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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

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.
Family and Camp Program Coordinator
Position Description
Reporting to the Assistant Director, Family & Camp Programs, the Family and Camp Program Coordinator is responsible for the coordination and delivery of public-facing programs for children and adults at Penn Museum. As part of the Museum’s strategic direction, this person helps to deliver high-quality and data-driven programs that not only generate revenue but also fulfill the Museum’s mission to engage audiences with programming that has contemporary relevance and invites diverse perspectives. This role will perform a range of duties to support essential programs including, but not limited to, Summer Camp, Cartifacts, Scouts, Great Lectures, and Culturefest events.
Head of Preparations
Position Description
The Head of Preparations leads the Preparation Department, and is responsible for creating, scheduling, and managing the overall maintenance of the Museum’s signature galleries and temporary exhibitions, including creating and monitoring gallery maintenance schedules, budgets, and expense reports including fabrication, mountmaking, and multimedia costs. This position manages three positions: the Preparator, Lead Mountmaker, and Multimedia Technician. In addition to managing the upkeep of installed exhibitions and galleries, the Head of Preparations also manages the installation and de-installation of temporary exhibitions and displays, and schedules and staffs object removals for conservation and research purposes regularly. The position manages relationships and coordinates with internal stakeholders such as designers, planners, collections managers, conservators, registrars, security, facilities, and curators as well as outside vendors including contractors, design firms and other vendors for specific projects. The Head of Preparations is responsible for the fabrication of some exhibition furniture, including casework, architectural elements, exhibition props, and multimedia housing. The position is responsible for the purchase of materials for exhibition projects, and will regularly mentor undergraduate and graduate students through the exhibition process.
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.
Assistant Museum Collections (Lead Mountmaker)
Position Description

Under the supervision of the Head of Production, the Lead Mountmaker is responsible for the design, documentation, fabrication and installation of display and travel mounts for objects in the Penn Museum collection. A key member of core exhibition teams, the person in this position collaborates regularly with exhibition designers, curators, conservators, collections keepers, and other members of core exhibition teams, and collaborates with registrars for loans and traveling exhibitions to design and fabricate the mounts for loan objects. The Lead Mountmaker closely follows Penn Museum conservation standards for design and build, and seeks design approval from assigned conservators, curators, registrars, and designers for all object mounts. The position manages the mountmaking studio, maintains its inventory, and works with a variety of materials, including various metals, wood, and acrylic using hand tools and standard stationary shop equipment. The person in this position must have experience working with a wide range of objects and artifacts similar to those in the Museum’s diverse collections and be familiar with the highest standards of object handling and exhibition creation. The Lead Mountmaker manages mountmaking personnel including freelance contractors, temporary employees, and outside vendors as needed. In addition to the creation of object mounts, the person in this position works with the Preparation Department to install and deinstall exhibitions and objects for conservation and research purposes.

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