Thank you for your interest in employment at the Akron Art Museum. We are looking for engaging, knowledgeable and creative individuals to fill the positions listed below. Akron Art Museum is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Security Guard (Part-Time)
The Akron Art Museum has part-time (up to 24 hours per week) opening for Security Guards. The ideal candidate will possess at least a high school diploma or GED and additional coursework and/or training in security, first aid/EMT, or relevant experience and an interest in and/or knowledge of art. Must be available to work weekends and some evenings, and have reliable transportation, clean driving record and clean criminal background check. Non-smokers preferred.

Must be able to work at least three days a week, including Thursdays and weekends. Some night shifts available.

Applications may be picked up at the front desk from 11am – 5pm, Tues. – Sun., or send resume, cover letter, and three professional references to:, or by post to: Human Resources, One South High., Akron OH 44308-1801. The Akron Art Museum is an equal opportunity employer.



A. Reports to Security Manager

Under the direction of the Security Manager, is responsible for the safety of works of art in the galleries, and the safety of all visitors and employees in the building. This part-time position is classified as non-exempt.


1. Provide a safe and secure environment for our employees, patrons, visitors, and contractors.
2. Provide effective protection for the museum’s artwork and assets from damage and loss.
3. Provide timely response and assistance to our customers’ needs. Ensure a positive visitor experience for patrons. Field visitor questions.
4. Provide active enforcement of the museum’s rules and regulations.
5. Provide informative security awareness education to our employees, patrons, visitors, and contractors.
6. Perform guard duties as assigned by the Security Manager, reporting to work when scheduled, on time, and remaining at assigned post until properly relieved.
7. Open and close the galleries, and continually check for damaged or missing objects. Report any changes in condition to the Security Manager.
8. Reports to the Security Manager, or in his absence a Security Shift Supervisor, both orally and in writing all accidents, vandalism, suspicious activity, unusual occurrences, and any violation of the Museum’s policies, or procedures. All reports shall be made as soon as possible after the event has occurred.
9. Helps with Museum activities and special events when needed.
10. Participates in required training and the Museum’s risk reduction program.
11. Performs other duties as assigned.

High School graduate or GED required. Additional training or coursework in security, first aid/EMT training, or other relevant education preferred, but not required. Interest in art preferred, but not required.

Knowledge of safety/security practices and procedures, as well as prior experience in safety or security field preferred, but not required.

Reliable, punctual, and trustworthy, able to deal with the public in a friendly, courteous, and tactful manner. Flexible, able to adapt to a change in schedule and deal with unexpected situations as they arise. Professional appearance with good personal hygiene. Able to work cooperatively with co-workers.

Possess demonstrated ability to remain calm and task-focused in emergencies, and to respond appropriately to any emergency or unusual occurrence. Proven ability to communicate well and establish rapport with a diverse population. Able to follow given first aid protocol and provide assistance to sick or injured guests or employees. Physically fit, able to lift up to 50 pounds.

Standing for extended periods of time, walking on concrete floors, working outdoor events in variable weather conditions, patrolling outdoors in all seasons and weather. Communicating with others verbally and writing reports when necessary. Lifting up to 50 pounds.

This list is meant to be illustrative of the usual types of activities and working conditions for this position, and is not intended to be all-inclusive.



A. Reports to the Facilities Manager.
B. In the absence of the Facilities Manager will report to the Chief of Staff.


Under the direction of the Facilities Manager and Chief of Staff, performs tasks to assure that the physical appearance of the Museum is at its best at all times and that property and equipment is in good repair. Contributes to the smooth running of the Museum. Provides addition support during scheduled events including: art openings, fundraisers, concerts, weddings, and Education Programming. This position is classified as non-exempt.


1. Performs all housekeeping tasks as scheduled, including:

  • cleaning of restrooms and work areas,
  • mopping floors,
  • vacuuming carpets,
  • dusting,
  • collecting trash,
  • washing walls and windows,
  • picking up trash on Museum’s outside property,
  • watering landscaped areas,
  • sweeping or hosing down sidewalks and shoveling snow,
  • salting sculpture garden terrace areas and parking lots,
  • any other job assigned.

2. Assists with other building maintenance tasks as scheduled or requested, including:

  • receiving and forwarding deliveries,
  • floor stripping and waxing, buffing,
  • cleaning up landscaping in spring and fall,
  • moving office furniture,
  • setting up for special events,
  • cleaning up after special events,
  • any other job assigned.

3. To the extent training and abilities allow, assist in the accomplishment of special maintenance projects involving:

  • building and equipment repair,
  • painting,
  • landscaping,
  • any other maintenance function.

4. In absence of supervisor, responds to general staff requests for assistance with small cleaning, maintenance, or lifting jobs; for example, replacing of light bulbs, cleaning up spills, lifting boxes of publications, etc.

5. Performs other duties as may be prescribed by Events Manager and Security Manager


High School graduate or G.E.D. Prior experience in janitorial, landscaping, or building maintenance preferred but not required.


