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About The Detroit Institute of Arts

The mission of the Detroit Institute of Arts is to create experiences that help each visitor find personal meaning in art.

We're looking for talented individuals from diverse backgrounds with unique skills and experiences to expand our team in creating a positive, educational environment for arts and culture and a gathering place for everyone in our community. By joining the DIA's staff, you'll be joining the world's most visitor-friendly museum and be able to help our public find their own personal meaning in art every day.

The DIA is an equal opportunity employer. 

Current Job Opportunities at the Detroit Institute of Arts

CLASSIFICATION/GRADE/SALARY RANGE

Full-Time, Non-exempt

$11.10/hour      

GENERAL SUMMARY

This position serves as a member of the team of professionals responsible for maintaining life safety, protecting the collection, and providing exemplary “security as a service” to all visitor and staff at the museum. The position tactfully and effectively communicates and enforces the policies and practices established for the protection and safety of museum staff, guests, physical structure, surrounding property and museum assets. Performs related work as required.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Patrol the museum collections, equipment, building and grounds to prevent and protect against theft, vandalism, hazard, or threat.
  • Take immediate action to mitigate hazards and threats within the limits of policy, procedure, guidelines, and work instructions.
  • Screen persons and parcels upon entry and exit into the museum to identify suspicious, prohibited, or otherwise restricted objects or materials from entering and exiting the museum.
  • Observes conduct of staff and public to detect and immediately address suspicious activity and non-conformance of rules and regulations.
  • Documents unusual or non-routine occurrences in writing and distributes reports via email.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • High school diploma or GED required; some college coursework is preferred.
  • Experience in the security field is preferred.
  • Ability to work varied shifts in a 24/7/365 operation, including days, afternoons, nights, weekends, and holidays, overtime assignments and training sessions.
  • Possess or be able to achieve and maintain CPR certification through the American Red Cross or American Heart Association.
  • Ability to maintain a stationary position and/or move for the majority of a shift.
  • Reliable transportation to and from work during all shifts and assignments.
  • Maintain punctual, regular and predictable attendance.
  • Possess and exhibit excellent customer service skills, with the ability to interact tactfully, effectively, and professionally with leadership, peers, other museum staff and the public at all times.
  • Maintain professionalism in appearance, demeanor, and communication at all times.
  • Possess or be able to achieve basic understanding of security principles and best practices.
  • Basic computer skills including internet-based systems and programs as well as word processing. Experience with security systems and technologies is strongly preferred.
  • Read, write, and speak standard English; multi-lingual is preferred.

If you are interested in applying for this position, please apply online.  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. 

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POSITION TITLE/DEPARTMENT

Manager, Marketing

Marketing & Communications Department

CLASSIFICATION/GRADE/SALARY RANGE

Full-time, Exempt

Salary, commensurate with experience

GENERAL SUMMARY

The Marketing Manager will help visitors find personal meaning in art, individually and with each other, through the implementation and management of all museum marketing initiatives. This manager will serve as a lead marketing specialist and project manager, ensuring that deliverables for all projects are completed in a timely, accurate and cost-effective manner, while also supporting the museum’s strategic plan and maximizing attendance. The Marketing Manager will work in collaboration with the Director of Public Relations, the Senior Communications Specialist and Graphic Designer, and will manage both large and small projects, including fulfillment of brand advertising, exhibition marketing, and marketing for other departments within the institution while supporting and coordinating the work of the Digital Communications Specialist, Marketing & Public Relations Assistant and Visitor Communications Coordinator. Performs related work as required.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Manage brand and exhibition advertising via traditional media channels, including print, radio, out-of-home and television, when applicable.
  • Oversight of budget for all marketing projects.
  • Coordinate and develop all core content for marketing initiatives, including copywriting and image selection.
  • Traffic all marketing projects, coordinating distribution of projects between members of department and ensuring open collaboration, accurate information and adherence to deadlines.
  • Manage all marketing projects, developing timelines and milestones to ensure maximum visitor awareness of museum events.
  • Approval of all museum-related materials that are publicly distributed to ensure brand alignment and accuracy, as well as support of the museum’s strategic plan.
  • Execute marketing strategy for brand and exhibitions as developed by the Executive Director of Marketing and Communications
  • Provide editing and proofreading expertise within the department.
  • Performs related work as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s degree in communications, marketing, English, or other liberal arts degree
  • Five (5) to (7) seven years of marketing experience with traditional, digital and print collateral
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook)
  • Experience with SharePoint
  • Strong analytical and project management skills
  • Confident and dynamic personality
  • Strong creative outlook
  • Ability to work on a highly collaborative team, while engaging effectively with departments throughout the museum
  • Must have extraordinary attention to detail, while managing multiple projects simultaneously
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to write compelling content that influences behavior
  • Creative problem solver and troubleshooter
  • Knowledge of AP Style

If you are interested in applying for this position, please do so online by close of business day, October 27, 2017.

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POSITION TITLE/DEPARTMENT

Gallery Teacher

Learning & Audience Engagement, Education

CLASSIFICATION/GRADE/SALARY RANGE

Part-time, Non-Exempt, 24 hours per week

$15.00 per hour

GENERAL SUMMARY

The DIA has created a team of gallery teachers to lead K-12 school group experiences with art using learner-centered methods. Gallery teachers help develop and evaluate the programs they deliver. Gallery teachers facilitate programs for multiple school groups per day, four days per week.  Gallery teachers work in the DIA galleries and in the tri-county area with DIA Away.  Performs related work as required. 

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Lead multiple interactive gallery or DIA Away experiences per day with groups of K-12 students, where students explore, discover, and learn by engaging with works of art in the collection and each other;
  • Through ongoing professional development, demonstrate proficiency in teaching all areas of the DIA collection;
  • Understand Michigan curriculum standards and know how to apply progressive teaching practices to meet them;
  • Use a variety of proven techniques for engaging youth of all ages;
  • Work with the gallery teaching team and supervisors to develop, evaluate and refine gallery learning experiences for groups of K-12 students;
  • Use professional “coaching” techniques to assist fellow gallery teachers in improving their practice; use coaching from others to continually improve one’s own practice;
  • Participate in reflective practice, individually and as part of a team to improve teaching skills
  • Communicate with K-12 teachers to coordinate some aspects of field trip implementation.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • BA/BS in education, art history, humanities or a related field; graduate students welcome
  • Experience working with youth in a school or other organized program
  • Demonstrated knowledge of art, art history or cultural studies
  • Demonstrated knowledge of constructivist or learner-centered teaching practices
  • Excellent speaking, presentation, and listening skills
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills and the desire and ability to work with a close-knit team
  • Intellectual curiosity about art and its connections to all aspects of life
  • Ability and desire to work with students of all ages and abilities
  • Ability to maintain a stationary position and walk/move for up to three hours in a day, with breaks
  • Those fulfilling basic qualifications and having fluency in Spanish or Chinese are encouraged to apply
  • Reliable transportation is required

If you are interested in applying for this position, please do so online by close of business day, October 16, 2017.

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POSITION TITLE/DEPARTMENT

Café Server

Public Programs/Detroit Film Theatre Department

CLASSIFICATION/GRADE/SALARY RANGE

Part-time, Non-Exempt, On-Call

$12.00 per hour

GENERAL SUMMARY

The Café server is responsible for providing superior food and beverage service in the Crystal Gallery to patrons of the Detroit Film Theatre (DFT.) Perform related work as required.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Greets patrons
  • Take patron’s orders promptly and in a friendly manner
  • Serve patrons food and beverages
  • Responsible for handling cash and credit card transactions
  • Restock food and beverages
  • Bus tables and wash dishes
  • Set up and tear down service area
  • Maintain clean and orderly work areas
  • Performs other related job duties as assigned

QUALIFICATIONS

  • High school diploma or G.E.D required
  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Minimum six (6) months or more years of Food Services experience, preferred.
  • Excellent customer service
  • Ability to communicate effectively with others
  • Ability to work well with other staff members, Volunteers and the general public  
  • Ability to manage time efficiently and effectively
  • Ability to handle unexpected and emergency situations quickly and efficiently 
  • Comply with Museum health and safety regulations
  • Maintain punctual, regular and predictable attendance
  • Reliable transportation to and from work during all shifts and assignments
  • Ability to lift and/or move up to 15 pounds; such as water and other beverages
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule and shift, including days, nights, weekends and holidays

If you are interested in applying for this position, please do so online by close of business day, October 17, 2017.

