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Posting Details

Posting Details

Reference Number 85-28040
School Name Student Services
Posted to the Web 03/07/2018
Posted Job/Salary Grade 026
Employment Type Exempt
Hours N/A
Position Type Full Time
Position Schedule 9-5
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 Head Academic Counselor will provide ongoing counseling, outreach, and support to help increase the success, retention, and graduation of students who participate in the PENNCAP Program, Penn’s comprehensive support program for low-ses undergraduates. Responsibilities include holding one-on-one counseling/advising sessions, email outreach, advocacy as necessary, and generally acting as a case manager, supporting the students throughout their undergraduate experience. Beyond providing direct service to assigned students, the Head Academic Counselor will also be responsible for overseeing PENNCAP counseling services and initiatives, including supervising full time counseling staff, and coordinating the peer mentoring program. The Head Academic Counselor will also oversee special projects designed to support students’ progress towards degree completion. For some events and during certain times of the year, particularly during the Pre-Freshman Program, the summer bridge component of PENNCAP, some evenings and weekends are required.


A Master’s Degree in Counseling, Student Affairs, Social Work or other related field and 1 to 3 years of relevant experience or equivalent combination of education and experience is required. Excellent counseling communication, writing, computing and organization skills required. Must have the ability to plan and implement programs and events. Ideal candidate should have experience working with low SES students and a demonstrated commitment to diversity. Supervisory experience 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.

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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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