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OPEN POSITIONS

Finance Manager
Department: Administration
Classification: Full-time, Exempt
Reports to: Director of Finance and Operations
Supervises: Finance Associate
Date: November 2022

Position Summary

The finance manager supports the mission and vision of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art. Working in conjunction with the director of finance and operations, this position oversees the financial objectives of the museum. The finance manager is responsible for the accounting of the museum’s fiscal activity, database administration, assisting with the organization’s budget creation and tracking, and is a secondary liaison to the independent audit firm. They are responsible for posting the museum’s fiscal activity and ensuring the organization’s ledgers, financial statements, and reports are prepared in an accurate and timely fashion. 

Major Responsibilities

Accounting

  • Work with director of finance and operations and department heads of the museum to maintain all financial records, ensuring the museum ledgers, financial statements and reports are prepared in a timely and accurate fashion.
  • Prepare fiscal records and reports, for review by the DOF&O, required for the annual independent audit.
  • Perform monthly general ledger and bank reconciliations, resolving discrepancies and ensuring accuracy between Sage MIP Accounting System and Bloomerang. 
  • Produce financial reports and information to budget managers and grant writer as needed.
  • Oversee the restricted funds spreadsheet and update funding releases monthly.
  • Prepare Annual Cafe liquor license renewals: Annual State and City license, and Managing Officer documentation updates as required.
  • Management of the Administration Department (Department 100) annual budget, monthly review and forecasting.
  • Management of the annual Audit and Form 990 process with DOF&O oversight.
  • Management of credit cards:  issuance, temporary increases and credit card blocking or cancelling.
  • Management of new Public Charity Redetermination tracking:  management of 5-year tracking for IRS review in 2025.
  • Payroll processing oversight, tracking of FSA transactions and monthly transfers.
  • Oversight of Fixed Asset record keeping with assistance from the Finance Associate.
  • Supervise the Finance Associate and related accounting duties.

Accounts Payable/Receivable/Cash

  • Verify accuracy of daily bank deposits.
  • Perform monthly bank reconciliations within Sage MIP Accounting System.  Reconcile credit card transactions.
  • Generate all necessary accounting journal entries, working with Finance Associate to ensure entries are entered acurately.
  • Supervise Full-Cycle Accounts Payable functions including, invoice entry review, statement review, weekly check run approval and 1099 processing and W-9’s.

Budgeting

  • Compile the consolidated budget for review by the director of finance and operations during the budgeting process based on submitted and reviewed departmental budgets.
  • Create and distribute monthly budget vs. actual reports to each budget manager.

Database Administration

  • Primary contact between Sage MIP Software and the museum’s end users.
  • Maintain operation and establish new users and access with the cloud based MIP software. 

Other Duties

  • Other duties as assigned by the director of finance and operations.                    

Key Competencies

Quality: Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness, looks for ways to improve and promote quality, applies feedback to improve performance, monitors own work to ensure quality

Quantity: Meets productivity standards, completes work in timely manner, strives to increase productivity and works quickly

Analytical: Synthesizes complex or diverse information, collects and researches data, uses intuition and experience to complement data, designs work flows and procedures

Oral/Written 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. Writes clearly and informatively, edits work for spelling and grammar, varies writing style to meet needs, presents numerical data effectively, able to read and interpret written information

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

Job Specifications

  • Minimum of six to eight years accounting experience; two to three years in non-profit accounting preferred; B.A. degree in Accounting, Finance, or Business Administration
  • Must be fully conversant with accounting skills and methods of record keeping
  • Must be conversant with non-profit fund accounting principles
  • Must be familiar and knowledgeable about both PC and Macintosh OS; advance experience with Excel and accounting database systems
  • Must maintain confidentiality of all Museum-related information
  • Must successfully complete a criminal background and credit history check
  • Physical requirements:
  • Hear: The ability to perceive the nature of sounds by ear.
  • Finger: The ability to type, pick, pinch, or otherwise work primarily with    fingers, rather than the whole hand or arm.
  • Close vision: The ability to see clearly at 20 inches or less.
  • Ability to adjust focus: The ability to adjust the eye to bring an object into sharp focus. This is required when doing close work at varying distances from the eye.
  • 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.

