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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

POSITION TITLE/DEPARTMENT

Grants Officer

Development

CLASSIFICATION/GRADE/SALARY RANGE

Full-time, Exempt

Salary commensurate with experience

GENERAL SUMMARY

The Grants Officer is responsible for the preparation of proposals and reports submitted to individual, corporate, foundation and government funding sources. Performs related work as required.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Work with museum staff to prepare formal written proposals and budgets submitted to government, corporate and foundation funding sources, as well as occasional written proposals to individual donors.
  • Prepare and submit reports to funders as required or appropriate, working with project directors and Accounting as needed to document progress and outcomes of grant-funded projects.
  • Prepare agendas, reports and discussion materials for monthly cross-departmental meetings to review museum-wide grant activity. 
  • Manage and nurture relationships as appropriate with representatives of funding sources through strategic personal contacts and communications.
  • Partner with Development Operations staff to execute research, prospect development and moves management strategies.
  • Maintain a portfolio of assigned constituents and participate in the department moves management meetings and process.
  • Assist with the maintenance of the moves management module of Raiser’s Edge through the input of contact data for the portfolio of donors and donor prospects managed by this position.
  • Prepare special correspondence for the portfolio of donors and donor prospects managed by this position.
  • Participate as a part of the development team in a collegial fashion and maintain good relationships with all those who help facilitate the effective conduct of this position.
  • Carry out such other activities as assigned by the Director of Corporate, Foundation and Government Grants or the Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer.

QUALIFICATIONS                                                                   

  • A bachelor’s degree
  • Knowledge of corporate, foundation and governmental funding sources
  • Five (5) or more years of previous experience in proposal and report preparation
  • The ability to edit and produce formal written funding proposals and reports
  • Competency with budget development and financial analysis
  • Strong organizational and conceptual skills, with an eye to detail
  • Strong skills in Office suite of products (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint)
  • The ability to manage multiple priorities and work efficiently within deadlines
  • The ability to communicate effectively in written and verbal form
  • The ability to work on a team
  • Familiarity with the museum environment a plus
  • Experience with Raiser’s Edge a plus

If you are interested in applying for this position, you must do so online by clicking the “Apply” link below. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Employment applications and/or resumes will not be accepted in person or by mail, e-mail, or facsimile.

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JOB TITLE/DEPARTMENT

Assistant Curator, Contemporary Art

Contemporary Art, Curatorial Division

CLASSIFICATION/GRADE/SALARY RANGE

Full-time, Exempt

Salary commensurate with experience

GENERAL SUMMARY

Under the supervision of the Curator and Department Head, the Assistant Curator will assist with day-to-day operations and research for the department.  Performs related work as required.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS

  • Provides assistance to curator and department head in day-to-day departmental operations
  • Maintains and updates physical and digital departmental records in accordance with DIA archival and data standards
  • Researches and documents the contemporary art collection as well as proposed acquisitions
  • Fields and responds to inquiries from the general public, scholars, and others in the field
  • Assists in the upkeep of and alterations to the contemporary permanent collection gallery installations
  • Assists in the care of the contemporary permanent collection and loan objects with museum conservators and registrars
  • Supports the conception, preparation, research, and execution of exhibitions, publications, and public programs
  • Collaborates effectively with all museum staff
  • Supports the cultivation of patrons
  • Travels, on occasion, for departmental research and serves as a courier as needed
  • Other related duties as required

QUALIFICATIONS

  • M.A. in Art History, or related field preferred
  • Specialization in contemporary art from 1950 until the present.  Knowledge of Detroit’s art history and artists is desired.
  • At least two to three years of experience working in a museum environment, preferred
  • Excellent research, writing, time management, and organizational skills required
  • Previous experience with object-based, archival, and market research, preferred
  • Exceptional attention to detail
  • A team player with a desire to support the DIA mission, vision and values
  • Excellent English language written and verbal communication skills required
  • Strong computer skills with knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite applications
  • Experience with The Museum System (TMS) database, preferred
  • Must have strong interpersonal and professional skills for collaboration with colleagues, museum patrons and supporters, and the public
  • Ability to work evenings and weekends as needed
  • Ability to multi-task and work effectively in a collaborative and fast-paced work environment

If you are interested in applying for this position, please do so online by clicking the “Apply” link below. Please submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae with two (2) references, and a short writing sample with notes and bibliography. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.   

