends the various board-appointed Development Committees and other volunteer committees involved in fundraising, providing staff leadership and assistance as needed.  Adjusts own schedule to accommodate such meetings, within museum or offsite.
  • Reports regularly at board meetings, finance committee meetings, and investment committee meetings among others at the discretion of the Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer.
  • Oversees and develops fundraising and related marketing materials with the Director of Design.

Ensures all departmental policies, procedures, and standards are followed related to all areas of fundraising and development

2. Team Leadership

  • Oversees the activities of Visitor Services, providing guidance to the department manager assuring a positive impression upon the museum’s visitors.
  • Oversees the activities of Membership, providing guidance to the Senior Development Officer in planning membership strategy including promotions, appeals, and events.
  • Oversees the museum’s Shop Manager, providing guidance in planning, promotions, marketing and developing a sustainable earned income strategy.
  • Oversees the Events Manager, providing guidance with the booking of  events and developing a sustainable earned income strategy.
  • Oversees the Café Manager, providing guidance and developing a sustainable earned income strategy.

3. General

  • Works with the Executive Director and CEO to formulate long-range strategic plans and special projects.
  • Works with the Director of Accounting to forecast and track revenue from grants, sponsorships, donations, and memberships.
  • Maintains the confidentiality of the museum and its supporters.
  • Keeps abreast of new information impacting the cultural field, such as tax issues for contributors and new developments in the philanthropic environ­ment and educates other staff and trustees on these issues.
  • With assistance from others in the department, prepares departmental budgets based on projected activity and meets or exceeds the defined goals.
  • Undertakes other assignments as designated by the Executive Director and CEO.

EDUCATION AND QUALIFICATIONS:               

B.A. in­ liberal arts, business, communication, or equiva­lent; M.A. preferred. Minimum of 5 years in fundraising and/or capital project management required, preferably in a complex non-profit sector environment. Additional administra­tive, supervisory, and marketing experience preferred. Positive attitude with a high degree of initiative. Ability to meet or exceed goals relating to the cultivation and securing of support. Excellent and persuasive verbal/written communication skills. Exceptional leadership skills with the ability to maintain strong interpersonal rela­tions, ability to plan strategically and to set objectives and accomplish­ them. Sharp negotiation and strategic skills. Flexible and can easily adapt to quickly changing situations. Ability to thrive in a small staff environment and take on whatever tasks necessary as the situation requires. Must work extremely well with the different constituencies of the museum. Hardworking, punctual, organized, and discreet. Proficiency with MS Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, and donor management software. Able to work some evenings and weekends.

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.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Interpersonal Skills – 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 constituents of the museum.
  • Communication – Expresses ideas coherently; demonstrates good listening and comprehension; always keeps others properly informed; selects appropriate communication tools.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Personal Appearance – Always dresses appropriately for work; demonstrates acceptable personal hygiene and grooming habits.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS REQUIRED TO PERFORM ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle or feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear.  The employee frequently is required to stand, walk, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl.  The employee is occasionally required to sit, climb, balance and smell.  The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 50 lbs.

Examples of duties include:

  • Physical Demands: sitting, carrying, manual dexterity for keyboard entries and handling of papers, talking, and hearing, eye/hand coordination, repetitive motions.
  • Visual Demands: near acuity, depth perception, able to clearly see computer monitor.
  • Mental Demands: oral comprehension, written comprehension.
  • Working Conditions: subject to many interruptions, pressure due to multiple calls and inquiries.
  • Stooping / Kneeling – The ability to stoop and kneel is necessary for accessing files, and stocking food, beverages, and supplies.
  • Reaching / Handling – Good manual dexterity is necessary for retrieving and working with appropriate paperwork, equipment, and supplies.

This list is meant to be illustrative of the usual types of activities and working conditions for this position and is not intended to be all-inclusive.

WORKING ENVIRONMENT:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Work areas are primarily indoors, in a climate-controlled environment. The employee occasionally works in outside weather conditions. The noise level is usually moderate. Work is subject to interruptions. Personal protective equipment may be required. May be unable to maintain proper social distancing at times due to guest needs or unforeseen circumstances that may arise occasionally.

SUMMARY

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.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  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
  1. 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
  1. To the extent training and abilities allow, assist in the accomplishment of special projects involving:
    1. Building and equipment repair
    2. Painting
    3. Landscaping
  2. 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.
  3. Performs other duties as requested by Events Manager, Building Services Manager, Building Services Leader, Security Manager, or another authorized person.

QUALIFICATIONS

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.

