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Job Title: Museum Protection Officer I
Department: Museum Protection
Classification: Non-Exempt, part-time
Reports to: Museum Protection Manager
Supervises: N/A

Position Summary
A Level I Museum Protection Officer is responsible for providing physical security of KMCA and its remote satellite locations in order to safeguard its works of art, both interior and exterior, its buildings, grounds, and parking areas to assure the safety and well-being of staff, visitors, and persons in and around the Museum and its remote facilities. This individual will possess strong customer service skills to assist in creating a quality visitor experience. Ability to work with moderate to close supervision and to carry out assigned duties and responsibilities in an effective manner. This is a part time position averaging between 20 to 25 hours per week. Work hours include weekend schedules.

Job Specifications
• Must pass KCPD Police Commission examination and receive a Class A Police Commission (requires U.S. citizenship or permanent residency status and a police record free of a felony conviction)
• High School diploma or equivalent is required
• Specialized training or study in Museum high security practices preferred
• Previous security, law enforcement, military, or museum gallery experience is preferred
• Ability to work overtime as required

Application Process
Resumes can be emailed to:

Mail hard copies to:
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
Attn: Jean Hanover
4420 Warwick Blvd.
Kansas City, MO 64111

Application forms are also available for completion at the visitor services desk and can be completed in person during the Museum’s operating hours.

• Applications will be reviewed as they are received. No telephone calls please.

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Job Title: Collection and Exhibit Technician
Department: Prep and Art Handling
Classification: Part Time, Non-Exempt
Reports to: Head Preparator
Date: June 2014

Position Summary
Under the supervision of the Chief Preparator / Exhibition Designer, the Collection and Exhibit Technician supports collection care and maintenance of the museum’s collection and works on loan. In addition, installation of exhibitions featuring the museum’s permanent collection and works on loan will be a primary focus. This position is part time, 20 hours per week.

Major Responsibilities
Exhibition Design, Installation, Maintenance, De-installation
•Implement exhibition designs as determined by Curator and Chief Preparator / Exhibition Designer
•Install and de-install exhibition artifacts
•Install exhibition signage, graphics, mount and position object labels
•Implement lighting design
•Perform routine exhibition and collection maintenance including conducting daily gallery checks, external exhibition spaces, and maintain exhibition lighting
•Maintain, keep organized and clean all collection storage areas. Routinely clean objects in all collection storage areas
•Pack and unpack permanent collection and loaned objects
•Assists in annual inventory of the permanent collection
•Assists in oversight of installation staff as needed

Fabricate and construct exhibition components, including pedestals, supportive mounts, cradles, brackets, platforms, bases, vitrines, crates, etc. made of wood, wood composites, metals, Plexiglas and other materials according to proper museum standards for 2-D and 3-D artifacts
Maintain an organized working area within galleries to ensure artifacts being prepared for exhibition are safe and secure

Key Competencies
Planning/Organizing: Prioritizes and plans work activities, uses time efficiently, plans for additional resources, sets goals and objectives, organizes or schedules other people and their tasks, develops realistic action plans.

Team Work: Balances team and individual responsibilities, exhibits objectivity and openness to others' views, gives and welcomes feedback, contributes to building a positive team spirit, puts success of team above own interests, able to build morale and group commitments to goals and objectives, supports everyone's efforts to succeed, recognizes accomplishments of other team members.

Dependability: Follows instructions, responds to management direction, takes responsibility for own actions, keeps commitments, commits to long hours of work when necessary to reach goals, completes tasks on time.

Oral Communication: Speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations, listens and gets clarification, responds well to questions, demonstrates group presentation skills, participates in meetings.

Problem Solving: Gathers and analyzes information skillfully, develops alternative solutions, works well in group problem solving situations, uses reason even when dealing with emotional topics.

Innovation: Displays original thinking and creativity, meets challenges with resourcefulness, generates suggestions for improving work, develops innovative approaches and ideas, presents ideas and information in a manner that gets others' attention.

Judgment: Displays willingness to make decisions, exhibits sound and accurate judgment, supports and explains reasoning for decisions, includes appropriate people in decision-making process, makes timely decisions.

Job Specifications
•Bachelor's degree in an art related field and relevant experience in museum or gallery work or the equivalent combination of education and experience.
•Candidate must have a minimum of two to three years of experience.
•Experience with artifact handling, exhibition construction/installation techniques, and structural fabrication, including but not limited to framing artwork, stretching canvasses, and maintaining interior and surface integrity of large and small-scale works of art in a wide range of media.
•Demonstrated knowledge of basic carpentry tools, machinery, and safety practices.

Physical Abilities:
1. Walk: The ability to move about on foot.
2. Talk: The ability to express or exchange ideas accurately, loudly, or quickly by means of the spoken word, imparting information or detailed instructions to clients, to the public, or to other workers.
3. Handle: The ability to seize, hold, grasp, turn, or otherwise work with hand or hands. (Fingers are involved only to the extent that they are an extension of the hand.)
4. Reach with hands and arms: The ability to extend the hands and arms in any direction.
5. Climb: The ability to ascend or descend ladders, stairs, scaffolding, ramps, poles, ropes, and the like, using feet and legs and/or hands or arms.
6. Kneel: The ability to bend legs at the knees to come to rest on knee or knees.
7. Crouch: The ability to bend the body downward and forward by bending legs and spine.
8. Lift Weight and Exert Force: Lifts weight or exerts force by lifting, lowering, pulling, carrying, pushing, slapping, striking, kicking, pulling, or jerking. Must be able to lift 50 lbs comfortably.
9. Vision: The ability to see clearly at 20 inches or less and at 20 feet or more. The ability to identify and distinguish colors. Three-dimensional vision, the ability to judge distances and spatial relationships to see objects where and as they actually are. The ability to adjust the eye to bring an object into sharp focus.

Application Process
Please send the following items:
•Cover letter
•Resume including education and relevant employment history
•Three professional references

Cover letter, resume and references can be emailed to:

You may also mail hard copies to:
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
Attn: Jean Hanover, HR Manager
4420 Warwick Blvd.
Kansas City, MO 64111

Applications will be reviewed as they are received. No telephone calls please.