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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

Capital Project Manager

The Museum seeks an experienced architect with advanced project management skills to provide day-to-day management for a variety of Museum Facilities Master Plan capital projects.

Working with the Museum’s staff, consultants, and contractors, the Capital Project Manager will develop an overall set of policies and standards for architectural design; develop requests for proposals for professional design and specialty services; and develop/implement systems to monitor and control project costs and schedules. The Manager will work with local, state and federal commissions, agencies and authorities in securing required governmental reviews and approvals. As required, he/she will prepare and assist with the preparation of regular reports, special studies and analysis. As a member of the Facilities Master Plan Project Team, this position will play a leading role in the management and further development of the overall Master Plan Phasing and Implementation strategy.

Candidates must have a Bachelor of Architecture degree and a PM designation or equivalent professional experience; a professional license as an architect desired. Seeking candidates with 10+ years’ experience demonstrating increasing managerial responsibility. Must have strong communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to coordinate multiple groups.

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The Lynne and Harold Honickman Assistant Curator of Photographs
Application Deadline: July 24, 2015

The Philadelphia Museum of Art seeks candidates for the newly created position of the Lynne and Harold Honickman Assistant Curator of Photographs. Position is available September 2015. Specialists in the History of Photography are invited to apply. Ph.D. is preferred. The Assistant Curator will assist the Curator in managing all aspects of a dynamic schedule of photography exhibitions and programs, covering the history of the medium but with an emphasis on recent artistic practice. A strong interest and knowledge about contemporary art across mediums and disciplines will be important, as well as superb writing and communication skills. Proficiency in a second language is expected. Experience with TMS is desirable.

Duties include organizing a minimum of one small exhibition per year; assisting with and sometimes originating larger exhibition projects; proposing, researching and writing about new acquisitions; overseeing the digitization and web publication of the photography collection; assisting with loan requests and other departmental correspondence; working with the Museum’s photography collectors’ group; coordinating projects with colleagues and departments across the Museum; engaging with Philadelphia’s broad artistic community.

Application deadline: July 24, 2015.

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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.

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Member Services Associate
Open to internal applicants only at this time.

The Membership & Visitor Services Department is seeking a proactive, people person who is excited about serving the needs of Museum members. The main responsibility is providing excellent customer service to members by answering the Member Services phone line as well as written correspondence in response to e-mails and letters. This includes renewing and upgrading memberships, updating constituent information, providing general Museum and membership information. Other duties include overseeing the research, correction and tracking or membership processing problems and general administrative tasks. Candidates should have strong customer service skills and writing skills, as well as interest in the arts and connecting people to great art. Candidates should also be willing to be crossed trained in other departments including the Member Records Services office. Experience with Raiser’s Edge and Sirius a plus. Hours are 9-5 Monday through Friday. Occasional evening and weekend hours required.

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Development Services Coordinator

The Development Services Coordinator reports to the Manager of Development Services, and serves as an expert in the entry and maintenance of data in the Museum’s fundraising system, The Raiser’s Edge. This position is also responsible for participating in evaluations and decisions regarding the most effective way to input information into Raiser’s Edge, as well as, how to best translate PMA Development program information into the fundraising system. The Development Services Coordinator will produce mailing lists for events and publications, run a variety of existing reports upon request, and may be asked to perform other duties as assigned.

Bachelor’s Degree required. Three to four years of professional development experience preferred. Demonstrated ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects to meet tight deadlines. 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 preferred.

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Manager of Development Services

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is seeking a Manager of Development Services to join the Development department. Under the guidance of the Director of Development Services, the Manager of Raiser’s Edge and Crystal Reports to achieve the delivery of high quality reporting in response to data retrieval requests from various programs within the Development Department. The Manager works closely with members of the Development Department to create and implement solutions that meet their data needs. In addition, this position manages the daily workflow and priorities of the Development Services Coordinator and serves as back-up to the Director of Development Services.

The ideal candidate will have a Bachelor’s degree with five plus years of progressively responsible, professional experience in Development and non-profit information management. Experience in using The Raiser’s Edge, particularly the query and export functions, is a requirement for this position. This position also requires strong attention to detail and the ability to manage multiple projects to meet tight deadlines. Strong written and verbal communication skills required. A strong candidate will also have strong knowledge of the Microsoft Office Suite, and Crystal Reports experience.

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Visitor Services Assistants (Temporary)- Membership and Visitor Services

We are seeking candidates to represent the Philadelphia Museum of Art as temporary, part-time Visitor Services Assistants.

