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At the Penn Museum, we are passionate about transforming understanding of the human experience. Home to over a million extraordinary artifacts and archaeological finds from Africa, Asia, the Americas, and the Mediterranean, the Penn Museum has been uncovering our shared humanity across continents and millennia since 1887. In bridging archaeology, the study of objects made by humans, with anthropology, the science of humanity, we chart a course for finding one’s own place in the arc of human history.

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From groundbreaking discoveries to ongoing innovations in our galleries, classrooms, labs, and grounds—the Penn Museum is a world wonder! We are educators, curators, students, and conservators, as well as experts in fundraising, design, communications, business, IT, and hospitality working together to make the Museum accessible to all communities near and far. Find your place and future with us.

An innovative and inclusive workplace.

Working at the Penn Museum makes you a part of an unparalleled Penn community committed to a culture of inclusion, innovation, entrepreneurship, and interdisciplinary collaboration creating social impact. As the largest private employer in Philadelphia, Penn is an award-winning workplace striving to attract the world’s best, offering competitive benefits, and cultivating core values grounded in Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA). Learn more about our institutional policies, programs, and resources supporting DEIA.

In 2020, the Museum was the first center at Penn to both adopt the University’s Diversity Hiring Initiative and include a member of the Penn Museum Diversity Committee (PMDC) in all searches. All position searches are by hiring committee of no less than three, including a member of the PMDC, to ensure fair and equal treatment. Committees select first round interviewees from applications which have been redacted by an HR officer to remove identifying information, dates of employment, degree type, graduation dates, and universities/colleges attended, in order to reduce the influence of implicit biases.

