Director, Center for School Study Councils

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Director, Center for School Study Councils

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.

Posted Job Title
Director, Center for School Study Councils

Job Profile Title
Director C

Job Description Summary
Catalyst @ Penn GSE connects people and ideas across diverse constituencies to develop innovative ways to address persistent and emerging problems in education. Building upon Penn GSE's history of leadership in education, Catalyst is both a collection of unique programs and a facilitator within and beyond the University. Throughout its work, Catalyst combines education, business, and technology to embrace an ongoing process of generating, testing, adapting, and disseminating best practices. Catalyst's new and established programs cut across sectors to serve educators, entrepreneurs, researchers, policymakers, investors, business leaders, and others with a stake in education's power to create opportunity for all learners.

Job Description

The Director, Center for School Study Councils is responsible for the design, delivery, execution and assessment of all facets of the Center for School Study Councils. The purpose of the Council is to lead and support the leadership growth and capacity building of regional superintendents so that our regional school systems are continuously strengthened. The Center is a primary source of leadership development for regional superintendents and the Center's role in connecting research and practice is key to our region's educational community. The Director is responsible for planning, innovation, connections and resulting delivery of multiple facets of programming.


  • Design, deliver and evaluate annual programming for regional superintendents and their assistants.
  • Promote research, networks and programming that extend the core work of the Center while staying current in the research that applies to leadership, school effectiveness, design of teaching and learning, governance and innovation.
  • Establish multiple pathways for delivery of services to leaders and districts.
  • Connect the University/Catalyst/GSE to the regional schools with partnerships, services and research.
  • Analyze the ongoing leadership and knowledge needs and gaps of practicing superintendents
  • Support individual and groups of leaders who present specific problems of practice which the Center can address with programming, learning opportunities, resources, etc.
  • Oversee the Center's budget, office and personnel

  • Master's degree and 5-7 years relevant experience required; Doctoral degree preferred.
  • Track record of developing research-based, compelling professional development opportunities in leadership
  • Passion for and experience in identifying new research in education environments
  • Excellent organizational and program management skills, with emphasis on priorities and goal setting
  • Superior communication and presentation skills with ability to communicate information clearly and concisely with senior leaders
  • Skill to understand and propose products and solutions by focusing on client requirements Ma
  • Team player with capabilities to manage diverse stakeholder priorities toward consensus
  • High energy, results orientation and creativity

Job Location - City, State
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School
Graduate School of Education

Pay Range
$72,837.00 - $138,391.00

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.

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Posted: 8/13/2020
Application Due: 9/24/2020
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