We are currently seeking attentive, outgoing, energetic, individuals with a background or interest in art to help enrich the experience of Museum visitors during our upcoming Paul Durand-Ruel exhibition. 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 a temporary, part-time Visitor Services Assistant 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. 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. This position is expected to last approximately 6 months.

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Development Operations Assistant

The Philadelphia Museum of Art Development Department is currently seeking a Development Operations Assistant. The Development Operations Assistant directly supports the Deputy Director of Development and will be expected to assist with the coordination of program meetings and materials, maintaining departmental orders and supply requests, providing general administrative support, running reports, performing basic data entry in the Raiser’s Edge, and other duties as assigned.

Bachelor’s Degree required. A high level of proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel is mandatory. This position also requires excellent writing and oral communication skills, strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and the ability to be flexible and creative. Knowledge of Microsoft Outlook, Raiser’s Edge and prior Development experience highly preferred. The successful candidate will have volunteered, interned, or otherwise have had involvement in a Development environment.

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Coordinator of Family Gallery Learning

The Museum’s Division of Education seeks a Coordinator of Family Gallery Learning to coordinate all aspects of planning, preparation, and implementation of a robust range of family gallery programs. This includes, but is not limited to leading Sunday programs for children ages 3-10 and their families, teaching in the galleries, planning and implementing special events, creating interpretive gallery materials, and supervising part-time teaching staff and interns. This person works closely with the team members who specialize in studio learning and community programs to share knowledge and collaborate in programming. Some general office work is required.

Positions requires a Master’s degree in art, art history, arts education, or museum education with significant knowledge of current museum educations practices; plus 3-5 years Museum Education experience working with families or youth audiences. We are seeking candidates with outgoing and engaging personalities, and the ability to interact with audiences of all ages.

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Museum Educator, School Partnerships Liaison
Open to internal applicants only at this time.

Chief responsibilities include gallery teaching for K-12 students and development administration of partnership programs with area schools, particularly Philadelphia Public Schools students and teachers. In response to the new strategic plan’s mandate to re-envision our partnership with the School District of Philadelphia, the School Partnerships Liaison will work with the Curator of Education for School and Teacher Programs, Managers of School Visits and Teacher Services and other School and Teacher Programs staff to develop new programming and partnerships with the SDP in response to the findings of the assessment of school and teacher programs (which will be finished in August 2015). The Liaison will be responsible for forging strong relationships with SDP Administrators and principals in order to maintain present programs and envision future school partnerships. In addition, the Liaison will develop and teach teacher workshops, and write resource materials for students and teachers around the Museum’s permanent collections and special exhibitions. He/She will teach K – 12 grade students in the permanent collections four days a week as well as Special Exhibition Monday tours when needed.

- M.A. in art history, studio art, museum education, museum studies, or a related field
- At least 3 years of teaching experience in art museums, classroom or other education settings.
-Experience designing curriculum for classrooms or other cultural settings.
- Experience working in/with the School District of Philadelphia or other urban school districts desirable.
- Experience developing and administrating school partnership programs desirable.
- Demonstrated knowledge of Art History.
- Strong organization and project management skills
- Strong interpersonal skills. Ability to work collaboratively on a team and across departments.

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Department Assistant, Exhibition Design

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is seeking a design-oriented individual to provide support to a busy exhibition design team. The candidate should be a self-starter with strong organizational and interpersonal skills. S/he must be able to juggle multiple priorities. Interact with outside contractors, and work cross-functionally within the Museum. Responsibilities include: 2D and 3D computer drafting, model making, maintaining and monitoring schedules, create and maintaining exhibition files, building a library of master drawings, maintaining the material samples library, processing documents, and supporting the design team.

Requirements include a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture or related design field. Candidates must have experience with drafting software (AutoCAD), Sketch Up, Photoshop, Illustrator and Microsoft Office suite. Candidates will have experience in model making and be able to work in both English and Metric systems. Prior work experience in a Museum or similar setting desired. This is a one-year position that includes benefits.

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Human Resources Manager

The Museum seeks an experienced Human Resources professional to support the organization by planning, implementing, and evaluating human resources policies, programs, and practices. This role partners with and provides guidance to managers and employees on all aspects of the Museum’s employment, employee relations, training and performance management programs for exempt and non-exempt staff with the goal of attracting and retaining the Museum’s talented staff. Areas of responsibility will include:
• Recruiting and staffing
• Employee relations
• Performance management and improvement systems
• Organizational development
• Compliance to regulatory concerns
• Employee onboarding
• Policy development and documentation

We are seeking candidates with a Bachelor’s degree, preferably in Human Resources or a business field; PHR/SPHR certification a plus. Candidates need 4+ years’ experience in HR management in an organization of similar size and complexity. Must have comprehensive knowledge of federal and state regulations and internal company policies as they pertain to human resources. The ability to establish credibility and rapport with a wide variety of associates including executive, management, staff and department co-workers is essential. Respect for confidential information and the ability to handle sensitive and challenging situations with poise and tact is required.

