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Applying for a Position at the Museum

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is an equal opportunity employer with a commitment to create and maintain a diverse workplace.

Only electronically submitted resumes linked to a specific open position can be considered. A listing of current job opportunities can be found below. To apply for a specific position click the “Apply Now >>” link that corresponds with the position you are applying for. When applying, submit your resume and cover letter in a Word or PDF document. The Museum will contact you if an interview is considered appropriate. Application materials for a specific position are kept on file for one year.

Due to the volume of resumes received, the Museum is unable to acknowledge each resume. Walk-in applications and/or general interest resumes will not be reviewed or retained.

Fellowship positions have very specific application procedures. Incomplete or late applications cannot be considered.

If you require assistance to participate in the application process, please contact a representative in the Human Resources department at 215-684-7970 to request an accommodation.

Current Openings


Capital Budget Officer

As a senior member of the Museum’s Finance department, the Capital Budget Officer will work with limited supervision and take full responsibility to oversee and manage all aspects of the Museum’s capital budgets.

Responsibilities
  • Develop an annual capital project and maintenance budget along with a process to closely manage it along with the President and CFO; including developing timelines, written policies and procedures and identifying critical budgetary issues.
  • Analyze operational issues that impact the budget and provide strategies and recommendations.
  • Track and develop all documentation needed for City and State funded capital budgets, grants and support.
  • Manage the Core Project and other Museum capital project budgets, including both hard and soft costs for the project.
  • Work closely with internal colleagues in Facilities and Operations as well as with the Museum’s Owner’s Representative, Aegis and contractor, LF Driscoll to review, approve and process all Core Project initiatives.
  • Maintain financial records for the capital projects; provide accurate and timely reporting on the financial activity of Core Project and other capital and maintenance projects.
  • Present status concise reports on various capital projects.
  • Develop financial models for short-term and long-term capital project forecasts and cash flows.
  • Working with the CFO, assist in developing long range financial forecasts, incorporating the financial impacts of the Museum’s capital programs with other Museum strategies and initiatives.
  • Recommend policy and procedure changes to management based on financial and operational analysis.
Qualifications:
We are seeking candidates who have operated as a senior-level financial staff member with extensive financial management experience; MBA/CPA preferred. Candidates should have experience working with funded grants and the associated required reporting. A minimum of five years of construction budgeting experience needed. This position will communicate across a broad audience so superior written and oral communications skills as well as effective leadership, management, team building, and supervisory skills will be essential.

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Assistant/Associate Curator, European Decorative Arts and Sculpture
Application Deadline: March 31, 2017

The Museum seeks a specialist in European decorative arts and sculpture after 1700 to fill an open position at the rank of assistant or associate curator depending upon the successful candidate’s level of experience. The Museum’s holdings in this field are particularly strong in 18th century French and English woodwork, furniture, and decorative arts as well as modern and contemporary design.

The individual appointed to this position will be responsible for all aspects of the care, presentation, and development of the Museum’s important holdings of European furniture and decorative arts and will play a key role in developing the collection and producing relevant exhibitions and publications. As a member of the Museum’s curatorial staff, s/he will be expected to participate in all aspects of the work of the Museum in fulfillment of its Mission and to maintain the highest standards of scholarship, connoisseurship, and professional practices in the field.

Requirements:
The successful candidate will be a proven scholar with demonstrated excellence in collections development, exhibitions, and publications. S/he must possess a broad familiarity with the history of art and a detailed knowledge of European decorative arts and sculpture from 1700 to the present. S/he will have a record of research and curatorial achievement, excellent communication skills in both writing and public speaking, and a good command of at least one European language. S/he must have demonstrated ability to work successfully with a broad range of colleagues, collectors, volunteers, and visitors, possess good computer skills including databases, word processing, and other normal office applications experience. S/he must have an M. A. degree with a minimum of three years relevant experience in the field. Ph.D. preferred but not required.

To apply, please submit a cover letter and CV with your application by March 31, 2017, along with three letters of reference. Interviews will be conducted in the spring of 2017.

