Outreach Coordinator

Pennsylvania (US)
06 Mar 2019
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06 May 2019
Contract Type
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. http://www.med.upenn.edu/

The Outreach Coordinator is a new opportunity for a motivated individual who will be responsible for the development and implementation of new outreach initiatives in the Basser Center for BRCA, focusing on increasing awareness of BRCA1/2 mutations in minority populations at Penn, in Philadelphia and beyond. In collaboration with Basser Center and related Penn Medicine staff, s/he will develop, implement and evaluate new education and support initiatives focusing on the Latinx and African American communities.

As these communities have high rates of underutilization of genetics services, this is a critical initiative for the Basser Center to expand culturally sensitive approaches to mitigating these issues in various communities and this individual will enable the Center to move forward with this focus. In collaboration with the Administrative Director and other Basser Center staff, the coordinator will work with a variety of departments in Penn Medicine including development, marketing and the ACC Office of Diversity in support of program development.

Additionally, the coordinator will serve as the primary liaison in developing collaborations with external organizations working in various communities in support of minority health such as Puentes de Salud, The Well Women Coalition, Bebashi and related organizations around the country. Through this coordination and collaboration with both with internal departments and external organizations, the coordinator will identify barriers to genetic testing in these communities and develop approaches to overcoming these barriers.

This will include content development for patient facing materials and s/he will work with our colleagues in marketing to facilitate production of collateral materials focused on these communities. In addition the coordinator will develop content for use on Basser’s social media accounts and website and will work with our social media coordinator to implement this content. S/he will be responsible for producing specific processes and deliverables resulting in outreach events in various communities utilizing newly developed educational materials.

The development of this initiative will often involve working with multidisciplinary teams both at Penn and externally on an ongoing basis as we develop and refine programs. S/he will monitor progress and timelines and innovate for future work. Some local travel and occasional work after hours or on weekends may be required. Fluency in Spanish is required.

  • Bachelor’s degree and 3-5 years experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience required.
  • Proficiency with scientific content and interest in providing support and information to individuals in minority populations.
  • Experience developing culturally sensitive patient focused materials and programs required. Professional experience with social media. Strong interpersonal skills, excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Fluency in Spanish required

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.