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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

JOB TITLE/DEPARTMENT

Building Mechanic

Building Operations Department

CLASSIFICATION/GRADE/SALARY RANGE

Full-time, Non-exempt

GENERAL SUMMARY

Under supervision as required to maintain and operate all HVAC and auxiliary equipment.  To perform minor repairs to all electrical, plumbing, HVAC & VAV controls, and all related building systems.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Operating and maintaining, heating and ventilating installations that do not require an operators license, inspecting, adjusting, making minor or emergency repairs to pumps, steam lines, valves, steam traps, regulating devices, water & drainage systems
  • Electrical to include lighting, switches, controls, fans and fixtures, motors and motor starters, and generator sets, etc.
  • Building repairs to include minor repairs to plumbing equipment, painting machinery and piping furniture and equipment.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • High school preferably a four-year trade or vocational school.
  • Reasonable experienced in operations, repair and maintenance of large and complex building and the mechanical, electrical, plumbing and control systems within
  • Reasonable skill and knowledge of methods, tools, materials and equipment used in the operations, repair and maintenance of large facilities
  • Must be physically fit and able to perform any and all functions of this position.
  • Additionally, must be able to work with any and all employees and the public as required.

Necessary Special Requirement:  Possession of a third class refrigeration operator’s license or equivalent, demonstrated paid work experience, or the ability to obtain one, within one (1) year of appointment to the position.



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

Development Portfolio and Research Officer

Development Operations

CLASSIFICATION/GRADE/SALARY RANGE

Full-time, Exempt

Salary, commensurate with experience

GENERAL SUMMARY

The Development Portfolio and Research Officer develops and leads a proactive strategy to build a robust pipeline of local, national, and international major and leadership gift prospects for the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA).  Performs related work as required. 

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Leverage wealth and data analytic screening tools and methods to identify, qualify, research, and rate prospects and their affiliated charitable foundations, ensuring that this information is properly documented in the DIA’s system of record, The Raiser’s Edge 7 database.
  • Partner with the major gift, corporate and planned giving officers to match prospects with specific museum fundraising initiatives, which require a comprehensive knowledge of the DIA’s programs and fundraising goals.
  • Respond to a wide variety of research requests and perform and communicate reactive research for other advancement professionals. Undertake special projects as assigned. 
  • Communicate appropriate qualitative research findings to leadership, major gift officers, and other development professionals. Prepare and deliver actionable information about the museum’s prospects in ways that are readily accessible by the Development team.
  • Devise success metrics by which the research program will be measured and evaluated annually.
  • Work cooperatively and effectively with the Development Department as well as other colleagues in the museum as appropriate. 
  • Utilize a wide variety of electronic and hard sources that are the standards of this profession. 
  • The Development Research Officer is a key member of DIA’s Development Team and reports to the Director of Development Operations. S/he combines a profound understanding of the museum’s business needs with the creative use of technology, transforming complex data into actionable information to advance the DIA’s mission. Though not a data analyst, the Research Officer should be familiar with, and be able to, directly contribute to the mission of the DIA.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s degree and minimum 5 years of experience in prospect research, prospect management, or a related field in a fundraising environment.
  • Advanced knowledge of campaign planning and prospect pool development.
  • Advanced knowledge of research techniques, methods, and resources including externally available databases.
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills with the ability to effectively communicate to a diverse audience.
  • Ability to exercise good judgment in setting priorities in order to meet deadlines.
  • Comfort with working independently and handling multiple research projects at a given time.
  • Ability to think strategically and develop both short and long-term goals.
  • Proven ability to work collaboratively and build and maintain effective relationships with both internal and external colleagues.
  • Must be able to identify and adapt to shifting priorities, be flexible and resourceful, and exercise professionalism with numerous constituencies. 
  • Great attention to detail is essential.
  • Familiarity with data mining, prospect screening, and other wealth identification programs.
  • Understanding of and strict adherence to professional ethical standards and confidentiality is required.
  • Demonstrated ability to handle confidential materials and situations with good judgement, sensitivity, and discretion.

Desired Qualifications

  • Familiarity with data visualization applications such as Tableau.
  • Experience with developing and/or using predictive modeling.
  • An intensely curious person, who naturally wants to fully investigate and fulfil requests within the scope of his/her work, who can learn to anticipate those requests, and who can build both an electronic and verbal/mental “library” of his/her findings.
  • Ability to track trends in fundraising in general.
  • The ability to do some institutional and historical research as well as advancement research is desired.
  • A voracious consumer of information both from printed materials as well as electronic sources (magazines, newspapers, articles), and be supremely comfortable in an arts setting, as betting the mission of the Museum.

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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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

Manager, Security

Security Department

CLASSIFICATION/GRADE/SALARY RANGE

Full-time, Exempt

Salary commensurate with experience

GENERAL SUMMARY

The Security Manager is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the Security program at the DIA to provide for the safety of people, the DIA’s invaluable collection of art and property, and to ensure that all guests have an enjoyable experience.  Performs related work as required. 

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Plan, lead, and manage daily security operations in coordination with the Director of Security.
  • Instructs subordinate Supervisors in all policy, procedure, training, and protocol. Ensures all subordinate Supervisors carry out the same for subordinate Officers.
  • Manage and schedule all overtime for the department based on normal operational needs as well as special circumstances and requests. Identifies opportunities to reduce overtime where appropriate.
  • Develops, updates, and administers a comprehensive security training program for Security Officers, Supervisors, and Administrators.
  • Initiates investigations into policy violations, injuries, hazards, and other incidents as directed.
  • Manages the museum’s security systems and technologies, recommending necessary improvements, remediations, and upgrades as needed.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Associates degree (or equivalent) required. Four-year degree desired in Criminal Justice, Business Administration, or related field.
  • Four (4) to six (6) years’ related experience in security or law enforcement at a supervisory or leadership level.
  • 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.
  • Excellent customer service skills required with the ability to interact favorably with all levels of museum staff.
  • Must have significant understanding of security, fire, and life safety systems and procedures as well as integration of such systems.
  • Must have demonstrated high level of responsibility and dependability through previous employment.
  • Knowledge of the National Incident Management System and Incident Command System purpose, design, and use is preferred.
  • Common knowledge on responding to emergency situations which may occur in the museum environment is preferred.
  • Knowledge of and proficiency in Microsoft O365 platform and apps is required.
  • Knowledge of firearms required and must be eligible to obtain a permit to carry firearms.

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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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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