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Associate Curator of 18th and 19th Century European Painting and Sculpture

The Philadelphia Museum of Art seeks an expert in 18th and 19th century European painting and sculpture for a curatorial position at the associate curatorial level. The Museum’s European Painting and Sculpture collection comprises nearly 5,000 objects and is particularly strong in 18th century English painting, portrait miniatures and waxes, and 19th century French painting and sculpture.

The Associate Curator of 18th and 19th century European Painting and Sculpture is responsible for all aspects of the care, presentation, and development of the Museum’s important holdings of European art and will play a key role in developing the collection and producing relevant exhibitions and publications. As a member of the Museum’s curatorial staff, the Associate Curator of 18th and 19th Century European Painting and Sculpture is expected to participate in aspects of the work of the Museum and to enable it to fulfill its Mission and to maintain the highest standards of scholarship, connoisseurship, and professional practices in the field.

Requirements:
Candidates will be proven scholars with demonstrated excellence in collections development, exhibitions, and publications. Must possess a broad familiarity with the history of art and a detailed knowledge of European painting and sculpture from 1750 to 1900. Will have a demonstrated record of research and curatorial achievement. Must have excellent communication skills in both writing and public speaking and possess a good command of spoken and written French and/or other relevant languages. Must have demonstrated ability to work successfully with a broad range of Museum visitors, collectors, volunteers, and colleagues. Will possess good computer skills including databases, word processing, and other normal office applications experience. Minimum three to five years relevant experience in the field. Ph.D. preferred.

To apply, please submit a cover letter and CV with your application. Interviews will be conducted in Fall of 2016.

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Research Analyst

The Research Analyst is a member of the Museum’s Development Operations team, under the supervision of the Director of Prospect Research and Management. The person in this position supports the prospect research program by providing diverse research deliverables. The Analyst will leverage publicly available resources, prospect data, capacity ratings, and predictive modeling to analyze and synthesize data into clear and compelling presentations that drive strategic planning for gift officers in support of the Museum’s Comprehensive Campaign. This position assists in building the Development Department’s capabilities through projects such as analysis of wealth and philanthropy of prospective donors and the strategic identification of new prospects. Additionally, the Analyst promotes established prospect tracking business practices and assists Development staff members with the maintenance of their portfolios. The role of Research Analyst goes beyond creating profiles and qualified ratings and requires creative problem solving and a high level of interaction with other staff members.

The ideal candidate will be a detail oriented problem solver with excellent analytical abilities. Bachelor’s Degree required. Minimum of three years conducting prospect research, with demonstrated experience in prospect research methodology and practice. Strong computer skills and proficiency with research tools (such as Lexis-Nexis, IWave and RelSci) and experience with fundraising databases, (Raiser’s Edge preferred) are required. This is a unique opportunity to be part of a dynamic Development office during a transformational expansion project designed by world renowned architect Frank Gehry. This role is expected to continue through the life of the project (June 2020).

To apply, please attach a cover letter and resume to submit with your application.

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Corporate Relations Manager

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is currently seeking an energetic corporate fundraiser to manage its Corporate Partners annual giving program. This position is primarily responsible for advancing this annual giving program within the Museum’s Institutional Support area, including the identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of Corporate Partners. Duties include researching and cultivating new corporate prospects; managing and stewarding a portfolio of existing donors; and preparing corporate grant proposals and reports for unrestricted support. This is a unique opportunity for a development professional to increase the Museum’s corporate support as it advances a comprehensive campaign. Requirements include a Bachelor's degree, Master’s degree preferred. Minimum three years of progressive experience in fundraising, preferably in an arts or educational setting. Experience with corporate community or corporate philanthropy strongly preferred. Candidate must demonstrate exceptional communications and organizational skills. Experience working in a fast-paced, results-oriented environment and demonstrated flexibility in meeting shifting demands and priorities is a must. Knowledge of the corporate philanthropy landscape is an advantage. Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs is required; familiarity with Raiser’s Edge and Adobe Acrobat is an advantage.