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.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Hospitality/ Interpersonal Skills – Maintains a feeling of hospitality with visitors all times; displays tact and consideration; works actively to resolve conflicts; displays positive outlook/pleasant demeanor; conducts self in a professional manner at all times; assists and supports co-workers and customers.
  • Communication – Expresses ideas coherently; demonstrates good listening and comprehension; always keeps others properly informed ; selects appropriate communication tools.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Personal Appearance – Always dresses appropriately for work; demonstrates acceptable personal hygiene and grooming habits.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS REQUIRED TO PERFORM ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle or feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear.  The employee frequently is required to stand, walk, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl.  The employee is occasionally required to sit, climb, balance and smell.  The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 50 lbs.

Examples of duties include:

  • Standing, walking, squatting, bending, stooping, lifting heavy items of up to 50 pounds.
  • Climbing ladders, using a lift to access high areas, walking up and down stairs, using both arms in repetitive motion to sweep, shovel, or clean surfaces.
  • Manual dexterity – grasping, fingering, twisting, gripping, use of both hands in coordinated manner to use hand and power tools and equipment.
  • Hearing/Speaking – must be able to hear normal speech, and to communicate with others.
  • Communicate using two-way radio.
  • Vision – must be able to see areas to be cleaned and read written instructions. Must be able to tolerate working in bright daylight and at night.

This list is meant to be illustrative of the usual types of activities and working conditions for this position and is not intended to be all-inclusive.

WORKING ENVIRONMENT

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Work areas are primarily indoors, in a climate-controlled environment. The employee occasionally works in outside weather conditions. The noise level is usually moderate. High noise level at times due to operation of machines and vehicles.  May be subject to changing work conditions, active, noisy, and variable temperatures. May be unable to maintain proper social distancing at times due to guest needs or unforeseen circumstances that may arise occasionally.

SUMMARY

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.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  1. Provide a safe and secure environment for our employees, patrons, visitors, vendors, and contractors.
  2. Provide effective protection for the museum’s artwork and assets from damage and loss.
  3. Provide timely response and assistance to our customers’ needs. Ensure a positive visitor experience for patrons. Field visitor questions.
  4. Provide active enforcement of the museum’s rules and regulations.
  5. Provide informative security awareness education to our employees, patrons, visitors, vendors, and contractors.
  6. 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.
  7. Open and close the galleries, and continually check for damaged or missing objects. Report any changes in condition to your Security Supervisor.
  8. 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.
  9. Helps with Museum activities and special events when needed within the Security Departments policies and procedures.
  10. Participates in required training and the Museum’s risk reduction program.
  11. Performs other duties as assigned.

ACCESS TO SENSITIVE AREAS AND DOCUMENTS:

  1. Has access to sensitive areas and documents if such access is in accordance with normal duties, policy and procedures, and Internal Control guidelines.
  2. 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 PERSONAL 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.

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.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Hospitality/ Interpersonal Skills – Maintains a feeling of hospitality with visitors all times; displays tact and consideration; works actively to resolve conflicts; displays positive outlook/pleasant demeanor; conducts self in a professional manner at all times; assists and supports co-workers and customers.
  • Communication – Expresses ideas coherently; demonstrates good listening and comprehension; always keeps others properly informed ; selects appropriate communication tools.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Personal Appearance – Always dresses appropriately for work; demonstrates acceptable personal hygiene and grooming habits.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS REQUIRED TO PERFORM ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle or feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear.  The employee frequently is required to stand, walk, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl.  The employee is occasionally required to sit, climb, balance, and smell.  The employee must be physically fit and regularly lift and/or move up to 50 lbs.

Examples of duties include:

  • Standing, walking, squatting, bending, stooping, lifting heavy items of up to 50 pounds.
  • Climbing ladders, using a lift to access high areas, walking up and down stairs, using both arms in repetitive motion to sweep, shovel, or clean surfaces.
  • Manual dexterity – grasping, fingering, twisting, gripping, use of both hands in coordinated manner to use hand and power tools and equipment.
  • Hearing/Speaking – must be able to hear normal speech, and to communicate with others.
  • Communicate using two-way radio.
  • Vision – must be able to see areas to be cleaned and read written instructions. Must be able to tolerate working in bright daylight and at night.

This list is meant to be illustrative of the usual types of activities and working conditions for this position and is not intended to be all-inclusive.

WORKING ENVIRONMENT

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Work areas are primarily indoors, in a climate-controlled environment. The employee occasionally works in outside weather conditions. The noise level is usually moderate. High noise level at times due to programs and events.  May be subject to changing work conditions, active, noisy, and variable temperatures. May be unable to maintain proper social distancing at times due to guest needs or unforeseen circumstances that may arise occasionally.