Program Coordinator (Dermatology)

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Program Coordinator (Dermatology)

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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
Program Coordinator (Dermatology)

Job Profile Title
Coordinator, Program

Job Description Summary
Coordinator, Program

Job Description

This position will provide executive-level support to Departmental faculty leaders, including 1-2 Vice Chairs and 1-2 Programs or Centers within the Department. Duties will also include special projects, coordination of academic events that include multiple Departments/Centers or academic programs outside of Penn and/or other academic project management responsibilities.

Candidate must exhibit highly professional demeanor with impeccable judgement, who is independent and motivated while creatively demonstrating the ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment. Superior writing skills are essential.


1. Provide executive-level administrative support for two departmental Vice Chairs
  • Manage Vice Chairs' calendars; ensure that all logistics are complete and that all appropriate background documentation is provided for all meetings.
  • Schedule and support high level meetings involving Vice Chair and other senior constituents within, and external to, the department; prepare minutes as appropriate, in a timely manner.
  • Ensures that all correspondence, written materials, documents are prepared in timely manner for review and distribution to meet all deadlines. Also ensures that all documents are filed securely and appropriately.
  • Serve as Vice Chairs' liaison and interface to University, UPHS, PSOM and Department administrative units, as well as Vice Chairs' national and international affiliations.
  • Maintain discretion and confidentiality at all times in the performance of all responsibilities; recognize critical situations and inform appropriate personnel when necessary.
  • Manage travel and reimbursements for national and international meetings and invited lectures. Manage and process licenses and expenses related to academic activities.

2. Provide project and program management support to 1-2 Disease-based Programs or formalized Centers within the Department
  • Work closely with faculty leaders, including Vice Chairs and Directors, to coordinate all meetings, events and administrative activities for key disease-based, multi-investigator Programs or Centers within the Department.
  • Ensure tracking, coordination, and completion of activities in accordance with grant requirements and compliance standards set forth by NIH and the institution.
  • Provide administrative leadership to plan and execute multi-investigator conferences and retreats, as well as seminar and lecture series for clinicians and researchers.
  • Provide oversight to create and maintain website content for trainees and trainee candidates, including post-doctoral fellows and non-accredited fellows/instructors.
  • It is expected that this individual will be a strong program builder as well as a strategic thinker. He/she will develop strong working relationships with Directors, physicians, and administrative leaders within the institution and throughout the academic/clinical community. This will include effective collaborations with marketing and philanthropic development efforts, and may include patient education materials or patient-facing websites.

3. Provide administrative assistance to support select departmental research faculty academic activities.
  • Manage calendars and assist with meeting preparations.
  • Prepare and track reimbursement/requests for payment for faculty to include journal subscriptions and membership dues.
  • Coordinate complex expense reporting to ensure proper reimbursement from outside agencies and organizations as well as University/UPHS administration.
  • Maintain background documentation for, and assist with preparation of various reports for select faculty and related department core and training grant.
  • Maintain current CV and BioSketch for select department faculty.

4. Provide administrative leadership to support Departmental Activities.
  • Provide oversight and coordination of biannual production of Department Newsletter and related projects.
  • Assist in coordination of Departmental Special Events to include sending invitations, collecting RSVP's, securing venue/catering arrangements with internal and external offices/vendors.
  • Assist in maintenance of Departmental database (DERMIS); pull reports as needed.
  • Supervise a team of 3-5 post bac students and temporary employees, providing training, supervision, and mentoring. Serve as a lead to provide guidance to administrative assistants within the Department.

5. Perform additional duties as assigned.


Bachelor's degree and 2 to 3 years of experience as an Administrative Coordinator or an equivalent combination of education and experience required. Experience should be in high-volume, fast-paced office environment, preferred.

Job Location - City, State
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School
Perelman School of Medicine

Pay Range
$23.60 - $36.19

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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