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Coordinator of Evening Programs

Reporting directly to the Manager of Evening Programs, the Coordinator of Evening Programs will select, book, manage and present the Friday Night Live Music program. A successful candidate will have broad programming experience with more specialized knowledge of live music. This work involves direct communication with internal departments such as Audio Visual, STARR catering, Visitor Services and Membership to ensure programmatic success. A successful candidate will possess strong skills in collaboration, organization, and attention to detail. The Coordinator will also work collaboratively with the Curator of Public Programs and the Manager of Evening Programs to implement large scale evening programs that include in-gallery activities and performance.

Duties include but are not limited to:
  • Booking, managing and staffing live music performers for weekly Friday Night program.
  • Contribute to other performance and live music related projects at the museum.
  • Accomplishing weekly administrative tasks aligned with Friday Night programs including program memos, floor plans, and budgeting.
  • Providing timely program information at weekly and monthly planning meetings.
As a member of the Department of Public Programs, the Coordinator of Evening Programs will participate in general departmental brainstorming and fill in to help in other activities as requested. This position requires excellent organizational and communication skills, and proven experience working in a busy, team environment. Weekend and evening work is required.

You are:
  • Inspired by connecting the public to the arts, both visual and performing.
  • Tapped into the local arts and culture scene.
  • Comfortable working with tight deadlines and in a fast paced work environment.
  • Nimble and adaptable.
  • Open to multiple points of view and avenues for problem solving.
  • Confident in working independently or taking direction.
  • Energized by working collaboratively with others around a shared purpose.
  • A strong communicator who is professional with colleagues and the public.
Additional Requirements: Ability to sit at a desk and work on a computer for long stretches of time and ability to travel long distances inside the Museum is required. Ability to concentrate on individual work within an active and open office environment.

To apply, please attach a cover letter and resume to submit with your application.

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Museum Educator, Adult Programs

Reporting to the Manager of Adult Learning, the Museum Educator will contribute to learning opportunities (talks, tours, courses and lectures) for general adult learners and Museum Guides around the permanent collection and special exhibitions. This work involves communication with curators, the audio visual team, and the departments of Communications and Marketing and Membership and Visitor Services, and requires strong skills in collaboration, presentation, organization, and attention to detail. In his/her teaching role, the Museum Educator, Adult Learning will teach in the galleries and train docents, as overseen by the Manager. As a member of the Department of Public Programs, the Museum Educator will participate in general departmental brainstorming and fill in to help in other activities as requested.

Duties include but are not limited to:
  • Planning and staffing lectures and talks
  • Teaching In-gallery conversations, lectures and courses, for the adult public as well as Museum guides
  • Liaise with curators on behalf of Public Programs on special ex as assigned
The successful candidate will have a Master’s degree in Art History (with course work reflecting the range of the Museum’s collection a plus), excellent organizational and communication skills, and proven experience working in a busy, team environment. Weekend and evening work is required.

You are:
  • Inspired by helping adult learners connect with works of art.
  • Open to multiple points of view and avenues for problem solving.
  • Confident in working independently or taking direction.
  • Energized by working collaboratively with others around a shared purpose.
  • A strong communicator who is professional with colleagues and the public.
Additional Requirements: Ability to sit at a desk and work on a computer for long stretches of time and ability to travel long distances inside the Museum is required. Ability to concentrate on individual work within an active and open office environment.

To apply, please attach a cover letter and resume to submit with your application.

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Wachovia Education Resource Center (WERC) Coordinator

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is seeking a coordinator for their Wachovia Education Resources Center (WERC). The Coordinator is responsible for all programming, including in-service workshops, curriculum consulting with teachers who come to the WERC, borrowing of resource materials by teachers, and oversight of all WERC volunteers and weekend facilitators. This position also co-teaches regular evening and weekend teacher workshops with other school and Teacher Program Staff and teaches school groups several times a week. The WERC Coordinator will play a key role in the process of developing the Museum’s new framework around creativity and 21st century skills, in particular supporting and organizing our work with our teacher fellows.

