Asst Director, MPP Program

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DescriptionGrade: T26

The College of Liberal Arts is home to 35 undergraduate majors, 32 minors, 23 certificate programs and 15 graduate degree programs. With its vibrant and diverse array of educational programs, the College of Liberal Arts plays a tremendous role in the university's academic success and its mission mirrors both the historical importance of the liberal arts in society and the principles on which Temple University was founded. The College strives to prepare students for citizenship and careers, to create the foundation for a lifetime of learning, and to teach students essential skills - reading critically, thinking carefully, communicating effectively, appreciating diversity, and tolerating ambiguity. A liberal arts education from Temple helps students realize their aspirations and prepares them to meet the ever-changing cultural, intellectual and economic demands of our society.

The College of Liberal Arts is committed to hiring and developing staff who want to work in a high performing culture that supports the outstanding work of our faculty and students.   

The Master of Public Policy (MPP) program is a rapidly growing professional degree program in the College of Liberal Arts (CLA) that enrolls over 50 students.  Its goal is to train students for public service careers as future leaders, analysts and advocates in federal, state and municipal employment along with non-profit and for-profit organizations that work continually with government.

The Assistant Director works with, and at the direction of, the Director of the MPP program to carry out several functions integral to the operation of the program including, but not limited to: strategizing marketing, communication and recruitment tactics; overseeing admissions and enrollment management; overseeing the internship requirement - identifying potential internship opportunities, verifying student’s fulfillment of internship requirements and evaluating final paper submissions; advising currently enrolled students; and planning and implementing professional development events and speakers.  The Assistant Director serves as a creative problem-solver with at least 3-5 years of experience in higher education or a public service setting.  The person should have administrative skills that allow them to work at the intersection of the MPP program and other units of the University as well as with public sector and non-profit sector organizations.  Performs other duties as assigned.

Required Education & Experience:

Master’s Degree and at least 2 years of directly related experience. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.  

Required Skills & Abilities:

*Knowledge of admission and recruitment practices in higher education.

*A thorough understanding of the operations, requirements, policies and procedures of academic and student service units.

*Knowledge and experience with prospect management, student information systems, data stewardship, and communication plans/marketing.

*Ability to craft institutional messaging and represent the Temple University and the College of Liberal Arts effectively through writing and visual communication.

*Ability to work effectively with prospective students, continuing students, alumni, office colleagues, other University administrators and faculty.

*Technical knowledge of Microsoft Office software, including Excel, Word and PowerPoint.

*Demonstrated ability to communicate (oral and written) and present effectively to audiences via multiple channels.

*Strategic thinker with ability to be creative, flexible, and reflective.


*Master of Public Policy (MPP) or Master of Public Administration (MPA).

*Academic staff experience in student advising, mentoring, career counseling, and/or admissions.

*Public service experience in networking, hiring and assisting with community engagement or other related types of work in the public or non-profit sector.

*Experience at a long-term work assignment in one or more of these areas in Philadelphia or the surrounding region.

This is a grant funded position.

This position requires a background check.

Temple University values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity for all persons regardless of age, color, disability, ethnicity, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other status protected by law.


Compliance Statement: In the performance of their functions as detailed in the position description employees have an obligation to avoid ethical, legal, financial and other conflicts of interest to ensure that their actions and outside activities do not conflict with their primary employment responsibilities at the institution. Employees are also expected to understand and be in compliance with applicable laws, University and. employment policies and regulations, including NCAA regulations for areas and departments which their essential functions cause them to interact.


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Primary Location: Pennsylvania-Philadelphia-Main Campus-Gladfelter Hall
Job: Staff
Schedule: Full-time
Shift: Day Job
Employee Status: Regular




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Posted: 6/13/2019
Application Due: 7/2/2019
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