Health and Wellness Coordinator

Pennsylvania, United States
13 Feb 2019
End of advertisement period
13 Apr 2019
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.

This is place-based position rooted at a local elementary (grades K-8) school helps coordinate and further develop university-assisted community school programming with an emphasis on health and wellness. The position integrates two funding sources in an innovative way: one that specifically supports nutrition education and wellness through SNAP-Ed, and one that helps coordinate Out-of-School Time (OST) programming, particularly by infusing health and wellness activities and policies throughout. The position both helps coordinate and provide direct instruction during the school day, afterschool, and summer.

The Agatston Urban Nutrition Initiative (AUNI) is a major component of the University-Assisted Community Schools (UACS) program of the Netter Center for Community Partnerships. This position will work as part of a team with other Netter Center staff and school partners. The Netter Center’s works to mobilize the vast resources of the University to help transform traditional neighborhood schools into innovative university-assisted community schools (UACS). University-assisted community schools educate, engage, empower, and serve all members of the community in which the school is located. At the same time, working with community members to create and sustain university-assisted community schools provides a powerful means for universities to advance teaching, research, learning and service, as well as the civic development of their students. University-Assisted Community Schools engage students (K-16+) in real world, community problem solving.

The Netter Center’s nutrition educators working with the Agatston Urban Nutrition Initiative (AUNI) take a comprehensive approach to community health improvement, particularly improvement in nutrition and obesity and specifically focus on the following activities: nutrition education initiatives within public schools and community, year-round youth development programming, improving access to quality foods for children, youth, families and faculty within partnering public schools and community, increasing activity and exercise levels, as well as increasing awareness and understanding of food systems.

The Netter Center’s out-of-school time coordinators work in partnership with public school teachers to develop and deliver effective curricula and programming, provide academic, cultural and recreational enrichment programming, and develop and support community partnerships to help implement and expand university-assisted community schools. Academic programming includes collaboration with the school day to support homework and coursework, and includes enrichment activities that support learning across the core subjects through problem-based learning and community development activities. This position will work closely with ABCS courses and facilitate connections to faculty partners who are using a participatory action research framework. This position also works with undergraduate fellows, work-study students and volunteers to help develop, implement and expand this work.

There are weekly and monthly documentation and reporting requirements with time-sensitive deadlines. Flexibility with weekly schedule is necessary, particularly with evenings.

Position is contingent upon funding.

A Bachelor’s Degree and 1 years to 3 years of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience is required. Experience in K-8 urban educational settings is required. After school program coordination experience is a plus. Experience and training in nutrition or health education, human services or related subject is preferred. . Knowledge about Penn and West Philadelphia a plus. Strong candidates will have experience in facilitating successful youth development and afterschool programs, collaborative endeavors, and managing multiple programs at once. Must possess a track record of both self-directed and team-oriented accomplishments and be organized, detail-oriented, dependable, and flexible.

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.