Employment at the KIA

The Kalamazoo Institute of Arts is a leading nonprofit art museum and school. Since 1924, the institute has offered art classes, exhibitions, lectures, events, activities and a permanent collection. The KIA's mission is to cultivate the creation and appreciation of the visual arts in West Michigan. We believe the visual arts are for everyone. They inspire, fulfill, and transform. Throughout the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, numerous individuals work every day to enrich the lives of others through the visual arts. In addition, faculty members in the Kirk Newman Art School instruct students of all ages in a wide variety of media. The KIA is an equal opportunity employer that offers a competitive salary and benefits package that includes medical, dental, life, retirement savings, and more.

Position title: ASSISTANT CURATOR OF ADULT PROGRAMS

Reports to: Director of Museum Education

Classification: Full-Time, Exempt

Summary of Position: The Kalamazoo Institute of Arts seeks an Assistant Curator of Adult Programs to create and coordinate interpretative activities and programs that serve adult and college audiences. The Assistant Curator of Adult Programs works to make KIA a center of life-long learning in the community through a wide range of programs and resources, including extending the museum's impact through collaboration and relationships with community organizations and the post-secondary academic community. The Assistant Curator of Adult Programs will be encouraged to champion experimental and innovative thinking and fresh approaches to art museum education.

Responsibilities:

  • Develop learner-centered programming and materials that provide enjoyable, enriching, and thought-provoking experiences that develop participants abilities to engage with works of art.
  • Plan and coordinate weekly noon-time ARTbreak program, and monthly events like Thursday evening programs, including Unreeled Film Series, public tours, Get the Picture gallery discussions, and other programs and events designed to expand and diversify the museum's audience.
  • Maintain and develop programs, services, and events for post-secondary students and faculty, including content for KIA collection and special exhibition tours.
  • Coordinate and develop programs and services for special audiences including WMU Medical School, Connections Tours for Adults with Memory Loss, and Touch Art Tours.
  • Assist with marketing plan and materials to promote college and adult programs. Provide Sightlines articles and program information for press releases.
  • Develop interpretive materials for adult audiences and other special exhibition and collection-related programming and materials as needed. Assist with Docent training.
  • Develop and implement program evaluation procedures. Track program attendance and provide statistics and reports to Director of Museum Education, Advancement, and other departments as requested.
  • Work with Museum Education team to develop annual Museum Education budget and monitor expenses monthly. Provide information and assistance with program grants.
  • Assist with High School Programs: Teen Filmmaker Festival, High School Portfolio Day, and Annual High School Area Show.
  • Serve on committees as requested by Director of Museum Education. Attend department and other meetings as requested.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Director of Museum Education.

Job Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Art History, Art Education, Museum Studies, or Fine/Studio Arts along with some knowledge of art history, museum teaching, and object interpretation strategies. Master's Degree preferred. Experience in a museum setting, gallery teaching techniques and familiarity with museum education best practices are required. Knowledge of Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) a plus.
  • Minimum of 2 years proven leadership experience in education or museum setting is required along with the strong writing, verbal, and public speaking skills needed for interacting with and providing excellent customer service to a wide range of audiences including staff, volunteers, educators, funders, sponsors, members, college and adult audiences, and other constituencies.
  • Able to work independently and collaborate effectively in a team setting within the department and collaborate across the organization. Effective project and time management, organizational, teaching, and research skills are necessary.
  • Demonstrated commitment to the values of diversity, inclusion, and learner-centered interpretation strategies.
  • Experience working with volunteers, program and budget development, project management and planning skills along with an ability to meet deadlines are necessary.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, social media platforms and design software is desirable.

Physical Job Requirements: While performing this job, the employee will be required to sit, stand and work, to lift up to 30 lbs occasionally, do close work with a computer monitor and perform repetitive hand movements. Employee must be able to communicate verbally.

The KIA offers a competitive salary and benefits package that includes medical, dental, life, retirement savings, and more. The KIA is an equal opportunity, equal access employer that is fully committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

Please forward a resume and cover letter to jobs@kiarts.org with Assistant Curator of Adult Programs in the subject line or by mail to Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, 314 S. Park Street, Kalamazoo, MI 49007 by August 17, 2018.