Open Positions

Associate Registrar
Position Description
The Associate Registrar works under the supervision of the Senior Registrar within the Collections Division of the Penn Museum. The Associate Registrar oversees the coordination and processing of all outgoing and incoming loans, including exhibition loans, research loans, scientific testing loans, and loan renewals. Typical duties include liaising with borrowers and lenders, executing loan agreements, coordinating conservation and mount making, coordinating packing and shipping, making courier arrangements, condition reporting, and overseeing the financial aspects of loans. The Associate Registrar acts as a point-person for collections-related environmental and security matters and assists with the processing of new acquisitions. The Associate Registrar works regularly in the Museum’s collections database, EMu, and provides general collections-related support as necessary to other Registrars and collections staff.
Conservation Technician
Position Description
This technician will assist departmental conservators to document objects to be treated: setting up database records, doing all photo documentation, writing up initial condition assessments, and carrying out basic treatments. One day a week the technician, collaborating with Museum Preparation staff, will be responsible for carrying out Gallery Maintenance in the exhibition galleries and preventative conservation activities in Collections spaces. The technician will also be responsible for movement of artifacts within the Museum. Responsible for positive and helpful interactions with Museum visitors, acting as the Museum’s host, answering questions and providing assistance as needed to ensure our guests encounter a welcoming atmosphere. Perform additional duties as assigned.
Collections Coordinator
Position Description
Responsible for assisting the museum’s collections staff (archivists, conservators, keepers, and registrars) in providing support for curricular activities that make use of the museum’s collections on display and in storage. Work with collections staff to transfer objects between storage and classroom spaces. Monitoring and supervising collections study and use during visits by students, faculty, and researchers. Reviewing, assessing, and proposing new policies and procedures to ensure that curricular needs are met. Coordinating with archive and conservation team members to provide training for object-intensive courses.
Assistant Director, Individual Gifts
Position Description
Reporting to the Director of Major Gifts and working closely with the Executive Director of Advancement, the Assistant Director, Individual Gifts manages their own portfolio of major gift prospects ($2,500-$100,000+), identifying, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding multi-year commitments to fund the Museum’s key strategic priorities: new signature galleries; research, educational, and onsite and digital public programs; diversity and inclusion initiatives; and stewardship of our world-renowned collections. The Assistant Director, Individual Gifts manages the Museum’s highest level unrestricted giving society, the Penn Museum Visionaries ($2,500-$50,000 annually), directing communication, designing and executing events, and qualifying and cultivating Visionaries members as major gift donors. The Assistant Director, Individual Gifts also manages the Museum’s Young Alumni Council (a group of alumni from the class of 2010 or later that helps create strategies for student and young adult engagement at the Museum) creating a path for members to leadership volunteer opportunities.
Archives Digitization Assistant
Position Description
Working within the Penn Museum Archives, the Archives Digitization Assistant will be responsible for digitization--scanning, post-processing, quality control, and progress tracking--for selected collections of archival records. These collections are records from Penn Museum expeditions to Egypt, Guatemala, Cyprus, and elsewhere, and consist of correspondence, journals, and field notes stored in boxes already processed and organized by the Archives. As one of the largest university research museums in the United States, the Penn Museum has sponsored over 300 field excavations and anthropological research projects around the world since its founding in 1887. The Museum's Archives houses the field records from these research projects including field notes, photographs, letters, plans, drawings, and diaries-as well as documents representing the history of the Penn Museum and the history of the practices of archaeology and anthropology. The Archives Digitization Assistant will work with Archives staff to follow Archives policies for handling physical assets, meet standards for digitization, and collaborate on project activities and progress. This is a grant-funded, full-time position for two years.
Customer Service Assistant (Part-Time)
Position Description
The Visitor Services Representative will work part-time at the Museum’s welcome desks, processing admissions to the Museum, and will be responsible for ensuring that Museum guests have a comfortable and enjoyable experience during their visit. The Visitor Services Representative will see that all Museum visitors experience high levels of customer service and encounter a welcoming and helpful atmosphere. The Visitor Services Representative will act as a “concierge”, answering questions, using the ticketing system to process admission and membership sales, and will provide assistance to visitors as needed, and will recognize and anticipate their needs, wants and expectations.
Museum Educator (Part-Time)
Position Description
Unpacking the Past (UtP) is a free multi-point program offered to 6th and 7th grade classes in Philadelphia Title I schools. The program includes an in-class lesson, a field trip with paid bus, and extension lessons - all designed to explore what connects humans across time, place, and culture. The Part-time Museum Educator (PTME) works four days per week for 6-7 hours per day (an average of 25 hours per week). During the school year, The PTME will spend most days teaching classes who are participating in the UtP program – either in classrooms across the city or at the Penn Museum. All lessons are designed to relate to school curriculum on ancient cultures and to show connections between the ancient and modern world. The PTME may assist with ongoing UtP program design, including program evaluation and content research.
Major Gift Coordinator
Position Description
Reporting to the Director of Major Gifts, the Major Gifts Coordinator will manage prospect tracking systems and work with the Museum Major Gifts team and DAR colleagues to identify new prospects for support, developing strategies and systems to build an effective pipeline of diverse and/or potential high-level donors to the Museum. The Coordinator will advance and support the work of the Major Gifts team and Museum Director in every stage of the donor cycle, from identification and qualification through cultivation events, individual major gift solicitations and follow up, to donor stewardship touchpoints.
Group Sales Coordinator
Position Description
You are invited to be part of a dynamic team laying the groundwork to sustain and strengthen this international museum within the regional public and tourism audiences. The Group Sales Coordinator, along with the Group Sales Manager, actively solicits and sells group visits and helps to coordinate the daily operations of the Group Sales program at the Penn Museum. They perform a range of duties including generating leads, selling group visits, processing and servicing all requests for groups, handling all group customer inquiries, and producing status reports. The core focus of this position is the management of the Group Sales database and working with the Group Sales Manager to meet and exceed related revenue and attendance goals for the Penn Museum.
Project Mountmaker
Position Description
Under the supervision of the Special Projects Manager, the Project Mountmaker is responsible for the design, documentation, fabrication and installation of display mounts for the Ancient Egypt and Nubia Galleries. A key member of Ancient Egypt and Nubia Gallery team, the person in this position collaborates regularly with conservators, designers, engineers, curators, and other members of the project team, as well as works closely with the Lead Mountmaker. The Project Mountmaker closely follows Penn Museum conservation standards for design and build, and seeks design approval from assigned conservators, curators, registrars, engineers, and designers for all object mounts. The position will share time between the museum and the Conservation Lab Annex in central New Jersey. The project mountmaker works with a variety of materials, specifically steel and brass, using hand tools and standard stationary shop equipment in order to safely stabilize and display monumental Egyptian artifacts from the museum’s collection. The person in this position must have experience working with a wide range of objects and artifacts similar to those in the Museum’s collections and be familiar with the highest standards of object handling and exhibition creation. In addition to the creation of object mounts, the person in this position will work with the Conservation Department and other designated individuals to install and deinstall material for the Ancient Egypt and Nubia Galleries. This is a three-year term position, with renewal subject to funding and project needs.
Building Maintenance Supervisor
Position Description
Reporting to the Chief of Building Operations, the Building Maintenance Supervisor will help maintain a high quality of building operations standards. Tasks would include, but are not limited to: processing of maintenance work requests, setting up and breaking down event furniture, responding to building occupant requests for assistance, moving of office/lab furniture, assist with supervision of housekeeping staff and cleanliness standards. This position involves working collaboratively with all Museum departments, including Visitor and Gallery Services, Facility Rentals, Exhibits, and others, routinely to ensure a functioning, clean and safe environment for all visitors, students, faculty, and staff.
Interpretive Planner
Position Description
Working under the Head of Exhibitions, the Interpretive Planner researches, develops content, creates outlines for, and writes exhibition- and gallery-related collateral, including text panels, labels, audio and video scripts, multimedia content and other elements as required by project. In close collaboration with curators, content experts, researchers, and collections managers, this position serves as the primary contact for individual project teams. The position is responsible for working with the Head of Exhibitions to initiate the project schedule, establish milestone dates and deadlines for projects, as well as leading all content development meetings. The Interpretive Planner is responsible for writing labels for object removals and change-outs throughout the Museum, and manages the exhibition content. This position will also collaborate with external content developers, writers, multimedia and design firms as well as internal team members, including designers, preparators, conservators, collections managers and registrars. They will work with appropriate parties to design and conduct visitor studies and exhibit evaluation as needed. They are responsible for the purchase and procurement of content, including rights and reproduction for exhibition content. Finally, this position will mentor undergraduate and graduate students through the process of creating exhibitions regularly.

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