Resumes and cover letters can be emailed to employment@kemperart.org or you may mail hard copies to:

Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
Diane Lambert
Director of Human Resources
4420 Warwick Blvd.
Kansas City, MO 64111

 

 

Senior Registrar
Department: Exhibitions
Classification: Full-time/Exempt
Reports to: Director of Curatorial Affairs
Manages: Assistant Registrar, Collection volunteers, interns

Job Summary

Reporting to the director of curatorial affairs, the senior registrar plays a key role in overseeing Kemper Museum’s 1,500+ object collection and its art-related operations in our three facilities (Kemper Museum, Kemper East, and Kemper Museum grounds). The position oversees the policies and procedures for the permanent collection, including the object files, as well as loans to the museum and loans out of the museum. The position is charged with the care, preservation and risk management of the museum’s collections and with ensuring that the collections are available for current and future visitors.

The senior registrar oversees the installation schedule relating to art movements and couriers related to exhibitions, installations, and loaned objects in museum buildings and other sites.  This position oversees the Registrars and works in close collaboration with the exhibitions coordinator and art preparators, collaborating on effective work schedules for the team on a weekly basis as well as long term planning. This installation and work schedules are to be coordinated with the overall exhibition schedule and budget, which are overseen by the senior registrar & director of curatorial affairs. This position will work closely with the Director of Curatorial Affairs on forward planning, forecasting, and management of resources.  This position works closely with exhibitions coordinator, contractors, preparators, facilities, security, and special events staff; lenders, members of the art community, institutional partners and colleagues.

The senior registrar works in close collaboration with the director of curatorial affairs and curatorial staff to realize exhibitions and installations of works from the collection, as well as loan and touring exhibitions, including the securing of loans, and the coordination of venues and tours. This position serves as the principle contact for internal and external colleagues on loan procedures, insurance and government indemnities, contracts, and lender negotiations.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

Management-staff, resources, budgets

  • Has primary oversight and care for the collection of Kemper Museum.
  • Oversees, supervises, mentors, and trains Registrar staff, as well as contracted conservators.
  • Working in close collaboration with curators and exhibitions coordinator, senior registrar plans, coordinates and schedules collection rotations, installations and exhibitions.
  • Prepares the master art installation schedule relating to art movements and shipping for exhibitions and special events for Kemper Museum’s three locations, and other sites as appropriate.
  • Prepares exhibitions and collections related budgets; working in close collaboration with director of curatorial affairs, performs monthly forecasts to ensure performance to budget at all times.
  • Monitors the ordering and purchasing of supplies for storage and conservation of permanent collection.

Art Collection

  • Oversees the management, preservation, and storage of the collection(s), as well as accessioning of acquisitions, including gift documents, IRS forms, and appraisals from donors.  Supervises accessioning process including recording object information; photographing objects, proper housing for objects, and conducting annual inventories. 
  • Negotiates and arranges fine arts insurance policies for permanent collection and long-term loans; processes claims; and supervises risk management for all museum buildings.
  • Oversees long-term loan partnerships (incoming and outgoing loans); conducts annual condition reporting and processes loan renewal documentation.
  • Evaluates works in need of conservation treatment, recommends and initiates opportunities for remedy.
  • Supervises the management of the collections database (Past Perfect); including data clean-up, staff training, and the creation of user guides and reports; and works with staff to ensure data standardization.
  • Prepares list of acquisitions for annual report and registrar’s report of acquisitions for auditors.
  • Oversees Rights and Reproduction requests and processes to ensure proper accreditation and licensing of images of works in collections and loaned objects.

