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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

Graphic Designer

The Designer creates marketing, communication, interpretation, and strategic touch points for the Museum. He / she will work as a team with fellow designers, clients, editors, writers, curators and the production manager under the Creative Director to develop, present, and produce creative solutions that meet and exceed communication goals while maintaining brand identity standards. He / she will manage many projects simultaneously from concept through completion, including print collateral, advertisements, fund-raising publications, exhibition design, identity projects, packaging, info graphics, motion graphics, installations, and permanent collection rotations; digital touch points for applications such as the Museum’s website, interactive projects, apps, e-newsletters, web ads, and e-vites; way finding / environmental, donor recognition, and temporary signage; and internal graphic identity materials.

Qualified candidates will have a BA / BS in Graphics Design or related discipline, as well as at least two years of graphic design work in a collaborative environment. Candidates should be proficient in digital design, with experience in on-line media and possess a basic knowledge of HTML, CSS, and e-mail design. Extensive knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, Acrobat), Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook) in a Mac required. AfterEffects experience a plus. An ideal candidate will have previous experience working with large scale / environmental graphics department. A strong communicator with a high level of energy, confidence, creativity and a sense of humor welcome!

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Curatorial Assistant
Application deadline: March 1, 2016

The Philadelphia Museum of Art seeks a curatorial assistant to participate in the research and planning for new galleries of American art before 1825, with a projected opening in 2020. The successful candidate will report to the Curator of American Decorative Arts and will assist in researching, evaluating, and cataloguing decorative arts for gallery installation and interpretation as well as on-line publication. This is a four-year, full time position funded by a grant from the Henry Luce Foundation.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
• Work closely with curator of American decorative arts in identifying, examining, and researching early American decorative arts for the installation, including glass, ceramics, silver, and base metals, as well as objects in related departments, such as costume and textiles and European decorative arts
• Create or update catalogue records for American decorative arts
• Create labels and other interpretive materials for the installation
• Work closely with other curators, conservators, registrars, and art handlers
• Travel to research and study objects related to the Museum’s collection
• Participate as an engaged and active member of the American Art department

Position requires a B.A. degree, M.A. preferred, with concentration in art history, American studies, or related field. Prior experience working in a museum setting is desired. Candidates should have experience in and knowledge of American decorative arts and European precedents. We are seeking candidates with proven proficiency in visually assessing art, well-honed writing skills, ability to establishing priorities and developing a work plan to meet deadlines.

To apply, please submit a cover letter stating interests and qualifications, contact information for two references, and a resume at

Application deadline: March 1, 2016

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Director of Leadership Annual Giving

The Museum is seeking an energetic and experienced fundraiser to lead its annual giving and upper-level membership initiatives within a comprehensive campaign environment. The Director of Leadership Annual Giving manages Associates, Chairman’s Council, and Trustee annual giving, which represents individual contributions ranging from $2,500 – $100,000. The Director oversees staff in the implementation of extensive outreach and cultivation efforts and a diverse benefits program working with a volunteer Advisory Board. This individual will craft and implement strategies for growth in programs that raise approximately $5 million annually.

The ideal candidate will have 10 or more years of progressive development experience, with a focus on annual giving and high level membership programs, and a proactive management approach. This position requires a Bachelor’s degree. The position requires the ability to develop strategies to identify and secure new donors, maximize revenue, forge strong working relationships with donors and volunteers, excellent communication skills, and superior attention to detail. This is a unique opportunity for a fundraising professional with a successful personal solicitation record and creative marketing and event experience to work with donors at the highest levels and be part of a dynamic Development office management team during a transformational expansion project designed by world renowned architect Frank Gehry.

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

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Telemarketing Representative

The Museum seeks professional and articulate telephone 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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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, one of America’s largest and most well-known art museums, is looking for a new Web Developer. The right candidate needs to be a real innovator. Someone who knows the latest in web design and development, responsive mobile implementation and media-heavy online applications who is looking to flex their muscles in a big way. We’re re-imagining our website from the bottom up, and we need a thought-leader who can propel our site to new heights for the next generation of art lovers around the world. This position puts you in charge of a team primed to break out of the old ways and grab audiences with thought-provoking, stunning new online experiences. Are you up for the challenge? Do you have what it takes to meet our expectations? If so, see additional details below and apply now!

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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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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Digital Asset Librarian

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is currently seeking a Digital Asset Librarian. Working under the general direction of the Arcadia Director of the Library and Archives, the Digital Asset Librarian will develop, implement, and sustain an institution-wide digital asset management system (DAMS), in close collaboration with the Information and Interpretive Technology (IIT) department. This position is responsible for all workflows associated with the DAMS from metadata standards, system maintenance, training and outreach initiatives, to supporting internal and public awareness, understanding, and use of the Museum’s digital media assets.

Job responsibilities include, but are not limited to, working with both individuals and departments to research, recommend, implement, develop and sustain a DAMS. The Digital Asset Librarian will collaborate with key stakeholders to codify and implement digital media asset metadata standards and workflows. In close partnership with IIT, he/she will select a system and plan system customizations, upgrades, integrations, testing, and maintenance; provide day-to-day and long-range administrative and strategic oversight of the DAMS. He/she will play a key role in vendor communications and management; lead user training and assist users with all aspects of the system; develop and maintain systems and product documentation and user workflows and policies.

Qualified applicants will have: a Master’s degree in Library Science or equivalent degree, with strong digital content, metadata, systems, and/or comparable focus; demonstrated experience in implementing an institution-wide DAMS, managing metadata, born-digital and digitized media assets; a general understanding of network operating systems, SQL and Web tools and applications, e.g., API, PHP; demonstrated experience with user support and services, collections management systems, web technologies; excellent interpersonal skills, with a focus on rapport-building, listening and questioning skills, and a demonstrated ability to interact well with both technical and non-technical colleagues, system vendors and general users; excellent organizational, follow-through and communication skills, including training, writing procedures and documentation; proven ability to multi-task, adhere to project timelines, work under pressure, and quickly make difficult decisions; proven ability and commitment to working independently, yet collaboratively and pan-institutionally.

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

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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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Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship in Paintings Conservation
Application Deadline: February 26, 2016.
The Philadelphia Museum of Art is offering an Andrew W. Mellon Postgraduate Fellowship in Paintings Conservation. The Fellowship will begin in September, 2016 with a term of two years and the possibility of renewal for a third year. As an integral member of the Museum’s Conservation staff the Fellow will perform examinations, treatments, and related research on European and American paintings, produce technical documentation, and participate in activities relating to exhibitions, installations, loans, preventive care of the permanent collections, and professional and public engagement.

The applicant should be a graduate of a recognized conservation training program, or have equivalent training, with experience that demonstrates exceptional visual and manual aptitudes, research skills, and strong English-language abilities. The Fellowship provides a competitive annual stipend, plus health insurance and significant additional funds to support travel and research.

Applications should include pdf files containing a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, examination and treatment reports (including photographs) for two works of art, and contact information for three professional references familiar with the candidate’s work. The recruitment system allows multiple attachments with your application.

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Suzanne Andree Curatorial Fellowship
Application Deadline: March 11, 2016.
The Philadelphia Museum of Art announces a two-year (first year renewable) Curatorial Fellowship in Prints, Drawings, and Photographs beginning on July 1, 2016. The fellowship provides firsthand experience with curatorial work in the graphic arts. A Master’s degree in art history or related field is required; candidates should have demonstrated a commitment to scholarship in art history and an ability to work collaboratively. Fellows participate in all activities of a large, active curatorial department with a collection of more than 150,000 works of art on paper, located in new, state-of-the art facilities: exhibition and loan preparation; object research and cataloging; study room supervision; and daily administrative tasks. Fellows have the opportunity to organize an exhibition from the permanent collection during second year of the fellowship. Position includes travel stipend and benefits.

Applications should include a letter of application stating goals, a resume, and the names and contact information of three references.

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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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