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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

Assistant/Associate/Full Curator


Prints, Drawings and Photographs Curatorial department

Classification / Grade / Salary Range

Full-time, Exempt

Salary commensurate with experience

General Summary

The DIA seeks an Assistant, Associate or Full Curator to serve as a full-time member of the Prints, Drawings and Photographs Department (PDP). The ideal candidate will have expertise and breadth of knowledge in Western art on paper from the Middle Ages through the present day.

The DIA’s collection of prints and drawings comprises more than 20,000 objects, with strength in European and American works. It includes historically significant drawings, such as Michelangelo’s Studies for the Sistine Chapel; over 2,500 drawings by Thomas Cole; and rare drawings and watercolors by Mary Cassatt, Paul Cézanne, Charles Demuth, Emil Nolde, Pablo Picasso, Peter Paul Rubens and Giovanni Battista Tiepolo.

The DIA’s print collection has in-depth holdings by renowned European artists Albrecht Dürer, Édouard Manet, Odilon Redon and Rembrandt van Rijn, as well as rare works by Edgar Degas, including his monotype Russet Landscape. The collection of prints by American artists is equally impressive, with extensive holdings by Martin Lewis, John Sloan and James Abbott McNeill Whistler, as well as Jacob Lawrence’s rare gouache series The Legend of John Brown. Prints representing major artists of the twentieth century include those by Käthe Kollwitz, Helen Frankenthaler, Robert Rauschenberg and Andy Warhol among its highlights.

Under the supervision of the Head of PDP, the Curator will oversee all aspects of the collection of works on paper, including prints, drawings, posters and artists’ books. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, organizing and overseeing permanent collection and traveling exhibitions; recommending new works for acquisition; and serving as co-liaison to the DIA’s Friends of Prints, Drawings and Photographs (FPDP), the department’s main auxiliary group.

Essential Functions

Conduct research on and assess condition of the collection toward the development of exhibitions, permanent gallery rotations and potential loans

Maintain current knowledge of the art market to recommend objects for the permanent collection and develop acquisition proposals

Compile information pertinent to the identification and documentation of works of art and maintain appropriate object records in the TMS collections database in accordance with DIA data and archival standards

Collaborate with the Collections Management staff in installing artworks

Work in close collaboration with the Conservation Department to regularly assess the conservation needs of the collection

Develop familiarity with the DIA’s Collections Management Policy and assist the Registration Department in producing supporting documentation for accessioning and deaccessioning works of art

Conduct original research on the museum’s art collection and publish in scholarly journals, catalogues and books

Act as staff liaison to the FPDP and assist with organizing its activities and programs

Develop enrichments, including presentations and tours for members, volunteers and museum visitors, to facilitate community outreach

Foster and maintain good working relationships with existing and potential patrons, trustees and museum colleagues across the country and abroad, as well as with the academic community, art dealers and collectors

Work effectively with various museum departments to ensure that content related to the art under his/her purview is accurately represented in all museum print publications and other media

Work collaboratively with educators in Learning and Audience Engagement to develop interpretive strategies and accompanying materials for permanent gallery projects and special exhibitions, as well as conduct training for gallery teachers and docents to support DIA’s school and related programs

Collaborate across curatorial departments on exhibitions and acquisitions

Participate in the day-to-day administration of the department, which includes responding to scholarly and public inquiries related to the collection and scheduling study-room visits

Represent the museum in professional organizations and at symposia and other scholarly meetings and events


M.A. in Art History and demonstrated expertise with works on paper; Ph.D. preferred

Minimum three years of experience working in a museum

Familiarity with the activities and operations of a large art museum

Record of research and scholarship, with experience in organizing exhibitions and producing publications of high quality

Commitment to engaging a varied public audience

Exceptional writing skills and public-speaking ability across diverse audiences

Proven ability to work effectively and positively with other professional staff in a highly collaborative environment

Proficiency in at least one foreign language


Interested applicants for this position must submit a cover letter, resume/curriculum vitae, and writing sample in a single PDF or Word document. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

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Position Title

Audio Visual Events Technician


Events & Food Service Operations

Classification / Department / Salary Range

Part-time, On-Call, Non-Exempt

$15.00 per hour

General Summary

This position is responsible for set up and operates a variety of audio, computer and video equipment necessary for live programs, meetings and events for all DIA rental bookings.

