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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

Art Handler/Driver

A full-time position that focuses on driving, art handling and packing is available in the Registrar's Office of the Museum. Department is seeking an organized, careful individual who has experience driving trucks of up to 20' long as well as experience in art packing. This position will work with the Registrars office and Installations & Packing team to ensure the safe packing, loading and transportation of art to various locations. Experience in handling of art of all types a must; strong woodworking skills, a plus. The ideal candidate will be responsible, dependable, well organized, and able to work cooperatively as a member of a team and across various departments. Knowledge of a collection database, preferably TMS, a plus.

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

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General Counsel

The Philadelphia Museum of Art seeks an experienced candidate for the role of General Counsel to provide advice to the Museum’s senior leadership on legal issues of significant importance to the Museum’s policies and operations. This role negotiates, prepares, and reviews complex contracts; identifies and analyzes legal issues affecting the Museum’s operations and programs; advises on the development and revision of institutional policies; and provides advice and support the Board of Trustees on matters related to governance. The General Counsel analyses a broad range of federal, state, and local laws/regulations that affect the Museum’s operations, collections, programs, fundraising, and capital projects. This role provides legal guidance to other senior executives as well as the staff of the Museum’s curatorial, administrative, development, human resources, finance, education, facilities, marketing and communications, and membership and visitor services departments.

Candidates must have a J.D., be admitted to practice in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (or be eligible for admission), and have at least 10 years of related legal experience with a major law firm and/or in-house experience. Experience with non-profit cultural institutions, particularly in the visual arts, is preferred, but not required. Experience working on complex business issues where critical thinking in terms of strategy, tactics, and coordination is required. Candidates should be versed in drafting a wide variety of agreements and contracts related to the Museum's business. In addition candidates must have the ability to work effectively with and influence the Museum's leadership team, business partners, and other stakeholders.

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Capital Project Manager

The Museum seeks an experienced architect with advanced project management skills to provide day-to-day management for a variety of Museum Facilities Master Plan capital projects.

Working with the Museum’s staff, consultants, and contractors, the Capital Project Manager will develop an overall set of policies and standards for architectural design; develop requests for proposals for professional design and specialty services; and develop/implement systems to monitor and control project costs and schedules. The Manager will work with local, state and federal commissions, agencies and authorities in securing required governmental reviews and approvals. As required, he/she will prepare and assist with the preparation of regular reports, special studies and analysis. As a member of the Facilities Master Plan Project Team, this position will play a leading role in the management and further development of the overall Master Plan Phasing and Implementation strategy.

Candidates must have a Bachelor of Architecture degree and a PM designation or equivalent professional experience; a professional license as an architect desired. Seeking candidates with 10+ years’ experience demonstrating increasing managerial responsibility. Must have strong communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to coordinate multiple groups.

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Conservator of Modern and Contemporary Paintings
Application Deadline: Friday, October 23rd

The Museum seeks to fill the position of Conservator of modern and contemporary paintings. Qualified candidates will have academic credentials from a recognized conservation training program and five or more years of specialized experience beyond the degree in the study, care, and treatment of paintings from 1900 to the present. This position requires significant museum experience in the typical range of conservation activities involved in optimal preservation and presentation of a large and varied paintings collection, in the support of active loan and exhibition programs, and in cooperative work with staff at large to meet departmental and institutional goals.

Reporting to the Senior Conservator of Paintings, the Conservator has direct responsibility for conservation of a renowned and growing collection of modern and contemporary paintings spanning many cultures and curatorial departments. Candidates must possess outstanding visual and manual aptitudes, strong written and oral communication skills, a sound art-historical and technical knowledge of post-1900 painting, and demonstrated ability to deal with complex practical and ethical challenges that arise in the conservation of modern and contemporary art.

