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.
The Teen and Undergraduate Engagement Coordinator (TUEC) is part of the Penn Museum’s Academic Engagement and Learning Programs Departments. Through the new position of Teen and Undergraduate Engagement Coordinator, the Penn Museum will support extracurricular and career development of local high school students and Penn undergraduates. The skills necessary for this position overlap and compliment both audiences; the TUEC will provide continuity as teens move through high school graduation, college admission, early undergraduate, and launch into their professional lives. Through this role, the Penn Museum supports mentorship across different academic levels and aligns with Penn’s first-generation, low-income program initiatives by providing encouragement and pathways to future academic and museological careers. Academic Engagement is charged with promoting the use of the Penn Museum’s resources by the Penn community; through this, the TUEC facilitates and advertises extra-curricular student events and programs at the Museum, including workshops, tours, student openings, and performances; serves as the staff liaison to the Clio Society, the Museum’s undergraduate club; and is the primary contact for collaborative campus events, including the Festival for International Students, Quaker Days, Parents Weekend, and New Student Orientation. The TUEC will also be responsible for developing marketing materials for the campus community, as well as managing student outreach through social media and the Penn Museum website. The Learning Programs Department oversees education for K-12 students and partners with local schools and youth organizations to provide enriching experiences for school-aged learners. Many high school students are unable to visit the Museum due to scheduling restrictions for their schools, so the LP Department places its focus on internships and after-school time programs as a means of deepening engagement with this audience. The TUEC must possess sensitivity to the varying learning styles and needs of Philadelphia youth. The TUEC coordinates and recruits for Teen Ambassadors after-school program, in which local teenagers learn about museum content and practices, then are empowered to create programs for the public, including peers. This program occurs once a week over the school year. The TUEC recruits for and manages the Teen Summer Internship program and related teen volunteer projects. Summer Internships engage high school students in supporting the Museum while working under a mentoring supervisor; they also involve coordinating educational sessions for interns and staff supervisors. Internships are three weeks long, with two cohorts. In addition, the TUEC acts as a liaison between interested teen volunteers and Museum departments in need, and Penn student mentorship and content knowledge for the new Teen Science Cafe programs. The Teen and Undergraduate Engagement Coordinator is a one-year position, subject to renewal. This is a largely grant-funded role, with funding currently in place through June 30, 2019. The Museum is actively fundraising to provide support for the position beyond that date, so renewal is subject to funding.
Qualifications: Bachelor’s Degree and minimum of two years in special events, marketing, or student relations in a university or non-profit organization. Museum experience is particularly desired, although not necessary. Strong attention to detail, ability to manage multiple priorities, and effective time management are essential. Exceptional interpersonal, collaboration, and written and verbal communication skills; the ability to interact with teens, undergraduate, and graduate students as well as staff and faculty. Awareness and interest in applying approaches to working with youth and young adults including positive youth development and critical consciousness. Criminal background, Child Abuse Clearance and FBI fingerprinting required. Some weekend and evening work may be required. Graphic design and marketing skills are highly desirable, though not required
Posted July 31, 2018
China World Culture Educator for International Classroom
Do you have a passion for global education and ancient history? Do you love working with school-aged students? Are you interested in instructional approaches to facilitate cultural connections and critical thinking? Would you like to learn more about ancient China? If so, we hope you will apply to work as a part-time World Culture Educator for the Penn Museum’s International Classroom: Inquiry into China program.
With a remarkable collection of objects from around the world and a dedication to continuous research and fieldwork, the Penn Museum brings to life some of the greatest evidence of human civilizations and cultures. A part of the Museum’s Learning Programs Department, the International Classroom program provides opportunities for global learning by connecting K-12 school communities with educators from diverse cultural backgrounds. World Culture Educators help students learn from aneducator’s own personal heritage and experiences. Inquiry into China is an exciting new opportunity for the Museum to develop and extend learning for the fantastic China artifacts and history represented at the Museum. Educators will deliver China-themed educational programs at the Penn Museum and at area Title I schools.
International Classroom will hire two China World Culture Educators to teach these programs. The Educators will work between 10-15 hours per week, as the school scheduling allows (mostly Monday-Friday, between the hours of 8:00-1:00pm). These are 10-month positions, starting from September 2018 through June 2019, with possible renewal in July 2019.
