Openings at the Michener

Position: Chief Preparator
Reports To: Curator of American Art


Under the direction of the Curator, the Chief Preparator supervises the fabrication, construction and installation of exhibitions, the preparation of gallery spaces for exhibitions and the preparation of objects to be exhibited. The Chief Preparator is a hands-on manager within the Curatorial department who is in charge of of all technical aspects of the Museum’s art handling and installation projects relating to the exhibition program and permanent collection. This role is responsible for museum-quality art handling, attention to detail, strong communication skills and the ability to plan out and manage multiple projects simultaneously.  The Chief Preparator is a key team member working in conjunction with other museum professional staff collaboratively on a daily basis within the Museum’s active exhibition program as well as in the stewardship of the Museum’s permanent collection.

Essential Functions*

  • Plans, prioritizes, and schedules work of the department; assesses resource needs and determines adjustments as required in the preparation of artwork and the construction, installation and de-installation of exhibitions and permanent collection rotations.
  • Supervises the Assistant Preparator and hires temporary installation staff, directs, supervises, and evaluates their work in the preparation of artwork and the installation and de-installation of exhibitions and permanent collection rotations.
  • Participates in regular department meetings, exhibition planning meetings and in consultation with other Curatorial team members, Artist(s), independent Curator(s) and staff from other institutions, determines detailed production schedules, estimating time and cost involved and general project needs.
  • Coordinates, works within and manages the fabrication and installation of exhibitions and daily activities of the Curatorial department(including mat-cutting and framing for works on paper, packing, unpacking, transporting and receiving artwork, wall construction and painting, lighting, installation of exhibition graphics, signage and labels, display fixtures and any audio video components insuring the highest quality within available resources.)
  • Participates in ongoing collections care and preservation, including inventories; performs basic conservation tasks in consultation with the Registrar; communicates all art movement with the Registrar.
  • Monitors and maintains the condition and appearance of permanent and temporary exhibitions including lighting and technical aspects as well as the art storage and art preparation areas, identifies problems and recommends solutions, oversees the necessary repair/maintenance conferring with the Facility Manager and Registrar and other museum department personel as needed.
  • Tracks budget for area of responsibility and assists in the development of and adherance to the Curatorial department’s overall budget.
  • Oversees the maintenance and repair of tools and equipment; estimates costs, purchases materials, equipment and supplies.  Adopts and adheres to safe workplace practices and procedures in the operations of the department and its workshop.
  • Implements, interprets, and upholds policies and procedures pertaining to exhibit installation and fabrication, including safety programs and training, the museum’s Art Handling Policy and Collections Management Policy. Assists with periodic policy audits and revisions.
  • Member of the emergency preparedness team, maintains emergency preparedness supplies

Minimum Requirements:

Education and Experience:

  • A combination of education (Bachelor degree preferred), training and experience in the above listed functions. A minimum of seven years’ experience in museum and/or gallery exhibition installation, supervisory experience strongly preferred.

Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge and practice of tools (both power and hand).
  • Basic carpentry and woodworking skills; electrical, lighting and audio-visual knowledge.
  • Valid, state-issued driver’s license, experience driving a 14,000# box truck as well as the ability to pass a physical mandated by The Department of Transportation (for interstate travel).
  • Ability to stand and/or work on feet for extended periods; lift and carry art objects and other materials weighing up to 50 pounds (frequently), objects over 50 pounds (occasionally) and work at heights up to 20 feet (using both ladders and mechanical lifts).
  • Proficient in the use of technology (Microsoft Office Suite, etc.) and the ability to learn the collection database Mimsy XG.
  • Demonstrated problem-solving and organizational skills, and adept at multitasking, with great attention to detail.
  • Must have a management style that promotes teamwork and open dialogue.
  • Familiarity with museum industry standards and best practices as outlined by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) and the Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD).
  • As a member of the Emergency Preparedness team this position requires 24-hour response availability seven days per week for emergency situations.

*This posting is designed to accurately reflect job duties.  However, it may not be all-inclusive and other job related duties may be required.

This is a full-time position with benefits and a competitive non-profit salary. EOE.

To apply, please send cover letter, resume, references, and salary requirements to Rebecca Rosen, at or mail to James A. Michener Art Museum, Attn: Rebecca Rosen, 138 South Pine Street, Doylestown, PA  18901. No phone calls, please.

The James A. Michener Art Museum, a private non-profit organization with a $3 million operating budget, seeks art educators to become adjunct faculty members, working with youth age 3 through grade 12, as well as adults.

Adjunct faculty members at the Michener Art Museum work in the education department to grow the institution’s arts education program attendance and visibility within the wider community with a commitment to museum based education for all youth, family, and adult audiences. Adjunct faculty will have both general fine arts skills combined with specific talents, interests, and motivational skills that would inspire diverse audiences of all ages. Adjunct faculty will be excellent teachers.