Duties include:
Examination, integrated technical and historical study, documentation, and treatment of paintings in the collection

Assessing condition of paintings requested for loan or being considered for acquisition, and documentation of the condition of incoming or outgoing loans

Advising on installations, storage, handling, packing, and transport of modern and contemporary paintings

Working with conservation scientists in chemical and instrumental analysis and characterization of materials and construction of works of art

Supervising and instructing conservation junior staff, post-graduate fellows, interns, and technicians

Promoting awareness of the role and work of the museum’s Conservation Department, in part through developing content for public outreach

To apply:
Applications must include: pdf files containing a statement of interest, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three professional references familiar with the candidate’s critical judgment, treatment work, and interpersonal and organizational skills. The recruitment system allows multiple attachments with your application.

Questions may be directed to Mark S. Tucker, The Aronson Senior Conservator of Paintings and Vice Chair of Conservation:

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Executive Assistant

The Philadelphia Museum of Art seeks a professional Executive Assistant to provide strong administrative support to the Director of Development. This position works closely with members of the Development department, other Museum staff, Trustees, donors, and volunteers to coordinate meetings, events, and processes to maximize philanthropic support and communication. The Executive Assistant provides thoughtful and skilled daily support to the Director of Development helping to manage the competing demands on the Director’s time. Position requires confidentiality, discretion, diplomacy, and professional poise. Specific responsibilities include: answering phones, keeping calendars and appointments, maintaining files, responding to internal and external inquiries, preparing materials for meetings, acting as a representative of the department as needed, and special projects as assigned.

Qualified candidates will have an undergraduate degree or equivalent. Three plus years of related administrative experience supporting executive-level management is required. Must have excellent verbal and written communication skills, as well as, proficiency in Microsoft Office products, specifically Outlook, Word, and Excel required. Professional demeanor, especially under pressure, and a strong attention to detail required. Previous Development experience, particularly interacting with donors and volunteers, highly preferred.

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Membership Communications Coordinator

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is seeking an organized and detail-oriented Membership Communications Coordinator for its Membership department. This position is responsible for managing production of print and digital communication initiatives for the department. This position will oversee projects and content development for the Members’ Calendar. Along with the membership communications team, this person helps develop, execute, and track integrated cultivation, acquisition, renewal, stewardship, gift membership, and annual fund campaigns. The Membership Communications Coordinator is also responsible for implementing the Group Sales and Young Friends promotion plans.

Qualified candidates will have a bachelor’s degree in marketing, arts administration or other related fields and 2-3 years’ experience in membership or marketing in a similar role. The position requires strong project management and interpersonal skills, understanding of market segmentation and experience in writing and editing marketing copy as well as the ability to efficiently manage various high-priority responsibilities. Experience in executing large scale mail campaigns with Campaign Monitor or other e-marketing tools preferred.

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Manager of Donor Engagement

The Manager of Donor Engagement implements a donor cultivation, stewardship, and recognition program to enhance the Museum’s relationship with prospects, Members, and donors. Such events will support cultivation and stewardship initiatives, highlight the Museum mission, and attract new donors. The Manager of Donor Engagement also manages a daily portfolio of donor correspondence, including special letters of thanks, acknowledgment, and recognition. The Manager of Donor Engagement works as part of a team devoted to integrated program of donor cultivation and stewardship, coordinating large-scale special events, intimate donor gatherings, and donor education activities, which are designed to help realize the full philanthropic potential of the institution. A minimum of three years’ experience in creative programming or special events combined with excellent communication and organization skills are required.

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

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Manager of Adult Programs- Fleisher Art Memorial
Applications for this position will be accepted until October 15.

Fleisher Art Memorial seeks a Manager of Adult Programs to craft, execute, and manage Fleisher’s programming for adults consistent with the goals and objectives outlined in Fleisher’s strategic plan. Specific responsibilities include: program development, department budgets, manage teaching artists, oversee documentation and evaluation of program and meet earned revenue goals for tuition and fees.

Qualified candidates will have a four-year degree in arts administration, art history, art education, or related field. Advanced degree preferred. Minimum two years work experience with multi-cultural inner-city youth or adults in an art education setting, including development of curriculum and lesson plans. Demonstrated small- and large-scale project development and staff management experience. Additional language skills a plus.

If this description seems like a good match for your personality, skills, and career goals please send us a cover letter, resume, and two references (all in one document) by email to Subject line: Adult Program Manager. No phone calls, please. There is a mandatory background check to qualify for this position.

