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VPSE Fellow

Job Description

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

VPSE Fellow

Job Profile Title

Coordinator A

Job Description Summary

This job is devoted to developing the VPSE’s programs, which involve programming for high school, undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. Each fellow will serve as graduate or postdoctoral coordinator for at least one undergraduate Ph.D. preparation program. This program may be already-existing or a new initiative of the VPSE’s design. Teaching may be possible, given the fellows’ interests and the needs and availability of relevant departments. The rest of the fellowship is designed for the fellows to partner the VSPE’s engagement and access initiatives, including work with the University’s Pipeline Council and Pipeline Program Directors Group. Fellows are also expected to continue their independent scholarly research and participate in relevant academic conferences.
VPSE seeks candidates interested in encouraging a broad spectrum of under-represented community members to pursue baccalaureate study, graduate and professional degrees, and post-doctoral careers in academic research. The fellowship seeks to attract promising candidates who are also dedicated to pipeline and access/DEI programming, student development, and participant mentorship, and whose professional, life, and research experience will contribute significantly to the University’s mission.

Job Description


Manage, develop, and implement programming to ensure the PennRSSA program contributes to the educational progress of 800 program participants each summer in compliance with University and federal statutory and regulatory provisions.
Identify, maintain continuous contact with, and collaborate vigorously with SDP school administrators and faculty, participant-serving organizations including the Philadelphia Youth Network, Penn faculty and staff, community leaders, agencies, and administrators for the purpose of participant recruitment. Encourage enrollment into the program through non-traditional mechanisms including media, church, and other community presentations. Schedule and conduct recruitment presentations. Complete recruitment reports as required.
Partner the recruitment, hiring, onboarding, training, supervision, and evaluation of full and part-time staff in the development and delivery of an innovative, hybrid, academic and college preparatory curriculum to ensure the academic growth of veteran students and their transition into higher education.
Partner the work of the VPSE with Penn Pipeline Programs across the University through the Penn Pipeline Directors Group and the Penn Pipeline Council. Establish and maintain systematic recordkeeping, and data collection procedures for documenting participant eligibility, service provision, and program evaluation, including maintaining and updating files, monitoring participants’ performance, program retention, program completion, post-secondary enrollment, and progress toward college graduation.
Responsible for creating enrollment, registration, and exit surveys for the program. Further responsibilities include creating databases of program applicant information, including demographic data and application status. Ensure the completion of electronic and paper data entry and filing; conduct routine audits and reconciliation of program data; create and prepare reports capturing program data; and conduct regular assessment of program objectives’ status.
Other duties as assigned.


Applicants must have completed an earned Master's degree in any discipline and/or have completed all the requirements for a Ph.D., except for the dissertation (ABD/All But Dissertation), at the time of application.

Experience in high school and/or college admissions recruitment and/or experience with externally funded, federal, or state academic support programs a plus.

Strong leadership, digital literacy, organization, interpersonal, communications, presentation, and information management skills.

Demonstrated commitment to serving and preparing underserved, diverse participants for academic success and post-secondary enrollment.

Experience with instructional design and virtual learning environment.

Strong organizational, programming, motivational, and leadership skills.

Strong interpersonal, written, presentation and technology skills.

Applicants must be authorized to work legally in the United States.

Ability to travel locally and nationally ( work on some nights and weekends may be required).


Proficient in MS Excel

Working knowledge of any data processing language (STATA, R, or Python).

Experience with data tracking and data visualization.

Experience organizing, maintaining, and updating data from multiple sources into a single database.

Strong communication skills

Experience developing surveys/forms (Qualtrics, Google Forms, or another platform)

Ability to ideate and develop innovative solutions to improve efficiency

Willingness to take up challenges

Highly motivated/self-starter


A Cover Letter and Resume/CV are required to be considered for this position. Please upload your Cover Letter where it asks you to upload your Resume/CV; multiple documents are allowed.


$37-50K Commensurate with education and experience.

Job Location - City, State

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School

Provost Interdisciplinary Programs

Pay Range

$37,221.00 - $56,087.66

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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