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Posting Details

Posting Details

Reference Number 02-24871
School Name School of Arts and Sciences
Org Positive Psychology Center
Posted to the Web 01/31/2017
Posted Job/Salary Grade 026
Employment Type Exempt
Hours 35.00
Position Type Full Time
Position Schedule 9am-5pm
Months 12
Position Length Contingent Upon Funding
Position End Date
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.



Our mission at the University of Pennsylvania’s Positive Psychology Center is to enable people to lead more productive, satisfying, and meaningful lives by delivering state-of-the-art, evidence-based positive psychology and resilience training programs to a variety of organizations. Hundreds of thousands of people around the world have attended our programs, which have demonstrated mental health and well-being benefits.

We are a highly collaborative team of can-do and high-energy people who are dedicated to disseminating these life-changing programs to educators, students, parents, clinicians, the military, police officers, corporate employees, and many more. We are looking for a like-minded, team-oriented person to join us and play a mission critical role. This is an excellent opportunity for someone who is eager to make a difference, learn new skills, and take on responsibilities in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment.

To learn more about our work:

As Program Manager, Positive Psychology Programs, you will oversee the planning and delivery of our positive psychology and resilience training programs for various clients. You will be the key person in managing logistics, and will interface with clients and aid in the production of training program materials. You will be involved in all phases of the process from planning to implementation to follow up, working both independently and collaboratively. This position will work closely with the leaders of our Center including the Director of Training Programs and the Executive Director. There will be opportunities for career advancement.

Program management:

  • Take the lead in planning and organizing programs, communicating with the team of instructors, clients, and vendors (e.g., hotel and printing service).
  • Provide on-site program logistics coordination, liaising with training team, client, participants, and training venue staff.
  • Manage post-program follow up, including analysis and reporting of participant satisfaction surveys, processing travel reimbursements, and expense tracking.
  • Edit, format, print, and manage distribution of training program materials.

Team support:

  • Recruit, interview, hire, supervise, and mentor part-time student workers.
  • Think creatively to modify and develop processes that improve efficiency and effectiveness.
  • Assist with new business development, including client research, client proposals, marketing material creation.
  • Perform additional duties as assigned

Bachelor’s degree and 2-3 years of experience are required, or equivalent combination of education and experience. A background in psychology preferred.
Experience in project management or event planning is strongly preferred.
* Strong sense of mission, professionalism, and responsibility
* Highly developed project management and organizing abilities, with a strict attention to detail
* Able to plan, organize, and manage multiple projects simultaneously in a fast-paced environment and meet deadlines
* Proven ability to thrive under high pressures of time and workload
* Independent thinker, resourceful, with a ‘can do’ attitude
* Excellent communication, writing, and editing skills
* Excellent interpersonal skills, with a strong service-orientation
* Self-motivated and able to work on a team and independently
* Willing and able to work nights and weekends as needed
* Willing and able to travel as needed for program delivery
* Strong computer skills required

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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Posting Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * How did you hear about this employment opportunity?
    • Jobs@Penn
    • Contacted by a Penn Recruiter
    • Referred by a Penn Employee
    • Referred by a friend or family member
    • Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC)
    • Inside Higher Ed
    • Other Internet Advertisement
    • Linkedin
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    • Other Social Media Site
    • Professional Affiliation/Trade Website
    • Diversity Association/Publication Website
    • Heard about it at a conference or career fair
    • Apple One
    • Recruitment and/or staffing agency
  2. * What is your highest level of education completed?
    • Less than high school education
    • High School Diploma or GED
    • Vocational or Technical School
    • Associate's Degree or Two Year College
    • Bachelor's Degree
    • Master's Degree
    • PHD/MD/JD or equivalent doctoral degree
  3. * How many years of experience do you have related to this position?
    • 0 to 1 Year
    • 1 to 2 Years
    • 2 to 3 Years
    • 3 to 5 Years
    • 5 to 7 Years
    • 7 to 10 Years
    • Over 10 Years
  4. * When are you available to start?

    (Open Ended Question)

  5. * Do you have a background in psychology?
    • Yes
    • No
  6. * Do you have experience in project management or event planning?
    • Yes
    • No
  7. * Please briefly describe your previous project management or event planning experience.

    (Open Ended Question)

  8. * Do you have an excellent attention to detail?
    • Yes
    • No
  9. * Do you have experience working in a fast-paced environment, managing multiple projects simultaneously with competing deadlines?
    • Yes
    • No
  10. * If you answered yes to the previous question, please elaborate on your experience.

    (Open Ended Question)

  11. * Do you thrive under high pressures of time and workload
    • Yes
    • No
  12. * Do you like working in a highly collaborative team environment?
    • Yes
    • No
  13. * Do you have excellent computer skills with high proficiency in Microsoft Office, including PowerPoint, Excel, and Word?
    • Yes
    • No
  14. * Are you available to work evenings and weekends as necessary?
    • Yes
    • No
  15. * Are you able to travel occasionally, as necessary?
    • Yes
    • No

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
Optional Documents
  1. Writing Sample