Penn-KIPP Director

Pennsylvania, United States
Apr 21, 2020
End of advertisement period
Jun 21, 2020
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 Profile Title

Associate Director C

Job Description Summary

The Director reports to the Associate Vice Provost for Equity and Access and is based in the Albert M. Greenfield Intercultural Center. The Director will coordinate the Penn-KIPP (Knowledge is Power Program) Partnership, an initiative designed to increase the college completion rates for underserved KIPP students nationwide. The Director is responsible for the design, coordination and implementation of programs and services to support the retention of 50 plus KIPP alumni annually. The Director will collaborate with the Associate Vice Provost, cultural center directors, advisers in all four undergraduate schools, and connect students to offices such as Student Financial Services, the Weingarten Learning Resource Center, Student Intervention Services and Counseling and Psychological Services to support their success at Penn.

Job Description



  • Provide leadership in the development of the goals of the Penn KIPP program and the strategic goals of VPUL's equity and access initiatives. Oversee implementation of initiatives, programs and events, in collaboration with GIC and FGLI (First Generation Low Income) Center staff and other colleagues, to support KIPP students with the goal of promoting their personal and social well-being and helping to facilitate their academic success.
  • Serve as advisor to Penn KIPP students and help connect them to resources to enhance their integration and success at Penn. Assist in connecting students to leadership opportunities at Penn and beyond. Assist students in finding summer opportunities to support their professional goals. Serve as a pre-major advisor for the College of Arts and Sciences after the first year of service.
  • Work closely with the Office of Student Financial Services to advocate on behalf of students and ensure that students' financial concerns are appropriately addressed. Enhance student knowledge and connection to Student Financial Services and assist in connecting students to resources to address additional financial concerns related to attendance at Penn. Assist in offering financial literacy workshops for students.
  • Coordinate daily operations, train and supervise graduate intern (s) and student workers who assist in working to implement programs, initiatives and events. Provide oversight for the Penn KIPP student representative (ambassador) charged with working with peers to create student led events design to build community and support services.
  • Work closely and maintain regular communications with the Equity and Access Business Administrator in the stewardship and management of the Penn KIPP budget with a focus on ensuring proper allocation and administration of financial resources. Develop budget reports as needed.
  • Support efforts by the Office of Admissions to recruit talented KIPP students. Work with KIPP offices across the country to facilitate campus visits for middle and high school KIPP students.
  • Serve on the Penn Pathways advising group and other university committees working to address the needs of underrepresented communities at Penn.
  • Collaborate with VPUL colleagues and Alumni Relations to connect students to alumni for mentoring and coaching opportunities. Prepare Annual report and other presentations. Attend regional meetings and National KIPP conferences.

Qualifications: A Master's Degree is required. Candidates with STE(A)M Master's are especially encouraged to apply as well as those holding masters in other areas such as Urban Education, Humanities, Counseling, or Social Work and other relevant fields. 3 to 5 years of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience is required. Program Design and Implementation skills, as well as budgetary management skills essential. Highly developed communication skills are essential to this position, including facility and comfort with public speaking, excellent written communication, and strong interpersonal skills. Must have a proven record of ability to manage and prioritize complex projects in a high volume and timeline driven process. Expertise win working with first generation college students will be important, as well as, the ability to develop workshops and training opportunities to educate colleagues and constituent groups on first generation and underrepresented population issues at highly selective schools. Must possess creativity, flexibility, and a sense of humor. Must have well-developed critical thinking and analysis skills and be a self-starter who has the ability to work both independently and in a team. Must demonstrate a commitment to the mission of higher education and be knowledgeable about best practices related to issues of access and opportunity of underrepresented populations. Must be familiar with computer applications (Microsoft Office, Filemaker, Outlook, etc.) and general information management. Ability to work evenings and weekends is required.


Please upload a Cover Letter along with your Resume to be considered for this opportunity.

Job Location - City, State

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School

Student Services

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.