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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

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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Exhibition Assistant

The Special Exhibitions department is seeking a part-time Exhibition Assistant to assist with preparation of the upcoming exhibition “Classical Splendor—Painted Furniture for a Grand Philadelphia House.” The successful candidate will assist the exhibition curator by procuring and organizing any outstanding images for publication, completing select citations for publication, and helping to organize incoming loan files and paperwork. The Exhibition Assistant will also be expected to answer queries from various departments relating to the exhibition, update the exhibition module in TMS and keep object records up to date with the most recent information. This Exhibition Assistant will maintain the exhibition checklist, assist with opening events, organize research for archives, and assist with gallery changes that will occur due to the exhibition.

A qualified candidate must have Bachelor’s degree with a good knowledge of bibliographic citations. This position requires strong organizational skills and attention to detail. The ideal candidate will work 3 days per week, excluding Fridays. Please note that this is a part-time, temporary position expected to last 8-9 months.

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

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Collections Manager for Offsite Storage

Under the direction and in support of the Director of Registration, the Collections Manager for Offsite Storage oversees the stewardship of the collection housed in the offsite storage facility. The Collections Manager is responsible for recording and facilitating all movement of the art objects into, within, and out of the offsite storage facility. He/she is responsible for maintaining records for location and documenting location changes at the facility in the collections management system (TMS). He/she oversees and assists curators, conservators, and art handlers in the physical movement of the art housed at the facility. The position also provides oversight for movement of works of art for photography projects and student/scholar access to works of art at the facility. In collaboration with the Facilities & Operations department, the Collection Manager monitors and reports on building conditions as it relates to the storage of the art. In addition to collection management, the position has registrar and art handling responsibilities. He/she is the day-to-day management presence at the facility. At present, additional collections are being prepared to move to Offsite Storage and the Collections Manager is an integral part of the team for planning and implementing the move.

Qualifications include a BA/BS degree in a related field (advanced degree preferred) and a minimum of five years registrar or collections management or art warehouse experience. Qualified candidates will have proven collection cataloging experience, strong organizational and risk assessment skills, and exceptional attention to detail and accuracy while handling large amounts of sensitive data. Must possess the ability to work in environment with multiple and changing priorities. Strong computer skills with experience in collections management software necessary. Good knowledge of art handling procedures and a valid drivers’ license with good driving record needed.

Work is performed primarily at the offsite art storage facility, but position must be able to access all public and staff areas. Work requires movement throughout the building, often working alone. Physical effort requires frequent walking, standing, stooping, and bending, lifting (up to 75 pounds), climbing (ladders), kneeling, and squatting. Must be able to use (or be trained to use) forklift and other equipment necessary to access works of art. Position is an emergency responder and has 24/7 on-call status.

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

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Parking Attendant

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is seeking an attentive, outgoing, and energetic individual to help enrich the experience of Museum visitors from the moment they arrive. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: taking payment for parking fees, monitoring availability of parking spaces, giving general city and Museum information to visitors, and keeping an accurate record of tickets and payments. Parking Attendant candidates should have excellent customer service skills, clear written and verbal communication, and a desire to be part of an exciting operation.

The ideal candidate will have demonstrated experience in retail or hospitality, cash handling, and customer service. Physical requirements include the ability to stand for long periods of time both outdoors and in a confined space with exposure to the weather during all seasons. Weekends, holidays, and evenings required. Hours and days will vary. This is a temporary, part-time position (up to 28 hours per week).

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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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Exhibition Designer

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is seeking an experienced Exhibition Designer. The designer will design temporary exhibitions, gallery projects and gallery furnishings for the display of works of art. S/He must demonstrate creativity while working within the museums aesthetic sensibility. The candidate should be a self-starter with excellent interpersonal and organizational skills. S/He will be an integral part of the exhibition team, and have the ability to carry projects from concept through completion. S/He must have an understanding of conservation issues for works of art and be responsive to budget and time constraints. S/He is expected to manage multiple projects.

Requirements include a high level of competence with AutoCAD, Illustrator, Photoshop, and the Microsoft Office Suite; as well as model making skills. Two plus years experience in a museum or similar setting desired. An Advanced degree in art, architecture, or art history is a plus.

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

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Web Developer

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is currently 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), and other shared systems, web services, and data sources. 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.

•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.

•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.

About the Museum

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is among the largest art museums in the United States, showcasing more than 2,000 years of exceptional human creativity in masterpieces of painting, sculpture, works on paper, decorative arts and architectural settings from Europe, Asia and the Americas. The striking neoclassical building stands on a nine-acre site above the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and houses more than 200 galleries. The Museum offers a wide variety of enriching activities, including programs for children and families, lectures, concerts and films.