Exhibitions and Loans

  • Works with director of curatorial affairs and curator(s) to plan, develop, and manage loan exhibitions from the conceptual stage to execution, including contracts, loans, insurance, transport, installation, condition reporting, tours, insurance and storage, as needed.
  • Collaborates with curators and exhibitions coordinator in the planning, scheduling, and production of exhibitions, including crew management, assembly of materials, construction and installations.
  • In close coordination with director of curatorial affairs and exhibition curator(s), develops initial exhibition budget for planning purposes. Regularly updates, forecasts, and monitors expenses, ensuring performance to budget.
  • In close coordination with director of curatorial affairs and exhibition curator(s), drafts and reviews contractual agreements with lenders and participating institutions. Negotiates terms of the contracts and monitors compliance of agreements and payment schedules. 
  • Assesses lender requirements and fees for loans, and negotiates terms in the best interest of Kemper Museum in consultation with appropriate staff. Communicates terms and special requirements of loans to appropriate staff and staff of participating institutions, and monitors compliance with such terms and conditions.
  • Responsible for securing U.S. Government Indemnity or other insurance for Kemper Museum and its partners or lenders.

Other responsibilities

  • Ensures performance to standards set by AAM standards, participates in reaccreditation activities on behalf of Kemper Museum.
  • Maintains facility reports; in conjunction with operations / facilities staff, monitors environmental conditions in galleries and vaults at all three sites.
  • Liaises with security on emergency preparedness plan and collections evacuation plan.
  • Ensures compliance with IRS regulations, copyright laws, NAGPRA laws, and AAMD guidelines.
  • Maintains professional relationships within the field.  
  • Other duties as assigned or needed.

Key Competencies

  • Adaptability: Adjusts to changing situations, learns new and different tasks, responds appropriately to suggestions for work improvement
  • Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and concisely and demonstrates willingness to work collaboratively with a diverse staff, artists, colleagues, dealers, private lenders, and patrons
  • Creativity: Offers innovative ideas that contribute to meeting objectives and departmental goals
  • Dependability: Maintains an acceptable attendance record, works as scheduled, gives appropriate notice for absence
  • Accuracy: Maintains a great deal of accuracy in the management and completion of job tasks and maintains clear, clean, and accessible records (manual and electronic)
  • Flexibility: Balances departmental priorities with Museum-wide goals and objectives.
  • Attitude: Maintains a positive and encouraging work environment

Qualifications

  • B.A. or M.A. in art history, museum studies, or related discipline.
  • Five to eight years’ experience in museum registration, collections, and exhibition management.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and application of best practices and procedures for art handling, installation, storage, condition reporting, preservation, and basic conservation.
  • Demonstrated ability to perform long-range planning while retaining nimbleness; flexibility within a fast-paced and changing environment; effective work under pressure amidst shifting priorities; problem-solving and analytical thinking.
  • Demonstrated ability to work as a team leader and as part of a team while supervising staff and coordinating with peers; ability to set and accomplish goals and to meet deadlines by effectively prioritizing; ability to work independently and collaboratively in a team-oriented environment.
  • Supervisory experience; skills in diplomacy, negotiation and communication with staff and external parties (lenders, donors, etc.).
  • Practical writing skills; proficiency in collections management database software, email, word processing, and spreadsheet software, Microsoft Office, Outlook, Word, and Excel.
  • Familiarity with AAMD guidelines and archiving methods and practices

Physical Requirements include:

  • Stand/Walk: The ability to remain on one's feet in an upright position at a work station without moving about. The ability to move about on foot.
  • 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.
  • Handle/Feel: The ability to seize, hold, grasp, turn, or otherwise work with hand or hands. The ability to perceive attributes of objects and materials such as size, shape, temperature, or texture, by touching with skin, particularly fingertips.
  • Stoop: The ability to bend the body downward and forward by bending spine at the waist; requires full use of the lower extremities and back muscles.
  • Reach with hands and arms: The ability to extend the hands and arms in any direction.
  • Lifts Weight and Exerts Force: Lifts weight up to 40 lbs or exerts force by lifting, lowering, pulling, carrying, pushing, slapping, striking, kicking, pulling, or jerking.
  • Vision: The ability to see clearly at 20 inches or less and 20 feet or more. The ability to observe an area that can be seen up and down or to the left and right while eyes remain fixed on a given point. 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. This is required when doing close work at varying distances from the eye.

