Employment

Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art is an equal opportunity employer.

The following positions are currently open and receiving applicant materials. To apply for any position, please follow the directions within the specific posting below.

  • Chief Registrar and Exhibitions Manager
  • Lead Preparator 
  • Director of Education
  • Facility Technician 

Chief Registrar and Exhibitions Manager

Department:  Registration
Classification:  Exempt
Reports to:  Director of Curatorial Affairs
Supervises:  Assistant Registrar and Rights and Reproductions Coordinator, Lead Preparator, Departmental Interns, and Volunteers
Date:  April 2019

Position Summary 
Kemper Museum’s Chief Registrar and Exhibitions Manager supports the Museum’s mission and the Exhibitions, Collection, Registration, Preparator strategic initiatives. In partnership with Museum senior leadership, the Chief Registrar and Exhibitions Manager leads departmental responsibilities, initiatives, and maintains the physical and intellectual control of the Museum’s exhibition and collection records in the Museum’s custody throughout four facilities.

Major Responsibilities 

General

  • Serve as the head and principal representative of collections and registration department; establish vision and goals for the department and set priorities in coordination with Director of Curatorial Affairs.
  • Develop and maintain departmental policies and procedures.
  • Prepare and update collections management policy in coordination with the curatorial team.
  • Serve as a member of the Exhibitions and Collection Committee.
  • Prepare department budget and monitors expenditures. 
  • Identify needs in office equipment or technological upgrades required for the registration department annually.
  • Participate in strategic planning initiatives as directed.
  • Contribute grant data.

Collection Management and Registration

  • Prepare materials for approval by the board of trustees.
  • Process and catalogue new acquisitions.
  • Administer and make recommendations for all incoming and outgoing loans.
  • Lead annual inventory and audit projects.
  • Employ preventative conservation methods.
  • Maintain physical object files for the permanent collection, exhibition archives, and incoming and outgoing loans.
  • Monitor health of collection and museum storage and exhibitions environments.
  • Develop and direct maintenance plans for collection objects.
  • Prioritize permanent collection conservation and framing needs, schedule treatments as needed.
  • Monitor and update collection insurance values and report to the director of finance annually.
  • Oversee appraisals and value updates of works in the collection.
  • Manage IPM program (Integrated Pest Management program).
  • Determine housing methods and materials for collection objects. 
  • Arrange and oversee all aspects of object transitions.
  • Administer/Updates/Maintenance of collections management system.
  • Advise on data standards and style manual for collection and exhibition records.
  • Lead departmental digitization initiatives and supervise rights and reproductions programs.
  • Maintain facilities report for all locations.
  • Serve as courier as needed.

Exhibitions Planning and Realization

  • Serve as key member of exhibitions and publications teams.
  • Create and maintain exhibition schedules and calendars in collaboration with Curatorial and Prep teams.
  • Monitor departmental budget relating to exhibitions and advise other departments on actuals.
  • Coordinate and oversee all transit logistics for exhibitions.
  • Prepare loan agreements and advise on exhibition contracts.
  • Generate and maintain exhibition-related documentation, including condition reports, image reproduction agreements, receipts, and other forms as required.
  • Supervise securing photography and rights for exhibition publications, education, and publicity purposes.
  • Establish appropriate packing methods and materials and insurance arrangements in consultation with colleagues and lenders / organizers.
  • Oversee proper handling and installation methods and materials by preparators.
  • Train security staff on exhibition needs, opening/closing procedures, and condition concerns.
  • Communicate exhibition housekeeping procedures to facilities/security/maintenance staff.
  • Participate in docent training as needed.
  • Serve as courier and host couriers visiting Kemper Museum.
  • Arrange insurance for loans and traveling exhibitions.
  • Assist with color proofing and editing of exhibition catalogs, product, and print materials.
  • All other duties as required.

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

Job Specifications

  • Graduate degree preferred, with a focus on museum studies, art history, or fine art 
  • Minimum of four years museum experience or equivalent experience working with an art collection
  • Strong computer skills and knowledge of Museum Collections and Digital Asset Management Software, imaging and metadata technology required 
  • Proficiency in Mac OS X, Adobe Creative Suite, Microsoft Office, and PastPerfect collections management software preferred
  • Knowledge of ethical principles and professional practices governing museum registration
  • Knowledge of proper art handling techniques and preventative conservation methods
  • Experience with museum exhibition logistics
  • Excellent communication and organization skills
  • Ability to manage details with consistency and clarity
  • Ability to balance numerous projects and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to work collaboratively with a diverse staff, artists, staff from other museums, galleries, and private lenders
  • 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 employment@kemperart.org or you may mail hard copies to:

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

Lead Preparator

Department:  Exhibitions
Classification:  Exempt
Reports to:  Chief Registrar and Exhibitions Manager
Supervises:  Preparator, Contract Art Handlers, Outside Contractors, and Interns
Date:  May 2019

Position Summary 
Reporting to the Chief Registrar and Exhibitions Manager, but working closely with the Director of Curatorial Affairs, the Lead Preparator is a key team member of the exhibitions team; comprised of Curatorial, Registration, and Preparatory. The Museum maintains an ambitious schedule of both special and rotating Permanent Collection exhibitions. The Lead Preparator performs a wide variety of semi-skilled and skilled duties in the preparation, design, installation, and lighting of museum exhibitions; both those organized by Kemper Museum from works of art from the Permanent Collection and loaned works. The Lead Preparator is responsible for museum-quality art handling related to installation and de-installation of exhibitions both inside and on the grounds of the Museum. Oversees the maintenance of exhibition spaces, office, fabrication shop, loading dock, and storage areas. The Lead Preparator will supervise departmental staff, hourly rotation staff, outside contractors, and interns. They will assure a safe and healthy work environment through knowledge of best practice and ensure the ongoing preservation and safety of the Permanent Collection.

Major Responsibilities 

Exhibitions

  • Collaborate with Kemper Museum and outside curators and others to make design recommendations regarding the presentation of artworks, including wall colors, material selection, and case designs and other recommendations as needed for the safety of artworks.
  • Plan and manage the installation/de-installation of exhibitions, rotations, and individual works of art, coordinating schedules and details with the exhibition team.
  • Develop drawings and/or scale models using computer programs and other design tools to effectively communicate design ideas.
  • Oversee production of exhibition signage, including vinyl text, graphics, and object labels.
  • Oversee and participate in construction, painting, fabrication of display fixtures, mounts, and crates as needed. 
  • Work with outside vendors and contractors in the progress and implementation of specific projects, including oversight of quality, accuracy of work, and monitoring schedules.
  • Responsible for packing, unpacking, and crating of art objects.
  • Work directly and collegially with artists, curators, and representatives on development, planning, and installation of exhibitions. 
  • Lighting design and implementation.
  • Oversee and maintain appearance of exhibition spaces, including but not limited to dusting, cleaning frames, painting, and light replacement.
  • Maintain up-to-date knowledge of current museum practices relating to collections care and installation.
  • Attend and participate in project meetings.
  • Complete additional assigned tasks and requests as needed.

Collection Care

  • Assist the Chief Registrar and Exhibitions Manager in the care of the Permanent Collection both on display and in storage.
  • Responsible for the maintenance of Permanent Collection, which includes regular inspection of objects and light cleaning if necessary.
  • Prepare objects for loan and exhibition.
  • Assist 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.
  • Oversee truck maintenance.

Fabrication

  • Operate tools and equipment associated with woodworking, electrical, light construction, audio-visual, and computer displays in conjunction with the most current safety, technological, and aesthetic standards.
  • Provide timely estimates and schedules for construction of displays, cases, or pedestals as required.
  • Maintains tools and equipment required for the maintenance of the Permanent Collection, its storage, and display of individual works of art.
  • Ensure adherence to safe workplace practices and procedures in the operations of the Prep Department and its workshop.

Department Administration/Management

  • Effectively develop and administer the departmental and exhibition budgets in conjunction with the Chief Registrar and Exhibitions Manager.
  • Prepare cost and material estimates for installations and gallery construction.
  • Oversee personnel, including hiring, training, scheduling, directing, disciplining, and providing annual performance reviews of Prep department staff.
  • Organize department’s short-term/long-term projects and set job assignments to meet institutional deadlines and priorities.
  • Identify opportunities for professional development.
  • Work across departments on opportunities for institutional advancement in areas of exhibition design, budgeting, and cost-saving strategies; provide well thought-out opinions based on research and knowledge of trends within the Museum community.