Ideal Experience

Candidates should possess the following type of knowledge, skills, abilities, and experience:

• MA in art history, art education, Primary/Secondary Education, museum education, or related field.

• 3-5 years of art museum/classroom teaching experience.

• Strong working knowledge of museum education theories and practices as well as preK-12 learning and teaching strategies, curriculum, and standards.

• Knowledge of art and art history and a passion for teaching with objects.

• Demonstrated knowledge and experience developing and implementing professional development experiences and materials for educators.

• Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

• Strong interpersonal and collaboration skills.

• Strong project management skills.



Please include a cover letter and resume with your application.

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Help Desk Supervisor

The Help Desk Supervisor plays a key role in managing the Museum’s support services. The incumbent will have primary responsibility to 1) develop a help desk practice that utilizes technology to deliver secure and reliable systems and 2) develop a staff that guides museum staff in the navigation of technical challenges and to find innovative ways to solve problems. This role acts as the face of the help desk, establishing trusted relationships with museum staff and providing leadership in the day to day use of technologies.

He/she manages the helpdesk software to monitor and document problems and ensure timely resolution; creates and manages helpdesk procedures; oversees museum hardware rotation cycle and desktop software licenses and upgrades. The Supervisor identifies, researches, and resolves complex technical problems and is responsible for planning and organizing the helpdesk to be adaptable to changing technology requirements.

Applicants should have the following experience/skills:
• Minimum of four years of experience in PC hardware and software support or help desk support function.
• Minimum of four years of supervisory experience in a help desk role.
• Minimum of two years of experience managing an enterprise-level desktop/mobile management system in a 500+ node environment. (SCCM, WSUS, Manage Engine, N-Able, LabTech, Dell Kace, etc.)
• Strong technical skills relevant to a desktop/mobile environment (Windows, printer servers, MDM, Microsoft Office, PC Hardware, VOIP, Imaging, iOS, Android, etc.)
• The ability to understand the needs and urgency of customers/end-users
• Balancing a high level of support requests and assigning tickets to various staff with differing technical abilities
• Identifying, classifying, and tracking high priority support requests
• Communicating issues to management that are not resolved within typical/expected resolution times/SLAs
• Experience VOIP system management
• Industry certifications (A+, ITIL, Microsoft, Cisco, Project Management)
• Implementation of help desk ticketing systems
• Experience developing staff skillset matrixes and utilizing them to identify gaps in expertise, recommend training, and overall increase staff skillsets
• The desire and ability to help your staff increase their technical abilities through training, knowledge sharing, etc.
• The ability to find humor in the daily challenges a help desk faces and help your team manage stressful situations

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Web Developer

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is seeking a Web Developer to work collaboratively with Museum staff to develop innovative online user experiences that are aligned with the Museum’s goals of audience development, visitor experience, activating the collection and civic engagement. The Web Developer will manage all aspects of the Museum’s website and will supervise Web staff responsible for the creation of online interactives. He/she will be responsible for effectively communicating user experience, information architecture, and design practices to internal stakeholders using design tools, visual communications, and narrative vision; and will advocate for the innovative use of technology in all aspects of the Museum’s marketing, curatorial, education and visitor services programs.

Specific functions of the Web Developer position include, but are not limited to: serving as the lead developer and technical expert in designing, developing, and maintaining innovative, dynamic, and complex digital applications online; configuring and optimizing the Museum’s online digital environment and system architecture; and developing the connections between content management system (CMS), collections information system (CIS), linked data, application programming interfaces (APIs), a front –end MVC layer which he/she will maintain, and other shared systems, web services, and data sources.

He/she will be building and maintaining a content workflow system, via an API, to enable staff members to create, edit, and publish content to the website and other digital outlets. This will require creating and maintaining permissions management, review processes and publishing functionalities.

