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.

  • Museum Educator: Docents, Schools, and Tours
  • Preparator
  • Facility Technician
  • Museum Protection Officer I

Museum Educator: Docents, Schools, and Tours

Department: Education
Classification: Non-exempt, Part-time (28 hours per week); This position will go to Full-time in 2020.
Reports to: Director of Education
Supervises: Docents and Volunteers   
Date: August 2019

Position Summary
Kemper Museum seeks an energetic professional to lead its Docents, Schools, and Tours Program during a time of opportunity and growth. As a member of the Museum’s dedicated education team, the Museum Educator: Docents, Schools, and Tours will provide meaningful learning opportunities that help a wide range of audiences explore and engage with art during special programs, and public and private tours. Museum Educator: Docents, Schools, and Tours will strengthen and cultivate strategic partnerships with educational and non-profit communities to increase visibility and school tour frequency.

This position is responsible for the recruitment and training of new docents, and continued professional development of the existing docent body. S/he will provide docents with meaningful preparation and enriching engagements, and enlist strategies that retain their enthusiasm and commitment to assisting the Museum in fulfillment of its mission. This position requires an individual with strong people skills, a comprehensive understanding of contemporary art, museum culture, and a propensity for sound administrative practices.

Major Responsibilities 
Docent Program

  • Lead and inspire volunteer docents in providing engaging, visitor-responsive tour and learning experiences.
  • Recruit and provide training for new docents.
  • Provide on-going training for approximately 60 docents as it pertains to the content and scope of artwork in the Museum’s Permanent Collection, special exhibitions, and new acquisitions. 
  • Present clear, detailed background on Permanent Collection artists and relevant art history to strengthen docent knowledge for presenting tours. 
  • Lead tours as/when needed and model best practices in tour implementation.
  • In cooperation with education team, develop and equip docents with the necessary tools, materials, and resources while preparing docents for interaction with all audiences.
  • Communicate all necessary information regarding upcoming exhibitions, training sessions, special events, tour requests, press releases, staff, and policy changes.
  •  Maintain the docent database, including updated contact information, tour activity, hour logging, and informational documents for online docent access.
  • Create statistics and program reports when requested. 
  • Implement volunteer retention strategies including volunteer appreciation, social, and recognition events and opportunities.


Tour Program and Scheduling

  • Create pre-visit materials and other supplemental tour information for docent-led and self-guided groups.
  • Be the point person to schedule docent-led and self-guided tours.
  • Manage the tour database and online calendar.
  • Review special tour requests and needs of visitors.
  • Ensure tour schedule is accessible to front line staff and does not conflict with special events or other programming.

School and Community Partnerships

  • Maintain and develop relationships with schools, external partners, and collaborators.
  • Engage in outreach and educational opportunities marketing Museum programs and tours to audiences, educators, and special constituencies.
  • Provide professional development events, opportunities, and/or workshops for educators and community partners.

Other

  • Conduct research in the field and maintain contacts with museum education colleagues, scholars, and artists.
  • Evaluate museum-based school programs and tours.
  • Represent the Museum to a variety of special constituencies (local, regional, and national) and to the public at large.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Key Competencies 
Communication: Speaks clearly and persuasively, 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

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

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

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

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

Job Specifications
    •    Minimum B.A. in Art Education, Art History, or Museum Studies required. Preference given to Masters or in-progress: Museum Education, Art Education, or related field.
    •    Three to five years museum education or other relevant education experience required; previous experience with volunteers preferred.
    •    Must be proficient in Mac OS and Microsoft Office Suite.
    •    Preferred proficiency in Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS).

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

Preparator

Department:  Exhibitions
Classification:  Non-Exempt, Full-time
Reports to:  Lead Preparator
Supervises:  Temporary Prep Staff
Date:  August 2019

Position Summary The Preparator undertakes the responsibility of exhibition installation, which includes the scheduling, relocation, and presentation of artwork both in the Museum’s permanent collection as well as traveling exhibitions, long, and short-term loans.

Major Responsibilities 
Exhibitions

  • Work in concert with the Curatorial department to implement exhibition designs.
  • Create appropriate lighting design, and help to control visitor experience of the museum through didactic material and determine strategies for a wide range of media.
  • Install and de-install exhibition objects.
  • Measure, cut, install, and maintain all exhibition signage/graphics.
  • Recommend installation materials, equipment and mounting/framing supplies.
  • Perform routine exhibition maintenance including conducting daily gallery checks, external exhibition spaces, and maintain exhibition lighting. Clean cases, platforms, and frames as needed.

Fabrication

  • Fabricate and install exhibition components, including pedestals, platforms, 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 objects.
  • Perform carpentry for exhibitions and exhibition areas including demolition, wall repair, painting, and fabric wrapping.
  • Recommend, assemble, install, and modify shop machinery, hand tools, shop and museum carts, materials handling vehicles, as necessary and within budget parameters.
  • Maintain an organized working area within galleries and in Prep office to ensure objects being prepared for exhibition are safe and secure.

Department Administration/Management

  • Assist with assembling, managing, and delegating to skilled part-time preparatory laborers.
  • Ability to perform as department head in the absence of the Lead Preparator.
  • Ensure an organized and orderly work space.

Key Competencies

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

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

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

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

Problem Solving: Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner, Gathers and analyzes information skillfully, develops alternative solutions, works well in group problem solving situations, uses reason even when dealing with emotional topics

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

Judgment: Displays willingness to make decisions, exhibits sound and accurate judgment, supports and explains reasoning for decisions, includes appropriate people in decision-making process, makes timely decisions

Job Specifications

  • Bachelor's degree in an art related field and relevant experience in museum or gallery work or the equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience with artifact handling, exhibition construction/installation techniques, and structural fabrication, including but not limited to framing artwork, stretching canvasses, and maintaining interior and surface integrity of large and small-scale works of art in a wide range of media.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of basic carpentry tools, machinery, and safety practices.
  • Demonstrates knowledge of Adobe creative suite, Sketch Up.
  • Ability to drive box truck, scissor lift, and operate other material lifts.
  • Physical Requirements include:
    • 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.
    • 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

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