Curator, Civic Engagement

Pennsylvania, United States
05 Jan 2021
End of advertisement period
05 Mar 2021
Contract Type
Full 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.

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.

Job Description Summary

The Curator, Civic Engagement will lead Penn Libraries’ initiative to help preserve and provide access to the diverse social and cultural record of contemporary Philadelphia, with particular focus on material that is hidden and/or at risk of permanent loss.

Job Description

The incumbent will help to sustain strategic partnerships with external stakeholders, such as members of Philadelphia Area Consortium of Special Collections Libraries (PACSCL), while identifying and developing new strategic partnerships that advance the position’s goals. The Curator will be a campus ambassador for these initiatives and serve as a fellow of Civic House, Penn's hub for civic engagement, centering community organizations and social justice education, promoting mutually beneficial collaborations between Penn and Philadelphia community nonprofit organizations. In doing so, he or she will help to re-define special collections at Penn Libraries while serving as a bulwark to and world leader in the rapidly developing post-custodial (where Penn is not the owner) collection building movement.


  • Familiarity with best and evolving practices in special collections development, including both traditional and post-custodial approaches.
  • Working knowledge of the issues and best practices relating to the preservation of contemporary media formats, including analog audio-visual and born-digital.
  • Experience teaching , supervising and/or collaborating with undergraduates and other student populations.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the importance of diversity, equity and inclusion within the workplace and in all interactions with all constituents and stakeholders
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, ability to deliver effective presentations to diverse audiences, and build internal and external relationships
  • Master’s degree in History, Urban Studies, Sociology, Anthropology or related field is required. Ph.D. preferred.
  • Master’s degree in Library and/or Archival Information Science or 3 years working experience in a library or archives setting.
  • Professional working proficiency in at least one foreign language, preferably one spoken by communities in Philadelphia (e.g., Spanish, Chinese)

In addition to the education experience above, the following skills and experience apply:

  • Experience working with and instructing students in an urban University setting
  • Strong program coordination and organization skills, including flexibility, professionalism, and creativity
  • Strong writing, organizational and interpersonal skills, including group facilitation skills
  • Ability to thrive in a highly collaborative, cross-functional team environment, where flexibility, creativity, and resourcefulness are required for success;

*** REQUIRED*** Please submit a resume and cover letter as one attachment when applying.

Job Location - City, State
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School
University Library

Pay Range
$50,684.00 - $91,232.00

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.

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