Full-time Positions - Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library

Open Regular Full-Time Positions


Not only does Winterthur offer a unique working environment, we also provide a wide array of employee benefits. From a competitive retirement program to comprehensive health care options, there's a range of benefits available to you.


Competitive Pay
Paid Vacation
Paid Holidays
Health Care & Dental Plans
Short-term Disability Coverage
Long-term Disability Coverage
Life Insurance
Quality of Work Life
Business Travel Accident Insurance
Free Parking
Retirement Plan
Service Recognition Programs
Free Guest Passes
Discounts in the Shops & Restaurant
Learning Opportunities
Extended Hours to Access Gardens & Grounds


Current Open Regular Full-time Positions

JOB TITLE:  Development Assistant

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES:  JOB RESPONSIBILITIES: This position will support the development efforts of the Major Gifts Department in advancing, creating and sustaining long-term relationships with major donors and key stakeholders. This position will directly interact with working groups and donors to advance department goals and initiatives through both verbal and written correspondence. This position will be responsible for maintaining Winterthurís capital campaign gifts and budget. Prepare and monitor the annual division budget including processing gift batches, managing donor receipt log in a timely manner, and drafting and mailing donor receipt correspondence acknowledgement letters and presentation materials. Proof and prepare letters for Directorís signature. Print small to mid-sized mailings, including solicitation of active, former, honorary, and emeriti trustees. Accurately input and maintain constituent database including notes, actions, and related progress reports. Update Raiserís Edge constituent records. Conduct database training for new staff as needed. Prepare division reports as needed. Prepare and/or oversee purchase orders for all division supplies and materials. Provide primary administrative support for Donor Society groups. Produce renewal, solicitation and stewardship letters. Answer phones and field questions from donors and trustees. Administrative duties as requested by the Director of Major Gifts.
JOB REQUIREMENTS:  JOB REQUIREMENTS: Minimum Experience: 2-3 years working in a development or non-profit office Minimum Education: College Degree Proven experience with Donor Management Software applications Preferably experience working with Raiserís Edge Proficiency with Microsoft applications including Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint Excellent communications skills including oral, written, and listening Self-managed with proven skills to use initiative and time management to prioritize work and deliver results Excellent organizational skills with the ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment that requires juggling multiple activities and priorities with tight deadlines and meticulous attention to detail Strong interpersonal and relationship-building skills Able to work independently as well as effectively and harmoniously as part of a team
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JOB TITLE:  Plumber

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES:  The Mechanical Maintenance- Plumber will work with the HVAC Building Management Computer System and will assist in maintaining the overall performance of building systems, including plumbing, electrical work, communications and HVAC systems. If he/she is a Delaware certified plumber he/she will apply for permits as needed for various plumbing projects. He/she will also assist in the maintenance of our potable water system and wastewater treatment system and with a strong understanding of Winterthurís plumbing idiosyncrasies, will plan and perform preventive maintenance and emergency repairs on plumbing systems as directed by the Supervisor.
JOB REQUIREMENTS:  Minimum: 5 years in Facility Maintenance or Construction field with emphasis in Plumbing trade. Prefer candidates that are licensed with the state of Delaware or have the ability to get licensed within 5 years. Able to work with piping configurations in tight work spaces such as ceilings, crawl spaces and other confined environments. Familiar with confined space safety equipment, and be capable of climbing ladders and lifting and carrying 50 pounds. He or she must be able to solder and thread pipe in all aspects of HVAC applications, i.e. automated heating and cooling valves, backflow preventing devices, and pneumatic modulating valves. Able to perform plumbing installation, maintenance, and repair. Knowledge of steam, water, and natural gas distribution systems maintenance and repair. Ability to implement planned maintenance programs. Ability to perform troubleshooting and emergency repairs to pipes. Ability to read, understand, follow, and enforce safety procedures. Ability to use hand and power tools applicable to trade. Familiar with applied plumbing codes & requirements. Good customer service skills. Valid driverís ;license and pass defensive driving course.
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JOB TITLE:  Robert and Elizabeth Owens Curatorial Fellowship

