University of Pennsylvania PENN MUSEUM PR DIRECTOR in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Posting Details

Posting Details

Reference Number 26-29309


School Name University Museum

Org University Museum

Posted to the Web 07/04/2018

Posted Job/Salary Grade 027

Employment Type Exempt

Hours N/A

Position Type Full Time

Position Schedule 9-5; evenings & weekends as required

Months 12

Position Length Ongoing

Position End Date

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.

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.

School/Center Overview

Open to all, the Penn 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.


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.


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

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.

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