The Barnes Foundation : Senior Program Coordinator

Description: The Barnes Foundation is seeking a Senior Program Coordinator. The Community, Youth & Families Senior Program Coordinator works under the supervision of the Director of Community Engagement to design and implement a portfolio of creative arts programs that increases and enhances awareness, and fosters deeper engagement and access to the Barnes Foundation. The selected candidate will coordinate the work of special project staff, volunteers, interns, and teaching artists, to develop high quality community, youth, and family program activities on-site at the Barnes Foundation and within communities of Philadelphia in partnership with community groups, public/private agencies, and corps of volunteers. This position is considered non-exempt (hourly) from the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act and the Pennsylvania Minimum Wage Act.

Programs include but are not limited to: PECO Free First Sunday Family Days, Early Learning Workshops, summer youth camps, Community-Museum hubs, and special projects for intergenerational and special needs audiences. The Barnes community, youth and family programs support diversity and inclusion of all audiences, with the belief that arts and cultural access enhances quality of life for all and elevates our society through creativity, worldview, and social discourse.

This position requires some weekend availability including some holiday weekends, and occasional evenings for program activities, events, and meetings as scheduled. As part of the Audience Development and Community Engagement team, this role supports the creation of an end-to-end visitor experience that makes the Foundation’s exceptional collections, exhibitions, programs, and resources broadly accessible and relevant, particularly to audiences and communities. The Senior Coordinator will be charged to coordinate with many internal departments, including Communications and Marketing, Pre-K–12 and Adult Education, Visitor Services, Fund Development, and Conservation.

Who We Are:

Established as an educational institution the Barnes Foundation carries out its mission by promoting appreciation of the arts and horticultural science, through the preservation, presentation, and interpretation of the collections of Albert C. and Laura L. Barnes.

Celebrated for its exceptional breadth, depth, and quality, the Barnes Foundation’s art collection includes works by some of the greatest European and American masters of impressionist, post-impressionist, and early modernist art, as well as African sculpture, Pennsylvania German decorative arts, Native American textiles, metalwork, and more. The 12-acre Arboretum contains over 3,000 species of woody plants and trees.

The Foundation engages diverse audiences through its exceptional collections and related high-quality programs that reflect a broad range of periods and cultures and build on the founders’ innovative educational vision of transforming lives through the arts and horticulture.


  • Work with the Director of Community Engagement to design, plan, and implement a robust portfolio of community, youth, and family programs, with the purpose of making strong connections to the Foundation’s education principles, collections, and special exhibitions.
  • Facilitate all stages of program planning, from concept development to implementation.
  • Present ideas for learning and engagement for Community, Youth & Family Programs.
  • Recruit, train, place, and oversee teaching artists and volunteers.
  • Use in-house systems to schedule spaces and facilities, book reservations and ticketing, and purchase supplies and track inventory.
  • Work inter-departmentally to generate e-news, web, social media, and print promotion.
  • Direct supervision of PECO Free First Sunday Family Days, Early Learning Workshops, and other Community, Youth & Family activities as assigned.
  • Coordinate with higher education and public and private partners to build capacity for excellence, expand reach, and coordinate services and systems needed to accommodate audiences with special needs and disabilities.
  • Integrate community-based initiatives and activities for families and youth into the Barnes, and promote the Barnes’s vision for inclusion and access.
  • Develop strong communications and messaging points for Communication, Marketing, and Development teams for varied program information and promotional purposes.
  • Collect and compile data, information, and documentation to regularly present to Barnes senior leadership.
  • Work with Director of Community Engagement to explore and research innovative youth and family program ideas to provide continuous improvement opportunities.

Skills and Knowledge:

  • MA in Art Education or Museum Education, or equivalent work experience in arts and cultural museums or agencies.
  • Experience or familiarity with using email marketing systems such as Mail Chimp, Constant Contact, or IBM Cloud (Silverpop).
  • Administrative and teaching experience in community youth and family settings in museums, community-based agencies, or schools.
  • Experience or familiarity with using project management and data sharing systems such as Basecamp, Trello, EMS, ACME, and/or Google Docs.
  • Background in visual arts and/or a multi-disciplinary arts practice.
  • Ability to work across diverse groups.
  • Fluency in Spanish is a plus.
  • Strong interest in community partnerships and arts as a pathway for equity and social justice.
  • Successful clearance of background criminal check and fingerprinting.
  • Ability to multi-task across multiple projects and deadlines.
  • Strong communication skills to coordinate with internal departments as well as with community partners and more.
  • Ability to engage with community partners and balance internal as well as external demands.

The Barnes Foundation aims to attract and retain talented people from all backgrounds, for an inclusive and diverse community and cultural workforce.

Competitive Benefits IncludeGroup health, dental, and vision insurance; flexible spending accounts; short and long term disability and group life insurance; 403(b) with matching contributions; Employee Assistance Program; voluntary benefits; as well as paid vacation, personal time, sick time, and holidays.

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Please include your cover letter, a list of three professional references, and a resume with your application. Additionally, please include two writing samples with your application. Applications that fail to fulfill this requirement will not be accepted.

The Barnes Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer and we’re committed to diversity and equal opportunity in our recruitment and hiring. Qualified candidates of all backgrounds are welcome and encouraged to apply for this position. Employees have rights under other laws including, but not limited to, the Family and Medical Leave Act and the Employee Polygraph Protection Act. We participate in E-Verify.


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