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Hyde Park Campus


About the Unit
The Smart Museum of Art at the University of Chicago (, located in one of the nation's greatest cities for art and on the campus of one of the world's leading research universities, opens the world through art and ideas. The Smart Museum is widely known for its ambitious exhibitions and programs; its collaborations with scholars and students have animated its collection both historically and conceptually. The Museum plays a central role in the University's arts initiative, which has brought extraordinary new focus and energy to the arts on campus. At the same time, the Museum collaborates closely with other units on campus as well as institutions and scholars in the city and across the country. Its exhibition projects often arise from partnerships with other institutions and travel nationally and internationally. The Smart Museum is also deeply dedicated to engaging its surrounding communities through programming that offers visitors of all ages a transformative experience involving significant and often unexpected examples of artistic expression. This is an exciting moment to join the Smart Museum, as the Museum is embarking on the creation of a compelling vision for the future under the leadership of a recently appointed Dana Feitler Director.

Job Information

Job Summary:

The Smart Museum of Art seeks to train new docents (gallery educators) to be a part of the docent program. This position is available to University of Chicago students (undergraduates preferred) as well as Odyssey Project alumni and former Smart Museum Interpreters in Residence.


  • Participate in a paid training course exploring educational strategies for use in the Museum's galleries.
  • Serve as public ambassador for the Smart Museum.
  • Lead tours and facilitate art-making activities for a variety of audiences including K-12, university, and adult community groups.

  • Excellent communication
  • Strong public speaking skills
  • High level interest in visual arts
  • Teamwork

Additional Requirements

Education, Experience or Certifications:

  • High School Diploma or Equivalent
  • Some college preferred

  • Required: Odyssey Program alumnus
  • Prior teaching experience (preferred)

Working Conditions and Physical Requirements:
  • Irregular work schedule
  • On-call responsibilities
  • Ability to stand for up to 2 hours
  • Effective audio-visual discrimination and perception

Required Documents:
  • Resume

Note: When applying, all required documents MUST be uploaded under the Resume/CV section of the application

Benefit Eligibility

Pay Frequency

Pay Range
Depends on Qualification

Scheduled Weekly Hours


Job is Exempt?

Drug Test Required?

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Health Screen Required?

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Part time

About Us
The University of Chicago is an urban research university that has driven new ways of thinking since 1890. Our commitment to free and open inquiry draws inspired scholars to our global campuses, where ideas are born that challenge and change the world.

We empower individuals to challenge conventional thinking in pursuit of original ideas. Students in the College develop critical, analytic, and writing skills in our rigorous, interdisciplinary core curriculum. Through graduate programs, students test their ideas with UChicago scholars, and become the next generation of leaders in academia, industry, nonprofits, and government.

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Job No:
Posted: 6/13/2018
Application Due: 6/23/2018
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