Job Details

University of Pennsylvania
  • Position Number: 5320215
  • Location: Philadelphia, PA
  • Position Type: Public Relations, Marketing and Communications

Assistant Director of Communications and Outreach

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 Large Employers in 2023.

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
Assistant Director of Communications and Outreach

Job Profile Title
Communications Specialist Senior

Job Description Summary
The Assistant Director of Communications and Outreach will provide proactive leadership in developing and implementing all communications and outreach strategies, policies, and practices across the Department of Genetics and the Autism Spectrum Program of Excellence. Reporting to the Penn Genetics Chief of Staff and the Director of ASPE, the Assistant Director will have the exciting opportunity to lead, promote, and steward the Department's and ASPE's mission, teaching, research, and outreach/engagement through a variety of media, publications, and specific public relations strategies.

Job Description

Job Responsibilities
  • Develop and execute a communication strategy employing traditional and new media to meet identified communications objectives. Direct the implementation of a communications plan designed to deepen awareness and understanding of the research and other work produced by the Department's and Center's faculty, students, research centers, and working groups. Work closely with key internal and external stakeholders committed to supporting your efforts to achieve the identified goals.

    Design, develop, write, and/or publish various internal and external publications. This includes creating publicly facing content (e.g., digital online presence including social media, website, newsletters), press releases, promotional publications, infographics, videos, PowerPoint presentations, flyers, weekly/monthly announcements, publications that support Department events, donor progress reports, and special projects that appeal to community audiences, media outlets, funders, and other relevant audiences.

    Oversee and direct various communications, marketing, and branding initiatives, strategies, and campaigns. This includes managing the Department's and Center's website, optimizing the use of social media, and other innovative marketing tools. Assess data analytics and overall performance, adjust content plans with trends as needed, and track website metrics/traffic.

    Organizes significant community outreach and support initiatives and liaises with autism support-related organizations, media outlets, and various partners. Spearheads multi-media human recruitment for the genetic study of autism (ASPE) through print and digital targeted advertisements and manages submissions in research study pools. Develops innovative marketing and recruitment campaigns, driving visibility and enhancing stakeholder engagement through targeted and compelling narratives.

    Perform proactive media outreach to arrange interviews, publish articles, etc. Develop relationships with international, national, regional, and local news media.

    Assists in organizing conferences, symposiums, visiting Faculty seminars, community events, and recruitment events. Manage and coordinate meetings and meeting materials - internally and externally and Assist the Chair of Genetics with additional special projects/programs as they arise.

    Prepare and manage internal (e.g., email listservs and Box folders) program-related communications and documents, as well as maintain essential program records.

    Perform other responsibilities and duties as assigned.



Bachelor's degree and 5 to 7 years of experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience are required. Master's degree preferred.
Experience or familiarity with faculty needs and concerns.
One to two years of experience in creating and managing website content. Interest in developing web pages.
Prior use of WordPress is preferred.
Interest or experience in higher education

Job Location - City, State
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School
Perelman School of Medicine

Pay Range
$61,046.00 - $68,000.00 Annual Rate
Salary offers are made based on the candidate's qualifications, experience, skills, and education as they directly relate to the requirements of the position, as well as internal and market factors and grade profile.

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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