Museum Educator, Family Programs

The Museum seeks a Museum Educator for Family Programs within the Division of Education. This position reports directly to the Manager of Family Gallery Learning and provides some support to the Manager of Family Studio Learning. Responsibilities include assisting with all aspects of family programs, including teaching children ages 3-10 and their families, helping to plan and implement family festivals, designing gallery curriculum, and assisting with correspondence and general office work. The successful candidate will have at least a Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree preferred, in art, art history, arts education, museum education, or related liberal arts field, and proven experience teaching children in a Museum gallery setting. Weekend work is required: a typical working schedule is Tuesday-Friday and Sunday.

An ideal candidate will be a creative thinker that is lively, vibrant, and a charismatic teacher. This position requires someone who is a highly motivated self-starter with a passion for engaging children with information regarding art objects. Must be able to effectively collaborate on a team, as well as work independently when necessary. Ability to get up and down off the floor while teaching, lift 50 lbs, and walk extensive distances in the Museum is required.

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Audio-Visual Technician

The Philadelphia Museum of Art seeks an Audio-Visual Technician to join a busy Audio Visual/IIT department. Audio-Visual technicians set up and operate sound systems, projection systems, video and sound recording equipment, mixing boards, microphones, speakers, projectors, interactive devices, video monitors and lighting in support of the Museum’s programs and events. Technicians will be required to transport, assemble, operate, maintain and repair equipment used in events and presentations. Technicians will also assist in the production of audio and video multimedia projects for museum exhibits, website and social media. Technicians should be creative and flexible with strong communication skills and the ability to interact with coworkers, the public and clients, often under deadline pressure.

Position requires excellent technical knowledge of presentation, video recording, teleconferencing, and other AV hardware with working knowledge of IT systems. CTS certificate desired. Candidates should have comprehensive hands-on AV equipment troubleshooting experience; knowledge of audio and video production and editing hardware / software including Apple Final Cut and Adobe Premiere; knowledge of desktop presentation software specifically MS PowerPoint and Keynote. A strong customer-service orientation required. The ability to prioritize and execute tasks under deadline pressure is essential.

Physical requirements include the ability to access all public and staff areas of the Museum campus. Position requires incumbent to be able to lift, load, and carry 50 pounds up to 20 feet; climb step stools and ladders; perform repetitive motions; and remain on feet for long periods of time. Must be able to carry, set up, adjust, and operate video cameras, recording equipment, sound systems, speakers, projectors, projection screens, video monitors, and lighting equipment.

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Associate Director for Systems Management

The Associate Director for Systems Management will hold a critical role in the Museum as we continue to evolve our data, communications, presentation systems, and infrastructure that support both our public facing digital experiences and our in-house systems. The Associate Director will serve as the primary director for all operational aspects of the System and Support Team at the Museum managing systems (servers, phone, av, and helpdesk and data network) and infrastructure. The Associate Director will also work with the Director of Information and Interpretive Technologies (IIT) in the strategic planning of enhancements needed to support the needs of new spaces and programs, storage and access to an increasing amount of digital-born assets images, video and sound, restructuring the digital services used by staff, and organizing staff training to help develop digital competencies outside of the IIT department.

The ideal candidate will be an extremely organized and efficient IT manager with excellent communication skills, a proactive teacher, mentor, and leader that will help shape the next generation of digital technologies for the Museum. The ability to juggle many competing priorities, allocate resources accurately and efficiently, and communicate transparently to all stakeholders is imperative. While not primarily a hands-on role, the Associate Director will need to accurately assess the work and efficiency of audio visual, network systems, application systems and helpdesk staff, provide direct guidance and troubleshooting and when required be able to perform hands-on responsibilities in these areas. The Associate Director will be expected to keep current with all technologies under their direction and the applications of these technologies to informal learning environments. The Associate Director will be expected to pursue professional development opportunities that ensure an ongoing expertise.

