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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


Staff Accountant

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is seeking a Staff Accountant for its Finance Department. This position will perform financial and operational analyses of various programs and projects, oversee payroll related data entry, as well as accounting functions.

Qualified candidates will have a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting along with a minimum of two years related experience. This position requires a detail oriented person with strong organizational skills. The successful candidate must have excellent interpersonal and communication skills to be able to interact with other departments within the organization. Computer skills in Excel, Word, and accounting software are required. ADP experience preferred.

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

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Senior Press Officer

The Senior Press Officer is responsible for enhancing external communications, with specific focus on generating media coverage across the US, international markets, as well as with local and regional media outlets. Reporting to the Director of Communications he/she is an active member of the Marketing Division and works across the museum to develop media relations strategies that achieve our strategic objective - to share information about our remarkable collections, programs and events with audiences at home and abroad.

The Senior Press Officer develops improved communication channels, provides quality information to key external stakeholders, and develops the Museum’s online press office presence. The Senior Press Officer will help create and implement an effective communications strategy to raise the profile of the organization and to enhance its reputation across print, broadcast and digital media.

This position requires a Bachelor’s degree with a minimum of five years’ experience working in a press and PR environment, preferably within the visual arts or not-for-profit sector. Candidates of interest will have drive, flair, imagination, and a clear passion for the arts. He/she will have a proactive and creative approach to media campaigns and the ability to network and build fruitful relationships within the media. They will have proven experience dealing successfully with difficult media enquiries, an outstanding ability to deal with a wide range of different people and requests, and the ability to work under pressure with strict deadlines. The Senior Press Officer position requires the ability to work outside normal office hours when necessary, and to be on call as required to handle media enquiries. Excellent verbal and written communication skills are expected.

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Press Officer

The Press Officer position at the Philadelphia Museum of Art works collaboratively within the Communications Department to develop and maintain strong media relations. This position develops, secures and implements editorial campaigns for Museum exhibitions, public programs, sponsorship, collections, and capital projects.

We seek creative thinkers who are strong at initiating new ideas and concepts. This position requires an adept project manager able to set necessary plans and framework in place from project implementation to completion, and keep a project on time and within budget. Qualified candidates must be able to competently draft/write press and news releases, letters and emails and have strong experience of developing and implementing press campaigns within the cultural/arts sectors. It is essential to have experience working to targets, the ability to review and assess effectiveness of press campaigns, and the facility to report and summarize progress and outcomes. We require an effective salesperson with experience of giving presentations and ‘selling’ in order to promote the Museum’s exhibitions program.

This role requires a methodical, accurate worker who is able to check work for errors and proof-read. The Press Officer will demonstrate strong interpersonal skills to build close working relationships with colleagues internally and third party suppliers externally. They will be confident and assertive; a good team player; and have a pro-active and positive approach to work. Bachelor’s degree required.

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Graphic Designer

The Graphic Designer creates marketing, communication, interpretation, and strategic initiatives for the Museum. He/she will work as a team with fellow designers, clients, editors, and a 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 project simultaneously from concept through completion, including print designs for advertisements, brochures, fund-raising publications, newsletters, and invitations; designs for special exhibitions, installations, and permanent collection rotations; digital communications for applications such as the Museum’s website, e-newsletters, web ads, and e-vites; wayfinding/environmental, donor recognition, and temporary signage; and internal graphic identity materials.

Qualified candidates will have a BA/BS in Graphic Arts or related discipline; plus at least 2 years of graphic design work in a collaborative environment. Candidates must be proficient in digital design; experience in on-line media a plus. Software knowledge required includes Adobe Creative Suite and Microsoft Office in a Mac environment. Excellent organizational skills and strong interpersonal skills required.

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

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Conservation Photographer

As a member of the Conservation department, the Conservation Photographer provides documentary and analytical imaging services for the Museum. The photographer creates publication quality photographs showing the current condition of works of art and maintains an accessible archive of photographs taken. This role performs x-radiography of objects, develops x-ray film in the department’s darkroom, and runs digital, video, and infrared cameras. As needed he/she trains staff in photography, the use of the photography equipment, and related skills such as Photoshop. The Photographer also provides photography consultation to other museum departments and photography projects as needed.

Qualified candidates will have a B.S./B.A. degree in photography plus experience delivering high quality photography services to others, or five years of experience in commercial, industrial, or freelance photography. Must possess good writing skills, have experience using Photoshop and inkjet printers, be capable of carrying at least 25 lb. of photo equipment, and be willing to work from a stepladder/scaffolding. Must be competent in a Windows operating system.

