Community Engagement and Outreach Program

University of Pennsylvania

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Community Engagement and Outreach Program Coordinator - Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Penn Engineering

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. As an employer Penn has been ranked nationally on many occasions with the most recent award from Forbes who named Penn one of America's Best Large Employers in 2023.

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
Community Engagement and Outreach Program Coordinator - Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Penn Engineering

Job Profile Title
Coordinator B

Job Description Summary
Penn Engineering's world-acclaimed faculty, state-of-the-art research laboratories and highly interdisciplinary curricula offer an experience that is unparalleled. Innovation and technology drive every program and transform the fundamentals of what future engineers are learning.

We are seeking a dedicated and passionate individual to join our team as a Community Engagement and Outreach Program Coordinator. The Coordinator will work with the Director of Community Engagement and Outreach and autonomously to help grow the STEM outreach and education programs in the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. As a key team member, the Coordinator will play a vital role in planning, implementing, and evaluating outreach programs, specifically promoting STEM education and awareness within the community. Reporting directly to the Director of Community Engagement and Outreach, the Coordinator will work to strengthen relationships, foster community involvement, and contribute to the overall success of Penn Engineering's strategic plan.

Job Description

Job Responsibilities
  • Collaborate with the Director to lead K-12 STEM outreach and engagement projects with faculty, students, and strategic partners at various stages of project development and project implementation, including identifying potential partners, finding a good match between research and educational project outcomes, and creating experiences for students with a range of ages and backgrounds. Collaborate with internal and external stakeholders to identify community needs, assess the effectiveness of STEM programs, and gather feedback for continuous improvement.
  • Lead, develop, and implement community engagement and outreach projects, events, and initiatives to promote positive relationships between Penn Engineering and the community, with a specific emphasis on STEM education. This includes out-of-school time activities, school-embedded enrichment activities, and campus activities. Collect and analyze relevant data to assess the success and impact of community engagement and STEM programs.
  • Lead and collaborate on logistics associated with community engagement and outreach projects. This includes room reservations, booking buses, ordering supplies, organizing supplies, making travel arrangements, corresponding with presenters, and setting up virtual meetings (e.g. via Zoom), making travel arrangements for in-person events, and disseminating communications to internal and external audiences.
  • Partner with the Director to coordinate Penn Engineering Outreach hires and assign appropriate tasks. Recruit, train, and coordinate student hires and volunteers to support community engagement and STEM outreach initiatives. Provide guidance and support, ensuring a positive and impactful experience for student hires, volunteers, and the community.
  • Update and maintain repositories, databases, mailing lists, websites, newsletters, and listservs. Create compelling content and materials to effectively communicate STEM program objectives, achievements, and impact to diverse audiences. Utilize various communication channels to raise awareness and engage the community in STEM-related activities.
  • Respond to and disseminate email inquiries from faculty, staff, postdocs, students, and community partners to the appropriate staff person. Work closely with other departments to align community engagement efforts, especially in STEM, with organizational goals and values.
  • Collaborate with the Director of Community Engagement and Outreach and other staff to develop long-term strategies for sustained community impact, particularly in the STEM education space.
  • Coordinate with the Director and staff to ensure all projects meet target goals.

  • Bachelor's degree, Masters preferred, in community development, K-12 education, non-profit management, STEM education or related field and a minimum of two years of related experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Experience successfully managing events and/or programs including promotion, recruitment, logistics, registration, and content planning
  • Demonstrated problem-solving skills, meticulous attention to detail, independence, and success working in a team environment
  • Familiarity with community resources, dynamics, and a passion for promoting STEM education
  • Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills
  • Must pass background check for working with minors in PA and continue to recheck every 60 months

  • Experience working collaboratively with students, schools, and community groups
  • Previous project management experience, especially in managing multiple projects at one time
  • Experience in K-12, informal, and/or higher education
  • Previous grant writing experience writing Broader Impacts portions of National Science Foundation grants and/or comparable grants
  • Familiarity with survey and data collection, especially with minors
  • Experience building strong relationships across university colleges, centers, and institutes and with the Community
  • Familiarly with education research
  • Previous research experience, especially related to STEM

Job Location - City, State
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School
School of Engineering and Applied Science

Pay Range
$43,919.00 - $68,000.00 Annual Rate
Salary offers are made based on the candidate's qualifications, experience, skills, and education as they directly relate to the requirements of the position, as well as internal and market factors and grade profile.

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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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. 

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