Web Developer

What We Do

We’re Philadelphia’s art museum, a landmark building, a world-renowned collection. A place that welcomes everyone. We bring the arts to life, inspiring visitors—through scholarly study or creative play—to discover the creative spirit that lies within each of us. We connect people with the arts in rich and varied ways, making the experience of the Museum surprising, lively, and always memorable.

How You Will Contribute

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is seeking a Web Developer to work collaboratively with Museum staff to develop innovative online user experiences that are aligned with the Museum’s goals of audience development, visitor experience, activating the collection and civic engagement. The Web Developer will manage all aspects of the Museum’s website and will supervise Web staff responsible for the creation of online interactives. He/she will be responsible for effectively communicating user experience, information architecture, and design practices to internal stakeholders using design tools, visual communications, and narrative vision; and will advocate for the innovative use of technology in all aspects of the Museum’s marketing, curatorial, education and visitor services programs.

Specifically, you will…

  • Serve as the lead developer and technical expert in designing, developing, and maintaining innovative, dynamic, and complex digital applications online; configuring and optimizing the Museum’s online digital environment and system architecture
  • Develop connections between content management system (CMS), collections information system (CIS), linked data, application programming interfaces (APIs), a front –end MVC layer which he/she will maintain, and other shared systems, web services, and data sources
  • Build and maintain a content workflow system, via an API, to enable staff members to create, edit, and publish content to the website and other digital outlets.
  • Create and maintain permissions management, review processes and publishing functionalities.
  • Be responsible for prototyping and delivering user-centered software solutions for search and discovery
  • Serve as the Museum’s primary expert on technical matters concerning web, semantic web, and other software applications
  • Integrate online and infrastructure systems to feed content to all digital applications
  • Research existing and emerging technologies to determine appropriate methods of content delivery and presentation
  • Advise on applications, systems and metadata and writing technical documentation and specifications.


Your diverse background includes…

  • At least five (5) years of agency (or institution) experience supervising and managing website development projects
  • A degree in Computer Science, Visual Communication, Interface Design, or equivalent work experience
  • Ability to develop and produce multimedia websites and applications using best practices for user experience and search engine optimization and technologies such as PHP, JavaScript, Ajax, jQuery, SQL, MySQL, HTML5 and CSS3
  • Skills in writing code for large-scale, dynamic web applications, including knowledge of a programming language for a framework such as PHP, Python, Perl, or Java, and most especially, a front-end JavaScript MVC framework
  • Knowledge of an advanced JavaScript framework (i.e. Node, Angular, React, Backbone) is highly desirable
  • Extensive API development experience
  • Expert knowledge of content management systems and web development frameworks such as Drupal 7 and WordPress
  • Knowledge of cross-platform, digital formats for multimedia delivery and digital asset management, including text, images, video, and audio on web, mobile devices, and tablets
  • Skills in interpersonal relations and communications in order to provide advisory services and establish productive and collaborative working relationships
  • Knowledge of linked data and semantic web technologies such as RDF, XML, SPARQL, JSON-LD, or Schema.org
  • Knowledge of analytics and reporting software and systems, especially Google Analytics
  • Experience in SEO techniques and maintenance
  • Understanding of video and audio production and delivery
  • Understanding of traditional advertising channels and campaign development.
  • Demonstrable knowledge of multiple software applications, web services, and cross platform execution
  • Strong technical skills focused on current web and mobile device content development and delivery
  • Demonstrated ability to multi-task, handling frequent interruptions and shifting priorities
  • Excellent written and verbal communication, problem analysis and problem-solving skills
  • Excellent staff management skills to nurture and lead a web development team
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Experience with a version control system (such as Git)
  • Knowledge of automated testing (TDD/BDD)

Who We Are

Our values define who we are. They drive the way we do things and the decisions we make. We are open – we welcome everyone, opening eyes and minds to the expressive power of the arts. We are connected – we sustain and strengthen the communities we serve, bringing together diverse audiences. We are vital – we bring the arts to life, engaging visitors from Philadelphia and around the world. We are provocative – we believe that the arts can change the way we understand ourselves and how we see the world.

Working Together

We expect every employee, department, and division to work collaboratively with all others, inspired by a shared purpose. We respect each other as individuals and colleagues. We encourage innovation and support one another’s efforts, recognizing that innovation involves risk. We are an equal opportunity employer that actively seeks to employ a diverse group of people who embody our values.

What We Offer

Our employees are at the center of the Museum. We want to ensure they are engaged in their work and rewarded for a job well done. We offer generous benefits and compensation such as:

  • Extensive paid time off, including four weeks’ vacation, five personal days, and twelve sick days per year
  • Retirement savings program with Museum match
  • Excellent health, dental, and vision benefits at low cost to employees
  • Fully paid life insurance and long-term disability insurance
  • Museum Perks – tickets for special exhibitions, store and café discounts, free general admission for immediate family, reciprocal memberships with local and national museums, and more.

How to Apply

Please submit a cover letter and resume with your online application at: