Executive Director Penn First Plus

Pennsylvania (US)
17 Aug 2018
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17 Oct 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
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 Office of the Provost provides direction on all facets of the University’s academic mission, including education, faculty, research, online learning, global initiatives, admissions, athletics, student life, and arts and culture. The Provost’s Center aggregates programs and offices designed to support University operations, including: the Office of the Provost, the Office of the Vice Provost for Research and its reporting departments (Penn Center for Innovation, Environmental Health and Radiation Safety, University Laboratory Animal Resources, and Regulatory Affairs), the Office of the Chaplain, the Graduate Student Center and Family Resource Center, the Division of Recreation and Intercollegiate Athletics, College Houses and Academic Services, New Student Orientation, the Office of Student Conduct, the Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, the University of Pennsylvania Press, and all of the University’s arts organizations (Penn Museum, Institute of Contemporary Art, Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, Arthur Ross Gallery, and University Art Collection). It also includes interdisciplinary academic centers and institutes that are more appropriately housed centrally than in an individual school, including the Laboratory for Research on the Structure of Matter, the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, the Center for Neuroscience and Society, the Penn Institute for Urban Research, the Center for Teaching and Learning, Kelly Writers House, and Weiss Tech House. http://provost.upenn.edu/

The Executive Director (ED) of the Penn First Plus Program jointly reports to the Vice Provost for University Life (VPUL) and the Vice Provost for Education (VPE) and will lead University efforts to create, implement, assess and sustain programming that promotes the educational excellence and engagement of first generation and low income undergraduates and assures their disciplinary distinction and timely graduation.

The ED is responsible for developing and leading enhanced educational and support programs for first generation and low income students, one of the University’s top priorities. In this capacity, the ED will work closely with the Provost, Vice Provost for University Life, Vice Provost for Education, and other senior leaders on formulating, as well as implementing, strategic plans and programs to support our first generation and low income students. This position will collaborate regularly with the deans and senior leaders of the schools at Penn to develop and support programing to provide students with academic and social preparation, build a strong community, support existing programming across campus, and enhance existing services and connections with faculty and alumni.

The ED will also provide the Penn-wide direction and coordination of existing programs and services, serving as a central hub to connect the many programs in our undergraduate schools. This position will be expected to collaborate with key offices within the VPUL and VPE offices, as well as across Penn including the Cultural Centers, New Student Orientation, Weingarten Learning Resources Center, Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships, Center for Teaching & Learning, Libraries, Greenfield Intercultural Center, and Undergraduate Advising Offices to connect faculty, staff and students in order to improve our academic and co-curricular supports of student learning, faculty teaching and educational excellence on Penn’s campus. The Executive Director will also serve as lead staff overseeing the existing leadership of the University’s PreFreshman and PennCAP programs, and supporting a Faculty Advisory Committee for these and other related campus initiatives, as well as manage partner relationships, such as with Student Financial Services and Undergraduate Admissions, and develop new partners to advance student success at Penn.

Masters required, PhD preferred plus 5-7 years of related experience or equivalent combination of education and experience; previous experience in student life leadership position; previous experience developing successful programs for higher education; previous experience working with/counseling first generation and/or low-income college students preferred; previous supervisory experience; previous experience managing budgets and/or grants; excellent oral and written communications skills.

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.