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 Digital Media Developer (DMD) works to produce and maintain digital content for the Museum’s website(s). The DMD will generate and edit webpages in our content management systems including coding HTML/CSS and the creation of images. The DMD will develop informational, promotional, and educational videos and interactive content for use on the Museum’s website and social media outlets. The DMD is responsible for maintaining and monitoring the Museum’s web style guide in conjunction with the Museum’s overall branding and art direction. The DMD performs their duties under direction of the Museum’s Web Developer.
A Bachelor’s Degree and related experience or equivalent combination of education and experience. Proven working knowledge of the Adobe Creative Suite and the creation and manipulation of images is necessary. A background in video production and editing in Final Cut Pro, Sony Vegas Pro or Adobe Premiere is essential. Experience in coding HTML/CSS by hand is preferred. Experience with major Content Management Systems like Joomla, Drupal, Wordpress recommended. Any web programming experience is helpful. Professional communication skills are necessary. An interest in archaeology, anthropology, and museums is helpful, as is an affinity for working in a non-profit environment. Time management, self-motivation, and multitasking are essential to the role that this position plays within the institution.
Posted November 25, 2015
The Visitor Services Representative will work part-time at the Museum’s admissions desks, processing admissions to the Museum, and will be responsible for ensuring that Museum guests have a comfortable and enjoyable experience during their visit. The Visitor Services Representative will see that all Museum visitors experience high levels of customer service and encounter a welcoming and helpful atmosphere. The Visitor Services Representative will act as a ‘concierge’, answering questions, using the ticketing system to process admission and membership sales, and will provide assistance to visitors as needed, and will recognize and anticipate their needs, wants and expectations.
Candidates must posses a high school diploma. Prior customer service skills in a cultural environment are desired but not required. Very strong interpersonal skills and oral communication skills are essential. The ability to provide exceptional customer service is critical to the position. This person must be able to work flexible schedules, and evening and weekend work may be required.
Posted October 27, 2015
Reporting to the Director of Learning Programs and working collaboratively with the Director of Visitor and Gallery Services and the Director of Marketing and Communications, the Group Sales Manager acts primarily as an agent to promote and book Penn Museum group tour programs for adults, seniors, college and K-12 students. Essential duties include: (1) promoting and scheduling all adult group visits including those with the Museum’s group programs and self-guided visits; (2) promoting the Museum’s group sale, non-Penn college groups and K-12 educational opportunities through printed, digital, and verbal communications; (3) maintaining the master group sales program calendar; (4) maintaining exceptional proficiency with the Altru reservation system for Group Sales purposes; and (5) greeting adult groups upon arrival, handling payment and coordinating the day’s logistics with presenters and the groups, and (6) other duties as assigned.
BA/BS required plus three to five years of experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Two years minimum working with and marketing to tour groups. Knowledge of Blackbaud’s Altru system a plus. Must be organized, detail-oriented, and have excellent customer service skills. Background in an educational or museum setting helpful. Excellent communication (both verbal and written) and interpersonal skills are required. Ability to work well under pressure, handle multiple tasks, and meet deadlines. Occasional weekend or evening work may be required based on tour schedules. Demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite – Excel, Word, Outlook.
Posted October 27, 2015
The University of Pennsylvania Department of Anthropology and the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology seek to hire a leading archaeologist at the Associate or Full Professor level to fill the Sally and Alvin V. Shoemaker Endowed Professorship in Anthropology. We are looking for candidates with outstanding research and publication records who can bring innovative ideas, techniques, and new kinds of data to broad questions of current anthropological significance. This will be a dual appointment in the Department and the Museum. For the Department, the successful candidate will teach two classes per year ranging from scientific research methodology to the department’s core archaeological curriculum, including undergraduate courses and seminars on theory and her/his regional/temporal specialty. Within the Museum, he or she will hold a curatorial position, and be expected to provide leadership in discussions of collections-based research. The ideal candidate would also be able to contribute to the Museum’s new laboratory-based Center for the Analysis of Archaeological Materials (CAAM) in both teaching and research.
Temporal focus and geographical area are open, although some preference will be given to candidates with research interests in Africa, Oceania, South Asia or the Maya World. An on-going field and/or laboratory project is essential and researchers who have made major contributions to archaeological science should emphasize this in their applications. The ability to collaborate with archaeological programs in other departments is also desirable.
Interested candidates should submit a letter of application and CV here. Review of applications will begin November 12, 2015, and continue until the position is filled.
The Department of Anthropology and the University Museum are strongly committed to Penn’s Action Plan for Faculty Diversity and Excellence and to establishing a more diverse faculty (for more information see: http://www.upenn.edu/almanac/volumes/v58/n02/diversityplan.html). The University of Pennsylvania is an EOE. Minorities/Women/Individuals with disabilities/Protected Veterans are encouraged to apply.