Senior Museum Educator

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Senior Museum Educator

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Posted Job Title
Senior Museum Educator

Job Profile Title
Coordinator A

Job Description Summary
Open to all, the Museum is home to remarkable objects and powerful stories that emerge from its extraordinary expeditions across the world. Discover the cultures of Africa, Asia, the Americas, and the Mediterranean, from the very first cities of the Middle East to the kings of ancient Egypt; from prehistoric Mexico to the lives of Native American communities today. Experience the mystery of the ancient past, gain an understanding of our shared humanity, and find your own place in the arc of human history.

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 Senior Museum Educator will drive to schools across the city to teach existing lessons that introduce students to concepts related to ancient history and human connectedness. Other days, this person will work with students at the Penn Museum - facilitating existing gallery lessons/tours and hands-on classroom workshops. The Senior Museum Educator will help with ongoing UtP program design, including program evaluation and content research. In the summer (and to a lesser extent during the school year) the Senior Museum Educator will focus on supporting either teachers (through professional development and resource creation) or high school students (through coordinating internship and other program opportunities).

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 Senior 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.

Supervised by the Associate Director of School Programs, the Senior Museum Educator (SME) is part of the Unpacking the Past team, which includes two Senior Museum Educators and two Part-Time Museum Educators. During the school year, the SME works closely with the rest of the UtP team to facilitate in-class and in-Museum lessons that introduce students to concepts related to ancient history and connections to modern life. Whenever possible, educators will teach the same students in both settings (school and Museum). During the school year, the SME can expect to teach about 15-20 hours per week (3-4 hours per day, M-F). The rest of the day will be spent working on ongoing UtP program design, program evaluation, content research, and new lesson creation.

In the summer (and to a lesser extent during the school year) the SME will coordinate efforts to support either teachers (through professional development and resource creation) or high school students (through coordinating internship and other program opportunities).

We work with students who represent a diversity of ethnic backgrounds, 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. The Senior Museum Educator will join a dynamic teaching team that uses inclusive teaching methods such as inquiry-based, interdisciplinary, multi-modal, and anti-racist teaching strategies. Candidates should be committed to working with diverse communities and have demonstrated experience teaching children in a classroom, museum, or other informal learning environment. Candidates should also have a passion for learning about human history and for teaching children.


  • 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
  • 2-3 years experience teaching and/or programming, in-person and/or virtually, within PreK-12 classroom, or in museum or other informal learning environments
  • 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
  • Experience coordinating and managing events/projects

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.

Budgeted Pay Range:

$50K -- $52K 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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