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Reference Number 90-29259 Posted Job Title DIR PENN 1ST PLUS ALUMNI INITIATIVES & CAREER RES School Name Development and Alumni Relations Org Alumni Relations Posted to the Web 12/14/2018 Posted Job/Salary Grade 028 Employment Type Exempt Hours N/A Position Type Full Time Position Schedule N/A 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

The Development and Alumni Relations organization at the University of Pennsylvania is one of the premier development organizations in the world.

Penn’s Development and Alumni Relations (DAR) team members benefit from an exceptional work environment where professional excellence and individual pride in achievement are grounded in a strong institutional commitment to integrity and collegiality as we strive for collective success. For talented and innovative individuals, a career at the University of Pennsylvania offers the chance to be part of an exceptionally exciting environment at the nation’s first university.

We seek talented individuals who will constitute a community that draws on the strength that comes with a substantive institutional commitment to diversity. Diversity is prized at Penn as a central component of our mission and helps create an educational and working environment that best supports the University’s commitment to excellence in teaching, research, and scholarship.

Penn’s commitment to achieving eminence through diversity is ultimately a commitment to creating a more vibrant university so that our employees will be both stimulated and empowered to shape a better world. http://darrecruiting.upenn.edu/why-choose-penn/about-dar


The University of Pennsylvania Alumni Relations department is a customer/client focused service-oriented department whose mission is to engage all Penn alumni in a mutually beneficial, lifelong connection to each other, their school, and the University, and encourage alumni support and guidance to advance Penn’s eminence for future generations. Many of the department’s activities and programs are carried out through a network of volunteers as well as through collaboration with other University departments.

The Director of Penn First Plus Alumni and Career Resources Initiatives reports to the Executive Director of Alumni Relations. The Director has responsibility for creating and executing strategic programs that support and connect first generation/highly aided students and alumni. The Director also has oversight for advancing Alumni Relations’ Career Networking Strategy by creating wide-reaching programs to provide mentoring, career support, and professional networking for all students and alumni with an emphasis on first generation/highly aided students and alumni.

The Director facilitates a lifelong connection to the University for alumni, characterized by mentoring, intellectual, professional, and social enrichment. The Director is responsible for building and maintaining long-term and mutually rewarding relationships with and between students, alumni volunteers, Penn faculty and administrators, collaborating with them to create opportunities for students and alumni to engage with each other and Penn’s intellectual and professional community.

The Director works closely with the Executive Director, Associate Vice President of Alumni Relations and staff from other Alumni Relations teams to create substantive and innovate programming. The Director will also be the liaison to Division of the Vice Provost for University Life and the Office of the Vice Provost for Education, which jointly oversee the Penn First Plus program and its expansion of existing services to first-generation, highly-aided students at Penn. The Director will collaborate often with the Executive Director of Penn First Plus and other colleagues in the 12 schools and six cultural resource centers.
Areas of specialization and contribution:

* Create and maintain a First Generation Plus engagement program where alumni can support current students through mentoring, admissions interviews, speaker series, webinars and regional events providing students with social and academic preparation and a strong community.

* Collaborate with the Director of Young Alumni Programs and the Director of Alumni Career Networking to oversee strategy, planning and implementation of an overall plan for career resources, professional development programs for alumni and students, including on-campus, regional, and web-based.

* Assess and support the Penn student experience for all undergraduate students through the Penn Traditions program.

? Supports all Penn Traditions student initiatives through the lens of this role.

* Work with on-campus schools and centers to build relationships and opportunities for collaboration, with the goal of increasing participation of all alumni in University programs.

* Work with Executive Director to create a Penn Alumni Workplace Connections Program.

* Plan and execute regional industry specific professional networking opportunities for alumni.

* Together with Director of the yPenn program and Admissions, support regional young alumni admissions panels.

* Identify, recruit and train alumni volunteers to support and assist in execution of programs for Penn First Plus students and alumni, and career programs.

* Collaborate with the Director of Alumni Career Networking and Career Services to grow professional development and networking resources available to alumni, including: creating opportunities for alumni to interact based on shared professional and research interests through on-campus and regional programming; strengthening and promoting web-based resources for alumni to seek/provide career related guidance and support.

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university required.

    * Five to seven years of significant professional and personal development within alumni relations, career services, first generation plus initiatives, other area of higher education administration, or related field required; strong consideration will be given to candidates with both professional experience and personal experience as a first-generation and/or highly-aided college student.

    * Knowledge of Alumni Relations, program development, teaching and curriculum/course development strongly desired.

    * History of mentoring others to create leaders throughout an organization, with superior listening skills to help understand the developmental needs of others.

    * Ability to motivate and oversee volunteers, especially those of high visibility and stature on campus and in local communities. Proven ability to exercise diplomacy, judgment, discretion and grace under fire.

    * Ability to initiate and encourage collaboration among colleagues.

    * Proven success in events, project or conference management, with financial acumen to oversee revenue and expense budgets for disparate groups and events.

    * Public speaking skills and a history of making presentations to diverse audiences.

    * Strong comfort with technology, including state of the art data collection tools, office productivity packages, social media platforms, and the Internet as a tool for reconnecting alumni to Penn and with one another.

    * Ability to work non-traditional hours and travel on occasion.

    * Comfort with ambiguity and working within constraints of scarce resources.

    * Valid driver’s license 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. Quick Link http://jobs.hr.upenn.edu/postings/42288 Posting Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * How did you hear about this employment opportunity?
    • [email protected]
    • 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
    • Indeed.com
    • Other Internet Advertisement
    • Linkedin
    • Twitter
    • 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. * Do you have a knowledge of Alumni Relations, program development, teaching and curriculum/course development?
    • Yes
    • No
  5. * Do you have the ability to motivate and oversee volunteers, especially those of high visibility and stature on campus and in local communities?
    • Yes
    • No
  6. * Do you have strong public speaking skills and a history of making presentations to diverse audiences?
    • Yes
    • No
Applicant Documents Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
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    Posted: 1/10/2019
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