Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art is an equal opportunity employer. Open positions are listed below.


Director of Finance and Operations

Department:    Administration

Classification: Salary, Exempt

Reports to:      Executive Director and Board of Trustees

Supervises:     Finance Manager, Retail Operations Manager, Museum Protection and Operations Manager, Facilities Manager, Café Sebastienne General Manager and Special Events Manager

Date:               March 2021

Position Summary

The Director of Finance and Operations supports the Executive Director in overseeing, coordinating, and managing the administrative, operational, and revenue generating mechanisms of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art. This individual will work collaboratively with all senior managers to carry-out the Director’s vision and conceptual leadership, instituting the governance policies and objectives of the Board of Trustees. This individual will be responsible for the development of the Museum’s financial management strategy, compile and monitor the finances and cost controls of the Museum. As is appropriate, the Director of Finance and Operations may represent the Museum’s interests in various local organizations.

Major Responsibilities

Fiduciary Management and Oversight

  • Advise the Executive Director and other key members of senior staff on financial planning, budgeting, cash flow, investment priorities, and policy matters
  • Serve as the financial management liaison to the Board of Trustees; effectively communicate and present critical financial matters at select BOT and Finance Committee meetings
  • Oversee preparation for quarterly board meetings including circulation of board meeting minutes for departmental approval, board agenda and packet compilation.
  • Maintain continuous lines of communication, keeping the Executive Director informed of all critical issues
  • Represent the organization externally, as necessary, particularly in banking, contractual, and lease negotiations
  • Supervise the preparation of annual budgets and monthy financial reporting including reconciling pledges, restricted funds, grant awards, and earned revenue
  • Oversee cash flow, accounts payable and accounts receivable
  • Oversee annual audit and all tax filings
  • Administration of investment fund per direction of Finance Committee
  • Oversee construction and capital budget documents, contracts and expenses
  • Oversee collection and ancillary project expenses
  • Develop and maintain an accounting system that provides the organization with timely and efficient access to financial information.

Administration/Operations Management

  • Oversee, direct, and organize the work of the finance, protection services, operations, facilities and revenue generating (Museum Shop, Special Events and Café Sebastienne) teams.
  • Ensure staff members receive timely and appropriate training and development
  • Establish and monitor staff performance and development goals, assign accountabilities, set objectives, establish priorities, conduct annual performance appraisals, and administer salary adjustments
  • Implement an appropriate system of policies, internal controls, accounting standards, and procedures
  • Responsible for compliance with all legal and fiduciary matters
  • Oversee insurance coverage for properties and collection
  • Oversee technology requirements for Museum operations
  • Identify best practices and improve internal systems with an eye toward future needs and budget realities

Key Competencies

Strategic Thinking: Develops strategies to achieve organizational goals, understands organization's strengths & weaknesses, analyzes market and competition, identifies external threats and opportunities, adapts strategy to changing conditions

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.

Management of Staff: Includes staff in planning, decision-making, facilitating and process improvement, takes responsibility for subordinates' activities, makes self available to staff, provides regular performance feedback, develops subordinates' skills and encourages growth, solicits and applies feedback (internal and external), fosters quality focus in others, improves processes, products and services, continually works to improve supervisory skills

Ethics: Treats people with respect, keeps commitments, inspires the trust of others, works with integrity and ethically, upholds organizational values

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

Job Specifications

  • Bachelors degree and work experience in nonprofit management, business, and finance; masters level degree preferred
  • Minimum 7-10 years’ experience in finance and operations leadership role.
  • Skill in analyzing and interpreting financial data and preparing reports; experience with fund accounting preferred; must be familiar with nonprofit finance and accounting regulations
  • Knowledge of and experience with finance, operations, facilities, earned revenue divisions and not for profit policy compliance issues
  • Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Knowledge of technology and software programs

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

Date:                         March 2021


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.

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