Jobs / Opportunities – Clyfford Still Museum

Jobs / Opportunities

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View from the Boettcher Foundation Education Gallery. Photo by Kristin Hatgi

Thank you for your interest in the Clyfford Still Museum. Please review the available employment, contracting, and volunteer opportunities below.

Director of Education and Programs

Application Deadline: October 19, 2018
Preferred Start date: December 1, 2018
Compensation: Competitive and commensurate with experience
Status: Full-time, exempt
Reports to: Museum Director

The Clyfford Still Museum seeks a creative and experienced museum programs/education professional to lead the Museum’s Education and Programs initiatives.

Opened to international acclaim in 2011, the Clyfford Still Museum is a single-artist museum located in Denver, Colorado dedicated to the art and life of Clyfford Still, the legendary pioneer of abstract expressionism. The Museum holds a staggering 95% of Still’s oeuvre, some 825 paintings, 2400 works on paper, and the complete Clyfford Still Archives, all housed in an architecturally significant facility designed by Allied Works Architecture.

The Director of Education and Programs is part of the senior management team and, with the Museum Director, sets the vision and direction for the Museum’s education philosophy, and creates a variety of platforms for multiple audiences and learning types.

The successful candidate will recognize the many opportunities that exist within the framework of a single-artist museum and continue to raise the profile of the Museum and its high-quality programs. This individual will be attuned to the changing nature of museum visitation and the needs and wants of both traditional and non-traditional audiences. The Museum is particularly committed to reaching new audience segments and the successful candidate will work in concert with colleagues to reach this goal.

While overseeing a full range of customary education and program activities, the successful candidate will be grounded in and committed to “best practices,” including ongoing evaluation, but also eager to explore new approaches for interpretation, program planning and delivery, and digital and other new media to excite and engage visitors with its world-class collections.

The Museum’s current adult programs include lectures, panel discussions, concerts, performances, films, gallery talks, and various programs for special needs groups. School and youth programs include the Museum’s popular inStill Gallery Experiences (activity-based, workshop-model lessons) and its outreach cousin, inStill To Go. The Museum recently launched The Making Space, a hands-on studio for visitors of all ages located adjacent to the galleries.

Additional Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develop cross-institutional partnerships with peer organizations to create new program opportunities and expand the Museum’s audience
  • Work with the Museum Director and curatorial team to develop interpretive materials, text labels, and programs relating to exhibitions
  • Work with Director of Digital Media to develop content for technology-based assets and programs
  • Work with Director of Audience Development and Community Engagement to provide education opportunities in otherwise social or other traditionally non-educational programs
  • Supervise the Manager of Education, School & Youth (who in turn supervises a corps of twelve part-time, trained Gallery Teachers) and oversee ongoing program development and implementation of inStill programs; participate in curriculum development, training, marketing, and evaluation of these programs as needed
  • Develop and implement ongoing programs in the Making Space
  • Hire, train, and supervise Adult Guides and manage the Museum tour programs
  • Develop and manage departmental budget; participate in regular meetings with other department heads; perform departmental administrative work including website and database duties
  • Assist with grant writing and fundraising in support of education projects and programs
  • Work with the Museum Director on strategic planning and institutional policies for the department
  • Document and evaluate all departmental offerings
  • Other duties as required

Minimum Education, Job Qualifications, and Experience

  • Masters degree in art history, art education, museum education or related field
  • Five or more years’ professional experience, at least three in a leadership role, and preferably in a museum setting
  • Prior supervisory experience required
  • Professional experience as an art educator or experience working with students, teachers, schools, school districts, curricula development, and regional education consortia is desirable
  • Ability and temperament to work collaboratively with colleagues and partners
  • Excellent organizational skills and follow through
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Active participation in the field, developing and maintaining relationships with peers at other museums; attendance and participation in conferences regionally and nationally
  • Grant-writing experience and success is desirable
  • Availability for occasional evening and weekend work as needed
  • Background check required
  • Must be currently eligible to work in the United States

Please email your cover letter and resume to:

Please put the title of the job you are applying for with your name in the subject heading.
Or mail your cover letter and resume to: Clyfford Still Museum, Human Resources, 1250 Bannock Street, Denver, CO 80204.


Visitor Services Representative (part time, non-exempt)

Benefits: Eligible for Prorated, Part-Time Employee Benefits
Application Deadline: Applications are accepted on a rolling-basis and positions are filled on an as-needed basis.
Start Date: Immediately
Compensation: $13.50 per hour
Reports to: Director of Patron Services

The Clyfford Still Museum is dedicated to the life and artwork of Clyfford Still. The Museum is seeking a Visitor Services Representative who will be responsible to ensure that all Museum visitors experience optimum customer service and encounter a welcoming and helpful atmosphere. Regular Museum hours are 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday; 10 a.m.–8 p.m. Friday; closed Mondays. Must be able to work 2 to 3 days per week. Some evening and weekend hours are required.

