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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.

Collaborative Programs Manager

Under the supervision of the Assistant Director of Public Programs, the Collaborative Programs Manager leads the development and facilitation of public programs created in collaboration with University and Philadelphia-area communities. The position works closely with internal and external stakeholders to lead programmatic efforts to engage with the Museum’s target public audiences. The Collaborative Programs Manager works strategically with the Assistant Director for Public Programs to identify and maintain relationships with community partners to present a wide array of programs including lectures, panel discussions, performances, festivals, workshops, adult classes, and film screenings, among others. The position is responsible select administrative oversight for the department, and for full planning oversight of collaborative programs including scheduling, budgeting, travel logistics, event registration, payments and supervising event-specific part-time staff, volunteers, and students.

Qualifications: H.S. Degree or equivalent required, Bachelor’s degree in museum studies, theater, or related field preferred or equivalent combination of education and experience. Experience working with diverse communities, including university communities with a demonstrated success developing and facilitating public events or programs required. Excellent communication skills and understanding of collaborative team-building is required. Ability to work independently to build teams as well as guide cross-cultural exchange is essential. Excellent organizational and communication skills, attention to detail, and ability to manage multiple competing priorities is essential. Must be able to work both collaboratively across departments as well as independently to achieve programmatic benchmarks. Comfort with exploring new models of engagement, new technologies and unique programming models. Ability to use the Microsoft Suites is essential, and working knowledge of Adobe Suites, Filemaker Pro, and collections database software is helpful. Knowledge of Vectorworks, Sketch Up or similar CAD program is helpful, but not required.

Posted June 5, 2019

Teaching Specialist in Digital Archaeology for the Center for Analysis of Archaeological Materials (CAAM)

The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (Penn Museum) and the School of Arts and Sciences are seeking a Teaching Specialist in Digital Archaeology for the Center for Analysis of Archaeological Materials (CAAM). CAAM is a joint endeavor of the Penn Museum and Penn’s School of Arts and Sciences and conducts teaching and mentoring of students in archaeological science at both undergraduate and graduate levels. CAAM combines archaeobotany, archaeometallurgy, archaeozoology, ceramics, conservation, digital archaeology, human skeletal analysis and lithics in a highly collaborative interdisciplinary program which ranges from introductory courses to independent student research. The Digital Archaeologist will also be able to take advantage of the burgeoning Digital Humanities activity at Penn, including the Price Lab for Digital Humanities.

The appointment is at the rank of Lecturer A in the School of Arts and Sciences, and will be made in one of the CAAM stakeholder departments according to the appointee’s area of expertise. Teaching Specialists also report to the CAAM Director with oversight from the CAAM Faculty Steering Committee. The Teaching Specialist will teach or co-teach one course per semester; train and supervise students in their respective technical area; support Penn Museum archaeological projects; publish and/or assist in publication of relevant research; and monitor and maintain their respective lab equipment.

Qualifications: Minimum: MA/MS, with a PhD highly preferred, in archaeology or a related field plus 3-5 years of archaeological field work or equivalent combination of education and experience; broad knowledge of archaeological material culture and a record of involvement in digital approaches to archaeology; teaching and mentoring experience. Knowledge of a wide variety of digital tools and technologies for the collection, analysis, visualization, and dissemination of archaeological data is required including spatial mapping, linked data, 3D and augmented reality, and other digital applications. Organizational skills and attention to detail, multi-tasking and collaborative abilities. Ability to travel as may be required.

Candidates should apply online at Applicants should include a CV, cover letter, and contact information for three individuals who will provide recommendation letters. Recommenders will be contacted by the University with instructions on how to submit a letter of recommendation to the website. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

The Penn Museum and the School of Arts and Sciences are strongly committed to Penn’s Action Plan for Faculty Diversity and Excellence and to creating a diverse faculty (Click here for more information). The University of Pennsylvania is an EOE. Minorities/Women/Individuals with disabilities/Protected Veterans are encouraged to apply.

Posted February 1, 2019

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