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Associate Director - Philosophy, Politics, and Economics Program

University of Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania, United States
Competitive Salary
Posted date
Jul 28, 2021

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Position Type
Administrative, Business & Administrative Affairs, Development & Advancement, Student Affairs, Academic Advising & Academic Support Services
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Full Time
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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.

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

Associate Director - Philosophy, Politics, & Economics


Job Profile Title

Associate Director C


Job Description

Since its inception at Penn, PPE has been popular and today it is one of the largest majors in the College of Arts and Sciences. The major offers an integrated, cross-disciplinary education that combines broad and rigorous training in the foundations of its allied disciplines.

The Associate Director promotes the activities of the Program in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE) through a variety of means, including: partnering with faculty to find, develop, prepare, and manage research grants; advising prospective and current students, including the day-to-day coordination/advising of the undergraduate major and identifying appropriate faculty mentors; facilitating PPE seminars and lectures in the BeLab; and working collaboratively with SAS Office of Advancement and staff in Development and Alumni Relations to engage students, faculty, donors, alumni and external organizations. With oversight from the SAS Office of Advancement, the Associate Director works to develop a targeted program for engaging its alumni and potential donors. This will be accomplished by focusing on creating opportunities for alumni to reconnect with the program and with one another, effectively articulating the program's mission, obtaining accurate contact information on PPE alumni, and where possible, capitalizing on opportunities to introduce PPE to a broader SAS alumni and donors audience. In consultation with the College Dean and the SAS Office of Advancement, articulate funding needs for the program.


Bachelor's degree with three to five years of experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience, is required.  Master's degree or PhD in PPE-related disciplines, including psychology, is strongly preferred, as is an interdisciplinary research background related to PPE.  Experience in academic advising preferred. Must have the ability to communicate with a diverse population and across all levels of the organization. Strong verbal communication skills required. Must also demonstrate excellent writing and editing skills. Previous experience working with international non-profit programs and organizations and grants preferred. Strong interpersonal skills, ability to work independently, strong initiative and ability to develop programs essential. Previous budget management and fund-raising experience a plus.


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