Responsibilities Include:

Responsibilities for each adjunct faculty member differ, pending the class, workshop, or camps s/he is teaching. Responsibilities may include but are not limited to the following:

  • Serve as a lead instructor for select weekend and weekday art classes and workshops in the fall, winter, and spring, and summer camps in the summer; develop museum-inspired lesson plans, samples,and interactives for fall, winter, and spring art classes and workshops; provide supply lists for classes.
  • Provide general art instruction for the school visit Art Door Program, teacher in-service workshops, and offsite school programs; develop themed lesson plans as required
  • Provide general art instruction for the Art Serve program for underserved youth and families; develop themed lesson plans as required
  • Provide instruction for adult studio arts community outreach programs, including Art for All Alzheimer’s program and Parkinson’s Disease studio class; develop themed lesson plans as required
  • Assist Director of Arts Education, Arts Education Coordinator, Director of Interpretation and Innovation, and/or Community Programs and Group Visits Manager with content development for select classes and workshops
  • Substitute teach as needed

*This position description is designed to accurately reflect job duties.  However, it may not be all-inclusive and other job related duties may be required.

Minimum Requirements

  • BS/BFA/BA; MS/MFA in art/art education; art teacher certification preferred
  • Minimum 2 years of experience teaching art to children and/or adults in public setting; additional experience with Special Populations and diverse audiences preferred
  • Demonstrated commitment to arts and museum education; understanding of current trends in arts education; demonstrated understanding of the importance of diversity and inclusion in the arts education community
  • In depth knowledge of arts education methodology, arts processes and materials, classroom management, curriculum development, and commitment to authentic art production
  • High level of self-motivation; creative thinker; ability to prioritize; ability to work independently and as a team member; ability to work collaboratively with internal and external partners and vendors
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills; superior organizational skills; adept at multitasking, flexibility, and attention to detail
  • Demonstrate collegial style that promotes teamwork, creativity, and open communication
  • Proficient in the use of technology, including the Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Publisher); research and retrieval skills using standard internet processes
  • Graphic program/design experience/photo editing/photography skills are a plus
  • Conversational Spanish helpful but not necessary
  • Flexible schedule
  • Background clearances as required by law

To apply, please send cover letter, resume, and references, to Andrea Thompson at or mail to James A. Michener Art Museum, Attn: Andrea Thompson, 138 South Pine Street, Doylestown, PA 18901. No phone calls, please.

The James A. Michener Art Museum, a private non-profit organization with in Doylestown, PA seeks a per diem Preparator.

The Preparator will assist the Chief and Assistant Preparators in the preparation and installation of art objects and other related materials for museum exhibitions. Primary duties and responsibilities involve all physical aspects of the museums’ inventory and loaned objects; physical installation, maintenance, shipping, and storage.

Characteristic Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assist Registrar and other curatorial staff in collections inventories and maintenance of galleries and other related spaces
  • Assist in the installation and de-installation of exhibition areas.
  • Packing, crating, and uncrating art objects for display, storage, or transit- must be able to lift 50 pounds
  • Preparation of gallery spaces- assembly of modular wall system, light patching, painting, and cleanup
  • Experience and knowledge of shop tools and machinery for construction of exhibition mounts and displays
  • Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned

Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to stay flexible, organized, and work closely with others to communicate as a small team- this includes a necessary professional demeanor in a museum setting or an occasional lender/client interaction.
  • Knowledge of art handling procedures and practices and the ability to stay organized and safe in pressure deadline situations
  • A knowledge of materials with the ability to construct appropriate and safe packages for shipping and delivery of art objects
  • Must have a valid driver’s license, and able to drive a 16ft box truck for transport of art objects

Working Conditions and Physical Effort:

  • Moderate physical activity. Requires handling of objects that can weigh up to 50 pounds (or greater mass that require mechanical assistance). Standing or walking may occur up to 50% of the time or more

To apply, please send resume, references, and salary requirements to Rebecca Rosen, at or mail to James A. Michener Art Museum, Attn: Rebecca Rosen, 138 South Pine Street, Doylestown, PA  18901. No phone calls, please. EOE.

Overview:  The Guest Services Manager at the Michener Art Museum will supervise all aspects of Museum Guest Services, the Museum Shop, and the Facility Rental program including: staff, POS system, program registration system (indirectly,) monies, phones, admissions, scheduling and any other duties which provide excellent service to the visitor of the Museum.

Essential Functions*:

  • Manages the scheduling of Guest Services staff for public hours as well as all Museum and rental events. Guest Services Manager is responsible to work shifts that are not covered, including weekends. Works in partnership with the Facility Manager for the guarding and the supervision of the galleries during any public or private event hours.
  • Insures the proper maintenance and care of the Museum Shop which includes purchasing merchandise and supplies, creating displays of products, tracking inventory, submitting monthly reports, maintaining the POS system.
  • Manages budgets, rental contracts, monies, and insurance due to the Museum for facility rentals. Processes bills for Guest Services, Museum Shop, and Facility Rentals departments.
  • Maintains Guest Services supplies and information materials.
  • Manages logistics for facility rentals, free days, ticketed exhibitions, and other high volume attendance events.
  • Tracks attendance and provides monthly reports.
  • Reports all problems/questions to the appropriate departments.
  • Supervises the on-site caterer, café (indirectly), and rentals.
  • Hires and trains Guest Services staff in general procedures, sales, registration software, POS software, and excellent customer service.
  • Achieves budgetary goals for Museum Shop, Admissions, and Rentals.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree or strong background and experience in ordering merchandise, retail sales, and management.
  • Excellent customer service, interpersonal, organizational, and supervisory skills
  • Demonstrates solid understanding of the goals of Guest Services.
  • Proficient in use of technology, including Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Publisher.)
  • Sales goal oriented, adept at multi-tasking.
  • Ability to develop and maintain positive relationships with visitors, volunteers, board members, and staff.

