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
  • Line Cook, Café Sebastienne

Museum Educator: Docents, Schools, and Tours

Department: Education
Classification: Full-time, Non-Exempt
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.


  • 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

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