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Students enjoy many part-time paid positions at the museum. Pay is $10 per hour. Work-study students are welcome.

Visitor Services Representative Duke Student Position Available

Are you interested in working in an open, sun-lit space, surrounded by contemporary visual art? Do you enjoy engaging with people from all occupations, young to old, local to international? Would you like to add customer service to your resume?

If you answered yes to the above questions, we encourage you to apply for the Visitor Services Representative position at the Nasher Museum of Art!

We are currently seeking a Duke student to fill a dynamic, customer-service based position that offers the opportunity to work in a contemporary art setting with an international reputation and record of diverse, engaging exhibitions.

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    Representatives work with professional museum staff and expert art educators to deliver a positive and informed visitor experience while furthering their art history knowledge (with emphasis on modern/contemporary art), developing their customer service skills, and participating in the daily operations of a visual arts museum.

    This position requires 8-15 hours a week at the Nasher Museum Information Desk, with at least two weekend days a month.

    RESPONSIBILITIES

    •     Deliver welcoming introduction and offer friendly, informed customer service.

    •     Process visitor admission to the museum (cash, credit card or check).

    •     Process new and renewal memberships.

    •     Answer the Nasher main phone line and redirect calls as necessary.

    •     Offer hands-on assistance to visitors with disabilities or special needs.

    •     Address visitors and staff in a professional, respectful manner.

    •     Take initiative to converse with visitors about the museum, exhibitions and events.

    •     Follow museum staff policies and procedures, as well as those of Visitor Services.

    •     Check staff calendar updates, tour notes, and event notifications each shift.

    •     Attend trainings on upcoming exhibitions, accessibility and other related content.

    •     Perform daily front desk operational tasks, including restocking of marketing materials.

    QUALIFICATIONS

    •     Enrollment in Duke University (either Undergraduate or Graduate studies), with background in Art History or Visual Arts preferred.

    •     Cash-handling and customer service/hospitality experience.

    •     Ability and eagerness to work with diverse audience/staff.

    •     Strong interpersonal and communication skills required.

    •     Ability to work at least one week-day (Tues-Fri) shift and at least one weekend shift each week.

    TO APPLY
    Please email a resume and cover letter to Myra Weise, Manager of Museum Services at myra.weise@duke.edu.

    NASHER MUSEUM MISSION STATEMENT
    The Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University promotes engagement with the visual arts for the Duke and Durham communities. The museum is dedicated to presenting innovative and accessible collections, exhibitions, publications and programs that stimulate intellectual discourse, enrich individual lives and generate new knowledge. Drawing on the resources of a leading research university, the museum serves as a laboratory for interdisciplinary approaches.

    EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
    Duke University & The Nasher Museum of Art prohibits discrimination and harassment, and provides equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, sex, age, or genetic information.

     


Become a Gallery Guide

Learn about art, gain experience leading tours of K-12 school groups and adult groups, facilitate and lead inquiry-based discussions. Student gallery guides must commit to three semesters. If interested, please contact Jessica Ruhle, Director of Education and Public Programs (jessica.ruhle@duke.edu).

Yijun Qian, who graduated in December 2016 with a master’s degree in engineering management, chose Allegorical Portrait of a Lady (after Caspar Netscher), attributed to Pieter Cornelisz van Slingeland, as one of her favorite works of art at the Nasher. The museum could not open without the student guards who assist with museum security.

This painting always catches my eye when I enter the gallery. The woman is depicted so elegantly with her silver dress and her pose. I also like how everything in the painting is symbolic, like the plant the woman is stepping on. It’s like a puzzle trying to figure out what the details mean.

Yijun Qian, who graduated in December 2016 with a master’s degree in engineering management.
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