The Allentown Art Museum has the following job openings

  • Arts in Education (AIE) Manager – Pre K–12 Programs
  • Grippe Curatorial Fellow
  • Manager of Donor & Member Relations

The Allentown Art Museum of the Lehigh Valley is an equal opportunity, equal access employer, fully committed to achieving a diverse and inclusive workplace.

Please submit your resume and cover letter to:


Arts in Education (AIE) Manager – Pre K–12 Programs

Reports to
Manager of Public Engagement (MPE)

Public Engagement

The Museum’s Arts in Education Manager for Pre-K through 12 Programs of the Allentown Art Museum (AAM) is responsible for developing, implementing, managing, and evaluating all programs for pre-K, primary and secondary school educational initiatives.  The position reports to the Manager of Public Engagement, which includes education and community outreach. The duties of the education and outreach staff are to develop creative and unique programming with lasting impact throughout the Lehigh Valley.

However, AIE Manager is directly responsible for Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA) State-funded Educational Programs supported by and administered through the Museum, occur at the museum, and in the community. Seventy five percent of the AIE Manager’s duties are dedicated to ensuring the success of the program. The AIE’s priority is to be as active and visible within the five county service area as possible.

The AIE Manager’s position is also responsible for assisting AAM in meeting the educational goals of the PE department. The remaining twenty five percent of the candidate’s duties are dedicated to being part of a team that defines and maintains a vision of the Museum as an educational asset to the public and private schools throughout the region. Duties include but are not limited to the management of the following, Discover Art, School Tours and Student Exhibitions.



Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Arts in Education Program Coordination and implementation of all aspects of this program including but not limited to:

  • Identifying and developing artist participation,
  • Creating annual schedule of artist residencies,
  • Developing and implementing all teacher training initiatives,
  • Managing all program budgets and provides liaison to Museum finance staff,
  • Working with schools and community groups to ensure audience development,
  • Participates in PCA Partner gatherings and all other appropriate meetings,
  • Provides advocacy throughout the state for this program,
  • Creates, manages, and staffs AIE Advisory Committee,
  • Oversees, develops and maintains all access to the program on-line,
  • Coordinates with Museum staff in developing all AIE marketing materials,
  • Administers all aspects of the Visiting Artist school program, and
  • Supervises and administers Poetry Out Loud Competition.


Develops and coordinates existing and new program development for schools and educators:

  • Conceives, advocates for and develops new initiatives for all grade levels including After School programs,
  • Cultivates new school district and education contacts and collaborations,
  • Develops and creates school partnerships for teacher development and training opportunities,
  • Works with Department of Public Engagement staff to initiate new STEAM programming, teen programming and weekend programming for youth,
  • Assists with the planning, preparation and distribution of marketing and public relations materials promoting all relevant programs,
  • Supports the Museum’s current strategic education and community plan,
  • Continuing to create innovative formal and informal learning initiatives for children of all socio-economic levels, both in the museum and in the neighborhoods of the Lehigh Valley, and
  • Partnering with the leading research centers in the Lehigh Valley and utilizing the latest research in early childhood development to create cutting edge programs to help young people prepare for school and for life.


This position requires a bachelor’s degree but a master’s degree is preferable, and three or more years of arts education or other related experience. Ideally, s/he is proficient in one or more relevant fields (i.e. art education, art history, fine arts, community development, educational theory and practice, museum studies, museum education, etc.). Also, they must have 2 or more years of experience in a museum or similarly complex not-for-profit educational institution. A Bachelor of Arts with an equivalent combination of education and experience is acceptable. Candidates should have a successful track record of educational programming in areas relevant to this position and be familiar with working with various museum communities, funders, school systems and stakeholders.


Knowledge, Skills and Ability Requirements
The ideal candidate must possess a drive to set and meet educational goals and have a strong commitment to quality work and high productivity with close attention to detail.  Must have a vision as to how the museum functions as an essential element in the community and school-based education and ability to work with teachers, parents, administrators, and donors.  Capacity to manage people effectively and able to multitask is essential.  Must possess keen analytical and communication skills.  Can work with multiple constituencies and provide leadership to the Board and Volunteer support to ensure success.  Experience with grant writing preferable. Proficiency in all Microsoft Office software, excellent research, writing, and editing; needs good people and communication skills, work independently and as part of a team. Proven organizational skills with the ability to manage and complete multiple short-term and long-term tasks and responsibilities, flexible to work weekday evenings and weekends for meetings and special events.