Employment applications and/or resumes will not be accepted in person or by mail, e-mail, or facsimile.

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JOB TITLE/DEPARTMENT

Assistant Curator, Modern European Art

Contemporary Art, Curatorial Division

CLASSIFICATION/GRADE/SALARY RANGE

Full-time, Exempt

Salary commensurate with experience

GENERAL SUMMARY

Under the supervision of the Rebecca A. Boylan and Thomas W. Sidlik Curator of European Art, 1850-1970, the Assistant Curator will assist with day-to-day operations and research for the department.  Performs related work as required.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS

  • Provides assistance to curator in day-to-day departmental operations
  • Maintains and updates physical and digital departmental records in accordance with DIA archival and data standards
  • Researches and documents the modern European painting and sculpture collection as well as proposed acquisitions
  • Fields and responds to inquiries from the general public, scholars, and others in the field
  • Assists in the upkeep of and alterations to the modern European permanent collection gallery installations
  • Assists in the care of the modern European permanent collection and loan objects with museum conservators and registrars
  • Assists in the maintenance of an active loan schedule
  • Supports the conception, preparation, research, and execution of exhibitions, publications, and public programs
  • Collaborates effectively with all museum staff
  • Supports the cultivation of department patrons
  • Travels, on occasion, for departmental research and serves as courier as needed
  • Other related duties as required 

QUALIFICATIONS

  • M.A. in Art History or other related field preferred
  • Specialization in modern European painting, sculpture, and/or decorative arts (1850–1970)
  • At least two to three years of experience working in a museum environment preferred
  • Excellent research, writing, time management, and organizational skills required
  • Previous experience with object-based, archival, and provenance research preferred
  • Exceptional attention to detail
  • A team player with a desire to support the DIA mission, vision, and values
  • Reading knowledge of at least one foreign language, French or German preferred
  • Excellent English language written and verbal communication skills required
  • Strong computer skills with knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite applications
  • Experience with The Museum System (TMS) database preferred
  • Must have strong interpersonal skills for collaboration with colleagues, museum patrons and supporters, and the public
  • Ability to work evenings and weekends as needed
  • Ability to multi-task and work effectively in a collaborative and fast-paced work environment

If you are interested in applying for this position, please do so online by clicking the “Apply” link below. Please submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae with two (2) references, and a short writing sample with notes and bibliography. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.   

Employment applications and/or resumes will not be accepted in person or by mail, e-mail, or facsimile.

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POSITION TITLE/DEPARTMENT

Director, Education Programs

Education Programs, Learning & Audience Engagement Division

CLASSIFICATION/GRADE/SALARY RANGE

Full-time, Exempt

Salary commensurate with experience

GENERAL SUMMARY

The Director, Education Programs leads the museum’s services to pre-K through 12 schools at a time of program growth.  The Director, Education Programs incorporates K-12 educational expertise into the culture of a major art museum. The Director, Education Programs has deep knowledge of pre-K through 12 education issues and practices, and a vision for how an art museum can best work with schools to meet educational goals in the region. The Director, Education Programs leads a team that creates engaging and relevant student field trips, online resources that teachers can use to integrate art in a cross-disciplinary curriculum, and conducts meaningful, relevant teacher professional development partnerships and events. The DIA is required to provide these services to schools in Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties as a condition of a tri-county millage which provides operating support to the museum.  The Director, Education Programs provides outstanding leadership and interpersonal skills and cultivates strong ties between the DIA and the local education community. The Director, Education Programs also directs lifelong learning programs delivered by the DIA’s interpretive volunteers, including public tours, family engagements, gallery programs, and community talks about art for general and special audiences. The Director, Education Programs works closely with the Executive Director of Learning & Audience Engagement, as well as the Senior Vice President of Public and Community Affairs, to develop overall vision and strategy for the DIA’s educational program.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Ensure that DIA resources are used in the most effective way possible to address the requirements of the DIA’s tri-county service agreements and the needs of pre-K through 12 schools in the region.
  • In collaboration with the Executive Director of Learning and Audience Engagement, develop short- and long-term plans for addressing the tri-county service agreements and the needs of area schools.
  • Lead and inspire a diverse team of museum educators and volunteers in the development and delivery of K-12 programs that align with strategic goals.
  • Direct staff responsible for developing adult learning programs delivered by volunteers; direct staff responsible for recruiting and training for volunteers.
  • Direct staff responsible for school communications and work with the DIA Marketing staff on school marketing materials.
  • Cultivate and maintain relationships with key education stakeholders in the tri-county region.
  • Represent the DIA at speaking engagements throughout the community and at professional conferences.
  • Develop and maintain budgets for education programs.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • MA in education or a related field, doctoral degree preferred.
  • 7 years experience working in an administrative role in a K-12 educational setting.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of progressive practices and critical issues in K-12 contemporary education.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead a diverse team and work collaboratively with colleagues and community stakeholders.
  • Knowledge of art, its interdisciplinary connections, and applicability to the Common Core and Michigan State Standards
  • Demonstrated commitment to program evaluation.
  • Excellent interpersonal and leadership skills, and an ability to work productively with people of different backgrounds and perspectives.
  • Excellent communication skills, including public speaking.
  • Intellectual curiosity about art and the role museums play in communities.

If you are interested in applying for this position, please do so online by clicking the “Apply” link below.  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.  

Employment applications and/or resumes will not be accepted in person or by mail, e-mail, or facsimile.

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JOB TITLE/DEPARTMENT 

Building Attendant – Full-Time

Environmental Services

CLASSIFICATION/GRADE/SALARY RANGE

Full-time, Non-exempt

$9.75/hour

GENERAL SUMMARY

Under general supervision, the Building Attendant performs general cleaning and janitorial work such as clean and disinfect restrooms, cleaning floors, shampooing rugs, cleaning glass and removing rubbish.  Performs related work as required.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Sweeps, vacuum, dusts, wet mops floors 
  • Operates various equipment used to clean floors and carpets: vacuum cleaners; floor scrubbers; floor buffers; Avenger auto scrubber; carpet shampooers and extractors; other miscellaneous equipment
  • Cleans restrooms and replenishes supplies
  • Collects and disposes of waste, and recyclable products
  • Replenishes materials, equipment and supplies as needed
  • Washes and/or spot clean walls, doors, fixtures, counters, furniture, etc.
  • Clean elevator tracks
  • Performs other duties as assigned by supervisor

QUALIFICATIONS

  • High school diploma or GED required
  • Minimum of one (1) year experience cleaning in a museum, office, hospital, hotel, or similar setting
  • Ability to work varied shifts including days, afternoons, nights, weekends, holidays and overtime assignments.
  • Ability to move for the majority of a shift
  • Reliable transportation to and from work during all shifts and assignments
  • Maintain punctual, regular and predictable attendance
  • Complies with standards established by museum’s general liability insurance provider
  • Ability to read and comprehend signs, labels, job assignments and written instructions
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a crew
  • Demonstrates effective written and oral communication skills
  • Demonstrates interpersonal skills necessary to interact effectively with all DIA personnel
  • Demonstrates ability to concentrate and pay close attention to detail while performing tasks
  • Substantial contact with the public
  • Ability to demonstrate friendly, courteous, professional customer service behaviors and provide service recovery in an accommodating manner consistently, in accordance with the department’s safety and quality goals

If you are interested in applying for this position, you must do so online by clicking the "Apply" link below. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Employment applications and/or resumes will not be accepted in person or by mail, e-mail, or facsimile.

