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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.
Museum Educator (Part-Time)
Position Description
Unpacking the Past (UtP) is a free multi-point program offered to 6th and 7th grade classes in Philadelphia Title I schools. The program includes an in-class lesson, a field trip with paid bus, and extension lessons - all designed to explore what connects humans across time, place, and culture. The Part-time Museum Educator (PTME) works four days per week for 6-7 hours per day (an average of 25 hours per week). During the school year, The PTME will spend most days teaching classes who are participating in the UtP program – either in classrooms across the city or at the Penn Museum. All lessons are designed to relate to school curriculum on ancient cultures and to show connections between the ancient and modern world. The PTME may assist with ongoing UtP program design, including program evaluation and content research.
Major Gift Coordinator
Position Description
Reporting to the Director of Major Gifts, the Major Gifts Coordinator will manage prospect tracking systems and work with the Museum Major Gifts team and DAR colleagues to identify new prospects for support, developing strategies and systems to build an effective pipeline of diverse and/or potential high-level donors to the Museum. The Coordinator will advance and support the work of the Major Gifts team and Museum Director in every stage of the donor cycle, from identification and qualification through cultivation events, individual major gift solicitations and follow up, to donor stewardship touchpoints.
Group Sales Coordinator
Position Description
You are invited to be part of a dynamic team laying the groundwork to sustain and strengthen this international museum within the regional public and tourism audiences. The Group Sales Coordinator, along with the Group Sales Manager, actively solicits and sells group visits and helps to coordinate the daily operations of the Group Sales program at the Penn Museum. They perform a range of duties including generating leads, selling group visits, processing and servicing all requests for groups, handling all group customer inquiries, and producing status reports. The core focus of this position is the management of the Group Sales database and working with the Group Sales Manager to meet and exceed related revenue and attendance goals for the Penn Museum.
Project Mountmaker
Position Description
Under the supervision of the Special Projects Manager, the Project Mountmaker is responsible for the design, documentation, fabrication and installation of display mounts for the Ancient Egypt and Nubia Galleries. A key member of Ancient Egypt and Nubia Gallery team, the person in this position collaborates regularly with conservators, designers, engineers, curators, and other members of the project team, as well as works closely with the Lead Mountmaker. The Project Mountmaker closely follows Penn Museum conservation standards for design and build, and seeks design approval from assigned conservators, curators, registrars, engineers, and designers for all object mounts. The position will share time between the museum and the Conservation Lab Annex in central New Jersey. The project mountmaker works with a variety of materials, specifically steel and brass, using hand tools and standard stationary shop equipment in order to safely stabilize and display monumental Egyptian artifacts from the museum’s collection. The person in this position must have experience working with a wide range of objects and artifacts similar to those in the Museum’s collections and be familiar with the highest standards of object handling and exhibition creation. In addition to the creation of object mounts, the person in this position will work with the Conservation Department and other designated individuals to install and deinstall material for the Ancient Egypt and Nubia Galleries. This is a three-year term position, with renewal subject to funding and project needs.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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