Position Title: ASSISTANT CURATOR OF YOUTH AND FAMILY PROGRAMS

Reports to: Director of Museum Education
Classification: Full-time, exempt

Summary of Position: The Kalamazoo Institute of Arts seeks an Assistant Curator of Youth and Family Programs provides vision for and implements activities, materials, and programs designed to serve family, school, and youth audiences. The Assistant Curator of Youth and Family Programs works to leverage program impact and expand museum audiences through internal collaborations with the KIA's Kirk Newman Art School and maintains and develops relationships with external constituencies including area pre-K-12 schools and other community organizations serving youth and families. The Assistant Curator of Youth and Family Programs will be a leader in promoting the value of arts education opportunities offered at the KIA.

Responsibilities:

  • Provide leadership and staff support for family programs that promote visual literacy including the KIA s monthly Art Detectives programs; materials to enhance KIA visits such as family guides, on-line materials, and interpretative labels. Create teacher and parent workshops on VTS (Visual Thinking Strategies).
  • Enhance school partnerships through outreach to teachers, principals, and administrators. Work with Director of Museum Education to align tour content and create educator resources with preK-12 curricula for school tours, Art Labs, and pre-school tours. Explore VTS pilot program in school setting and work with educators to create professional development opportunities.
  • Organize and coordinate the Annual Young Artists of Kalamazoo County exhibition (an exhibition of artwork by 50+ Kalamazoo County Schools).
  • Provide activities and tools in the Upjohn Mason Grandchildren Interactive Gallery for families to enjoy art viewing together and build literacy skills.
  • Develop and maintain partnerships with community organizations serving youth and families, including coordinating artGirls and other offsite summer programs with our Kalamazoo Public Library partners.
  • Assist with High School Programs: Teen Filmmaker Festival, High School Portfolio Day, and Annual High School Area Show.
  • Devise and implement evaluation tools to measure effectiveness of museum education programs in meeting goals and audience needs. Provide information, reports, and statistics as needed for grant applications and reports.
  • Work with Museum Education team to develop annual Museum Education budget and monitor expenses monthly. Provide information and assistance with program grants.
  • Attend department and other meetings and serve on committees as requested by Director of Museum Education.
  • Perform additional functions as assigned by Director of Museum Education.

Job Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in Art Education, Art History, Museum Studies or Fine/Studio Art and experience as a teacher; Master s degree preferred. Familiarity and training in the VTS methodology highly desired.
  • Minimum of 2 years proven leadership experience in education or museum setting is required along with the strong writing, verbal, and public speaking skills needed for interacting with and providing excellent customer service to parents, educators, volunteers, museum staff, and other constituencies.
  • Effective project and time management, organizational, teaching, and research skills are necessary along with a sound knowledge of art history and current trends in classroom and museum teaching strategies.
  • Aptitude for detail and ability to work both independently as well as in a team setting to develop programs and materials.
  • Demonstrated commitment to values of diversity, inclusion, and learner-centered interpretation strategies.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, social media platforms and design software is desirable.

Physical Job Requirements: While performing this job, the employee will be required to sit, stand and work, to lift up to 30 lbs occasionally, do close work with a computer monitor and perform repetitive hand movements. Employee must be able to communicate verbally.

The KIA offers a competitive salary and benefits package that includes medical, dental, life, retirement savings, and more. The KIA is an equal opportunity, equal access employer that is fully committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

Please forward a resume and cover letter to jobs@kiarts.org with Assistant Curator of Youth and Family Programs in the subject line or by mail to Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, 314 S. Park Street, Kalamazoo, MI 49007 by August 24, 2018.


Position Title: CHIEF CURATOR

Reports to: Executive Director
Classification: Full time, exempt

BACKGROUND
The Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, one of the largest museums in the state of Michigan, is seeking a collaborative curatorial leader who will assume a critical role in shaping and implementing the Institute s curatorial program. Kalamazoo is a collecting institution and has a collection numbering approximately 5,000 works of art.

The museum's exhibition and collecting emphasis is on American art and the art of Japan, China and Korea. The American art holdings are extensive, representing painting and sculpture from the 19th century to present day. The sizable works on paper collection holdings embrace American and European artists from the 17th century to contemporary. The collection includes artists as aesthetically and stylistically varied as Eastman Johnson, Andy Warhol, Henry O. Tanner, Alexander Calder and Robert Mapplethorpe. A well-respected Pre-Columbian collection, the core of which is gold objects, is a gift from one of the Institute's generous benefactors. American photography is an important and growing part of the collection.