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POSITION TITLE/DEPARTMENT

Manager, Technical Security Operations

Protection Services Department

CLASSIFICATION/GRADE/SALARY RANGE

Full-time, Exempt

Salary commensurate with experience

GENERAL SUMMARY

The Manager of Technical Security Operations is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the technical security operations of the department, including in installation, upgrade, and integration of comprehensive security and life safety systems, as well as the around-the-clock operation of the Museum Operations Center.  Performs related work as required.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Plan, lead, and manage all aspects of the museum’s technical security and life safety functions, including security cameras, access control, asset protection and control, intrusion detection, employee identification, visitor management, fire detection and suppression, two-way radio, records management, and related systems in coordination with the Director of Protection Services.
  • Lead and oversee the efficient operation of the Museum Operations Center, a 24-hour operations and intelligence center, including the production and dissemination of timely intelligence that may impact the operations of the museum.
  • Coordinate with other operational departments to provide maximum operational support through the Museum Operations Center.
  • Develops, updates, and administers a comprehensive training program for Operations Center Analysts.
  • Develops, updates, and reinforces policy, procedure, and protocols for the efficient operation of the Museum Operations Center.
  • Works closely with DIA Information Technology to ensure compliance and integration of all security systems and technologies.
  • Liaises with public and private partners at all levels to develop technological protection strategies and information-sharing to the benefit of the museum.
  • Initiates investigations into policy violations, injuries, hazards, and other incidents as directed.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Associate degree (or equivalent) required. Four-year degree desired in Information Systems-related field strongly preferred.
  • Two (2) to five (5) years related work experience in a similar position at a supervisory or leadership level required.
  • Ability to lead and manage individuals and teams from diverse backgrounds and experiences and investigate and resolve internal staffing issues as they arise.
  • Ability to manage and prioritize multiple on-going projects and meet aggressive timelines and goals.
  • Must have extensive understanding of security, fire, and life safety systems and procedures.
  • Must have demonstrated high level of responsibility and dependability through previous employment.
  • Must have knowledge of open-source data and information mining techniques as well as experience with information assessment, distillation, and compilation.
  • Ability to evaluate and analyze information from multiple sources to produce intelligence reports.
  • Knowledge of and proficiency in Microsoft O365 platform and apps is required.
  • Must maintain a high degree of confidentiality.

If you are interested in applying for this position, please do so online by clicking the “Apply” link below. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Employment applications and/or resumes will not be accepted in person or by mail, e-mail, or facsimile.

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JOB TITLE/DEPARTMENT

Evaluator

Research & Evaluation

CLASSIFICATION

Full-Time, Exempt

Salary commensurate with experience

GENERAL SUMMARY

The Evaluator’s role is to develop, implement, analyze, and report evaluation studies designed to assess audience attitudes, behaviors, interests, knowledge, and skills. The Evaluator is expected to contribute most significantly to the department goal of providing efficient and useful answers to staff questions about audience attitudes, behaviors, knowledge, motivation, and skills.  Performs related work as required.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Work with staff across every division of the museum to plan and implement front-end, formative, and summative evaluation related to exhibitions, programs, and services
  • Collect visitor data through observations, interviews, focus groups, and other means as needed
  • Conduct high-quality quantitative and qualitative analysis of collected data
  • Report results of evaluation projects in useful formats and facilitate sessions to aid stakeholders in incorporating the findings in their work and to increase the impact of empirical evidence about visitors on the museum’s daily operations
  • Increase the level of staff knowledge and skills related to evaluation methods and findings, as well as performance improvement techniques
  • Advocate for the usefulness of evaluation as a tool for performance improvement, facilitate positive attitudes toward the value of evaluation, and promote evaluative thinking
  • Develop connections with local community members and organizations to facilitate the recruitment and participation of a diverse range of individuals in evaluation projects
  • Manage the work of contractual evaluators and data collectors, serving as liaison between the external contractors and DIA staff
  • Develop and track budgets for projects funded by the museum’s operating budget, restricted funds, and grant funds
  • Organize and archive data collection instruments, results, and reports to facilitate transfer of organizational knowledge for future projects
  • Publish and present reinstallation evaluation methods and results within the broader field of visitor studies

QUALIFICATIONS

The Evaluator possesses the following training, skills, and knowledge or the equivalent:

  • A Master’s degree in Evaluation, Museum Studies, Instructional Technology, Educational Psychology, or a related field
  • Knowledge of evaluation methodology and statistical analysis, especially as applied to museum settings
  • A minimum of four (4) years of experience in visitor evaluation, evaluation of educational products and programs, or applied social sciences research
  • Excellent organizational skills, written and verbal communication skills
  • Aptitude with statistical software, especially Excel and SPSS

If you are interested in applying for this position, please do so online by clicking the “Apply” link below.  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

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POSITION TITLE/DEPARTMENT

Content Writer/Public Relations Assistant

Marketing & Communications Department

CLASSIFICATION/GRADE/SALARY RANGE

Part-time, Non-Exempt, Temporary

Pay rate commensurate with experience

GENERAL SUMMARY

The Content Writer/Public Relations Assistant will supplement the work of the Regional Public Relations Manager by serving as an internal public relations resource, working closely with museum and departmental colleagues to engage audiences, build support and increase awareness of the DIA and its programs, exhibitions and activities. Performs related work as required.

