Director, Upward Bound Math Science

Director, Upward Bound Math Science

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Posted Job Title
Director, Upward Bound Math Science

Job Profile Title
Director B

Job Description Summary
Federally funded via the United States Department of Education, Upward Bound Math Science is a college preparatory program that works to help low-income and first-generation-to-college high school students in West Philadelphia recognize and develop their potential to excel in fields related to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). The Director of Upward Bound Math Science (UBMS) reports directly to the Vice Provost of Student Engagement, and is responsible for the administrative oversight, both operational and fiscal, of the grant program, ensuring compliance with institutional, local, and federal guidelines.

Job Description

  • Oversee operational plan to ensure the implementation and documentation of required program participant activities, while ensuring institutional and federal compliance.
  • Hire, lead, train, and evaluate UBMS program staff (Counselor, Administrative Coordinator, work-study students, and tutors, as well as Summer Academy faculty and staff).
  • Supervise the recruitment and application process of program participants, as well as the collection and review of eligibility documentation.
  • Develop and maintain operational relationships with target school administrators and staff, as well as institutional and community partners.
  • Ensure program staff, participants and operations follow implemented risk management guidelines, including, but not limited to, data security, privacy, background checks, insurance documentation and liability waivers.
  • Assume fiduciary responsibility for the budgeting, monitoring, and spending of program funds.
  • Ensure the timely gathering, storage, analysis and reporting of data for departmental, institutional, and federal reporting.
  • Oversee and implement all required assessment and evaluation activities as required.
  • Oversee the program's parent and community advisory boards.
  • Participate in evening, weekend, overnight and summer activities as required.

  • A minimum of five years of full-time professional experience working with populations like those served by Upward Bound Math Science. Direct experience with TRiO programs preferred.
  • A bachelor's or graduate degree in a STEM related discipline required. Master's degree required, with a preference given to disciplines related to STEM, education, counseling, or the social sciences.
  • A broad comprehension of the college application and financial aid process
  • Demonstrable experience in the areas of staff supervision; budget management; program development and evaluation; reporting and compliance with federal regulations.
  • Demonstrable experience in the development of academic and counseling curricula, as well as the ability to utilize educational technology, including Virtual Learning Environments.
  • A strong ability to utilize data management technologies, such as Access and Excel, as well as other Microsoft Office applications. Ability to successfully utilize technologies required for program administration, such as Workday and Qualtrics.
  • Experience and practical knowledge of educational programs in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).
  • Willingness to complete required background checks.
  • A strong commitment to working with the UBMS target population.

Please include a Cover Letter to be considered for this opportunity.


Job Location - City, State
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School
Provost Interdisciplinary Programs

Pay Range
$59,703.00 - $113,435.00

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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