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Description: The Barnes Foundation is seeking a Writer and Editor to write, revise, edit, and proofread material for the Foundation’s print pieces (educational and promotional materials, including brochures, didactics, flyers, invitations, newsletters, rack cards, posters, product descriptions for its shop, signage, and teacher packets), and for its website and e-newsletters. The Writer and Editor may be assigned some book projects.

Established as an educational institution the Barnes carries out its mission by promoting appreciation of the arts and horticultural science, through the preservation, presentation, and interpretation of the collections of Albert C. and Laura L. Barnes.

Celebrated for its exceptional breadth, depth, and quality, the Barnes Foundation’s art collection includes works by some of the greatest European and American masters of impressionism, post-impressionist, and early modern art, as well as African sculpture, Pennsylvania German decorative arts, Native American textiles, metalwork, and more. An extraordinary number of masterpieces by Renoir, Cézanne and Matisse provide a depth of work by these artists unavailable elsewhere. The 12-acre Arboretum contains over 3,000 species of woody plants and trees. Some are rare specimens, and all are beautiful. The Herbarium is an unexpected, hidden gem in the Barnes collections. With 10,000 preserved plant specimens and counting, it is a special resource for horticulturalists, students, and artists.

The Foundation will engage diverse audiences through its exceptional collections and related high-quality programs that reflect a broad range of periods and cultures and build on the founders’ innovative educational vision of transforming lives through the arts and horticulture.


• As assigned, writes, rewrites, or copyedits texts for flyers, brochures, invitations, exhibition didactics or other interpretive materials, promotional materials, posters, shop product descriptions, signage, and teacher packets, for approval by the Director of Publications and other managers, where relevant. Reads and corrects proofs.
• Works on books, as assigned, copyediting manuscripts and correcting proofs.
• Collaborates with Foundation staff to source images for printed ephemera and obtain necessary permissions for monographs and other books.
• Using Basecamp, works with Director of Publications to establish publication schedules and deadlines. Monitors editorial workflow, maintains schedule, and meets deadlines.
• Performs other duties as requested


• Bachelor’s degree in English, Journalism, Communications, or Art History preferred; 2–3 years professional editing experience, including Web and e-communications experience
• Excellent written, verbal, organizational, and time management skills, including ability to meet deadlines, prioritize work schedules, and work on several projects at once
• Copyediting and word-processing skills
• Ability to undertake research using digital and print sources
• Knowledge of Chicago Manual of Style and AP style
• Some knowledge of print production a plus
• Experience with content management systems, particularly, HTML, and text formatting for Web a plus
• Knowledge of art history and/or museum experience desirable

Competitive Benefits Include: Group health and dental insurance; flexible spending accounts; short and long term disability and group life insurance; 403(b) with matching contributions; Employee Assistance Program; voluntary benefits; as well as paid vacation, personal time, sick time and holidays.


To Apply:Please apply online

Please create a single document that includes your cover letter, resume and three professional references to upload with your application. Applications that fail to fulfill this requirement will not be accepted. The Barnes Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Posted: 09/05/2012   Expires: 10/05/2012