Job Opportunities

Join our team at the museum. Current employment opportunities are listed below, including staff and intern positions.

Visitor Services Associate / Volunteer Coordinator

Part-time. 15​-18 ​hours​ ​per​ ​week.​
​Weekends​ and evening ​hours​ ​as​ ​needed. Schedule​ ​may​ ​be​ ​flexible, ​​subject​ ​to​ ​supervisor​ ​approval.

To apply, send cover letter and resume to jrosenberg@elmhurstartmuseum.org

The Elmhurst​ ​Art​ ​Museum​ ​is​ ​looking​ ​for​ ​a​ ​personable​ ​and​ ​enthusiastic​ ​candidate​ ​with​ ​excellent customer​ ​service​ ​and​ ​sales​ ​skills​ ​to​ ​represent​ ​the​ ​Museum​ ​as​ ​the​ ​first​ ​point​ ​of​ ​contact​ ​with guests​ ​onsite​ ​and​ ​on​ ​the​ ​phone.​ ​This​ ​is​ ​an​ ​important​ ​position​ ​on​ ​the​ ​Museum​ ​team​ ​with responsibility​ ​for​ ​creating​ ​a​ ​positive​ ​visitor​ ​experience​ ​for visitors. Additional responsibilities for this role include managing volunteer and docent schedules.

The​ ​Visitor​ ​Services​ ​Associate​ ​will​ ​work​ ​closely​ ​with​ ​the​ Manager​ ​of Membership and Visitor Services to​ ​ensure​ ​the museum is supervised and maintained during regular museum hours, including ​public​ ​programs​ ​and​ special ​after-hours events. Volunteers will be scheduled ​​to help monitor galleries, provide additional staffing for educational programs, and special museum programming such as Museum Day. This role includes coordinating with trained docents and the museum’s Education Department to schedule group tours for rewarding guest experiences.

The​ ​Museum​ ​is​ ​located​ ​in​ ​Elmhurst​ ​(IL),​ ​14​ ​miles​ ​from​ ​Chicago’s​ ​West​ ​Loop,​ ​easily​ ​accessible by​ ​public​ ​transportation​ ​on​ ​the​ ​Metra.​ ​It​ ​is​ ​an​ ​exciting​ ​time​ ​to​ ​join​ ​the​ ​Museum​ ​as​ ​we​ ​embark​ ​on expanded​ ​programming​ ​and​ ​exhibitions​ ​focused​ ​on​ ​modern​ ​and​ ​contemporary​ ​art​ ​and​ ​design, including​ ​the restoration of one​ ​of​ ​only​ ​three​ ​houses​ ​in​ ​the​ ​US​ ​designed​ ​by​ ​Mies​ ​van​ ​der​ ​Rohe.

Specific​ ​responsibilities​ ​include,​ ​but​ ​are​ ​not​ ​limited​ ​to:

  • Greet ​visitors​ ​and processing​ ​admission​ ​fees​ ​at​ ​entry
  • Provide​ ​enthusiastic​ ​customer​ ​service​ ​by​ ​answering​ ​questions​ ​about​ ​the​ ​museum exhibitions, ​​merchandise, ​public​ ​programs​ ​and​ ​other​ ​inquiries
  • Answer ​and direct incoming​ ​calls
  • Proactively ​upgrade​ ​visitors​ ​to​ ​members​ ​by​ ​informing​ ​guests​ ​of​ ​all​ ​membership​ ​benefits
  • Process ​membership​ ​discounts​ ​for​ ​classes​ ​and​ ​gift​ ​shop​ ​merchandise
  • Register​ ​students​ ​for​ ​Museum​ ​Education​ ​Programs
  • Supervise​ ​museum​ ​galleries​ ​for​ ​incidents
  • Provide​ ​exemplary​ ​sales​ ​assistance​ ​in​ ​the​ ​Museum​ ​Shop
  • Coordinate with other staff to assess needs and schedule volunteer assistance during weekends and special activities
  • Work with the Director of Education and Exhibitions Manager to recruit and schedule docents for school groups, adult tours, and regular McCormick House programs
  • Participate in monthly volunteer docent events including orientation and training on new museum exhibits
  • Coach volunteers and docents on best practices and ways to better educate museum guests
  • Maintain ​the​ ​appearance​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Museum’s​ ​café and other public​ ​areas​ ​with​ ​light​ ​housekeeping​ ​duties
  • Communicate ​and/or​ ​pro-actively​ ​address ​facility​ ​maintenance​ ​concerns
  • Open​ ​and​ ​close ​the​ ​museum​ ​when​ ​needed

