Postdoctoral Diversity Initiatives Coordinator

Pennsylvania, United States
29 Oct 2018
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29 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 Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania is the oldest and one of the finest medical schools in the United States. Penn is rich in tradition and heritage and at the same time consistently at the forefront of new developments and innovations in medical education and research. Since its founding in 1765 the School has been a strong presence in the community and prides itself on educating the leaders of tomorrow in patient care, biomedical research, and medical education.

Reporting to the Principal Investigator of the PennPORT postdoctoral program, the incumbent will coordinate all aspects of the PennPORT postdoctoral program, including supporting postdoc training, grant administration, and teaching activities at the three partner institutions (Lincoln University, Delaware County Community College, and Rutgers University, Camden Campus). 75 percent of this position is as a program assistant to an NIH-funded IRACDA program, PENN-PORT, which offers biomedical postdocs an opportunity to develop teaching skills at partner minority serving institutions in addition to biomedical research training under the direction of a PENN faculty member in the Schools of Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, Dental Medicine, Wistar Institute, or the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. In addition to these activities, the coordinator will report to the Assistant Dean for Research Training Programs, coordinating efforts to recruit, retain and promote trainees from underrepresented groups for the Office of Biomedical Postdoctoral Programs (BPP).

We are looking for a dynamic individual to coordinate programs to advance diversity in our educational enterprise. 

A Bachelor’s degree and 3-5 years of experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience required. Master’s Degree preferred. A background in a science or education related discipline preferred. The ideal candidate will have a strong service orientation supported by excellent interpersonal skills, facile multitasking capabilities, data management abilities, strong computer skills, experience with social media and strong presentation, writing, and editing skills. The individual in this position needs to be comfortable with advising/mentoring trainees and faculty as well as planning, organizing, and managing multiple projects simultaneously within determined deadlines. Close attention to detail and procedures related to expense and budget reports is a required. Experience with academic program development and management are preferred. Some evening and weekend work will be required. Candidates should be willing and able to travel as needed.

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.