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

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Associate Curator of Modern American Art

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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Development Assistant, Corporate Relations Program

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is currently seeking a Development Assistant for the Corporate Relations Program. The Development Assistant supports the leadership of their development program in all aspects of the program’s administration. This position will directly assist the Director of the Corporate Relations in all aspects of administration for the Corporate Relations Program, including the Corporate Partners Program, foundations, sponsorships, corporate matching gifts, mailings, budget tracking, data management and special events.

The Development Assistant’s responsibilities include conducting research on corporations, providing general administrative support, drafting correspondence, running reports, and maintaining database in Raiser’s Edge. A successful candidate will be highly organized with a strong attention to detail. Requirements include a Bachelor’s degree, strong written and verbal communication skills, detail-orientation, and proficiency in the Microsoft Office Suite. Experience with Raiser’s Edge strongly preferred.

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

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Major Gifts Officer

The Museum is seeking a results-oriented and donor-centered individual to serve as Major Gifts Officer for the Department of Development. As part of a seven-member team that reports to the Senior Director of Major Gifts, he/she will regularly visit with current and prospective donors and personally cultivate, solicit and manage a portfolio of 100 plus prospects. The Major Gifts team works strategically and collaboratively with Museum leadership, Trustees, volunteers and staff throughout the institution. The Major Gifts Officer also serves as primary liaison for select curatorial departments, events, or fundraising initiatives as assigned.

The ideal candidate will possess a minimum of five years of progressive Major Gifts and/or Development experience, a proven record of success in engaging prospective donors and closing gifts, as well as supporting the fundraising efforts of professional and volunteer leadership. The Museum seeks candidates who are strategic, creative, collaborative, and systematic in their approach to working with their portfolio, and possess excellent communications skills. The successful candidate must have the ability to articulate the priorities and programs of the Museum and identify and interpret the interests of donors. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution (or comparable work experience) is required.

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

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Research Analyst

The Research Analyst position supports the Museum’s prospect research program by providing research for a diversity of projects. In support of the Museum’s Campaign and annual fundraising goals, the position provides research for strategically identified prospects and projects across areas of individual and institutional giving. This position assists in building the Development department’s capabilities to effectively utilize research resources to support the Museum’s goals and priorities and increase philanthropic support.

Among other responsibilities the Research Analyst will:
• Conduct varying levels of biographical and financial prospect research.
• Support research initiatives related to special solicitations, events, database, and genealogy.
• Screen and analyze data to assess wealth, including capacity and inclination ratings to support fundraisers, strategies, and decision-making.
• Collaborate with the Director of Prospect Research and Management to implement plans with regard to prospect identification, qualification, assignment, and solicitation.
• Participate in prospect strategy and special project meetings with key staff.
• Monitor news and other sources for relevant constituent, business and philanthropic information.
• Work collaboratively with department leadership and front-line fundraisers to track progress of prospects and fundraising project goals through evaluation and reporting mechanisms.
• Assist in continuing to build the Blackbaud Raiser’s Edge database with relevant constituent information and insuring its integrity.

Qualified applicants will have a minimum of three years progressive experience conducting prospect research; preferably in a research program that utilizes and emphasizes prospect management. Position requires excellent analytical, logical, conceptual and problem solving abilities, and the ability to prioritize and managing multiple projects to meet tight deadlines. Must have strong computer skills with proficiency using research tools (e.g. Lexis-Nexis, iWave etc.), Blackbaud software applications including Raiser’s Edge or other similar fundraising databases. We seek candidates who are diplomatic, collaborative, and committed to professional ethics as well as having a demonstrated adherence to confidentiality.

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Research Associate - Membership & Visitor Services

The Research Associate position works with the Audience Research Manager in the Membership and Visitors Services Department to implement research and evaluation projects for exhibitions, programs, and other activities at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The Research Associate plays an important role in the collection, entering, and cleaning of data to create accurate reports on various audience research data. This position participates in data collection in Museum spaces by interviewing visitors and conducting surveys, as well as oversees survey field operations, including survey staff schedules. Friday night and weekend work as required by survey operations. Qualified candidates will have a B.A./B.S., preferably in a field related to audience/market research or evaluation (e.g., psychology, education, statistics, business, marketing, etc.) paired with strong analytical and mathematical skills. Computer skills include: proficiency in MS Word, Excel, and Outlook; working knowledge of MS PowerPoint, Access, and SPSS Statistics or similar. Must have the ability to interact with the public, specifically confidence and skill in interviewing visitors about their experiences at the Museum. Ability to stand for two hours at a time while conducting surveys.

