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Internship/Volunteer Opportunities

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Career Opportunities


Associate Registrar

The Santa Barbara Museum of Art presents internationally-recognized collections and exhibitions and a broad array of cultural and educational activities. The Collections Department has an immediate opening for an experienced mid-career Associate Registrar to support the Senior Registrar in the management of the department and in all aspects of collections care and registration, including permanent collection, acquisitions and deaccessions, incoming and outgoing loans, exhibitions, storage and handling/movement. SBMA is a leading west coast museum with major permanent collections in ancient, Asian, 19-20th century, contemporary art and photography, and is about to embark on an exciting major multi-year, multi-phase renovation that will transform all areas of the building including exhibition spaces art storage , and offices, and will necessitate the movement and rehousing of the entire collection.

This position requires a BA degree (preferably in Art History or Studio Art), and 8 – 10 years of full-time paid employment experience as a Registrar in an Art Museum. The best qualified candidate will have substantial experience organizing loans and exhibitions (including international and U.S. Indemnity coverage) knowledge of current practices, standards, and materials in registration, including art handling, packing/creating, insurance, U.S. Indemnity, customs and international regulations including Fish and Wildlife/CITES, and experience with a variety of collections including contemporary art. Hands-on experience and comfort handling art independently and as part of a team. Expertise with collection management systems (preferably TMS and Crystal Reports) is required, and an ability and willingness to travel domestically and internationally, as needed (inclusive of extended truck travel). Ability and initiative to manage projects independently as well as work collaboratively as part of a multi-department team. Flexibility and problem solving skills are essential. The position requires lifting up to 50 pounds intermittently and the ability sit and stand for extended periods of time. We offer a competitive salary, excellent benefits and a workplace that inspires.

  • The position reports to the Sr. Registrar.
  • Full-time, regular, and non-exempt status.
  • Salary is DOE and the position is eligible for full benefits.
  • Successful Background Check is required
  • Deadline to apply:  Applications (with salary requirements), Resumes and Cover Letters will be accepted through 1/26/15 or until the position is filled, either before or after noted date.
Send cover letter, resume, and application to:

Human Resources 
Santa Barbara Museum of Art
1130 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93l0l
Fax: 805.966.6840
Email: hr@sbma.net

Click here to download an application.

Visitor Experience & Retail Manager – Full Time

The Santa Barbara Museum of Art presents internationally-recognized collections and exhibitions and a broad array of cultural and educational activities. The Department of Visitor Experience ensures that visitors enjoy exemplary customer service and that their SBMA experience is welcoming, educational and rewarding.

The Visitor Experience Manager leads the team and is responsible for developing, implementing and managing admissions and retail operations. Areas of responsibility include admissions and ticketing operation, Shop and e-Shop, as well as oversight of the Café Operations. The manager works closely with Security and other departments to unsure that the frontline staff is trained to provide exemplary customer service. The Manager coordinates with other departments including PR, IT, Education, Development and Curatorial to ensure that consideration of the visitor experience is at the forefront of all SBMA policies, programming, events and exhibitions

The Museum has an immediate opening for a resourceful and creative manager with excellent operational judgment, and effective business and communication skills to coordinate and direct the SBMA Visitor Experience team. The ideal candidate will have the ability to work collaboratively with multiple departments, excellent organizational, analytical, marketing and public relations talents, and the proven ability to analyze and solve problems, establish and meet goals, set priorities, handle diverse responsibilities and deadlines, creatively initiate and carry out product development and manage an eclectic, energetic staff.

  • Carry out SBMA’s mission to integrate art into the lives of people by developing and implementing effective policies and procedures of the highest level of customer service and best visitor experience practices among all SBMA frontline staff.
  • Hire, manage and support Visitor Experience staff to ensure excellence in the operation of the Museum’s retail and visitor operations and to promote and achieve a consistently high level of customer satisfaction. Develop and implement policies in coordination with Curatorial and Education to ensure an informed and knowledgeable frontline staff with regard to exhibitions, the permanent collection and all SBMA programming and events.
  • Coordinate with Curatorial to ensure retail operations positively and accurately reflect and promote exhibitions and permanent collection.
  • Develop and implement regular customer service training for all frontline staff, including Security.
  • Oversee software and on-line ticketing to insure an efficient experience; work cooperatively with IT and PR to ensure that the SBMA website is welcoming, intuitive, and offers a seamless, straightforward path for visitors to obtain information.
  • Oversee Museum Café lessee in all aspects of Café’s retail operation. Work in conjunction with PR to promotes Museum Café business and incorporate same in ongoing Museum events, programs and operations.
  • Work with PR to develop and analyze visitor surveys, recommends policy and operational changes based on visitor feedback.
  • Develop long and short term strategies for profit per square foot increases in all Museum retail space.
  • Work cooperatively with departments to develop, design, and/or remodel plans for all SBMA public space.
  • Prepare, managing and meeting departmental budget; setting sales goals and preparing sales reports.
  • Oversee walk-in sales of memberships in conjunction with membership staff.
  • Complete accounts payable and receivable tasks for shop and admissions accounts.
  • Maintain adequate level of stock items and general inventory, establishing mark-ups and mark-downs, formulating pricing policies, coordinating regular physical inventory.
  • Serve as primary specialist on POS and ticketing system for input, reporting and training.

Requires high school diploma or equivalent, 5 years professional retail management experience, including hiring, training, supervising and evaluating employees, knowledge of product development, experience in purchasing, merchandising and working with retail vendors, working knowledge of inventory and POS systems—RMS preferred. Museum, cultural institution or other public attraction experience preferred. We offer a competitive salary, excellent benefits and a workplace that inspires.

  • The position reports to the CFO
  • Exempt Status.
  • Salary is DOE and position is eligible for full benefits.
  • Successful Background Check is required
  • Deadline to apply: Applications (with salary requirements), Resumes and Cover Letters will be accepted through 1/16/15 or until the position is filled, either before or after noted date.
Send cover letter, resume, and application to:

Human Resources 
Santa Barbara Museum of Art
1130 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93l0l
Fax: 805.966.6840
Email: hr@sbma.net

Click here to download an application.
 

SECURITY GUARDS – 2 Temporary Part-Time Positions

On-Call Security Guard needed to join our Security Team. Duties include patrolling the Museum to prevent theft, damage and injuries, monitoring and reporting any security or safety irregularities, and providing information to visitors. The ideal candidate will have a professional appearance and effective communication and customer service skills. Some security or law enforcement experience preferred. High school diploma or GED required. Temporary assignment will extend from 2/3/15 to 5/12/15 and may provide approximately 29 hours or less per week, of which may include some weekends, holidays, and events.

  • Schedule: Varies as needed (Approximately 29 hours or less per week.)
  • Compensation: $12.00/hour
  • Successful Background Check is required
  • Temporary Status is not eligible for benefits but will comply with all applicable regulations as required
  • Deadline to apply: January 9th, 2015

Applications accepted via mail, email, or fax. Or apply in person (see below).

Send cover letter, resume, and application to:

Human Resources 
Santa Barbara Museum of Art
1130 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93l0l
Fax: 805.966.6840
Email: hr@sbma.net

Click here to download an application.

Or apply in person, Tuesday – Friday, 11 am – 4 pm (NOTE: Position may be removed if filled prior to this date or extended as necessary).

 

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