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 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
The Project Conservator is responsible for carrying out conservation work associated with the African Gallery project, under the supervision of the Lead Exhibition Conservator. The primary duties include providing a treatment proposal, environmental recommendations, and mount information objects selected for exhibition; carrying out necessary treatments; keeping written, photographic, and electronic records of work; and keeping current with developments in the field through readings, conferences, online discussions, and personal contacts. This position is a term-funded position that is scheduled to end on September 30, 2019, with any renewal subject to funding and Museum needs.
Qualifications: The candidate must be a graduate of a recognized Masters-level conservation training program with at least three years of professional experience after graduation, preferably in a similar institution. Sound work habits, personal initiative, and organizational skills, excellent written and verbal communication skills, along with the ability to undertake moderate to heavy lifting are essential. Candidate will uphold collegial and collaborative working relationships with conservation staff and other departments.
Posted June 27, 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