Academic Coordinator, Middle East Center

Pennsylvania, United States
25 Oct 2018
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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.

Performs a range of administrative, programmatic and outreach duties for the Middle East Center, while also assisting with the development of four new courses proposed by Penn’s College of Liberal and Professional Studies for the Modern Middle Eastern Studies Certificate. Assists with program development, event planning, community and campus outreach, promotional activities and administration — all in accordance with the requirements of our Title VI federal grant. Manages technical aspects of online course development, such as building modules, recording content, creating interactive features, conducting preliminary research, etc.
This is a one year term appointment.

A Bachelor’s Degree and 1 year of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience is required.
Preferred qualifications:

  • High level of attention to detail
  • Ability to multi-task and problem-solve in occasionally fast-moving situations
  • Proven track record of teamwork, organization, creativity and composure under pressure
  • Clear interest in Middle East Studies or related disciplines
  • Discretion and ability to handle occasionally challenging political issues
  • Basic IT literacy and comfort with Microsoft Office products
  • Flexibility and willingness to work occasional evening/weekend events
  • Experience with community outreach, K-12 education and/or external relations (or demonstrated willingness to learn)
  • Familiarity with social media

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.