Director, The Center for Hispanic Excellence, La Casa Latina

Pennsylvania, United States
27 Aug 2020
End of advertisement period
27 Oct 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

Director A

Job Description Summary

The Director of The Center for Hispanic Excellence: La Casa Latina (LCL) will lead the cultural community space designed to serve the needs of all latino/a students and the Penn communities at large. La Casa Latina is a crossroad of academic, personal, and professional growth for University of Pennsylvania students interested in Latinx and Latin American cultures. Through advising, leadership development, academic, social and cultural programming LCL expands student access to the University's resources to achieve their fullest potential. The Director enthusiastically provides general support and assistance to students, student organizations, faculty, parents and other University constituencies; The Director leads students through the provision of co-curricular, cultural, and social programs for students and student organizations with a specific focus on Latino diasporic cultures.

The Director reports to the Associate Vice Provost for Equity and Access and serves as a strong partner on a diverse team of cultural resources centers: The Greenfield Intercultural Center (GIC); Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Center (LGBTC); Makuu: Black Cultural Center; the Pan-Asian American Community House (PAACH) and the Penn Women's Center(PWC). The Director represents the office on University committees; and assumes other responsibilities as assigned. The Director supervises two full-time staff positions.

Job Description


  • Partner with student organizations to create and assess signature programming including community outreach, Latino professional Pathways program, Collegiate Leadership Development program, and the Latino Dialogue Institute.
  • Responsible for working with the Associate Director to create programs aimed at the social and cultural awareness of Latino cultures.
  • Supervise and assist the flow of students who utilize the Center's resources and services. Build strong bonds with alumni to enlist support in the Center's recruitment and retention efforts.
  • Work closely with other resource centers in order to create collaborative programs and resources for students.
  • Build alliance with the Penn community in order to provide additional resources, services, and referrals to students.
  • Develop ties and partnerships with local high schools in Philadelphia to plan La Casa Latina community outreach.
  • Serve as a consultant to the four undergraduate schools, PennCap, and other University departments in regards to student transition to Penn.
  • Pursue grant and other resource development opportunities.


Advanced graduate degree in a relevant field and 3-5 years of related experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience required. Demonstrated ability to create and administer effective programs and services for a diverse Latino student population. Experience supervising staff, working independently and collaboratively, and solving problems with grace under pressure. Demonstrated strong knowledge of Latino community required; Flexible attitude and ability to work nights and weekends as necessary.

All applications must be submitted through Workday including a cover letter describing their background that prepared them for the position and a complete, accurate resume. Please make sure to upload both documents together.

Job Location - City, State

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School

Student Services

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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