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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


Administrative Assistant, The Women's Committee

The Women’s Committee, an independently chartered volunteer organization dedicated to supporting the Museum, is currently seeking an Administrative Assistant to support the Director and Committee President. Responsibilities include working closely with other Museum staff and volunteers to coordinate information, meetings, events, and projects as assigned. Specific responsibilities include: updating website and social media platforms, maintaining various mailing list databases utilizing MS Access, responding to internal and external inquiries and preparing and distributing written communications and information. The Administrative Assistant will also provide support for the Women’s Committee Annual Craft Show including: scheduling, space reservations, food service, audio-visual needs, tracking invitations and responses, compiling agendas, meeting and follow up materials, and recording and distributing minutes for Craft Show meetings.

Qualified applicants will have a bachelor’s degree and 3-5 years of experience in an administrative support role and will be proficient in MS Office including Word, Excel and Access, Word Press and social media platforms. Additional qualifications include excellent written and verbal communication skills, organizational skills, attention to detail, ability to work under pressure, prioritize and proactively seek work.

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

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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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Gallery Maintenance and Storage Technician

The Museum seeks a careful and diligent Gallery Maintenance & Storage Technician for routine and special projects involving the cleaning of works of art on display, display/storage furniture (such as platforms), Plexiglas/glass cases, and occasionally the building fabric itself. Work is primarily performed in the Museum’s public spaces (Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Perelman Building, and the Rodin Museum), storage facilities, and several historic houses. Some projects may involve working on a ladder, a single- or double-person hydraulic lift, or scaffolding at heights of up to 20/30 feet.

Technicians must be able to move equipment and should be able to lift 35 lbs. with ease. Candidates must be able to work on delicate and repetitive tasks, which require very close attention, good hand skills, the use of tools and color matching skills. The ability to focus on the task, good three-dimensional perception, and sensitivity to a wide variety of materials and their condition is necessary. Most work is carried out in small teams under the supervision of a team leader/senior gallery maintenance staff member. Technicians must work cooperatively within the group for the proper execution of the tasks and the safety of the works of art. Candidates with prior relevant work experience will be preferred.

This is a part-time position of up to two days a week. Some schedule flexibility available.

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

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Manager of Leadership Annual Giving

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 Associates donor/membership program (annual gifts of $2,500 – $9,999), consisting of some 450 households. 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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Manager of Donor Engagement, Programs

The Manager of Donor Engagement coordinates all aspects of programming and travel for all high level donor audiences managed through the Development department, including but not limited to the Associates and Chairman’s Council members and affinity group donors. Duties include ownership of a portfolio of activities, including all aspects of the Stewardship travel program. This position works closely with other colleagues in Development, Membership, curatorial departments, and throughout the Museum to ensure a holistic approach to planning and the application of a donor-centric model to all departmental programs. The ideal candidate for the job will have a skill set which includes: strong organizational skills, a proven track record of successful program or events management, and a minimum of 3-5 years’ related career experience.

To apply, please attach a cover letter and resume to upload 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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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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Visitor Services Assistant

Part-time 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.

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.

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

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