Palm Springs Art Museum
Palm Desert
Edwards Harris Center

Employment Opportunities

Palm Springs Art Museum is an equal opportunity employer and considers all candidates for employment regardless of race, color, sex, age, national origin, creed, disability, marital status, sexual orientation or political affiliation. 

How to Apply 

Please send letter of interest and resume to:

Search Committee

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Associate Director of Development

Under the direction of the Director of Development, cultivates and solicits prospects capable of gifts at the $100K+ level; develops and directs annual giving program using direct mail, tele-fundraising, internet, and web resources;  utilizes social media and online engagement to build new prospect connections and donor engagement with audiences in the 25—50 age group; oversees all aspects President’s Circle and special campaign fundraising; develops and executes regional strategies to secure/increase gifts from donors and prospective donors in other parts of the country; and co-directs creation and execution of an Endowment Campaign.

The successful candidate will have:

  • Five years of experience demonstrating the skills and ability to effectively identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward donors capable of gifts at the $100K+ level.
  • Three years of successful major gift fundraising ($25K+), preferably in an AAM-accredited museum.
  • Significant experience as an annual giving program manager using multiple strategies, including web and internet resources, to meet fund goals. 
    • Broad knowledge of tax laws that impact charitable giving, personal assets, and estates.
    • Working knowledge of Raiser’s Edge (or other fundraising database) and MS Office.
  • Bachelor’s degree, with advanced degree preferred.
  • Ability to travel throughout the country, work evenings and week-ends as needed.


Major & Planned Gifts Officer

Under the direction of the Director of Development, secures major gifts of $25,000 or more from individuals in support of the museum’s mission and strategic plan; leads the effort to identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward new and existing planned gift donors and prospects; manages a portfolio of 100+ major and planned gift donors and prospects; and serves as Department liaison to 4 curatorial councils (Architecture and Design Council, Contemporary Art Council, Photography Collections Council, and Western Art Council). 

The successful candidate will have:

  • A proven track record of 10+ years’ successful fundraising experience working with major and planned gift donors, prospects, and volunteer leadership.
  • Experience managing a portfolio of 100+ donors and prospects.
  • Broad knowledge of tax laws that impact charitable giving, personal assets, and estates.
  • Working knowledge of Raiser’s Edge (or other fundraising database) and MS Office.
  • Experience at arts, cultural, and educational institutions is preferred.
  • Bachelor’s degree required; graduate degree preferred.
  • Ability to work evenings and weekends as needed.


Security Officer - Full Time & Part Time/On-Call

Enforces safety and security policies and procedures at multiple museum facilities to ensure exceptional customer service and a safe environment; monitors entry points to prevent unauthorized access into the facilities; monitors activity and traffic in assigned areas to observe and document issues; provides guests with information upon request; responds to medical emergencies; directs guests and staff in case of fire or other emergencies requiring evacuation of the museum.


  • Security Guard Card, Security Guard skills training, and/or previous security experience is preferred. 
  • Full-time, regular security officers must possess flexibility in shift scheduling and be available to work weekends, evenings, and holidays at any of our Coachella Valley locations. (Applicants with restricted availability may apply to be on-call officers.)
  • Must be responsible, self-motivated, and customer-service oriented.
  • Must have excellent communication and teamwork skills; a professional, courteous, and helpful attitude is required.
  • Working knowledge of museums, exhibits, and activities taking place within a museum is preferred, but not required.
  • High school graduation required.
  • Must pass background check. 



 Under the direction of the Exhibition Designer/Installation Manager, fabricates and installs museum exhibits. Responsible for transporting, preparing, and installing/removing art objects;  maintaining care of exhibitions; maintaining and/or producing didactic materials; and maintaining storage areas.

  • Participates in the safe transport of art objects to and from the exhibition space;
  • Assists in preparation of galleries and installation of pedestals, Plexiglas tops, platforms, walls, graphics, title walls, and exhibition labels;
  • Assists in the preparation of objects for exhibition, including: mounting, matting, and framing;
  • Assists in maintaining/producing didactic materials, including digital media, exhibition labels, informational graphic panels, and cut vinyl signage;
  • Inspects art exhibition areas to determine safety of objects; and performs necessary upkeep to ensure visitors’ continuing enjoyment of an exhibition, i.e. replaces lamps and labels, dusts, cleans Plexiglas, etc.;
  • Helps maintain safe, clean, and well-organized art vaults, receiving room, frame room, and prep area, and adequate supplies for packing, storing, and exhibition prep;
  • Assists Registrars by locating/returning objects to storage; conducting collection inventories; reporting changes/damage to artwork; and aiding with storage projects at three museum sites and several offsite storage facilities.


