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Associate Director, Experiential Learning, Fels Institute of Government

University of Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania, United States
Salary Not specified
Start date
Dec 6, 2023

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Faculty Positions, Health & Medicine, Other Health & Medicine
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Associate Director, Experiential Learning, Fels Institute of Government

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 Large Employers in 2023.

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, Experiential Learning, Fels Institute of Government

Job Profile Title
Associate Director D, Student Services, Academic Programs

Job Description Summary
The University of Pennsylvania's College of Liberal and Professional Studies (Penn LPS) seeks to lead the field of higher education in the creation of unique and innovative opportunities for learners of all ages and backgrounds. These highly accessible academic opportunities are distinguished by their academic rigor and world-class instructional staff, while the support offered to students by Penn LPS is distinguished by its comprehensive and holistic quality. LPS programs are designed to empower individuals and enhance their personal and professional lives. Our graduates are global citizens committed to creating a better, more inclusive world.

Since 1937, the Fels Institute of Government at the University of Pennsylvania has pioneered the training and practice of public administration. Today, we build on our legacy to prepare the next generation of public leaders. Future public leaders graduate from Fels with the managerial and analytical skills to solve complex social problems locally and globally.

The Associate Director of Experiential Learning develops and leads academic programming focusing on experiential learning and student mentorship for the MPA and Executive MPA Programs in the University of Pennsylvania's Fels Institute of Government. The responsibilities are divided between administrative and teaching duties, and prior administrative and teaching experience is required. This role is hybrid eligible (4 days in office, 1 day remote) and requires occasional evening and weekend work scheduled in advance. Applicants must submit a CV, cover letter, and teaching philosophy statement to be considered. It is expected that this position will begin in FY25.

Job Description

The Associate Director leverages their expertise in quantitative methods and public administration to develop and lead experiential learning opportunities and programming, teach three classes a calendar year in load, and develop and implement systems for academic advising and mentorship for students.

Job Responsibilities

Develop and Teach Courses in Quantitative Methods and/or Public Policy and Administration: Develop and teach 3 courses per calendar year in the Fels MPA and/or Executive MPA programs.

Oversee and Lead Experiential Learning Programs: Develop and manage Fels Lab partnerships to facilitate capstone projects for students and course-based applied projects; serve as a liaison between students and organizations; assist students in identifying own project proposals; mentor instructors throughout the program in incorporating experiential learning opportunities in their courses; advise 8 MPA or EMPA capstone students per year; secure and/or supervise additional experiential learning experiences for students (i.e. data practicums, applied research experiences) and develop and oversee systems and processes to support these experiences.

Fels Academic Administration in Advising and Admissions: Develop and implement programs and systems supporting academic advising and additional programming for Fels students; participate in all stages of the recruitment and admissions process: hold information sessions, review admissions applications, conduct candidate interviews, and meet with prospective students; assist with other program tasks as needed.


(Required) Master's Degree with 3 to 5 years of experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience. A Ph.D. is preferred.

(Required) Practical public sector experience and/or research experience with practitioners and policymakers.

(Required) Experience teaching statistics, machine learning, economics, data analysis/analytics, public finance, public accounting, public administration and management, or public policy analysis, particularly to broad, non-expert populations.

(Required) Knowledge of effective pedagogy and inclusive teaching techniques.

(Preferred) Experience mentoring or advising students.

(Preferred) Other experience in academic administration, including admissions and recruitment.

Applicants must submit a CV, cover letter, and teaching philosophy statement to be considered. You can upload multiple documents to the "Resume/CV" section of the application.

Job Location - City, State
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School
School of Arts and Sciences

Pay Range
$61,046.00 - $110,000.00 Annual Rate
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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