Post-doctoral Fellow, Education

Location
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Posted
Jan 23, 2018
Jobs Outside Higher Education
Research & Development
Position Type
Postdoc
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

The Center for High Impact Philanthropy (CHIP) is the only university-based center with a singular focus on philanthropy for social impact. Founded as a collaboration between the School of Social Policy & Practice and alumni of the Wharton School, it is a trusted source of knowledge and education to help donors around the world do more good.

The Center seeks a post-doctoral fellow to analyze opportunities for their potential to improve child and student success, with particular focus on disadvantaged and vulnerable populations in the United States. Fellows must possess knowledge of the domestic US education space, ideally from both academic training and professional experience; outstanding research and analytical skills (both quantitative and qualitative); excellent communication skills including the ability to translate findings for a lay, public audience; and experience and interest working in a collaborative, team-based environment. Examples of questions a fellow would answer include:

1. From birth through transition to post-secondary education or successful entrance into the workforce, what are the key in-school and out-of-school factors that matter?

2. To what degree are benchmarks at one phase predictive of success at later stages?

3. What does the current research imply about where and how philanthropic intervention can be most useful?

4. What specific models and approaches are most promising in clearing the path for student success?

From birth through transition to post-secondary education or successful entrance into the workforce, what are the key in-school and out-of-school factors that matter? To what degree are benchmarks at one phase predictive of success at later stages? What does the current research imply about where and how philanthropic intervention can be most useful? What specific models and approaches are most promising in clearing the path for student success?

To answer such questions in a way that is both informed by the best available evidence and actionable, fellows must be able to make cross-disciplinary connections and be creative and resourceful in sourcing and interpreting information from a wide variety of sources including academics/academic literature, policy makers, funders, practitioners, and nonprofit beneficiaries. This fellowship role requires thinking and analysis beyond the particular focus of any one dissertation thesis. Successful candidates may come from any number of disciplines, including public policy, history, education, economics, etc. Demonstrated strong teaching skills a plus; commitment to the Center for High Impact Philanthropy’s and SP2’s focus on social impact and social change necessary.

Terms: One-year fellowship with potential to renew for second year; $55,000 per year salary

Interested candidates may send their CV, letter of interest, and two writing samples (one academic, one written for more general audience) to impact@sp2.upenn.edu.

 

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