Jobs and Opportunities

Visitor Services Representative

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.

Qualifications 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.

Applicants must apply through the Jobs@Penn website. The job posting can be found here. No phone calls will be accepted for the position.

Posted March 31, 2015

Exhibition Designer

The Exhibition Designer is responsible for establishing and implementing the overall environment for temporary exhibitions and displays for the Museum, including all 3D concept sketches, color renderings, final digital renderings, construction documentation, lighting design, and multimedia direction.. The Exhibition Designer will create and maintain schedules for the design phases of exhibition planning, creates agendas for and runs all design meetings for exhibitions. This position will establish and maintain relationships with outside vendors and independent contractors, liaise with collections managers, curators, content experts, preparators, conservators, registrars, and other stakeholders to ensure clear communications throughout the process. This position, along with the Interpretive Planner, will establish and maintain the budgets for exhibition projects, and will be required to mentor undergraduate and graduate students on a regular basis.

Qualifications Bachelors Degree in Exhibition, Theatrical, Industrial, or other fine arts field, Masters preferred, and 3-5 years experience creating museum exhibitions is required. Experience in working with material culture and objects is preferred. Demonstrated ability to design two and three dimensional exhibition elements is essential, as is the ability to work in highly collaborative, team-based situations. Proven clear communication efficiencies is required. Ability to work in multiple platforms, including Vectorworks, Sketch Up, Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Filemaker Pro, and collections database software, as well as project management software such as Box, Basekamp, and Fast Track scheduling is required. A working knowledge of materials and production methods used to create environments is needed. Strong copy editing skills, and experience working with students are a plus.

Applicants must apply through the Jobs@Penn website. The job posting can be found here. No phone calls will be accepted for the position.

Posted April 30, 2015

Penn Museum Chinese Summer Program Manager

Reporting to the Director of Learning Programs, the Chinese Summer Program Manager acts as a liaison and project manager for the JESIE Chinese Summer Program, a pilot program of the Penn Museum that provides an overview of Museum Studies functions for 40 Chinese undergraduate students. Essential duties include, but are not limited to: (1) daily oversight of Chinese Summer Program functions during the span of the program from July 20 – August 14; (2) communications between presenting faculty and staff of the Museum, LPS, and key program overseers (Director of Learning Programs, Deputy Director; (3) scheduling and negotiations between outside museums and cultural institutions, such as the Van Pelt Library, ICA, Mutter Museum, Philadelphia Museum of Art, and more; (4) finalizing class information for the program and the logistics necessary for these classes, including technological needs, bussing/transportation, classroom set-up, handouts, grading, language concerns, group interactivity, and more; (5) overseeing a Chinese Program graduate intern; and (6) helping to plan the culminating program event. This temporary position is from June 1 - September 30, 2015, with varying hours throughout the time. The candidate must be able to accompany the students from 8:30 - 5:30, Monday through Friday, from July 20 - August 14, the span of the program. The Chinese Summer Program Manager’s schedule prior to and after the program is flexible but must include onsite office hours during business days/times.

Qualifications High School diploma required, BA/BS preferred plus two to three years of experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Knowledge of the Penn Museum and basic facets of Museum Studies education is highly desired. Must be organized, detail-oriented, and have excellent customer service skills. Background in an educational or museum setting helpful. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills are required. Ability to work well under pressure, public speaking skills useful. Computer literate with high proficiency in MS Office desired. Ability to speak Mandarin not necessary but desirable.

Applicants should send a cover letter, resume, and three professional references to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Posted May 18, 2015

For undergraduate and graduate students, and recent graduates interested in the Summer Internship Program, please visit our Internship page.

The University of Pennsylvania is an affirmative action / equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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