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Collections Interpreter Philadelphia Museum of Art

Collections Interpreter - Philadelphia Museum of Art


The Philadelphia Museum of Art seeks a full-time Collections Interpreter to join the Interpretation department in the division of Education. Charged with the task of making art engaging and meaningful to the broadest possible audience, the department of Interpretation oversees all interpretive initiatives for both special exhibitions and the museum’s permanent collection.

Reporting to the Assistant Director for Interpretation, the Collections Interpreter participates in all aspects of the interpretive process, which includes, but is not limited to, the writing of interpretive plans, review of labels, development of new interpretive tools and technologies, and conducting of audience research. This individual will also work closely with curators, designers, editors, and technology staff to shape interpretation across the institution.

Specifically, you will…

  • Work with curators to set interpretive goals, write interpretive plans, and develop interpretive strategies for the museum’s collection and special exhibitions.

  • Review and comment on interpretive planning documents, didactic labels, and interpretive technology proposals.

  • Work with Information and Interpretive Technologies staff to assess opportunities and create plans for digital interpretation and engagement.

  • Work with Audience Research staff to determine evaluation needs around special exhibitions and major reinstallations and occasionally conduct onsite surveys and interviews with visitors.

Your diverse background includes…

  • A Master’s degree in the Arts or Humanities

  • A solid understanding of interpretive theory, including how visitors experience museums

  • A commitment to inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility

  • An enthusiasm for collaboration and relationship building among staff and stakeholders

  • Ability to work occasional evenings and weekends

  • Ability to coordinate multiple projects simultaneously

  • Ability to work independently on assigned tasks with minimal direct supervision

  • Strong writing skills

  • Physical Requirements:

    • Periodically move throughout Museum facilities

    • Frequent use of multiple technical equipment and applications

  • Other Requirements:

    • Successful completion of a post-offer, pre-employment background check.