• Rebecca Ehrhardt
  • Dan Finnemore
  • Linnea Dipillo
  • Walter Silver
  • Daiana Rosario
  • Maddie Kropa
  • Will Phippen
  • Karen Kramer Russell
  • Neil Sicard
  • David Thibodeou
  • Mimi Levesque
  • Eric Wolin



If you're looking for an inspiring job, you've come to the right place. We seek individuals who want to explore, innovate and contribute in a wide range of ways to the growth of one of the nation's top museums. Join our fun, art-loving team, fuel your own creativity and help connect the community to our world-class collection.

Qualified candidates should email their resume, cover letter and salary requirements, to jobs@pem.org or mail to Human Resources, Peabody Essex Museum, 161 Essex Street, Salem, MA 01970-3783. PEM is committed to diversity among its employees and encourages qualified candidates from all backgrounds to apply.

  • Director of Public RelationsOpen or Close

    The Peabody Essex Museum, one of the largest and most dynamic art museums in the nation, is seeking a creative, highly talented Director of Public Relations to join our Marketing and Communications team. Under the direction of the Chief Marketing Officer, the successful candidate will be responsible for creating and implementing public and media relations strategies that raise the profile of the museum. Responsibilities for this position include:

    • Through media relations, strategic communications, and community relations, support institutional goals targeting local, regional, national and international audiences/media.
    • Promote all exhibitions, programs and events through feature story development and placement in print media, radio, television, social media and on-line;
    • Maintain and build media contact base--locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally;
    • Respond to media requests for background information and serve as the public spokesperson.

    This position has two direct reports.

    A BA/BS in liberal arts, communications, art history, journalism or other areas requiring significant development of verbal and oral skills is required. Graduate degree in fine arts, museum studies or communications highly desirable. A strategic thinker with the ability to connect PR programs with marketing and institutional objectives. Can work with ease in multiple subject areas; produce communication materials for diverse media. Knowledge of crisis communication practices. Experience with leveraging institutional goals through social media platforms. Knowledge of how media entities operate and function, including recent and emerging trends. A minimum of six years experience in the field of public, relations/communications with at least three of those years in a management role.

    Please send cover letter, resume and salary requirements to: jobs@pem.org, or mail to Peabody Essex Museum, East India Square, Salem, MA 01970, Attn: Human Resources. PEM is committed to diversity among its employees and encourages qualified candidates from all backgrounds to apply.
  • Assistant Cataloger – Temporary AssignmentOpen or Close

    The Peabody Essex Museum's Phillips Library seeks a full-time assistant cataloger for two years. Under the direction of the Head Catalog Librarian, the Assistant Cataloger is responsible for cataloging new acquisitions, purchases and donations, as well as assisting with the Library's retrospective conversion data base clean up. The position will also assist with cataloging issues that are a result of a complete inventory of the library's holdings, information verification and assist with other projects assigned by Head Catalog Librarian.

    A Bachelor's Degree and 2 years cataloging experience are required. Work towards a Master's degree from an ALA accredited library and information science program is desired. Voyager Library System experience preferred. OCLC Connexion experience a must. Demonstrated knowledge of cataloging principles and procedures and knowledge of USMARC formats, AACR2r, LCSH/LC classification schedules. Monograph and serial cataloging experience a must. Team work, strong analytical and problem-solving skills, and superior oral and written communication skills and commitment to excellence are required. Must be able to lift as much as 20 pounds and climb library ladders as high as 12 feet.

    Please send your cover letter, resume to jobs@pem.org, or mail to Human Resources, Peabody Essex Museum, East India Square, Salem, MA 01970-3783. PEM is committed to diversity among its employees and encourages qualified candidates from all backgrounds to apply.
  • Curator of PhotographyOpen or Close

    The Peabody Essex Museum seeks a curatorial leader with deep experience in historical, modern and contemporary photography and a track record of developing engaging exhibitions. PEM has embarked on a paradigm-shifting transformation -- a clear indicator of its ambition and promise as a museum that values creativity, innovation, change, and the unexpected.

    PEM's curatorial team generates fresh interpretation and appreciation of art, culture, and creative expression, especially in the context of an increasingly interconnected and global dialogue. To this end, the museum seeks an innovative curator with experience specifically in photography and a strong commitment to PEM's bold interpretation and programming.