This position is part-time (24-30 hours per week), temporary through December 31, 2020.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Serve as the primary internal contact for media inquiries, delivering requested content in a timely manner and in a format that serves the museum and its strategic goals.
  • Support the work of the Regional Public Relations Manager by identifying internal public relations opportunities relevant to the communities of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties.
  • Manage and supervise all editorial photo/film/video shoots scheduled for the building.
  • Write and distribute all institutional press releases and advisories for internal programs, exhibitions, and events.
  • Coordinate the logistics of all internal media events, including media previews.
  • Provide copywriting support for institutional communications managed by the marketing department, including digital communications, social media and more.
  • Draft original content and adapt existing content from various sources to meet the museum’s strategic goals.
  • Proofread museum materials.
  • Coordinate distribution and reporting of all press release activity via Cision.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Two (2)- or Four (4)-year degree preferred, but will consider equivalent relevant work experience
  • Exceptional writing, research and editing skills
  • Familiarity with AP Style
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities simultaneously
  • Team player who is also self-motivated, and uses initiative.
  • Proficient computer skills, including Microsoft Office Suite (Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Excel)

If you are interested in applying for this position, please do so online by clicking the “Apply” link below. Applications will be accepted through 4:00 PM (EST) on December 24, 2018.

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POSITION TITLE/DEPARTMENT

Regional Public Relations Manager

Marketing & Communications Department

CLASSIFICATION/GRADE/SALARY RANGE

Full-time, Exempt

Salary commensurate with experience

GENERAL SUMMARY

The Regional Public Relations Manager will serve as the museum’s primary contact for local media in the tri-county area, as well as develop public relations opportunities that proactively position the DIA as a valuable asset to the region, both in the eyes of residents and community stakeholders.  Performs related work as required.



ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Identify and execute strategic and impactful public relations opportunities in the three counties, including but not limited to:
    • Director’s Cut talks
    • Ribbon cuttings
    • Council/board meetings
    • Media & public events
    • Earned media placements
  • Serve as the DIA’s internal “reporter,” proactively engaging with museum colleagues and external stakeholders to seek out information that would benefit the museum if shared with the public.
  • Develop and sustain strong relationships with journalists and opinion shapers throughout Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties, ranging from mid-size publications and small community papers to blogs and podcasts.
  • With the support of the Communications Team, identify methods for the museum to engage with regional media outside of press releases and media requests.
  • Play a key role in shaping the public image of the museum with stakeholders and residents of the region.
  • With the external and internal support, develop and execute a communications strategy aimed at favorably positioning the museum with the public, based on key findings from evaluation. This would be a roadmap of relationships that need to be built with specific media and other opinion shapers, pitches that can be made, story opportunities that the museum can develop, events that we might consider, and assets that need to be assembled (b-roll, other video, staged images, etc.)
  • With the support of the Communications Team, manage and facilitate all incoming media requests, including on-site editorial shoots, media events, and press releases.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent relevant experience.
  • Established relationships with either media or other influencers in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties.
  • Experience in journalism, media relations, public relations or government affairs preferred.
  • Exceptional writing, research and editing skills.
  • Broad awareness of the media landscape and related opportunities within the region, including digital media.
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities simultaneously.
  • Familiarity with AP Style.
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Strong strategic thinker with excellent analytical skills which translate to impactful brand storytelling.
  • Able to create strong, positive, collaborative relationships through excellent communication skills and the ability to build trust.

If you are interested in applying for this position, please do so online by clicking the “Apply” link below. Applications will be accepted through 4:00 PM (EST) on December 24, 2018.

Employment applications and/or resumes will not be accepted in person or by mail, e-mail, or facsimile.

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