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The Dayton Art Institute

The following positions are open at this time; please check back often for updates. If you are applying for a position at The Dayton Art Institute, we encourage you to explore our website, in order to learn more about the museum!

Current Openings (click link to jump to listing):

The Dayton Art Institute is an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity Employer

Docent and Tour Coordinator

Posted 6/20/16

The Dayton Art Institute seeks a part-time (20 hrs/week) Docent and Tour Coordinator.  As a member of the education department, the Coordinator’s primary responsibility includes scheduling tours and docents to lead them.  Strong communication skills are required to work with schools and community groups, both those who contact us and outreach to others, and to provide the docents with updated information about tours, training and special events.

Education and/or Experience Requirements:

  • B.A. in art education or art history; M.A. preferred.
  • Experience working in a sales or customer service related position;
  • Equivalent combination of education and experience;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of working with volunteer groups.
  • Demonstrated organizational skills to schedule tours/docents and manage calendar and VolunteerHub or similar databases.

Competencies, Skills and Abilities:

  • Sales or group sales experience helpful;
  • Previous box office experience is helpful;
  • Proficiency with ticketing management system or similar database application software program preferred;
  • Good telephone and speaking skills;
  • A Service attitude;
  • Cash handling experience essential;
  • Must be strategic with an outgoing personality and experience in high-volume of visitation;
  • A passion for excellence and the ability to thrive in a fast-paced team environment is a must;
  • Clear, succinct and positive verbal communication;
  • Professional, enthusiastic, and engaging with an ability to communicate effectively to wide range of target audiences.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills – must possess an attitude and personality that exudes a charismatic and engaging image to the public - fostering goodwill among the museum's many users and guests.
  • Strong organizational skills; exceptional resourcefulness and flexibility; displays good judgment; problem solving; exercises tact and diplomacy at all times.
  • Passionate about being a member of a team that is developing new art initiatives with a strong visitor-centered community dynamic;
  • Attention to detail and with an ability to work effectively both as part of a team and independently.
  • Able to handle multiple projects and prioritize duties.
  • Able to deal professionally and sensitively with a diverse audience.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office programs, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook, as well as the Internet for research.
  • Proficiency with digital technology, new and emerging media, and current social media, mobile devices and other relevant media. 

This position requires the ability to work a flexible schedule.  Many museum events are on weekends and evenings.  Work schedule may vary to accommodate tour/events schedule.

For consideration, please submit letter of interest including desired hourly rate, Curriculum Vitae or resume and four (4) references to The Dayton Art Institute, Attn: Monica Walker, HR/Administration Director or email to mwalker@daytonart.org. Email is the preferred method for applying, with all attachments in MS Word or .pdf format only.  The subject line of your email must include your full name and title of the position for which you are applying (for example: Jane Doe, Docent and Tour Coordinator).  Please do not include the cover letter and/or resume in the body of your email. 

Candidates must be able to pass pre-employment drug screen, nicotine/tobacco test and criminal records check.

Submission deadline: July 5, 2016.  Please note that incomplete application materials may not receive full consideration for the position.

Museum Educator for Youth, Family and Adult Programs

Posted 6/16/16

The Dayton Art Institute seeks a full-time Museum Educator for Youth, Family and Adult Programs to plan, develop and implement a variety of educational programs serving the youth, family and adult audiences, including, but not limited to, art camps, teen and youth studios, workshops, and interpretive programs for special exhibitions. The Museum Educator will develop collaborations with other organizations to increase the Museum’s impact and outreach by creating and nurturing partnerships that move the museum’s mission forward.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelor’s degree in art education, museum education, museum studies, art history, media or studio art or related field. 
  • At least three years’ experience working in a museum or classroom environment developing and planning programs and managing individuals and projects is preferred. 
  • Equivalent experience will also be considered. 
  • Knowledge of art/art history, academic content standards, current museum teaching strategies, and learning theory.
  • Passionate about being a member of a team that is developing new art initiatives with a strong visitor-centered community dynamic.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and proven ability to communicate well both orally and in written form with museum members, visitors and colleagues of different ages, interests, and backgrounds.
  • Strong organizational skills with close attention to details; exceptional resourcefulness and displays good professional judgment, problem solving, and ability to work under pressure exercising tact and diplomacy at all times.
  • Must be able to thrive in a multi-tasking and changing work environment, open to new ideas, and have the initiative to undertake and complete projects accurately, on deadline, and at times with minimal supervision; working independently yet collaboratively.
  • Knowledge of current museum and informal educational practices, as well as visitor studies.
  • Research, writing, editing, and information management skills
  • Proven project planning, coordination, and evaluation skills
  • Proven ability to work well within deadlines on multiple and varied projects simultaneously.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office programs, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook, as well as the Internet for research.
  • Proficiency with digital technology, new and emerging media, and current social media, mobile devices and other relevant media. 

