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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

Conservator, Objects

Conservation Department

CLASSIFICATION/GRADE/SALARY RANGE

Full-time, Exempt

GENERAL SUMMARY

The Objects Conservator heads the Objects Conservation Laboratory and manages the planning and implementation of all activities associated with the care and preservation of the DIA’s encyclopedic 3-D collections. Core functions include object examination and treatment, technical research, vetting acquisitions, exhibition and gallery installations, loan processing, public outreach, fundraising and museum-wide preservation initiatives. All activities are carried out in accordance with the American Institute for Conservation (AIC) Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice. Within department, the Objects Conservator works closely with the Conservation Imaging Specialist, the Mellon Conservation Scientist, and the Mount Designer and Fabricator to implement core functions. In addition, the Objects Conservator collaborates with departments across the museum including Curatorial, Learning and Audience Engagement, Registrars, Collections Management, Exhibitions and Design, Collections Information, IT, PR and Marketing, and Development to achieve departmental and museum-wide strategic goals. Performs related work as required.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Manages the Objects Conservation Laboratory determining priorities and goals, scheduling, and annual budget
  • Maintains the laboratory including researching and ordering supplies, chemicals and equipment
  • Supervises and instructs students, interns, volunteers, and staff in the handling, care, and treatment of objects as required
  • Carries out examination and technical research on artworks providing documentation of structure and condition through written reports and photographic documentation
  • Conducts conservation treatments on objects in adherence with the American Institute for Conservation Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice
  • Initiates and manages contracts for the treatment of DIA artworks by outside contractors
  • Participates in the planning and installation of permanent collection galleries and special exhibitions providing guidelines for environmental conditions, handling and mounting of objects
  • Assesses, prepares, writes condition reports, and oversees packing of incoming and outgoing loans
  • Acts as a courier, accompanying DIA artworks to and from borrowing venues world-wide
  • Monitors environmental conditions and maintenance of 3-D artworks in the galleries and in storage
  • Participates in public outreach and advocacy through lectures, tours, digital media, and print that support the museum’s Tri-County and Statewide strategic goals
  • Collaborates with Development in fundraising activities including donor cultivation, endowment-building, and in-kind relationships with tech, industry, and university partners
  • Participates in the improvement of department and museum-wide processes, procedures, and communication

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Master’s degree in art conservation from a recognized conservation training program with a specialty in objects
  • Minimum 5-10 years post-training experience treating a diverse range of 3-D materials
  • Record of professional activities including publications, conference presentations, continuing education, outreach and advocacy
  • Comprehensive understanding of museum care and preservation, essential to the role of the Conservation Department in gallery display and storage environments
  • Knowledge of artistic materials and techniques
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Experience with Windows Microsoft Office, SharePoint, and TMS (The Museum System)
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently as well as collaboratively with colleagues within the Conservation Department and from other departments throughout the museum

If you are interested in applying for this position, please do so online by close of business day, December 15, 2017.

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POSITION TITLE/DEPARTMENT

Major Gifts Officer

Development

CLASSIFICATION/GRADE/SALARY RANGE

Full-time, Exempt

Salary commensurate with experience

GENERAL SUMMARY

The Major Gifts Officer is responsible for the identification, cultivation and solicitation of gifts from individuals and corporations for membership, operating gifts, sponsorships, matching gifts, planned gifts or other support (restricted or unrestricted). These activities may be performed independently, as support for senior Development and Administrative staff, or to assist board volunteers and solicitors.  Performs related work as required.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Solicit gifts from individuals and corporations, including the management of the cultivation and solicitation of 100-150 donors and 100-150 donor prospects assigned to this position to meet or exceed the goal of $1,000,000 in cash each fiscal year
  • Assist in developing cultivation and solicitation strategies for a donor or group of donors that align to museum and department priorities
  • Work independently or in cooperation with the grants manager, prepare solicitation or proposal documents for prospective donors (individuals, corporations or foundations)
  • Prepare all special correspondence for the portfolio of donors and donor prospects managed by this position
  • Ensure that appropriate recognition, fulfillment and stewardship obligations and expectations are met for gifts negotiated or solicited
  • Design, develop and implement individual written cultivation and solicitation plans for each donor and donor prospect within the portfolio of donors and donor prospects managed by this position
  • As determined in regular consultation with the Vice President, Development, complete a reasonable number of contacts (by phone, letter, e-mail or in-person) with current donors and prospects to sustain and nurture relationships 
  • Assist with the maintenance of the moves management module of Raiser’s Edge through the input of contact, strategy and proposal data for the portfolio of donors and donor prospects managed by this position
  • Assist in the training, solicitation activity, results, rewards and recognition for volunteers
  • Prepare and monitor program budgets to achieve revenue goals while not exceeding expense budgets
  • Work with internal or external designers and printers to produce brochures, signage or other materials as needed
  • Participate as a part of the Development team in a collegial fashion
  • Maintain good relationships with all those who help facilitate the effective conduct of this position
  • Carry out such other activities as may be assigned by the Vice President, Development

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Three (3) or more years of previous experience with the direct face to face solicitation of donors at the $25,000 and up level
  • Familiarity with the concepts and benefits of planned giving
  • The ability to communicate effectively in written and verbal form
  • The ability to relate to and build meaningful relationships within a diverse population of current, potential donors, board members and volunteers
  • Sensitivity to donor relations management
  • Proficiency in the Raiser’s Edge fundraising software program
  • The ability to work on a team
  • The ability to use Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook and are comfortable working with computer databases
  • Familiarity with the museum environment
  • Hands-on experience in capital campaigns

If you are interested in applying for this position, please do so online by close of business day, December 29, 2017.

