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Posting Details

Posting Details

Reference Number 85-27613
School Name Student Services
Posted to the Web 12/20/2017
Posted Job/Salary Grade 027
Employment Type Exempt
Hours N/A
Position Type Full Time
Position Schedule 9-5 occasional evenings and weekends as needed
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

Division of the Vice Provost for University Life (VPUL) is Penn’s foremost provider of student services and educational access. VPUL partners and collaborates with diverse organizations across many dimensions including: race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, historical tradition, age, religion, disabilities, veteran status, interests, perspectives and socioeconomic backgrounds. We enhance the ability of nearly 25,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students, along with other community participants. University Life programs provide academic and career support, campus and community engagement, health and wellness programs, and much more. Our efforts help to fulfill Penn’s strategic vision of integrating knowledge across campus. VPUL is part of the Office of the Provost and includes 32 campus departments.


The Penn PreFreshman Program (PFP) Associate Director is responsible to the Director of PENNCAP for providing leadership, in close collaboration with Penn’s four undergraduate schools and other university partners, in the administration of the PFP Program, a four-week, academically rigorous, residential program for incoming first-year undergraduate students. During the academic year, the Associate Director is responsible for planning ongoing academic support initiatives and cultural, social and recreational programs that will support PENNCAP student academic excellence, retention and resource utilization. The Associate Director will also provide back-up support for the Director.

The position responsibilities include, but are not limited to: working with School and Admissions colleagues in the identification and selection of PFP program participants; hiring and training program academic support, peer and residential staff; planning University resource office introductions and follow-up; overseeing participant social, recreational, and cultural events, and serving as the on-call administrator for the duration of the summer program. The Associate Director will also collaborate with colleagues in the Dean’s offices of each of the four undergraduate schools, the Office of Financial Aid, cultural center directors, and other support services to develop and promote ongoing PENNCAP student programming to support student success. The Associate Director will also convene the collection of PFP participant data and work with partners on an ongoing basis to assess the effectiveness of both PFP and ongoing PFP participant outcomes.


Masters required in Student Affairs or an academic discipline, preferably STEM, with at least 3 to 5 years of relevant experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience. The ideal individual will have the ability to exercise excellent judgment in a variety of situations, with strong written, verbal communication, administrative and organizational skills, and the ability to maintain a realistic balance among multiple competing priorities. Must be able to work independently in a deadline-driven environment and must be able to handle a wide variety of activities and confidential matters with discretion. Must have the ability and experience to plan and implement programs and events. Experience working with low SES students and a demonstrated commitment to diversity a must. Knowledge and experience working in a university setting a plus. Previous supervisory experience preferred. Must be able to work evenings and weekends as needed. Must pass Pennsylvania required background check.

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.

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  1. * How did you hear about this employment opportunity?
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  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
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  2. Resume
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