Assistant Director, Virtual Programs

Assistant Director, Virtual Programs

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Posted Job Title
Assistant Director, Virtual Programs

Job Profile Title
Associate Director B

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.

Job Description

The Penn Museum is looking for an Assistant Director, Virtual Programs (ADVP) to lead the Museum's robust virtual programs for K12 students and adults. This position works closely with other members of Learning and Community Engagement to deliver K-12 interactive virtual learning, Group Sales virtual learning, and Community Engagement programs with virtual components, enabling the Museum to have expansive reach to visitors beyond those that can visit the Museum in-person. Reporting to the Director of Learning and Community Engagement, the ADVP stays up to date on innovations, trends, software, and hardware for educational technology and virtual programs. The ADVP trains staff to facilitate virtual programs, maintains information about how to operate the software and equipment, and oversees ongoing maintenance or replacement. The ADVP markets all virtual programs to current and new audiences through close collaboration with the Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration (CILC) and through ISTE and other online promotional mechanisms. They create regular promotions through CILC, maintain the Penn Museum's featured page with listings for K12, Group Sales, Community Engagement offerings. They communicate with CILC leadership to tie into larger initiatives to serve virtual and online communities. The ADVP works primarily with the Department's array of K-12 Interactive Virtual Learning (IVL) programs. Working with the School Visit Coordinator, they closely track and report on attendance and revenue figures using the Museum's booking system, the campus budgeting system, and departmental dashboards. They work closely with the Director of Learning and Community Engagement along with other related Learning and Community Engagement staff to plan digital initiatives.

Working with the School Visit Coordinator for bookings, they help to package programs, update the IVL web and marketing material, and lead technology checks. The ADVP is the lead educator for paid K-12 IVL programs and provides additional support for some grant-sponsored programs. They create and refine asynchronous and synchronous material to support Departmental initiatives, in consultation with the Associate Director of Interpretive Programs. Working with School Visit Manager and Global Education Manager, they organize virtual teacher professional developments. In collaboration with the Global Education Manager, the ADVP helps to train International Classroom educators for IVL programs. This person provides technical support/training for internal and external educators. As demand for these programs grows, the ADVP will oversee dedicated staff to support IVL teaching as the bookings require. As part of the overall Learning and Community Engagement Team, the ADVP assists with planning and technical support for Community Engagement Programs and Group Sales virtual programs. The ADVP moderates these programs as needed and helps to plan and troubleshoot, particularly for programs with large audiences of over 50 people. As part of the Department team, the ADVP may occasionally assist in the onsite instruction of K-12 and family education programs including classroom workshops and gallery activities.

Qualifications: Candidates for the Assistant Director, Virtual Programs should have a BA/BS in education, museum education, museum studies, history, archeology, anthropology, or related field. Master's degree preferred or three to five years of teaching experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Applicants must have previous online teaching experience using at least one platform. They must have documented experience in teaching K12 students and have outstanding presentation skills. They must be committed to working with diverse audiences, K12 students and teachers, and students with special needs. Be organized, detail-oriented, and have excellent communication (both verbal and written) and interpersonal skills are necessary, as the ADVP regularly interfaces with the public and Museum staff/faculty. Finally, demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite - Excel, Word, Outlook are necessary. Some evening and weekend work may occasionally be required. Ability to lift up to 25 lbs.

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.

Pay Range is commensurate with education and experience.

Job Location - City, State
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School
University Museum

Pay Range
$43,919.00 - $66,183.00

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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