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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

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.

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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Membership Representative

The Museum seeks professional and articulate Membership Representatives to contact members and visitors through various campaigns for membership recapture and acquisition. Previous telemarketing , fundraising, art or non-profit experience is preferred. Seeking applicants with an interest in promoting the arts and who are able to work flexible part-time day, evening and weekend hours. Competitive salary and performance incentives.

Near public transportation (bus routes 7,32,38 and 47)

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

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Development Assistant, Gift Processing and Acknowledgement

The Development Assistant for Gift Processing and Acknowledgement is a member of the Museum’s Development Operations team and is responsible, under the supervision of the Director of Development Services, for the accurate processing of daily gift batches in The Raiser’s Edge, the Museum’s fundraising database. This position serves as a constituent records and contributions specialist and promotes adherence to industry standard best practices for charitable contributions. Additionally, the Development Assistant for Gift Processing and Acknowledgement maintains a large body of institutional knowledge of major donors and their giving histories and preferences. Other responsibilities include record maintenance in The Raiser’s Edge (contact information updates, deceasing, merging, and data clean-up projects as assigned) and office-wide duties such as answering the general phone line and mail pick-up and drop-off.

The ideal candidate will be a highly detail oriented problem solver who is motivated to provide superior customer service to both members of the Development Department and to the Museum’s supporters. Bachelor’s Degree required. A minimum of one to two years in a Development environment, previous database experience, proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, and Outlook, and excellent oral and written communication skills are required.

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

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Development Assistant, Major Gifts

The Development Assistant for Major Gifts works closely with and provides administrative support for the Major Gifts Program, reporting to the Deputy Director of Development, Individual Giving. The ideal candidate should be energetic and responsible with a strong interest in fundraising and major gifts. He/she will be highly organized and detail-oriented, demonstrate excellent written and verbal communication skills, practice discretion in handling confidential donor information, and effectively prioritize multiple assignments to meet deadlines.

In this role, he/she will support four Major Gifts Officers who are responsible for cultivating and soliciting prospective donors, serving as liaisons to curatorial and other Museum departments, and assisting Museum Leadership and Trustees in their fundraising efforts. The Major Gifts Assistant will interact with a variety of Museum departments to support the Major Gifts team. On a daily basis, the Major Gifts Assistant provides administrative support to the Major Gifts team, ensuring that the donor database is up to date for reporting purposes, tracking progress towards goals, assisting with the planning and staffing of events, and preparing proposals, contact reports, preparatory materials, research, and correspondence.

Proficiency with Word, Outlook, Access, Excel, and database functions (preferably Raiser’s Edge) is required. Some evening and weekend hours are necessary in this position. Applicants must have a Bachelor’s degree and one to three years’ non-profit/fundraising experience.

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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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

• 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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Art Packer & Driver

As a team member in the Registrars Office of the Museum, this full-time position focuses on driving, art handling and packing. Applicant must be 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. Qualified candidates must understand the principles of art care and possess basic knowledge of professional museum principles, practices, and procedures related to the collection, preservation, and exhibition of objects. Experience in handling of art of all types a must; strong woodworking skills, a plus. The ideal candidate will be responsible, dependable, and able to work cooperatively as a member of a team and across various departments. Knowledge of a collections database, preferably TMS, a benefit.

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Security Shift Supervisor

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is seeking a Security Shift Supervisor for the first shift working from 12am-8am, two days per week. Working under limited supervision, the Security Shift Supervisor ensures the safety and security of the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s campus from staff to the precious art collections. The Shift Supervisor will monitor building access, CCTV, and emergency response systems. The Shift Supervisor is also responsible for the timely and accurate reporting and completion of documentation related to reportable incidents.

The successful candidate will demonstrate the ability to work independently as well as with a team of support staff. The preferred candidate will have at least 5 years of supervisory experience with a track record of success with analysis, problem solving, and decision making in a cooperative and coordinated planning environment. Strong written and verbal communication skills are also essential for the job.

This position requires a high school diploma or GED. Computer proficiency is a must. Possessing a working knowledge of emergency response and building security systems including access control, CCTV, and intrusion detection is also a plus.

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

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Visitor Services Assistant

Part-time Visitor Services Assistants are needed to represent the Philadelphia Museum of Art. We are currently seeking attentive, outgoing, energetic, individuals with a background or interest in art to help enrich the experience of Museum visitors. At a minimum the position requires individuals to sell both general and special exhibit admission tickets; promote Museum programs and memberships through telephone and in-person contact; check guest coats; answer phone inquiries; provide information and answer guest questions.

Candidates seeking to work as Visitor Services Assistants should also have excellent customer service, computer, and clerical skills. Cash handling experience is also a plus. Bilingual candidates desired. This is a fast-paced, multi-tasking position that requires candidates to have the ability to stand for long periods of time and lift up to 20 lbs.

Availability to work Friday, Saturday, and Sunday is required for the position along with availability for at least one day during the week. Hours and days will vary with weekends, holidays, and evenings required.

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

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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.

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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