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Associate Director, Civic House

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Posted Job Title
Associate Director, Civic House

Job Profile Title
Associate Director B

Job Description Summary
Reporting to the Civic House Director, the Associate Director oversees the development, administration, and evaluation of social justice educational programming which supports University of Pennsylvania students' community-engaged learning experiences. The Associate Director will assist in creating anti-oppressive training and workshops, building partnerships with community partners and University colleagues, promoting community engagement among Penn students, advising students, and office administration. During the academic year, the position requires availability during numerous evenings and occasional weekends.

Job Description

OVERVIEW

Reporting to the Civic House Director, the Associate Director oversees the development, administration, and evaluation of social justice educational programming which supports University of Pennsylvania students' community-engaged learning experiences. The Associate Director will assist in creating anti-oppressive training and workshops, building partnerships with community partners and University colleagues, promoting community engagement among Penn students, advising students, and office administration. During the academic year, the position requires availability during numerous evenings and occasional weekends.

NOTE: Two positions are currently available. Please see below for details.

RESPONSIBILITIES ASSIGNED TO BOTH POSITIONS

Civic House Social Justice 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 that invites students to critically examine key concepts related to community engagement, including identity, self-awareness, systems of privilege, power, and oppression, and pathways to achieving justice and social change. The Associate Director will support the affinity-based programming, anti-oppression workshops, and discussions featuring community partner panels, faculty, and others.

DUTIES:
  • Developing curricula and workshops about identity development, systems of power, solidarity, social change, intersectionality, social justice, and responsible community engagement;
  • Collaborating with other campus centers on educational programming that aligns with Civic House's Social Justice Framework;
  • Creating an inclusive, equitable, and anti-racist environment through educational programming that supports the entire Civic House community.
  • Fulfilling administrative duties relevant to each program, including but not limited to: maintaining needed records, performing regular assessment, and reporting;
  • Hiring, training, and supervising Civic House student staff and other part-time staff;
  • Developing and implementing short- and long-term programmatic goals;
  • Coordinating new projects, programs, and events;
  • 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.


RESPONSIBILITIES PARTICULAR TO EACH POSITION

Position 1: Associate Director for Community Partnerships and Social Justice Education

In addition to the above duties, the Associate Director for Community Partnerships and Social Justice Education will oversee Civic House's two main community partner programs, the Community Engagement Internship Program (CEI) and the Community Engagement Program (CEP). The Associate Director will be responsible for building and maintaining partnerships with community organizations, creating and facilitating a social justice and community engaged curriculum, supervising student staff who act as Community Partner Liaisons, and overseeing the funding sources for internships that support students that demonstrate financial need.

Responsibilities include:
  • Community Engagement Internship Program
  • Administering all aspects of program, including partnership building, curriculum planning, facilitating critical reflection and social justice workshops, and supporting Director in process of securing future financial support;
  • Building and connecting with new partner organizations and maintaining current asset-based partnerships;
  • Creating opportunities for community partners to be co-educators for the broader Civic House community.
  • Community Engagement Program
  • Supporting community partner organizations through coordination of a direct service program;
  • Supervising student community partner liaisons in their volunteer recruitment efforts, development critical reflection workshops, and communication with partner organizations.


Position 2: Associate Director for Student Programming and Social Justice Education

In addition to the above duties, Associate Director for Student Programming and Social Justice Education will oversee the two main student programs, the West Philadelphia Tutoring Project (WPTP) and the Penn Alternative Breaks Program (PAB). The Associate Director will be responsible for advising WPTP & PAB's Executive Boards, building partnerships with community organizations and neighborhoods schools, and creating a critical community engaged curriculum to support the programs in responsible community engagement. Responsibilities include:
  • WPTP
  • Overseeing programmatic, training, and administrative aspects of this initiative that aims to promote mutually beneficial relationships between the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia students, and West Philadelphia partner schools, primarily through weekly tutoring sessions;
  • Supervising WPTP's Executive Board Chair and other undergraduate Board members who oversee the on and off campus programs and create trainings for roughly 300 tutors;
  • Supervising Graduate Assistant and working with the Administrative Coordinator and others to ensure that all administrative aspects of the WPTP are addressed as needed.
  • PAB
  • Mentoring and supporting the Board throughout the academic year and summer through regular meetings, educational programming, and consistent communication;
  • Designing PAB curriculum that centers critical reflection and anti-racist community engaged practices, following the Civic House Social Justice Framework;
  • Communicating and building asset-based partnerships with community partner organizations that prioritize those most impacted by injustices;
  • Serving as the 24/7 on call campus contact for students while the groups are on trips.


QUALIFICATIONS:

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-engagement experience, 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 anti-oppressive frameworks, social justice issues related to critically analyzing systems of privilege, power, and oppression, community engagement, community organizing, social change and movement work, and advocacy. Applicants must be able to demonstrate a high level of initiative, as well as strong speaking, facilitation, and writing skills, and proven organizational and program planning skills. Demonstrated commitment to social justice, social change, and diversity, equity, and inclusion. Basic computer and word processing and database skills; experience with Handshake, WorkDay, and additional software and internet-based resources; experience with social media and Canva.

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).

TO APPLY

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. Applications that do not include a resume and a cover letter specific to this application will not be considered. For priority consideration, please submit application by Sunday June 5th 2022.

COMPENSATION:

$50k-60k commensurate with education and experience

Job Location - City, State
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School
Provost Interdisciplinary Programs

Pay Range
$43,919.00 - $66,183.00

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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