The Institute encompasses over 70,000 square feet and includes both a museum and the Art School, which provides classes for 3,000 students ages 4 through adult in state-of-the-art classrooms and studios. The school's more than 50 part-time instructors teach courses and workshops in 9 major disciplines from painting and photography to ceramics and fiber.

The Museum maintains a busy schedule of approximately 13 exhibitions a year with related public and educational programs. Presently on view in the galleries are My Hero! Contemporary Art and Superhero Action; Vibrant Bounty: Chinese Folk Art from the Shaanxi Region; and Passion on Paper: Masterly Prints from the KIA Collection. Upcoming in June will be Global Glass: A Survey of Form and Function. The Institute maintains a strong commitment to regional, community and school exhibitions.

Executive Director Belinda Tate envisions the future of KIA as a thriving Institute having significant cultural impact locally, regionally and nationally. The KIA embraces diversity and inclusion that contributes to a healthy environment within the institution and also in the community which it serves.

The Kalamazoo Institute of Art operates with a budget of over $3.5 million and a staff of 31 full- and part-time employees (exclusive of faculty members and security guards).

THE POSITION
The Chief Curator reports to the Executive Director. The curatorial staff (reporting to the Chief Curator) will include the Curator, Registrar, Preparator, Curatorial Assistant, and potential Curatorial Fellow. The Chief Curator will play a pivotal role in bringing innovative thinking and curatorial leadership in support of KIA s institutional goals.

Essential Responsibilities

  • In partnership with the Executive Director, lead the curatorial department in presenting a dynamic program of exhibitions.
  • Serve as KIA s primary scholar. Research and study the permanent collections for publication in appropriate journals, exhibition catalogues and other publications, for enrichment of the database and docent training, and in preparation for a future catalogue of the collection.
  • Document and propose acquisitions for presentation to the Executive Director and Board Acquisition Committee.
  • Develop innovative, engaging and accessible exhibitions, and with the Education Department, prepare materials and programs to enhance the viewing experience.
  • Implement and evolve a long-term vision for the KIA curatorial program based on demographics and an understanding of audience participation concepts, which will embrace diversity and draw non-traditional art audiences to the Institute.
  • Ensure that the permanent collection is properly installed, interpreted, and documented to enhance viewing experience and appreciation.
  • Oversee proper storage and conservation of the permanent collection.
  • In collaboration with the Development office, play an active role in the cultivation and solicitation of contributions. Cultivate gifts for the permanent collection and secure funds for exhibitions and acquisitions.
  • Participate in KIA public programs. Prepare and deliver lectures and general talks both for visitors and for communities outside of KIA.
  • Attend key local, regional and national conferences to stay abreast of scholarship, market trends and current professional best practices, build professional relationships and enhance professional growth.
  • Supervise, inspire and mentor staff to achieve the Curatorial department s goals, foster cross departmental collaboration and adhere to best museum practices

QUALIFICATIONS
The successful candidate will have an M.A. in art history or its equivalent (Ph.D. preferred); general knowledge of the field of American art and culture from 1800 to the present and expertise in some area of American art. Solid knowledge of contemporary art is a plus. A minimum of 4 years of management-level experience and 5 years of applied curatorial experience is essential.

Also required:

  • Demonstrated excellence in conceiving and organizing exhibitions
  • Track record in both scholarly and general publications based on a thorough grounding in research tools and methodology
  • Experience working with Board committees
  • An innovative approach to exhibitions and programming
  • Strong staff management and mentoring skills.
  • A flair for public speaking, both to general audiences and to an audience of peers
  • Flexible and non-hierarchal in working inter-departmentally
  • Excellent writing and overall communication skills
  • Demonstrated organizational ability and proficient computer skills
  • Ability to create and maintain an annual departmental budget
  • Some national and international travel

In addition, the successful candidate will:

  • Be self-directed, motivated and able to work independently
  • Be an out-of-the box, creative thinker.
  • Thrive in an atmosphere of growth and change
  • Be a good listener
  • Have excellent interpersonal skills
  • Have a roll-up-your-sleeves work ethic and a sense of humor

Applications and recommendations
Kalamazoo Institute of Arts is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to diversity and inclusion. KIA has engaged Opportunity Resources Inc. to execute this search. Confidential inquiries, applications and recommendations are welcome. Please send cover letter and resume electronically to the search team: Freda Mindlin and Nancy Kaufman, Opportunity Resources Inc., New York, NY search@opportunityresources.net.


