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Director of Academic Advising, College of Arts and Sciences (Hybrid Eligible)

University of Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Sep 28, 2022

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Director of Academic Advising, College of Arts and Sciences (Hybrid Eligible)

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.

COVID-19 vaccination is a requirement for all positions at the University of Pennsylvania. New hires are expected to be fully vaccinated before beginning work at the University. For more information about Penn's vaccine requirements and the use of Penn Open Pass, visit the Penn COVID-19 Response website for the latest information.

Posted Job Title
Director of Academic Advising, College of Arts and Sciences (Hybrid Eligible)

Job Profile Title
Director C

Job Description Summary
The Director of Academic Advising leads the College of Arts and Sciences advising team, overseeing academic advising for all students in the College, supporting students in their course choices before and after they choose an academic major, and engaging students with resources available to them across campus. The Director supervises a core fifteen-person advising team and reports to the Dean of the College.

Job Description

The College of Arts and Sciences is the undergraduate division of Penn's largest and central school, the School of Arts and Sciences, and is the heart of liberal arts education at Penn. The College comprises over 6,000 of Penn's 10,000 undergraduates. All undergraduates at Penn take courses in the College. All students in the College complete a broad General Requirement as part of their degree; in specializing, they can choose from almost 60 majors in 27 departments and numerous interdisciplinary programs across the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities. The College Office, led by the College Dean and comprising approximately 30 staff members, serves as the administrative center for the College and coordinates Academic Affairs, Academic Advising, and Administrative Affairs for the College's students and faculty.


The Director of Advising leads the College of Arts and Sciences advising team and serves as a member of the College senior staff working collaboratively with the Dean on matters concerning the College. In addition to acting as a primary supervisor to a group of student advisees, the Director supervises a core fifteen-person advising team and oversees working groups that provide: programs, training and communications for incoming and current College students and advisors; support for students in academic difficulty; support for academic standing and petition processes; advising, programming and communications for student athletes, international students, students with disabilities, first-generation and underrepresented students, and other student populations; and individualized support for students on their progress to degree completion. The Director works with partners across the University in support of advising and liberal arts education at Penn, addresses the concerns of students and families on an individual basis as appropriate through direct communication and consultation, and represents College advising at public University functions including graduation, commencement, award ceremonies, and information sessions for students and families.


A Ph.D. in an academic discipline is required with at least 3 years of relevant experience. Extensive professional experience in advising undergraduates at a liberal arts college or university, and in supervising those who provide advising, is strongly preferred.

The position requires an experienced and effective higher education leader who: recognizes that advising is a powerful and essential component of undergraduate education; is committed to a developmental and holistic advising model that recognizes advisees as individuals and fosters agency, diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging for all College students from admission to graduation; understands and can navigate the complexity of Penn's landscape and the current challenges facing higher education; has strong communication, management and interpersonal skills; can provide leadership and vision in a collaborative and constructive way; and is able to identify and develop opportunities to enhance undergraduate education in the College.

Job Location - City, State
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Hybrid Eligible - This position is eligible for a hybrid work schedule with a work week divided between working onsite and working remotely.

Department / School
School of Arts and Sciences

Pay Range
$74,476.00 - $117,086.00
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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