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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.

Open Positions

Director of Learning and Community Engagement
Position Description

Reporting to the Director of the Museum, the Director of Learning and Community Engagement (DLCE) to lead the Museum's externally facing programs, including those that focus on K-12 groups, adult groups, and community outreach programs, as well as engagement programs for the general public. The DLCE together with the LCE Department play a critical role in advancing the Museum’s diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives (DEI). The DLCE sits on the Museum's Executive Team and provides oversight for high-level Museum initiatives, particularly those pertaining to education, interpretation, and community outreach.

The LCE Department receives over one million dollars of gift and grant funding to support programs and initiatives and earns about $750K in revenue each year.

Payroll Coordinator
Position Description

Reporting to the Museum’s Business Administrator, the Office Administrative Assistant (OAA) in the Penn Museum’s Business Office will provide financial and administrative support to ensure efficient and timely daily operations. The person in this position will process monthly and weekly payroll, maintain salary spreadsheets and payroll files. The OAA will run monthly payroll reports to verify all faculty and staff were paid correctly, will process additional pay requests, complete onboarding for new employees. The OAA will also help to coordinate visa applications for foreign staff, coordinate job postings for staff positions in the Museum. The person in this role will also process financial award packets given to approximately 20 students per year, and will be responsible for payment of tuition, monthly stipend, health insurance, and discretionary funds, either in conjunction with multiple business administrators or directly in the grad funding system. The OAA will also assist with reconciliation of monthly financial reports, as well as sort mail, and maintain the mailroom and copier.

Associate Director, Membership and Annual Fund
Position Description

The Associate Director, Membership and Annual Fund, will manage and grow the Museum’s membership and annual giving program, setting strategic direction, managing budgets and monitoring progress against goals through monthly reporting, developing a fiscal year engagement calendar, and project managing all large-scale appeals and engagement communications. Growing unrestricted gift revenue is a key priority for the Penn Museum Development program; of paramount importance is ensuring that the membership program is welcoming and accessible to underrepresented communities.

Reporting to the Executive Director of Advancement, the Associate Director will work closely with the Directors of Marketing and Communications, Learning and Public Engagement, and Visitor Services, as well as with the Associate Director, Major Gifts. They will supervise the Membership and Gifts Coordinator and the Assistant Director, Special Events and Strategic Initiatives, and coordinate closely with the editor of the membership magazine around content, including joint approaches to authors for complementary program and article topics.

An immediate priority will be the oversight of migration of membership program data from the Museum’s Altru (Blackbaud) database to a Salesforce system managed by Penn’s Development and Alumni Relations department.

The Associate Director will be a confident, creative, and enthusiastic team player and a strategic thinker with a keen eye for detail.

Chief Diversity and People Officer
Position Description

The Chief Diversity and People Officer (CDPO) leads the development of a vision and effective strategy to create a culture for diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA), and the development and implementation of proactive initiatives that willunderpin every aspect of the Museum’s new strategic plan.

The CDPO is a senior-level management position reporting directly to the Williams Director and serving as a member of the Museum’s Executive Team. The CDPO champions the importance and value of adiverse and inclusive environment, working with the Penn Museum Diversity Committee, of which they will be the leading member, across institutional initiatives related to people and programs. The CDPO will collaborate with Museum stakeholders to assess potential barriers and develop strategies to recruit and retain a diverse workforce. The CDPO will also collaborate with Museum stakeholders to assess the need for, and recommend training initiatives on, cultural competency, gender differences, disability, sexual harassment, and other topics designed to increase awareness and support of equity and inclusion values, and maintaining compliance with University policy.

The CDPO will work closely with the Executive team, Penn’s central HR team, and all department leaders in the Museum to integrate DEIA into all people activities and programs. The CDPO will consult on the design, implementation, and facilitation of DEI education and training programs, talent acquisition initiatives, and performance assessment efforts that support professional development opportunities and reduce bias. The person in this role will challenge existing and planned programs and exhibitions to ensure an inclusive, equitable, and fully accessible employee and visitor experience.

Marketing and Communications Manager
Position Description

Reporting to the Director of Marketing and Communications, the Marketing and Communications Manager leads the project management of institutional campaigns and department initiatives driving inclusive audience engagement, revenue, and mission-based goals for the Penn Museum. The Manager is an important liaison fostering collaborative workflows across department stakeholders, organizational partners, agencies, and vendors to ensure project deliverables are met on time and on target. This involves streamlining operations across project management systems as well as content and data management for social media, ecommerce, and CRM (customer relationship management) platforms. Also responsible for the collation of department dashboards, including audience survey reports, this role combines high organizational skills and analytical thinking with a passion for expanding cultural access to all through DEIA-focused marketing and communications work for the Museum.

Visitor Services Supervisor (Part Time)
Position Description

The Visitor Services Supervisor will work part-time at the Museum’s admissions desks, ensuring that Museum guests have a comfortable and enjoyable experience during their visit through high levels of customer service and a welcoming and helpful atmosphere. The Visitor Services Supervisor will process admission and membership sales, will act as a “concierge” answering questions, and will not only provide additional assistance to visitors as needed, but will also recognize and anticipate their needs, wants and expectations.

This person will also assist the Director of Visitor Services and Visitor Services Manager with the supervision of the Museum admissions staff, assist with their training, evaluations and management of their performance, and assist with the preparation and creation of staff and attendance reports. The Visitor Services Supervisor will also act in a backup supervisory role in the supervisor’s absence.

Assistant Registrar
Position Description

The Assistant Registrar works under the supervision of the Senior Registrar and is responsible for a broad range of registration functions. The Assistant Registrar acts as Collections Liaison for galleries and exhibitions (maintenance of object lists, coordination of object access, movement of objects in the building and to/from off-site storage), coordinates access to Special Collections, carries out object processing related to new acquisitions (digital record creation, physical numbering, measuring, photography, packing & transit of objects), assists with loan processing (condition reporting, making courier arrangements, receiving or releasing shipments), assists with the Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Program, assists with Internal Object Requests, and provides collections-related support as necessary to other Registrars and collections staff.

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