This position requires the ability to work a flexible schedule.  Many museum events are on weekends and evenings.  Work schedule may vary to accommodate events schedule. Must be available to work at least two Saturday’s a month.

For consideration, please submit letter of interest including desired hourly rate or salary, Curriculum Vitae or resume, writing assignment (see below), and sample lesson plan w/materials list to The Dayton Art Institute, Attn: Monica Walker, HR/Administration Director or email to mwalker@daytonart.org. It is suggested, but not required that you include images of artwork and/or students’ artwork.  Email is the preferred method for applying, with all attachments in MS Word or .pdf format only.  The subject line of your email must include your full name and title of the position for which you are applying (for example: John Doe, Museum Educator for Youth, Family and Adult Programs).  Please do not include the cover letter and/or resume in the body of your email. 

Writing Assignment
With your application, include a 600-word statement of your philosophy of museum education and consider addressing the following:

  • Methods for engaging Pre-K children and families on tours and gallery hunts;
  • Your teaching goals for “make and take” workshops and how these could complement museum exhibitions;
  • The relevance of cross-disciplinary content.

Candidates must be able to pass pre-employment drug screen, nicotine/tobacco test and criminal records check.

Submission deadline: July 1, 2016.  Please note that incomplete application materials may not receive full consideration for the position.

Hone Research Fellowship for Museum Engagement

Re-Posted 06/14/2016

The Dayton Art Institute (DAI), one of the most dynamic art museums in the region, is seeking a highly talented Research Fellow to join DAI’s Education and Curatorial Team on a temporary basis for 12 months. The fellow will research and develop content in a variety of media to add to the museum’s interactive program, What is a Masterpiece?, and re-secure rights for existing content . The successful candidate collaborates across museum departments, reporting to the Chief Curator and Curator of Education, and will work with community resources and identify and interview artists and scholars to contribute to the understanding and interpretation of each object.

For 2016-17 we are particularly interested in either a candidate with experience working with K-5 educational objectives to develop content to engage this age group with a broad range of art or someone who has education and experience with new media initiatives in museums and making them accessible.

Requirements:

Applicants must have completed a bachelor’s degree with studies in art history, art education, the humanities, education or new media technology; candidates pursuing or with completed graduate degrees are preferred. Familiarity with object research, making and editing video as well as software to record content (such as Apple iMovie, FinalCutX (or FinalCutPro) or Adobe Premiere), and uploading media from a variety of sources is preferred. Must be well organized, deadline driven, and able to work independently with good attention to detail. 

The work schedule is 35 hours per week, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.  This 12-month fellowship will award stipend support in the amount of $21,430. The Dayton Art Institute stipends are not considered salary or compensation, but are awarded to help support a fellow’s study, research and travel efforts during the tenure of their appointment. Fellows awarded stipends must complete a W-9 and will receive a financial summary at the end of each calendar year.  Fellows are responsible for meeting their own state and federal tax obligations. 

For consideration, please submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae or resume, research-based writing sample and four (4) references to The Dayton Art Institute, Attn: Monica Walker, HR/Administration Director, 456 Belmonte Park North, Dayton, OH 45405 or email to mwalker@daytonart.org.  Candidates must be able to pass criminal records check.

Applications due:  July 1, 2016
Position term: August 1, 2016 – July 28 , 2017

To view What is a Masterpiece?: www.daytonartinstitute.org/masterpiece

Guest Services Representative

Posted 5/3/16

The Dayton Art Institute seeks a part-time, 20 hours/week Guest Services Representative to deliver the highest level of customer service to members and guest of the museum by assisting with general admission, special exhibition, program and event ticket purchases and answering any questions they may have about the museum and surrounding Dayton area.

Additional responsibilities include, but are not limited to, supporting management in the implementation of member and guest related initiatives; communicating and implementing special offers and promotions to guests; resolving guest complaints or other issues by determining optimal solutions; instructing and overseeing volunteers on expectations and responsibilities; and ensuring guest services desk area is neatly arranged and meets museums “photo ready” standards.

Applicant must possess an ability to work a flexible schedule, including evenings, weekends and a non-traditional work week.  Hourly rate will be commensurate with education, experience and degree of qualifications met.

Qualifications:
Associate’s degree; or a minimum of one - two years sales or customer service related experience; or equivalent combination of education and experience.  Previous box office experience is helpful.

Proficiency with ticketing management system or similar database application software program preferred. Good telephone and speaking skills, a service attitude and cash handling experience essential.  The work is detailed and requires a high degree of accuracy.

