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


Philanthropy Assistant, Gift and Membership Processing

The position will provide gift and membership processing support for the Philanthropy Division, as well as a selection of other regular support duties related to purchasing and reconciling financial accounting, and others as may be assigned in support of Philanthropy operations.


1. Draft and prepare formal gift acknowledgement letters and related follow-up communications for both gifts and membership support utilizing standardized procedures, templates and protocols.
2. Prepare and complete small to mid-sized mailings which may comprise solicitations, invitations or similar to a selection of philanthropy constituents as directed by supervisor.
3. Generate customized or general printed materials or correspondence for events and meetings.
4. Assist supervisor in monitoring the annual division budget, including individual purchasing accounts and reconciling such with finance area.
5. Prepare/complete purchase orders for division supplies and materials, and reconcile with finance office.
6. Help maintain Philanthropy Division general team calendar and schedule meetings for Director of Philanthropy.
7. Answer phones and triage as appropriate to philanthropy division members.


Minimum Experience: college degree preferred
Preferred Experience: 2 years working in an administrative capacity with proficiency in constituent management database systems and word

Minimum Education: Associate Degree
Preferred Education: College Degree

1. Proficient with Microsoft Office products and development/database software such Raisers as Edge
2. Accurate, detail-oriented
3. Ability to organize and handle multiple projects
4. Able to work independently as well as effectively and harmoniously as part of a team

Senior Manager, Philanthropy Operations, Research and Analytics


Senior Manager, Philanthropy Operations, Research and Analytics


The position will serve as right hand to the Director of Philanthropy managing development operations, research activities, reporting and analytics in a metrics and goal driven environment, and ensuring communication and coordination across the team.  She/he will ensure the integrity and ongoing enhancement of development systems and infrastructure, will oversee gift and membership processing, will oversee and enhance research activity and quality, and will create and generate a range of reports leveraging Raisers Edge in managing and measuring activity and outcomes against philanthropic attainment goals. The Senior Manager will also support management of the Philanthropy Director’s and CEO’s donor-prospects and strategies, and the documentation and accounting of such, while also setting the standards and protocols for documenting moves management and accountability by all Winterthur gift officers. Manages completion of philanthropic communications projects leveraging staff resources and/or contractual support, and special events (e.g.  cultivation/stewardship) leveraging Winterthur’s event team resources to engage, celebrate or acknowledge donor-prospect constituents.


  1. Pursues and forms productive and collegial relationships with internal partners to sustain ongoing collaboration in request for, and flow of information about initiatives in need of funding, prospective funders, budgets, etc. to inform strategies, case statements, and prospect lists, and actions.
  2. Serves as a lead administrator for Winterthur’s donor database developing departmental procedures and protocols for documentation, moves management, proposal management and other key accountability and reporting data. Recommends and implements methodology as well as creates queries for reporting on donor and gift data. Manages users, permissions, and security settings to protect confidentiality and maintain data integrity. Interfaces as necessary with IT and Finance departments to design and generate reports.
  3. Ensure that accurate and thorough records are maintained, including timely gift processing, donor records, mailing lists, contact and call reports, giving history, biographical data, etc. Maintains the integrity of the Philanthropy team’s virtual and manual documentation systems. Manages the work of the Philanthropy Assistant for gifts and membership processing interfacing with the Finance Office.
  4. Translates donor and gift data into clear, usable, actionable information to aid philanthropy staff with decision-making and the creation of fundraising strategies.
  5. Create format for profiles on prospective donors and current contributors, and manage completion of such profiles and research requests for philanthropy strategy and prospect meetings. Manage and mentor the Research Associate in conducting in-depth research on individuals and institutions for potential unrestricted, restricted/major, and legacy giving, making recommendations for cultivation and solicitation strategies.
  6. Creates and/or maintains databases and tracking spreadsheets for specific fundraising initiatives working with team leads for the various constituent sectors.
  7. Prepares charts, tables, and graphs of data for use in reports and studies, and supports Director in the preparation of regular summaries which include fundraising highlights and results.
  8. Coordinates internal resources or contractual support as may be required to complete cultivation/stewardship events, and strategic philanthropic communications.
  9. Promotes lines of communications across the team to ensure timely exchange of information


Minimum Experience: 3-4 years development experience;
2 or more years of experience in project management/administrative roles
Preferred Experience: 3-4 years minimum working in a development operations or management capacity

Minimum Education:  College Degree

Preferred Education: College Degree

  1. Supervisory, time and project management skills to manage/oversee activities of Philanthropy Assistant, Research Associate, contract services, and the completion of projects leveraging the larger coordination of talent/services across the Philanthropy team and Winterthur organization.
  2. Proficiency with Excel spreadsheets and other Microsoft Office products, as well as Raisers Edge constituent management system, including reports, moves management accountabilities, grants and events management functions.
  3. Accurate, detail-oriented with ability to organize and handle multiple projects.
  4. Communicates in professional manner both with internal and external constituents.
  5. Proactive, self-directed, able to work independently as well as effectively and harmoniously as part of a team.
  6. Excellent oral and written communication skills.

