Associate Director, School Leadership Program

Pennsylvania, United States
05 Jun 2020
End of advertisement period
05 Aug 2020
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.

Job Profile Title
Associate Director C

Job Description Summary

The School Leadership Program is a strong program, with vibrant enrollment, an excellent reputation, a distinctive market position, and dedicated faculty. The primary focus of the program, the development of effective leaders for schools and systems, is widely recognized as one of the most powerful levers for school and systems-based change in education. A strong mentoring program and personal relationships play an important and essential role in the program. The program integrates the study and discussion of leadership theory with the implementation and discussion of best practices in schools.

Job Description


The Associate Director will have major leadership responsibilities in the School Leadership Program. The individual will coordinate planning with the Director of the program and other instructors. The individual will also teach courses in instructional leadership and school organization as well as advise students. Responsibilities will include selecting and supervising mentors as well as overseeing all public school certification efforts for students in the program. The individual will represent the program to participating public schools and will be responsible for helping to recruit, admit, and support talented applicants. As part of the role, the individual will visit participating and potential participant school districts to represent the program, present at conferences, and write pieces about the program. The Associate Director will work closely with the Director and other team members to be involved in (and understand) the independent school side of the program and do whatever may be necessary to create an integrated program and cohesive cohort.


A master’s degree and 10+ years of experience is required or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Doctorate preferred. Additional experience required:

  • significant public school teaching and leadership experience
  • Principal certification in Pennsylvania
  • Effective writing skills
  • Experience supervising others (preferred)
  • Ability to work in a team setting
  • Strong presentation skills
  • Takes clear initiative in forging positive and productive academic relationships with students.
  • Demonstrates the ability to accept a given task and carry it through to completion.
  • Works effectively in a team orientation

Job Location - City, State
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School
Graduate School of Education

Pay Range
$50,684.00 - $91,232.00

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.

Special Requirements

Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.

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