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POSITION TITLE/DEPARTMENT

Administrative Assistant

Development

CLASSIFICATION/GRADE/SALARY RANGE

Full-time, Non-Exempt

GENERAL SUMMARY

The Administrative Assistant provides administrative, secretarial, clerical and data entry support to the Vice President, Development, fundraising staff and general support for the Development Department. The Administrative Assistant is an integral member of the Development Team and supports the Department’s internal and external objectives while operating in a dynamic, fast-paced environment. Performs related work as required. 

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Provide general administrative support to the Vice President and the Development team, such as
  • Respond appropriately to phone calls and correspondence, and provide primary departmental phone coverage
  • Distribute daily departmental mail and assist as directed in opening and sorting gifts and payments
  • Maintain day-to-day calendar coordination, including scheduling all aspects of internal and external meetings (e.g., conference room bookings, arrangements for food service)
  • Prepare travel requests and expense reports for the VP and other gift officers
  • Perform ad hoc activities as assigned by designated supervisor
  • Perform activities that contribute to the efficient operation of the Department
  • Submit requisitions and other documentation into online purchasing system
  • Collect and distribute paychecks
  • Monitor, organize and maintain office supplies
  • Submit work orders (e.g., facilities maintenance) as needed Participate as an essential member of the Development Team
  • Serve as a central coordination contact for development activities; this includes information collection from internal/external stakeholders and collaborating to produce an accurate work product
  • Assist with mailings (including letters and invitation), mail merges and other printing jobs
  • Assist as needed in the planning and execution of events
  • Update Raiser’s Edge database information, including contacts made by Development staff and importing information from excel worksheets
  • Maintain donor files and other office records
  • Prepare statistical reports in Excel, prepare/summarize agenda meeting minutes, and maintain organized files in SharePoint

QUALIFICATIONS

  • High school diploma required
  • Three (3) years or more of previous experience working in an administrative or comparable professional position
  • Experience working in a Development department, preferred
  • Experience with SharePoint
  • Computer competency with proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, and database management
  • Strong organizational and conceptual skills, with an eye for detail
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong prioritization and project management skills; able to manage multiple projects simultaneously with demanding timeframes. Must be able to work well under pressure.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment
  • People-centric and able to work with/on teams in a collegial fashion
  • Self-starter and able to work independently with minimal oversight
  • Discretion in handling confidential information
  • Availability to provide support outside of standard offices hours, including evenings and weekends

If you are interested in applying for this position, please do so online by close of business day, December 29, 2017. 

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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 formal written reports and proposals submitted to individual, corporate, foundation and government funding sources, as assigned by the Associate Director, Grants.  Performs related work as required.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • 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.
  • Work with museum staff to prepare formal written proposals submitted to government, corporate and foundation funding sources, as well as occasional written proposals to individual donors.
  • 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.
  • Maintain a portfolio of assigned constituents and participate in the department moves managements 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 Associate Director, Grants; Director of Development Operations; or Vice President of Development.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • A bachelor’s degree
  • Knowledge of corporate, foundation and governmental funding sources
  • Five (5) or more years of previous experience in proposal preparation
  • Competency with budget management, financial analysis, and personal computer as well as large computer database use.
  • Strong organizational and conceptual skills, with an eye to detail
  • The ability to work effectively with time deadlines
  • The ability to edit and produce formal written funding proposals
  • The ability to communicate effectively in written and verbal form
  • The ability to work on a team
  • Familiarity with the museum environment

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

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Building Mechanic

Building Operations Department

CLASSIFICATION/GRADE/SALARY RANGE

Full-time, Non-exempt

GENERAL SUMMARY

Under supervision as required to maintain all HVAC and auxiliary equipment. To perform major and minor repairs as required that includes Electrical, Plumbing, Steam, HVAC & VAV controls, and related building systems. 

This position reports to the Engineering Manager.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Repair and maintain all HVAC systems.
  • Routine inspections and maintenance of all mechanical equipment, including major and minor repairs to pumps, motors, fans, steam traps, regulating devices and HVAC controls.
  • Electrical responsibilities include lighting ballast, switches, control wiring and replacing single and three phase motors.
  • Must have the ability to read electrical diagrams and troubleshoot electrical problems throughout the building.
  • Building repairs to include glass repair, locks, hinges, doors, and other hardware.
  • Work environment will include indoor and outdoor duties.
  • Other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Certified Refrigeration Journeyman or Certified HVAC tech with 5 years experience.
  • Experienced in DDC controls (i.e. Siemens and Johnson Controls) and Climate controlled computer room systems (i.e. Liebert systems)
  • Knowledge and experience in troubleshooting and repairing various pumps.
  • Knowledge and experience in troubleshooting steam systems, steam traps, humidifiers, and condensate receiver tanks.
  • Must be able to make repairs to Refrigeration and Air conditioning systems. 
  • Must be physically able to perform any and all functions of this position.
  • Must be able to work well with employees and the public as required. 

If you are interested in applying for this position, please apply online by close of business day, January 5, 2018.

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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, December 29, 2017.

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