Resumes and cover letters can be emailed to employment@kemperart.org or you may mail hard copies to:

Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
Diane Lambert
Director of Human Resources
4420 Warwick Blvd.
Kansas City, MO 64111

 

 

Sous Chef, Café Sebastienne

Department: Café Sebastienne
Classification: Non-Exempt, Hourly, Full Time
Reports to: Executive Chef
Date: November 2022

Position Summary

Located within the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art is Café Sebastienne, one of Kansas City’s leading New American restaurants, providing seasonal food derived from the highest quality of ingredients from local, regional and national producers. Reporting to the executive chef, the sous chef is an experienced professional focused on the planning, preparation, production and execution of seasonal American food. This individual performs other kitchen managerial duties in the areas of staffing, food planning and preparation.

The individual in this position accurately cooks meats, fish, vegetables, soups and other hot and cold food products. Additionally, this individual performs other duties in the areas of supervision, food and final plate presentation, including plating of all cold and cooked items for both the café and catering operations.

Major Responsibilities

  • Coordinates activities concerning all back-of-the house operations and personnel, including food preparation, kitchen and storeroom activities.
  • Second in command in the kitchen. 
  • Assists executive chef with hiring, training, scheduling and evaluation of back-of-the house personnel.
  • Assists executive chef with purchases or requisitions food items and supplies. Maintains positive relationships with vendors.
  • Actively participates in menu planning with executive chef for all food services and food production for café and catering operations; apportions meat, seafood, vegetables and desserts, and manages food surpluses, to control costs. 
  • Supervises food preparation personnel to ensure all food production workers are performing their duties.
  • Effectively communicates with executive chef
  • Assumes a leadership role in the kitchen to maintain professional work environment. 
  • Conducts inventory of dry goods, dairy, meats, seafood and produce when needed.
  • All other duties as assigned.

Food Preparation

  • Apportions meat, seafood, vegetables and desserts,
  • Identifies food surpluses to control costs.  Tracks and reports any food waste.
  • Ensures food adheres to current standards of quality established by the executive chef and assumes 100% responsibility for quality of products served.
  • Identifies and assigns responsibilities of prep and service requirements to other cooks to assure a successful service.
  • Identifies and assigns responsibilities of prep, service and execution of catered/special events
  • Prepares a variety of meats, seafood, poultry, vegetables and other items with and without recipes. Cooks with grills, ovens, fryers and other kitchen equipment.
  • Portions food products prior to cooking according to standard portion sizes and recipe specifications.
  • Knows and complies consistently with our standard portion sizes, cooking methods and style, quality standards and kitchen rules, policies and procedures.
  • Stocks and maintain sufficient levels of food products at all line stations to assure a smooth service period for all café and special event operations
  • Completes required task when assigned in a timely prompt manner.

Kitchen & Health Safety

  • Maintains a clean and sanitary workstation including tables, shelves, grills, fryers, and sauté burners. Convection ovens and refrigeration equipment.
  • Handles, stores and rotates all products properly
  • Maintains cleanliness of kitchen and equipment.
  • Opens and closes the kitchen properly and follows the closing duties as well as help others in closing of kitchen.
  • Performs related duties such as helping wash dishes as needed, preparing recycling, cleaning, and help with any other projects assigned Executive Chef.
  • Attends all scheduled meetings and works with cooks to assure 100% guest satisfaction.
  • Adheres and complies to the guidelines set forth by KCMO Health Dept.

Key Competencies

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

Planning/Organizing: Prioritizes and plans work activities, uses time efficiently, plans for additional resources, develops realistic action plans

Adaptability: Adapts to changes in the work environment, manages competing demands, changes approach or method to best fit the situation, able to deal with frequent change, delays, or unexpected events

Communication: Speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations, listens and gets clarification, responds well to questions, participates in meetings

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

Job Specifications

  • A minimum of two years of experience in seasonal American food in a quality dining restaurant.
  • Must be able to communicate clearly with managers, kitchen and dining room personnel.
  • Must work well in a fast-paced, high-energy environment.
  • Be able to work in a standing position for long periods of time up to nine hours.
  • Maintain a current Food Handler license with the City of Kansas City.

Physical requirements: The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel. The employee is occasionally required to sit; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl and taste or smell.