Team-oriented individual with BA in art, design, or related field. Equivalent experience in installation and fabrication of museum exhibits will be considered.  Must be able to multi-task under multiple deadlines.  Good working knowledge of installation methods (mounting, matting, framing) required; woodworking and/or metalworking skills a plus.  Experience using heavy equipment, including scissor-lift, gantry, pallet jack, and table lift, required.  Must have work experience driving a medium-size truck, safe driving record, able to lift 50 pounds, and available to work occasional overtime, night, and weekend shifts.


Manager of Volunteer Programs

Palm Springs Art Museum runs several volunteer programs to help connect the museum’s audiences to its exhibitions, collections, programs and events, at its four sites: Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Springs; The Annenberg Theater; Palm Springs Art Museum Architecture and Design Center; and The Galen and Faye Sarkowsky Sculpture Garden in Palm Desert. Under the supervision of the Director of Human Resources, the new position of Manager of Volunteer Programs is responsible for working the existing volunteer programs of the docents and volunteers (approximately 300 current volunteers) and implementing new programs for interns and fellows. Working with the Docent Council, the Museum Service Council, and other Museum departments, the Manager will oversee recruitment, training, assignment, and recognition of volunteers, needs assessment, program design and evaluation, and community outreach.


  • Design, manage and update Museum volunteer programs consistent with legal requirements and American Alliance of Museums’ best practices for museum volunteer programs;
  • Assure that volunteer activities align with and support the mission of Palm Springs Art Museum and Vision 20/20 Strategic Plan;
  • Work with Museum departments to develop, promote, and maintain a wide range of volunteer opportunities;
  • Develop and maintain position descriptions for volunteer opportunities;
  • Develop and maintain a Museum Volunteer Handbook;
  • Oversee recruitment, selection, training, placement, and supervision of volunteers;
  • Provide ongoing training and performance management of volunteers and supervisors;
  • Develop and enforce policies and procedures, including the Palm Springs Art Museum Code of Conduct, to ensure the highest standards of respect, fairness, and integrity between volunteers, Museum staff and the public;
  • Develop and oversee budgets and workplans for volunteer programs.
  • Stay abreast of technology solutions for managing volunteers and supporting volunteer programs;
  • Act as an internal advocate for volunteer issues;
  • Schedule and coordinate all group tours, including docent-led tours for K-12 arts education programs, special interest group tours, and tours scheduled at the request of the Executive Office or Development;
  • Design and provide volunteer appreciation activities and events, including annual volunteer appreciation luncheons and events;


  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • Certification in Volunteer Administration preferred.
  • Minimum of 3 years paid, full-time experience in volunteer resources management required, with museum experience preferred. Knowledge of or training in art history highly desired.
  • Knowledge of management principles and evaluation techniques that engage diverse individuals in a variety of volunteer service capacities.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated organization and planning skills.
  • Proven ability to motivate and engage volunteers through difficult experiences as well as rewarding activities.  Conflict resolution training a plus.
  • Proficiency in MS Office, Outlook, Volgistics, ShiftBoard, or other volunteer management software, and time and attendance systems.
  • Willingness to work evenings and weekends to accommodate the needs of the job.
  • If not already a docent, successfully complete docent training and remain an active member of the Docent program.

Fundraising Events Coordinator - Full Time 

Under the direction of the Fundraising Events Manager, the Fundraising Events Coordinator holds primary responsibility for administrative and logistical support for all MAC, ATC and other fundraising events. Administrative duties include; tracking event payments, sponsorships, maintaining guest lists, mailings, report generation through internal Raiser’s Edge database and Excel, as well as, Council board minutes and event committee meetings. Logistical support for MAC, ATC and other museum fundraising events such as excursions, opening night, performance series and annual MAC scholarship program require working closely with major donors, volunteers, museum staff, members, students and serving as a liaison between the departments. Ability to plan, produce and manage fundraising events with minimal supervision is required.

Skills and Qualifications:

  • Excellent communication skills and thorough command of the English language. Strong writing and phone skills are important to this position including proofreading, editing correspondence, assisting with invitations, brochures and other written documents.
  • Exceptional organizational and problem-solving skills.
  • Effective time management skills and ability to work on multiple events simultaneosly especially during peak season. 
  • Superior computer skills including proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite required; Raiser's Edge fundraising software highly desirable. 
  • Ability to work with diverse personalities and enjoy a good sense of humor when appropriate. 
  • Ability to interact professionally and collaboratively with staff and volunteers assisting with MAC, ATC and other events. 
  • Ability to develop and manage event budgets and assist with all internal accounting and event processes and procedures, completing and distributing necessary forms to appropriate staff in a timely manner. 
  • Knowledge and ability to successfully plan, produce and manage special events to produce postive cash flow and the flexibility to work some nights and weekends during peak season. 
  • Understanding the need for confidentiality regarding sensitive information regarding members, donors, volunteers, museum activities and finances. 
  • Knowledge and understanding of Palm Sprinsg Art Museum's mission, goals and programs. 
  • Support Museum's Vision 20/20 Strategic Plan and act as a museum representative in a professional and ethical manner.