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Development Associate, Gift Processing And Acknowledgement

The Development Associate for Gift Processing and Acknowledgment is responsible for the accurate processing of daily gift batches in The Raiser’s Edge, a comprehensive relational fundraising database. This position serves as a constituent records and contributions specialist and promotes adherence to industry standard best practices related to charitable contributions. The Development Associate responds to requests for gift and giving history information, run reports, and assists the Development staff with retrieval of gift information. This position drafts individualized acknowledgement letters, and assists in the creation gift and pledge agreements based on standard templates. The Development Associate role requires a highly detail oriented individual who can develop a profound understanding of the workings of a complex database and the comprehensive policies and procedures required to maintain it. Previous experience with The Raiser’s Edge or other database is desired. Candidates should have the ability to prioritize tasks, work under pressure, and maintain quality of detailed work. Must have good problem solving and analytical skills. Ability to manage confidential data in a responsible manner is required. To apply, please create a single document containing a cover letter and resume to upload with your application.

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Collections Interpreter

The department of Interpretation at the Philadelphia Museum of Art seeks a fulltime Collection Interpreter. Charged with the task of making art accessible and engaging to the broadest possible audience, the department of Interpretation oversees all interpretive initiatives for both special exhibitions and the Museum’s permanent collection. Reporting to the Assistant Director for Interpretation, the Interpreter is expected to participate in all aspects of the interpretive process, which includes, but is not limited to, the writing of interpretive plans, development of new interpretive tools and technologies, and the conducting of audience research.

The individual who holds this position must possess a comprehensive knowledge of the history of art as well as interpretive theory, museology, and evaluative practices. The Position requires a Master’s degree in art history and two to three years of museum or related academic experience. The successful candidate must exhibit proven experience working successfully in collaborative environments. S/he must also possess excellent organizational skills, follow-through, and attention to detail, as well as the ability to develop effective work processes, and coordinate multiple projects simultaneously. Most importantly, the Interpreter needs to demonstrate a willingness to innovate and experiment with new modes of visitor engagement. Excellent writing skills are required.

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

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Museum Educator, School and Teacher Programs

Reporting to the Curator of Education for School and Teacher Programs, the Museum Educator’s chief responsibilities include teaching for K-12 students both in the galleries and through videoconferencing. In addition the Educator will develop and teach teacher workshops, and write resource materials for students and teachers around the Museum’s permanent collections and special exhibitions.

Position requires string knowledge of Art History; a M.A. in art history, studio art, museum education, museum studies preferred. Ideal candidates will have a minimum of 3 years of experience in art museum or classroom education; experience working in/with the School District of Philadelphia or other urban school districts a plus. Requires comfort with digital technology; prior experience with live videoconferencing a plus. We require someone with dynamic on-screen teaching presence. Candidates should have experience writing art education curriculum/resources for K-12 grade students.

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

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Interactive Graphic Designer

Working collaboratively with the division’s video/audio production staff along with writers, graphic designers, and editors across the Museum, the Interactive Graphic Designer role develops graphics to ensure a cohesive, high-quality aesthetic in support of the Museum’s interactive vision, and museum visitor presentation goals.

Primary responsibilities:
• Develop graphics and layouts to enhance User Interface and User Experience
• Adapt and optimize type treatments, graphics, photo and design elements for a variety of outputs channels, primarily in-gallery presentations, mobile applications and websites
• Develop work-flow structure to meet deadlines
• Distinguish our media by leveraging user-centered creative design and technology
• Work with team members to create innovative web/in-gallery/mobile design concepts
• Assist in determining overall interactive structure, flow, and user experience
• Prototype design/functional concepts and collaborate on creative vision
• Thorough experience in user interface design and creation
• Assist with interactive style guide and best practices documentation

Qualified candidates will have 3 or more years experience as a user experience designer or interactive designer with a portfolio that demonstrates superior visual skills along with process and thinking. Candidates should have a mastery of design and production tools, including Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign. Proficiency in creating graphics for mobile applications and web sites required. Must have the ability to turn creative direction and output channel requirements into visual experiences with an understanding of how design affects site performance/load time, and effective optimization techniques. Position requires the ability to propose design solutions based on best practices, fundamental design, and usability principles. Seeking someone with the motivation to continuously research and learn different methods and techniques to provide a variety of solutions. Experience in a non-profit environment useful.

To apply, please create a single document that contains a cover letter and resume to upload with your application. In addition, please include samples of your work. If you have an online portfolio, include the link in your cover letter/resume. If you do not have an online portfolio, you may email your samples to jobs@philamusuem.org.

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Interactive Developer

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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Image Cataloger

The Museum’s Library seeks an enthusiastic and flexible individual to catalog visual materials. Working under the direction of the Librarian for Digital Collections and Services and closely with other Museum staff members, the Image Cataloger is responsible for making non-object photography discoverable. This position will catalog digital materials into a cloud-based discovery environment. Materials include archival images, images of events and sites related to the Museum’s Collection and programs, digital surrogates of traditional library materials, and some non-image digital assets. He/she will also assist with managing files, sending and receiving materials digitized by vendors, and will assist with the ingest of materials from outside photographers.

