Director of Community Engagement and Outreach, Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion - Penn Engineering

University of Pennsylvania

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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

Director of Community Engagement and Outreach, Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion - Penn Engineering

Job Profile Title

Director B

Job Description Summary

The Director of Community Engagement and Outreach in the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is responsible for K-12 outreach and community engagement initiatives in the School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS), including the management of several K-12 education and outreach projects that take place both virtually and on campus.

Job Description

The Director of Community Engagement and Outreach in the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion will interact with faculty and staff at SEAS to develop outreach programs that reflect the research and educational mission of SEAS and the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Collaborate with faculty at GSE, staff at VPSE, the director of the Netter Center, and the director of the Alliance for Higher Education and Society. Seek grant funding to support initiatives. Work closely with leading educators and researchers in the field on outreach components of NSF grants and other funding vehicles.

Keep track of the various outreach and engagement activities happening across the school, assessing outcomes, and helping to coordinate them where appropriate. Coordinate with Research and Academic Services, Advancing Women in Engineering, Admissions, and Global & Service Learning, as well as student groups and university level offices and centers (e.g. the Netter Center, Vice-Provost Office) to develop systems for data collection, student support, pipeline development, and outcome measurement and reporting. Help to connect students, faculty and staff who are interested in participating in outreach activities with relevant programs within SEAS.

Collaborate with the greater Philadelphia education community to support the proliferation and enhanced quality of programs that contribute to human resource development. Partners in this collaboration include the School District of Philadelphia, area schools, regional robotics programs, and educational institutions such as the Franklin Institute.


Bachelor’s degree in science, technology, engineering, or math or a related field, Masters degree preferred, and a minimum of five years of related experience with student and faculty engagement or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Demonstrated knowledge of STEM outreach/community engagement programming and evaluation, including assessment of desired outcomes for participants. Excellent written and oral communication and interpersonal skills. Ability to collaborate effectively with diverse stakeholders in outreach within and outside an academic or similar institution, including faculty, postdocs, and students; staff and administrators; other outreach program managers; K-12 teachers, administrators, and students; and other external partners. Experience with grant proposals for scientific research preferred.

Job Location - City, State

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School

School of Engineering and Applied Science

Pay Range

$59,703.00 - $95,524.33

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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