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES:  Winterthur seeks a curatorial fellow to work with collections staff on a variety of projects. The duties may include work in any or all of the collection media. Specific duties will be assigned on a project basis and may include, but are not limited to, collections management, exhibitions, research, publication, teaching, visitor services and development. A proportion of the work will include routine duties that contribute to the effectiveness of the department as a whole including: answering enquiries; escorting visitors and researchers into the collections; assisting with accessions; developing programs for public and membership groups; and offering clerical support when needed. For more information about the museum and collections, please visit www.winterthur.org.
JOB REQUIREMENTS:  The successful candidate will have an M.A. in a subject related to American decorative and fine arts between 1640-1860 and at least one month of experience working in a museum decorative arts or related department. S/he will have a knowledge of, and familiarity with, the Winterthur collection or a similar collection in another museum. The successful candidate should have strong organizational, communication and interpersonal skills including public speaking; ability to lift and carry heavy objects and to maneuver in small and tight spaces; must have valid driverís license; and after training, must be able to pass care and handling of objects test. This is a full-time, twelve-month position, starting about July 1. Full benefits. Interested candidates should email cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references to jobs@winterthur.org. Please reference #1113 in the subject line. Closing date for applications is March 31, 2017.
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JOB TITLE:  Conservator/Associate Conservator of Textiles

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES:  Job Description: Winterthur Museum is seeking candidates to fill the position of Conservator/Associate Conservator of Textiles to be lead in their Textile Conservation Laboratory in a dynamic conservation program whose mission is the preservation and enhanced understanding of textile based objects in the collection through collection preservation (documentation, treatment, and implementing storage strategies), exhibition, education and outreach, and object-based research and analysis. This position provides support and teaching to the Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation (WUDPAC), a Masterís-level graduate program with a three-year curriculum designed to educate and prepare students to be conservators of cultural heritage. This positon offers a unique and exciting opportunity in textile conservation leadership and education in the midst of a pre-eminent collection of 89,000 objects made and used in America from 1630 -1860, 20th century Winterthur Estate materials, and over 500,000 documents, books, manuscripts, and images in Winterthurís research library. The textile collection includes over 20,000 objects with a particular depth in printed textiles, needlework, furnishing fabrics, and quilts. The museum affords the chance to work with exhibiting textiles in gallery settings as well as rooms within a house setting. In addition to textiles, the Conservation Department includes eight other laboratories staffed by leading professionals in paper, furniture, objects, library and archival materials, preventive and collection care, paintings conservation, photography, and scientific research and analysis. The personnel of the Textile Lab include a conservation assistant and part-time conservator.
JOB REQUIREMENTS:  A Masterís degree in conservation (or a Bachelorís degree and equivalent experience) combined with a minimum of ten/seven years conservation experience is required. The successful candidate must demonstrate treatment, teaching and scholarly achievement, including a research/publication record, and evidence of professional engagement. Support of the museumís overall conservation efforts are an integral component of the position and the candidate must be committed to extensive collaboration with museum conservators and scientists; curators; exhibition, registration, development and other related staff; and WUDPAC faculty and students. Administrative responsibilities of the Conservator/Associate Conservator of Textiles include the oversight of the laboratory staff, budget, and lab and equipment maintenance. In addition to care of the Winterthur Collections, the Textile Conservator may also supervise documentation and treatment of archaeological, ethnographic, modern and contemporary artwork/objects through WUDPAC student projects. The successful candidate will demonstrate (1) excellent interpersonal and communication skills with staff, students, museum and university colleagues, donors, and the general public (2) creative thinking and solutions-based problem-solving, and (3) superior organizational abilities with a high attention to detail. A proven ability to work both collaboratively and independently while managing multiple tasks simultaneously is required. This position reports to the Director of Conservation. Salary will be commensurate with experience. To apply, attach a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, writing sample, and contact information for three professional references familiar with your textile conservation experience to this job submission. Please reference Job #1117- Textile Conservator in the subject line. Review of applications will begin as of April 21, 2017 and continue until the position is filled.
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