Manager of Family Programs

Date Posted
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2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Philadelphia, PA 19130
Job Type

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Karleen Gardner
Deputy Director for Learning and Engagement

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, especially those from marginalized
and 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

Reporting to the Curator of Education, Public Programs, the Manager of Family
Programs leads a team dedicated to making the museum welcoming, accessible,
age-appropriate, and exciting through a range of activities and opportunities
designed for families. The incumbent oversees all aspects of programming and
larger institutional efforts that seek to engage intergenerational audiences,
with an emphasis on children ages 0 through 12 and their grown-up

Specifically, you will:

Oversee and lead programs throughout the year that help grow family audiences
and ensure that the museum is a leading family-friendly destination in the
Contribute to the larger efforts of the Public Programs Department whose work
seeks to inspire, ignite creativity, and spur deeper inquiry
Develop and oversee the implementation of Family Programs strategic vision
and initiates programmatic changes in response to this plan
Hold weekly team meetings with Family Programs staff members and offer
strategic direction, mentorship, and ongoing feedback
Work with the Curator of Education, Public Programs and others to imagine and
implement Art Kids, a year-round series of drop-in family programs and tours
Collaborate with the Family Programs team to develop and implement
large-scale Pay What You Wish Family Festivals
Directly oversee the Museum Educator for Family Programs and the Studio
Monitor in their respective work as well and in the training of part-time
staff members
Oversee weekend gallery programs as well as seasonal holiday programs for
families and support the Museum Educator for Family Programs in the
development and execution of this programming
Support the Studio Monitor in managing, growing, and sustaining Children’s
Art Classes and other studio programs
Advise on and approve gallery curriculum written by Museum Educators and
studio projects for large scale events
Work with Curator of Education, Public Programs to manage the budget for Art
Kids and other Family Programs
Work cross-departmentally to advocate for the family visitor experience in
close partnership with Special Events, Visitor Experience, Editorial and
Graphic Design, Exhibition Design, Museum Store, Marketing and
Communications, and Facilities
Collaborate with Development on grant/funding proposals and documentation of
programs and supports a variety of fundraising efforts
Work with curatorial and interpretation teams to find ways to make the
collections, and specific exhibitions family-friendly through the inclusion
of family activities and interpretation
Regularly implements and teach gallery programs and tours
Attend weekly Public Programs team meeting and Division of Learning and
Engagement meetings
Other duties as assigned

Your background and experience include:

Demonstrated creativity and innovation in developing and leading programs
that engage children, families, and intergenerational audiences
Excellent interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills, including
public speaking
Ability to direct the work of others, provide creative and intellectual
oversight to a team
A proven ability to work collaboratively with others
Ability to accomplish goals working through formal and informal channels
Demonstrated commitment to promoting, contributing to, and supporting an
equitable and inclusive culture (DEAI)
Ability to establish goals and metrics and evaluate and measure success and
Demonstrated planning and organizational skills. Ability to manage shifting
priorities, and handle numerous time-sensitive projects with multiple
Demonstrated problem solving, critical analysis, initiative, judgment, and
decision-making skills
Demonstrated knowledge and experience in audience engagement and creating and
maintaining authentic partnerships with diverse organizations and artists
Proven track record of developing and meeting budget goals

Position and Compensation Details

The salary for this position is $56,000
This position is full-time, exempt, and 35 hours per week
Routine evening and weekend work is required
This position reports to the Curator of Education, Public Programs
Physical requirements:
Able to remain stationary for extended periods of time, to utilize computers
and other office equipment required of this job, to perform physically
administrative duties in a typical interior office environment, gallery, or
exhibit space, and to access most public and staff areas of the museum
Able to regularly set up, adjust, and operate a computer/keyboard and other
office equipment used to generate work/transmit data.
Able to move up to 50 pounds.
Able to move through crowded public spaces easily for hours at a time to
direct family and students groups throughout the building.
COVID-19 vaccination required.
Background check required after a conditional job offer is made.
Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of
the job.
PA Child Abuse Clearance and FBI Fingerprinting required.

Institutional Requirements

Upholds the professional standards of the field, always acts in a manner that
is consistent with the best interests of the museum and protects and enhances
its reputation and standing within the community of museums.
Adheres to the museum’s code of ethics and Employee Handbook and avoids any
real or perceived conflicts of interest.
Shows respect for co-workers and visitors and an understanding of and
appreciation for the diversity of the museum’s staff, volunteers, and
Maintains confidentiality.
Adheres to all museum protocols, procedures, rules, and policies.

Application Timeline

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.  We encourage candidates
to apply early as the position will close once we have a robust applicant
pool or a candidate has been selected.

What We Offer

Our employees are at the center of the museum. 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 admission
Discounts on gift memberships
Special staff tours and presentations from our curatorial and conservation
Discounts at the museum restaurant, museum cafés, and museum retail and
online stores
We offer a comprehensive 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.

How to Apply

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.  We encourage candidates to apply early as the position will close once we have a robust applicant pool or a candidate has been selected.

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