Reliable, punctual, and trustworthy, able to act reasonably in emergencies, perform tasks as instructed, cooperate well with co-workers, and present a clean and neat appearance. Must have a clean criminal background report, no drug usage. Must be able to lift 50 pounds. Nonsmoker preferred.


Standing, walking, squatting, bending, stooping, lifting heavy items of up to 50 pounds.

Climbing ladders, using a lift to access high areas, walking up and down stairs, using both arms
in repetitive motion to sweep, shovel, or clean surfaces.

Manual dexterity – grasping, fingering, twisting, gripping, use of both hands in coordinated manner to use hand and power tools and equipment.

Hearing/Speaking – must be able to hear normal speech, and to communicate with others.
High noise level at times due to operation of machines and vehicles. Communicate using
two-way radio.

Vision – must be able to see areas to be cleaned, and read written instructions. Must be able to tolerate  working in bright daylight and at night.

Work environment – may be noisy, dusty, hot, cold, wet, or unsanitary.

This list is meant to be illustrative of the usual types of activities and working conditions for this position, and is not intended to be all-inclusive.

Reports to the Visitor Services and Shop Manager or Café Supervisor as appropriate.


Works as part of a professional, service-oriented team of Member and Visitor Services Associates promoting the museum, supporting cultural experiences and generating revenue at the Café, Shop and Visitor Services Desk. This position is part-time hourly, non-exempt.


  1. Possess the high-level skills necessary to provide outstanding customer service, sell museum memberships and build long-term customer relationships.
  2. Develop a thorough knowledge of museum operations and keep current with museum activities through resources such as the museum’s website, social media sites, weekly e-blast, Outlook calendar and publications.
  3. Conduct day-to-day activities such as processing transactions through the point-of-sale system, cash handling, performing opening and closing duties and maintaining cleanliness and neatness of workspace.
  4. Cross-train as needed in the daily activities of the Visitor Services Desk, Café and Shop.
  5. Be available to regularly work up to 24 hours weekly including Thursdays and weekends with the flexibility to work on / around several holidays annually. The museum is open, for example, on Easter, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and on the days surrounding holidays such as Thanksgiving, Independence Day, Memorial Day, Labor Day and Christmas. Additional hours are required during First Night, Akron’s Community New Year’s Eve Celebration, exhibition openings, museum fundraisers, special events outside of the museum’s regular hours, in order to attend some meetings and during other Member and Visitor Services Associates’ absences.
  6. Perform additional duties as assigned by the Member and Visitor Services Coordinator, Café Manager or Shop Manager / Buyer as appropriate.


  1. Answer the museum’s main telephone line, dispense general information or transfer calls to appropriate staff members.
  2. Maintain attendance count.


  1. Prepare and serve coffee, tea and wraps. Serve food items such as pastries, soups and boxed lunches, as well as bottled beverages, beer and wine.
  2. Maintain health code standards for food service and uphold museum safety standards.


  1. Generate sales.
  2. Assist Shop Manager / Buyer with processing and shipping orders placed from outside the Shop, checking in merchandise, restocking merchandise, resetting displays and conducting annual physical inventory.


High School Diploma required. Food service, reception or retail experience required. ServSafe Certification a plus. Applicants must be at least 21 years of age in order to fulfill all job duties which may include serving alcohol at the Café and other museum events.


Proven interpersonal and customer service skills; outgoing, friendly personality; strong written and verbal skills; mature judgment; flexibility and willingness to adapt to changing needs of organization. Possess a neat appearance and good personal hygiene. Appreciation of art preferred.


Work areas are primarily indoors, in a climate-controlled environment with moderate background noise. Work is subject to many interruptions and pressure due to simultaneous orders.


  • Sitting / Standing / Walking – Approximately 95% of time in the Café or Shop work areas is spent standing or moving around. Approximately 95% of the time in the Visitor Services Desk area is spent sitting.
  • Speaking / Hearing – Clear diction and acute hearing are necessary for effective communication with co-workers, customers and outside agencies, by telephone and in person.
  • Vision – Corrected vision close to 20/20 is necessary to effectively use the cash register and interpret written information.
  • Climbing / Balancing – The ability to climb and balance on a step ladder is necessary for stocking food, beverages, and supplies.
  • Stooping / Kneeling – The ability to stoop and kneel is necessary for accessing files, and stocking food, beverages and supplies.
  • Reaching / Handling – Good manual dexterity is necessary for cash register use and for retrieving and working with appropriate paperwork, equipment, and supplies.

This list is meant to be illustrative of the usual types of activities and working conditions for this position, and is not intended to be all-inclusive.

How to Apply

We accept applications submitted online, by email, or by mail.

To apply online

Complete the Application for Employment online form

To apply by email

Send cover letter, resume, and references to:

To apply by mail

Send cover letter, resume, and references to:
Human Resources
The Akron Art Museum
One South High Street
Akron, OH 44308