Careers at KCM
Thank you for your interest in working at the Kohl Children’s Museum of Greater Chicago! You are welcome to submit your application for employment for any available opportunities listed on our website or by completing a general application. While we may have limited or no employment opportunities available, the Museum employs part-time positions in our Operations and Visitor Experience departments on an ongoing basis. You may complete a general application by clicking on the “Apply Online” link.
Another wonderful way to get involved at the Kohl Children’s Museum is through volunteering! Our volunteers are an integral part of the Museum and our program offers opportunities supporting our staff in administrative duties, weekend birthday parties, and special events. Should you wish to learn more about volunteering at the Kohl Children’s Museum, please visit the “Volunteer” page of our website found under the “Support” tab.
Kohl Children’s Museum of Greater Chicago is currently accepting general employment applications.
- Exhibit Guide
Reports To: Director of Visitor Experience
The Exhibit Guide is responsible for providing an engaging and educational Museum experience for all visitors of the Museum. The Exhibit Guide supports a safe and fun environment through core operational duties, including facilitating positive interactions with our patrons, opening and closing of the Museum, managing the cleanliness of the exhibits and assisting patrons with any questions or issues as they arise.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The Exhibit Guide is a central role to the Museum guest experience. Exhibit Guides will:
• Encourage patron participation in exhibits through age-appropriate interactions using humor, games, activities and imaginative play.
• Monitor and safeguard young patrons, ensuring that children are with their caregiver as they enter and exit the Museum.
• Assist with answering patrons’ questions or resolving issues and needs.
• Set and reset exhibit areas throughout the Museum’s operational hours.
• Conduct sanitation tasks to ensure cleanliness of Museum exhibits.
The successful candidate will possess the following:
• Ability to work with young, energetic children
• Excellent customer service and interpersonal skills
• Friendly demeanor and positive attitude
• Some work experience in a Museum or customer-facing role, preferred
• Experience working with children, preferred
This is a part-time position, up to 20 hours/week. Interested candidates must have flexibility with work availability to support weekend scheduling and/or evening activities.
HOW TO APPLY:
Interested candidates can submit an online application found on the Careers page of our website, kohlchildrensmuseum.org/jobs.
For more information about the position or the Museum, please visit www.kohlchildrensmuseum.org.
- Summer Youth Employment in the Arts Program
Reports To: Director of Education
Kohl Children’s Museum of Greater Chicago is currently seeking three (3) high school students to intern in our Art Studio from June to September. These students will gain real-life experience working with children from birth to age 8, engaging them in developmentally appropriate activities in the Museum’s Art Studio.
This is a paid internship. Interested students should have a demonstrated interest in the arts and enjoy working with children. The Art Studio internship will be approximately 12-18 hours per week for 15 weeks beginning June 4, 2019.
TO APPLY: Interested candidates should submit a letter of interest and/or a resume to Erika Gray (firstname.lastname@example.org) describing their related areas of study and their objective in participating in this experience.
Internship responsibilities will be primarily visitor-facing and artistic in nature. Art Studio interns will work directly with visitors in the Art Studio and on art-centered activities throughout the Museum.
Specific responsibilities include:
• Engaging early childhood visitors through developmentally appropriate practices.
• Setting and resetting the Art Studio throughout the day.
• Assisting and providing direction to visitors in the use of Studio environment.
• Conducting daily tasks to ensure the cleanliness of the art studio.
Internship activities will take place at Kohl Children’s Museum, primarily in the Art Studio.
Art Studio interns will benefit from this opportunity by acquiring real-life experience working with children and engaging them in developmentally appropriate activities in the Art Studio. Activities for the children in the Art Studio include painting, drawing, designing with clay and monthly art projects. The interns facilitate artistic play experiences between children and caregivers, which also results in personal growth for the interns.
Skills acquired include teaching and engaging children in learning through play. Additionally, interns will have opportunities to create and facilitate art-based lessons/activities for small groups of children.
Art Studio interns will create a portfolio of their work accomplishments, including photos, written descriptions of their work experiences and lesson plans they create. Performance is evaluated regularly, with a summers-end review meeting with the Director of Education. The Education staff will support the interns in reaching their summer employment goals.
For more information about the Museum, please visit our website at kcmgc.org.