The Allentown Art Museum has the following job openings

  • Arts in Education (AIE) Manager – Pre K–12 Programs
  • Grippe Curatorial Fellow
  • Grants Manager

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:



Grants Manager

Reports To
Vice President of Development and Communication


Job Description

The Grants Manager is responsible for the creation and management of a well-coordinated, strategic development plan to cultivate and solicit support from foundations, corporations, and government sources. This position works to establish long-term partnerships, strengthen existing relationships, and initiate new contacts within each of these sectors. Success is defined by expanded income and resources from all three fundraising sectors and excellent stewardship and ongoing communication with current donors and prospects.



  • Manage all current and future Museum efforts in corporate, foundation, and governmental support of the Museum.
  • Communicate, collaborate, and coordinate with all departments in the Museum pertaining to current and future corporate, foundation, and governmental donors and prospects
  • Develop fundraising/stewardship strategies for foundations, corporations, and local, regional, and national governmental prospects
  • Conduct ongoing prospect research to identify new prospective funders and follow-through on those identified
  • Draft letters, proposals, reports, and other written materials as needed
  • Manage Museum’s EITC funding process and expand the current donor pool
  • Build strong and productive relationships with all constituencies
  • Oversee current and future corporate sponsorship of fundraising events (Gala, Cocktails & Collecting, etc.)
  • Oversee current and future corporate sponsorship of educational initiatives and exhibition programs
  • Be proactive and creative in the identification and solicitation of new prospects and in the ongoing communication with current donors



  • Bachelor’s Degree with at least 3 years of grant writing experience preferred
  • Proficiency in Altru or similar database management system preferred
  • Proven ability to work on a variety of projects simultaneously, strong project management skills,
  • and an attention to detail
  • Demonstrated literacy in MS Word, Excel & Outlook
  • Strong writing, editing and communications skills
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively
  • Energy, ambition, and being goal-driven are important for this position


Time Commitment

  • Some evenings and weekends throughout the year required.

Full benefits package available, including medical and dental.  Salary commensurate with experience.


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