Director of Women’s Center

Pennsylvania United States
11 Oct 2018
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11 Dec 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

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.

Division of the Vice Provost for University Life (VPUL) is Penn’s foremost provider of student services and educational access. VPUL partners and collaborates with diverse organizations across many dimensions including: race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, historical tradition, age, religion, disabilities, veteran status, interests, perspectives and socioeconomic backgrounds. We enhance the ability of nearly 25,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students, along with other community participants. University Life programs provide academic and career support, campus and community engagement, health and wellness programs, and much more. Our efforts help to fulfill Penn’s strategic vision of integrating knowledge across campus. VPUL is part of the Office of the Provost and includes 32 campus departments.

The Director of the Penn Women’s Center (PWC) leads a dynamic, diverse, and innovative office recognized internationally for celebrating and advancing the historic, contemporary, and future contributions of women. Founded in 1973 and occupying a high-profile location in the center of campus, the PWC actively supports a thriving community of undergraduate, graduate, and professional students; staff and faculty, and all Penn community members in innovative leadership, engagement, equity, social, and recreational programming. The PWC also provides intergenerational networking, outreach and resource programming, confidential crisis counseling, referrals, and ongoing advocacy to members of the University community experiencing discrimination/harm from gender discrimination, relationship violence, sexual violence, and/or stalking.

The Director especially, and enthusiastically, engages all Penn students with innovative programming that marks the PWC as a vital and inviting hub of co-curricular life. The Director’s student- focused mission requires a flexible schedule to be highly-visible, demonstrably responsive to emergent opportunities and challenges, and to participate regularly in night/weekend events.

The Director reports to the Associate Vice Provost for Equity and Access and serves as a strong partner on a diverse team of cultural resource centers: The Center for Hispanic Excellence: La Casa Latina; the Greenfield Intercultural Center (GIC); Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Center (LGBTC); Makuu: Black Cultural Center; and the Pan-Asian American Community House (PAACH). The Director supervises three full-time staff and works closely with peers at Penn Violence Prevention, Special Services (Division of Public Safety), and the Sexual Violence Investigative Office (SVIO).

Among the Director’s highest priority duties are:

  • Actively engaging undergraduate, graduate, and professional students, and student organizations, with community-building programs and activities;
  • Collaborating with schools, centers, and departments on initiatives to advance female-identifying students’ career ambitions through leadership development initiatives;
  • Conversations, programs, and activities to promote gender equity in specific professions and academic disciplines;
  • Nurturing relationships and intergenerational networking activities between students, alumnae/i, faculty, staff, and families, and
  • Providing confidential crisis counseling, referrals, and, as needed, ongoing case advocacy to members of the University

Qualifications: Advanced graduate degree in a relevant field and 5-7 years of related experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience required. Demonstrated excellence in actively supporting a thriving community of undergraduate, graduate, and professional students; staff and faculty, and all Penn community members in innovative leadership, engagement, equity, social, and recreational programming. Demonstrated ability to create and administer effective programs and services for a wide variety of constituents including demonstrated efficacy in the use of social platforms to advance programming and messaging. Previous experience working in an administrative and/or faculty capacity at the university level required. Experience working in both a preventative and responsive capacity on violence prevention highly desirable. Experience supervising staff, working independently and collaboratively, mediating, negotiating, and solving problems with grace under pressure. Flexible attitude and ability to work nights and weekends as necessary.

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.