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.
Reporting to the Chief Operating Officer, the Chief Building Engineer at the Penn Museum will be responsible for the management of design, engineering, construction and other professionals employed in the planning, design and construction of capital projects. The Museum is about to embark upon a multi-year renovation project, which includes a significant amount of building systems work, and the Building Engineer will coordinate and monitor the work of outside contractors and service providers for the capital project work being done in the building. This person also has the primary responsibility for ensuring the building’s systems are maintained in proper working condition, monitoring and supervising the systems’ operations of the building, establishing and maintaining standard procedures for the operation and maintenance of building infrastructure, including: building controls, air handlers, steam and chilled water piping, primary electrical, plumbing, mechanical and fire protection systems. The Chief Building Engineer will supervise and work closely with the Director of Building Operations and the Building Operations team in order to provide a high level of service and comfort to the Museum staff and visitors. The Chief Building Engineer will also work closely with other departments to ensure that project updates and the effects on public spaces are effectively communicated to Museum staff and visitors. This is a five-year, term-funded position, with renewal subject to available funding.
Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering required, Master’s degree preferred, plus a minimum 5-7 years progressively responsible experience as a building engineer and as a supervisor of building operations staff, or equivalent combination of education and experience. Experience in operating, maintaining and repairing all types of HVAC systems in a building with critical environments. Experience as a project manager for engineering design and HVAC/electrical work. Excellent communication and customer service skills. Technical training and experience in maintaining, repairing, and troubleshooting complex electrical, HVAC and life safety equipment. Experience in development and implementation of preventative maintenance plans for a complex environment.
Posted January 18, 2017
The Project Conservator is responsible for carrying out conservation treatment of an Egyptian painted limestone Old Kingdom mortuary chapel in preparation for its reinstallation in spaces being renovated. The primary duties include researching appropriate treatment techniques and materials, providing a treatment proposal; carrying out necessary treatment; supervising interns assisting with the treatment; keeping written, photographic, and electronic records of work; and keeping current with developments in the field through readings, conferences, online discussions, and personal contacts. The work is to be carried out in an enclosed space within an open gallery, so the Project Conservator will be on public view during Museum open hours and may be required to interact with the public at specific times. The Project Conservator will also share in the regular duties of the Department. This is a one-year term position.
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. Sound work habits, personal initiative, and organizational skills, excellent written and verbal communication skills, along with the ability to undertake moderate to heavy lifting are essential. Experience with working on elevated work platforms desirable. Candidate will uphold collegial and collaborative working relationships with conservation staff and other departments. This is a one-year term position.
Posted December 2, 2016
Under supervision of the Lead Mountmaker and reporting to the Chief Preparator, the Mountmaker is responsible for the design, fabrication, documentation, and installation of seismically stable custom artifact mounts for the Penn Museum’s dieverse archaeological and anthropological collections. The Mountmaker works collaboratively with designers, preparators, conservators, collections keepers, and curators. Mounts are constructed from a variety of media including metals, wood, and acrylics. Prior use of a wide variety of power tools, soldering and brazing torches, GTAW welding equipment, machining tools, and hand tools is essential. This a one year-term position, with renewal subject to available funding.
Technical School, Certification, training or apprenticeship required beyond High School and 2 years to 3 years of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience is required. Proven experience in handling three-dimensional objects and antiquities is also required. Taking initiative and having the ability to work both independently and within a team environment is important. The ability to solve unique problems in the preparation of object mounts and in the installation of gallery elements. Good communication skills are essential. Ability to read blueprints and specifications, use tools requiring high dexterity and accuracy are necessary. Ability to lift 25 to 50 lbs. and to climb ladders required. Ability to work with tools, lumber, adhesives, paint and materials. Knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel are crucial, with experience in working with CAD programs a plus.
Posted November 16, 2016
The Visitor Services Representative will work part-time at the Museum’s admissions 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.
Candidates must posses 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, and evening and weekend work may be required.
Posted October 26, 2016
Reporting dually to the Director of Exhibitions and Public Programs and the Executive Director of Galleries, the Project Manager for Exhibitions and Galleries will be responsible for the overall coordination, implementation, execution, control and completion of exhibition and gallery projects, ensuring consistency with the strategic goals of Penn Museum. The Project Manager for Exhibitions and Galleries will define project details with the Director of Exhibitions and Public Programs and the Executive Director of Galleries to manage exhibition projects from implementation to installation on time and on budget, including vendor contract management and contractor supervision. This includes the day-to-day management of project and scope including core team members, third-party contractors or consultants, schedules and budgets. This position will create and execute project work plans as appropriate to meet changing needs and requirements, and will ensure project documents are organized, complete, current and catalogued appropriately upon completion. This is a one-year term position, with renewal subject to available funding.
Bachelor’s degree with minimum of three to five years related experience or equivalent combination of education and experience; experience working in the direct project management of museum and/or commercial exhibitions, with previous supervisory experience is required. Strong accounting, budget management, interpersonal and written communication skills are necessary. Applicant must be skilled in the organizational steps for production including the ability to accurately estimate materials and labor hours for a project. A strong knowledge of fabrication and graphic production techniques, with some knowledge of specific materials, casting and mechanical production techniques is needed. Ability to lead and work in and with groups, to manage multiple project timelines and budgets is also required. Knowledge of CAD programs (Vectorworks in particular) and the Microsoft Suite of software is needed, while an understanding of the Adobe Suites, Filemaker, and FastTrack Scheduling or similar software is helpful, but not required.
Posted August 17, 2016