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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.

Project Conservator

The Project Conservator is responsible for carrying out conservation work associated with the Middle Eastern Galleries project. The primary duties include providing a treatment proposal, environmental recommendations, and mount information for more than 1,000 objects; carrying out necessary treatments; keeping written, photographic, and electronic records of work; assisting with the supervision of interns working for the Middle East Galleries project; and keeping current with developments in the field through readings, conferences, online discussions, and personal contacts.


The candidate must be a graduate of a recognized Masters-level conservation training program with at least three years of professional experience after graduation, preferably in a similar institution or equivalent combination of education and experience; organizational skills, excellent written and verbal communication skills, along with the ability to undertake moderate to heavy lifting are essential.

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 July 15, 2016

Collections Assistant, Part Time

The Collections Assistant reports to the Museum’s Office of the Deputy Director, specifically to the Mellon Curricular Facilitator, and is responsible for supporting University use of the Museum’s collections. The position will regularly interact with Collections Staff (archivists, conservators, keepers, and registrars) and University faculty and students. Specific duties may include, but are not limited to: scheduling university class visits to study rooms and galleries, coordinating object movements between study rooms and storage with collections staff, and facilitating the use of collections during visits by students, faculty, and researchers. The position is expected to average 20 hours per week, but the schedule is flexible depending on departmental needs, and will include some evening hours.


BA/BS required, with an MA/MS in a field related to the Museum’s collections and/or an MA in Museum Studies (Collections Management) preferred, 0-1 year of experience required, or equivalent combination of education and work experience; broad knowledge of material culture, including archaeological and ethnographic materials required; experience in collections stewardship (handling, rehousing, cataloging, photography) preferred. Experience with collections management databases (e.g. KE Emu, TMS, PastPerfect) preferred. Strong organizational skills and attention to detail required. Ability to multi-task required. Art handling experience preferred. Ability to lift up to 50 lbs required.

To apply: Send resume and cover letter to Dr. Anne Tiballi, Curricular Facilitator, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. No phone calls will be accepted for the position. Application closing date is August 1, 2016.

Posted July 12, 2016

School Visit Coordinator

The Penn Museum’s Learning Programs Department has a long history of programs that serve K-12 schools and welcomes visits from around 45,000 K-12 school visitors annually. The department offers a wide variety of educational experiences, which range from tours, workshops, interactive talks, and more. Reporting to the Director of Learning Programs, the School Visit Coordinator primarily schedules K-12 visits to the Museum, as well as providing support to the Learning Programs Department and Director of Learning Programs. Key job functions include, but are not limited to: * Communicating with all K-12 groups and scheduling programs for their visits, while managing a part-time support staff member to assist with scheduling when necessary; * Acting as the departmental contact for the Altru database and maintaining exceptional proficiency with the system for reservations and reporting revenue and attendance; * Handling contracts, deposits, payments, refunds, as well as supply orders; * Scheduling Learning Programs staff to greet K-12 groups and teach workshops; * Providing general clerical and marketing assistance for the Department of Learning Programs, including maintaining the master program calendar, reviewing the Learning Programs web materials, assembling the Trip Planner brochure, creating e-blasts, and maintaining department files; * Providing administrative support to the Director of Learning Programs; and * When time permits, assisting with classroom and school preparation. Please note that this position does not involve teaching, though it includes assistance at registration and activity tables.


Candidates for the School Visit Coordinator should have a high School diploma (required), with a BA/BS preferred or two to three years of experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Knowledge of Blackbaud’s Altru system and MailChimp are particularly useful in this role. Coordinator applicants must be organized, detail-oriented, and have excellent customer service skills; a background in an educational or museum setting is helpful, as the person in this role must communicate with educators regularly about programs and galleries. Excellent communication (both verbal and written) and interpersonal skills are necessary, as the Coordinator regularly interfaces with the public and Museum staff/faculty. Also crucial to this role are the abilities to work well under pressure, handle multiple tasks, and meet deadlines. Finally, demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite – Excel, Word, Outlook are necessary. Some evening and weekend work may occasionally be required.

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 July 5, 2016

Payroll Coordinator

Reporting to the Museum’s Business Administrator, the Office Administrative Assistant (OAA) in the Penn Museum’s Business Office will provide financial and administrative support to ensure efficient and timely daily operations. The person in this position will process monthly and weekly payroll, maintain salary spreadsheets and payroll files. The OAA will run monthly payroll reports to verify all faculty and staff were paid correctly, will process additional pay requests, complete onboarding for new employees. The OAA will also help to coordinate visa applications for foreign staff, coordinate job postings for staff positions in the Museum. The person in this role will also process financial award packets given to approximately 20 students per year, and will be responsible for payment of tuition, monthly stipend, health insurance, and discretionary funds, either in conjunction with multiple business administrators or directly in the grad funding system. The OAA will also assist with reconciliation of monthly financial reports, as well as sort mail, and maintain the mail room and copier.


A High School Diploma or GED and 3 years to 5 years of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience is required. Associates or Bachelor’s degree strongly preferred. Strong computer skills required, specifically in MS Office programs Excel and Word; knowledge of BEN Financials is preferred. Must be detail-oriented and have ability to handle and maintain confidence of sensitive information. Must have excellent organizational skills to manage multiple responsibilities and work both independently and as part of a team. High ethical standards required.

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 26, 2016

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