Must also be strategic with an outgoing personality and experience in high-volume of visitation; a passion for excellence and the ability to thrive in a fast-paced team environment is a must.​

Qualified candidates should submit cover letter including desired hourly rate, resume and four (4) references to The Dayton Art Institute, Attn: Monica Walker, HR/Administration Director or email to mwalker@daytonart.org. Email is the preferred method for applying, with all attachments in MS Word or .pdf format only.  The subject line of your email should include your full name and title of the position for which you are applying (for example: Jane Doe, Guest Services Representative).  Please do not include the cover letter and resume in the body of your email.

Candidates must be able to pass pre-employment drug screen, nicotine/tobacco test and criminal records check.

Initial review date: May 20, 2016. Position will remain open until filled.  Please note that incomplete application materials may not receive full consideration for the position.

Workshop Instructor

Posted 2/1/16

The Dayton Art Institute seeks workshop instructors for art classes in grades PreK-12.  Instructors will teach students skills for painting, drawing, sculpture and other media while guiding their self-expression, and ability to be innovative and think critically.  Instructors must be able to relate the art history content of students’ tours in the museum galleries to the workshops. Classes are scheduled on an on-call basis and usually require two hours of time, including set-up and clean-up, as well as helping to monitor workshop supplies.

This position is part-time and the work schedule will be determined on an on-call as needed basis as workshops are scheduled.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • A bachelor of arts degree in arts education, or equivalent experience with/teaching of the visual arts;
  • PreK-12 teaching experience; classroom management skills and willingness to work with a team of educators required.
  • Experience with lesson plans;
  • Enthusiasm for arts education; and
  • Excellent project management – organizational, multi-tasking, prioritization – skills essential. Effective interpersonal skills. 
  • Highly developed public speaking skills.
  • Self-directed, able to work independently and effectively. 
  • Strong organizational and research skills; exceptional resourcefulness and flexibility; displays good judgment; problem solving; exercises tact and diplomacy at all times.
  • Able to deal professionally and sensitively with a diverse audience. 
  • Position requires the ability to work a flexible schedule.  Work schedule may vary to accommodate business needs. 
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite, electronic mail, and calendar software applications.

Candidates must be able to pass pre-employment drug screen, nicotine/tobacco test and criminal records check. 

For consideration, please submit cover letter including desired hourly rate, resume and four (4) professional references, photographs of your own artwork and/or your work with students, as well as a sample lesson plan for a student art project to The Dayton Art Institute, Attn: Monica Walker, HR/Administration Director or email to mwalker@daytonart.org

Submission deadline: Position will remain open until filled.  Submissions will be reviewed on an ongoing basis.  Please note that incomplete application materials may not receive full consideration for the position.

Safety/Security Officer

Posted 12/3/15

The Dayton Art Institute seeks to hire Safety/Security Officers to guard and protect museum property and to ensure a safe environment for staff, volunteers and guest.  Additional responsibilities include patrolling areas of assignment to prevent theft, damage and vandalism of the art or other property; daily completion of activity logs and incident reports; radio dispatching; controlling entry to restricted areas; key management, card reader and access control; inspecting areas for security, fire, and accident hazards; watching for museum policy infractions and irregularities in public areas; answering questions and directing visitors; maintaining exceptional customer service with all persons visiting assigned areas; diligence when patrolling parking lot to prevent crime; and maintaining order during special events.

The Security Department maintains a presence at the museum 24-hours a day, 7 days a week within three shifts.  Scheduled hours may fluctuate based upon museum need.  

QUALIFICATIONS:
Associate's degree (A.A.) or equivalent from two-year college or technical school preferred; High School Diploma or GED required; a minimum of two years’ experience in a relevant professional position, preferably in a security, law enforcement, or other related field.

Ability to manage control room equipment and systems including but not limited to monitoring alarms, CCTV, fire, security and HVAC systems, radio, and site access a plus.  

Excellent customer service and problem-solving skills; strong oral, interpersonal, and written skills with high attention to detail essential.  Able to deal professionally and sensitively with a diverse audience. 

Must be able to work flexible and variable hours that include evenings, weekends and holidays. 

Physical agility required – strength, endurance, in good health and comfortable standing/walking for long periods of time.

This is an excellent opportunity for retired professionals who were previously employed as law enforcement, first responders, firefighters, correction officers, military personnel or those establishing a career in these respective areas.

For consideration, please complete The DAI employment application or send letter of interest (including desired hourly rate), resume and four (4) references to Monica Walker, HR/Administration Director, 456 Belmonte Park North, Dayton, OH 45405 or email to mwalker@daytonart.org. EEOC

Submission deadline: Open until filled




REGULAR MUSEUM HOURS:
MONDAY Closed
TUESDAY Closed
WEDNESDAY 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
THURSDAY 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.
FRIDAY 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
SATURDAY 11 a.m. - 5 p.m
SUNDAY Noon - 5 p.m.
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