Education is at the heart of everything we do at the Barnes Foundation.
At the Barnes Foundation, we are a mission-driven team working to offer art education, interpretation, and enjoyment to many audiences. Our diverse and passionate staff, volunteers, and interns collaborate with colleagues, visitors, and community partners who are united by a love of learning, discourse, and the arts.
The Barnes offers full-time, part-time, and seasonal positions in an inclusive and creative environment. Along with competitive pay, we offer comprehensive benefits, including health, dental, vision, life, and disability insurance; retirement plans with a generous employer match and immediate vesting; and flexible spending plans that can lower the cost of child care, public transit, and parking. Staff enjoy discounts on dining and shopping at the Barnes and may enroll in adult education courses at no cost.
The Barnes Foundation is a Drug-Free Workplace and Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, or genetic information. The Barnes is committed to providing access, equal opportunity, and reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities in employment, services, programs, and activities. To request reasonable accommodation, contact our HR department.
The Barnes is committed to being a safe, equitable, and inclusive workplace. Candidates for open positions can contact our HR department to review policies that keep our staff safe and our workplace positive and productive, including our anti-harassment, anti-discrimination, and anti-retaliation policies and our anonymous reporting system, EthicsPoint.
The Barnes values ongoing learning and offers a broad and supportive training program that helps our staff meet everyday challenges of the workplace and grow professionally. Opportunities for staff include employee-led committees—Core Values, Employee Appreciation, Wellness, Safety, Sustainability, and Learning Culture—and the Barnes Pathways Program, which supports internal promotion, career advancement, and networking for our frontline staff.
Director of Individual Giving
The Director of Individual Giving is responsible for the development and execution of all facets of growing and stewarding the Circles membership portfolio, expanding donor qualification, and cultivating activities to enhance donor/member experience.
Barnes Shop Sales Specialist
The Barnes Foundation is seeking a Barnes Shop Sales Specialist to deliver consistent and superior customer service in the Barnes Shop and to sell products that support the educational and revenue goals of the Barnes Shop.
The newly created Assistant Curator position will be a key member of the Barnes Foundation’s Curatorial team, working closely with colleagues within the Collections and Exhibitions Department and across departments. The Assistant Curator will contribute to conceiving and developing exhibitions and installations on the Barnes’s Philadelphia campus with a particular focus on African American art and art of the African diaspora rooted in research on the permanent collection and institutional history.
K–12 Program Specialist I
The K–12 Program Specialist I is a member of the school programs team that provides in-person and online programming for pre-K–12 students and teachers about the Barnes Foundation’s collections and special exhibitions. During the September–June school year, this position creates programs for grades 2–4 that integrate art with other content areas such as English Language Arts and Social Studies.
K–12 Program Specialist II
The K–12 Program Specialist II is a member of the school programs team that provides in-person and online programming for pre-K–12 students and teachers about the Barnes Foundation’s collections and special exhibitions. During the September–June school year, this position is focused on the upper elementary grade band (grades 5–6) and creates programs with an emphasis on integrating STEM subjects with art.
K–12 Gallery Educator
The Gallery Educator is a member of the school programs team that provides in-person and online programming for pre-K–12 students and teachers about the Barnes Foundation’s collections and special exhibitions. This is a 10-month position, working 30 hours per week from September to June annually.
Box Office and Call Center Manager
The Box Office and Call Center Manager oversees all administrative, managerial, and performance-based aspects of the Box Office and Call Center Teams. The Manager is responsible for staffing the Box Office during Barnes open to the public hours and the Call Center 7 days a week.
Director of Foundation Relations and Government Grants
The Director of Foundation Relations and Government Grants is an important frontline fundraiser who manages a portfolio of 30–40 foundation and public agency donors and prospects toward a goal of raising $2–3 million annually to support the Barnes’s core curatorial, education, community engagement, and conservation programs; DEAI; special exhibitions; publications; and special events (including the Barnes Art Ball). The Director is responsible for the development and execution of a strategic plan for foundation and public agency support that is focused on maximizing and growing unrestricted, temporarily restricted, and permanently restricted (endowment support) revenue from these institutional funders.
Curator of Public Programs
The Curator of Public Programs is responsible for developing, implementing, and assessing a wide variety of time-based public programs aligned with the Barnes Foundation’s progressive artistic, educational, and social missions, as well as earned and contributed revenue goals. The Curator contributes to a vibrant, inclusive, and supportive cultural environment for all by devising programs in partnership with colleagues from across the institution, the Philadelphia region, and beyond to support the growth and retention of diverse new audiences for the Foundation.
Guest and Protection Services Senior Specialist - Museum Security
The Guest and Protection Services Senior Specialist plays a key role in front-line operations by providing the team with constant visual surveillance information and access control to help provide an exceptional guest and staff experience, as well as to ensure the safety and protection of the collection and the Foundation’s buildings and grounds.
We offer summer, spring, and fall internships in a variety of departments for undergraduate and graduate students. Our interns work with experts in their fields, gain valuable job experience, and engage in meaningful work.
Summer internships: February 1
Fall internships: July 1
Spring internships: October 1
2021 internships will be virtual, not on-site at the Barnes Foundation. Internet access is required.
Apply online. Applicants will be notified of their final status about eight weeks after the application deadline.
Internship Funding We are pleased to offer funding for a select number of interns, with the goal of making internship opportunities more accessible to students. We encourage students of color, those who are underrepresented in the cultural sector, and students from low-income backgrounds to apply. We also have funding available for a select number of students who are from southern New Jersey or who attend college in southern New Jersey. See application for more details.
Other paid internship opportunities are available through Studio Institute’s Arts Intern program.
Volunteering at the Barnes provides unique access to our collections, programs, and staff, as well as opportunities to work with other art and horticulture enthusiasts. We accept general volunteers in a variety of departments in our Philadelphia campus, from archives to conservation to visitor services.
School Group Guides Our School Group Guides give gallery lessons to students from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade.
Community Engagement Volunteers These volunteers work with the public—especially children and families—at the Barnes and off-site in Philadelphia communities. They help with activities such art making, guided experiences, and conversations about art.
Docents The Barnes is looking for docent applicants from all backgrounds and walks of life. No formal art experience necessary. A passion for art and desire to learn are required. The next docent class is tentatively scheduled for late 2022. Click here for more information about the program. Email email@example.com for further information about the docent program.
For more information about our volunteer opportunities, email us.