To apply, please send cover letter, resume, references, and salary requirements to Rebecca Rosen, at or mail to James A. Michener Art Museum, Attn: Rebecca Rosen, 138 South Pine Street, Doylestown, PA  18901. No phone calls, please.

*This position description is designed to accurately reflect job duties.  However, it may not be all-inclusive and other job related duties may be required.

The James A. Michener Art Museum, a private non-profit organization with a $3 million operating budget seeks a full-time Marketing and Social Media Coordinator.

Under the supervision of the Associate Director of Marketing and Public Relations, the Marketing and Social Media Coordinator is responsible for providing support to the department and the Museum to assist creatively and administratively with strategy development, print and digital materials development, media relations, social media, advertising, special events, community engagement, metrics reporting/analysis, and information systems management.

Key Responsibilities include:

  • Support the Associate Director of Marketing and Public Relations on all marketing-related activities, including the development and implementation of promotional materials, mailings, e-newsletters, advertising plans and placement, press releases, media lists, social media, photography, and metrics/results reporting
  • Coordinate with Museum Executive Director and staff members to obtain content for announcements, e-blasts, social media posts, and various publications regarding exhibitions, programs, community collaborations and special events
  • Create, edit, proofread and/or review copy and marketing materials to ensure accuracy and consistency
  • Assist with production of Museum magazine/annual report by developing production schedule and editorial lineup, soliciting copy and images from staff, editing content, and coordinating with graphic design/printer
  • Secure approvals for use of artwork on various platforms
  • Coordinate with service providers and vendors (including graphic designers, printers, publications, and others) to produce all marketing materials, including announcements, invitations, exhibition passes, rack cards, postcards, and advertisements
  • Work with various senior staff to create content for, make connections on, and monitor social media channels, including Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, LinkedIn, TripAdvisor, Flickr, YouTube, and others
  • Coordinate with photographers for general photography and special events
  • Monitor, record, and prepare monthly reports on earned Museum publicity
  • Maintain a master marketing calendar and communicate deadlines with staff members
  • Oversee production and installation of marketing-related posters, banners, and signage
  • Develop and maintain marketing information systems, including files, calendars, mailing lists and print materials
  • Maintain advertising schedule/budget
  • Maintain a central archive of printed materials for institutional use
  • Process vendor invoices for approval and payment
  • Assist with data entry/collection using the Museum’s Outbound database, including program registration

The successful candidate will have the following qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in marketing, communications, art history, or related field
  • Minimum of 2 to 3 years of experience with proven track record of strong project management and organization skills
  • Excellent writing and communications skills, with strong attention to detail
  • Ability to work independently as well as with a variety of teams and effectively handle multiple projects with a constant eye on deadlines and budgets
  • Capacity to interact with staff, consultants, and visitors in a polished, professional manner
  • Knowledge of art and non-profit experience a plus
  • Graphic design skills/sensibilities preferred
  • Strong working knowledge of all Microsoft Office products including Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and Outlook. Knowledge of WordPress, Constant Contact, and social media tools such as Hootsuite, Iconosquare and CrowdBooster is preferred.

How to Apply:
For consideration, please submit your letter of interest, resumé, and writing samples to: You may also submit your materials via postal mail to: Ms. Amy Ferracci, Associate Director of Marketing and Public Relations, James A. Michener Art Museum, 138 South Pine Street, Doylestown, PA, 18901. No phone calls, please.

Get Involved

Volunteers are critical to the fulfillment of the Michener Art Museum’s mission. Support staff is utilized in various areas of the museum. The administrative offices need volunteers with basic office skills, including data entry; the galleries demand responsible, community oriented people; our charming shop needs to be stocked and maintained; our children’s art workshops, both on-site and offsite, need volunteers who enjoy nurturing the creative process; our education department seeks individuals who like to share their enthusiasm for art with others; and our expanding program offerings need special events hosts to ensure that our visitor’s experience at Museum events is a positive one.

Learn More

The Michener Art Museum offers credit and non-credit college internships for the summer. Projects have included work in one of the following departments: education, collections, visitor services, library and Bucks County Artist Database research project, and marketing and public relations.

Internships require a minimum of 15 hours per week for two months and occur between the months of May and August, contingent on the intern’s college requirements and project availability. Credit and non-credit internships are non-paying.

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For more information, please e-mail or send a letter of interest and resume to:

Adrienne Neszmelyi-Romano
Director of Interpretation and Innovation
James A. Michener Art Museum
138 S. Pine Street
Doylestown, PA 18901
215.340.9800, ext. 111 | E-mail