Employment Opportunities at the Carter

Davidson Family Fellowship

The Amon Carter Museum of American Art invites applications for the 2017/2018 Davidson Family Fellowship. The fellowship provides support for scholars holding a PhD (or equivalent) or PhD candidates to work on research projects in American art that advance scholarship by connecting with objects in the museum’s permanent collection. The stipend rate is $3,000 per month for a minimum one-month to a maximum four-month period of full-time research at the museum. The application deadline is May 31, 2017, for a fellowship period to begin on or after October 1, 2017, and end by September 30, 2018. Housing and travel expenses are to be managed by the fellow, although the museum is available for assistance in locating accommodations.

Established in 1996 by a generous gift from the Davidson Family Charitable Foundation, the Amon Carter’s Davidson Family Fellowship provides support for scholars holding a PhD (or equivalent) or PhD candidates to work on research projects in American art that advance scholarship by connecting with objects in the museum’s permanent collection.

The painting and sculpture collection offers signature examples from movements in American art ranging from early nineteenth-century landscape painting through mid-twentieth-century modernism. The works on paper collection encompasses over eight-hundred drawings and watercolors along with over 6,500 prints from the nineteenth century through the mid-to-late twentieth century. The photography collection—one of the country’s most significant—includes over 40,000 historical and fine art prints spanning the inception of the medium through the latest digital techniques. The book collection features many of the finest accomplishments in illustration ranging from early colorplate landscape and natural history books through contemporary photobooks.

In addition to access to the art collection, fellows make use of the museum’s research collections, including its 150,000-item library with a set of microfilm from the Archives of American Art, several artists’ archives, and other special archival collections, along with access to object files. Fellows are assigned a private office near the off the library's reading room and stacks. During their stay, fellows act as a member of the curatorial team and are expected to actively participate in the scholarly life of the museum. At the end of their appointment, fellows are asked to present research progress in the form of a public lecture, roundtable discussion, or similar.

Successful candidates should have an in-depth knowledge of the history of American art and culture in areas represented by the museum’s collections that is demonstrated in coursework and/or publications. Proposals from qualified individuals in disciplines other than art history are also welcome. Preference will be given to projects that most fully leverage the complement of collections and research resources available at the museum. The award is based on merit and is open to all qualified individuals.

A valid application must include the following five components in English: 1. application form (applicant may sign interactive form with digital ID or scan a signed copy of the form); 2. application letter with a description of the project, including a summarized work plan and length of stay; 3. full curriculum vitae; 4. synopsis of master’s and doctoral theses; 5. three letters of recommendation to be sent directly to the museum by each reference. The museum encourages all application documents to be submitted electronically either to samuel.duncan@cartermuseum.org or via a file sharing service. Printed application materials will not be returned.

Director of Education & Library Services

After six decades of growth, the Amon Carter Museum of American Art houses more than 200,000 paintings, photographs, prints and sculptures, among them premier works by Thomas Cole, Frederic Church, Martin Johnson Heade, Thomas Eakins, Winslow Homer, Augustus Saint-Gaudens, Mary Cassatt, William Merritt Chase, Childe Hassam, Georgia O’Keeffe, Alexander Calder, Arthur Dove, Marsden Hartley, and Stuart Davis. The photography collection of 45,000 prints spans the entire history of American photography, and the museum houses the archives of eight American photographers. Education and scholarly research are pillars of the Museum’s activities. The Museum is recognized for its innovation in the development of PreK-12 programming, which currently serves more than 20,000 students per year, and it houses a leading research library and archive devoted to American art. Education endowments built in 2011, along with a recent endowment from the Walton Family Foundation, will ensure the program’s growth in new directions in the years ahead.

The Amon Carter Museum of American Art seeks a Director of Education & Library Services to lead and champion the museum’s efforts related to education, interpretation, and library and archives. He/she provides the vision, strategic direction, and leadership to ensure the development, execution, and evaluation of the museum’s mission-focused, user-centered programs and projects that connect onsite, offsite, and online audiences to the museum and its collections and special exhibitions.

Working with and as a member of the museum’s Leadership Team, the Board of Trustees, and others, the Director of Education & Library Services develops priorities and focus for the Education & Library functional areas. Working in concert with the museum staff, he/she cultivates relationships with new and existing audiences, including adults, children, families, scholars, students, educators, and community groups, and builds relationships with internal and external stakeholders to accomplish Education & Library goals. He/she coaches and mentors direct reports and manages the Education and Library team to achieve performance goals.

