Assistant Director, Landscape Architecture
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
Assistant Director, Landscape ArchitectureJob Profile Title
Coordinator BJob Description Summary
The Assistant Director manages the Department of Landscape Architecture in direct collaboration with the Department Chair, including teaching/ faculty affairs, budget development and management, day-to-day operations, course planning and scheduling, student affairs, admissions, lecture series, special events, publications and social media. Coordinate faculty searches, appointments, promotions and reappointments. Coordinate the 3 and 4 Summer Institute programs for students entering the MLA programs. Oversee and supervise the work of the Department Coordinator and the Administrative Assistant as well as student workers. Supervise, Hire and train replacement staff members. Coordinate the hiring and payroll needs of part-time faculty, student teaching assistants and research assistants.Job DescriptionResponsibilities:
- With the support of an Administrative Assistant and a Department Coordinator who report directly to this position, manage the daily administrative operations of the Department of Landscape Architecture. Collaborate directly with the Chair to support the achievement of departmental goals and priorities, including oversight and coordination of all aspects of the MLA program.
- Fiscal management: in collaboration with the Chair and in consultation with the Department Coordinator, plan and manage the Adjunct Faculty and Lecturer Teaching budget, the department's Current Expense budget, the department's Student Teaching Assistant / Research Assistant budgets; including course and studio travel budgets; reimbursements and limited engagement fee payments
- Course planning: in collaboration with the Chair and the Registrar plan and schedule the 3-4 week Summer Institute, all fall and spring courses and studios. Oversee and coordinate advanced registration, open registration, enrollment, independent study/studio proposals, course grading.
- Student affairs: oversee and coordinate the admissions process; manage course registration, student advising, dual-degree study plans, student academic progress, student issues, and academic probation. Oversee and coordinate the teaching assistant application and assignment process. Oversee and coordinate the student award nomination and selection process.
- Faculty affairs: coordinate faculty searches, appointments, promotions, reappointments, the hiring of part-time faculty, faculty meetings, teaching assignments, and part-time faculty payroll.
- Lecture and events: in collaboration with the Chair and other department/school administrators plan and oversee the department lecture series, symposia, and other special events.
- External: serve as the administrative liaison between the department and the ASLA, CLARB, CELA, and LAF regarding annual reports, reaccreditation visits, annual meetings, and other events.
- Promotion and communications: in collaboration with the Chair and other department/school administrators, plan and oversee the production of the department publications, website pages and social media.
- Oversee and coordinate the planning, development and management of dual degree and certificate programs involving the MLA program with the other stakeholders.
Bachelor's Degree with 3-5 years of related experience or equivalent combination of education and experience is required. 5 years to 7 years of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience is preferred. Ability to work independently and manage other staff is required. Ability to multitask and work in a team is required. Detail oriented, exceptional organizational, communication and writing skills are required. Proficiency with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), required. Proficiency with Adobe Creative Suite (PhotoShop, InDesign), preferred. Graphic arts, arts education and program management background, preferredWorking Conditions
Office, library, computer roomPhysical Effort
Typically sitting at a desk or tableJob Location - City, State
Philadelphia, PennsylvaniaDepartment / School
School of DesignPay Range
$42,953.00 - $77,315.00Affirmative 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.
To learn more, please visit: https://www.hr.upenn.edu/PennHR/benefits-pay
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