Program Coordinator

Program Coordinator


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.

Posted Job Title
Program Coordinator

Job Profile Title
Manager B

Job Description Summary
The University of Pennsylvania Library Educational Technology and Learning Management (ETLM) unit seeks a dynamic and curious creative practitioner to be the Education Commons Program Coordinator of Technology and Play. The program coordinator will inspire a community of student makers and designers at the University of Pennsylvania. The person in this role will activate the Education Commons by connecting the University with influential creative practitioners to bring the community in through critical making and play.

Job Description

Reporting to the Director of Educational Technology and Learning Management, the program coordinator will play a key role in determining the program of the Education Commons, as well as services provided. They will be involved in initiatives across ETLM. In addition to collaborating with areas across the library providing related programming and services, the Program Coordinator will connect with subject specialists, library liaisons, peers across campus, and peer institutions. Crafters, designers, thinkers, and tinkerers with experience in creative industries, fabrication spaces, or individual creative practice are encouraged to apply.





  • Oversees the daily operations of the Education Commons by coordinating student workers, instructional activities, designing policies, procedures, and a community culture that ensures a safe, supportive environment for hands-on learning and innovation aligned with the mission and priorities of the Library
  • Provide workshops and training, and consultation, and facilitate other challenge activities for undergraduates, graduate students and faculty engaged in making in a variety of academic disciplines.
  • Proactively fosters community-building by developing relationships with makers from all areas of the University, promoting ETLM maker activities and initiatives, and encouraging collaborations between academic units, student groups and individual faculty, students, staff, and Librarians.
  • Monitor trends in Makerspaces, design, and visualization software and hardware, and make recommendations accordingly.
  • Maintain an active practice of experimenting and making to highlight the potential of making outside of disciplinary bounds for the University
  • Provide consultations in technologies of expertise to students, faculty, and staff at Penn.



  • Performs other duties as assigned.



Required Qualifications:



  • Bachelor's degree required
  • Ability to think creatively, work independently and function effectively as part of a team. Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Knowledge and experience with one or more of the following: game development, rapid prototyping (Arduino, Raspberry Pi, Makey Makey), art and craft projects, electronics tinkering and creative technology (computer programming for creative applications, interactive media, robotics & design projects), 3D modeling, scanning, and printing.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and in team settings.


Preferred Qualifications:



  • Space management experience, especially in maker spaces.
  • Digital Fabrication, 3D printing, and micro-controller experience


*** REQUIRED*** Please provide a resume and cover letter for consideration. Please upload all documents in the “Resume/CV” section of the application prior to submitting.

Job Location - City, State
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School
University Library

Pay Range
$42,953.00 - $77,315.00

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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