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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

The Interactive Developer will work with technical and non-technical Museum staff to develop compelling interactive experiences both onsite and online. Development projects will include in-gallery multimedia applications, mobile and web development. An extensive knowledge of mobile web development and a sophisticated knowledge of user-interface development is required. The applications will all center on presenting combinations of media, including video, animations, audio, imagery and graphics. Experience in programming digital media is required. Flash development experience is desired.

The Interactive Developer will assist in determining overall interactive structure, flow and user experience. This position will research/prototype new methods and technologies as well as develop methods of integrating new functionality with existing backend solutions. The Developer will assist in the development of a reusable code/widget library.

Qualified candidates will have a minimum of 3 years of professional Web design and mobile application experience with a degree in Computer Science or a related field. Work experience in a new media studio/agency is preferred. Position requires senior level experience with HTML5, CSS, and JavaScript. Must be adept at utilizing advanced Web technologies such as PHP, mySQL, ASP, XML, and JavaScript Frameworks. A firm understanding of best practices based on user-centered design, agile and responsive principles is required. Experience with Section 508 Accessibility guidelines and prior museum experience are all plusses. Successful candidates will be highly self-motivated team players, with the ability to work independently and as part of a team. Position requires the motivation to continuously research and learn different methods and technologies to provide a variety of the latest solutions.

To apply, create a single document that contains a cover letter and resume to uploaded with your application.

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The Development Assistant for Planned Giving and Gifts of Works of Art supports the Deputy Director of Development and the Planned Giving Officer with all aspects of the Museum’s gifts of works of art and planned giving programs. This role assists in the development and preparation of proposals, marketing materials and mailings; maintains various membership rosters and donor records; and coordinates gift administration such as gift acknowledgement, tracking and reporting. The Development Assistant also provides general administrative support to the programs by tracking budgets, preparing contact reports, coordinating meetings, and drafting correspondence as needed. For program-related events, the Development Assistant serves as a liaison to a variety of internal departments part of planning and coordinating events. As a member of the larger Development team this role is also responsible for various office-wide duties, including mail pick-up and drop-off, general phone line coverage, and event preparation and staffing.

This position requires a demonstrated ability to interact effectively with donors, volunteers, and staff at the highest level. Candidates with two to three years of professional development experience preferred. A bachelor’s degree is required. Candidates must be willing to acquire basic proficiency in planned giving software (including ability to provide up-to-date life income calculations), a basic knowledge of life-income gift vehicles, and working knowledge of applicable tax law and IRS rulings. This position requires exceptional writing and oral communication skills, strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and the ability to be flexible and creative. Computer proficiency including Microsoft Word and Excel required. Knowledge of Raiser’s Edge and PGCalc desirable.

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

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The Philadelphia Museum of Art is seeking a Research Coordinator to participate in a qualitative and quantitative research project within the School and Teacher Programs Department of the Division of Education aimed at understanding the impact of several key programs on students, teachers, and schools, and has a particularly focus on the School District of Philadelphia.

The Research Assistant will report to the Curator of Education for School and Teacher Programs, and will assist that person as well as the lead researcher to coordinate and implement all aspects of the project at the Museum. Tasks may include: conducting face-to-face interviews with teachers and/or students at the Museum or at school sites, conducting observations of students in the museum, conducting focus groups with teachers and/or students, and administering a follow-up telephone interview with program participants. This roll will also be responsible for coordinating the formation and meetings of an advisory group made up of School District of Philadelphia administration and teachers as well as members of higher education faculty from the area. All relevant evaluation components will be designed and provided to the research assistant by the evaluator.

The successful applicant will have strong communication skills, proven ability to organize and manage a highly detailed project, experience working with school age students. He or she must have access to a car in order to travel to multiple school sites. Applicants must have BA with a concentration in social sciences, education, museum education or arts education. Experience with evaluation and assessment is desirable. Experience the School District of Philadelphia or other large school districts is also desirable. This full time position will run from June 2014 through May2015.

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

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The Philadelphia Museum of Art seeks a dynamic, energetic individual currently engaged with the field of contemporary art and associated discourse of contemporary culture to become a Project Assistant for the Contemporary Caucus. Reporting to the Keith L. and Katherine Sachs Curator of Contemporary Art in the Department of Contemporary Art, this part time (21 hours per week) position will play a key role in planning for the Contemporary Caucus, a cross-departmental team assembled for a yearlong examination of the role of the contemporary at the Museum that will include guest speakers, discussion sessions, research trips for Caucus members, and a public program component. As the Philadelphia Museum of Art considers its past, present, and future practices, a focus on the changing roles of contemporary art and contemporary culture in its mission and program occupies a central position in both dialogues across curatorial departments and within the Museum’s long-term strategic plan. Seeking to develop an integrated vision for the role that contemporary art, contemporary programming, and contemporary perspectives can play within an encyclopedic museum, the Contemporary Caucus will bring together multiple departments and invited guest speakers to produce recommendations for redefining the institution’s engagement with contemporary art and experience throughout its historical collections and public programs.

