Communications Coordinator in SAS Katz Center

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Communications Coordinator in SAS Katz Center

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Posted Job Title
Communications Coordinator in SAS Katz Center

Job Profile Title
Marketing Coordinator B

Job Description Summary
The Communications Coordinator will handle all aspects of the Center's communications, including publicizing its programs and events; maintaining its internal systems; and coordinating across programs and initiatives within the Center. The position combines administrative responsibilities with opportunities to create promotional materials and contribute to overall communications strategy.

Job Description

The Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania is driven by the mission to deepen and broaden the understanding of Jewish history, texts, cultures, ideas, and experiences. The research it supports spans all periods of Jewish history, from distant antiquity through to the present day; it reaches into every part of the globe where Jews have lived, and it is grounded in a wide range of disciplines and approaches. Over the decades, after supporting hundreds of scholars and untold numbers of discoveries and publications (including a book series and the journal the Jewish Quarterly Review), it has earned a reputation as the nation's preeminent research center in the study of Jewish history and culture.

As a scholarly institution striving for diversity and inclusivity, the Katz Center is committed to creating an intellectual space welcoming to all scholars regardless of nationality, religious orientation, racial or ethnic identity, gender identity and expression, professional rank, or institutional affiliation.


The Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania supports research on Jewish civilization in all its historical and cultural manifestations, and is a model for institutions of its kind. The Katz Center hosts an international fellowship program that brings to the university scholars from around the world; serves as a catalyst for other forms of interdisciplinary scholarly collaboration; supports the development of early career scholars; and runs a series of programs meant to share the fruits of research with a broader public.

Reporting to the Director and receiving work direction from the Associate Director and Director for Public Programs, the Communications Coordinator plays a key role in connecting the Katz Center to its various constituencies. The Center is seeking an enthusiastic people person with the skills to communicate across various media, who can work independently and as part of a team, and who is detailed-oriented and well organized. This position combines administrative responsibilities with opportunities for the right candidate to originate textual and design content and contribute to overall communications strategy. Coordinate all aspects of publicizing the Center and its programs and events, including printed and online materials, advertising, and social media, according to an integrated Center-wide plan; Produce, edit, and maintain news and other content for the Center's website and e-newsletter; Proactively manage social media, working to expand the Center's reach among key constituencies; Manage mass communications including composition of email blasts and maintenance of the Center's database of contacts and Constant Contact account; Ensure that all Center communications comply with established visual identity; Creatively and energetically contribute to efforts to better serve our core constituencies and reach new audiences; Assist at events and on other special projects as needed.


Bachelor's degree and 2 to 3 years of experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience required. Demonstrated experience with popular and emerging social media platforms and communications technologies; excellent writing and proofreading competency; meticulous attention to detail and organizational skills; ability to work independently and with a team: strong interpersonal skills and an ability to work with a diverse group of faculty, staff, students, and members of the public; independent time management: ability to work with short deadlines and successfully manage long term planning; experience in an academic institution or arts/culture non-profit setting desirable; Knowledge of, or ability to learn quickly: Microsoft Office suite (mandatory), FileMaker Pro, MyEmma, Adobe Creative Suite, HTML, and Drupal.

The targeted salary range for this position is $44,000-$52,000.

This Targeted Pay Range is only applicable to this job posting. All 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.

Job Location - City, State
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School
School of Arts and Sciences

Pay Range
$43,919.00 - $66,183.00
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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