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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

Senior Museum Educator
Position Description
Supervised by the Associate Director of School Programs, the Senior Museum Educator (SME) is part of the Unpacking the Past team, which includes two Senior Museum Educators and two Part-Time Museum Educators. During the school year, the SME works closely with the rest of the UtP team to facilitate in-class and in-Museum lessons that introduce students to concepts related to ancient history and connections to modern life. Whenever possible, educators will teach the same students in both settings (school and Museum). During the school year, the SME can expect to teach about 15-20 hours per week (3-4 hours per day, M-F). The rest of the day will be spent working on ongoing UtP program design, program evaluation, content research, and new lesson creation.
Associate Director of Group Sales
Position Description
Reporting to the Director of Learning and Community, the Associate Director of Group Sales acts primarily as an agent to grow and diversify the museum’s earned admissions revenue and tourism/group attendance. Essential duties include: promoting, managing and growing adult group visits both on-site and virtually; diversifying revenue streams for the museum through targeted third party ticketing contracts; spearheading all museum tourism initiatives for the domestic and international market; co-managing the Graduate Guide program, student guides, and developing all virtual and on-site tours created for adult audiences; overseeing the Group Sales Coordinator and Group Sales revenue and attendance goals; (6) Managing all promotion-related partnerships and collaborating with all internal and external parties; other duties as assigned.
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.
Part Time Facility Rentals Coordinator
Position Description
Under limited supervision, this position provides secretarial, administrative and other programmatic support to managers, employees, students and office visitors by handling a variety of administrative and clerical tasks in order to ensure that all interactions between the organization and others are positive and productive. The ability to multi-task, while maintaining complex schedules and managing administrative support, is essential in this position. Work autonomously in a team based environment to provide effective support in projects and programs with multiple priorities. May provide direct support to the Associate Vice President, the Associate Director/Director and other Division/Department Leaders around various aspects of the day-to-day operation of any programs.
Collections Coordinator
Position Description
The Collections Coordinator for Academic Engagement reports to the Office of the Deputy Director, specifically to the Director of Academic Engagement, and is responsible for coordinating curricular activities that make use of the Museum’s collections on display and in storage. Specific duties may include, but are not limited to: coordinating class visit schedules and ensuring staff coverage; working 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; preparing reports on class use numbers and other pertinent data; coordinating with Archives and Conservation to provide training for object-intensive courses.
Project Conservator
Position Description
The Project Conservator is responsible for carrying out conservation work on monumental stone artifacts selected for exhibition in the renovated Ancient Egypt and Nubia Galleries. This work will be carried out in the Museum’s off-site Conservation Lab Annex (CLA), located approximately 50 minutes from the main Museum facility. Approximately 80% of the conservator’s duties will be carried out in this location. Primary duties include providing a treatment proposal for objects selected for exhibition; carrying out necessary treatments; keeping written, photographic, and electronic records of work; working with mount makers and structural engineers to design support armatures and keeping current with developments in the field through readings, conferences, online discussions, and personal contacts. The successful candidate must be available to work at the off-site location, which is not accessible by public transit.
Associate Director of Interpretive Programs
Position Description
Reporting to the Director of Learning and Community Engagement, the Associate Director of Interpretive Programs will oversee and implement the daily Learning Programs at the Museum including K12 gallery tours and workshop programs, docent-led tours for adults, and Global Guide tours and other interpretative programs. This role oversees a dynamic teaching team and leads the development of innovative and engaging interpretive programs that are visitor-centered incorporating strategies that are inclusive and make best use of the Museum’s collection and resources. This role supervises the School Visit Manager, Global Education Manager, Docent volunteer and Global Guides teams to reach adult groups and K12 students not reached by the Unpacking the Past program for Philadelphia middle school students. This role works closely with the Assistant Director, Virtual Programs, Associate Director of Group Sales, to coordinate the logistics of using the teaching team to teach both in-person and virtual programs for a variety of audiences.
