Penn Program in Environmental Humanities Program Assistant

Pennsylvania, United States
25 Oct 2018
End of advertisement period
25 Dec 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
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.

The School of Arts and Sciences forms the foundation of the scholarly excellence that has established Penn as one of the world’s leading research universities. We teach students across all 12 Penn schools, and our academic departments span the reach from anthropology and biology to sociology and South Asian studies.

Founded in 2014, the Penn Program in Environmental Humanities (PPEH) fosters interdisciplinary environmental collaboration and scholarship at the University of Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia, and beyond. This position will provide operational and administrative support to the Program in Environmental Humanities, including event and program coordination and staffing, program promotion and communications assistance, fellowship and grants coordination, and financial and office coordination. Responsibilities include assisting in the planning and coordination of programming and events, to include managing all logistical arrangements, itineraries, venue bookings, catering and set up; staffing events; assisting with copy editing for print and digital promotional copy, updating content for website, newsletters, brochures, social media postings and public and internal calendars; processing, monitoring and verifying financial transactions and maintaining detailed accurate records; ordering supplies and staffing reception desk.

H.S. or GED diploma and 3 to 5 years of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience is required. Bachelor’s degree and/or experience in an academic environment strongly preferred; proficient in Microsoft Office applications including Word, Excel, and Powerpoint. Web maintenance and/or design experience preferred, particularly experience with Drupal and Omeka. Experience working with budgets also preferred; Must be self-motivated and possess strong attention to detail as well as organizational, interpersonal and problem-solving skills. Must be a self-starter who is able to interact professionally with diverse publics, including faculty and students; manage multiple and competing priorities; work under pressure; and meet deadlines. Demonstrated excellent written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills are essential. Familiarity with Penn University systems such as BEN Buys, Concur, and Penn Marketplace helpful. Demonstrated background and interest in environmental humanities, sciences or arts preferred. Occasional evening work.

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.