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Founded in 1887, the Penn Museum has always been one of the world’s great archaeology and anthropology research museums, and the largest university museum in the United States. With roughly one million objects in our care, the Penn Museum encapsulates and illustrates the human story: who we are and where we came from. As a dynamic research institution with many ongoing research projects, the Museum is a vibrant and engaging place of continual discovery, with the mandate of research, teaching, collections stewardship, and public engagement—the four “pillars” of what we do.

Development & Operations Coordinator

Reporting to the Director of Development and the Chief Operating Officer, the Development and Operations Coordinator fulfills a critical role at the Penn Museum, maintaining and disseminating information on a Museum-wide calendar including internal and external events, meetings, and work scheduled; ensuring high-level execution of internal and external group meetings coordinated by the Director of Development and the Chief Operating Officer, including those of highest leadership volunteers; running monthly gift reports, and coordinating between the Development and Business Offices on gift fund administration. Duties include coordination and dissemination of several Museum calendars; logistical and note-taking support for all Development-supported volunteer groups as well as the COO’s Penn and Museum meetings, and calendar and administrative support to the Director of Development and Chief Operating Officer.


High school education and three to five years in an administrative setting, or equivalent combination of education and experience, required; BA/BS and experience in a cultural institution preferred. Ability to establish objectives, set performance standards, and organize a successful approach to achieving results; demonstrated ability to work with significant autonomy, and collaboratively, as part of a goal-oriented team; excellent organizational, interpersonal, and impeccable communication skills, both oral and written. Strong computer literacy including mail merge, spreadsheet management, and high proficiency in database entry and reporting required; knowledge of Blackbaud’s web-based Altru software a major advantage; in the absence of Altru knowledge, experience with Blackbaud’s Raiser’s Edge strongly desired. Occasional evening and weekend work, travel and valid driver’s license required. Please submit resume, cover letter, and a recent writing sample.

Applicants must apply through the Jobs@Penn website. The job posting can be found here. No phone calls will be accepted for the position.

Posted June 2, 2016

Anthropology Department and University Museum Endowed Professorship in Anthropology

The University of Pennsylvania Department of Anthropology and the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology seek to hire a leading archaeologist at the Associate or Full Professor level to fill the Sally and Alvin V. Shoemaker Endowed Professorship in Anthropology. We are looking for candidates with outstanding research and publication records who can bring innovative ideas, techniques, and new kinds of data to broad questions of current anthropological significance. This will be a dual appointment in the Department and the Museum. For the Department, the successful candidate will teach two classes per year ranging from scientific research methodology to the department’s core archaeological curriculum, including undergraduate courses and seminars on theory and her/his regional/temporal specialty. Within the Museum, he or she will hold a curatorial position, and be expected to provide leadership in discussions of collections-based research. The ideal candidate would also be able to contribute to the Museum’s new laboratory-based Center for the Analysis of Archaeological Materials (CAAM) in both teaching and research.


Temporal focus and geographical area are open, although some preference will be given to candidates with research interests in Africa, Oceania, South Asia or the Maya World. An on-going field and/or laboratory project is essential and researchers who have made major contributions to archaeological science should emphasize this in their applications. The ability to collaborate with archaeological programs in other departments is also desirable.

Interested candidates should submit a letter of application and CV here. Review of applications will begin November 12, 2015, and continue until the position is filled.

The Department of Anthropology and the University Museum are strongly committed to Penn’s Action Plan for Faculty Diversity and Excellence and to establishing a more diverse faculty (for more information see: The University of Pennsylvania is an EOE. Minorities/Women/Individuals with disabilities/Protected Veterans are encouraged to apply.

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