He/she will also be responsible for prototyping and delivering user-centered software solutions for search and discovery; serving as the Museum's primary expert on technical matters concerning web, semantic web, and other software applications; integrating online and infrastructure systems to feed content to all digital applications; researching existing and emerging technologies to determine appropriate methods of content delivery and presentation; and advising on applications, systems and metadata and writing technical documentation and specifications.

Qualified candidate will have at least 5 years of agency (or institution) experience supervising and managing website development projects as well as a degree in Computer Science, Visual Communication, Interface Design, or equivalent work experience. Additional qualifications include:

• Ability to develop and produce multimedia websites and applications using best practices for user experience and search engine optimization and technologies such as PHP, JavaScript, Ajax, jQuery, SQL, MySQL, HTML5 and CSS3.

• Skilled in writing code for large-scale, dynamic web applications, including knowledge of a programming language for a framework such as PHP, Python, Perl, or Java, and most especially, a front-end JavaScript MVC framework. Knowledge of an advanced JavaScript framework (i.e. Node, Angular, React, Backbone) is highly desirable.

• Extensive API development experience.

• Expert knowledge of content management systems and web development frameworks such as Drupal 7 and WordPress.

• Knowledge of cross-platform, digital formats for multimedia delivery and digital asset management, including text, images, video, and audio on web, mobile devices, and tablets.

• Skilled in interpersonal relations and communications in order to provide advisory services and establish productive and collaborative working relationships.

• Knowledge of linked data and semantic web technologies such as RDF, XML, SPARQL, JSON-LD, or Schema.org.

• Knowledge of analytics and reporting software and systems, especially Google Analytics.

• Experience in SEO techniques and maintenance.

• Understanding of video and audio production and delivery.

• Understanding of traditional advertising channels and campaign development.

• Demonstrable knowledge of multiple software applications, web services, and cross platform execution.

• Strong technical skills focused on current web and mobile device content development and delivery.

• Demonstrated ability to multi-task, handling frequent interruptions and shifting priorities.

• Excellent written and verbal communication problem analysis and problem-solving skills.

• Excellent staff management skills to nurture and lead a web development team.

• Strong attention to detail.

• Experience with a version control system (such as Git)

• Knowledge of automated testing (TDD/BDD)

To apply, please create a single document containing a cover letter and resume to upload with your application.

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Library and Archives Specialist

As a key member of the Library and Archives team, the Library and Archives Specialist assists with operations across the department. Working under the direction of the Technical Services Librarian, the Specialist is responsible for performing a wide range of tasks and procedures primarily related to: interlibrary loan; paging and shelving; metadata creation; copy cataloging and serials. The Specialist will also support and perform library, archival and copyright reference research; and help with records management.

Qualified candidates will have a demonstrated ability in maintaining records and data in various information, library, and archival systems, as well as a familiarity with metadata standards such as Dublin Core, MARC, AACR2/RDA, LCSH, LC authorities, and LC classification and shelf listing. A Bachelor's degree is required. This position requires experience in copy-cataloging procedures or database maintenance guidelines. An ideal candidate will have a strong attention to detail, excellent communication and interpersonal skills, and an aptitude for technology.

To apply, please attach a cover letter and resume to submit with your application.

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The William T. Ranney Director of Publishing
Application deadline: February 1, 2017

The Museum seeks applicants for The William T. Ranney Director of Publishing. The individual holding this position is responsible for the planning and management of the publications program of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Supervising a staff of six professionals with expertise in the editing and production of scholarly publications, the Director of Publishing oversees the development and production—both in print and in digital media—of exhibition catalogues, books on the collection ranging from monographs to comprehensive catalogues, and general interest publications related to the Museum and its activities, especially in the field of education.

Qualified candidates will have a M.A. in Art History or related field, Ph.D. preferred, with at least ten years of relevant experience in scholarly publications. In addition to a demonstrated ability to work successfully with others—e.g., museum staff, external authors, designers, and printers— s/he must have a broad knowledge of publishing, including editorial practices, budgeting, and book production, and well as an understanding of emerging trends in the digital publication of scholarly content. Familiarity with international trade publishing, including the negotiation of contracts with publishers, distributers, and exhibition partners is essential.

