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VUB Assistant Director of Counseling and Assessment

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.

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Posted Job Title
VUB Assistant Director of Counseling and Assessment

Job Profile Title
Counselor

Job Description Summary
The VUB Assistant Director of Counseling is responsible with the VUB Director for the provision of counseling and assessment services annually to 160 low income, first-generation veterans annually who are interested in pursuing postsecondary education. The Assistant Director of Counseling and Assessment will also be responsible for developing, organizing, and conducting individual, group, and program-wide counseling activities and support services that will encourage and enable participants to adequately prepare for postsecondary admission and eventual graduation from a four-year baccalaureate program. In addition, the Assistant Director of Counseling, Curriculum & Assessment is responsible for the planning, coordination, referral, and implementation of various counseling services and activities to diagnose, document and remedy students' academic, personal, and interpersonal challenges.

Job Description

RESPONSIBILITIES:
  • Meet after intake with each entering participant, and thereafter, monthly with all 160 VUB participants to plan and implement their Individual Academic Plan to include short and long term academic and career goals and assess each of their academic and personal strengths and challenges (to include employment, housing, health (mental, physical and substance abuse issues), family, fear of failing, fear of succeeding, self-esteem, and other issues). Meet with students a minimum of one time a month.
  • Assist all program participants in career assessments, choice of post-secondary institutions, completion of financial aid admission applications, and the completion of scholarship searches.
  • Strategize with students on how to eliminate issues that may impede their academic performance. Make referrals to appropriate university offices and community agencies to support them with these efforts.
  • Develop and implement a yearlong, weekly, workshop series, at multiple times in ways that document the attendance of all program participants, in all aspects of counseling mandated by the VUB grant. Facilitate workshops or seminars with topics that will assist students in their pursuits for higher education.
  • Review and update records and credentials of all current students (i.e., applications, counseling and workshop session attendance, agency referrals, acceptance letters to colleges) in both hard and electronic files. Ensure that data entry into the database for the U.S. Department of Education is accurate and complete.
  • Accompany Veterans Upward Bound participants to and from program-related activities.
  • Perform additional duties as assigned


QUALIFICATIONS:
  • Master's degree required.
  • A minimum of two years of experience working with pre-college participants. At least two years of experience designing, implementing, or overseeing pre-college advising, outreach, or student support programs. A minimum of two years of experience working with participants from diverse backgrounds (i.e., first-generation, low-income, TRIO, or Gear Up). Experience working with public school personnel and community agency staff who serve participants.
  • Experience working with low-income, first-generation participants.
  • Experience with instructional design and virtual learning environment preferred.
  • Strong organizational, programming, motivational, and leadership skills.
  • Strong interpersonal, written, presentation and technology skills.
  • Must be knowledgeable about the college preparatory process.
  • Must be self-initiating, resourceful, and highly motivated.
  • Ability to manage competing priorities successfully.
  • Ability to advise, mentor, and coach participants successfully.
  • Ability to design and implement successful educational programming.
  • Must be student-centered and service oriented.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity.


POSITION CONTINGENT ON GRANT FUNDING

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:

$50 K 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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