Resumes can be emailed to employment@kemperart.org or you may mail hard copies to:

Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
Diane Lambert
Director of Human Resources
4420 Warwick Blvd.
Kansas City, MO 64111

 

Line Cook, Café Sebastienne
Department: Cafe
Classification: Full Time, Non-Exempt, Hourly
Reports to: Executive Chef/Sous Chef
Date: November 2022

Position Summary

Located within the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art is Café Sebastienne, one of Kansas City’s leading New American restaurants, providing seasonal food derived from the highest quality of ingredients from local, regional and national producers. Reporting to the Executive Chef, the Line Cook is an experienced professional focused on the preparation of seasonal American food. The individual in this position accurately cooks meats, fish, vegetables, soups and other hot and cold food products. Additionally, this individual performs other duties in the areas of food and final plate presentation, including plating and garnishing of all cold and cooked items for both the café and catering operations.

Major Responsibilities

Food Preparation

  • Prepares a variety of meats, seafood, poultry, vegetables and other items with and without recipes. Cooks with grills, ovens, fryers and other kitchen equipment.
  • Portions food products prior to cooking according to standard portion sizes and recipe specifications.
  • Assumes 100 % responsibility for quality of products served.
  • Knows and complies consistently with our standard portion sizes, cooking methods, quality standards and kitchen rules, policies and procedures.
  • Stocks and maintain sufficient levels of food products at line stations to assure a smooth service period.
  • Completes required task when assigned in a timely prompt manner.
  • All other duties as assigned.

Kitchen Safety and Management

  • Maintains a clean and sanitary workstation including tables, shelves, grills, fryers, and sauté burners. Convection ovens and refrigeration equipment.
  • Handles, stores and rotates all products properly
  • Tracks and reports any food waste.
  • Opens and closes the kitchen properly and follows the closing duties as well as help others in closing of kitchen.
  • Performs related duties such as helping wash dishes as needed, preparing recycling, cleaning, and help with any other projects assigned by the Kitchen Manager or Executive Chef.
  • Attends all scheduled meetings and works with chefs and dining room managers to assure 100% guest satisfaction.

Key Competencies

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

Planning/Organizing: Prioritizes and plans work activities, uses time efficiently, plans for additional resources, develops realistic action plans

Adaptability: Adapts to changes in the work environment, manages competing demands, changes approach or method to best fit the situation, able to deal with frequent change, delays, or unexpected events

Communication: Speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations, listens and gets clarification, responds well to questions, participates in meetings

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

Job Specifications

  • A minimum of two years of experience in fresh, seasonal American food in a full service restaurant.
  • Must be available to work a combination of days, nights and weekends.
  • Must be able to communicate clearly with managers, kitchen and dining room personnel.
  • Must work well in a fast-paced, high-energy environment.
  • Be able to work in a standing position for long periods of time up to nine hours.
  • Maintain a current Food Handler license with the City of Kansas City.
  • Physical requirements: The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel. The employee is occasionally required to sit; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl and taste or smell.

Resumes can be emailed to employment@kemperart.org or you may mail hard copies to:

Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
Diane Lambert
Director of Human Resources
4420 Warwick Blvd.
Kansas City, MO  64111

 

Server, Café Sebastienne
Department: Café Sebastienne
Classification: Part-time, Hourly, Non exempt          
Reports to: Café Sebastienne
Supervises: n/a
Date: March 2022

Position Summary

The server provides exemplary customer service to the guests of Café Sebastienne, one of Kansas City’s premier restaurants. This individual is committed to creating a fine dining experience for all Café patrons, plays a leadership role in front of house activities.

Major Responsibilities

  • Food/Customer Service
  • Provides exemplary customer service to guests of Café Sebastienne
  • Keeps up-to-date on daily specials and menu changes
  • Presents menu and daily specials, answers questions, and makes suggestions regarding food and service
  • Writes order on check or memorizes it
  • Rings up order information in the POS system
  • Relays order to back of house and serves courses from kitchen and service bars
  • Garnishes and decorates dishes preparatory to serving
  • Ladles soup, brews coffee, and performs other services as determined by establishment's size and practices
  • Observes diners to respond to any additional requests and to determine when meal has been completed
  • Totals bill and accepts payment
  • Clears and resets counters or tables at conclusion of each course
  • All other duties as assigned

Key Competencies

Customer Service: Responds promptly to customer needs, solicits customer feedback to improve service, responds to requests for service and assistance.

