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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

Associate Director, Editorial

The Museum is seeking an Associate Director, Editorial, to align the Museum’s values and vision with a new verbal identity that will complement our visual identity. The successful applicant will be good at strategic communications and will work to infuse the Museum’s marketing and editorial content with our brand attributes aligned to the overall strategic objectives. This individual will work closely with all Museum departments to create a cohesive and consistent vocabulary and tone of voice that pushes our editorial content toward becoming a recognized category leader.

Responsibilities include

• Manage overall strategy and implementation of the brand’s tone of voice across Museum touchpoints. This includes providing guidance for our in-gallery tone of voice as well as working with managing editors to ensure a consistent voice for all marketing copy and content development

• Work as part of the Marketing and Communications team, reporting to the Creative and Brand Engagement Director, to produce headlines, body copy, and long-form copy for a variety of Museum touchpoints across different media channels (web, e-mail, mobile, blog entries, brochures, video, print, social media, etc.)

• Create, edit, proofread, and provide feedback on written copy

• Become a brand champion and provide leadership for colleagues to create copy based on the established tone of voice

• Use the brand voice to build relationships with current and new audiences (audience development)

• Build and manage communication calendars/schedules for writing projects via Virtual Ticket job scheduling system, collaborating with production manager

• Manage and coordinate all internal and external marketing copywriting, including freelance writers, to ensure on-time delivery of branded copy

Desired skills and experience

• Bachelor’s degree in English, communications, marketing, or journalism

• 5–7 years of content creation and copywriting experience

• Excellent written and verbal communications skills

• Versatility and ability to write in a variety of styles; ability to vary tone, language, and style depending on the audience (marketing/advertising and editorial/journalism background a plus)

• Strong organizational skills, management skills, and attention to detail

• Experience taking complicated information and concepts (such as academic material) and making them relatable, approachable, friendly, and easy to digest

• Experience with tone-of-voice writing a must, along with extensive experience writing branded copy, developing writing guidelines, and implementing tone-of-voice projects

• Skill at strategic communications, planning, writing, editing, speech writing, and verbal identity

• Experience with corporate communications and messaging

• First-rate storytelling that delivers the right content to the right people in the right format

• Willingness to gather feedback from multiple sources and integrate into a final product

• Ability to work in a fast-paced environment with sometimes-changing deadlines

To apply, please submit a cover letter and résumé with your online application.

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Development Assistant, Individual Giving

The Development Assistant supports the Deputy Director of Development who oversees Leadership Annual Giving, Major and Principal Gifts, Planned Giving, and Gifts of Works of Art. This position will be responsible for drafting and distributing a variety of correspondence to constituents, including acknowledgement and solicitation letters to donors and prospects, and maintaining and utilizing donor/prospect information in the Raiser’s Edge database. The Development Assistant also provides support for specific fundraising initiatives and projects aligned with the above areas and is responsible for various office-wide duties, including mail pick-up and drop-off, general phone line coverage, and event staffing.

Bachelor’s Degree required. Two to three years of professional Development experience preferred. Demonstrated ability to interact effectively with donors, volunteers, and staff at the highest level. This position requires exceptional writing and oral communication skills, strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and the ability to be flexible and creative. Discretion in handling confidential donor information is essential. Computer proficiency including Microsoft Word, Microsoft Office, and Excel required. Working knowledge of Raiser’s Edge highly desirable.

To apply, please attach a cover letter and resume to submit with your application.

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Development Assistant for Donor Engagement and Communications

The Development Assistant for Donor Engagement and Communications provides administrative support in all areas to the Director of Donor Engagement and the Director of Development Communications. This position will be responsible pulling contact information for mailings and eblasts using Raiser’s Edge, updating donor files, maintaining and coordinating all donor correspondence requests, and assisting with Stewardship reports. The Development Assistant will also collaborate with other members of the Development team to provide reports, research requests, campaign and events-related materials, and other tasks as assigned.

Bachelor’s Degree required. Two to three years of professional development experience preferred. This position requires exceptional written 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 desirable.