Cataloguing Assistant, Museum Collections

Position overview:

The cataloguing assistant will help identify and expand 300-500 catalogue records for objects in the museum collection containing diverse organic and composite materials. The two-year project goal is to bring this subset of object records within the digital cataloguing to the highest standard for internal use and for public accessibility. The project encompasses artwork with components originating in Europe, North America, Asia, and the Caribbean with concentrations in hornware, ivories, bone, leather, and shell. To confirm identification of materials, s/he will coordinate consultations with curatorial staff, conservators, and external experts. S/he will participate in public engagement with the project through museum-sponsored events, particularly a materials identification workshop for professionals. The cataloguing assistant’s original research will be featured as a web description for each object and incorporated into online or print publication opportunities as they arise. This opportunity is funded by an National Endowment for the Humanities Collections and Reference Resources Grant.

Essential Job Duties:

  • Collect and enter comprehensive, accurate cataloguing data into the museum’s digital database (EMu) including: physically describing and measuring objects, identifying materials and manufacturing techniques, condition, researching dates, origin information, ownership, publication and exhibition history.
  • Create digital photography and attach images.
  • Pursue research questions related to objects, clean up data discrepancies, and support registrars’ efforts to integrate new findings into objects’ records.
  • Coordinate object material identifications with staff and external experts, including arranging for laboratory testing.
  • Compose a “web” description label for each catalogued item.
  • Provide content and contribute to social media posts regarding organics collection findings.
  • Create, coordinate and host a professional workshop for intensive organic materials identification training.
  • Provide content and support to public programs and school programs for grant-related activities.
  • Carry out project goals to meet established deadlines, sometimes working independently.

Other Skills and Abilities:

  • Strong computer skills, especially in keyboard and collection database work.
  • Strong attention to detail and pursuit of accuracy.
  • Strong writing and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to analyze, communicate and resolve problems.
  • Digital photography and photo editing skills.
  • Basic knowledge of the standard vocabulary, terminology, and manufacturing methods relating to American and European 17th- through 19th-century decorative arts.
  • Knowledge of professional museum standards, ethics, and experience with museum procedures, including methods for documenting and handling art and artifacts.
  • Sufficient stamina to work at computer for extended periods, with appropriate breaks.
  • Ability to lift and reach objects overhead and maneuver in small and tight spaces.
  • After in-house training, must be able to pass care and handling of objects test.
  • Ability to lift up to 20 lbs. to move objects within a museum space.
  • Occasional stooping, kneeling, and crouching to read accession numbers on small objects.


Education Minimum:  MA in art history, history, anthropology or related discipline.

Education Preferred:  MA or PhD in related discipline.

Experience:  One or more years of work experience with museum decorative arts objects and collections management databases.

Full-time, temporary position with benefits (35 hours per week)

Start date:  July 1, 2019

End date:  June 30, 2021

Budgeted Annual Salary:  $40,000.00

 To apply, send a letter of interest, resume/curriculum vitae, to: . Please reference Requisition # 1209.  Deadline for applications:  May 31, 2019

Director of Visitor Engagement

JOB TITLE: Director of Visitor Engagement

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES: The Director for Visitor Engagement provides leadership and strategic direction for the Visitor Engagement Department including Visitor Services; Research & Interpretation; Family and School Programs, Estate, Museum & Garden Tours; and Exhibitions. Responsibilities include the management of 140+ employees & volunteers, preparation & management of $2 million budget & revenue generation of nearly over $2 million.
1. Direct & lead mission and revenue driven operations of the Visitor Engagement Department providing leadership & overseeing 5 direct reports and a staff of 140 or more.
2. Provide strategic planning. Articulate & implement direction & vision for excellence in the Visitor Experience. This includes overall budget and operations oversight.
3. Participate & collaborate as a high performing senior management member providing input & counsel for decisions affecting Winterthur’s annual and long-term operating plans, including the strategic plan, program priorities, capital needs, human & financial resources.
4. Represent Winterthur to the Board of trustees, staff, the community, & special groups, serving as an ambassador of the institution.
5. Collaborate with community organizations & partner with other institutions to enhance and develop audiences and enrich programming.

