Assistant Director of Outreach Education (Penn Vet)

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Assistant Director of Outreach Education (Penn Vet)

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Posted Job Title
Assistant Director of Outreach Education (Penn Vet)

Job Profile Title
Director C

Job Description Summary
The Assistant Director of Outreach Education will report directly to the Director of Shelter Medicine and Community Engagement, Dr. Brittany Watson. The individual will also work closely with the Associate Dean for One Health, Dr. Jennifer Punt, and the Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Officer, Dr. Rod Gilbert. Collaboration with other schools, faculty, and programs will be essential for program success. This position will develop and provide educational programming at Penn Vet that will focus on humane education, STEAM focused-outreach, and pipeline-type programming. The Assistant Director will be expected to engage at multiple levels including elementary, middle, high school, undergraduate, graduate, and adults in the community. They will not only conduct educational programming themselves, but also teach others about educational outreach including connecting faculty and veterinary students and undergraduates to the community through sustainable educational efforts. Penn Vet has strong university partners, such as the Netter Center, that will also be able to assist in developing strong community relationships. This individual will be a vital member of the Shelter Medicine and One-Health team.

Job Description

The Assistant Director of Outreach Education will help facilitate interdisciplinary approaches to problems through the authentic learning approach spearheaded by the Penn Vet Shelter Medicine group. They also help provide accessibility and access to the resources at Penn Vet through programming that can safely and effectively engage the community to help increase diversity in the field. By emphasizing real-world problem solving and approaching teaching and veterinary medicine through an evidence-based lens programming can help animals, humans, and help train students both in veterinary medicine, but also translatable skills critical to other fields. Animals can help encourage interest in topics through educational interventions and are natural bridges to relationships in the community. This includes a strong opportunity for STEAM based emphasis and programming in an authentic context that is engaging due to the nature of the human-animal interactions. This also helps maximize the opportunities available in the urban environment and emphasizes the importance of community engagement at all levels for the veterinary school.

Responsibilities will include:
  • Develop and provide educational programming at Penn Vet that will focus on humane education, STEAM focused-outreach, and pipeline-type programming
  • Engage at multiple levels including elementary, middle, high school, undergraduate, graduate, and adults in the community
  • Conduct educational programming as well as teach others about educational outreach including connecting faculty and veterinary students and undergraduates to the community through sustainable educational efforts
  • Work closely with the Associate Dean for One Health and Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Officer, and collaborate with other schools, faculty, and programs. Research evaluation of impact in programming will be required through collaboration
  • Help facilitate interdisciplinary approaches to problems through the authentic learning approach spearheaded by the Penn Vet Shelter Medicine group
  • Online teaching and participation in certificate program development
  • Help provide accessibility and access to the resources at Penn Vet through programming that can safely and effectively engage the community to help increase diversity in the field
  • Interact with pre-veterinary students, and facilitate connecting interested students with the Office for Students (OFS) at Penn Vet. Collaborate with OFS to create forums for recruitment and information sharing from OFS staff using the community programming and connections established and organized by the Outreach Educator


Qualifications
  • A Master's degree and 5 to 7 years of experience (or a Bachelor's degree and 7 to 10 years of experience), or equivalent combination of education and experience, are required.
  • Background in college-level science courses and the scientific method
  • Experience running a humane education or science outreach program
  • Ability to operate on a sustainable budget
  • Ability to interact at multiple levels of education and to develop effective programs with many objectives (outreach, diversity, education, fundraising, etc.)
  • Teaching experience with adult and secondary school learners
  • A clear commitment to advancing diversity, inclusion and equity
  • A substantial understanding of the ethics of community engagement, DEI, humane education, evaluation of scientific evidence, particularly around animal welfare, and a passion for curriculum development is encouraged
  • Online teaching and participation in certificate program development is also expected
  • Willingness and ability to take initiative, to be adaptable to changing contexts and situations, to learn new skills quickly, and to remain calm in stressful situations


Weekly schedules can vary based on program schedule and task priorities, but will likely include on-site and off-site work requirements during the week and some weekend events. ​

Job Location - City, State
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School
School of Veterinary Medicine

Pay Range
$72,837.00 - $116,539.66

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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