Responsibilities

· Expand the museum’s reputation for education excellence by providing ever-expanding vision and strategies for collection and exhibition interpretation, public programs and resources, and library and archives initiatives; direct, coordinate, and manage the Education & Library area, which functions as an integral part of the museum.
· Use expert knowledge in art museum education and library and archives to guide the development of projects and programs that pertain to accessibility, audience cultivation, program development, and interpretive strategies for various audiences; monitor ongoing performance indicators to ensure work groups are successful; provide performance feedback to work groups and individuals.
· Ensure education and library initiatives are integrated with other museum activities and the museum’s overall mission and strategic plan, and guide staff to work collaboratively across area and museum to accomplish goals; act as a liaison to museum staff and the Board of Trustees for the area’s initiatives, fostering a culture of open communication and collaboration.
· Serve on the Leadership Committee, working as a team and individually with its members to collaboratively consider significant decisions and strategic directions for the institution as well as to jointly implement museum policies and current activities.
· Stay abreast of and evaluate trends/best practices in library and archives and museum education; determine applicability at the Amon Carter; and recommend for implementation. Continually look forward, advising how to position the division and museum to meet future audience needs and increase relevancy.
· Recruit, interview, recommend for hire, train, and evaluate staff as necessary.
· Manage staff, interns, and volunteers, ensuring they are knowledgeable about the collections and exhibitions and share a common philosophy of user-centered design and audience engagement; mentor staff in the development of projects and programs, provide professional growth opportunities, and cultivate their leadership skills; identify and quickly resolve personnel and/or process issues.
· Create and continuously improve the structure and processes necessary to manage the area’s activities.
· Serve as an advocate for the museum’s diverse audiences and accessibility efforts, including museum grounds and building accessibility, artwork interpretation, and archives, education, library, and technology initiatives; develop methods for reaching new audiences through new initiatives related to the museum’s mission, collections, and exhibitions.
· Participate in the oral and written interpretation of the museum’s collection by delivering programs and oversee interpretive and programmatic materials; build audiences for programs by working cooperatively with the Marketing department and staff to generate promotional and marketing copy for printed and electronic publications.
· Assist the Development Department to secure funding opportunities for museum programs, initiatives, exhibitions, endowments, and campaigns from government agencies, corporations, foundations, and individuals; work with staff to write grant reports for division initiatives, participate in cultivation meetings, and assist curators in the preparation of exhibition funding proposals; ensure that all funding stipulations are fulfilled.
· Build and maintain relationships with public and private schools and universities, healthcare organizations, educational and art organizations, community agencies, libraries and archives, and museums across the state and nation; promote the museum’s initiatives and best practices across the region, state, and nation through conferences, publications, board service, and presentations.
· Oversee division budgets and statistics.
· Maintain confidentially of museum information; other duties as assigned.

Supervisory Responsibilities

Supervision is provided over the Education & Library staff, including the Head of Library and Archives, Education & Library Assistant, and education department staff, volunteers, and interns.

Skills and Requirements

· Demonstrated expertise in teaching and writing about works of art for various audiences.
· In-depth knowledge of library and archives practices, museum accessibility, and museum education.
· Ability to multi-task, work under pressure, and meet scheduled deadlines.
· Excellent communication skills in person, in writing, or by telephone with people inside and outside the museum.
· Demonstrated supervisory skills with staff and volunteers, including the ability to hire, motivate, develop, and direct staff.
· Ability to build and inspire cross-functional, collaborative teams and serve as a productive member of such teams.
· Ability to address conflict and resolve staff interpersonal and performance issues in a timely manner.
· Ability to think strategically for both short- and long-range goals.
· Strong decision-making skills.
· Experience with budget and grant management, financial analysis, accounting, and file organization.
· Computer proficiency with Windows and MS Office products.

Key Characteristics/Traits

· Strong interpersonal / relationship-building skills; collaborative.
· Positive outlook. High energy, self-motivated, with a strong work ethic.
· Sociability; enjoys community interaction and cross-staff partnerships.
· Professional presence; diplomatic and comfortable in dynamic situations.
· Strong public speaker.
· Inspires confidence and trust.
· Embraces the museum’s mission and values and promotes them to others.
· Demonstrates initiative and good judgment.
· Anticipates and resolves problems in a timely and professional manner; maintains composure.
· Values honesty, integrity, and ethical behavior.
· Analytical and creative problem-solver.

Qualifications/Education

· Graduate degree in art history and/or museum education with strong knowledge of American art.
· Minimum five years of art museum education experience required with a demonstrated understanding of educating multiple diverse audiences and age groups about works of art in a museum setting through both theory and practice; ten years’ experience desired.
· Managerial experience with research library and archive systems and initiatives preferred.
· Must have demonstrated leadership experience with internal and external cross-functional teams.
· Minimum five years of staff management experience with proven ability to provide leadership and project management in a museum environment.
· Experience working and communicating effectively with multiple levels of key constituents and internal/external work groups.

Other Job Requirements

· Flexibility with work schedule, including some nights and weekends.
· Some travel required.
· Must successfully complete background and pre-employment screens.

For a complete Job Analysis, please email human.resources@cartermuseum.org. Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume and three references to human.resources@cartermuseum.org or by mail to Human Resources, 3501 Camp Bowie, Fort Worth, Texas 76107 or fax 817-665-4315. Applications are being accepted through April 15, 2017. EEOC

Gallery Attendant Part-Time

The Amon Carter Museum of American seeks a Gallery Attendant on a part-time basis. A Gallery Attendant under the supervision of the Security Supervisors, insures the safety of the collection, building, and visitors; assist visitors and ensures they feel welcome in the museum; assist in emergency situations as assigned. Work closely with Visitor Services Representatives to provide visitors with a positive and memorable experience at the museum. This is an essential staff position.

