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Research Program Coordinator, Institute of Education Sciences (IES) Predoctoral Training Program,

University of Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania, United States
Salary Not specified
Date posted
Jan 22, 2024

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Faculty Positions, Health & Medicine, Other Health & Medicine
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Employment Type
Part Time

Research Program Coordinator, Institute of Education Sciences (IES) Predoctoral Training Program, Penn GSE

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
Research Program Coordinator, Institute of Education Sciences (IES) Predoctoral Training Program, Penn GSE

Job Profile Title
Research Coordinator Senior

Job Description Summary
The Penn Graduate School of Education is committed to cultivating a workplace that values equity, diversity, inclusion, and collaboration. We seek talented individuals who will help lead our efforts to create a more inclusive workplace in a community with a substantive institutional commitment to equity and justice. Diversity is prized at Penn as a central component of our mission and helps create an educational and working environment that best supports the University's commitment to excellence in teaching, research, and scholarship.

The Program Coordinator provides support in the planning, management, reporting, and communications for the IES Predoctoral Training Program—a program that provides ongoing training and support to a group of Ph.D. students in education sciences from schools across the University who engage in weekly seminars, special methods training workshops, and other professional activities to enhance their development as education scientists. This position supports the program director and co-PI in a wide range of tasks that include but may not be limited to the following: serving as a primary point of contact for program participants, applicants, and scholars who work with us to support fellows; the point of contact for managing logistics for program events, program-related travel, project management, budgeting and reporting; liaison for the programs' partnerships with service providers from other universities, research centers, and businesses; logistical and technical support for seminars and trainings; and manager of program monitoring data and the IES Predoc Program website. The Coordinator will support the Program Director and Co-PI in monitoring compliance with funder requirements, responding to funder communication and requests, and preparation of mandated reporting within the University and for our funder.

This is a part-time position at 20 hours/week, and it is contingent upon grant-funding until June 30, 2026.

Job Description
  • Work with the PIs to plan, publicize, and support the weekly seminar series and methods training workshops, including scheduling speakers, coordinating on-site meetings for them; arranging travel, managing technology support for seminars and meetings, managing expense reimbursements and honoraria payments, coordinating logistical needs for seminars and trainings (e.g., lunches, AV, etc.).
  • Work with the PIs to plan and hold monthly fellows' meetings
  • Support the PIs in identifying, negotiating, and monitoring internship placements.
  • Support fellows in planning registration, travel, expense reimbursement, etc. related to program activities
  • Maintain records associated with program-related purchases, monitor monthly budget reporting and documentation
  • Support the PIs in monitoring fellow participation and achievements.
  • Support the PIs in preparing annual reports and responding to other requests from the program funder
  • Other duties as assigned


  • A Bachelor's degree and 3-5 years of experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience combined
  • Strong project management, planning, administrative, and organizational skills
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills
  • Excellent writing and communication skills
  • Comfortable working with communication technologies, including Zoom, Learning Management systems and websites

  • A Master's degree in education
  • Experience in event planning and coordination
  • Experience in website and communications management

Penn GSE actively seeks and welcomes people of color, women, the LGBTQIA+ community, persons with disabilities, and people at intersections of these identities, to apply.

Job Location - City, State
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School
Graduate School of Education

Pay Range
$43,919.00 - $30,000.00 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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