Professional Executive Director, SNF Paideia Program
Reference Number: 04-32119
Posted Job Title: EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, SNF PAIDEIA PROGRAM
School Name: Provost Interdisciplinary Programs
Org: Stavros Niarchos Foundation Paideia Program
Posted Job/Salary Grade: 030
Employment Type: Exempt
Position Type: Full Time
Position Schedule: Monday-Friday 9-5; evenings and weekends as required
Position Length: Ongoing
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 and 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.
The Office of the Provost provides direction on all facets of the University’s academic mission, including education, faculty, research, online learning, global initiatives, admissions, athletics, student life, and arts and culture. The Provost’s Center aggregates programs and offices designed to support University operations, including: the Office of the Provost, the Office of the Vice Provost for Research and its reporting departments (Penn Center for Innovation, Environmental Health and Radiation Safety, University Laboratory Animal Resources, and Regulatory Affairs), the Office of the Chaplain, the Graduate Student Center and Family Resource Center, the Division of Recreation and Intercollegiate Athletics, College Houses and Academic Services, New Student Orientation, the Office of Student Conduct, the Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, the University of Pennsylvania Press, and all of the University’s arts organizations (Penn Museum, Institute of Contemporary Art, Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, Arthur Ross Gallery, and University Art Collection). It also includes interdisciplinary academic centers and institutes that are more appropriately housed centrally than in an individual school, including the Laboratory for Research on the Structure of Matter, the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, the Center for Neuroscience and Society, the Penn Institute for Urban Research, the Center for Teaching and Learning, Kelly Writers House, and Weiss Tech House. http://provost.upenn.edu/
The University of Pennsylvania seeks an innovative, collaborative and visionary leader to direct the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Paideia Program (Paideia). Paideia is an exciting new five-year pilot program envisioned to be Penn’s central hub for educating undergraduates to be informed, engaged and effective citizens, civic leaders, and productive members of the local, national and global communities of which they are a part. From their first year on campus through their senior year, Penn students will actively engage in bridging social, cultural, economic and political divides through a combination of broad-based classroom education in civic discourse and deliberation, community-based research and engagement, and a wide array of additional co-curricular experiences. As currently conceived, Paideia would engage large numbers of Penn undergraduates (who total just over 10,000) in a robust civic education, while also providing a more structured experience for smaller cohorts of student leaders (Paideia Fellows). It will build on, collaborate with, and leverage existing programs and organizations at Penn to make the Paideia Program – and the Penn experience – far greater, and more meaningful, than the sum of its individual parts.
Working with Paideia’s Faculty Director, the Executive Director would have primary responsibility for all aspects of the program’s design and implementation, including, but not limited to, outreach to Penn students, faculty and staff, designed to integrate the ethic and practice of effective civic engagement across the University. Specific duties will include: identifying, networking, and coordinating with existing Penn programs and centers; forming an advisory board; developing and overseeing four new Paideia courses a year over three years and recruiting faculty to teach courses; identifying and shepherding cohorts of up to 20 students per class to serve as Paideia Fellows; management of the day-to-day operations, including hiring and supervising staff; oversee budget; oversee design and content of website; and teach up to two Paideia courses a year.
PhD in a field relevant to issues of civic engagement, civic education, and/or student development and wellness plus five or more years of related experience or equivalent combination of education and experience; demonstrated record of collaborative leadership, strategic thinking and program development in a university setting; experience as an effective teacher and student mentor; a commitment to the civic mission of higher education; experience advising undergraduates; previous experience supervisory experience; previous experience managing budgets.
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