Master of Applied Positive Psychology, Program Assistant

Pennsylvania United States
19 Nov 2018
End of advertisement period
20 Jan 2019
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Psychology
Contract Type
Full Time

University Overview

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.

School/Center Overview

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.


This position supports the College of Liberal and Professional Studies and The Positive Psychology Center in the development and delivery of the Master of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) program, the Applied Positive Psychology (APOP) cluster within the BAAS degree, and other high-quality positive education programming, in support of LPS strategic goals. This position reports to the Administrative Manager of Positive Education programming and indirectly to the Positive Education Coordinator. Duties include organizing the logistics of classes, managing the classroom environment at on-site weekends and program-related events, supporting documentation for the budget, coordinating aspects of the application and admission processes, fielding questions from applicants, organizing meetings for current and prospective students, serving as a point of contact for students’ logistical concerns, updating and maintaining program performance data as appropriate, and handling inquiries to positive education programs.


High School degree and 3 year to 5 years of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience is required. A Bachelor’s Degree is strongly preferred. Must be detail oriented and highly organized. Excellent oral and written communication skills, professional demeanor, and service orientation. Ability to work on evenings and weekends required – MAPP classes take place during 10 weekends between September and April and there are other occasional evening and/or weekend activities throughout the year. Knowledge of College Net, Freshdesk, and Canvas preferred, but not required. Must be comfortable interacting with people of all ages, nationalities, and professional backgrounds. Knowledge of and interest in positive psychology is a plus.

Affirmative Action Statement

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