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At the Penn Museum, we are passionate about transforming understanding of the human experience.

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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.

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.

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.

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Open Positions

Executive Office Coordinator

The Executive Office Coordinator will play a key role in creating a welcoming and inclusive environment for Penn Museum staff and exterior audiences. The coordinator will provide essential administrative support to the Museum’s Chief Diversity Officer (CDO) and Chief Operating Officer (COO) and work on tasks such as onboarding of new staff, making space reservations for Penn Museum staff and Penn faculty, and supporting several volunteer staff committees.

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Grants and Financial Coordinator

The Grants and Financial Coordinator provides general support for research initiatives throughout the Museum (including managing the Museum's sponsored research funds), as well as provides financial and administrative support to ensure efficient and timely daily operations. Manages monthly and quarterly financial reporting for departments, and ensures accurate and timely deposits.

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Lead Fabricator

Under the supervision of the Head of Production, the Preparator and Lead Fabricator is responsible for overseeing the production of all exhibit elements that are produced in-house including walls, partitions, casework, furniture, interactive cabinetry and all non-mount case internals. This person will collaborate regularly with Conservators and the exhibits core team to determine the proper engineering approach for built elements, ensuring that a stable and safe environment is being created for both the visitor and the objects on display. The lead fabricator will also supervise, maintain and organize the Museum’s woodshop. They will assist with object and exhibition installs and deinstalls and gallery maintenance as needed. This person will also manage additional fabrication personnel including freelance contractors, temporary employees and outside vendors as needed. This is a two-year term position, with renewal subject to funding and departmental needs.

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The Penn Museum offers several co-curricular opportunities for teens, undergraduates, and graduate students to enhance learning in Penn Museum galleries, laboratories, and study rooms

Opportunities for Teens
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Opportunities for Graduate Students