Associate Director, Civic House
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Reporting to the Senior Associate Director, the Associate Director oversees the development, administration, and evaluation of programs which support University of Pennsylvania students' engagement with community organizations in Philadelphia and beyond. The Associate Director will assist in creating social justice educational programming, communicating with community partners and University colleagues, promoting community engagement among Penn students, advising students, and office administration. During the academic year, position requires availability during several evenings and occasional weekends.Job DescriptionAssociate Director, Civic HouseUniversity of PennsylvaniaOVERVIEW
Reporting to the Senior Associate Director, the Associate Director oversees the development, administration, and evaluation of programs which support University of Pennsylvania students' engagement with community organizations in Philadelphia and beyond. The Associate Director will assist in creating social justice educational programming, communicating with community partners and University colleagues, promoting community engagement among Penn students, advising students, and office administration. During the academic year, position requires availability during several evenings and occasional weekends.SPECIFIC DUTIESCivic House Educational and Training Programs
Working individually and in collaboration with other Civic House staff members, the Associate Director will identify, organize, manage, and facilitate social justice educational opportunities that guide students in responsible community engagement work. This position oversees multiple programs and initiatives, including the IGNITE Retreat, discussion-based programming, workshops, and guest presentations.
Alternative Break Programs
- Developing curricula and accompanying literature about social justice and responsible community engagement;
- Collaborating with other campus centers on educational programming that aligns with Civic House's Social Justice Framework;
- Hiring, training, and supervising student support staff;
- Facilitating and presenting workshops that increase awareness of Civic House programs and build students' engagement in and knowledge of social issues;
- Coordinating evaluation of programs.
The Associate Director will oversee the Penn Alternative Breaks Program (PAB), which coordinates winter and spring break trips for students interested in direct service, education, and critical reflection. This position will be responsible for advising, counseling, and performing tasks for PAB's Executive Board to ensure their success. Responsibilities include:
PennCORP (Penn Community OutReach Program)
- Maintaining constant communication with the Board throughout the academic year and summer through email and regular meetings;
- Advising the Board in their use of University resources and facilitating their communication with key stakeholders such as the Office of Risk Management, the Travel Office, the Student Activities Council, and the Office of Student Affairs;
- Training the Board and Site Leaders on University policy and internal communication protocols;
- Communicating and building partnerships with both Philadelphia community-based and PAB partner organizations;
- Designing curriculum for Site Leaders and the Board that aligns with Civic House's Social Justice Framework through the encouragement of regular conscious reflection and education of trip participants;
- Serving as the 24/7 on call campus contact for students while the groups are on trips.
Over this four-day pre-orientation program, the Associate Director will provide community engagement opportunities and social justice educational experiences for selected incoming first-year students. Programming consistent with Civic House values and mission will orient incoming students to Civic House, West Philadelphia, and community organizations, and educate participants on ethical and responsible engagement in the community. Specific responsibilities include:
- Overseeing recruitment, selection, training, and supervision of PennCORP staff;
- Developing training for student leaders;
- Coordinating with the leaders of other Pre-Orientation Programs;
- Overseeing management, administration, implementation, and evaluation of the PennCORP Program;
- Engaging and guiding involvement of other Civic House staff in PennCORP;
- Planning academic year programming for PennCORP participants and;
- Designing the overall vision, curriculum, and workshops of PennCORP.
- Assist in hiring, training, and supervision of Civic House student staff and other part-time staff;
- Support Civic House events;
- Work with Director, Senior Associate Director, and other Civic House staff in a variety of other areas, including:
- Developing and implementing short- and long-term programmatic goals;
- Coordinating new projects and programs;
- Establishing and maintaining relationships with community partners and other University offices, and student groups, and;
- Participating in developing and maintaining the Civic House website and other social media
Master's degree in Education, Social Work, or related discipline and/or equivalent education and experience; a minimum of 1-3 years professional-level involvement with higher education community service-learning activities, social justice education, work with community-based organizations, and/or student development work; extensive relevant experience may substitute for masters-level work. Deep understanding of social justice issues related to community engagement, organizing, and advocacy work. Applicants must be able to demonstrate high level of initiative, as well as strong speaking, discussion facilitation, and writing skills, and proven organizational and program planning skills. Demonstrated commitment to social justice, social change, and diversity. Basic computer skills required (Windows platform), including word processing and database use; experience with additional software and with navigating and creating internet-based resources and work-related social media helpful.SALARY RANGE:
Approximately $48,000 to $52,000 based on prior education and experienceAPPLICATION REQUIREMENT:
A Cover Letter and Resume/CV are required to be considered for this position. Please upload your Cover Letter where it asks you to upload your Resume/CV; multiple documents are allowed.NON-DISCRIMINATION POLICY STATEMENT
The University of Pennsylvania values diversity and seeks talented students, faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds. The University of Pennsylvania does not discriminate 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 status in the administration of its admissions, financial aid, educational or athletic programs, or other University-administered programs or in its employment practices. Questions or complaints regarding this policy should be directed to the Executive Director of the Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Programs, Sansom Place East, 3600 Chestnut Street, Suite 228, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6106; or (215) 898-6993 (Voice) or (215) 898-7803 (TDD).Job Location - City, State
Philadelphia, PennsylvaniaDepartment / School
Provost Interdisciplinary ProgramsPay 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.
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