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Event Observer - Temporary Position

University of Pennsylvania
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Job Details

Job location: VPUL

Employment Type: Part-time
Posted data: 2021-08-20
Req: JR00036086
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.

Posted Job Title

Event Observer - Temporary Position

Job Profile Title

Temporary Employee - Non-Exempt

Job Description Summary

Event Observers work as part of a team under the direction of University Life. Event Observers contribute to campus efforts to reduce the risk of alcohol and other drug use at student social events, ensuring that required risk management efforts are in place at registered student events. Event Observers address and close down social events that are escalating in risk, or events that were not registered. Event Observers are considered part-time, temporary staff and shifts scheduled on the basis of availability and need. Each Event Observer shift is from 10:00PM – 2:00AM, and shifts may be scheduled on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights, as well as during other times when special events are planned. Shifts are scheduled starting with New Student Orientation and ending with Commencement, excluding Thanksgiving and Winter Break. Event Observers always work in pairs, and most commonly two pairs will be scheduled per shift.

This is a 9 month term position.

Job Description

Duties while observing:

  • Roam assigned area with a careful eye and ear for unregistered events. Shut down and report unregistered events.

  • Visit registered events while on roaming route to ensure that event hosts are managing the event with attention to risk management and safety of guests. Assist event hosts with troubleshooting when necessary.

  • Communicate to Penn Police or to designated staff from the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life and/or University Life any major concerns, issues, or problems at an event or while roaming.


  • H.S. Diploma or GED required, Bachelor's degree preferred

  • Previous experience in a similar role preferred

Job Location - City, State

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School

Student Services

Pay Range

$7.25 - $230.00

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 may be required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.


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. 


Learn about the signature initiatives of the Penn Compact 2022:  




Understanding and appreciating diversity is one of Penn's most important priorities and is fundamental to success in today's world. 


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. 


To learn more about Diversity and Inclusion at Penn visit: 




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