To apply, please attach a cover letter and resume to upload with your application.

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Manager of Leadership Annual Giving, Chairman’s Council

The Museum currently seeks an experienced Development professional with strengths in donor cultivation and solicitation, acquisition strategy development and implementation, and stewardship, focused on achieving the revenue goals of the Museum’s well-established Chairman’s Council donor/membership program (annual gifts of $10,000 or more), consisting of some 150 households. This position also oversees acquisition initiatives for the Museum’s three collection-based affinity groups focused on craft, photography, and modern and contemporary design. As part of a four-member team that is responsible for raising a total of approximately $5 million in annual operating support, the Manager reports to the Director of Leadership Annual Giving, working both independently and collaboratively with Development colleagues, Museum leadership, and volunteers to identify and acquire new members of this critical Museum constituency group and steward current members. Primary areas of the position include direct donor/prospect contact through events, one-on-one visits, email and telephone communication, as well as volunteer management, to maximize retention/renewal/upgrade of members, ensure benefits implementation, and secure new members.

The ideal candidate will possess four to six years of progressive Development experience with a record of success in initiating and maintaining contact and building relationships with prospective and current donors. This opportunity to join a dynamic Development office during a transformational Campaign and Museum expansion project designed by world renowned architect Frank Gehry requires strong interpersonal and organizational skills, attention to detail, and the ability to be flexible and creative. Excellent written and oral communication skills are essential. Candidates should also be able to demonstrate strong computer proficiency; knowledge of Raiser’s Edge or similar donor management system is a plus. The successful candidate must have the ability to articulate the priorities and programs of the Museum, understand the interests of donors, and respect and maintain the highest standards of confidentiality of information. A bachelor’s degree is required.

To apply, please attach a cover letter and resume to submit with your application.

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Member Record Services Coordinator

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is seeking a Member Record Services Coordinator. This position will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Member Record Services department, providing exceptional quality control and processing output to support the department. The coordinator will prepare and distribute various sales, attendance, revenue, and membership renewal reports and update tracking systems as scheduled. This position will also generate lists for membership renewals, upgrades, e-mails, direct mail and list exchanges. The coordinator will be expected to develop and implement new procedures as needed to maintain optimal departmental performance and assist with special projects and other duties as assigned.

Qualified candidates will be proficient in Microsoft Windows and will have hands-on working knowledge of Word, Excel, and Access. This position requires a Bachelor’s Degree. The ideal candidate will have a minimum of two years of experience in database management and reporting, preferably using Raiser’s Edge or similar fundraising systems. This position requires excellent organizational, problem-solving, and oral and written communication skills. Ability to handle confidential information in a discreet manner is a must.

To apply, please attach a cover letter and resume to submit with your application.

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Telemarketing Representative

The Museum seeks professional and articulate telephone representatives to contact members and visitors through various campaigns for membership recapture and acquisition. Previous telemarketing , fundraising, art or non-profit experience is preferred. Seeking applicants with an interest in promoting the arts and who are able to work flexible part-time day, evening and weekend hours. Competitive salary and performance incentives.

Near public transportation (bus routes 7,32,38 and 47)

To apply, please attach a resume to submit with your application.

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Director of Leadership Annual Giving

The Museum is seeking an energetic and experienced fundraiser to lead its annual giving and upper-level membership initiatives within a comprehensive campaign environment. The Director of Leadership Annual Giving manages Associates, Chairman’s Council, and Trustee annual giving, which represents individual contributions ranging from $2,500 – $100,000. The Director oversees staff in the implementation of extensive outreach and cultivation efforts and a diverse benefits program working with a volunteer Advisory Board. This individual will craft and implement strategies for growth in programs that raise approximately $5 million annually.

