Associate Director, PSOM Master and Certificate Programs

Pennsylvania United States
19 Nov 2018
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19 Jan 2019
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 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.


The Associate Director (AD) for PSOM Masters and Certificate Programs (PMCP) provides centralized support to PSOM’s nine masters and six certificate programs, with more in the pipeline. The AD specifically leads collaborative efforts to maintain and improve academic excellence and operational efficiency. The AD will work collaboratively across the PSOM education continuum to achieve common goals. The AD will report to the Director of Education and work closely with the PMCP team including Associate Dean, Director of Education, and Program Coordinator, and importantly, the individual Program Directors and Staff.

Each masters and certificate program has its own mission/objectives and leadership/staff, and the AD will serve these groups individually and through cross-program collaboration. The AD will take an active role in project management for cross-program director and staff working groups. These efforts are expected to standardize and improve policies and procedures that guide management of master’s degree programs, certificate programs, and other research training in PSOM, with respect to admissions and degree requirements, administrative and financial management, compliance with university policies, academic integrity, and formal program reviews and accreditations. The AD will support programs in meeting these criteria. The AD is also charged with effectively communicating Penn and PSOM policies, guidelines, and initiatives to program faculty and staff.

The AD will support the adoption of innovative tools and approaches to improve teaching and learning. The AD partners in the development of new programs within PSOM, including guiding new programs through the school and university approval process and helping to train new staff. For existing programs, the AD supports the on-going program reviews of academic programs. The AD is responsible for the reporting and analysis data including but not limited to student data, tuition distribution, and faculty teaching effort. These programs currently consist of about 75 faculty, 15 staff, and 400 students.


Bachelors degree and 3-5 years of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience required. Masters degree preferred

The successful candidate will be a collaborative professional with a team approach to problem-solving and the leadership, management, and planning skills necessary to collaborate productively with staff, faculty, students and the community. Must have outstanding communication skills, with ability to communicate with both internal and external constituencies.

Must demonstrate knowledge familiarity with professional academic programs and their standards, assessments, and evaluations. A commitment to the highest level of academic and personal integrity, high academic standards, diversity and intercultural understanding, interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and continued professional development is essential. 

Will have a thorough understanding of trends in adult and non-traditional higher education. Be knowledgeable of trends influencing online and onsite graduate enrollment and proactively address opportunities. Ability to work with web-based learning and management systems; willingness to learn and apply new technologies as needed.

Affirmative Action Statement

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.

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