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AV Systems Specialist

The AV Systems Specialist coordinates all technical aspects of AV systems used in the Museum’s exhibits, meeting spaces, public event spaces, and other areas of the building. This role will design, install, maintain, and augment audio visual equipment and related infrastructure needed to advance the Museum’s mission. He/she will perform control system programming, implementation, and testing (primarily Extron and AMX) for AV systems. As a member of the AV team, the Specialist will participate in ongoing emerging technology evaluations and may research and recommend equipment and solutions for ongoing operations. He/she is responsible for maintaining proper documentation of all AV systems, including equipment lists, wiring diagrams, wire database location and status, directory of static IP address assignments and maintenance records. Occasional evening or weekend work may be required as needed.

Qualified candidates will have a HS diploma, college degree preferred; and CTS credentials from InfoComm; CTS-D or CTS-I preferred. A strong technical background with 5 years’ experience in the audiovisual field required. Experience with AV control systems (e.g. Extron, AMX, and/or Crestron) and working knowledge of Polycom, Tandberg and other Audio and Videoconferencing Systems preferred. Proficiency in MacOS, and Windows operating systems required. Must have the ability to quickly assess complex problems and make critical decisions while under deadline.

Physical requirement include the ability to lift equipment (up to 50 lb.) and to install equipment in high, awkward, or confined spaces using ladders and a variety of hand and power tools

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

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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. Please note that this is a two-year position.

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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Director of Protection Services

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is currently seeking a Director of Protection Services for the development, implementation and upon approval, oversight of all security strategies and programs. The Director will participate in the development and establishment of policies, standards, procedures and initiatives for protecting the Museum’s collection as well as the visitors and staff for all buildings. Additional responsibilities include overseeing security training to ensure full compliance with all Museum policies and local, state and federal laws regarding emergency management, loss prevention and public safety. S/he will oversee the on-site management staff of the Museum’s security contractor to ensure that security performance goals and objectives are achieved. S/he will also provide front-line supervision for emergency and crisis management, developing procedures, policies and training. Director will be responsible for management of a security operations staff of approximately 21 proprietary officers and 160 contract supervisors and officers.

Qualified candidates will have a minimum of ten to fifteen years of security management experience with major public or private-sector security operation. Certified Protection Professional (CPP) designation is preferred. An ideal candidate will have in-depth and broad experience in various facets of security, crisis management, and leadership acquired through progressively responsible positions. This position requires excellent written and verbal communication skills, as well as strong organizational, analytical, risk assessment, and conflict resolution skills. A strong candidate will have a working knowledge of electronic and physical security engineering systems. BA/BS degree from accredited educational institution in public administration or a related field required; advanced degree preferred.

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Center for American Art Summer Fellowships
Application Deadline: February 15, 2016
Two summer fellows will be chosen to assist in the Museum’s Department of American Art, contributing to ongoing collection research and exhibition preparation. Graduate students in art history or related fields with an interest in curatorial studies and American painting and sculpture before 1945 are encouraged to apply. Fellows will be expected to work 10 weeks between June 1 and August 28, 2016.

Please create a single document to upload as your application that includes a letter describing your interest and preparation for this position; a curriculum vitae including education, employment, publications, and honors; a list of three references.

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Barra American Art Fellowship
Application Deadline: February 15, 2016
Generously endowed by The Barra Foundation in honor of Robert L. McNeil, Jr., with additional support provided in 2016–17 by Mr. and Mrs. William C. Buck.

One fellow will be chosen to join the Department of American Art during the academic year (twelve months, from September 2016 through August 2017). Fellow will work full-time (35 hours per week), assisting four days a week in ongoing department research and exhibition projects, with one day reserved for personal research, writing, or travel. Applicants should have completed their M.A. degree in art history or a related field and propose a thesis or area of research interest that can take advantage of the resources of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and other area libraries and institutions. Priority will be given to those with projects relating to the Museum’s collection or exhibition program, and to students from the Philadelphia region. Fellows will have library privileges at the PMA and the University of Pennsylvania. At the conclusion of the term, the Barra Fellow will be expected to give a lecture and submit a paper reflecting work done during the residency.

Please create a single document to upload as your application that includes:

• A statement of no more than 3 pages (double spaced) describing your preparation, the general direction of research, and the appropriateness of your studies to resources in Philadelphia.

• A curriculum vitae, including education, employment, honors, and awards.

• A list of three references.

In addition, please send a writing sample by mail and direct one of your references to write on your behalf to:

Department of American Art
Philadelphia Museum of Art
P.O. Box 7646
Philadelphia, PA 19101
Re: Barra Fellowship

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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 December 1, 2015.

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