Assistant Director, Penn Children's Center

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Assistant Director, Penn Children's Center

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
Assistant Director, Penn Children's Center

Job Profile Title
Associate Director C

Job Description Summary
The Penn Children's Center is for children ages three months to five years. Located on the University campus, the Center is administered by the Division of Business Services. Enrollment in the Penn Children's Center is open to all members of the University and surrounding communities with preference given to faculty, staff and students of the University. More information about Penn Children's Center (PCC) is available at:

Reporting to the Executive Director of the PCC, the Assistant Director will provide administrative and operational support and direction to the PCC. The Assistant Director will support compliance with all DHS regulations, and will actively work to ensure best practice in all facets of its operation. Never compromising on institutional values, the Assistant Director will ensure the day-to-day operations are ran in a fiscally-responsible and cost-effective manner and reflective of Penn's values and standing as a world class institution. The Assistant Director is expected to manage the PCC in the absence of the Executive Director in alignment with established policies, principles, and philosophies.

Job Description

  • Operations: Prepares weekly staff schedule to meet the needs of the center. Oversees payroll, overtime, PTO requests and other attendance matters. Develop and maintain staff handbook and center policies and procedures documents. Oversees emergency preparedness for the center, including maintenance of emergency plans and documents, and implementation of ongoing drills and training. Manages the day-to-day facilities needs of the PCC and ensures general maintenance is being conducted and needed supplies and materials are on hand. Manages the PCC in the absence of the Executive Director. Contribute to an environment that's inclusive in nature, engaging for staff, and one that is people centric with an eye towards fulfilling the Center's commitment to Parents and the Penn Community while ensuring standards and values are never compromised.
  • Talent Acquisition: Recruit, hire, and on-board new PCC team members. Ensures introductory period evaluations are completed as well as assigned new hire trainings.
  • Workforce Development & Evaluations: Ensures that staff meet annual and periodic training and licensing requirements. Assists in development, coordination, and execution of annual in-services and other trainings as appropriate. Participates in, and ensures completion of, quarterly on-going feedback for staff.
  • Compliance: Along with the Executive Director, ensure the Center is always inspection ready for State and NAEYC accreditation. Participate in Keystone STARS and ensure adherence to DHS regulations.


  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in early childhood education, child development, special education, elementary education or the human services field.
  • 2-3 years administrative experience in a child care setting or 3-5 years overall experience in a child care setting
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Strong computer skills and high level of attention to detail required
  • Ability to critically think and problem solve
  • A comprehensive background check will be undertaken for this position.
  • All staff members are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 which means at least 2 weeks post final dose.

  • Experience with NAEYC & State accreditation

Other bachelors prepared candidates, holding a degree from an accredited college or university, will be considered only so long as it includes 30 credit hours in early childhood education, child development, special education, elementary education or the human services field and has the minimum professional experience outlined above.

Job Location - City, State
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School
Business Services

Pay Range
$50,684.00 - $77,716.00

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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