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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.

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Job Description Summary
The Talent Search program identifies and assists individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds who have the potential to succeed in higher education. The program provides academic, career, and financial counseling to its participants and encourages them to graduate from high school and continue to and complete their postsecondary education. The program publicizes the availability of financial aid and assist participant with the postsecondary application process. Talent Search also encourages persons who have not completed education programs at the secondary or postsecondary level to enter or reenter and complete postsecondary education. The goal of Talent Search is to increase the number of youths from disadvantaged backgrounds who complete high school and enroll in and complete their postsecondary education.
Services provided by the program include:
  • Academic, financial, career, or personal counseling including advice on entry or re-entry to secondary or postsecondary programs
  • Career exploration and aptitude assessment
  • Tutorial services
  • Information on postsecondary education
  • Exposure to college campuses
  • Information on student financial assistance
  • Assistance in completing college admissions and financial aid applications
  • Assistance in preparing for college entrance exams
  • Mentoring programs
  • Special activities for sixth, seventh, and eighth graders
  • Workshops for the families of participants

    Job Description

    SUMMARY: The Assistant Director of Enrollment & College Preparatory Programming (ADECP) is responsible for the virtual identification, recruitment, enrollment, and college prep programming for approximately 600 low income, first-generation middle and high school students who are interested in pursuing postsecondary education. The ADECP will be responsible for developing, organizing, and conducting activities and support services that will encourage and enable students to adequately prepare for high school completion and enrolling in post-secondary institutions. The ADECP will also actively participate in recruiting student through virtual promotional activities such as personal contact with counselors, student individually and in groups; virtual visits to middle and high school community cohorts; develop multimodal digital college fairs, panel discussions, presentations and newsletters, and will be responsible for special recruiting programs requiring digital efforts.

    Candidates for this position must have the demonstrated knowledge, skills, and abilities to work in complex virtual team and program environments and must be able to effectively use a variety of digital applications and tools to provide program services, adhere to program timelines, communicate, and collaborate with team members and program participants. They must demonstrate competence in the use of digital tools including team platforms, publications software, e-curriculum content, web conferencing, instant messaging, data gathering, and reporting software. Specific skills essential for this staff colleague to be successful and effective in meeting their project milestones also include evidenced skill with managing social media, creating virtual content, and curating ongoing digital outreach to program participants to support the provision of best-in-class program content and services.


    • Coordinate all Talent Search virtual recruitment, educational, counseling, and cultural activities for students in grades 6-12 within the target schools.
    • Design and facilitate virtual workshops/information sessions for Talent Search high school students.
    • Recruit, and retain the required number of eligible participants for the TRIO Talent Search program during the funding periods for grades 6th -12th.
    • Plan and execute college prep plans.
    • Develop, maintain, and update the student's action plans on digital platforms.
    • Meet regularly, virtually, with the high school principals, counselors, and other designated staff.
    • Motivate students to achieve their full completion of mandated project activities virtually
    • Maintain up-to-date, accurate, enrollment and college information on individual students.
    • Meet with all 12th graders to review post-secondary plans, including completing FAFSA, college and trade school applications and career exploration.
    • Collaborate with target schools to deliver pre-college services that meet the critical academic needs of participants.
    • Maintain ongoing virtual communication with students to ensure the delivery of services.
    • Assist in monitoring participants' academic progress from their date of program entry through their high school graduation.
    • Provide weekly and annual reports of the use and effectiveness of service delivery.
    • Chaperone Talent Search students to and from program-related online and physical activities.
    • Keep abreast of current trends related to pre-college and collegiate pandemic and ppost-pandemic success by participating in professional organizations (e.g., state, regional, and national TRIO associations).
    • Work closely with the Director to ensure that the appropriate documentation, as required by the funding agency, is maintained in individual students' electronic and physical files.
    • Periodic evening and weekend duties are required.


    • A Master's Degree in Education, Counseling, Social Work, or related field required.
    • 2+ years of programming experience, preferably in college access and prep programs.
    • Experience in high school and/or college admissions recruitment
    • Knowledge about the college preparatory process.
    • Experience with externally funded, federal, or state academic support programs.
    • Strong leadership, organization, interpersonal, written and presentation communication and information management skills
    • Demonstrated commitment to serving and preparing underserved, racially and culturally diverse students for academic success and post-secondary enrollment
    • Experience working with low-income, first-generation students.
    • Experience with instructional design and virtual learning environment.
    • Strong organizational, programming, motivational, and leadership skills.
    • Strong interpersonal, written, presentation and technology skills.
    • Demonstrated commitment to diversity.


    Application Requirement:

    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.

    Targeted Pay Range:

    $53K commensurate with education and experience.

    Job Location - City, State
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    Department / School
    Provost Interdisciplinary Programs

    Pay Range
    $37,220.00 - $56,087.33
    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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