Assistant Director of Curriculum and Assessment

Pennsylvania, United States
12 Jan 2021
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12 Mar 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.

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Job Description Summary

The Assistant Director of Curriculum & Assessment (ADCA) is responsible for the assessment, monitoring, and evaluation of the curriculum and service delivery of mandated program services, as noted above, to approximately 600 low income, first-generation students who are interested in pursuing postsecondary education. The ADCA will be responsible for developing, organizing, and conducting activities and support services that will encourage and enable students to adequately prepare for high school level college preparatory programs. An understanding of statistical analysis is required. Effective communication skills are required. Strong interpersonal communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community are required. Knowledge of college educational philosophy, high school or college curricula, and instructional programs are required. The ability to plan and conduct effective meetings is required. Evidence of leadership ability is required. The ability to develop knowledge of, respect for, and skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds is required.

Candidates for this position must have the demonstrated knowledge, skills, and abilities to work in complex virtual team and program environments and must be able to effectively use a variety of digital applications and tools to provide program services, adhere to program timelines, communicate, and collaborate with team members and program participants. They must demonstrate competence in the use of digital tools including team platforms, publications software, e-curriculum content, web conferencing, instant messaging, data gathering, and reporting software. Specific skills essential for this staff colleague to be successful and effective in meeting their project milestones also include evidenced skill with managing social media, creating virtual content, and curating ongoing digital outreach to program participants to support the provision of best-in-class program content and services.

Job Description



  • Coordinate all Talent Search virtual curricular, assessment, educational, counseling, and cultural activities for students. Design and facilitate in person and virtual workshops/information sessions for Talent Search middle school and high school students.
  • Help determine assessment needs and measure how students are meeting program outcomes.  Provide support to students and their families regarding academic strategies and accommodations.
  • Meet regularly with Penn partners, school principals, counselors, and other designated staff. Collaborate with target schools to deliver pre-college services that meet the critical academic needs of participants.
  • Provide weekly and annual reports of the use and effectiveness of service delivery.
  • Work closely with the Director to ensure that the appropriate documentation, as required by the funding agency, is maintained in individual students’ electronic and physical files.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • A Master’s Degree in Curriculum Development, Education, Counseling, Social Work, or related field required. Doctorate a plus.
  • 2+ years of programming experience, preferably in college access and prep programs.
  • Experience in classroom instruction.
  • Knowledge about the college preparatory process.
  • Experience with externally funded, federal, or state academic support programs.
  • Strong leadership, organization, interpersonal, written and presentation communication and information management skills
  • Demonstrated commitment to serving and preparing underserved, racially and culturally diverse students for academic success and post-secondary enrollment
  • Experience working with low-income, first-generation students.
  • Experience with instructional and assessment design in a virtual learning environment.
  • Strong organizational, programming, motivational, and leadership skills.
  • Strong interpersonal, written, presentation and technology skills.
  • Must be knowledgeable about the college preparatory process.
  • Must be self-initiating, resourceful, and highly motivated.
  • Ability to manage competing priorities successfully.
  • Ability to advise, mentor, and coach students successfully.
  • Ability to design and implement successful educational programming.
  • Must be student-centered and service oriented.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity.

University Benefits:

Health, Life, and Flexible Spending Accounts: Penn offers comprehensive medical, prescription, behavioral health, dental, vision, and life insurance benefits to protect your and your family’s health and welfare. You can also use flexible spending accounts to pay for eligible health care and dependent care expenses with pre-tax dollars.

Tuition: Take advantage of Penn's exceptional tuition benefits. You, your spouse, and your dependent children can get tuition assistance here at Penn. Your dependent children are also eligible for tuition assistance at other institutions.

Retirement: Penn offers generous retirement plans to help you save for your future. Penn’s Basic, Matching, and Supplemental retirement plans allow you to save for retirement on a pre-tax or Roth basis. Choose from a wide variety of investment options through TIAA and Vanguard.

Time Away from Work: Penn provides you with a substantial amount of time away from work during the course of the year. This allows you to relax, take vacations, attend to personal affairs, recover from illness or injury, spend time with family—whatever your personal needs may be.

Long-Term Care Insurance: In partnership with Genworth Financial, Penn offers faculty and staff (and your eligible family members) long-term care insurance to help you cover some of the costs of long-term care services received at home, in the community or in a nursing facility. If you apply when you’re newly hired, you won’t have to provide proof of good health or be subject to underwriting requirements. Eligible family members must always provide proof of good health and are subject to underwriting.

Wellness and Work-life Resources: Penn is committed to supporting our faculty and staff as they balance the competing demands of work and personal life. That’s why we offer a wide variety of programs and resources to help you care for your health, your family, and your work-life balance.

Professional and Personal Development: Penn provides an array of resources to help you advance yourself personally and professionally.

University Resources: As a member of the Penn community, you have access to a wide range of University resources as well as cultural and recreational activities. Take advantage of the University’s libraries and athletic facilities, or visit our arboretum and art galleries. There’s always something going on at Penn, whether it’s a new exhibit at the Penn Museum, the latest music or theater presentation at the Annenberg Center, or the Penn Relays at Franklin Field to name just a few examples. As a member of the Penn community, you’re right in the middle of the excitement—and you and your family can enjoy many of these activities for free.

Discounts and Special Services: From arts and entertainment to transportation and mortgages, you'll find great deals for University faculty and staff. Not only do Penn arts and cultural centers and museums offer free and discounted admission and memberships to faculty and staff. You can also enjoy substantial savings on other goods and services such as new cars from Ford and General Motors, cellular phone service plans, movie tickets, and admission to theme parks.

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Job Location - City, State

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School

Provost Interdisciplinary Programs

Pay Range

$36,401.00 - $65,521.00

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.