Position Title: VOLUNTEER AND RENTAL COORDINATOR

Reports to: Director of Advancement
Classification: Part-Time, Non-Exempt

Summary of Volunteer Component: Maintain and deploy a volunteer personnel system for the KIA.

Responsibilities:

  • Establish a recruitment plan and update annually
  • Maintain a database of volunteer information
  • Interview and refer all volunteers to appropriate staff
  • Recruit volunteers for events and activities
  • Provide volunteer training and evaluation as appropriate
  • Produce annual volunteer-recognition event(s) and otherwise recognize volunteers contributions
  • Maintain contacts and network within the community for volunteer information and recognition
  • Coordinate bulk mailings: Recruit volunteers, prepare mailing labels and reports, supervise mailings, update database as necessary (e.g., note address changes, deaths, changes in members' mailing preferences)
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Director of Development

Summary of Rental Component: Facilitate rentals of KIA spaces, including preparation for rental events.

Responsibilities:

  • Exhibit KIA spaces and identify venue alternatives, pricing, KIA rental policies, and other information to potential renters
  • Schedule rental events; produce and expedite contracts and invoices
  • With lessees, determine event floor plan and setup instructions; share staffing and setup requirements with pertinent KIA personnel
  • Perform other duties broadly related to facility usage

Job qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree
  • 2-3 years of volunteer-management experience
  • Ability to multi-task and to coordinate team efforts
  • Familiarity with computer software, including Microsoft Excel, Word, and Powerpoint, plus database management (preferably Raisers Edge)
  • Excellent organizational and verbal and written communication skills
  • Experience working in a non-profit setting is desired
  • Detail-oriented personality
  • Physical Job Requirements: While performing this job, the employee will be required to sit, stand and work, to lift up to 30 lbs occasionally, do close work with a computer monitor and perform repetitive hand movements. Employee must be able to communicate verbally.

    The KIA is an equal opportunity, equal access employer that is fully committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

    Qualified candidates should forward a resume and cover letter detailing how your experience relates to this position to jobs@kiarts.org with Volunteer/Rental Coordinator in the subject line or by mail to Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, 314 S. Park Street, Kalamazoo, MI 49007. No phone calls please. Applications accepted until filled.


    Position Title: GRANTS WRITER AND ADMINISTRATOR

    Reports to: Director of Advancement
    Classification: Part time (20 hours per week)

    Summary of Duties: The Grants Writer and Administrator will be responsible for the KIA foundation and grants strategy.

    Essential Responsibilities - Grants:

    • Identify, research and develop government, foundation and corporate granting funding sources to support existing and planned KIA program activities.
    • Facilitate, write, review, edit and submit grant proposals to government funding agencies, corporate and private foundations in support of KIA initiatives; conduct research and identify new sources of grant funding.
    • Engage staff and KNAS faculty in the exploration of grant opportunities. Bring potential funders to the KIA to meet and explore program collaboration.
    • Manage grant funds received to assure proper dispersal, accounting, stewardship, reporting and evaluation as appropriate or required.
    • Work closely with staff to coordinate and develop ideas into written grant proposals with supporting documents.
    • Develop a three-year plan for short term and long term grant seeking.
    • Assist with other writing projects such as individual and corporate giving proposals as requested.
    • Assist with additional advancement and organizational activities and events as requested.

    Position Requirements:

    • Bachelor's degree required.
    • Proven prior grant writing success, preferably in the arts.
    • Entrepreneurial, creative, self-starter and ability to take initiative.
    • Ability to plan, prioritize, and coordinate multiple projects.
    • Exceptional organizational and implementation skills.
    • Thorough knowledge of basic principles of maintaining donor records and acknowledgments.
    • Strong written and verbal communication skills, an attention to detail, an aptitude for logical thinking, a commitment to professional ethics, and the ability to interact with KIA staff and the general public.
    • A collegial and cooperative spirit and approach and an ability to work closely with others.

    The KIA is an equal opportunity employer.

    Qualified candidates should forward a resume and cover letter detailing how your experience relates to this position to jobs@kiarts.org with Grants Writer in the subject line or by mail to Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, 314 S. Park Street, Kalamazoo, MI 49007. No phone calls please. Applications are open until filled.


    Position Title: CUSTODIAN

    Reports to: Director of Facilities
    Classification: Part-time, second shift

    The Kalamazoo Institute of Arts is a leading nonprofit art museum and school. Since 1924, the institute has offered art classes, exhibitions, lectures, events, activities and a permanent collection. The KIA's mission is to cultivate the creation and appreciation of the visual arts in West Michigan. We believe the visual arts are for everyone. They inspire, fulfill, and transform.

