CURF Fellowships Associate Director

University of Pennsylvania
College Hall
Closing date
Oct 22, 2021

Job Details

Job location: College Hall

Employment Type: Full-time
Posted data: 2021-06-25
Req: JR00034241
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

CURF Fellowships Associate Director

Job Profile Title

Associate Director B

Job Description Summary

Reporting to the Senior Associate Director for Fellowships of the Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships (CURF), the CURF Fellowships Associate Director advises high-achieving applicants for the Fulbright Award, Truman Scholarship, and other nationally and internationally competitive fellowships as well as select internal Penn awards. Responsibilities include but are not limited to: advise undergraduates, graduate students, and alumni by strategizing how to strengthen application essays, program choice, and recommender selection; oversee recruitment, advising, and nomination processes for select awards; manage competitive nomination processes by orienting and training faculty evaluators and managing interview and selection processes; serve as administrative liaison to faculty advisory committees by preparing background material and writing reports. Oversee recruitment and publicity for select awards through outreach to students, schools, departments, and relevant academic and administrative programs to promote awareness of fellowships. Work with faculty and campus partners to identify, recruit, and support applicants through in-person and virtual events and social media. Develop and lead information sessions and workshops and assess and evaluate success of programs and implement changes as Senior Associate Director for Fellowships and Associate Director deem necessary. Communicate regularly with foundation representatives and remain current on existing fellowship opportunities and research and identify new opportunities relevant to Penn students and alumni. Associate Director also manages CURF Graduate Fellows on draft reviews for fellowships and assists with Rhodes and Marshall endorsement letter writing. Work with CURF Assistant Director for outreach and assessment, Administrative Coordinator, and Office Coordinator, assuring that administrative tasks are completed promptly and efficiently. Work with campus partners to create effective and innovative programs and resources to support applicants. Other projects, duties, and responsibilities as assigned.

Job Description


  • Advise a diverse array of high-achieving undergraduates, graduate students, and alumni applicants for the Fulbright Award how to strategize applications and strengthen essays. Advise undergraduates and manage nomination and selection processes for nationally and internationally competitive fellowships including the Truman, Udall, Boren, Pickering, Rangel, Luce, Gaither, Projects for Peace, and other service-oriented fellowships, as well as select internal Penn awards including Projects for Peace and Hassenfeld Foundation Social Impact grant
  • Oversee recruitment, publicity, and nomination processes for select awards including the Fulbright as well as competitive undergraduate fellowships and internal Penn Awards through outreach to students, faculty, schools, departments, and relevant academic and administrative programs, and by developing social media strategies and leading virtual information sessions and in-person workshops. Assess and evaluate success of programs and implement improvements
  • Collaborate with CURF staff and campus partners to engage a diverse array of student and alumni applicants. Conduct targeted outreach to underserved populations and engage diverse faculty and staff partners in identifying, educating, and mentoring students from underrepresented backgrounds.
  • Communicate with foundations and remain current on existing fellowship opportunities by attending and presenting at foundation workshops, trainings, and professional conferences, and identify new opportunities for Penn students
  • Collaborate on producing reports on student and alumni engagement in fellowships
  • Orient and train faculty and staff evaluators for Fulbright, Truman, and other fellowships, manage interview and nomination processes for select fellowships, and prepare background material and reports for faculty advisory committees
  • Perform additional duties as assigned


Required: This position requires a Master’s degree and three to five years of experience advising students and managing application processes in a web-based environment. Strong commitment to identifying and working with a diverse group of students and alumni and advancing university diversity goals. Excellent written and oral communication skills and experience offering feedback on student writing. Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to collaborate with faculty, staff, alumni, and others. Excellent organizational and time management skills. Team-oriented person comfortable in a fast-paced environment characterized by change. Familiarity with Microsoft Office, and experience with social media.

Preferred: Some knowledge of higher educational institutions abroad. International experience highly desirable. Experience as a full-time staff member in higher education, especially in student services, strongly preferred.

Please submit a Cover Letter to be considered for this opportunity

Job Location - City, State

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School

Provost's Center

Pay Range

$42,953.00 - $77,315.00

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.

University Benefits

  • Health, Life, and Flexible Spending Accounts: Penn offers comprehensive medical, prescription, behavioral health, dental, vision, and life insurance benefits to protect you 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.

  • Flexible Work Hours: Flexible work options offer creative approaches for completing work while promoting balance between work and personal commitments. These approaches involve use of non-traditional work hours, locations, and/or job structures.

  • Penn Home Ownership Services: Penn offers a forgivable loan for eligible employees interested in buying a home or currently residing in West Philadelphia, which can be used for closing costs or home improvements.

  • Adoption Assistance: Penn will reimburse eligible employees on qualified expenses in connection with the legal adoption of an eligible child, such as travel or court fees, for up to two adoptions in your household.

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