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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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Administrative Assistant, Special Events

The Philadelphia Museum of Art seeks an Administrative Assistant to provide daily support to the Director of Special Events. This position will help ensure that all projects, works in progress, and calendar events are completed in an organized and timely manner. The Administrative Assistant will facilitate weekly meetings and information to inform all internal support teams of event details. This position will also work closely with the Director of Special Events to update the Special Events marketing plan for specific constituencies, corporate partners, non-profits, and conventions. This position is also expected to participate in advanced planning for special exhibition calendars and provide administrative support in handling the Special Events budget.

The position requires the ability to perform in a high-volume, fast-paced office environment with minimal supervision. The ideal candidate will have a strong attention to detail, excellent customer service skills, strong oral and written communication skills, and the ability to multi-task. An undergraduate degree is required. Must be proficient in all Microsoft Office products, specifically Outlook, Word, and Excel.

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

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Center for American Art Summer Fellowships
Application Deadline: February 16, 2015

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, 2015.

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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Center for American Art Summer Fellowship in American Silver
Application Deadline: February 16, 2015

One summer fellow will be chosen to assist the Curator of American Decorative Arts in the Museum’s Department of American Art, contributing to ongoing research and writing in preparation for the forthcoming catalogue of the Museum’s American silver collection. Graduate students in art history or related fields with an interest in American decorative arts are encouraged to apply. Fellow will be expected to work 10 weeks between June 1 and August 28, 2015.

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

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Barra American Art Fellowship
Application Deadline: February 16, 2015

Generously endowed by The Barra Foundation in honor of Robert L. McNeil, Jr., with additional support provided in 2015–16 by Mr. and Mrs. William C. Buck.

One fellow will be chosen to join the Department of American Art during the nine-month academic year (from September 2015 through May 2016). 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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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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Manager of Strategic Analysis

The Museum is seeking a Manager of Strategic Analysis to perform analytical analyses, summaries, and recommendations for the Membership and Visitor Services team. This position will prepare key indicator and other reports which track and measure the financial performance of membership programs. Through analysis of this data the manager will gain understanding of our visitors and members to help guide pricing, promotions and marketing initiatives. This position also manages the Data Center and sets quality standards for data collection and processing, provide reports and analysis to apply to management decision-making processes. The Manager of Strategic Analysis also leads the development of annual membership department budget.

Qualified candidates will have a Bachelor’s degree in a Museum or Business related field with 3 years’ work experience in a field related to this role. Candidates must have proven analytical skills with the ability to analyze financial trends to determine need for improvement or modifications; experience in budget preparation; and working knowledge of museum industry and membership programs. Proficiency with Raiser’s Edge, Excel, Word, Access, and Siriusware or similar membership processing system needed. Occasional weekend, holiday and evening work will be required.

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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Audience Research Associate - Membership & Visitor Services

The Audience 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 Audience 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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Coordinator of Community Programs

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is seeking a Coordinator of Community Programs for its Education department. Reporting to the Associate Curator of Education for Family and Community Learning, this position initiates, designs, and implements programs that actively engage with community organizations throughout the city and region. S/he supports the Museum’s mission of civic leadership and community engagement through building and maintaining partnerships with community organizations. Community Programs create innovative opportunities for visitors of all ages and backgrounds to experience and learn about art within the Museum and in the community.

A strong candidate will have a Master’s degree in fine art, art history, art education, or museum education. Proven work with museums and community organizations, experience with grant management and staff management. Excellent interpersonal skills. Ability to represent the Museum and interact with audiences of all ages is essential. Excellent organizational skills. Strong studio art skills and teaching experience highly desirable. Must be able to stand for two hours at a time, lift 25 pounds without injury, and sit on low stools or the floor to interact with children. Weekend and evening work is required. Access to transportation preferred.

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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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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Visitor Services Assistants

Visitor Services Assistants are needed to represent the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

We are currently seeking attentive, outgoing, energetic, individuals with a background or interest in art to help enrich the experience of Museum visitors. At a minimum the position requires individuals to sell both general and special exhibit admission tickets; promote Museum programs and memberships through telephone and in-person contact; check guest coats; answer phone inquiries; provide information and answer guest questions. Candidates seeking to work as Visitor Services Assistants should also have excellent customer service, computer, and clerical skills. Cash handling experience is also a plus. This is a fast-paced, multi-tasking position that requires candidates to have the ability to stand for long periods of time and lift up to 20 lbs.

Part-time positions are available. Availability to work Friday, Saturday, and Sunday is required for the position along with availability for at least one day during the week. Hours and days will vary with weekends, holidays, and evenings required. Interested candidates should click on the link to apply online. For serious consideration please include a copy of your resume and cover letter with salary expectations.

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

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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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