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.
Working under the Interpretive Planning Manager, the Interpretive Planner researches, develops the content and 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 Project Manager 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. This is a two-year, term funded position with renewal subject to available funding and Museum needs.
Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in Art History, Archaeology, Anthropology, Museum Studies, Creative Writing, or related field required, Masters preferred, with 3-5 years experience or equivalent combination of education and experience required. Experience in research tactics and demonstrated experience in developing content and excellence in writing exhibition text, in a wide array of voices, for a wide range of audiences is essential. An understanding of informal learning strategies is helpful. Familiarity with cutting-edge interpretive and interactive approaches to museum exhibition practice is necessary. Understanding of the special needs associated with displaying museum objects. Ability to work collaboratively is essential. Ability to use the Microsoft Suites is essential, and working knowledge of Adobe Suites, Filemaker Pro, and collections database software is helpful. Knowledge of Vectorworks, Sketch Up or similar CAD program is helpful, but not required.
Posted August 21, 2018