Café and Bar Manager



The Museum of Contemporary Art Denver’s Café and Bar is a beautiful space and welcoming amenity for museum visitors. It is open during museum hours, is available for rentals during and after hours, and is home to some of the museum’s signature programs, like B-side Music Fridays.

The Café & Bar Manager oversees all aspects of the food and beverage program at MCA Denver with a primary focus on delivering a high-quality visitor experience and exceptional customer service. The Café and Bar Manager will oversee day-to-day operations, work closely with other museum departments to ensure proper staffing for programs, and help to develop new café-related programs, offerings, etc. that will further the museum’s awesomeness.

This position reports to the Director of Communications and Experience.


  • Manage all functions of the MCA Cafe & Bar, including food and beverage menu development and execution, food and beverage orders, licensing, and inventory management.
  • Management of 7-10 part-time staff, depending on museum needs; including recruitment, hiring, training, scheduling, coaching, and mentorship as well as daily staff management.
  • Modeling best practices for Cafe Associates on the floor, including spending on the floor emphasizing kitchen workplace safety, proper food handling techniques, and proper techniques for high-end, friendly customer service.
  • Hire and manage temporary Café event staff for special events.
  • Responsible for success of MCA Café & Bar as measured through budget management, food/labor cost per capita, capture rate, and overall sales.
  • Produce periodic creative events that pertain to food and beverage in the MCA Cafe & Bar, e.g., MCA Dinner Society.
  • Own the Cafe’s budget, payroll, tip processing, supplier payment, and money handling.
  • Works with director of finance to create and present monthly updates and quarterly status reports.
  • Manage POS setup and training.
  • Work with Programs and Rental teams on shared goals for special events taking place in the Cafe.
  • Coordinate appropriate sponsorships to support Café and general museum events.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Two-three years minimum experience bartending or serving or in a comparable service industry.
  • One year minimum experience supervising or managing staff.
  • An ideal candidate is flexible, professional and solution-oriented.
  • Must possess a strong interest in high-quality food and cocktail culture.
  • Have a strong interest in growing the Cafe’s reach and value to customers.
  • An ideal candidate will bring ideas for making improvements and a willingness to learn the creative aspects of the job.
  • Cash handling experience required.
  • Proficiency in general computer systems as well as Breadcrumb Pro or equivalent POS system is a plus.
  • Excellent hospitality, interpersonal, communication and leadership skills.
  • Ability to manage personnel and meet financial targets.
  • Passion for and knowledge of contemporary art


  • Physical ability to lift 50 lbs from the ground to above the shoulders, stand for extended periods of time, climb multiple flights of stairs and ladders and perform tasks requiring manual dexterity.


Full-time, salary. Competitive, commensurate with experience.


Email resume, cover letter and three references to no later than 5PM Friday, August 23, 3019.


The Museum of Contemporary Art Denver (MCA Denver) explores the art and culture of our
time through rotating exhibitions and public educational programs. Featuring international,
national, and regional artists, MCA Denver exhibitions impact the field of contemporary art and enrich our community. Through dynamic adult and youth education programs and other creative events, the museum cultivates a culturally engaged community and a healthy, creative place of belonging for teens.

We believe we are paving a new path for a 21st century museum that is Both/And: We are both advancing the field of contemporary art and providing a platform for creative expression, in the broadest sense of the term. We present both world-class exhibitions and quirky events, serious lectures and epic parties. We are both sophisticated and unpretentious. By continually breaking conventions ourselves, we promote the values of risk-taking and newness in the hearts and minds of Denverites.

MCA Denver was founded in 1996 by philanthropist Sue Cannon and a group of committed volunteers and artists who responded to the community’s desire for a contemporary art museum in Denver. For seven years, MCA Denver occupied a renovated fish market in Sakura Square in lower downtown Denver. In 2003, Mark Falcone and Ellen Bruss, members of MCA Denver’s Board of Trustees, donated a gift of land in Denver’s Central Platte Valley in order to realize the organization’s goal of building a permanent home for contemporary art in Denver.

In October 2007, MCA Denver opened its new, 27,000-square foot, environmentally sustainable facility in the Riverfront neighborhood of lower downtown Denver, designed by acclaimed architect David Adjaye. The building has five galleries on two floors as well as dedicated education spaces, a gift shop, an innovative art lending library, and a rooftop café.

The Museum of Contemporary Art Denver is an equal opportunity employer, dedicated to a policy of non-discrimination in employment on any basis including age, sex, color, race, creed, national origin, religion, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, disability, or veteran status.

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