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.

  • Director of Education
  • Integrated Marketing Coordinator
  • Facility Technician
  • Museum Protection Officer I
  • Host/Hostess, Café Sebastienne
  • Line Cook, Café Sebastienne

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

Integrated Marketing Coordinator

Department:  Marketing and Communications
Classification:  Full-time, Hourly, Non-Exempt
Reports to:  Director of Marketing and Communications
Date:  July 2019

Position Summary
The Integrated Marketing Coordinator is responsible for the development of content for the marketing of the Museum to its external constituents, maintenance of the Museum’s website, and oversight of social media platforms. This individual will possess a strong design aesthetic and understanding of electronic communication mediums. The Integrated Marketing Coordinator provides an essential support role for the long-term marketing goals and objectives of Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Café Sebastienne, the Museum Shop, and Special Events.

Major Responsibilities
Multimedia Design

  • Design and develop content for print magazine, e-newsletter, and digital marketing
  • Record, edit, and produce audio and video content, as needed

Website/E-Communication Management

  • Work with other museum departments to create and maintain website content
  • Manage ongoing website development projects
  • Collaborate with other departments to manage subscriber lists, and effectively communicate internally regarding these audiences

Social Media

  • Oversee social media strategy across platforms, creating content and contributing to cross-platform digital strategy planning
  • Monitor engagement and author response to questions, comments, and reviews across platforms, in collaboration with the Director
  • Monitor, track, and author reporting on audience metrics across platforms

Other Duties as assigned by Director of Marketing and Communications

Key Competencies

Design: Generates creative solutions, uses feedback to modify designs, applies design principles, demonstrates attention to detail, and a willingness to learn.

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.

Written Communication: Writes clearly and informatively, edits work for spelling and grammar, follows established style, varies writing style to meet needs, able to read and interpret written information.

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

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.

Job Specifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in marketing, communications studies, media arts, visual art, graphic design, digital media or related field preferred.
  • One to three years progressive experience.
  • Proficiency in Adobe Illustrator, InDesign, and Photoshop; Microsoft Office; social media management, and content management systems.
  • Demonstrated experience using MailChimp, EventBrite, Survey Monkey, Cuseum, and/or Google Analytics preferred.
  • Demonstrated experience with audio/visual recording and editing.
  • Must show discretion in the handling of confidential information.
  • Must be able to meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment.

Candidates selected for interview will be required to show work samples.


Your resume and cover letter 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

Museum Protection Officer I

Department: Museum Protection
Classification: Hourly, Non-Exempt
Reports to: Museum Protection Manager

Position Summary
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.

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.
  • 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.

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, 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

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 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

Host/Hostess, Café Sebastienne

Department:  Café Sebastienne
Classification:  Hourly, Non-exempt   
Reports to:  Café General Manager

Position Summary 
The Host provides a high level of hospitality 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. The Host greets all guests with genuine enthusiasm and warmth upon arrival, informs guests of their wait time, enters guest names into the computer system, shows guests to their table and bids guests farewell as they leave. Additionally, the Host cares for our guests by refilling beverages and performs light housekeeping duties such as cleaning glass and menus. 

Major Responsibilities 
Food/Customer Service

  • Understands that he/she is the first and last impression of guests whether at the door or on the phone and behaves in accordance with high standards set by restaurant. 
  • Maintains a positive attitude with all guests and co-workers at all times.
  • Has a working knowledge of menu items and can describe them to guests on the phone or in person.
  • Reports to work on time and is ready to work scheduled shift.
  • Handles all to go orders – on the phone and in person.
  • Keeps up-to-date on daily specials and attends pre-shift meetings.
  • Presents menu and daily specials, answers questions, and makes suggestions regarding food and service.
  • Enters order information in the POS system.
  • Observes diners to respond to any additional requests and to determine when meal has been completed.
  • Totals bill and accepts payment. Reconciles check out with café management.
  • Clears and resets tables as needed and provides support to service staff.
  • Demonstrates enthusiasm for all things café and museum related.

Menu Control

  • Maintains to go flatware and napkins.
  • Makes sure all menus are clean and stocked. Communicates with café management on any shortages prior opening.

Reservation System

  • Input of reservations into the reservation computer.
  • Enters guest preferences and details into guest notes on reservation system.
  • Answers phone with speed, politeness, and professionalism. 

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

  • 6 months experience in a full-service restaurant preferred. 
  • Prior experience with Open Table and Aloha POS preferred, but not required.
  • Must be upbeat, outgoing, and positive. 
  • Must be able to assist guests and possess great guest relations skills. 
  • Ability to work positively in a fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to stand/walk and stay focused and alert for extended periods of time. 
  • Excellent verbal communication and interpersonal skills. 
  • Ability to work effectively within a team. 
  • Ability to effectively communicate on the telephone. 
  • Ability to lift up to 35 lbs. 

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

Line Cook, Café Sebastienne

Department:  Café Sebastienne
Classification:  Hourly (Part-time, averages 36 hours weekly)
Reports to:  Executive Chef/Sous Chef

Position Summary

Located within 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.

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 2 years 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
Human Resources Manager
4420 Warwick Blvd.
Kansas City, MO  64111