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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 Curator of 18th and 19th Century European Painting and Sculpture

The Philadelphia Museum of Art seeks an expert in 18th and 19th century European painting and sculpture for a curatorial position at the associate curatorial level. The Museum’s European Painting and Sculpture collection comprises nearly 5,000 objects and is particularly strong in 18th century English painting, portrait miniatures and waxes, and 19th century French painting and sculpture.

The Associate Curator of 18th and 19th century European Painting and Sculpture is responsible for all aspects of the care, presentation, and development of the Museum’s important holdings of European art and will play a key role in developing the collection and producing relevant exhibitions and publications. As a member of the Museum’s curatorial staff, the Associate Curator of 18th and 19th Century European Painting and Sculpture is expected to participate in aspects of the work of the Museum and to enable it to fulfill its Mission and to maintain the highest standards of scholarship, connoisseurship, and professional practices in the field.

Candidates will be proven scholars with demonstrated excellence in collections development, exhibitions, and publications. Must possess a broad familiarity with the history of art and a detailed knowledge of European painting and sculpture from 1750 to 1900. Will have a demonstrated record of research and curatorial achievement. Must have excellent communication skills in both writing and public speaking and possess a good command of spoken and written French and/or other relevant languages. Must have demonstrated ability to work successfully with a broad range of Museum visitors, collectors, volunteers, and colleagues. Will possess good computer skills including databases, word processing, and other normal office applications experience. Minimum three to five years relevant experience in the field. Ph.D. preferred.

To apply, please submit a cover letter and CV with your application. Interviews will be conducted in Fall of 2016.

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Development Assistant, Major Gifts

The Development Assistant for Major Gifts works closely with and provides administrative support for the Major Gifts Program, reporting to the Deputy Director of Development, Individual Giving. The ideal candidate should be energetic and responsible with a strong interest in fundraising and major gifts. He/she will be highly organized and detail-oriented, demonstrate excellent written and verbal communication skills, practice discretion in handling confidential donor information, and effectively prioritize multiple assignments to meet deadlines.

In this role, he/she will support four Major Gifts Officers who are responsible for cultivating and soliciting prospective donors, serving as liaisons to curatorial and other Museum departments, and assisting Museum Leadership and Trustees in their fundraising efforts. The Major Gifts Assistant will interact with a variety of Museum departments to support the Major Gifts team. On a daily basis, the Major Gifts Assistant provides administrative support to the Major Gifts team, ensuring that the donor database is up to date for reporting purposes, tracking progress towards goals, assisting with the planning and staffing of events, and preparing proposals, contact reports, preparatory materials, research, and correspondence.

Proficiency with Word, Outlook, Access, Excel, and database functions (preferably Raiser’s Edge) is required. Some evening and weekend hours are necessary in this position. Applicants must have a Bachelor’s degree and one to three years’ non-profit/fundraising experience.

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

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Corporate Relations Manager

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is currently seeking an energetic corporate fundraiser to manage its Corporate Partners annual giving program. This position is primarily responsible for advancing this annual giving program within the Museum’s Institutional Support area, including the identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of Corporate Partners. Duties include researching and cultivating new corporate prospects; managing and stewarding a portfolio of existing donors; and preparing corporate grant proposals and reports for unrestricted support. This is a unique opportunity for a development professional to increase the Museum’s corporate support as it advances a comprehensive campaign. Requirements include a Bachelor's degree, Master’s degree preferred. Minimum three years of progressive experience in fundraising, preferably in an arts or educational setting. Experience with corporate community or corporate philanthropy strongly preferred. Candidate must demonstrate exceptional communications and organizational skills. Experience working in a fast-paced, results-oriented environment and demonstrated flexibility in meeting shifting demands and priorities is a must. Knowledge of the corporate philanthropy landscape is an advantage. Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs is required; familiarity with Raiser’s Edge and Adobe Acrobat is an advantage.

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Wachovia Education Resource Center (WERC) Coordinator

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is seeking a coordinator for their Wachovia Education Resources Center (WERC). The Coordinator is responsible for all programming, including in-service workshops, curriculum consulting with teachers who come to the WERC, borrowing of resource materials by teachers, and oversight of all WERC volunteers and weekend facilitators. This position also co-teaches regular evening and weekend teacher workshops with other school and Teacher Program Staff and teaches school groups several times a week. The WERC Coordinator will play a key role in the process of developing the Museum’s new framework around creativity and 21st century skills, in particular supporting and organizing our work with our teacher fellows.

Ideal Experience

Candidates should possess the following type of knowledge, skills, abilities, and experience:

• MA in art history, art education, Primary/Secondary Education, museum education, or related field.

• 3-5 years of art museum/classroom teaching experience.

• Strong working knowledge of museum education theories and practices as well as preK-12 learning and teaching strategies, curriculum, and standards.

• Knowledge of art and art history and a passion for teaching with objects.

• Demonstrated knowledge and experience developing and implementing professional development experiences and materials for educators.

• Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

• Strong interpersonal and collaboration skills.

• Strong project management skills.

Please include a cover letter and resume 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 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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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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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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Manager of Visitor Services

The Museum is seeking an experienced manager to ensure the highest quality visitor experience for Museum visitors and members at the Main Building, Perelman Building, Rodin Museum, and the Historic Houses Cedar Grove and Mount Pleasant. The Manager works as part of a team of four Visitor Services Managers to lead a core of Visitor Services Assistants and Parking Attendants.

The Manager will assist in the scheduling of front-line teams to ensure appropriate staffing levels; motivate and evaluate the performance and operational standards of the team; participate in public planning efforts; assist with the development and implementation of training programs; point of sale setup and reporting; supervise parking operations.

The Manager is expected to conduct regular walk-throughs and have a presence on the floor during operating hours to ensure public areas are welcoming to visitors and functioning properly. The role demands strong, proactive problem-solving abilities in order to address concerns or issues related to the visitor experience.

The requirements for the Manager position include demonstrated supervisory experience (preferably of a large staff) in the hospitality industry or in a museum setting, exceptional customer service and organizational skills, and the ability to effectively communicate with a wide variety of staff and visitors. Must be available Monday through Sunday with evening hours on Fridays and Wednesdays as well as some holidays. An interest or knowledge of the arts is highly desirable.

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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