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Director of Engagement, Center for Ethics & the Rule of Law (CERL)

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Annenberg Public Policy Center

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Job location: Annenberg Public Policy Center

Employment Type: Full-time
Posted data: 2021-07-14
Req: JR00034780
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 of Engagement, Center for Ethics & the Rule of Law (CERL)

Job Profile Title

Director A

Job Description Summary

The Director of Engagement will create and manage an array of communications and marketing activities to raise awareness of the Center for Ethics and the Rule of Law (CERL) and CERL’s work.

Job Description

The Center for Ethics and Rule of Law (CERL) is a non-partisan interdisciplinary institute dedicated to preserving and promoting ethics and the rule of law in national security, warfare, and democratic governance. Affiliated with the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania (APPC), CERL draws from the study of law, philosophy, and ethics to answer the difficult questions that arise in times of war and transnational conflicts. CERL unites scholars, legal practitioners, and policymakers from across various sectors to engage in a multi-disciplinary discussion and analysis of today’s challenging and rapidly evolving issues.

Job responsibilities of the position are as follows:

External Relations:

  • Product Promotion – Promote CERL offerings, including public events, blog postings, reports, and research papers to CERL mailing list subscribers, media, and third-party organizations. Includes creation of Mailchimp newsletters and announcements.

  • For virtual events (Zoom webinars), set up registration and other webinar details; conduct practice sessions, and manage and monitor “day of” activities. Conduct follow-up activities, including surveys, webinar recording editing, and document organization.

  • Manage the CERL Mailchimp account. For both virtual and live events, draft Mailchimp communications promoting events with registration links.

  • For both virtual and live events, serve as the CERL contact for registrants and participants regarding logistics-related questions and issues.

  • Web Site – Oversee site operations and generate and maintain all web site content. Serve as the project manager in the creation of a new CERL web site, which will require input on design and functionality, new content drafting, and content management tool training,

  • Public Relations – Serve as the liaison between CERL leadership and outside press and public relations contacts. Develop press contacts. Pitch story ideas and obtain placements. Set up studio appearances for CERL leaders. Track media results.

  • Blog, The Rule of Law Post – Help solicit articles and oversee submission process with authors. Edit submissions and post. Supervise one student editor.

  • Social Media – Generate Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn postings and monitor feeds; oversee You Tube site.

  • General Marketing – Expand outreach to new audiences; help to increase CERL’s subscriber/mailing list base.

Writing and Editing:

  • Marketing Collateral – Draft promo copy for events and papers/reports and identify ancillary content such as photos, links, Twitter handles, etc. Write CERL’s annual report, including oversee design/typesetting/print production process with vendor. Draft information pamphlets and other pieces as needed.

  • Fundraising – Write and produce print and virtual materials that support the Faculty Director’s approved fundraising efforts, including donor correspondence, to the extent permitted by University of Pennsylvania prospect management and solicitation policies, according to university Development and Alumni Relations (DAR) best practices, and in proactive coordination with the Annenberg School Office of Institutional Advancement.

  • Identify and draft grant applications for funding from foundations and other sources, in coordination with the APPC business office. Prepare development materials that support the CERL Faculty Director’s approved fundraising activities among individuals, corporations, and law firms, following DAR policies and best practices and in coordination with the Annenberg School Office of Institutional Advancement, as noted above.

  • CERL Product Contributions – Contribute to and/or edit and proofread CERL conference write-ups, conference reports, and other substantive-based materials.

  • Manage the CERL customer relationship management software program.

Position Length

This is a one-year, term-limited position dependent on external funding. End date is June 30, 2022, with possible continuation contingent on performance and continuation of external funding.


  • B.A. (required); in writing, communications, or other related area preferred. Background in CERL’s areas of focus a plus. 3-5 years of related experience.

  • Excellent writing, editing, and proofreading skills.

  • Excellent organizational skills along with the ability to coordinate multiple projects simultaneously in a timely manner.

  • Established track record as collaborator in the workplace, within the immediate department, and within a larger institution.

  • Experience representing a sophisticated organization in a variety of public and internal forums.

  • Comfort with design direction and execution.

  • Strong technology skills; experience with Microsoft Office environment, Zoom software for Webinar hosting, Mailchimp software, web site content management platforms, and social media platforms.

  • The proven ability to adapt to and learn new software systems.

Application Instructions

A resume, cover letter, and writing sample are required (clicking the “upload” button at the bottom of the My Experience page in the application process will allow you to attach multiple documents).

Job Location - City, State

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School

Annenberg School for Communication

Pay Range

$50,684.00 - $91,232.00

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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Welcome to the University of Pennsylvania! Penn is the largest private employer in Philadelphia and is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation.  

Across our 12 highly-regarded schools, more than 25,000 students, and more than 4,000 faculty members, we become one university: a wide-ranging, ever-changing community that draws its strength from a multitude of races, ethnicities, genders, sexual orientations, historical traditions, ages, religions, disabilities, veteran status, interests, perspectives, and socioeconomic backgrounds. 

Penn carries on the principles and spirit of its founder, Benjamin Franklin: entrepreneurship, innovation, invention, outreach, and a pragmatic love of knowledge. Franklin's practical outlook has remained a driving force in the university's development. To learn more, visit About Penn



As engines of knowledge and new ideas, universities have the unique potential to define the future rather than be defined by it; to pioneer change rather than merely manage it. To do so requires a plan both visionary and pragmatic. The Penn Compact 2022 motivates community members to innovate, be radically inclusive, and positively impact their local, national, and global communities. 


Penn’s fundamental priorities — increasing access, integrating knowledge and engaging locally, nationally and globally — are supported by the three core values that make us uniquely Penn: inclusion, innovation, and impact. 


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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. 


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Penn offers a wide range of benefits and perks - from Penn's retirement Matching Plan to bike repair stations to access to the full LinkedIn Learning library to adoption assistance to workshops at the letterpress and book arts studio and much more! 


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