Oral Communication: Speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations, listens and gets clarification, responds well to questions.

Team Work: Balances team and individual responsibilities, contributes to building a positive team spirit.

Attendance/Punctuality: Is consistently at work and on time, ensures work responsibilities are covered when absent.

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.

Safety and Security: Observes safety and security procedures, uses equipment and materials properly.

Job Specifications

  • Must work well in a fast-paced, high-energy environment
  • High school diploma or GED required
  • Three to five years professional experience in the food service industry
  • Maintain a current Food Handler and Liquor Handler license with the City of Kansas City
  • Physical requirements: The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel. The employee is occasionally required to sit; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl and taste or smell.

Resumes can be emailed to employment@kemperart.org or you may mail hard copies to:

Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
Diane Lambert
Director of Human Resources
4420 Warwick Blvd.
Kansas City, MO 64111

 

Exhibitions Coordinator
Department: Exhibitions
Classification: Exempt, Full Time
Reports to: Director of Curatorial Affairs
Supervises: Prep staff, art handlers, outside contractors, and interns
Date:  October 2022
Pay Range: $45,000–$48,000 (commensurate with experience and internal equity)

Position Summary

Reporting to the Director of Curatorial Affairs, the exhibitions coordinator is responsible for all of the logistical and administrative aspects of the museum exhibitions, commissions, and outgoing/incoming loans/exhibitions including coordination of schedules, contracts, communications, budget, and staff/contractor oversight. Working closely with the curatorial and collections management teams, the exhibitions coordinator will be an effective project manager and administrator through coordination of exhibition planning with other Kemper Museum departments, including Learning and Engagement, Marketing and Communications, Finance, Development, and Museum Protection. This position supervises preparatory teams, including permanent, contract, and on-call employees and contractors.

The exhibitions coordinator is responsible for and should have experienced knowledge in up-to-date museum-quality art handling related to installation and de-installation of exhibitions both inside and on the grounds of the museum. This position will assure a safe and healthy work environment through knowledge of best practice.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

  • Creates/Oversees exhibition schedules, itineraries, and planning documents for exhibitions.
  • Creates/Oversees exhibition Preparatory budgets.
  • Works collaboratively with curatorial to develop detailed exhibition drawings of layouts and exhibition related materials such as but not limited to display options and project-specific design/fabrication needs.
  • Serves as point of contact with outside vendors and contractors for exhibitions.
  • Facilitates the production of all gallery signage and labels.
  • Drafts and circulates traveling exhibition planning documents and manages coordination with exhibition partners internally and externally.
  • Produces production schedules and communicates with artists on commissioning timeline in collaboration with the curatorial team; provides regular updates or changes to project development.
  • Oversees and maintains appearance of exhibition spaces, including dusting, cleaning frames, painting, and light replacement
  • Completes all additional assigned tasks and requests for general support as needed.

Collection Care

  • Responsible for the maintenance of Permanent Collection, which includes regular inspection of objects and light cleaning if necessary.
  • Prepares objects for loan and exhibition.
  • Assists the chief registrar and exhibitions manager in annual inventory.
  • Plan and supervise maintenance of outdoor Permanent Collection sculpture.
  • Responsible for the transport of objects: including packing and unpacking; scheduling appropriate transportation; and monitoring objects
  • Oversees truck maintenance

Department Administration/Management

  • Effectively develops and administers the departmental budget, and assists in the development of annual exhibition special project budgets
  • Prepares cost and material estimates for new installation and gallery construction
  • Oversees personnel, including hiring, training, scheduling, directing, disciplining, and providing annual performance reviews.
  • Plans, prioritizes, and schedules work of the Prep department; assesses resource needs and determines adjustments as required
  • Organizes department’s short-term/long-term projects and sets job assignments to meet institutional deadlines and priorities
  • Works across departments on opportunities for institutional advancement in areas of exhibition design, budgeting, and cost-saving strategies; provides well thought-out opinions based on research and knowledge of trends within the Museum community

Key Competencies

Project Management: Develops project plans, coordinates projects effectively, communicates changes and progress, completes projects on time and budget, manages project team activities.

