Founded in 1994, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art presents a variety of creative exhibitions, installations, and educational programs to promote its Permanent Collectionof modern and contemporary works of art from around the world.The Museum’s mission is to offer innovative and enriching experiencesthrough contemporary art in a free and welcoming environment. The Museum stimulates dialogue to foster understanding and appreciation of modern and contemporary art, and to present significant works of art as educational resources. In shaping its Permanent Collection, the Museum strives to reflect the vitality, complexity, and unfolding patterns within modern and contemporary art. In selecting its exhibitions, the Museum strives to represent a global perspective, cultural diversity, and inclusiveness. In its educational programs (which include lectures, workshops with visiting artists, tours, family days, demonstrations, and performances in a variety of media), the Museum strives to provide opportunities for people of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities.
The Museum is located in the vibrant and expanding arts and educational district of Kansas City that includes the University of Missouri at Kansas City, Kansas City Art Institute, Rockhurst University, The Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, Linda Hall Library, and Stowers Institute of Medical Research.
The Museum’s audience consists of the general public as well as art specialists and students from the greater Kansas City region and beyond. In all of its efforts, Kemper Museum seeks to achieve the highest standard of scholarship and excellence in keeping with the most current standards of the museum profession.
Kemper Museum’s operating budget is $5 million, and the Museum welcomes more than 100,000 visitors annually.
The Executive Director leads all activities required to fulfill Kemper Museum’s mission of engaging the Museum’s community locally and beyond. The Executive Director is responsible for maintaining a healthy organization, building strong partnerships to advance programs and support, and fostering a vibrant and inspiring place to visit and learn. In addition to overseeing efforts to ensure that the Museum’s smooth operations and quality programming continue, the Executive Director is the primary leader of fundraising for the organization and works closely with the Board to build an expanding network of supporters.
Opportunities and Challenges
As Kemper Museum celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2019, the Executive Director must develop a long-term vision and plan to advance the Museum’s future and sustainability. The priorities will be to develop international partnerships, to grow the patron and donor community, and to build the case for expansion of Kemper Museum’s campus.
Vision and Strategic Leadership
- Guide the Board, staff, and other stakeholders to ensure the organization’s vision and strategic plan remain current, relevant, and responsive to the changing landscape.
- Develop, oversee, and refine the implementation of the Museum’s strategic plan.
- Provide leadership and opportunities for broad engagement of internal and external stakeholders.
- Embrace and maintain an atmosphere of open discourse and knowledge sharing among the Museum’s diverse constituency of Board members, staff, donors, volunteers, and community partners.
- Identify and forge partnerships with other community-based organizations whose mission, vision, and values are complementary.
- Direct the Museum’s physical expansion and community engagement process to ensure its programmatic and financial success.
Museology and Collections
- Guide the development and stewardship of the Museum’s Permanent Collection and its collection management policy.
- Supervise the Museum’s internal systems, policies, and resources to ensure the management, public safety, and security of its collection.
- Identify and cultivate potential donors to the collection with Board and staff leadership.
- Work with the Director of Curatorial Affairs to provide leadership and guidance to the exhibition program in tandem with curatorial staff and trustees, and in accordance with the Museum’s mission and vision.
- Ensure that the Education Department develops and maintains a comprehensive program of initiatives that is responsive to the needs of a changing community.
- Perform periodic evaluations to ensure the relevance, integration, and impact of the Museum’s programs and educational initiatives.
Institutional Growth and Advancement
- Serve as chief spokesperson for the Museum and represent its interest to the public.
- Ensure that comprehensive and effective funding programs exist to promote the Museum’s activities and increase the financial support available for its operations.
- Provide personal leadership in the Museum’s fundraising efforts, working closely with the Board of Directors and staff.
- Develop a comprehensive annual fundraising plan and identify, cultivate, and solicit major donors, including foundation grant opportunities.
- Energize the Board’s participation in the Museum’s fundraising and outreach efforts to increase capital and annual fund donations.
- Devise and implement an effective strategy with Board leadership to retain members and recruit new members as needed, and in accordance with the Museum’s bylaws.
- Create outreach programs to constituencies that encourage attendance, membership, and further involvement in the life of the Museum.