Responsibilities

· Welcome and assist visitors with a high level of customer service, providing a welcoming and friendly environment for the visitors to enjoy their museum experience.
· Observe museum visitors in all situations making sure that they do not touch or endanger works of art, paying particularly close attention during special events with large numbers of visitors present.
· Insure visitor compliance with security procedures in a manner that promotes a positive visitor experience.
· Provide visitors with brief information as needed, which may include information on directions, exhibitions, special events, and the cultural district; refer more in-depth questions to the Visitor Services Representative; furnish/reinforce museum rules regarding photography in the galleries.
· Regularly observe surroundings to detect damage to the museum structure or works of art. Report evidence of damage to Security Supervisor or Control Room Operator immediately.
· Be advised during roll call of special visitors or programs scheduled during your shift; advise your relief of this information.
· Assist with evacuation from galleries, rescue from elevators, and use of fire extinguishers as required.
· Provide security for other locations in the building or grounds; accompany outside vendors and contractors to behind-the-scenes locations and supervise them as they work. Assignments may occur on Mondays or outside regular museum hours.
· Maintain confidentiality; other duties as requested.

Skills and Requirements

· Ability to interact and approach visitors without hesitation.
· Ability to communicate professionally, courteously, and effectively with a wide range of visitors, volunteers, and staff.
· Must be able to stand for long periods of time.
· Must be able to understand and follow chain of command.
· Must be available to work hours needed to support the security department.
· Must be able carry and operate a fifteen-pound fire extinguisher.
· Must be able to assist persons requiring a wheelchair.
· Must be able to hear normal conversation; prosthetic acceptable.

Key Characteristics/Traits

· Friendly, courteous, engaging presence with all museum visitors, including children, families, and adults of all ages and abilities.
· Friendly, courteous, engaging presents with museum staff.
· Must be responsible, reliable, and flexible; able to take initiative, exercise good judgment, and follow instructions.

Qualifications/Education

· High school diploma or equivalent; college courses preferred.
· Proper conversational use of English language required (bilingual skills helpful); must be able to transmit clear messages via radio. Must be able to read and understand written security and safety material.

Other Job Requirements

· Must pass post-offer drug screen and background screen.

To apply send cover letter, resume, and employment references to HR Manager, 3501 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth, TX 76107 fax (817) 665-4315, email human.resources@cartermuseum.org. EEOC.

Post-graduate Fellowship in Photography Conservation

The Amon Carter Museum is pleased to offer a two-year advanced training fellowship in the conservation of photographic materials. The Museum houses over 45,000 photographic prints, making the institution one of the country’s major repositories of American photography. The holdings span the history of the photographic medium, from one of the earliest daguerreotypes made in this country to inkjet prints being made today. Under the supervisor of the Conservator of Photographs, the Fellow will participate in all departmental activities including examination, documentation, analysis, and treatment on the Amon Carter Museum’s extensive collection of photographs, and will contribute significantly to the institution’s program of exhibitions. In addition, the Fellow will conduct research on the collection and is expected to produce a formal paper before the end of the appointment based on research completed during the fellowship.

The Fellowship will provide excellent hands-on treatment experience and practice in conservation management for the museum’s collection. By participating in all the departmental activities, the Fellow will gain professional experience in the conservation of photographs while commencing a conservation career.

Responsibilities

• Assist with examination, documentation, analysis, treatment and research priorities in consultation with the Conservator of Photographer.
• Assist with maintenance of the conservation laboratory. Including acquisitions of equipment and supplies.
• Conduct research on the permanent collection to contribute to the field of photography conservation, history, and technology. Present and publish results of research.
• Assist with inspection of permanent collection works of photography proposed for exhibition, publication, or loan and make recommendations regarding condition and handling.
• Consult and collaborate with curators, preparation staff and conservators (including those on contract to the museum), and regional colleagues.
• Become familiar with procedures for safe artwork handling under normal and emergency conditions.
• Maintain confidentiality.

Supervisory Responsibilities

None

Skills and Requirements

• Computer proficiency with MS Office products.
• Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills, including demonstrated ability to write specifications, treatments, and prepare reports.
• Knowledge of standard museum registration and records management practices.
• Willingness to follow required art handling procedures and wear required safety protection.

Key Characteristics/Traits

• Collaborative
• Demonstrated commitment to the profession of conservation and scholarly development.

Qualifications/Education

• Graduate of a recognized graduate-level program in conservation studies with a specialization on photographic materials, or equivalent education and work/life experience.
• Some experience handling art work; training provided.
• Electronic portfolio of treatments and research projects required.

Other Job Requirements

• Satisfactory Pre-employment background and drug screens required.

Applications are being accepted through April. The selected candidate would begin in early October. To apply send cover letter, resume, and employment references to Human Resources, 3501 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth, TX 76107, fax (817) 665-4315, or email human.resources@cartermuseum.org. EEOC.