Associate Director, Carey JD/MBA Admissions and Financial Aid

Associate Director, Carey JD/MBA Admissions and Financial Aid

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 Employers By State in 2021.

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.

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Posted Job Title
Associate Director, Carey JD/MBA Admissions and Financial Aid

Job Profile Title
Associate Director C

Job Description Summary
The University of Pennsylvania, with one campus in the heart of Philadelphia, offers distinctive opportunities for cross-disciplinary education, drawing on the depth and breadth of cross-school faculties and programs. The intellectual cross-roads and resulting professional relationships bridge traditional boundaries and disciplines and provide students unparalleled opportunities.

One of these opportunities is the renowned JD/MBA program offered by the Carey Law School and the Wharton School. Penn Law is one of the nation's oldest and most distinguished law schools, and Wharton, the nation's first business school, is recognized globally for intellectual leadership and ongoing innovation. Together, we graduate a select group of students with both degrees in three years.

The Associate Director for JD/MBA Recruiting and Financial Aid is the primary architect of a range of recruiting and matriculation strategies and administrative supports for this important program.

The Associate Director holds a twelve-month position and reports jointly to supervisors at Penn Law and Wharton (at Wharton, to Director of Admissions; at Penn Law, Associate Dean for Admissions and Financial Aid).

Job Description

This position has responsibilities in the following areas:

Recruiting and Matriculation:
  • Develop and recommend an innovative and active recruiting program to attract top-level candidates to this exceptional program
  • Working with both schools' admissions offices:
    • develop recruiting material for the joint degree program; manage its publication to both schools' web sites; devise and implement a schedule of appropriate recruiting visits, coordinating these with both schools' admissions offices
    • responsible for being an active recruiter for the JD/MBA which is inclusive of 1-1 student phone calls and group presentations of various sizes both in person and online.
    • coordinate the development, implementation, and administration of a joint application process
    • coordinate and conduct interviews of prospective students
    • develop and implement a unified approach to notifying students of their admission to the program
    • develop and implement strategies to matriculate an exceptional class
    • develop and implement strategies to coordinate financial aid awards and notices
  • Recommend and manage a budget for recruiting materials, travel, and yield activities.
  • Attend Admissions Committee/Departmental meetings at both schools
  • Assist with other departmental initiatives at both the Law School and the Wharton School.

Programmatic and Administrative Responsibilities:
  • Working with the Director for Student Engagement for the Carey JD/MBA program, coordinate orientation activities for both the Law School and the Wharton school.
  • Collaborate with the Director for Student Engagement for the Carey JD/MBA program on various other programmatic initiatives as needed.
  • Serve as communication point person between both schools on a host of recruitment, admissions, financial aid, and programming issues. Ensure smooth communication between schools at all times.

Other duties as assigned

Qualifications: B.A./B.S. and 3-5 years of experience; or equivalent combination of education and experience; advanced degree preferred. The ideal candidate has a strong collaborative background in an entrepreneurial environment. We seek a candidate with strong administrative and organizational experience, with three to five years progressively increasing responsibility (in academic administration or a law firm or business environment); or equivalent. Candidates should display an excellent understanding of university admissions and academic programming. The Associate Director will demonstrate clear examples of collaboration with a diverse set of constituents in prior work settings and have experience representing an institution to a range of prospective clients or students. The ideal candidate will have interpersonal, project and presentation skills including superior verbal and written communication skills and will be able to demonstrate through past experience an ability to work independently, exercise initiative, display independent judgment, and balance multiple tasks simultaneously. Commitment to the University of Pennsylvania Law School Staff Ideals of collaboration is required. Willingness to travel as possible in the post COVID market, occasionally keep non-traditional hours, and work in teams in the context of an innovative and entrepreneurial environment.

A cover letter is required with application materials.

Job Location - City, State
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School
Law School

Pay Range
$50,684.00 - $77,716.00

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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