Assistant Director, Virtual Programs
Position Description
The Penn Museum is looking for an Assistant Director, Virtual Programs (ADVP) to lead the Museum’s robust virtual programs for K12 students and adults. This position works closely with other members of Learning and Community Engagement to deliver K-12 interactive virtual learning, Group Sales virtual learning, and Community Engagement programs with virtual components, enabling the Museum to have expansive reach to visitors beyond those that can visit the Museum in-person. Reporting to the Director of Learning and Community Engagement, the ADVP stays up to date on innovations, trends, software, and hardware for educational technology and virtual programs. The ADVP trains staff to facilitate virtual programs, maintains information about how to operate the software and equipment, and oversees ongoing maintenance or replacement. The ADVP markets all virtual programs to current and new audiences through close collaboration with the Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration (CILC) and through ISTE and other online promotional mechanisms. They create regular promotions through CILC, maintain the Penn Museum’s featured page with listings for K12, Group Sales, Community Engagement offerings. They communicate with CILC leadership to tie into larger initiatives to serve virtual and online communities. The ADVP works primarily with the Department’s array of K-12 Interactive Virtual Learning (IVL) programs. Working with the School Visit Coordinator, they closely track and report on attendance and revenue figures using the Museum’s booking system, the campus budgeting system, and departmental dashboards. They work closely with the Director of Learning and Community Engagement along with other related Learning and Community Engagement staff to plan digital initiatives.
School Visit Coordinator
Position Description
The Penn Museum is looking for an Assistant Director, Virtual Programs (ADVP) to lead the Museum’s robust virtual programs for K12 students and adults. This position works closely with other members of Learning and Community Engagement to deliver K-12 interactive virtual learning, Group Sales virtual learning, and Community Engagement programs with virtual components, enabling the Museum to have expansive reach to visitors beyond those that can visit the Museum in-person. Reporting to the Director of Learning and Community Engagement, the ADVP stays up to date on innovations, trends, software, and hardware for educational technology and virtual programs. The ADVP trains staff to facilitate virtual programs, maintains information about how to operate the software and equipment, and oversees ongoing maintenance or replacement. The ADVP markets all virtual programs to current and new audiences through close collaboration with the Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration (CILC) and through ISTE and other online promotional mechanisms. They create regular promotions through CILC, maintain the Penn Museum’s featured page with listings for K12, Group Sales, Community Engagement offerings. They communicate with CILC leadership to tie into larger initiatives to serve virtual and online communities. The ADVP works primarily with the Department’s array of K-12 Interactive Virtual Learning (IVL) programs. Working with the School Visit Coordinator, they closely track and report on attendance and revenue figures using the Museum’s booking system, the campus budgeting system, and departmental dashboards. They work closely with the Director of Learning and Community Engagement along with other related Learning and Community Engagement staff to plan digital initiatives.
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.
Family and Camp Program Coordinator
Position Description
Reporting to the Assistant Director, Family & Camp Programs, the Family and Camp Program Coordinator is responsible for the coordination and delivery of public-facing programs for children and adults at Penn Museum. As part of the Museum’s strategic direction, this person helps to deliver high-quality and data-driven programs that not only generate revenue but also fulfill the Museum’s mission to engage audiences with programming that has contemporary relevance and invites diverse perspectives. This role will perform a range of duties to support essential programs including, but not limited to, Summer Camp, Cartifacts, Scouts, Great Lectures, and Culturefest events.
Magazine and Digital Content Editor
Position Description
Serving as editor of the Penn Museum’s members’ magazine Expedition, the editor will report to the Executive Director of Advancement (EDA) (who also serves as Publisher of the magazine) and be responsible for working with an editorial advisory board to plan feature article content three to five years out, including themed special issues on resonant current issues and/or major Museum research foci as well as upcoming gallery or exhibition openings. The Editor will also work with colleagues across Museum departments to solicit text and images, edit, and coordinate proofing for short articles on current Museum topics and regular Museum Departments. In creating or soliciting magazine content, the Editor will collaborate with Museum colleagues to plan for broader usage, such as blog and social media posts, links to current exhibitions or galleries, and related public and member programs. Serving also as Digital Content Editor, the Editor will report to the Chief Marketing and Communications Officer (CMCO) and serve as an important liaison between departments in the Penn Museum and the Digital Media Center to edit content and update images primarily for the website and other digital communication needs such as email.

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