Director of Advising, Wharton Undergraduate Division

Director of Advising, Wharton Undergraduate Division

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Posted Job Title
Director of Advising, Wharton Undergraduate Division

Job Profile Title
Director B

Job Description Summary
The Director of Advising for the Wharton Undergraduate Division is responsible for all academic advising operations serving 2,500 undergraduate students.

Job Description

The Director of Advising for the Wharton Undergraduate Division is responsible for all academic advising operations serving 2,500 undergraduate students. The Director manages all aspects of the advising process, training, budget management, data analysis, and documentation. The Director of Advising also serves in a senior management role, collaborating with Division leadership to provide comprehensive strategic leadership and vision for advising programming. The Director mentors and manages half of the advising team staff, particularly those with primary academic advising responsibilities.

  • Supervises all advising processes, policies, and experiences, including advising schedules and structures; communication to student body about resources; and training on a regular basis.
  • Coordinates with IT to develop technology that supports advising. Directs advising budget.
  • Conducts data management and analysis processes on undergraduate advising and implements initiatives accordingly.
  • Directs study abroad advising process in partnership with Senior Director of Academic Affairs and Director of Student Life.
  • Directs the advising team's summer on-boarding and outreach and works with Division partners on overall on-boarding and New Student Orientation (NSO)
  • Advises students on academic and curricular questions and issues.
  • Supports academic, psychological, and personal needs of all students as required. Serves as assigned advisor for one-half or one cohort, depending on Division's needs.
  • Leads weekly meetings and ad hoc committees to discuss divisional advising policies and procedures and to review current issues and cases.
  • Requests and assesses institutional research on the Division's student population and programs.


A Master's Degree or more, and 5-7 years of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience is required. Master's Degree in higher education, student services or related field, and progressively responsible work in a university setting are highly preferred. Experience with academic advising and work with college population is required. Proven ability to manage a team is required. Must have proven ability to work both independently and collaboratively with others, including senior administrators, and must possess superior project management skills. Excellent oral and written communications skills are priorities, as is a commitment to helping others, tolerance for ambiguity, ability to motivate and develop staff, and sense of perspective.


All applicants must include a cover letter and resume.

Job Location - City, State
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School
Wharton School

Pay Range
$61,046.00 - $95,972.00

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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