This position reports to the DIA Director of Events & Food Service Operations.

Essential Functions

  • Hands-on knowledge and experience of standard AV equipment, ability to diagnose and solve basic equipment problems.
  • Interact with the catering manager to determine program equipment needed, its size, quality, placement, the number of operators required, and to determine if the service will need to be outsourced.
  • Prepare and set up standard AV equipment for all third party events.
  • Assist in the department’s overall audio visual services operations, including assembly, installation, maintenance, inventory and storage of equipment.
  • Sets up basic AV equipment, tests and operates sound for scheduled events.
  • Supervises third party events load-ins/load-outs with AV vendors and oversee.
  • Coordinates activities with the Director of Events & Food Service Operations and the catering manager.
  • Coordinates equipment storage and maintenance with DIA AV manager.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Ability to relate effectively with other staff and members of the public.


  • High School Diploma or equivalent.
  • Training in communications, arts, music, movie production, electronics or electrical engineering.
  • Recent experience as an operator of audio and visual equipment.
  • Computer literate to access Google Calendar or Smartphone.


If you are interested in applying for this position, please do so by close of business day, July 11, 2017.

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Position Title 

Building Attendant


Environmental Services

Classification, Grade, Salary Range

Full-time, Non-exempt


General Summary

This position performs general cleaning and janitorial work throughout assigned areas within the museum in accordance with established routines, procedures and quality standards.   

This position reports to the Environmental Services Supervisor.


High school diploma or G.E.D. required

Minimum of one (1) year experience cleaning in a museum, office, hospital, hotel, or similar setting

Meets 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

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

Essential Functions

Sweeps, 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 misc. 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.

Cleans elevator tracks

Performs other duties as assigned by supervisor


If you are interested in applying for this position, please apply by close of business day, June 30, 2017.

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Position Title



Research Library & Archives

Classification / Grade / Salary Range

Part-time, Hourly, Non-Exempt (maximum of 15 hours/week)


General Summary

The Detroit Institute of Arts offers qualified graduate students an internship opportunity that provides practical work experience to correspond with academic and professional goals.  This position reports to the Director of the Research Library & Archives.


Must be a current student in an ALA accredited graduate library and information science school in good standing.

Bachelor’s degree in a related discipline preferred.

Minimum one year library experience preferred.

Must be well-organized and self-directed.


Process various library and/or archival collections.

Assist with interlibrary loans and cataloguing.

Maintain inventories in File Maker Pro databases.

Other projects as required.


Candidates are asked to apply online and to provide a cover letter and resume with three references, one from an LIS professor.

If you are interested in applying for this position, please do so by close of business day, July 6, 2017

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Position Title

Museum Security Officer


Security Department

Classification / Department / Salary Range

Full-Time, Non-exempt


General Summary

This position serves as a member of the team of professionals that patrol and guard museum property against vandalism, theft, fire and trespassing.  The position tactfully and effectively communicates the policies and practices established for the protection and safety of museum staff, guests, physical structure, surrounding property and museum assets. 

Essential Functions

Guards and patrols the museum collections, equipment, building and grounds against theft, defacing, or any other action liable to cause damage to museum property

Observes the conduct of museum visitors to detect suspicious actions and non-conformance of rules and regulations

Directs visitors to various museum exhibits and other museum facilities


High school diploma required; or GED equivalent

MUST have a valid Michigan Drivers’ License with a Motor Vehicle Report that does not contain any of the following infractions:

One or more Major Violations within the past five (5) years.

Three or more At-Fault Accidents and/or Other Moving Violations in the past three (3) years

Two or more At-Fault Accidents and/or Other Moving Violations in the past year.

Driving with a revoked license.

Reckless driving

Excellent customer service skills, with the ability to interact tactfully and effectively with leadership, peers, other museum staff and the public 

Knowledge of security methods and practices, preferred.

Security experience is preferred. 

Ability to use computer and word processing programs.

Ability to understand and follow oral and written directions.

Ability to read and write standard English

Ability to walk and stand during shift while assigned to galleries or  patrol of building property


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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