  • During​ ​times​ ​of​ ​low​ ​visitor​ ​attendance​ ​or​ ​gallery​ ​closings​ ​provide​ ​administrative​ ​support​ ​and​ ​other​ ​staff​ ​as​ ​needed

  • Other​ ​tasks​ ​as​ ​assigned​ ​by​ ​supervisor

Qualifications

  • Two ​or​ ​more​ ​years​ ​of​ ​college​ ​or​ ​related​ ​experience
  • Proven​ ​success​ ​in​ ​managing​ ​and​ ​achieving​ ​superior​ ​retail​ ​results
  • ​Previous​ ​retail,​ ​front-of-house​ ​restaurant​ ​or​ ​customer​ ​service​ ​experience
  • Knowledge​ ​of​ ​software​ ​including​ ​Windows,​ ​Google​ ​Drive​ ​and​ ​Microsoft​ ​Office,​ ​iPad​ ​POS
  • Ability​ ​to​ ​multitask​ ​(i.e.​ ​explain​ ​Museum​ ​content​ ​while​ ​processing​ ​transactions).
  • Willingness​ ​to​ ​work​ ​weekends,​ ​holidays,​ ​and​ ​some​ ​evenings​ ​as​ ​needed
  • ​Curiosity​ ​about​ ​the​ ​Museum​ ​programming​ ​and​ ​the​ ​ability​ ​to​ ​communicate​ ​that​ ​to​ ​guests​ ​in​ ​an engaging​ ​and​ ​inclusive​ ​way

If interested, please send your CV and cover letter to jrosenberg@elmhurstartmuseum.org Please reference the position title/department in the subject line.

Curatorial Intern

Part-time intern position
14-16 hours per week depending on the schedule
$25/week

Elmhurst Art Museum is seeking a highly motivated Curatorial Intern to work closely with the Executive Director and Exhibitions Manager. The ideal candidate would work two days (approximately 14-16 hours) per week.

Duties:

  • Provide research assistance for upcoming exhibitions
  • Assist with coordinating exhibition-related public programs
  • Take care of the various tasks and maintenance of the current exhibitions
  • Help with designing and printing marketing materials (posters, postcards, handouts etc.) for our exhibitions
  • Help the Exhibitions Manager to update the cataloging of the collection in The Museum System (TMS)
  • Draft letters to artists and associates at other museums and galleries
  • Draft well-written and researched social media entries and other publicity materials
  • Assist our staff members with guided exhibition tours
  • Research potential museum acquisitions
  • Prepare documents and presentations for internal meetings
  • Assist our staff with transferring exhibition data from our old website to our new website
  • Support and liaise with other departments within the museum, including Visitor Services, Education, and Administration

Skills & Qualifications:

  • Graduate students studying in Art, Art History, Curatorial Studies, Museum Studies or related field
  • Excellent organizational skills and strict attention to detail required
  • Strong written and verbal skills
  • Previous experience in the arts is a plus
  • Knowledge of The Museum System (TMS) is preferred
  • Knowledge of Adobe Illustrator, InDesign and Photoshop is preferred
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule that may include evening and weekend assignments

If interested, please send your CV and cover letter to sarah@elmhurstartmuseum.org Please reference the position title/department in the subject line. Only qualified candidates will be contacted.

Education Intern

Part-time intern position
12-16 hours per week depending on the schedule
$25/week

Elmhurst Art Museum is seeking a highly motivated Education Intern to work closely with the Director of Education and education staff. The ideal candidate would work two days per week.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Assist with researching ideas for future public and educational programming based on upcoming exhibitions
  • Facilitate the execution of new and exciting programs and other initiatives
  • Help monitor registration for all classes, camps, and special programs
  • Draft outreach letters to local educators and community leaders
  • Assist our staff members with guided exhibition tours
  • Research potential collaborators
  • Take initiative to take on new projects for the museum based on intern’s interest
  • Assist with preparation of museum education internal reports and maintains general reporting records
  • Perform other duties as necessary

Skills & Qualifications

  • Undergraduate or graduate students studying in Art, Art History, Art Education, Museum Studies or related field
  • Excellent organizational skills and strict attention to detail required
  • Strong written and verbal skills
  • Previous experience in the arts is a plus
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule that may include evening, weekend and holiday assignments

College credit can be arranged for undergraduate or graduate students.

If interested, please send your CV and cover letter to education@elmhurstartmuseum.org by Oct 25. Please reference the position title/department in the subject line.