The ideal candidate will have 10 or more years of progressive development experience, with a focus on annual giving and high level membership programs, and a proactive management approach. This position requires a Bachelor’s degree. The position requires the ability to develop strategies to identify and secure new donors, maximize revenue, forge strong working relationships with donors and volunteers, excellent communication skills, and superior attention to detail. This is a unique opportunity for a fundraising professional with a successful personal solicitation record and creative marketing and event experience to work with donors at the highest levels and be part of a dynamic Development office management team during a transformational expansion project designed by world renowned architect Frank Gehry.

To apply, please attach a cover letter and resume to submit with your application.

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Capital Project Engineer

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is currently seeing a Capital Project Engineer to assist the Director of Engineering, Facilities and Operations (Director) and The Capital Project Manager in day-to-day management of a variety of Museum Facilities Master Plan capital projects including: coordination of the MEP design, related construction activities, and project schedule. The Capital Project Engineer will assist the Director and Capital Project Manager with the Museum’s priorities in working with outside consultants and contractors. In this role the Capital Project Engineer will interface with the Architecture and Engineering Consulting Firms of the Museum’s Facilities Master Plan.

Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to: monitoring MEP and structural activities of the project including schedules, to ensure timely and quality completion of assigned construction projects; preparing, completing and/or reviewing all related project engineering reports to ensure accuracy; providing project status reports and project schedules; assisting with and facilitating weekly project status meeting with Museum management, vendors, subcontractors and others connected with the project; attending Board Architecture and Facilities Committee meetings; assisting Director in performing review of construction on projects including review of bid documents, review of bid procedures, review of vendor and subcontractor qualifications, review of final estimates, labor and material takeoffs, and related information; participating in all project close-out documentation including submittal of all warranty information, affidavits, record drawings, final retainage payments, releases and accounting related documents; and helping the PMA to establish and maintain effective working relationships with architects, engineers and other vendors, along with subcontractors and others, who are on the internal project team.

Qualified candidates will have: a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering (mechanical, electrical or structural, preferred) and a PE designation or equivalent professional experience required; MSc degree in engineering or an MBA is an asset; 10-15 years’ experience demonstrating increasing managerial responsibility; well-developed decision making, financial analysis and organizational skills; strong communication and interpersonal skills; ability to build and maintain excellent working relationship with management, team members and outside vendors/contractors. Prior experience in a museum or historical building setting preferred.

To apply, please submit a cover letter and résumé with your online application.

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Human Resources Associate

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is looking for a dynamic and customer-focused individual to join the HR team. The Human Resources (HR) Associate will have the opportunity to work closely with a wide variety of departments across the Museum while providing HR support in the following functional areas: benefits administration, employee relations, training, performance management, onboarding, policy implementation, recruitment and compliance. The HR Associate serves as the first point of contact for the department for employees, applicants and guests as well as provides administrative support to the department including record keeping, file maintenance and HRIS entry. The HR Associate maintains the HRIS system, ensures data integrity, works closely with payroll, and generates reports. Qualified applicants should have a BA/BS in business, human resources, or other related field as well as well as at least two years of HR experience. Successful candidates should be able to demonstrate effective verbal and writing skills; a strong customer service orientation, an aptitude for detail and accuracy, and excellent organizational skills, including the ability to balance competing priorities under deadline pressure. Candidates should be pleasant and outgoing; tactful, discreet, and able to handle and maintain sensitive and confidential information. Candidates should also be able to demonstrate strong computer proficiency; knowledge of payroll and HR software necessary, experience with ADP a plus. To apply, please create a single document containing a cover letter and resume to upload with your application.

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Web Developer

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is seeking a Web Developer to work collaboratively with Museum staff to develop innovative online user experiences that are aligned with the Museum’s goals of audience development, visitor experience, activating the collection and civic engagement. The Web Developer will manage all aspects of the Museum’s website and will supervise Web staff responsible for the creation of online interactives. He/she will be responsible for effectively communicating user experience, information architecture, and design practices to internal stakeholders using design tools, visual communications, and narrative vision; and will advocate for the innovative use of technology in all aspects of the Museum’s marketing, curatorial, education and visitor services programs.

