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Education is at the heart of everything we do at the Barnes Foundation.

Employment

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.

Administrative Coordinator for Collections and Exhibitions

Full-time / Philadelphia

The Administrative Coordinator for Collections and Exhibitions is the administrative lead for the Department of Collections and Exhibitions. S/he provides administrative support for the Gund Family Chief Curator, and the Senior Director of Conservation, and supports the Exhibition Registrar and Manager to deliver projects related to the Foundation’s special exhibition program.

Guest and Protection Services Supervisor

Full-time / Philadelphia

The Guest and Protection Services Supervisor is an inspiring and dedicated leader committed to guiding the frontline team, possessing the willingness and desire to develop a diverse staff. The primary objective of the Guest and Protection Services Supervisor is to provide for the safety and security of guests and the protection of the collection and Foundation property, all the while delivering the highest level of personal enjoyment and experience to visitors of the Barnes. The Guest and Protection Services Supervisor will help develop and maintain the vision and implementation of frontline staff operations at the Foundation. Candidates should be available to work F/T 40hrs/wk 7 am–3 pm, 9 am–5 pm, and/or 3 pm–11 pm shifts.

Lead Web Developer

Full-time / Philadelphia

The Lead Web Developer will architect cutting edge technology initiatives for an art museum setting committed to innovative and inclusive learning for in-person and virtual visitors. This role will lead initiatives including web, business intelligence, machine learning and digital engagement. The Lead Web Developer will have a breadth of knowledge across modern platforms and technologies, be self-motivated and continually develop their understanding of emerging technologies, seeking to adhere to best practices in front-end and back-end coding, systems architecture, and deployment. This position reports to the Chief Technology Officer and will work with a variety of teams and partners across multiple disciplines.

Guest and Protection Services Associate

Part-time / Philadelphia

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.

Fellowships

FAO Schwarz Fellowship at the Barnes Foundation
The FAO Schwarz Fellow will serve, coordinate, and deliver Barnes programing and events, and participate in initiatives to strengthen and diversify community program offerings connected to 2021–23 special exhibitions. Learn more and apply.

Internships

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.

Application deadlines:

Summer internships: February 1
Fall internships: July 1
Spring internships: November 1

Spring 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 a select number of stipends of $2,500 each for 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. See application for more details.

Other paid internship opportunities are available through Studio Institute’s Arts Intern program.

Volunteering

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.