Essential Duties/Responsibilities

  • Staff the reception desk, greet and provide assistance to Museum visitors with a focus on customer service, organization and efficiency. Ensure visitors are attended to professionally and promptly.
  • Handle admission sales and sales from the Museum shop; manage cash drawer.
  • Promote and sell Museum memberships.
  • Supply front desk with sufficient visitor information literature, maps, and other necessary materials and keep it a welcoming space.
  • Interface with Museum security to implement Museum policies and procedures for the safety and security of visitors and of the Museum.
  • Maintain a friendly and helpful environment for Museum visitors. Serve as a resource for, and communicate well with, a variety of visitors, understand and address the special needs of different visitors, address visitor concerns and complaints in a pleasant and efficient manner.
  • Understand and help carry out the Museum’s mission, activities, services and programs.
  • Establish and maintain positive working relationships with peers at other area museums.
  • Serve as an ambassador of the Museum, and perform other duties as needed.

Behavioral Traits and Attributes

  • Ability to engage and inspire front desk staff and volunteers
  • Relishes in responsibility and is self-motivated
  • Strong work ethic and a rule follower
  • Thrives in a collaborative team environment
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Takes direction well and completes projects in a timely fashion
  • Ability to listen well and be a good problem solver

Minimum Education, Job Qualifications and Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree with coursework in business or arts administration preferred; one to two years of customer service experience; or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience. Prior experience in a museum setting a plus.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Solid skills in Microsoft Office products; experience with ticketing and point of sales systems is highly desirable (the Museum uses Altru, a Blackbaud product).
  • Prior sales experience and cash/register handling strongly preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to multitask, to work in fast-paced environment and adhere to deadlines, while maintaining flexibility in meeting shifting demands and priorities.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff, volunteers, and members of the public and to exercise tact and diplomacy at all times.
  • Sensitivity to diverse characteristics of visitors and understanding of the requirements of visitors with disabilities or special needs.
  • Ability to lift up to 20 pounds.

Please send cover letter, resume and references to


Clyfford Still Museum Research Center Fellowship Program

The Clyfford Still Museum Research Center (CSMRC) develops multidisciplinary programs and furthers humanities research spanning the twentieth century, the period encompassing Clyfford Still’s life.

Clyfford Still’s graduate studies at Washington State College in Pullman, WA stimulated his deep interest in and knowledge of the humanities—ranging from philosophy and music to poetry and literature. This fellowship program employs the Clyfford Still Museum’s (CSM) resources to facilitate research across disciplines.

CSMRC Fellows will have an opportunity to access materials from the CSM archives and art collection, as well as other collections, including materials from two adjacent institutions, the Denver Public Library (DPL) and the Denver Art Museum (DAM). DAM’s modern and contemporary art collection includes thirty works by Abstract Expressionist Robert Motherwell. DAM also holds internationally recognized collections of Pre-Columbian Art, American Indian Art, and Western American Art (and houses the related Petrie Institute of Western American Art), all of which can help provide resources and context for Clyfford Still and other research fields. The DPL has extensive holdings, including a photography collection of approximately 30,000 images depicting the American west, as well as other humanities-based resources. The presence of several Denver-based colleges and universities add to this unique opportunity for intellectual exchange.

The CSMRC is integral to CSM’s mission of creating and supporting the scholarly understanding and interpretation of Still’s work within the broader context of Modern Studies to provide a lively and intellectually engaging environment that produces new ideas while furthering its commitment to involving a variety of audiences through dialogue.

Fellows are selected in two categories: Senior Fellows (scholars who hold a doctorate or appropriate terminal degree and have been active in their field for at least five years) and Junior Fellows (MA candidates, advanced PhD candidates and/or post-doctoral scholars who have recently entered the field). The Junior Fellowship program is not accepting applications at this time.

Fields of Research:
CSMRC Fellows may explore the broad range of 20th-century humanities disciplines. Qualified scholars working in the areas of 20th-century modernism, abstraction, Abstract Expressionism, modern Canadian art, and color theory are especially encouraged to apply. Other fields including Classics, Anthropology, Literature, Music and similar disciplines, considered through the lens of the 20th-century, are also desirable.

Location and Duration:
All Fellows are expected to be in-residence in Denver, Colorado. Fellowship terms may range between eight to twenty-four weeks, based on the project needs of the fellow. Applications from throughout North America and the world are encouraged. Applications should specify a desired term.

Senior Fellows will receive U.S. $1,250 per week, or $5,000 per month
Junior Fellows will receive U.S. $875 per week, or $3,500 per month
Stipends are intended to cover accommodations in Denver, round-trip air travel between Fellows’ home cities and Denver, and living expenses, among other things.

Each Fellow agrees to present one public lecture relating to the Fellow’s research in process on a mutually agreeable date. It is also the expectation that the research will be disseminated in other ways and lead to a tangible contribution to the field.

CSM interns and staff members may be available to assist Fellows. The Fellows offices are located within the Denver Art Museum’s administrative office building, just steps from the Clyfford Still Museum. Each office is equipped with a computer and other hardware.

The Junior Fellowship program is not accepting applications at this time. Applications for the Senior Fellowship program are accepted throughout the year. Applicants should submit a letter stating their interest, research intent, desired fellowship duration, and other relevant information, not to exceed 500 words. Qualified applicants may apply by email to No formal application is necessary.


Our volunteers assist the Museum staff in making our programs and events a success.  They also help spread the word about the works of Clyfford Still and the Abstract Expressionist movement.  Qualified candidates should possess a love and appreciation of art and a desire to share their knowledge, a flexible attitude for working effectively with the public, basic computer skills (including familiarity with the Internet), and a commitment to reliability.

Please fill out the application and send to the email address below.

For questions, contact

Volunteer Application

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