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Museum Educator (Part-time)

University of Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Nov 28, 2022

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Administrative, Academic Affairs, Other Academic Affairs
Employment Level
Employment Type
Part Time

Museum Educator (Part-time)

University Overview

The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn's distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning. As an employer Penn has been ranked nationally on many occasions with the most recent award from Forbes who named Penn one of America's Best Employers By State in 2021.

Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.

The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.

COVID-19 vaccination is a requirement for all positions at the University of Pennsylvania. New hires are expected to be fully vaccinated before beginning work at the University. For more information about Penn's vaccine requirements, visit the Penn COVID-19 Response website for the latest information.

Posted Job Title
Museum Educator (Part-time)

Job Profile Title
Coordinator A

Job Description Summary
Unpacking the Past (UtP) is a free multi-point program offered to 6th and 7th grade classes in Philadelphia Title I schools. The program includes an in-class lesson, a field trip with paid bus, and extension lessons - all designed to explore what connects humans across time, place, and culture. The Part-time Museum Educator (PTME) works four days per week for 6-7 hours per day (an average of 25 hours per week). During the school year, The PTME will spend most days teaching classes who are participating in the UtP program - either in classrooms across the city or at the Penn Museum. All lessons are designed to relate to school curriculum on ancient cultures and to show connections between the ancient and modern world. The PTME may assist with ongoing UtP program design, including program evaluation and content research.

In the summer months (June, July, August), the Part-time Museum Educator will support summer camp operations at the Museum. The Part-time Museum Educator will lead gallery lessons and workshops for Penn Museum Anthropology Camp, a day camp for children ages 6-13. The Part-Time Museum educator may assist with gallery lesson and workshop planning for summer camp. There may be an opportunity to shift working schedules in summer months.

Throughout the year, the Part-Time Museum Educator will assist with Family Programs at the museum as their schedule allows. These Family Programs may include Winter Break programming and other special week-day programming. Comp time will be awarded in these cases.

Job Description


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 Museum Educator in the Penn Museum's Unpacking the Past program. Unpacking the Past (UtP) is a free multi-point program offered to 6th and 7th grade classes in Philadelphia Title I schools. The program reaches approximately 6,000 students in about 100 schools and includes an in-class lesson, a field trip with paid bus, and extension lessons - all designed to explore what connects humans across time, place, and culture. Responsibilities include:

  • Work ~25 hours/week (mostly between hours of 8:30 AM and 3:00 PM, M-Th, or T-F)
  • Learn to teach existing lessons
  • Drive Museum vehicles to schools throughout the city to teach in-class lessons
  • Facilitate gallery tours and hands-on workshops at the Museum
  • Support program evaluation by administering and collecting surveys from participants
  • Assist with providing other programs for non-UtP K12 groups onsite, as needed
  • Support summer camp operations in June, July, and August. (lead gallery lessons and workshops for children ages 6-13)
  • Other duties, as assigned


Bachelor's degree in humanities, education, museum studies, cultural studies, or related field, or HS degree with demonstrated teaching experience working with middle school students. 1-2 years experience teaching and/or programming, in-person and/or virtually, within K-8 classroom, or in museum or other informal learning environments or equivalent combination of education and experience is required. Must be able to lift 25 lbs. to bring materials offsite to classrooms. Must be self-motivated, organized, and goal oriented. Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Must have valid Driver's license, and be willing to drive to offsite locations; car to be provided. Some weekend and holiday work are required. Ability to manage students in a classroom setting. Real passion for learning new things

  • Bilingual in Spanish, Mandarin, or Arabic a plus
  • Strong connections to diverse communities in Philadelphia a plus

Application Requirement:

A Cover Letter and Resume/CV are required to be considered for this position. Please upload your Cover Letter where it asks you to upload your Resume/CV; multiple documents are allowed.

Targeted Pay Range:

$20-23.00 per hour commensurate with education and experience.

Job Location - City, State
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School
University Museum

Pay Range
$37,221.00 - $56,087.66
Salary offers are made based on the candidate's qualifications, experience, skills, and education as they directly relate to the requirements of the position, as well as internal and market factors and grade profile.

Affirmative Action Statement
Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

Special Requirements
Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.

University Benefits
  • Health, Life, and Flexible Spending Accounts: Penn offers comprehensive medical, prescription, behavioral health, dental, vision, and life insurance benefits to protect you and your family's health and welfare. You can also use flexible spending accounts to pay for eligible health care and dependent care expenses with pre-tax dollars.
  • Tuition: Take advantage of Penn's exceptional tuition benefits. You, your spouse, and your dependent children can get tuition assistance here at Penn. Your dependent children are also eligible for tuition assistance at other institutions.
  • Retirement: Penn offers generous retirement plans to help you save for your future. Penn's Basic, Matching, and Supplemental retirement plans allow you to save for retirement on a pre-tax or Roth basis. Choose from a wide variety of investment options through TIAA and Vanguard.
  • Time Away from Work: Penn provides you with a substantial amount of time away from work during the course of the year. This allows you to relax, take vacations, attend to personal affairs, recover from illness or injury, spend time with family—whatever your personal needs may be.
  • Long-Term Care Insurance: In partnership with Genworth Financial, Penn offers faculty and staff (and your eligible family members) long-term care insurance to help you cover some of the costs of long-term care services received at home, in the community or in a nursing facility. If you apply when you're newly hired, you won't have to provide proof of good health or be subject to underwriting requirements. Eligible family members must always provide proof of good health and are subject to underwriting.
  • Wellness and Work-life Resources: Penn is committed to supporting our faculty and staff as they balance the competing demands of work and personal life. That's why we offer a wide variety of programs and resources to help you care for your health, your family, and your work-life balance.
  • Professional and Personal Development: Penn provides an array of resources to help you advance yourself personally and professionally.
  • University Resources: As a member of the Penn community, you have access to a wide range of University resources as well as cultural and recreational activities. Take advantage of the University's libraries and athletic facilities, or visit our arboretum and art galleries. There's always something going on at Penn, whether it's a new exhibit at the Penn Museum, the latest music or theater presentation at the Annenberg Center, or the Penn Relays at Franklin Field to name just a few examples. As a member of the Penn community, you're right in the middle of the excitement—and you and your family can enjoy many of these activities for free.
  • Discounts and Special Services: From arts and entertainment to transportation and mortgages, you'll find great deals for University faculty and staff. Not only do Penn arts and cultural centers and museums offer free and discounted admission and memberships to faculty and staff. You can also enjoy substantial savings on other goods and services such as new cars from Ford and General Motors, cellular phone service plans, movie tickets, and admission to theme parks.
  • Flexible Work Hours: Flexible work options offer creative approaches for completing work while promoting balance between work and personal commitments. These approaches involve use of non-traditional work hours, locations, and/or job structures.
  • Penn Home Ownership Services: Penn offers a forgivable loan for eligible employees interested in buying a home or currently residing in West Philadelphia, which can be used for closing costs or home improvements.
  • Adoption Assistance: Penn will reimburse eligible employees on qualified expenses in connection with the legal adoption of an eligible child, such as travel or court fees, for up to two adoptions in your household.

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