A Master’s degree in contemporary art and/or culture or a related field, as well as a minimum of three years of experience in a curatorial, curatorial programming, and/or museum setting is required. The ideal candidate for this position will have previous experience organizing a speaker series, symposia, and/or conference, and will possess an acute attention to detail, the ability to adhere to deadlines, and ability to handle all aspects of working internally and externally with precision and professionalism. Working with members of multiple Museum departments including Curatorial, Education, and Executive Offices, the Project Assistant will actively participate in identifying preeminent thinkers as participants to the Caucus, and will be responsible for all logistics associated with planning the Caucus discussions and trips. Applicants must also possess strong writing and editorial skills, as materials generated by the Caucus may be adapted for the website and other public outlets.

Application Instructions:
• Create a single document that contains a cover letter and resume to be uploaded with your application.
• Candidates without a social security number should decline the background check section. This does not impact the status of your application.

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The Marketing Officer supports the Senior Marketing Manager in creating and implementing marketing strategies that increase awareness, reinforce brand identity, reach target audiences, and result in varied and increased promotion of the Museum as a cultural destination.

The Marketing Officer will plan, coordinate, and implement integrated marketing campaigns, including advertising, third party promotions, coupons/discounts, promotional relationships, and other targeted projects for select projects. She/he will create and publish a monthly email newsletter to general audience subscribers, and other lists as needed. This role will proactively pursue and develop beneficial partnerships with external organizations to reach new audiences and support Museum brand. The Marketing Officer will track and provide reports on campaigns and marketing activities to determine effectiveness of departmental communications.

Qualified candidates will have a Bachelor’s degree in business or related field, graduate degree preferred, plus a minimum of five (5) years hands-on marketing experience. Knowledge of successful marketing strategies and experience conducting and analyzing market research required. Strong candidates will be able to effectively work across departments and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment with multiple priorities.

Application Instructions:
• Create a single document that contains a cover letter and resume to be uploaded with your application.
• Candidates without a social security number should decline the background check section. This does not impact the status of your application.

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The department of the Philadelphia Museum of art which has specific responsibility for the care of American Art seeks a curator who can work collectively with the staff; as well as bringing a specific interest and expertise in modern paintings and sculpture made in the United States or by American artists working abroad. As a member of the Museum’s curatorial staff, the Associate Curator of Modern American Art is expected to participate in all aspects of the work of the Museum to enable it to fulfill its mission and to maintain the highest standards of scholarship, connoisseurship, and professional practices in the field.

The department is involved with ongoing cataloguing projects of the permanent collection; preparing for temporary exhibitions both focusing specifically on our own collections, as well as broader international projects. Coordination of close working relationships with our colleagues in the Conservation labs is essential to encourage and assist their technical research in examination of and work on the collections. A very active relationship with local as well as international scholars, dealers, collectors and museum colleagues is assumed, as well as willingness through our own Development department and independent initiative to actively pursue funding for acquisitions, reinstallation projects and exhibitions.

As with the entire museum, this Department is poised at a moment of high ambition and building responsibilities, which require both substantial concrete knowledge and skills, but also an imaginative spirit as we rethink perceived notions about the "proper” interpretation and presentation of works of art, their public accessibility and issues of the cultural context in which we present and interpret the substantial holdings in our care.

The individual who holds this position must possess a broad familiarity with the history of Modern art and, more specifically, a detailed knowledge of the history of American painting and sculpture during the first half of the 20th century. Position requires a Master's degree (PhD desirable), and 3-5 years experience in museum or related academic post. S/he will have a proven record of research and curatorial achievement (i.e., the development and coordination of exhibitions, the acquisition of works of art, and collections research) in this field. In addition to a demonstrated ability to work successfully with others—museum staff, volunteers, and diverse public constituencies—to achieve institutional objectives, s/he must have a broad knowledge of museum practices in the related fields of education and public programs, conservation, collections management, budget management, marketing, development and external affairs. Excellent written and oral communication skills are essential, as is an ability to work with databases, word processing, and other computing tools that the staff is expected to use on a regular basis.

Application Instructions:
• Create a single document that contains a cover letter and resume to be uploaded with your application.
• Candidates without a social security number should decline the background check section. This does not impact the status of your application.

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The Project Manager provides day-to-day management for short-and long-term capital construction projects. H/she plans, coordinates, implements, and finalizes assigned projects according to project specifications, budgets, and timelines.

