• 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 Communications and Content StrategyOpen 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 Communications and Content Strategy to join our team. Under the direction of the Chief Marketing Officer, the successful candidate will be responsible for managing the museum's communication program and external content strategy. Responsibilities for this position include:

    • Support the museum's institutional goals by providing strategic direction on leveraging current content and creating new content to elevate the PEM brand nationally and internationally
    • Lead the existing public relations program and team, continue to build media contacts locally, regionally and nationally, with a new focus on building relationships with national and international audiences, cultural "tastemakers," online influencers and artistic innovators
    • Optimize all communications and content for mobile, local, and international audiences.
    • Working with the CMO and the marketing communications team, continue to help refine the appropriate PEM brand voice online and offline
    • Support short, medium, and long-term Development/Advancement goals. Oversee communications strategy for museum's Advancement campaign.

    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 content and 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.
  • Original and Copy Catalogers through Backstage Library WorksOpen or Close

    Backstage Library Works is building a cataloging team for a temporary project at the Peabody Essex Museum's, Phillips Library in Peabody, MA. Several openings are available for original and copy catalogers.

    Copy catalogers will search relevant databases for existing bibliographic records and separate items with existing records from items requiring original cataloging. Based on experience and proficiency, copy catalogers may provide some editing of existing records to match the item in hand, according to AACR2 and MARC21 formatting standards. Collections are mainly monographic but also include some serial, manuscript and cartographic materials in English and other European and Asian languages.

    Catalogers will provide editing of copy records, including addition of LC classification and subject headings, and work with materials for which there is no copy available to create new original records.

    The primary duties and requirements for these positions include:

    • Learn to use site-specific software for cataloging & physical processing
    • Ensure that each batch of items is cataloged correctly
    • Transport materials between the stacks and individual work stations
    • Handle antiquarian materials in accordance with industry guidelines
    • Make informed decisions within given specifications
    • Ensure required levels of throughput and accuracy are maintained
    • Type speed minimum: 50 wpm
    • Must pass a general knowledge test
    • Ability to work accurately under pressure
    • Attentiveness to detail and quality
    • Strong organizational skills
    • Willingness to work in a production environment
    • Ability to learn new tasks quickly and accurately
    • Capacity to deal with problems intelligently
    • Professional attitude when working with Library staff
    • Must pass a background check prior to appointment

    Additional requirements for Catalogers performing original cataloging:

    • High-level accuracy in cataloging
    • Demonstrated knowledge of Library of Congress subject headings and classification schedules
    • Demonstrated proficiency with MARC21, AACR2, LCRI, ISBD, and related cataloging tools (ClassWeb, Cataloger's Desktop, etc)
    • Experience in cataloging rare books and manuscripts
    • ALA-accredited MLS

    Preferred additional skills for all positions

    • Knowledge of one or more foreign languages
    • Experience with ExLibris Voyager ILS
    • Experience working in a library environment

    The expected duration of this project is approximately 12 months, working 5 days (40 hours) per week. Pay depends on qualifications but ranges from $10-$15 per hour for Copy Catalogers and from $18-$22 per hour for Catalogers. Benefits include paid leave and profit-sharing bonuses; after two calendar months benefits include health/dental care and matching retirement contribution plan.

    Please submit a cover letter and resume with references and experience via email to jobs@bslw.com. Applications will be accepted through September 12, 2014. Backstage Library Works, based in the United States in Provo, Utah, and Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, provides technical services to libraries, museums, and archives around the world.
  • 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.