- Work with the Director of Advancement to grow membership and increase revenue from all available earned and contributed sources.
- Work with the Director of Marketing and Communications to ensure and promote Kemper Museum’s identity.
- Act as the public face and voice of the Museum in all matters in which the organization has a significant interest.
Administrative, Financial, and Operations Management
- Identify and initiate change as needed to maintain a vital and efficient organization.
- Oversee the implementation of annual plans for the Museum, incorporating progress toward strategic and financial goals.
- With the Director of Finance and Accounting, provide regular reports to the Board of Trustees as to the operations, management, planning, exhibitions and events, acquisitions, budget, and fundraising.
- Manage the recruitment, employment, and supervision of a variety of human resources, including paid staff, contractors, consultants, and volunteers.
- Encourage and facilitate on-going professional development of staff.
- Set and maintain high standards for staff performance, along with a system of metrics to ensure accountability.
- Establish sound human resource policies and practices, including effective communication channels, mentoring, and retention strategies.
- Maintain a positive, professional environment that attracts, retains, motivates, and supports a diverse staff of highly qualified, team-oriented personnel.
- Oversee the negotiation of all contracts and agreements, prepare official correspondence, and execute legal documents in consultation with Board leadership as needed.
- Ensure that buildings and grounds of the Museum are maintained in a manner that preserves assets, historical value, and a welcoming environment for visitors.
- Develop the agenda for Board meetings, reporting on organizational progress and challenges.
- Serve as liaison for effective communication between Board and staff.
- Ensure sound financial practices, including realistic budgeting, prudent management of financial resources, and employment of the Museum’s assets for the most effective long-term fulfillment of its mission.
Leadership: Inspires excellence in colleagues, providing vision to peers and subordinates; giving appropriate recognition and feedback; displaying passion and optimism; and mobilizing others to fulfill goals and objectives.
Management Skills: Includes staff in planning and facilitates input for improvement of process, taking responsibility for all Museum activities; mentoring staff and their professional growth; and soliciting and applying feedback internally and externally.
Professionalism/Ethics: Sets institutional standards, treating colleagues with respect; working with integrity; and holding the highest ethical values.
Judgment: Provides clarity and astute decision-making skills to establish strategy for pursuing institutional goals with colleagues and stakeholders.
Oral/Written Communication: Maintains excellent communications, demonstrating strong presentation skills; overseeing editorial standards for all publications and printed materials; and effectively presenting information and financial data.
- Master’s degree required and equivalent experience in museums or other related fields.
- Demonstrated curatorial experience and knowledge of art history with a focus in modern and contemporary art.
- Minimum 7-10 years of senior level experience and well-developed organizational, financial, and project leadership skills.
- Demonstrated management skills with an aptitude to mentor, motivate, and hold accountable a dedicated staff and Board.
- Ability to build and nurture relationships with a wide range of individuals from artists to academics to collectors to business and civic leaders.
- Proven fundraising ability from a variety of sources, including successful experience cultivating and soliciting gifts from individuals.
- Ability to interpret and articulate financial statements and financial performance.
Procedure for Application
Applicants should submit a resume, a one-page narrative describing interest and experience, and the names of three references. Applications will be reviewed by Management Consultants for the Arts, an executive search firm working with Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art. Candidate recommendations are welcome.
Send resume and accompanying materials to:
Linda Sweet and Bill Appleton
Subject: Kemper Museum
Museum Protection Officer I
Department: Museum Protection
Classification: Hourly, Non-Exempt
Reports to: Museum Protection Manager
A Level I Museum Protection Officer is responsible for providing physical security of Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art and its remote satellite location 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, with the ability to work with moderate to close supervision and to carry out assigned duties and responsibilities in an effective manner.
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.
- Man 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 Sebastienne, 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 view.
- 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.
Job Knowledge/Professionalism: Demonstrates the knowledge and skill necessary to perform effectively; understands the expectations of the job; keeps professional knowledge up to date; maintains integrity of Museum standards in one's 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 the safety of art and public; ability to maintain constant awareness of people and surroundings.
- 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 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.
Cover letter and Resumes can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or you may mail hard copies to:
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
Human Resources Manager
4420 Warwick Blvd.
Kansas City, MO 64111