The position works collaboratively with key stakeholders both inside the Museum and outside (including but not limited to consultants, architects, contractors, and government officials). The position ensures that project objectives and schedules are clearly defined and quality control measures are established and maintained. The position is responsible for keeping projects within budget and on time. H/she prepares and presents project proposals, updates, reports, and recaps. Projects vary and include (but are not limited to): oversight of the design and construction activities, interior/exterior museum renovations, and installation of building systems and components. Projects vary from small short-term to large multi-year, multi-phase timelines. This position reports to the Director of Engineering, Facilities and Operations.

Qualified candidates will have a Bachelor of Architecture degree (professional license as an architect desired) with 10+ years of experience demonstrating increasing managerial responsibility. We seek a candidate with a successful record of project management in both results achieved and methodology. Must have a demonstrated ability to work effectively and efficiently toward goals in a complex environment with multiple and changing demands. Position requires exceptional interpersonal skills with the ability to build effective relationships. Understanding of not-for-profit environments a plus.

Application Instructions:
• Create a single document that contains a cover letter and resume to be uploaded with your application.
• Candidates without a social security number should decline the background check section. This does not impact the status of your application

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The Museum is seeking candidates for the position of conservation scientist to undertake scientific research and analysis for the preservation and scholarly interpretation of the Museum’s collections. Technical responsibilities of the position include: 1) collaborating with conservators, curators, scientists and educators at the PMA and other institutions to promote/advance/regarding scientific conservation and art historical research, 2) providing reports of analytical findings and publishing research in scholarly journals and papers at professional conferences, 3) expanding laboratory resources through grant proposals and in-kind donations, and 4) selecting, using and maintaining analytical instruments in the lab.

Other responsibilities include: supervising and facilitating the research of laboratory interns, students, and volunteers, and encouraging their professional development, proposing and implementing an annual laboratory budget with the Senior Scientist, initiating and maintaining professional collaborations with university and corporate laboratories, extending the museum’s outreach programs locally and beyond, and contributing leadership to professional organizations.

Minimum Qualifications
• Graduate degree [Ph.D. preferred] in a physical science or related discipline and 6+ years professional experience in a Museum, academic or corporate research laboratory.
• Supplemental conservation, fine arts or art history degree.
• Competency in analytical technologies such as FTIR, GCMS, SEM, EDS, XRD, Raman and related software applications.
• Excellent written and oral communication skills.
• Laboratory management experience.
Compensation will be commensurate with experience.

To apply, create a single document that contains a letter of application stating interests and qualifications, a resume, and the names and contact information of three references.

Application Instructions:
• Create a single document to uploaded with your application.
• Candidates without a social security number should decline the background check section. This does not impact the status of your application.

While our applicant system requests personal information for the purposes of background checks, you are not required to complete this section. To decline, please leave this section blank and click “no”. Your response does not impact your application status.

For questions about this posting please contact Chris at (215) 684-7542. Application screening will begin on August 1, 2013 and continues until position filled.

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Application deadline: June 1, 2014
The Philadelphia Museum of Art seeks candidates for a nine-month fellowship in interpretation, beginning August 1, 2014. This Kress Interpretive Fellow, supported by a grant from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, will work collaboratively with Museum curators, educators, and conservators to create new interpretive strategies for selected works from the Museum’s collection of northern European painting from the 15th to the 17th centuries. The Fellow will have access to relevant collections and to the Museum’s library, and will partake of all professional privileges extended to Museum staff.

Reporting jointly to the Associate Curator of European Painting & Sculpture before 1900 and the Senior Curator of Education, the Fellow will be engaged in both art historical and audience research; planning and production of interpretive content; design and implementation of interpretive strategies; and formative and summative evaluation activities. She/he will collaborate with and link together colleagues across the institution.

During the monthly Fellows Colloquia at the Museum, the Fellow will report on aspects of the project to fellows working in other areas of the Museum. He /she may be involved in program planning and volunteer training and may be asked to present lectures, gallery talks, and tours regarding core collections holdings.

Qualified candidates will have 1+years of experience in an art museum setting, master’s level education in Art History, and familiarity with Museum Interpretation and Education. Candidates must possess a demonstrated knowledge of the history of European Art from the 15th through 17th centuries; an ability to work collaboratively across the institution; excellent writing and communication skills, and an enthusiasm for introducing art to a broad audience, diverse in experience and learning styles. The ability to think innovatively, manage time, and prioritize work on multiple projects are necessary. Some research travel is expected.

To apply, create a single document that contains a cover letter stating interests and qualifications, a resume, and a writing sample and/or sample/example of a museum interpretive project.

Applications accepted through June 1, 2014.

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