• Manage a group of 11 staff (4 direct reports) that oversee Audio Visual Services and Production, Applications and System Support, Voice/Data Network Systems, and End User support.
• Maintain and evolve an IT infrastructure currently consisting of approximately 35 virtualized servers, 500+ desktop computers, and 700+ users.
• Rolling project portfolio of approximately 20 concurrent projects
• Management of 3-4 major projects per year as strategy/priorities dictate

Minimum Qualifications
• Bachelors of Science or Arts and additional course work preferred.
• More than five years of IT management experience.
• Thorough to expert knowledge of the following:
-Network technologies including switching, routing, intrusion detection and prevention, and firewall administration (Cisco strongly preferred)
- Network infrastructure design
- Avaya VoIP technologies
- MS Applications
- Windows and Linux server administration
- Windows and Apple desktop operating systems and applications
- Storage environment administration (NAS/SAN)
- Business continuity/disaster recovery planning and implementation
- Database administration
- Server virtualization technologies (VMWare)
- Auditing and monitoring processes and software solutions
- Payment Card Industry (PCI) standards and Pennsylvania Privacy Laws

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Assistant Archivist

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is seeking a professionally trained Assistant Archivist to join the Library and Archives department. Working under the direction of the Martha Hamilton Morris Archivist, the Assistant Archivist will provide critical support for managing the Museum Archives. This position will be responsible for overseeing the Museum's records management program, including electronic records. The Assistant Archivist will work with the Library and Archives Staff and assist with departmental initiatives, reference coverage, and holdings maintenance. This position will also be expected to arrange and describe records; support the development of digital projects, including digital humanities initiatives; maintain the archives collection database and transition our collection data to ArchivesSpace; work with a wide range of materials, including physical photographic collections; collaborate with Digital Collections and Services staff to facilitate the inclusion of digitized archival images in online systems; process image reproduction requests; prepare surveys, finding aids and inventories; and train and supervise volunteers and interns.

A qualified candidate will have a Master's degree in library and information science or equivalent graduate degree. The ideal candidate must have excellent verbal and written communication skills. This position requires proficient technical skills, including experience with archival collection management systems and ability to manage and manipulate data. Knowledge of current archival issues and trends, particularly in relation to electronic records, digitization, and descriptive standards required.

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The Constance E. Clayton Fellowship
Application deadline: December 1, 2015
The Constance E. Clayton Fellowship provides upcoming or recent M.A. graduates in Art History or related fields from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) or other institutions with the opportunity to gain professional experience in preparation for a career as a curator or museum educator.

Working under the direction of the head of the curatorial department in which this individual will be placed or, if the focus of the fellowship is on museum education, under the direction the head of the Division of Education and Public Programs, the Constance E. Clayton Fellow will receive a comprehensive introduction to curatorial or educational practice in a general art museum.

Among the tasks for which an individual selected for a curatorial fellowship will be responsible are the cataloguing and research of individual works of art, exhibition planning and implementation, and program development. If the individual selected for the fellowship chooses to work in the Division of Education and Public Programs, he or she will have an opportunity to learn about the various teaching methodologies and interpretive practices used in the galleries, the design and implementation of programs developed for various audiences, including K – 12 students, families, and adult learners.

The Constance E. Clayton Fellow will also participate in the Museum’s summer internship program, which is intended to provide a broad introduction to all aspects of the work of this institution. In addition to engaging in a broad range of departmental activities, the Constance E. Clayton Fellow will be expected to develop and implement an independent project that will enable him or her to pursue a specific research interest or further develop a particular skill.

This term of this appointment will be for one year, but can be renewed for a second year at the recommendation of the supervising curator or educator and with the approval of the director. The Constance E. Clayton Fellow will be mentored by a committee of members of the Museum’s senior staff who will serve as a resource for his or her professional development.

Eligible applicants will be expected to have completed at a minimum a M.A. in Art History or a related field with an expressed interest in curatorial studies or museum education. An interest in working with the Museum’s collection of African American art is preferred, but not necessary. The successful candidate will receive a competitive annual salary, standard museum benefits, and a stipend for travel and research.

Applications will be accepted through October 15, 2015.

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