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 is a Drug-Free Workplace and an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to recruiting, retaining, and promoting employees regardless of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other legally protected status.
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.
Overnight Museum Security Guard
The Overnight Museum Security Guard/ Guest and Protection Services Senior Specialist plays a key role in building operations, providing constant visual surveillance to help secure and maintain the premises during the overnight hours, as well as to ensure the safety and protection of the collection and the Foundation’s buildings and grounds.
The Audio-Visual Supervisor will serve as the primary liaison and responsible party for the organization of AV systems, processing and scheduling of requests, inventory and maintenance of equipment, and serve as the lead AV tech.
Remote IT Help Desk Technician
The IT Help Desk Technician will work remotely to serve as the primary liaison between the IT department and adult students enrolled in virtual art education classes at the Barnes. The individual will be responsible for managing support calls on the help desk telephone line and tickets in the ticket help desk system, escalating system-wide issues to the appropriate individuals. Candidates should be available to work part-time, 20 hours/week.
Public Programs Coordinator
The Public Programs Coordinator helps support performances and free programs at the Barnes Foundation. The Coordinator provides administrative support and operations for multiple programs each month. This position is responsible for creating, disseminating, and tracking all documents needed to support program creation, implementation, and promotion. Reporting to the Curator of Public Programs this individual will work to support all programs. The Public Programs Coordinator will also be responsible for maintaining relationships with our community council members.
Director of Finance
The Director of Finance is responsible for ensuring organizational effectiveness by providing leadership for the Foundation’s finance functions. The Director of Finance supervises the Accounting Manager and Financial Analyst. This position is also the primary interface for the Foundation’s audit firm and interacts with the Investment and Finance/Audit Committees of the Board of Trustees.
Museum Facilities Specialist
Under the general supervision of the Facilities Manager, the Museum Facilities Specialist provides a first-class experience to the Foundation’s visitors, guests, and employees by maintaining the Foundation’s building and grounds with continual care and maintenance. Candidates should be available to work full-time, 36 hours/week, Fri–Mon, 8 am–5 pm.
Museum Facilities Specialist
Under the general supervision of the Facilities Manager, the Museum Facilities Specialist provides a first-class experience to the Foundation’s visitors, guests, and employees by maintaining the Foundation’s building and grounds with continual care and maintenance. Candidates should be available to work part-time, 27 hours/week, Tue–Thu, 8 am–5 pm.
Guest and Protection Services Associate
The Guest and Protection Services Associate provides a best-in-class experience to every person who visits our institution. As the first line of interaction between the Barnes Foundation and all guests, the Guest and Protection Services Associate sets the tone for an exceptional guest experience, making the “customer centered” concept a daily reality in all interactions, decisions, and exchanges with guests.
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
Summer 2021 internships will be virtual, not on-site at the Barnes Foundation. Internet access is required.
Apply online. Applicants will be notified of their status about six weeks after the application deadline.
Internship Funding We are pleased to offer funding for a select number of undergraduate summer 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 Docents serve the needs and interests of our visitors, creating welcoming and informative educational experiences in our galleries. Because they are on the front line of our visitor experience, docents must complete a rigorous training program. For more information, email our director of volunteers, gallery guides, and art team.
For more information about our volunteer opportunities, email us.