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Benefits and Compensation Manager

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is seeking an analytical and customer-service driven individual to effectively manage and administer the Museum’s total benefits program. This position administers all aspects of the insurance plans including enrollments and terminations, billing, plan renewals/changes, reporting, and serving as the liaison for employees with third party administrators. The Manager oversees the compensation function; planning, developing and implementing new and revised compensation programs, policies and procedures to support the organization’s goals and competitive practices. This role is also the Museum’s HRIS manager and ensures the integrity of the data in the system. He/she manages FMLA, workers’ compensation claims and holds a lead role in the Museum’s workplace safety program. The Benefits and Compensation Manager sits on Museum committees including the 403(b) Investment Committee, Safety Committee and the Wellness Committee. He/she performs a variety of administrative tasks to support all of the benefits programs, and coordinates the work of one direct report.

The ideal candidate will possess a Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of 5 years combined experience in compensation management and benefits administration; CEBS certification preferred. Must have comprehensive knowledge of and experience applying federal, state, and local regulations as they pertain to benefits administration. Excellent computer skill with proficiency in the Microsoft office suite, HRIS and payroll systems; knowledge of ADP preferred. Ability to set priorities and manage time effectively with an eye for detail is essential. Must be able to establish credibility and rapport with a wide variety of associates including executive, management, line staff, and department co-workers. Ability to maintain confidential information and to handle sensitive and challenging situations with poise and tact is essential.

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Audio-Visual Technician

The Philadelphia Museum of Art seeks an Audio-Visual Technician to join a busy Audio Visual/IIT department. Audio-Visual technicians set up and operate sound systems, projection systems, video and sound recording equipment, mixing boards, microphones, speakers, projectors, interactive devices, video monitors and lighting in support of the Museum’s programs and events. Technicians will be required to transport, assemble, operate, maintain and repair equipment used in events and presentations. Technicians will also assist in the production of audio and video multimedia projects for museum exhibits, website and social media. Technicians should be creative and flexible with strong communication skills and the ability to interact with coworkers, the public and clients, often under deadline pressure.

Position requires excellent technical knowledge of presentation, video recording, teleconferencing, and other AV hardware with working knowledge of IT systems. CTS certificate desired. Candidates should have comprehensive hands-on AV equipment troubleshooting experience; knowledge of audio and video production and editing hardware / software including Apple Final Cut and Adobe Premiere; knowledge of desktop presentation software specifically MS PowerPoint and Keynote. A strong customer-service orientation required. The ability to prioritize and execute tasks under deadline pressure is essential.

Physical requirements include the ability to access all public and staff areas of the Museum campus. Position requires incumbent to be able to lift, load, and carry 50 pounds up to 20 feet; climb step stools and ladders; perform repetitive motions; and remain on feet for long periods of time. Must be able to carry, set up, adjust, and operate video cameras, recording equipment, sound systems, speakers, projectors, projection screens, video monitors, and lighting equipment.

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Associate Director for Systems Management

The Associate Director for Systems Management will hold a critical role in the Museum as we continue to evolve our data, communications, presentation systems, and infrastructure that support both our public facing digital experiences and our in-house systems. The Associate Director will serve as the primary director for all operational aspects of the System and Support Team at the Museum managing systems (servers, phone, av, and helpdesk and data network) and infrastructure. The Associate Director will also work with the Director of Information and Interpretive Technologies (IIT) in the strategic planning of enhancements needed to support the needs of new spaces and programs, storage and access to an increasing amount of digital-born assets images, video and sound, restructuring the digital services used by staff, and organizing staff training to help develop digital competencies outside of the IIT department.

The ideal candidate will be an extremely organized and efficient IT manager with excellent communication skills, a proactive teacher, mentor, and leader that will help shape the next generation of digital technologies for the Museum. The ability to juggle many competing priorities, allocate resources accurately and efficiently, and communicate transparently to all stakeholders is imperative. While not primarily a hands-on role, the Associate Director will need to accurately assess the work and efficiency of audio visual, network systems, application systems and helpdesk staff, provide direct guidance and troubleshooting and when required be able to perform hands-on responsibilities in these areas. The Associate Director will be expected to keep current with all technologies under their direction and the applications of these technologies to informal learning environments. The Associate Director will be expected to pursue professional development opportunities that ensure an ongoing expertise.

