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Posting Details

Posting Details

Reference Number 56-26933
School Name Law School
Org Law
Posted to the Web 09/21/2017
Posted Job/Salary Grade 027
Employment Type Exempt
Hours N/A
Position Type Full Time
Position Schedule 9am - 5pm
Months 12
Position Length Ongoing
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.

School/Center Overview

Penn Law is one of the nation’s oldest and most distinguished law schools. We offer a distinctive cross-disciplinary legal education, drawing on the depth and breadth of the University of Pennsylvania. The resulting intellectual opportunities and professional relationships bridge traditional boundaries and disciplines, making Penn Law an extraordinary supportive academic community for its scholars and students alike.


Reporting to the Executive Director for Graduate and Programs, the Associate Director helps develop, support and implement a range of strategies to recruit diverse and talented foreign trained attorneys to Penn Law, provides support and programming to optimize the students’ experience while at Penn Law, and helps maintain strong relations with alumni.

Responsibilities include:

Recruitment and Admissions
- Support and implement effective, creative strategies to recruit outstanding students to Graduate Programs, both in the application and admitted student phases.
- Recruit students via email and other correspondence, video and telephone conferencing, and occasional international travel.
- Manage the application process for Penn Law’s LLM, LLCM and SJD programs.
- Develop, fine-tune, and implement systems and part-time staffing for the careful evaluation of 1,400+ applications per cycle.
- Review files and make admissions and scholarship recommendations.

- Oversee the design and distribution of prospective student, application, and admitted student materials.
- Manage and keep current the content of Graduate Programs websites (currently the external and the admitted student sites).
- Ensure excellent communication about the program, its benefits, its students, and its alumni to internal and external audiences.

- Represent Penn Law to prospective, admitted, matriculating and graduated students. Represent Penn Law to international schools and universities, law firms, other employers, and other potential partners both within and outside the University of Pennsylvania.

Student Life
- Develop and manage programming for current graduate programs students, including management of the non-academic portion of the LLM’s mandatory 5-week summer program.
- Provide curricular consultation and programmatic direction to students for building a rich intellectual experience and appropriate coursework given professional goals.
- Collaborate with colleagues in Student Affairs, Career Services, Toll Public Interest Center and other departments to ensure excellent programming.
- Work with other Penn departments (such as ISSS) to fully support Graduate Programs’ students.

- Hire and manage a Graduate School of Education intern from the Higher Education Program on an annual basis, ensuring delegation of appropriate work and a consistent work flow.
- Ensure the GSE Higher Ed intern provides strong, efficient, and accurate service to students, faculty, staff colleagues, and members of the profession, while gaining valuable experience within his or her educational experience.
- Work closely with the Graduate Programs Coordinator, providing direction and guidance as needed.


We seek candidates who are reliable, flexible, committed to ongoing learning and professional growth, and have established track records as successful collaborators in the workplace.

The successful candidate will hold an advanced degree, J.D. preferred, and have a minimum of three to five years of increasing responsibility in higher education administration, with admissions experience preferred. The ideal candidate will have considerable experience working in an environment concerned with international issues and experience dealing with people from around the world. Foreign language skills and international work experience are valued, but not required. The successful candidate will also have the ability to build strong professional relationships with multiple constituents and partners, including faculty and staff within Penn Law and the University of Pennsylvania, colleagues at other law schools, current students and alumni.

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

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  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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    • 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

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
Optional Documents