Specific functions of the Web Developer position include, but are not limited to: serving as the lead developer and technical expert in designing, developing, and maintaining innovative, dynamic, and complex digital applications online; configuring and optimizing the Museum’s online digital environment and system architecture; and developing the connections between content management system (CMS), collections information system (CIS), linked data, application programming interfaces (APIs), a front –end MVC layer which he/she will maintain, and other shared systems, web services, and data sources.

He/she will be building and maintaining a content workflow system, via an API, to enable staff members to create, edit, and publish content to the website and other digital outlets. This will require creating and maintaining permissions management, review processes and publishing functionalities.

He/she will also be responsible for prototyping and delivering user-centered software solutions for search and discovery; serving as the Museum's primary expert on technical matters concerning web, semantic web, and other software applications; integrating online and infrastructure systems to feed content to all digital applications; researching existing and emerging technologies to determine appropriate methods of content delivery and presentation; and advising on applications, systems and metadata and writing technical documentation and specifications.

Qualified candidate will have at least 5 years of agency (or institution) experience supervising and managing website development projects as well as a degree in Computer Science, Visual Communication, Interface Design, or equivalent work experience. Additional qualifications include:

• Ability to develop and produce multimedia websites and applications using best practices for user experience and search engine optimization and technologies such as PHP, JavaScript, Ajax, jQuery, SQL, MySQL, HTML5 and CSS3.

• Skilled in writing code for large-scale, dynamic web applications, including knowledge of a programming language for a framework such as PHP, Python, Perl, or Java, and most especially, a front-end JavaScript MVC framework. Knowledge of an advanced JavaScript framework (i.e. Node, Angular, React, Backbone) is highly desirable.

• Extensive API development experience.

• Expert knowledge of content management systems and web development frameworks such as Drupal 7 and WordPress.

• Knowledge of cross-platform, digital formats for multimedia delivery and digital asset management, including text, images, video, and audio on web, mobile devices, and tablets.

• Skilled in interpersonal relations and communications in order to provide advisory services and establish productive and collaborative working relationships.

• Knowledge of linked data and semantic web technologies such as RDF, XML, SPARQL, JSON-LD, or

• Knowledge of analytics and reporting software and systems, especially Google Analytics.

• Experience in SEO techniques and maintenance.

• Understanding of video and audio production and delivery.

• Understanding of traditional advertising channels and campaign development.

• Demonstrable knowledge of multiple software applications, web services, and cross platform execution.

• Strong technical skills focused on current web and mobile device content development and delivery.

• Demonstrated ability to multi-task, handling frequent interruptions and shifting priorities.

• Excellent written and verbal communication problem analysis and problem-solving skills.

• Excellent staff management skills to nurture and lead a web development team.

• Strong attention to detail.

• Experience with a version control system (such as Git)

• Knowledge of automated testing (TDD/BDD)

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

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Help Desk Technician

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is currently 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 provide hands-on as well as remote assistance to requests for technical support for commonly used software, hardware, and other equipment within the Museum. The Help Desk Technician will also manage the circulation of laptops, manuals, and other materials as appropriate.

Ideal candidates will have 3-5 years of help desk experience; experience supporting Windows 7 and Mac operating systems, MS Office (2010 and 365), Adobe and other standard office applications; and experience setting up and supporting Dell and Mac equipment, iPhone, iPad, Droid, etc.; Understanding of Active Directory domain environment; Strong documentation skills; Experience with Point-of-Sale systems, VoIP deployment, and ticketing systems, highly desirable; 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.

To apply, please attach a cover letter and resume with your application.

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Digital Asset Librarian

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is currently seeking a Digital Asset Librarian to activate and expand access to our world-class art collections and the digital media that is produced from them. Working under the general direction of the Arcadia Director of the Library and Archives and in close collaboration with the Information and Interpretive Technology (IIT) department, this position will oversee the development and implementation of an institution-wide digital asset management system (DAMS). The Digital Asset Librarian will sustain the DAMS and all workflows associated with it from metadata standards, system maintenance, training and outreach initiatives, to supporting internal and public awareness, understanding, and use of the Museum’s digital media assets.

