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The Kathleen C. Sherrerd Senior Curator of Education

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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, especially those from traditionally underrepresented groups in the museum field, who are inspired by our shared purpose and enjoy working collaboratively with others.

We are 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, ethnicity, familial status, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other protected status. 

How You Will Contribute

The Kathleen C. Sherrerd Senior Curator of Education is responsible for all programmatic activities the museum undertakes in support of its educational mission. As the head of one of the largest operating units within the museum, the Senior Curator of Education defines the strategic goals for the Division of Education and Public Programs in consultation with the Director and Chief Executive Officer and other senior staff. The division is comprised of five individual departments who oversee the development and implementation of programs and related activities to fulfill these goals.  As a senior administrator, this individual plays an important role in institutional decision-making, strategic planning, and resource development, and in representing the Philadelphia Museum of Art and its educational mission in the community and in the field of museum education as a whole.

Specifically, you will:

  • Develop and implement long-range and annual plans for the creation and presentation of educational programming, both digital and onsite, ensuring the fulfillment of the museum’s educational mission and its strategic goals. 
  • Work collaboratively with other members of the senior staff to ensure the museum’s educational programs and activities are in alignment with institutional priorities and are effectively utilizing the museum’s resources, most especially its collection.
  • Assess and, when appropriate, integrate new methodologies for learning in the visual arts into the museum’s educational programming particularly with regard to the ways in which it can be interpreted to engage new audiences.
  • Be responsible for the day-to-day management of the Division including the supervision its several departments: School and Teacher Programs, Public Programs, Volunteer Services, Community Engagement and Access, and Interpretation.
  • Develop the annual operating budget, identifying both revenues and expenditures, for the Division, and manage this in consultation with divisional staff and the Chief Financial Officer.
  • Work in concert with development staff to fund the ongoing needs and new initiatives of the Division and participate, where appropriate, in fundraising activities.
  • Serve as the principal staff liaison to the museum’s Education Committee and, in consultation with the museum’s Director, manages the work of this committee throughout the year.
  • Undertake various administrative responsibilities as assigned and participates in the day-to-day management of the museum as a member of the Senior Management Team.
  • Represent the museum to and maintain relationships with various professional organizations and public constituencies in the city, country and abroad.
  • Maintain strong and effective relationships with colleagues in the field, especially those at peer institutions in this country and abroad.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Your background and experience include:

  • Deep knowledge of educational theory and practice, especially as these apply to learning in the visual arts.
  • Broad experience in the field of museum education, including the development of digital and in-gallery programs as well as programming for multi-generational and multicultural audiences.
  • Demonstrated commitment to audience development and community engagement with a proven track record of using educational activities and programming to achieve results in these areas.
  • A broad familiarity with the history of art with a comprehensive understanding of the various functions of an art museum, including curatorial and conservation work, collections management, display, and interpretation, and the development of special exhibitions.
  • Experience in working collaboratively and building and strengthening relationships with others both within the museum and with partners in the community.
  • Communication skills needed to articulate the educational mission of this institution and direct the work of others to ensure the realization of specific objectives. 
  • Proven management and leadership experience which are essential to ensuring that the Division operates in an effective and cost-efficient manner, that the planning and presentation of programs is well managed and meets the highest professional standards, and that divisional staff adhere to all museum policies and procedures.
  • A commitment to and proven track record of fostering a diverse and inclusive culture.
  • Master’s Degree in Art History, Art Education, Museum Education or a related field, or equivalent experience is required.
  • Minimum of ten years relevant experience in related positions, in an art museum or similar organization, demonstrating increasing levels of responsibility in leading and developing teams.

Application Timeline: we will begin reviewing applications on August 31, 2021 and we strongly recommend applying prior to that date.


Compensation for this position will be discussed during the interview stage of the hiring process. If you have specific questions regarding compensation prior to submitting your application, please email

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