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, able to build morale and group commitments to goals and objectives, supports everyone's efforts to succeed, recognizes accomplishments of other team members.

Delegation: Delegates work assignments, matches the responsibility to the person, gives authority to work independently, sets expectations and monitors delegated activities, provides recognition for results.

Superior Problem Solving skills: Gathers and analyzes information skillfully, develops alternative solutions, works effectively in group problem solving situations.

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 in conjunction with Curatorial and Registration departments.

Safety and Security: Observes safety and security procedures, determines appropriate action beyond guidelines, reports potentially unsafe conditions, uses equipment and materials properly.

Job Specifications

  • Bachelor's Degree in Art History, Arts Administration, or related field with a minimum of 5 years in the field at a museum, gallery, or arts organization.
  • Strong project management skillsl.
  • Ability to set schedules and work well with others to ensure timely exhibition-making.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with simultaneous timelines and diverse stakeholders.
  • Familiarity with best practices regarding exhibitions and the display of art.
  • Experience with creating and tracking budgets.
  • Ability to multi-task, organize, and meet deadlines with careful attention to detail.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to work with discretion and diplomacy with artists, lenders, donors, and various stakeholders and collaborators.
  • Proficiency in SketchUp, Adobe Creative Suite, Microsoft Office, and collection management software (such as PastPerfect or TMS) is required
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license in good standing
  • Ability to drive a box truck and deliver works of art as needed (CDL not required)
  • Pass a criminal background check

Physical Abilities:

Walk: The ability to move about on foot.

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.

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.)

Reach with hands and arms: The ability to extend the hands and arms in any direction.

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.

Kneel: The ability to bend legs at the knees to come to rest on knee or knees.

Crouch: The ability to bend the body downward and forward by bending legs and spine.

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.

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.

Resumes can be emailed to employment@kemperart.org or you may mail hard copies to:

Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
Diane Lambert
Director of Human Resources
4420 Warwick Blvd.
Kansas City, MO 64111

 

 

Art Handler (On Call)
Department: Prep
Classification: Part Time on call, Non-Exempt
Reports to: Lead Preparator
Date: September 2022
Pay Range: $15–$18 per hour (commensurate with experience and internal equity).

Position Summary

Under the supervision of the Lead Preparator, the Art Handler ensures safe handling, storage, movement, and installation of all types of works of art in both collections and exhibitions.

Responsibilities

  • Participates, as directed, in the movement of all works of art in the museum’s care
  • Install and de-install exhibition artworks and exhibition furniture as directed
  • Implement exhibition designs as determined by Curator and Lead Preparator
  • Install exhibition signage, graphics, mount and position object labels
  • Implement lighting design as directed by Lead Preparator
  • Perform routine exhibition and collection maintenance, including but limited to, cleaning of objects, gallery painting, light replacement, gallery furniture repairs, and AV maintenance
  • Pack and unpack artworks using museum best practices
  • 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
  • Assist in inventory of the permanent collection as needed

Job Specifications

  • Enrollment/Completion of a Bachelor’s degree program in Fine Arts, Museum Studies, Design, Architecture, Industrial Design, or other field related to the museum exhibits profession is preferred.
  • Candidate must have experience working with art, art collections, museum exhibits, fabrication, carpentry or similar skills
  • Experience with artifact handling, exhibition construction/installation techniques
  • Demonstrated knowledge of basic carpentry tools, machinery, and safety practices.
  • Skill in handling scissor lifts, dollies, pallet jacks, furniture movers and other forms of moving equipment
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others
  • Ability to both take direction and work independently
  • Observes safety and security procedures, uses equipment and materials properly

Physical Abilities:

  • Ability to lift heavy objects (up to 70 lbs.) and to stand for an eight-hour day
  • Ability to climb ladders, lifts, etc. and work for extended periods of time
  • The ability to crouch, kneel, hold, grasp, turn, or otherwise work with hand or hands

Resumes can be emailed to employment@kemperart.org or you may mail hard copies to:

Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
Diane Lambert
Director of Human Resources
4420 Warwick Blvd.
Kansas City, MO 64111

 

Museum Protection Officer I
Department: Museum Protection
Classification: Hourly, Non-Exempt
Reports to: Museum Protection Manager
Date: March 2022

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.

