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Senior Director of Facilities

Philadelphia Museum of Art   Philadelphia, PA   Full-time     Maintenance
Posted on May 14, 2024
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania




The Philadelphia Museum of Art (PMA) seeks a strategic, innovative, and collaborative professional to serve as the Senior Director of Facilities (Senior Director). The Senior Director will join the Museum on the heels of the completion of the Frank Gehry-led “Core Project,” a multi-year $233 million initiative that expanded gallery and public spaces and made them more accessible and inclusive. This leader will build upon the success of these efforts and must be a compelling communicator and storyteller, conveying the importance and complexity of the Museum’s space and facility needs to a variety of audiences and advocating for the necessary resources to tackle the multi-system deferred maintenance requirements across the museum campus.


Reporting to the Chief Financial Officer, the Senior Director will be responsible for cultivating and executing the Museum’s facilities and capital planning strategy across six buildings and additional storage facilities, totaling over one million square feet of property. Along with knowledge of engineering and/or construction management, this leader must bring a deep understanding of historic building management, risk and loss prevention, and the mechanical, electrical, fire protection, and environmental control systems that keep museums running. The Senior Director must ensure that the Museum’s facilities are safe and accessible for its staggering 700,000 annual visitors and be familiar with the related facilities needs of high-volume spaces.


A strong and transparent manager of both people and projects, this leader will oversee a network of direct reports, consultants, and contractors. The Senior Director will remain accessible and committed to the professional development of their team, sharing resources, information, and support, and advocating for the needs of their direct reports. This individual will also maintain meaningful relationships with the curatorial and conservations teams, collaborating closely on the facilities-related planning and projects that impact gallery spaces.




The Philadelphia Museum of Art has retained the national executive search firm Isaacson, Miller to assist in this search. All applications, nominations, referrals, and inquiries should be sent in confidence to: 


Rebecca Kennedy, Partner (she/her)

Afi Tettey-Fio, Senior Associate (she/her)

Cortnee Bollard, Senior Search Coordinator (they/them)

Isaacson, Miller




At the Philadelphia Museum of Art, we actively seek to employ a diverse group of people who embody our organizational values. PMA welcomes and encourages individuals of all backgrounds to apply, especially those from marginalized and underrepresented groups in the museum field, who are inspired by its shared purpose and enjoy working collaboratively with others. The Philadelphia Museum of Art is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, citizenship or immigration status, color, disability, ethnicity, familial status, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other protected status.