Assistant Director of the Netter Center

Expiring today

Pennsylvania, United States
24 Nov 2020
End of advertisement period
24 Jan 2021
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 Description Summary

The Assistant Director of the Netter Center serves on the senior leadership team of the Netter Center; manages the Center’s marketing and communication activities; oversees internal operations and communications across the Netter Center team; coordinates and supervises student leaders, as well as manages the overall student support budget; supports development and alumni relations activity; and coordinates and collaborates with the director and associate directors on presentations and convenings of local, national, and global audiences.

Job Description

Founded in 1992, the Barbara and Edward Netter Center for Community Partnerships is the University's primary vehicle for advancing civic and community engagement at Penn. It brings together the resources and assets of both the University and the wider community to help solve universal problems such as poverty, health inequities, environmental sustainability, and inadequate, unequal education as they are manifested in the University's local geographic area of West Philadelphia and Philadelphia at large. The Netter Center develops and helps implement democratic, mutually transformative, place-based partnerships between Penn and West Philadelphia that advance research, teaching, learning, practice, and service and improve the quality of life on campus and in the community. The Netter Center works with and serves as a model for other higher education institutions across the United States and around the world.

The Assistant Director of the Netter Center serves on the senior leadership team of the Netter Center.

The Assistant Director manages the Center’s marketing and communication activities for various constituencies. This includes maintenance of the Center’s main website and support for websites of affiliated programs and networks. The position is responsible for developing Netter Center publications and presentations such as its annual reports, public relations materials, and powerpoints, as well as digital communication through newsletters and social media.

The position oversees internal administrative operations and communications across the Netter Center team, including coordination of staff meetings and functions for over fifty full-time employees and sending regular team announcements. The Assistant Director convenes the bi-weekly meetings of the Netter Center Administrative Leadership Team around strategic priorities. The position also supervises the office manager, an administrative coordinator, and receptionist who handle work related to customer relations, purchasing, hiring, facilities, events, and background clearances. The position helps support overall technological and facilities issues, serving as the leadership contact for SAS IT and the building management company.

The Assistant Director recruits, trains, supervises, and convenes various student development and student leadership programs within the Netter Center. This includes overseeing the Netter Center’s Student Advisory Board and various internship programs and student groups affiliated with the Netter Center. It also includes managing the overall student support budget, which exceeds $500,000 annually. The position recruits and orients students for internships, work-study and volunteer programs, providing pathways for leadership development. This includes coordinating the Netter Center's presence at New Student Orientation, career fairs, managing the Netter Center's repository of recruitment and marketing materials, and managing the Netter Center student listserve. The Assistant Director prepares nominations of Netter Center students for various forms of Center, University, and national recognition, as well as supports the award nominations of staff, faculty, and community partners. The Assistant Director prepares reports detailing intern accomplishments as part of the donor stewardship process carried out in collaboration with Netter Center Associate Director and Penn Development. The position also supports the Netter Center’s alumni network by managing the Netter center alumni listserve and organizing alumni events.

The Assistant Director collaborates with the director and associate directors on publications and presentations of its work, including helping to prepare the director’s speeches and powerpoints for local, national, and global audiences. The position also supports all academic conferences and anniversary convenings hosted by the Netter Center.



  • Bachelor's degree and minimum of 2 to 3 years' experience or equivalent of education and experience.
  • Experience working with undergraduate students, faculty members, and community partners.
  • Experience with K-16+ partnerships.
  • Excellent writing and communication skills, as well as organizational skills.


  • Knowledge of the Netter Center's core strategies: academically based community service, university-assisted community schools, and democratic anchor institution approach.
  • Knowledge of West Philadelphia schools and community.

Job Location - City, State

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School

School of Arts and Sciences

Pay Range

$42,953.00 - $77,315.00

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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