Major Responsibilities

Protection of Artwork, Facilities, and Public

  • Comprehend, adhere to, and enforce all museum security policies and procedures.
  • Working knowledge of all museum emergency plans and procedures, including medical emergencies.
  • Provide security checks of museum buildings, grounds, parking areas, and remote satellite locations (even in adverse weather conditions).
  • Working knowledge of plan and procedure when artwork, buildings, or grounds are damaged or compromised.
  • Main lower parking lot security booth including the monitoring of vehicle and museum patron safety. Issue warnings to non-museum visitors parking in designated museum parking spaces. Contacting KCPD to ticket unauthorized vehicles as directed.
  • Be alert for and report all safety hazards immediately to the on-duty Floor Supervisor.
  • Open and close museum according to published public hours.
  • Report to on-duty Floor Supervisor any unusual or suspicious activity.
  • Professional standards of attitude, demeanor, and presence as related to safety and security are required at all times.
  • Report to on-duty Floor Supervisor any safety or health incidents or accidents involving staff or public.
  • Create written Incident Reports as necessary.

Create a Quality Visitor Experience

  • Relate museum security policies and procedures to visitors and staff in a non-confrontational, professional attitude and demeanor.
  • Interact with and assist visitors by answering routine questions regarding museum facilities, galleries, restrooms, parking areas, Café and directions to other local destinations.
  • Direct visitors to additional resources when appropriate.
  • Ability to remain open-minded and outwardly un-opinionated as related to art on exhibition.
  • As a facility frequented by the public for personal enjoyment, maintain a warm, friendly, welcoming, service-oriented attitude and manner at all times while on duty.
  • Maintain a clean, crisp, and professional appearance, adhering to security dress code while on duty.
  • Ability to resolve conflicts in a positive, constructive manner.

Perform Any and All Other Duties Assigned by on-duty Floor Supervisor

Key Competencies

Job Knowledge/ Professionalism: Demonstrates the knowledge and skill necessary to perform effectively; understands the expectations of the job; keeps professional knowledge up to date. Maintaining integrity of Museum standards in ones presentation of self to the public.

Dependability: Maintains an acceptable attendance record, works as scheduled, gives appropriate notice of absence.

Trustworthiness: Ability to maintain discretion and confidentiality as it pertains to the museum’s policy and procedures, personnel and other privileged information.

Interpersonal Skills: Maintains harmonious working relationships with supervisors, co-workers, and the public.

Judgment/Alertness: Ability to make sound judgments pertaining to safety of art and public. Ability to maintain constant awareness of people and surroundings.

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.
  • Physical Requirements
    • Stand/Walk: The ability to remain on one's feet in an upright position at a work station without moving about. The ability to move about on foot.
    • 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.
    • Handle/Feel: The ability to seize, hold, grasp, turn, or otherwise work with hand or hands. The ability to perceive attributes of objects and materials such as size, shape, temperature, or texture, by touching with skin, particularly fingertips.
    • Stoop: The ability to bend the body downward and forward by bending spine at the waist; requires full use of the lower extremities and back muscles.
    • Reach with hands and arms: The ability to extend the hands and arms in any direction.
    • Lifts Weight and Exerts Force: Lifts weight up to 40 lbs or exerts force by lifting, lowering, pulling, carrying, pushing, slapping, striking, kicking, pulling, or jerking.
    • Vision: The ability to see clearly at 20 inches or less and 20 feet or more. The ability to observe an area that can be seen up and down or to the left and right while eyes remain fixed on a given point. 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. This is required when doing close work at varying distances from the eye.

Resumes can be emailed to employment@kemperart.org or you may mail hard copies to:

Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
Diane Lambert
Director of Human Resources
4420 Warwick Blvd.
Kansas City, MO 64111