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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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Museum Photographer

The Museum is seeking a studio photographer with exceptional digital retouching skills and a minimum of 2 years of experience in art object/fashion photography, studio/on location lighting and medium format digital cameras. The Museum Photographer will be involved in a dynamic, creative environment and must be able to effectively coordinate a range of high volume projects. Experience in styling on or off figure fashion, portraiture and installation/architecture photography is a plus. 
The candidate must have strong communication skills, be extremely organized, be a proactive problem solver, be very detail oriented, and work well with others.

The photographer’s primary responsibility is the photographic documentation, digital post-production, and digital archiving of original works of art in the museum’s Costume and Textiles, and Prints, Drawings and Photography collections. Additional duties may include photographing exhibitions/installations and related events, occasional portrait work, and the maintenance of the studio and its related photography equipment.

We are seeking self-motivated candidates with a positive attitude and proven ability to deliver results while working independently. Qualified candidates with have a degree in photography and a minimum of 2 years professional photography experience in museum/auction house, high-end object, fashion or studio photography. Must have advanced knowledge of all aspects of studio lighting, digital camera equipment, Photoshop, Capture One and Lightroom. Must have exceptional Photoshop/digital retouching skills and a desire to stay abreast of changing technology. Must be proficient with color management and closed system calibration of monitors, cameras and all other related studio equipment. Requires the ability to properly handle original works of art. Position requires someone who can maintain a high level of image quality while delivering images in a timely manner. Physical requirements include lifting up to 35 pounds, carrying equipment, climbing ladders, and standing/sitting for extended periods of time.

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Mellon Postgraduate Fellowship in Costume and Textile Conservation
Application deadline: February 15, 2015

The Museum is offering an Andrew W. Mellon Postgraduate Fellowship in Costume and Textile Conservation, beginning September 1, 2015 and ending August 31, 2016. The Fellowship may be extended up to three years. The applicant should be a graduate of a recognized conservation training program or have equivalent experience. The Fellow will examine, conduct research, and perform treatment on costumes, accessories and textiles in the Museum collections and will participate in preservation activities throughout the Museum, including exhibitions and storage.

The Fellowship will include the conservation of European and American costume and needlework as well as the museum’s extensive collections of South Asian and East Asian textiles, contemporary fiber, craft, traditional tapestry, and carpets. The Fellow will work with the two staff conservators in the state-of-the art laboratory.

Applications should be sent electronically and include: pdf files containing statement of interest, resume, transcripts of graduate courses, and four examples of examination reports and treatment records with photographs. Please include any published treatments or research. Please use a file sharing service (such as DropBox or WeTransfer) to gdiefenderfer@philamuseum.org. Receipt of application will be confirmed by e-mail.

Confidential supporting letters from two conservation professionals familiar with the candidate’s work should be sent directly by the referee to: Sara Reiter, Senior Conservator of Costume and Textiles, Philadelphia Museum of Art, P.O. Box 7646, Philadelphia, PA 19101-7646. sreiter@philamuseum.org

All application materials must be received by February 15, 2015.
Project Conservator, Furniture and Woodwork
Application Deadline: December 31, 2015

The Museum is offering a 3 year position in conservation of American furniture and woodwork dating from 1650-1840, beginning early January 2015. A 2-3 years extension is possible after the initial 3 years. The Project Conservator will work under the supervision of the Senior Conservator of Furniture and Woodwork to examine, research, analyze, and treat a selection of the Museum’s collection of American furniture dating from 1650 to 1840 towards the publication of a catalogue in both printed and online formats.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

• Work closely with associate curator of American Decorative Arts in devising priorities, research, treatments, and scheduling
• Examine, research, analyze, and treat early American furniture, which includes frames and architectural woodwork, that will be photographed for collections catalogue
• Travel to study objects related to the Museum’s collection
• Participate as an engaged and active member of the Furniture and Woodwork Conservation Team and in related activities that support the overall mission of the Conservation Department including supervision of Mellon Fellow, art handlers, conservation technicians, and textile reproduction specialist

Training and experience required:
• Advanced training in conservation or equivalent qualifications, followed by a minimum of 6 years of experience in the field, ideally in a museum setting
• Hand skills relating to traditional furniture making, carving, and woodworking. Additional skills in microscopy, surface treatment, and upholstery desirable
• Experience in and knowledge of the nuances of American furniture and its European precedents with a particular specialty in Philadelphia furniture
• Experience establishing priorities and developing a work plan
• Experience successfully completing projects within deadlines

To apply, create a single document that contains a cover letter stating interests and qualifications and a resume to upload with your application at http://www.philamuseum.org/jobs/.

In addition to the application materials above, two supporting letters from conservation professionals familiar with your work should be sent directly by email or mail to the attention of Behrooz Salimnejad, The Elaine S. Harrington Senior Conservator of Furniture and Woodwork, at bsalimnejad@philamuseum.org or P.O. Box 7646, Philadelphia, PA 19101-7646. Questions can be addressed to Behrooz by email to or by telephone at 215-684-7557.

Application deadline: December 31, 2014

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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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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.

To apply, please create a single document containing a cover letter, resume, and work samples to upload with your application. If you have an online portfolio, include the link in your cover letter/resume.

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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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