- Learn background content on ancient Chinese civilization and Penn Museum’s China gallery objects
- Contribute to the design of educational workshops on Ancient Chinese civilization and culture
- Teach outreach lessons in schools throughout the city and surrounding communities (South NJ and Delaware)
- Facilitate workshops at the Museum to groups from local schools with diverse student populations
- Communicate with a wide variety of colleagues and partners, including the Project Manager, School Visit coordinators, school teachers, and fellow Museum educators
- Contribute to the program documentation, including archiving program photos and collecting teacher surveys and feedback
- Classroom teaching and/or workshop facilitation experience with diverse school-age learners
- Ability to manage students in a classroom setting and build rapport quickly with them
- Familiarity with Chinese history and culture
- Effective and thoughtful teamwork
- Clear written and oral communication skills
- Strong organizational capabilities, ability to be detail-orientated
- Basic technology skills including word processing and spreadsheets
- Bachelor’s Degree preferred
- Bilingual in Mandarin preferred
- Driver’s License and ability to drive throughout Philadelphia preferred
Posted July 24, 2018
The Public Relations Director at the Penn Museum plays a vital role within the Marketing and Communications team at the Penn Museum. Reporting to the Director of Marketing and Communications, the PR Director will lead media and promotionally-oriented community relations efforts at a very important time in the Museum’s history. The museum is currently in the midst of a $102 million Building Transformation campaign, during which a significant portion of the museum’s galleries and amenities will be renovated and reimagined, transforming the visitor experience. The incumbent will be responsible for pitching and securing coverage in local, regional, national, and international press as well as cultivating university and community relationships to facilitate positive awareness of and increased attendance to new and existing permanent galleries, special exhibitions, public programs, and more. This role requires exceptional written and verbal communications skills; strategic thinking skills with the ability to connect PR initiatives to marketing, communications, fundraising, and institutional objectives; ability to work with ease across multiple subject areas and to produce materials for diverse media; knowledge of crisis communication practices; experience leveraging PR efforts through social media platforms; being up to date on current media relations trends; ability to juggle multiple tasks and prioritize frequently; and a professional, diplomatic demeanor. Passion for and experience working in a museum, other cultural organization, and/or university is a plus.
Qualifications: A Bachelor’s Degree and 3-5 years of public relations experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience; Strong local and regional media relationships with a track record of placing major stories; Exceptional written and oral communication skills; Strategic thinking skills with the ability to connect PR initiatives to marketing, communications, fundraising, and institutional objectives; Ability to work with ease across multiple subject areas and to produce materials for diverse media; Knowledge of crisis communication practices; Experience leveraging PR efforts through social media platforms; Ability to juggle multiple tasks and prioritize frequently; Mastery of the Microsoft suite. Preferred Qualifications: Strong relationships with national and international media; Experience working in a museum, other cultural organization, or university; Personal interest in the subject matter covered at the Penn Museum.
Posted July 4, 2018
Part-time Instructor for Unpacking the Past
Do you have a passion for education and learning? Do you love working with middle school students? Are you a natural at engaging groups and getting kids to imagine and explore? If so, we hope you will apply to work as a Part-time Instructor in the Penn Museum’s Unpacking the Past program.
With a remarkable collection of objects from around the world and a dedication to continuous research and fieldwork, the Penn Museum brings to life some of the greatest evidence and mysteries of human existence. Housed in the Museum’s Learning Programs Department, Unpacking the Past provides free outreach and Museum-based lessons to middle school teachers and students from Philadelphia public schools. We use hands-on, multi-sensory, and object-based teaching techniques to bring school curriculum to life by helping students find connections between their lives and those of ancient people and challenging them to participate in the process of “unpacking” the past.
As a Part-time Instructor, you will be part of a team of five educators who travel to schools around the city and facilitate field trip programs at the Museum. To give you an idea of the scope of the program, we facilitated over 800 outreach lessons, museum workshops, and gallery tours, reaching over 6,000 students last school year alone. This is a year-round position and you can expect to teach about 15-20 hours per week whenever school is in session.
We work with students who represent a diversity of races, cultures, languages, learning styles, and abilities. Many of these students have never visited the Penn Museum before and we prioritize making them feel comfortable and welcome in this new setting. As part of the Unpacking the Past team, you will play a meaningful role in fulfilling our mission to make the Museum open and accessible to all.
- Work ~20 hours/week (mostly between hours of 9:00 AM and 1:00 PM
- Learn background content on ancient Egypt, ancient Rome, and Mesopotamia
- Facilitate a variety of museum workshops and gallery tours to middle school groups from Philadelphia schools
- Teach outreach lessons in schools throughout the city
- Communicate with a wide variety of partners, including teachers and fellow Museum educators
- Be a collaborative and participatory team member of the Learning Programs Department
- Teaching experience with diverse learners in classroom settings
- Ability to manage students in a classroom setting
- Bachelor’s Degree preferred
- Driver’s License and ability to drive throughout Philadelphia
- Real passion for learning new things
- Self-starter and on-your-feet thinker
- Ability to build rapport quickly with groups of students
- Supportive teammate, flexible
- Clear and effective written and oral communication skills
- Organized, responsible, punctual
- Bilingual a big plus!
Posted June 29, 2018