Qualified candidates will have an ALA-accredited Master of Library Science or Information Science degree, or its equivalent in theory, training, and practice; a BA degree in history or a related field preferred. In addition candidates should have 1-3 years work experience in a special library, or archive. Intimate knowledge of Photoshop, Microsoft Office, digital asset terminology, and strong computer skills in a networked PC environment and facility with new technology required. Position requires experience cataloging in Marc as well as Dublin Core and/or VRA Core, using controlled vocabularies. Experience with ARTstor’s Shared Shelf environment or ContentDM preferred. Must be able to manage time and service needs with composure and team focus.

This is a part-time position at 21 hours per week, schedule to be determined in conjunction with the successful candidate.

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Arcadia Director Of The Library And Archives
Application deadline: October 30, 2014

The Arcadia Director of the Library and Archives provides strategic leadership and direction for the planning, acquisition, management, and preservation of information resources that are essential for the Museum’s research and educational programs. In addition to the traditional role it plays within the Museum, the Library and Archives manages the rights, licensing and delivery of images of works of art in the collection and is responsible for the implementation of an institution-wide digital asset management system. The Director of the Library and Archives must possess a broad understanding of the ongoing development and utilization of library collections, including archival, print, image and digital materials, with special attention to the impact of new technologies on the acquisition and distribution of information.

The Director of the Library and Archives is responsible for implementing the strategic vision for the Library and Archives as a hub for the acquisition, management, and distribution of a broad range of digital information resources both within the Museum and to various external constituencies. In alignment with the major goals of the Museum’s strategic plan, which emphasis increasing access to its resources via new technologies, the Library and Archives will gradually evolve into an “Information Commons” serving not only as a means for managing and disseminating information about our world-renowned art collection, but also increasing public access to the collection and related archival and bibliographic resources.

Qualified candidates will possess a graduate-level degree, such as a MLIS in a field that is relevant to the operation of libraries and archives plus seven to ten years of professional experience, ideally in an academic, research, or museum library. A strong understanding of evolving issues and trends in libraries and museums paired with current knowledge of emerging digital technologies and their application to the management of bibliographic resources and museum collections is required. A broad familiarity with copyright law and licensing and rights issues is necessary. We are seeking applicants who maintain an active and ongoing involvement with professional organizations in the field; have proven managerial skills and the ability to work effectively with a broad range of external constituencies; and have experience or potential for success in development and fundraising. This position requires flexibility and versatility to work in a changing environment.

Applications will be accepted through October 30, 2014. To apply, please create a single document containing a cover letter and resume to upload with your application.

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Safety and Protection Services Supervisor

The Safety and Protection Services Supervisor has responsibilities across the functional areas of Protection Services and Safety. He/she manages requests for security, supervises Museum drivers and vehicle scheduling, provides administrative support in technology and access control matters, and manages the Museum’s occupational Health & Safety programs.

This role recommends policy changes and adjustments to work practices to conform to current regulations. He/she directs safety training, based on needs assessments and legal requirements and performs workplace inspections and follow up investigations to determine any corrective action necessary to prevent incidents from occurring. The Safety and Protection Services Supervisor coordinates with Human Resources and Finance in areas including but not limited to: workers’ compensation insurance, accident investigation, loss control recommendations and compliance.

Qualified candidates will have a minimum of five (5) years responsible experience developing and maintaining security, occupational health & safety, and fire safety programs for a large institution. Certified Protection Professional (CPP) designation is preferred; a willingness to pursue this designation is required. Must have working and current knowledge of Federal, State, and Local health and safety standards, codes, regulations, and guidelines including the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OSHA), National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), and City of Philadelphia codes. Significant knowledge of security electronics and an ability to analyze and address common system failures and improvements in cooperation with the IT department necessary. Must be able to maintain confidential information.

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Director of Retail Operations

The Director of Retail Operations is responsible for the strategic direction, creative leadership, management, supervision and control of all retail services. This position requires a highly experienced senior executive in retail management with experience in multi-million dollar revenues. The Director of Retail Operations will have expertise in developing concepts for multiple stores and an assortment of quality products closely aligned with the Museum’s mission and brand. Extensive experience is required in managing the financial and analytic activities necessary to achieve strong profits on site and on-line.

We are seeking candidates with 10-15 years of experience in a museum retail environment with functional expertise that includes inventory management, buying and product development, identifying and implementing successful business strategies, planning and implementing e-commerce growth, employee management, and customer service. Position requires the ability to create effective partnerships across departments and to align retail strategies with institutional vision. Candidate should have a college degree and be proficient in Excel, Word and merchandising software.

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

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