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Gallery Guide (P/T)—Visitor Experience and Engagement

Due to health concerns in connection with the novel coronavirus, and as a matter of care for our staff, visitors, community, and city, we are closed to the public until further notice and have therefore paused filling any open positions. We thank you for considering a position at the Museum and sincerely value your interest in working with us. Please check back for the latest information and our plans to reopen.

We seek individuals with a strong knowledge of art history and a passion for enhancing visitor experience to pilot our new Gallery Guides program. This program will match our private tour groups with guides who can accommodate their interests and requests, and guides will lead tailored private tours of our collections and special exhibitions on a contractual basis.


  • Bachelor’s degree in art history or a related field
  • At least two years of professional art museum or teaching experience
  • Demonstrated ability to make scholarly information accessible, accurate, and engaging for our diverse audiences
  • Strong background in art history and a broad interest suitable to an encyclopedic museum
  • Approachable demeanor and a passion for engaging museum visitors around art
  • Capacity to create educational experiences that enhance visitors' direct encounters with art in a museum setting
  • Strong independent research skills and familiarity with standard art historical research resources and methods
  • Computer skills including email, Google Drive, and Google Docs
  • Reliability and ability to communicate clearly about scheduling and attendance

Additional qualifications:

  • Master's degree preferred; current graduate students are welcome to apply
  • Fluency in Spanish, Russian, French, and/or Mandarin is desirable


  • Research and plan gallery tours, working independently and proactively
  • Attend training sessions for new exhibitions
  • Communicate collegially with other Museum staff and the Gallery Guide team as needed, especially when accessing shared research materials
  • Incorporate feedback from the Manager of Visitor Engagement and Museum staff, as all tours are evaluated before they are presented to private groups
  • Undergo periodic performance reviews for content, teaching style, and customer service
  • Participate flexibly and with willingness to try new approaches, as the program evolves over its inaugural year and we experiment with new tour concepts and formats

Start date: Immediately

Department: Visitor Experience and Engagement

Reports to: Manager of Visitor Engagement

Position type: Part-time

Union status: Non-union

FLSA status: Non-exempt

Salary: $80–$100 per one-hour tour, commensurate with experience

Schedule: Contract-based; guides are notified of upcoming tour availability and scheduled through Visitor Experience and Engagement staff. Tours primarily occur during Museum hours but may be scheduled outside of regular hours. Guides also attend quarterly, paid training sessions.

To apply: Send your résumé and cover letter to No phone calls, please. (Due to the large volume of applications, only candidates who are being considered will be contacted regarding their application status.)