Job Opportunities

Employment

Thank you for exploring employment opportunities at the Museum of the American Revolution. All employment questions may be directed to employment@amrevmuseum.org. Please review all open positions below and their job descriptions for information on how to apply.  Due to the volume of applications, only qualified applicants will be contacted directly.

The Museum of the American Revolution is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate based upon race, religion, color, national origin, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics. 

Available Positions

Post-doctoral Curatorial Fellowship in Women’s History

Position Description

The Museum of the American Revolution, located in Philadelphia’s historic Old City neighborhood, invites applications for its inaugural two-year Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellowship. Applicants must hold a recent doctoral degree in American History with specialization in Women’s History, with an 18th and/or 19th century focus preferred. The Fellow will be an in-residence, full-time staff member for a period of two years from fall 2018 to fall 2020.

The Museum’s Postdoctoral Fellowship provides hands-on, interdisciplinary public history experience in curatorial work and exhibition development for a young scholar.  The Fellow will work under the supervision of the Museum’s Chief Historian and Director of Curatorial Affairs and in close collaboration with curatorial and education staff as well as an advisory board of scholars. The Fellow’s primary responsibility will be to conduct historical and object research and to develop thematic narratives for a major special exhibition reflecting on the American Revolution and the 19th Amendment.  This exhibition will open in the Museum of the American Revolution in fall 2020.

The Fellow will gain extensive experience in developing museum exhibitions, including researching and writing interpretive materials for non-scholarly audiences (exhibition labels and text panels, digital content, etc.).  They will also contribute to the development of associated public programming.  In addition to their primary responsibility for development of the special exhibition, approximately 25% of the Fellow’s time will be devoted to general curatorial department work including staff training, support for fundraising activities, and other duties.

This two-year Fellowship runs from October 15, 2018 and ends October 16, 2020. Compensation is $50,000 a year plus benefits. The Fellowship may not be held concurrently with any other fellowship or grant.

Education

Ph.D. in American History, awarded within the past five years. Specialist in Women’s History with an 18th and/or 19th-century focus preferred. Applicants must have Ph.D. in hand by October 15, 2018

Experience/Skills

  • Strong interest in exploring a career in the museum field.
  • Excellent analytical, writing and oral communication skills; experience or evidence of promise in writing for non-scholarly audiences.
  • Enthusiasm for working collaboratively.
  • Broad interests, along with the intellectual and conceptual tools necessary for working across disciplines and time periods, and for making creative connections.
  • Flexibility and the capacity to learn quickly.
  • Project-oriented organizational skills.

Required Materials (Application Checklist)

Applications must be submitted by EMAIL only to curatorialfellowship@amrevmuseum.org with the subject line as follows: Last Name, First Name – Curatorial Fellowship Application

Applications are to include:

  • Thoughtful cover letter highlighting the breadth of the applicant’s scholarship and interest in exploring work in the field of public history.
  • Comprehensive curriculum vitae, including external support received during graduate study, fellowships, teaching or research assistantships, tuition grants, public history experience, etc.
  • Excerpt(s) from dissertation or thesis (no more than 3,000 words). An excerpt from a working draft is acceptable.
  • Example of non-scholarly writing, if available.
  • An unofficial graduate school transcript.
  • A letter from a Department Chair or Director of Graduate Studies (or equivalent) confirming that the applicant will complete their Ph.D. by the required date.
  • Three confidential letters of recommendation, which must be submitted directly to the Museum of the American Revolution.

For further information about the Museum of the American Revolution, visit: www.amrevmuseum.org.

Review of applications will begin September 3 and continue until the position is filled.

Questions may be addressed to: curatorialfellowship@amrevmuseum.org

Part-time Guest Services Associate

Position Description

The Guest Service Assistants (GSAs) is responsible for a successful guest experience in the Museum.   Must provide a high level of customer service and satisfaction to ensure an excellent experience for all guests and are responsible for a broad range of activities including selling tickets and memberships, overseeing access control, engaging with guests in the exhibit spaces, handling questions and complaints, monitor guest compliance with Museum safety/guest or protocols, and facilitating entry/egress from theaters.  The GSA report to the Manager of  Guest Services. 

Primary Responsibilities

  • Provide superior guest service to all guests  
  • Project a positive image, serving as an ambassador for the museum 
  • Maintain proper cashier operations by following policies and procedures; reporting needed changes 
  • Relay accurate information about planned programs and events 
  • Be friendly and outgoing 
  • Handle customer service issues/questions in a professional, polite, and positive manner 
  • Actively participate in all provided training classes and properly implement newly learned skills 
  • Ensure that the Museum’s rules and safety protocols are followed  
  • Following established protocols, open/close building and areas within the Museum as scheduled; carry out light housekeeping and cleaning duties as outlined for each area throughout the day 
  • Other duties as assigned  

Experience/ Skills

  • General interest in the American Revolution 
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and interface effectively with visitors in both conveying information and listening to their questions/complaints 
  • Be open to multiple points of view and avenues for problem solving  
  • Must be able to walk, stand and interact with the public for long periods of time 
  • Be well organized and thorough with close attention to detail and follow-through 
  • Act as a team player who works well with others and shows courtesy and respect to colleagues 
  • Be willing to assume responsibility  
  • Must be able to work a flexible schedule to include weekends, holidays and special events. 
  • Outgoing personality and enthused to interact with guests and colleagues 
  • 1-3 years of front line customer service experience 
  • Experience in another museum or related attraction strongly preferred 

Education

  • Associate or Bachelor of Arts degree or be in the process of securing a college degree 

 

 

Applying for this position:

This position is Part Time. 

The Museum of the American Revolution (www.AmRevMuseum.org) is an Equal Opportunity Employer. To apply, please send a cover letter including, resume and three professional references to employment@amrevmuseum.org.

**Please note – in order for you to be considered for this position we will need a cover letter, resume and three professional references.  Unfortunately, applicants that do not include these items will not be considered for the position. The Museum will contact you if an interview is considered appropriate.