Head Academic Counselor

Pennsylvania United States
12 Oct 2018
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12 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. http://www.vpul.upenn.edu/

Head Academic Counselor will provide leadership, will advocate for, and enable the optimal provision of high quality counseling programs and services to a diverse, expanded, population of PENNCAP students. In addition to providing guidance and consultation to all PENNCAP counseling staff, the Head Academic Counselor will be expected to develop strong, collaborative working relationships with the full team of Penn Health and Wellness Services colleagues across various disciplines: primary care, behavioral health, c\ education, and prevention. In addition, s/he will provide ongoing counseling, outreach, and support to help increase the success, retention, and graduation of students who participate in the PENNCAP Program, Penn’s comprehensive support program for FGLI undergraduates. Responsibilities will also include the leadership and direction for PENNCAP counseling staff members as they support students through direct service, outreach, consultation, and crisis intervention.

Specific duties will include:

  • Provide administrative oversight for assuring the highest standards of professional and ethical conduct for the PENNCAP professional and peer counseling staffs, including responsible for overseeing PENNCAP counseling services and initiatives, including supervision of full time counseling staff and coordinating the peer mentoring program.
  • Develop strong, collaborative working relationship across campus to facilitate efforts to support student well-being and success.
  • Be responsible for the overall administration and strategic direction PENNCAP Counseling Services.
  • Development, delivery, and assessment of new and existing outreach programs that promote and provide practical effective education and skills for students through seminars, workshops, groups and other engagement events.
  • Oversight of counseling/advising sessions, email outreach, advocacy as necessary, and generally acting as a PENNCAP case manager, supporting the students throughout their undergraduate experience.
  • Lead special projects designed to support students’ progress towards degree completion. For some events and during certain times of the year, particularly during the Pre-Freshman Program, the summer bridge component of PENNCAP, some evenings and weekends are required.

A Master’s Degree or more in Student Affairs, Counseling, Social Work, or Education and 3 years to 5 years of experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience is required. Strong Supervisory and Administrative skills, Ability to plan and implement programs and events, Excellent counseling, communication, writing, computing, and organizational skills, Knowledge and experience working in a university setting and with students who are from low-socioeconomic backgrounds.
Demonstrated commitment to diversity.

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.