Key Competencies

Project Management: Develops project plans, coordinates projects, 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: Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner, 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 Degree required, Masters Degree preferred
  • At least 3 to 5 years of progressively responsible experience in exhibition planning and coordination, preparation, construction, design, and installation in a museum or other art venue; at least two years of supervisory and management experience; or an equivalent combination of training and experience
  • Skilled in art handling and best practices and familiar with installation techniques for traditional and new media
  • Advanced knowledge of materials, fabrication techniques, and construction processes
  • Knowledge and experience in exhibiting time-based media works
  • Proficiency in SketchUp, Adobe Creative Suite, Microsoft Office, and PastPerfect is required
  • Superior organization and time/project-management skills
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license in good standing
  • Ability to drive a box truck and deliver works of art (CDL not required)
  • Pass a criminal background check
  • Positive attitude and strong work ethic
  • 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.
    • 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.
    • Lifts Weight and Exerts Force: Lifts weight up to 50 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 identify and distinguish colors. 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 employment@kemperart.org or you may mail hard copies to:

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

Director of Education

Department:  Education
Classification:  Exempt
Reports to:  Executive Director
Supervises:  Museum Educator for Youth and Family Programs; Museum Educator for Docents, Schools and Tours; Visitor Services Associate
Date:  March 2019

Position Summary 
Reporting to the Executive Director, the Director of Education is responsible for providing creative and strategic leadership to oversee all aspects of the education programs at Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art.

Major Responsibilities 

  • Leads the Education Department in the development, implementation, and evaluation of dynamic museum education programs for diverse audiences which fit within and promote the organization’s mission and vision.
  • Hires, trains, and supervises museum education staff.
  • Oversees program content and ensures its educational and curricular connections to the museum’s collections and exhibitions.
  • Develops and oversees departmental budget and monitors expenses.
  • Serves as a member of the Senior Management Team to achieve institutional goals and objectives.
  • Works closely with exhibition staff on the development of exhibition interactive displays, gallery handouts, exhibition-related educators’ guides, and volunteer training.
  • Works with Volunteer Manager on the training, supervision, and retention of Education volunteers and docents.

Relationship Management and Cultivation

  • Work with Board of Trustees, National Committee members, Museum patrons, members, and volunteers to assure a strong and good quality relationship in all Museum matters.
  • When necessary and advisable, assist on an individual basis to foster long-term relationships beneficial to the longevity of the Museum and its continued growth and development.
  • Represent the Museum to members of the media (in consultation with the Executive Director and the Director of Marketing and Communications) to promote education initiatives.
  • Participate in collaborative efforts with other institutions as needed and represent Kemper Museum in a positive, congenial, and inclusive way.
  • Be a visible community representative for the Museum and demonstrate a presence considerate of the quality and efforts of the local arts community.

Key Competencies

Leadership: Exhibits confidence in self and others, inspires and motivates others to perform well, effectively influences actions and opinions of others, inspires respect and trust, accepts feedback from others, provides vision and inspiration to peers and subordinates, gives appropriate recognition to others, displays passion and optimism, mobilizes others to fulfill the vision

Management: Effective management of Education department including developing strong and collegial relationships with managers, provides clear delineation of work flow and expectations, demonstrates direction and diplomacy, and cultivates a respectful work environment

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

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

Professionalism: Approaches others in a tactful manner, reacts well under pressure, treats others with respect and consideration, accepts responsibility for own actions, follows through on commitments

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

Job Specifications

  • Masters degree in Education, Museum Studies, Art History, or related field preferred
  • Minimum five years’ experience managing, designing, and implementing educational programs, preferably in a museum setting
  • Proven experience in supervisory, budget, and project management
  • Knowledge of contemporary educational methods and philosophies, especially for informal learning environments
  • Strong management skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Strong planning, organizational, and problem-solving skills
  • Demonstrated ability to see the larger organizational picture

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

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

Facility Technician

Department: Facilities 
Classification: Part-time, Non-Exempt
Reports to: Facility and Operations Manager
Date: April 2019

Position Summary 
Assists the Facility and Operations Manager in the maintenance, repair and improvement, and custodial services for a multi-site organization; understands and follows current operating procedures and personnel practices in keeping with effective operations and cost factors. 

Major Responsibilities 

  • Help perform preventive maintenance to equipment
  • Good knowledge of and experience in painting and preventive maintenance of AC units
  • Light plumbing, electrical and building automation systems
  • Light construction and painting
  • Picking up the grounds and good housekeeping
  • Moving and setting up offices

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; 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, co­workers, 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

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

Job Specifications 

  • Own a solid work ethic
  • Able to work independently and/or with a team
  • 3+ years of experience in overall preventive maintenance
  • AC experience
  • Painting experience
  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Must have a valid driver's license
  • Must maintain confidentiality of all Museum-related information
  • Must successfully complete a criminal background check
  • Physical requirements include:
    • Ability to climb and work from ladder and in elevated spaces, to work in tight and confined spaces, and work in extreme temperatures and adverse weather conditions.
    • 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.
    • 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 Exert Force: Lift weight up to 50 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. Ability to discriminate color.

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

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