Jobs and Opportunities

Environmental Design Manager

The Environmental Design Manager is responsible for establishing and implementing the overall environment for temporary exhibitions and displays for the Museum, including all 2D and 3D including concept sketches, color renderings, final digital renderings, construction documentation, graphic design, lighting design, and multimedia direction. This position, along with the Art Director for Marketing, will manage the Graphic Designer, in a dual reporting system. The Environmental Design Manager will create and maintain schedules for the design phases of exhibition planning, create agendas for and runs all design meetings for exhibitions. This position will establish and maintain relationships with outside vendors and independent contractors, liaise with collections managers, curators, content experts, preparators, conservators, registrars, and other stakeholders to ensure clear communications throughout the process. This position, along with the Interpretive Planner, will establish and maintain the budgets for exhibition projects, and will be required to mentor undergraduate and graduate students on a regular basis. This is a one-year term position, with renewal subject to funding and departmental needs.

Qualifications Bachelors Degree in Exhibition, Theatrical, Industrial, or other fine arts field, Masters preferred, and 3-5 years related experience or equivalent combination of education and experience; experience creating museum exhibitions is required. Experience in working with material culture and objects is preferred. Demonstrated ability to design two and three dimensional exhibition elements is essential, as is the ability to work in highly collaborative, team-based situations. Proven clear communication efficiencies is required. Ability to work in multiple platforms, including Vectorworks, Sketch Up, Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Filemaker Pro, and collections database software, as well as project management software such as Box, Basekamp, and Fast Track scheduling is required. A working knowledge of materials and production methods used to create environments is needed. Strong copy editing skills, and experience working with students are a plus.

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 16, 2014

Visitor Services Representative

The Penn Museum Visitor Services Representative will work part-time with both the Museum’s Learning Programs and Visitor Services Departments to facilitate the visits and experiences of visiting K-12 groups and the general public. The Visitor Services Representative will see that all Museum visitors experience high levels of customer service and encounter a welcoming and helpful atmosphere. The individual will be responsible for working with K-12 groups, greeting them, organizing their visits, and conducting phone outreach to these groups. They will also act as a ‘concierge’ to these groups and the general public, 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. This is a position that is funded by gift funding, and as such will be a one-year term position, with renewal subject to continued funding as well as employee performance.

Qualifications Candidates must possess a high school diploma. Prior customer service skills in a cultural environment are desired but not required. Very strong interpersonal skills and oral communication skills are essential. The ability to provide exceptional customer service is critical to the position. This person must be able to work flexible schedules, as evening and weekend work may 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 November 22, 2014

Associate Director, Membership and Annual Fund

Associate Director, Membership and Annual Fund manages and fosters continued growth of the Museum’s membership and annual giving program, generating a significant portion of the Museum’s annual operating revenue (just under $800,000 in FY15). The Associate Director, Membership and Annual Fund, reports to the Director of Development; coordinates with the Directors of Visitor Services and Marketing & Communications on special membership promotions and desk staff training; supervises and trains the Membership & Annual Giving Assistant and work-study students; and manages volunteer co-chairs of the Loren Eiseley Society (leadership annual giving). The Associate Director is responsible for overseeing and managing all aspects of the Museum’s Membership and Annual Fund programs for unrestricted support, including member and donor cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship activities; she/he is also responsible for the successful management of the Membership Office’s budget and Altru database, and the production of regular donor and financial reports for all unrestricted gifts.

Qualifications Bachelor’s Degree and three to five years in a fundraising setting required or equivalent combination of education and experience. Must have the ability to understand, appreciate, and articulate the Penn Museum’s mission and strategy. Experience in a membership office in a cultural institution preferred. Experience including supervising staff, and ability to establish objectives, set performance standards, and organize a successful approach to achieving fundraising results; demonstrated ability to work with significant autonomy, and collaboratively, as part of a goal-oriented team essential; excellent organizational, interpersonal, and 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 two recent writing samples to include one direct mail solicitation piece and one marketing piece.

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 February 28, 2015

For undergraduate and graduate students, and recent graduates interested in the Summer Internship Program, please visit our Internship page.

The University of Pennsylvania is an affirmative action / equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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