The 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.

Grant Writer

Classification: Non-exempt, Part Time
Reports to: Director of Development
Supervises: Interns, volunteers when necessary

Position Summary

This half-time position has primary responsibility for researching grant funding prospects, generating grant applications, and coordinating compliance with grant award requirements. Grants are submitted to federal and state agencies, corporations, corporate foundations, private foundations, and individuals. The goal is to help meet the Museum’s fundraising expectations.

Areas of support for grant funding include, but are not limited to: special exhibitions, educational programs, publications, events, equipment purchases, capacity building, and capital improvements.

Major Responsibilities

  • Work with the Museum senior leadership including the Executive Director and the Director of Development to determine funding priorities.
  • Conduct research via the Internet, print publications, phone calls and meetings to determine relevant funders for Museum projects and long-term goals.
  • Generate grant applications and required reports.
  • Oversee submission of regularly scheduled government applications including Missouri Arts Council, and National Endowment for the Arts
  • Attend staff meetings and other meetings, as appropriate, to gain familiarity with Museum needs and to understand and create opportunities for funding.
  • Maintain a calendar of grant application deadlines and compliance reporting deadlines, and plan work schedule to meet them.
  • Provide all required application forms and supporting materials for proposals.
  • Work with department managers (for grant narratives) and the finance department (for financial information) to prepare grant narratives, applications, and reports, providing notice and reminders of deadlines with ample time for response.
  • Maintain appropriate files and reference materials.
  • Work with the Director of Development to develop event underwriting opportunities and strategies

Key Competencies
Strong writing skills • research skills • clear understanding of project planning • ability to work collaboratively • self-starter • organization • attention to detail

Job Specifications

  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Education: Bachelor’s degree required; graduate degree or study recommended
  • Experience: minimum 6 years in increasing levels of experience and responsibility across various development functions​

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 Shop Sales Associate

Department: Museum Shop
Classification: Non-Exempt
Reports to: Retail Operations Manager

Position Summary

Working closely with the Retail Operations Manager, the Museum Shop Sales Associate’s role is to provide assistance and excellent customer service to the visitors of the Kemper Museum’s retail shop, online shop, and other retail initiatives. This individual will display confidence in generating sales, merchandising, and safeguarding the shop’s assets.

Major Responsibilities
Customer Service

  • Greet and assist customers with purchases, handling sales transactions, general museum questions
  • Establish and maintain relationships with customers and Museum Shop artists thru follow up, etc.
  • Use observation, insight, and creativity to enhance the customer shopping experience
  • Act as security for the Museum Shop
  • Attend curator-led new exhibition walk-through
  • Back up receptionist as needed

Inventory Maintenance

  • In tandem with Retail Operations Manager, assist in the research and ordering process of product
  • Participate in marketing/design projects for the Museum Shop
  • Maintenance of inventory data thru quarterly inventory counts, etc.
  • Maintaining the shop appearance by restocking, dusting, tidying, and organizing
  • Receive/process, and display new inventory
  • Visual merchandising/display of existing inventory
  • Signage creation

Department Administration

  • Manage opening/closing procedures including submitting Shop Daily Sales Report and cash/check deposits
  • Take/archive phone messages
  • Meet email and membership sign-up quotas
  • Assist in maintenance of electronic and paper files
  • Assist with meeting monthly sales goals
  • Attend Museum Shop Staff Meeting
  • Other duties as may be assigned

Key Competencies

Customer Service: Manages difficult or emotional customer situations, responds promptly to customer needs, solicits customer feedback to improve service, responds to requests for service and assistance, meets commitments

Oral Communication: Speaks clearly, and persuasively in positive or negative situations, listens and gets clarification, responds well to questions, demonstrates presentation skills, participates in meetings

Design: Generates creative solutions, translates concepts and information into images, uses feedback to modify designs, applies design principles, demonstrates attention to detail

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

Attendance/Punctuality: Is consistently at work and on time, ensures work responsibilities are covered when absent, arrives at meetings and appointments on time

Motivation: Sets and achieves challenging goals, demonstrates persistence and overcomes obstacles, measures self against standard of excellence, takes calculated risks to accomplish goals

Job Specifications:

  • Education: HS Diploma required/1 year college education (art/design background preferred)
  • Experience: Minimum of 1+ years retail sales
  • Knowledge of MAC OS X, Adobe Creative Cloud, MS Office, and QuickBooks
  • Excellent communication and organization skills
  • Ability to manage details with consistency and clarity
  • Ability to meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to work collaboratively with a diverse staff, artists, and customers
  • Ability to work accurately with multiple interruptions

Physical Requirements:

Vision: The ability to see clearly at 20 inches or less and at 20 feet or more. The ability to identify and distinguish colors. Three-dimensional vision, the ability to judge spatial relationships, and distances to see objects where and as they actually are. The ability to adjust the eye to bring an object into sharp focus.

Lifts Weight and Exerts Force: lifts weight or exerts force on objects up to 50 lbs by lifting, lowering, pulling, carrying or pushing.

Handle: The ability to seize, hold, grasp, turn or otherwise work with hand or hands and arm or arms.

Hear: The ability to perceive the nature of sounds by ear.

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: Non-Exempt
Reports to: Museum Protection Manager


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
  • 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 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 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:

Stand/Walk: The ability to remain on one's feet in an upright position at a workstation 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.

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