Tacoma Art Museum: Event Support Crew Position

About Tacoma Art Museum

Tacoma Art Museum is a public-spirited institution that champions a dynamic and responsive approach to exhibitions. The museum’s passionate staff is driven by the mission of connecting people through art, empowering visitors to create meaning with artworks through innovative interpretive and programming strategies.  Named by USA Today as one of the “Top 10 Great Places to See Art in Smaller Cities,” the museum has developed a reputation for presenting art in a thought-provoking yet accessible manner with a strong commitment to Northwest art. Founded in 1935, TAM has strong roots in the community.  Along with five other museums and neighboring University of Washington at Tacoma, TAM anchors Tacoma’s lively downtown core.

Completed in November 2014, an additional $15.5-million building project has added approximately 16,000 square feet, and houses the new Haub Family Collection of Western American Art. This collection establishes TAM as the only major museum of Western American art of this caliber in the Northwest. It also enables the museum to fully explore the art history of the West while integrating its Western and Northwest collections. It’s an exciting time to be a part of the Tacoma Art Museum family. 

TAM recently announced a gift of 225 works of art bequeathed by Becky and Jack Benaroya, along with $14 million for care of the collection, an endowed curatorial position, and a new wing to showcase the works. TAM anticipates that the 7,390 square foot addition, to be designed by Tom Kundig, will open in fall, 2018. The Benaroya collection includes approximately 150 works of exceptional studio art glass along with important paintings and sculptures by renowned regional artists.

Summary of Position

The Event Support Crew is responsible for working with other Event Support Crew members to complete detailed event set-up by a time deadline and also perform after-event clean-up. Ideal candidates will have a flexible schedule, be able to work well with others, and maintain a positive attitude under stress. This crew member does not have to be available at all times of day, but will be expected to provide detailed contact information and up to date availability for all days of the week.

The Event Support Crew opportunity is a non-exempt and on-call position. Schedule and hours to be worked by the Event Support Crew are dependent on Private Events scheduled at the Tacoma Art Museum and may vary widely depending on season, between 5 and 20 hours per week. It is anticipated that 4-6 hours will be scheduled per event, to be split between the beginning and end for set-up and clean-up.

The Event Support Crew will report to the TAM staff member responsible for the event, as well as the Facilities and Maintenance Lead.


  • Complete all event set-ups, technical requirements, furniture and equipment, etc
  • Provide prompt and courteous customer service to patrons and clients
  • Relay all pertinent information/issues to staff event lead as appropriate
  • Inspect all equipment for proper functioning before setting up
  • Conduct orderly appearance in all storage areas
  • Responsible for appearance/cleanliness of entire museum public spaces
  • Resetting spaces after events/meetings
  • Relay outstanding/pending items to replacement shift or staff event lead prior to being relieved
  • Required to attend one orientation/training session prior to first shift

Required Qualifications

  • Provide at least two references who can verify reliability and judgement
  • Friendly, customer service, and safety oriented personality
  • Ability to work within a crew to complete a variety of tasks
  • Must be able to work evening and weekend hours, as assigned

Travel, Working Conditions, and Physical Environment

  • There is regular need to stand, stoop or walk for long periods of time
  • Frequently reaches with hands and arms and uses hands and fingers to handle and lift objects (up to 100 pounds)
  • Continuously exchanges information through listening and talking with staff, volunteers and individuals in the community
  • Some work may be occasionally performed outside where employee is subject to adverse weather conditions

To Apply

  • Please email a resume and two references who can verify reliability/judgement to privateevents@TacomaArtMuseum.org
  • Include “Event Support ‘ First Name’ ‘Last Name’” in subject line
  • No phone inquiries, please

Resume review will begin immediately.  Position is open until call sheet slots are filled.

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