Collections Interpreter (Architecture and Campus Tours) -- Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan


The Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research is accepting applications for two parttime Collections Interpreter positions. This is a unique opportunity to help support the work of Cranbrook’s newest programmatic division, which publicly launched in 2012, by offering public and private tours of Cranbrook’s architecture and campus-wide collection of Cultural Properties. The Collections Interpreter develops and presents tours and programs related to Cranbrook’s architecture, historical collections, and history, for a variety of constituents. This may include researching new programs or tours, writing up protocols, or being responsible for the development and delivery of certain programs. These tours include Cranbrook House, Saarinen House, and the nearby Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Smith House, as well as more comprehensive tours of the entire Cranbrook campus, including its architecture, landscape features, and sculpture. Collections Interpreters are expected to demonstrate a mastery of the tour content and excellent presentation and large group management skills.

This is a part-time position, working on average 10 hours each week, primarily April through November. Schedules for Collections Interpreters vary and require weekend assignments and occasional evenings, with the majority of the tours taking place between 10am and 5pm, Tuesday through Sunday.

The Center’s Collections Interpreters should have an interest in the history of Cranbrook and a desire to share Cranbrook’s story with visitors from near and far and will have a “frontline” role in shaping how Cranbrook is perceived and understood by the Center’s constituents. CRANBROOK CENTER FOR COLLECTIONS AND RESEARCH

The Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research, which includes Cranbrook Archives, centralizes Cranbrook’s 114-year story and offers intellectual engagement with its collections and legacy. The Center is charged with overseeing Cranbrook’s three historic house-museums, including Saarinen House, Cranbrook House, and the Frank Lloyd Wrightdesigned Smith House, its campus-wide collection of Cultural Properties, and the Cranbrook Archives, and providing programming and access to these buildings and collections for scholars and visitors from around the world. For more information on the Center, visit the Center’s new website at


  • Enthusiasm for the subject and an eagerness to share that enthusiasm with learners of all ages. 
  • College level art history, architectural history, or other relevant courses required (a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree strongly preferred). 
  • Minimum of one year of experience teaching to a variety of ages, either formal or informal required. 
  • Customer service experience and the ability to positively and effectively work with the individuals and groups, with an emphasis on adult audiences. 
  • A valid State of Michigan driver’s license with satisfactory driving record and the use of a personal automobile is required to meet tour groups at various campus destinations. 
  • The use of a personal cell phone is required to communicate with Center staff while conducting campus tours.


The Center for Collections and Research is a part of Cranbrook Educational Community, which also includes its Schools, the Academy of Art and Art Museum, an Institute of Science, and Cranbrook House & Gardens. Located in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, twenty miles north of downtown Detroit, Cranbrook’s 319-acre campus is a National Historic Landmark that welcomes tens of thousands of public visitors each year to the Institute of Science, Art Museum, and three historic houses. Cranbrook also is home to more than 1,600 students in grades pre-K through 12 attending Cranbrook Schools and almost 150 graduate Academy students.


For consideration, please submit a cover letter, résumé, work or writing sample that provides evidence of interest in the history of architecture and art, and a completed Cranbrook Employee Application (which can be downloaded from the Employment page of our website at to: Cranbrook, Human Resources, P. O. Box 801, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan 48303-0801, or email Applications will not be reviewed until all components have been received

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 The Michigan Museums Association is supported in part by an award from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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