Job responsibilities include, but are not limited to, working with both individuals and departments to research, recommend, implement, develop and sustain a DAMS. The Digital Asset Librarian will collaborate with key stakeholders to codify and implement digital media asset metadata standards and workflows. In close partnership with IIT, he/she will select a system and plan system customizations, upgrades, integrations, testing, and maintenance; provide day-to-day and long-range administrative and strategic oversight of the DAMS. He/she will play a key role in any vendor or developer communications and management; lead user training and assist users with all aspects of the system; develop and maintain systems and product documentation and user workflows and policies.

Qualified applicants will have: a Master’s degree in Library Science or equivalent professional experience, with strong digital content, metadata, systems, and/or comparable focus; demonstrated experience in implementing an institution-wide DAMS, managing metadata, born-digital and digitized media assets; a general understanding of network operating systems, SQL and Web tools and applications, e.g., API, PHP; demonstrated experience with user support and services, collections management systems, web technologies; excellent interpersonal skills, with a focus on rapport-building, listening and questioning skills, and a demonstrated ability to interact well with both technical and non-technical colleagues, system vendors and general users; excellent organizational, follow-through and communication skills, including training, writing procedures and documentation; proven ability to multi-task, adhere to project timelines, work under pressure, and quickly make difficult decisions; proven ability and commitment to working independently, yet collaboratively and pan-institutionally.

To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume with your application.

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Security Shift Supervisor

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is seeking a Security Shift Supervisor for the first shift working from 12am-8am, two days per week. Working under limited supervision, the Security Shift Supervisor ensures the safety and security of the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s campus from staff to the precious art collections. The Shift Supervisor will monitor building access, CCTV, and emergency response systems. The Shift Supervisor is also responsible for the timely and accurate reporting and completion of documentation related to reportable incidents.

The successful candidate will demonstrate the ability to work independently as well as with a team of support staff. The preferred candidate will have at least 5 years of supervisory experience with a track record of success with analysis, problem solving, and decision making in a cooperative and coordinated planning environment. Strong written and verbal communication skills are also essential for the job.

This position requires a high school diploma or GED. Computer proficiency is a must. Possessing a working knowledge of emergency response and building security systems including access control, CCTV, and intrusion detection is also a plus.

To apply, please attach a cover letter and resume to submit with your application.

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Sales Associates

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is currently seeking engaging, self-motivated and high-energy individuals to sell in the Museum's retail stores.

Candidates must enjoy fully engaging with visitors at a constant pace within organized chaos and among people of all ages. Exceptional customer service is expected and ideal candidates will not be shy in approaching new challenges and regular change enthusiastically. Confident comfort working with technology is best. Full-time and part-time hours available. Scheduling flexibility is necessary for weekend, holiday and evening shifts. Work schedules vary weekly. Please join us for some fun and have an experience of a lifetime around some of the most beautiful art in the world.

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Daniel W. Dietrich Fellowship-Contemporary Art
Application Deadline: July 1, 2016
The Philadelphia Museum of Art is currently seeking applicants for the Daniel W. Dietrich II Fellow in Contemporary Art. This two-year position focuses on the research, presentation, and associated curatorial activities surrounding a recent bequest of postwar works of art from Daniel W. Dietrich II. The Fellow will work under the supervision of the Department Head and closely with Contemporary Curators to plan and realize a number of installations, conduct object and exhibition research, and contribute to the documentation and scholarship on the Dietrich Contemporary Art gifts for the Museum’s records. As the fellowship is designed to provide professional training for emerging talent, the Fellow will also be fully integrated into the life and work of the department, as well as the Museum at large.

Qualified candidates will possess a Masters or Doctoral degree focusing on the History of Art after 1950 and/or contemporary curatorial practice. Candidates demonstrating an acute attention to detail, an ability to work collaboratively, and a keen interest in developing a career in museums are preferred. The Fellowship will run from September 6, 2016 through September 6, 2018 and is open to international candidates.

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