Director, Veterans Upward Bound Program

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Director, Veterans Upward Bound Program

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, Veterans Upward Bound Program

Job Profile Title
Director B

Job Description Summary
The VUB Director is responsible for the identification, recruitment, enrollment, and college prep programming for low income, first-generation veterans who are interested in pursuing postsecondary education.

Job Description


  • Manages program databases, associated tracking sheets and related administrative forms; completes data entry and filing; conducts routine audits and reconciliation of program data; creates and prepares reports capturing program data; and conducts regular assessments of program objectives status
  • Oversees the provision of direct services to VUB participants, including intake, assessment, advising, tutoring, and coaching; assists participants with obtaining military transcripts, applying for VA education benefits, submitting the FAFSA financial aid application; refers participants to local community service providers, VA and institutional resources as appropriate; and prepares and maintains all required documentation
  • Recruits offsite and onsite; certifies eligibility and assists director in determining and executing participant program enrollment; communicates with internal and external service providers in recruitment and provision of service efforts
  • Creates and seeks out educational content for delivery to participants in alignment with project requirements, and coordinates for delivery and sometimes personally delivers the prescribed educational content via the appropriate platform
  • Records and tracks participant contacts on appropriate forms to include documentation of assessments, tutoring and supply issue
  • Performs other duties as assigned

  • A Master's Degree in Education, Counseling, Social Work, or related field required.
  • Military service with an honorable discharge a plus.
  • Preference for candidates with experience working with veterans or within a community/university/college Veteran Resource Centers, EOP, TRIO Program
  • 2+ years of programming experience, preferably in college access and prep programs.
  • Experience in high school and/or college admissions recruitment
  • Experience with externally funded, federal, or state academic support programs
  • Strong leadership, organization, interpersonal, written and presentation communication and information management skills
  • Demonstrated commitment to serving and preparing underserved, racially and culturally diverse participants for academic success and post-secondary enrollment
  • Experience working with low-income, first-generation participants
  • Experience with instructional design and virtual learning environment
  • Strong organizational, programming, motivational, and leadership skills
  • Strong interpersonal, written, presentation and technology skills
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity.

University Benefits:

Health, Life, and Flexible Spending Accounts: Penn offers comprehensive medical, prescription, behavioral health, dental, vision, and life insurance benefits to protect your and your family's health and welfare. You can also use flexible spending accounts to pay for eligible health care and dependent care expenses with pre-tax dollars.

Tuition: Take advantage of Penn's exceptional tuition benefits. You, your spouse, and your dependent children can get tuition assistance here at Penn. Your dependent children are also eligible for tuition assistance at other institutions.

Retirement: Penn offers generous retirement plans to help you save for your future. Penn's Basic, Matching, and Supplemental retirement plans allow you to save for retirement on a pre-tax or Roth basis. Choose from a wide variety of investment options through TIAA and Vanguard.

Time Away from Work: Penn provides you with a substantial amount of time away from work during the course of the year. This allows you to relax, take vacations, attend to personal affairs, recover from illness or injury, spend time with family—whatever your personal needs may be.

Long-Term Care Insurance: In partnership with Genworth Financial, Penn offers faculty and staff (and your eligible family members) long-term care insurance to help you cover some of the costs of long-term care services received at home, in the community or in a nursing facility. If you apply when you're newly hired, you won't have to provide proof of good health or be subject to underwriting requirements. Eligible family members must always provide proof of good health and are subject to underwriting.

Wellness and Work-life Resources: Penn is committed to supporting our faculty and staff as they balance the competing demands of work and personal life. That's why we offer a wide variety of programs and resources to help you care for your health, your family, and your work-life balance.

Professional and Personal Development: Penn provides an array of resources to help you advance yourself personally and professionally.

University Resources: As a member of the Penn community, you have access to a wide range of University resources as well as cultural and recreational activities. Take advantage of the University's libraries and athletic facilities, or visit our arboretum and art galleries. There's always something going on at Penn, whether it's a new exhibit at the Penn Museum, the latest music or theater presentation at the Annenberg Center, or the Penn Relays at Franklin Field to name just a few examples. As a member of the Penn community, you're right in the middle of the excitement—and you and your family can enjoy many of these activities for free.

Discounts and Special Services: From arts and entertainment to transportation and mortgages, you'll find great deals for University faculty and staff. Not only do Penn arts and cultural centers and museums offer free and discounted admission and memberships to faculty and staff. You can also enjoy substantial savings on other goods and services such as new cars from Ford and General Motors, cellular phone service plans, movie tickets, and admission to theme parks.

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Job Location - City, State
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School
Provost Interdisciplinary Programs

Pay Range
$59,703.00 - $113,435.00

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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Job No:
Posted: 2/19/2021
Application Due: 2/19/2033
Work Type: Full Time