We Are Committed to an Inclusive Workplace
At the Philadelphia Museum of Art, we actively seek to employ a diverse group of people who embody our organizational values.  We welcome and encourage individuals of all backgrounds to apply, including those from traditionally underrepresented groups in the museum field, who are inspired by our shared purpose and enjoy working collaboratively with others.

We’re proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, citizenship or immigration status, color, disability, domestic or sexual violence victim status, ethnicity, familial status, gender or gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other protected status. 

How You Will Contribute
The Philadelphia Museum of Art is looking to fill the Barra American Art Fellowship, a one-year position to begin at the start of the 2020-2021 Academic Year with a possibility of renewal for a second year. This position is generously endowed by The Barra Foundation in honor of Robert L. McNeil, Jr., with additional support provided by the Robert L. McNeil Endowments for American Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

The Barra Fellow will work full-time in the Department of American Art, assisting four days a week in ongoing department research and exhibition projects, with one day reserved for personal research, writing, or travel. Candidates should 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 presentation about their work and submit a paper reflecting work done during the residency.


Specifically, you will…

  • Assist with departmental research and various exhibition projects
  • Conduct research on proposed topic, with an end-of-term lecture and paper to be presented.

Your background and experience include:

  • M.A. in art history or a related field
  • Graduate experience beyond an M.A. degree is preferred
  • Prior experience in a museum environment or similar art institution
  • Technical proficiency with personal computers and Microsoft Office suite and experience with collection management software
  • Prior experience with The Museum System (TMS) is preferred

How to Apply
Please complete the online application that includes:

  • A letter describing your interest in the position
  • A writing sample
  • A list of three references with phone numbers and email addresses.
  • In addition to your online application please direct one of your references to write a letter on your behalf and send it directly to either:

    • HR@philamuseum.org
    • Department of Human Resources
      Philadelphia Museum of Art
      P.O. Box 7646
      Philadelphia, PA 19101
      Re: Barra Fellowship

What We Offer
Our employees are at the center of the museum and we encourage everyone to be actively engaged in museum culture and activities.  As an employee, you will have access to numerous museum perks including, but not limited to:

  • Free general admission to the museum for you and your immediate family
  • ​​​​​​​Discounted guest tickets for general admission and special exhibitions
  • Discounts on gift memberships
  • Special staff tours and presentations from our world-renowned curatorial staff
  • Discounts at the museum restaurant, all museum cafés, and museum retail store

We offer a competitive benefits package* for employees including:
​​​​​​​Medical, dental, and vision benefits
Fully paid short-term disability insurance, long-term disability insurance, and life insurance
Health savings or flexible spending account program
Retirement savings program with museum match
Paid vacation, personal days, sick days, and holidays

*Eligibility for certain benefits is based on a variety of factors including the employee’s regular schedule and tenure.

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