• Manage a group of 11 staff (4 direct reports) that oversee Audio Visual Services and Production, Applications and System Support, Voice/Data Network Systems, and End User support.
• Maintain and evolve an IT infrastructure currently consisting of approximately 35 virtualized servers, 500+ desktop computers, and 700+ users.
• Rolling project portfolio of approximately 20 concurrent projects
• Management of 3-4 major projects per year as strategy/priorities dictate

Minimum Qualifications
• Bachelors of Science or Arts and additional course work preferred.
• More than five years of IT management experience.
• Thorough to expert knowledge of the following:
-Network technologies including switching, routing, intrusion detection and prevention, and firewall administration (Cisco strongly preferred)
- Network infrastructure design
- Avaya VoIP technologies
- MS Applications
- Windows and Linux server administration
- Windows and Apple desktop operating systems and applications
- Storage environment administration (NAS/SAN)
- Business continuity/disaster recovery planning and implementation
- Database administration
- Server virtualization technologies (VMWare)
- Auditing and monitoring processes and software solutions
- Payment Card Industry (PCI) standards and Pennsylvania Privacy Laws

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Help Desk Technician

The Museum is seeking a Help Desk Technician to provide technical support to staff over the phone and in person, and to help maintain the smooth operation of the Museum computer facilities. This position will learn the fundamental operations of commonly used software, hardware, and other equipment within the Museum to be able to provide hands-on as well as remote assistance to requests for technical support. The Help Desk Technician will also manage the circulation of laptops, manuals, and other materials as appropriate.

Ideal candidates will have prior help desk experience; experience supporting MS Windows, MS Office, Adobe and other standard office applications; experience setting up and supporting Dell equipment. Friendly, customer oriented demeanor with strong communication skills in person and over the phone required. Ability to handle shifting priorities, and exercise patience and professionalism during busy times a must. Strong problem solving skills and the ability to work with or without supervision.

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User Interface and Graphic Designer

The Museum is building an Interactive Development team for the creation of original, ambitious interactive applications for our museum visitors to experience. We are looking for a strong User Interface Designer with experience creating mobile application and interactive presentation designs that keep the user at the forefront of consideration. We want to build compelling, rewarding and amazing experiences for the visitor, using the latest technologies, and this will require a forward-thinking, creative and enthusiastic designer.

In addition to user interface considerations, the designer will be responsible for all graphic design as well for our applications, interactives, and some web-based projects. The Interactive Graphic Designer role will be responsible for developing graphics to ensure a cohesive, high-quality aesthetic in support of the Museum’s interactive vision, and museum visitor presentation goals.

Position Responsibilities:

• Collaborative team participation on concept development, storyboarding, development, production and evaluation of interactive applications.

• Direct responsibility for wire frame interface design, user testing and evaluation, and then design and creation of all graphics for these applications on mobile devices, touchscreen presentations, and web pages.

• Creation of multi-layered interfaces, animations, and graphic elements needed by developers for integration into the carefully designed interactions we will be presenting.

• Close collaboration with the developer in the planning, development and implementation of the interactive experiences, which can range from something seen on a mobile phone screen to ones projected in immersive environments that take up entire rooms.

• An open mind to thinking of new and innovative ways of engaging visitors and making rewarding experiences with our art.

• A grounded, experienced understanding of how to best present interactions that work effectively for all types of visitors and experience levels.

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, InDesign, and optionally, After Effects and animation tools. 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 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 preferred.

If you have an online portfolio, include the link in your cover letter/resume.

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Mellon Postgraduate Conservation Fellowship, Furniture and Woodwork
The Philadelphia Museum of Art is offering a Mellon Postgraduate Fellowship in the conservation of furniture and woodwork beginning on August 1, 2015 and ending on October 30, 2016.

The applicant should be a graduate of a recognized conservation training program or have equivalent experience. Work will include technical examination, treatment, research, and preservation activities on European, American, and Asian furniture and architectural woodwork in the Museum's collections.

Each fellowship includes a yearly stipend, health insurance, $3,000 in travel funds and $2,000 for research support. Applications should be sent electronically and include: pdf files containing statement of interest, resume, transcripts of graduate courses, and three examples of examination and treatment records with photographs. Please include any published treatments or research.

Please send submissions using a file sharing service (such as DropBox or WeTransfer) to

Confidential supporting letters from two conservation professionals familiar with the candidate’s work should be sent directly to Behrooz Salimnejad, Elaine S. Harrington Senior Conservator of Furniture and Woodwork, Philadelphia Museum of Art, P.O. Box 7646, Philadelphia, PA 19101-7646.

Questions can be addressed by email to or by telephone at 215-684-7557.

All application materials must be received by June 15, 2015.

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