    The Collection

    With around 800,000 examples, the collection tells the story of photography over two and a half centuries, helping us understand why and how pictures are made and the important role the medium has had in shaping visual culture. Rightly celebrated for rich holdings in 19th-century Asian, Native American, maritime and early American photographs, it also includes modern and contemporary art and represents hundreds of different techniques, from paper negative to digital.


    The new curator will play a pivotal role in shaping and implementing the museum's forward-looking, team-based program in photography. This will be accomplished primarily through innovative exhibitions, interpretation and programming, as well as through strategic enhancement of the collection and original research. Primary responsibilities include:

    • Work with the Chief Curator and other members of the museum's curatorial team to establish the direction, goals, and priorities for photography at the Peabody Essex Museum.
    • Organize special exhibitions and secure exhibitions organized by other institutions.
    • Organize collection-based installations that integrate engaging ideas and new interpretive methods, immersive experiences, and design as part of the museum's team-based interpretation initiative.
    • Develop a systematic plan to strengthen PEM's collections through strategic acquisitions of historical, modern and contemporary works, long-term loans, and through research and conservation initiatives.
    • Enhance and expand the museum's international network and partnerships with museums.
    • Develop programs and events in conjunction with exhibitions and in collaboration with the education staff that emphasize new ways to provide immersive experiences with photography;
    • Serve as an advocate and representative for PEM's mission, exhibitions, publications, research, programming, and collection. Sustain an international reputation and profile through publishing, lecturing, organizing or participating in symposia, membership in professional organizations, and other pertinent activities.


    The successful candidate will:
    • Have substantial experience working with institutions with extensive collections of photography and organizing compelling installations and exhibitions, including nationally and internationally traveling shows; experience with both historical and contemporary art is preferred;
    • Have an advanced degree in art history, and a specialty in photography (a Master's degree is required);
    • Be an outcome-oriented, hard worker with initiative and high energy level; a "doer" with willingness to work hands-on;
    • Be a mission-driven individual with a commitment to PEM's core values and transformative goals, open to experimentation and thinking "outside the box;" predisposed to juxtaposing ideas and objects in new and unexpected ways, including across disciplines and cultures, between different realms of creativity beyond the visual arts, and between the historical and contemporary;
    • Be a good listener and strategist; comfortable receiving input from many sources, and able to analyze and formulate disparate information into sound, well-organized goals, strategies, and proposals; a partner able to flexibly collaborate with people of diverse areas of expertise, experience, cultures, and personalities; and a tactful negotiator;
    • Be an individual with strong self-awareness, emotional intelligence, and a good sense of humor.

    Nominations are welcome. PEM is committed to diversity among its employees and encourages qualified candidates from all backgrounds to apply.
    To apply in confidence for this position please email your resume, cover letter, salary requirements along with three references (including contact info) to:
    Marilyn Hoffman
    Executive Search Consultant & Principal
    Museum Search and Reference
    603-432-7211 fax
  • Adult Programs CoordinatorOpen or Close

    The Peabody Essex Museum is seeking an enthusiastic, passionate and collaborative Adult Programs Coordinator (APC). Responsibilities include conceiving, developing and implementing innovative public programs for new audiences, including adults ages 45 and under, digital/innovation audiences, and DIY/maker audiences. The position creates participatory programming aligned with the museum's mission and connected to its collections and exhibitions. The successful candidate strategically identifies program types and formats that engage audiences, foster creative expression, offer multiple perspectives and access points, and create opportunities for the exchange of ideas. The APC also spearheads strategic partnerships with outside organizations to secure presenters and connect to new audiences. The APC works closely with internal staff to ensure smooth, efficient program promotion and logistics, and program funding and sponsorship.

    A Bachelor's degree is required with graduate work in art education, art or museum studies preferred. 2-5 years' experience coordinating programs and performing similar responsibilities is essential. Museum experience or familiarity with museum, arts and culture programs is preferred. The ideal candidate will display a commitment to working with diverse communities and the ability to represent PEM and its programs in the community. Flexibility, positive attitude and the ability to work as a member of a team are essential. Basic computer skills are required along with familiarity with operations of AV equipment including mobile devices. The APC must be able to work a varied schedule including weekend and evening hours.

    Interested candidates should send their resumes with cover letters and salary requirements by email to jobs@pem.org, or apply to Human Resources, Peabody Essex Museum, East India Square, Salem, MA 01970-3783. PEM is committed to diversity among its employees and encourages qualified candidates from all backgrounds to apply.