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Created: October 19, 2015


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.


Working under the supervision of the Curator, the Assistant Archivist will implement processing plans for several large complex collections of 20th century architecture, including arrangement, description and preservation, in addition to online cataloguing using MARC and EAD formats. The position is part of a departmental team that responds to reference inquires and publication requests; works with patrons in the reading room; and assists in object loan requests. The position also facilitates the use of the archives facility for research, classes, tours and other events.

Position is contingent on continued funding.


Applicants are required to have a B.A. degree from an accredited institution with 2 to 3 years of experience working with archival collections including arrangement, description and preservation. Excellent computer skills, including experience with current electronic technology and database management concepts and web sites. Knowledge of research procedures using primary resources. Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills and the ability to work independently with minimum supervision. Ability to move 50 lbs., climb ladders, and reach overhead.

Preferred candidates will have formal archival education (M.L.S.) or equivalent with a demonstrated knowledge of current standards of archival, cataloguing, and preservation practice. Knowledge of architecture/landscape architecture or architectural history.


Published: Monday, October 19, 2015 18:02 UTC

Last updated: Tuesday, February 28, 2017 23:41 UTC