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POSITION TITLE/DEPARTMENT

Director, Exhibitions

Exhibitions Department

CLASSIFICATION/GRADE/SALARY RANGE

Full-time, Exempt

Salary commensurate with experience

GENERAL SUMMARY

The Director of Exhibitions oversees all aspects of the museum’s exhibitions program to achieve installations of high quality, importance, and impact.

The Director of Exhibitions works in collaboration with the Museum Director and the Vice President of Exhibition, Collection and Information Strategies to lead the development and implementation of the museum’s program of temporary exhibitions, permanent gallery installations, and major permanent gallery installations. This position is also responsible for planning and implementing the museum’s statewide exhibition program, and for building and maintaining strong relationships with a wide range of national and international partners with whom the DIA collaborates.

Key success factors include the ability to facilitate collaboration and foster process transparency across participating departments; and support the success of the process through disciplined budget development, oversight, and systematic planning.

Key internal partners include process participants from the Curatorial, Learning and Audience Engagement, Registration, Collections Management, Conservation, Marketing and Communications, and Development departments.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

The Program: Working with the Museum Director and the Vice President of Exhibition, Collection and Information Strategies, the Director of Exhibitions will:

  • Develop and oversee the long-range schedule for the full program of exhibitions, major gallery projects and related activities for development and planning; facilitate projects through review and approval processes and implementation.
  • Identify and lead teams to develop, manage, and implement exhibitions and major gallery projects that achieve audience, artistic, and financial goals; utilize collaborative work processes to ensure cross-functional communications, efficiency and effectiveness.
  • Lead exhibition leadership team; facilitate meetings, processes and approvals to develop long-range planning, exhibition goals and criteria; utilize strategic planning decisions and tools.
  • Build project budgets during various stages of approval; initiate transition to operational/multiyear budget analysis; analyze and monitor individual and overall exhibition budgets for adherence to established plans and goals.
  • Contribute to the creation and implementation of the museum's strategic plans and to the development and effective communication of strategic goals, planning initiatives, policies and resource allocations as related to exhibitions and major gallery projects.
  • Benchmark and implement best practices for exhibition work. Lead development of new and improved project management processes and policies, including potential software solutions.
  • Exercise responsibility for all exhibition-related negotiations including proposals, contracts, exhibition fees, etc.
  • Plan and implement statewide exhibition program, staying within approved parameters; coordinate with other areas of the statewide program to ensure statewide agreement is met and work is integrated when appropriate.
  • Provide expert advice and act as resource of museum exhibition practice to internal and external colleagues; develop and maintain relationships with museum professionals nationally and internationally to provide benefit to exhibition program and museum in general.

Management: The Director of Exhibitions is responsible for the day-to-day management of the Exhibitions department, including leadership of a team that includes: an exhibitions designer, graphic designer, lighting designer, exhibition assistants, contracted curators, and other temporary or contractual project personnel.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Master's degree in Art History, Fine Arts, Arts Management or related specialty; or equivalent related experience in exhibition and program planning and implementation.
  • Deep knowledge of fundamental exhibition concepts, practices, policies, and procedures.
  • Five (5) or more years of supervisory and/or project/process management experience; a minimum of five (5) years of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities of this position.
  • Knowledge of current and emerging trends in museums and professional standards.
  • A broad network of national and international peers and other museum colleagues, preferred.
  • Extensive experience with international projects and partners, preferred.
  • Financial fluency and experience with detailed budget creation, oversight, and reporting.
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Other duties as required

If you are interested in applying for this position, please do so online by close of business day, December 1, 2017.

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