    Summary of Position: The Kalamazoo Institute of Arts seeks a Custodian to take pride in helping keep our facilities spotless.

    Responsibilities:

    • Maintain restrooms
    • Clean facilities as directed
    • Use equipment as directed
    • Remove trash
    • Setup and break down events
    • Work efficiently
    • Be careful
    • Perform additional duties as assigned by Director of Facilities

    Job Qualifications:

    • Ability to work independently while following directions
    • Experience working with cleaning supplies and equipment
    • Ability to use cleaning products and chemicals safely
    • High school diploma or GED

    Physical Job Requirements: While performing this job, the employee will be required to sit, stand and work, to lift up to 50 lbs occasionally and perform repetitive movements. Employee must be able to communicate verbally.

    The KIA is an equal opportunity, equal access employer that is fully committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

    Please forward a resume to jobs@kiarts.org with Custodian in the subject line or by mail to Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, 314 S. Park Street, Kalamazoo, MI 49007 by August 24, 2018. In addition, employment applications are available at our front desk. No phone calls, please.


    Position Title: REGISTRAR

    Reports to: Chief Curator
    Classification: Full-Time, Exempt

    Summary of Position: The Registrar oversees all aspects of the permanent collection (4,700 objects) including accessioning and documenting, maintaining electronic and physical records, inventory, storage, monitoring condition of objects, and safeguarding objects from damage, either physical or environmental. The Registrar also oversees loans for temporary exhibitions and collection loans, including shipping and packing, condition reporting, and inventory control.

    RESPONSIBILITIES:

    Information Management

    • Creates, compiles, maintains and updates as necessary legal documents, histories of use and physical histories of permanent collection objects, including legal forms, permanent collection database and files, loan, conservation, condition, publication, exhibition, insurance and location records.
    • Conducts other research on permanent collection objects as necessary, including copyright research and securing permissions for image use. Manages rights and reproduction requests for KIA objects.
    • Maintain collection database (using The Museum System "TMS), including system specifications and software choices, data standards, data input, reports and forms. Develops and implements regular inventory projects.
    • Disseminates information as needed to other departments, researchers, and students. Uploads the collection and its associated images into eMuseum. Updates collection and exhibition pages of website.
    • Serves as KIA Archivist "organizes archives, incorporates new archival material, responds to information requests (both internal and external).
    • Accepts and processes donations of temporary objects. Manages the objects disposition (i.e., disposal, sale, or accession)
    • Collections Management
    • Facilitates care and control of collections on site, monitors condition of objects; implements collection policies.
    • Oversees object movement, internal and external.
    • Maintains and controls storage areas, develops storage methods.
    • Prepares grant reports as necessary.
    • Contracts for outside services as needed, including conservation, shipping, insurance, and photography.
    • Monitors physical environment in storage areas and galleries. Communicates with facilities staff regarding issues.
    • Supports the director of collections and exhibitions in managing the monthly collection advisory committee meeting. Compiles agendas and financial statements, takes minutes, and communicates with committee members.
    • Exhibitions
    • Prepares loan contracts and receipts, schedules and supervises packing, shipping, condition reporting and object movement for temporary exhibitions.
    • Produces reports of works for permanent collection exhibitions as needed, provides label information and prints labels for temporary and permanent collection exhibitions, coordinates object movement and record keeping.
    • Plays integral role in organization and production of biennial art auction held to raise funds for acquisitions and the maintenance of the permanent collection.
    • Other duties as assigned by supervisor.

    Job Qualifications:

    • B.A. with coursework in art, art history, or museum studies or equivalent experience preferred
    • Minimum of three years of experience (five years preferred) as a museum registrar
    • Knowledge of The Museum System TMS

    Physical Job Requirements: While performing this job, the employee will be required to sit, stand and work, to lift up to 30 lbs occasionally, do close work with a computer monitor and perform repetitive hand movements. Employee must be able to communicate verbally.

    The KIA offers a competitive salary and benefits package that includes medical, dental, life, retirement savings, and more. The KIA is an equal opportunity, equal access employer that is fully committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

    Please forward a resume and cover letter to jobs@kiarts.org with Registrar in the subject line or by mail to Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, 314 S. Park Street, Kalamazoo, MI 49007. No phone calls, please.