JOB REQUIREMENTS: Minimum Experience: 5 years of management experience in visitor engagement, guest experience, or interpretation.
Preferred Experience: 5-10 years of experience managing a large staff or large events/ programs.
Minimum Education: MA in history, art history, museum studies, material culture, or in a related.
Preferred Education: Advanced studies in museum education or business administration
1. Must have knowledge of museum education practice e.g. developing, organizing & running programs as well as exhibition development.
2. Ability to embrace Winterthur’s vision and link programming to that vision.
3. Ability to demonstrate outstanding written, oral & presentation skills (public speaking).
4. Demonstrated ability to learn and use the latest technology, especially as related to interpretation and web-based learning, and the digital humanities.
5. Knowledge of American Decorative Arts, garden history, or material culture preferred.
6. Demonstrated outstanding leadership ability as well as skills in strategic planning, operations management & budget preparation & management.
7. Proven ability & sensitivity towards our diverse audience and the ability to structure programming to attract, retain & grow those audiences.
8. Demonstrated emotional intelligence, financial acumen and strong management skills.
Essential Functions:
1. Direct and manage a large staff and budget.
2. Assist with cultivation, solicitation & maintenance of external relationships.
3. Serve on teams & committees including Sr. Management Team
4. Presentations to Board/Committee Members & community.
5. Ability to drive a Winterthur vehicle.
6. Ability to attend evening and weekend functions.
7. Travel within the United States to represent Winterthur.

Garden Horticulturist

JOB TITLE: Garden Horticulturist

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES: The Garden Horticulturist is responsible for maintaining the historic March Bank and Glade areas of the garden; tasks include but not limited to planting, pruning, weed control, pond care, and woodland garden management. Knowledge of plants, their cultural requirements as well as the design principles used in the Winterthur Garden and Estate is expected. He/she will work with the Curator of Garden and assist in the curatorial duties of plant identification, plant selection, and documentation of design intent and also assist with plant records, labeling and yearly inventory. He/she will manage horticulture interns and volunteers in his/her areas and work with teams as needed in the Winterthur Garden and Estate. This position is responsible for ensuring all work is conducted in a manner fostering Winterthur aesthetic/environmental stewardship initiatives. The Horticulturist is considered essential personnel and will help with weather emergencies i.e. snow removal, hurricane cleanup as requested as well as work 2-3 rotating weekends a year. He/She will participate in Winterthur events and outreach programs such as leading tours.

JOB REQUIREMENTS: Minimum Experience: 2 years in horticulture-related field. Preferred Experience: public horticulture work experience. Minimum Education: High School Diploma with 6 years horticulture-related experience. Preferred Education: Bachelor’s degree in Horticulture or related field. Naturalistic garden design, woodland garden management and/or knowledge of water gardens a plus. Strong working knowledge of plants and horticultural practices with desire for continued education and collaboration with other institutions. Ability to express ideas clearly orally and in writing; good interpersonal skills. Working knowledge of Microsoft systems. Essential Functions—ability to work with manual shift vehicles/various large and small power equipment—mowers, backpack blower, weed eater, bobcat and to stand, kneel, and bend for long periods of time. Able to lift 50 pounds, traverse uneven ground/inclines and work outdoors in all temperatures/conditions. He/she may be exposed to biting insects, poison ivy, herbicides and fertilizers while performing duties.

Conservator of Furniture

JOB TITLE: Conservator of Furniture

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES: Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library in Winterthur, DE seeks candidates for the position of Conservator of Furniture. The successful candidate will be joining a dynamic conservation department and furniture conservation laboratory whose mission is the preservation and enhanced understanding of wooden objects through collection preservation (documentation, treatment, and implementing storage strategies), exhibition, education and outreach, and object-based research and analysis. This position offers a unique and exciting opportunity for a highly motivated individual to engage the history, craft, conservation and material science of nearly 15,000 examples of early American furniture and architectural elements in a world-class museum and library comprising 89,000 objects made and used in America from 1630 -1860; 20th century Winterthur Estate materials; and 500,000 documents, books, manuscripts, and images. The successful candidate will collaborate with colleagues across the institution to exhibit furniture in both gallery settings and furnished rooms of the former du Pont home. In addition to the above, responsibilities will include teaching and advising in the Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation (WUDPAC) and engaging in public and professional outreach.
In addition to furniture, the Conservation Department includes eight other laboratories staffed by leading professionals in: paper, textiles, objects, library and archival materials, preventive and collection care, and paintings conservation; conservation photography; and scientific research and analysis.

JOB REQUIREMENTS: A Master’s degree in conservation combined with a minimum of ten years conservation experience is required. Applicant must possess strong understanding of current conservation principles and hand skills applicable to furniture making and wood manipulation. The successful candidate will undertake the care, treatment and study of furniture and wooden objects in the Winterthur collection. Familiarity and facility with allied materials including metals, upholstery, leather and painted surfaces as they relate to furniture is preferred. Experience with power and hand tools required. The applicant must demonstrate treatment, teaching and scholarly achievement, plus evidence of professional engagement. Support of the museum’s 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. In addition to care of the Winterthur Collections, the Furniture 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 Senior Conservator of Furniture.

Salary will be commensurate with experience. To apply, send a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, writing sample, and contact information for three professional references familiar with your furniture conservation experience to: Please reference Job #1135 – Furniture Conservator in the subject line. Review of applications start date has been extended to February 25, 2019 and applications will continue to be considered until the position is filled.

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