Proven ability to establish and meet complex deadlines of multiple projects and to develop and adhere to budgets. Excellent written and oral communication skills are essential, as is an ability to work with databases.

Application deadline: February 1, 2017.

To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume.

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Sales Associate

Sales Associates at the Philadelphia Museum of Art take a critical and collaborative role optimizing the visitors’ store experience and driving revenue. Sales Associates may also be assigned to receiving and shipping product and driving store replenishment to maximize sales and profitability. The position participates in all areas of store operations and merchandising. Sales Associates are central to the daily and weekly store goals and objectives. Sales Associates maintain organized and pristine work areas in the stores and distribution center. Sales Associates support fulfillment of customer orders in-store and online and may orchestrate the flow of inventory to the sales floor throughout the day. The position is required to easily transition from the sales floor to the distribution center in order to serve the critical need and priorities at any given time. Sales Associates foster a positive environment in all locations and demonstrate the responsibility of store staff to smile and be enthusiastic on the job. Applicants must be available to work a flexible schedule including weekends, evenings and holidays as needed.

Essential Skills and Qualifications
1. Motivated to build an optimal visitors’ experience and achieve Retail sales and profit goals through all means including sales, inventory management, merchandising, and visual display.
2. Driven by superior customer service with a focus on selling.
3. Able to learn quickly and retain large amounts of product knowledge.
4. Intuitive in communicating information to visitors with equal ability to listen.
5. Excellent organizational and efficiency skills.
6. Works well under pressure and time constraints within a fast-paced environment.
7. Team player who works well with others and shows courtesy and respect to colleagues.
8. Willing to assume responsibility and act accordingly.
9. Dependable.
10. Possesses good interpersonal skills with the ability of influencing visitors’ buying decisions.

Responsibilities
1. Provide exemplary customer service and sell.
2. Practice open and candid communication with sales associates and other staff.
3. Operate Retail technology systems and customer check-out procedures and teach others to do the same. Process sales quickly.
4. Adhere to strict cash handling procedures.
5. Maintain store equipment and fixtures as needed.
6. Manage and/or execute timely merchandise flow, replenishment and recovery.
7. Evaluate store level opportunities and critique merchandise assortments.
8. Track shipments as necessary.
9. Investigate and reconcile inventory discrepancies.
10. Participate with merchandising team on seasonal, core and new product assortments to determine placement and presentation in stores.
11. Maintain safe, organized, clean and secure work environments.
12. Relay accurate product information and project a knowledgeable and confident image. Teach others to do the same.

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Fellowships


Curatorial Fellowship, European Decorative Arts and Sculpture
Application Deadline: March 1, 2017
The Museum announces a two-year Curatorial Fellowship in European Decorative Arts and Sculpture beginning on September 1, 2017. This fellowship is intended to provide individuals who have completed their graduate training in the field with firsthand curatorial experience. A Master’s degree in art history or related field is required as well as proficiency in at least one European language. Candidates should be able to demonstrate a commitment to art-historical scholarship, to the interpretation and display of works of art, and to the engagement of the public through educational programming. The Curatorial Fellow will participate in all activities of the department which is responsible for a collection of over 20,000 objects, ranging in date from the Middle Ages to the present and including arms and armor, furniture, woodwork, ceramics, glass, metalwork, posters, wallpaper, tapestries, and sculpture before 1800. The work that the Curatorial Fellow will be expected to undertake includes, but is not limited to, object research and cataloguing, public inquiries, exhibition and loan preparation, gallery reinstallation, and administration. Fellows have the opportunity to organize an exhibition and/or gallery reinstallation from the permanent collection during the second year of the fellowship.

To apply, please send a letter of application stating goals, a resume, a writing sample, and the names and contact information of three references by March 1, 2017. Applicants will be notified by June 1, 2017. The Fellowship will begin by September 2017.

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