To Apply
Please submit your resume and cover letter by email to:




Grippe Curatorial Fellow (full-time, one-year appointment)

Reports to 
Vice President of Curatorial Affairs


The Grippe Curatorial Fellow is responsible for the Peter Grippe Collection, comprised of about 12,000 works of art, including sculpture, paintings, prints, drawings, collages, printing plates, and sketchbooks by Peter Grippe, with additional works by his wife, Florence Grippe, and a small selection of prints and drawings by other artists.

Known primarily as a sculptor and printmaker, Grippe took on the directorship of Atelier 17, the renowned and influential print workshop, in the early 1950s in New York.


  • Make recommendations regarding accessioning and dispersal for works of art in the Grippe Collection. Provide specific recommendations for institutions to which to donate and a selection of works to offer to each. Make recommendations for dealers and auction houses to approach for possible sale of works. Contact institutions, dealers, and auction houses to complete the dispersal of the collection.
  • Evaluate condition of artworks to determine whether conservation is necessary.
  • Write a narrative explaining the criteria and reasoning for the selection of works from the Grippe Collection recommended for accessioning into the Allentown Art Museum’s permanent collection. This will be based upon an evaluation of the Grippe collection as a whole, with consideration of how this collection fits into the Allentown Art Museum’s print collection, American art collection, and overall collections.
  • Conduct research as necessary to complete this work.
  • Catalogue accessioned works from the Grippe Collection and enter information into database.
  • Develop exhibition and project proposals based on the Grippe Collection.



  • Master’s degree in Art History or a related field
  • 1-3 years museum experience preferred
  • Knowledge of prints preferred
  • Art handling experience preferred
  • Excellent research and writing skills
  • High level of organizational skills, aptitude for detail, and ability to work well independently
  • Strong time management and interpersonal skills

To Apply
Please submit your resume and cover letter by email to:



Manager of Donor & Member Relations

Reports to
Vice President of Development and Communications


Job Description
Responsible for all aspects of the management, expansion and maintenance of the Museum’s Friends (membership) program and the coordination of that program with the Museum’s marketing and development strategic direction and activities.  The position is responsible for the management and maintenance of the Museum’s development database for the identification of new prospects for participation in the Friends and donor program, and for the analysis and reporting of relevant donor and program data on a regular basis and as requested to the VP of Development and Communications, the Office of the President and CEO, the Development Committee of the Board of Trustees, and any other committee or group associated with the Museum as requested.

The Position will maintain a customer service and stewardship-centered philosophy through our relationship management process by creating and implementing strategies to cultivate, acknowledge, thank, and engage members and major donors.


Primary Duties:

  • Develop, seek approval for, take the lead on, and implement membership plans to ensure annual goals and growth in revenue and participation;
  • Develop and implement action steps and strategies to renew current members, reduce the number of lapsed members, and increase members;
  • Work in tandem with staff in multiple departments to develop an annual plan for the development of membership that includes: on-site sales, an annual membership drive, renewal communications including mail, social media and personal contacts, membership program, and special events and promotions;
  • Work with the VP of Development and Communications, the Development Committee, and the Office of the President to help identify major donor prospects;
  • Research individual donors and create donor profiles;
  • Create and manage a donor stewardship plan, including the drafting of acknowledgment letters
  • Assist with strategy and logistics of member/donor cultivation events;
  • Responsible for all gift processing in the Museum’s donor database;
  • Deliver reports and analytics regularly and as assigned; and,
  • Meet annual benchmarks.



  • Bachelor’s Degree with at least 3 years of non-profit experience preferred;
  • Membership and/or development experience preferred;
  • Proficiency in Altru or similar database management system required
  • Proven ability to multi-task;
  • Strong project management abilities, attention to details, and oral and written communication skill.
  • Demonstrated literacy in MS Word, Excel & Outlook; and,
  • Vision, creativity, and an entrepreneurial spirit are important in this position


Time Commitment

  • Some evenings and weekends throughout the year required.


To Apply
Please submit your resume and cover letter by email to: