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University of Pennsylvania
  • Position Number: 3666012
  • Location: Philadelphia, PA
  • Position Type: Student Affairs and Services

Associate Director, Talent Search Senior Counselor

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.

COVID-19 vaccination is a requirement for all positions at the University of Pennsylvania. New hires are expected to be fully vaccinated before beginning work at the University. For more information about Penn's vaccine requirements, visit the Penn COVID-19 Response website for the latest information.

Posted Job Title
Associate Director, Talent Search Senior Counselor

Job Profile Title
Associate Director C

Job Description Summary
The Talent Search program identifies and assists individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds who have the potential to succeed in higher education. The program provides academic, career, and financial counseling to its participants and encourages them to graduate from high school and continue to and complete their postsecondary education. The program publicizes the availability of financial aid and assist participant with the postsecondary application process. Talent Search also encourages persons who have not completed education programs at the secondary or postsecondary level to enter or reenter and complete postsecondary education. The goal of Talent Search is to increase the number of youths from disadvantaged backgrounds who complete high school and enroll in and complete their postsecondary education.

Job Description

  • Oversee Talent Search counseling services and initiatives.
  • Lead in documenting key interactions and establishing and maintaining appropriate records and data for the SDP and the City of Philadelphia and author reporting for both agencies.
  • Manage sensitive student information and provide notification of student concerns to VPSE when appropriate.
  • Create and implement systems to monitor, evaluate, and improve student success and experience, facilitate current student enrollment data (i.e., enrollment projections, tuition projections, etc.) to support necessary functions of internal and external stakeholders,and analyze information; create, and share reports with departments for experience and program assessment, etc.
  • Supervise full time, graduate assistant, and peer counseling staff, providing administrative oversight for assuring the highest standards of professional and ethical conduct for the Talent Search professional/peer counseling staffs.
  • Develop and maintain strong, collaborative working relationship across the Penn campus; with School District of Philadelphia counselors,faculty,and staff,and with City of Philadelphia resources and agencies to facilitate efforts to support student well-being and success.
  • Create and implement systems to monitor, evaluate, and improve student success and experience, facilitate current student enrollment data (i.e., enrollment projections, tuition projections, etc.) to support necessary functions of internal and external stakeholders,and analyze information; create, and share reports with departments for experience and program assessment.
  • Develop and assess new and existing outreach programs that promote and provide practical effective education and skills for students through seminars,workshops,groups,and other engagement events.
  • Oversee the Talent Search Peer Mentoring Program.
  • Lead special projects designed to support students' progress towards their high school degree completion and their college applications.
  • Provide ongoing individual personal, academic, career, and financial counseling and support to assigned students, increasing counseling, and monitoring as necessary to students designated as at - risk or on probation.
  • Ensure ongoing proactive outreach to assigned students to inform and support, through their Talent Search experience.
  • Collect and maintain quantitative and qualitative data to assess students' evidenced needs and progress towards meeting Talent Search program mandates.
  • Other Duties as assigned.

  • Applicants must have completed an earned master's or Ph.D. degree in any discipline at the time of application in Education, Counseling, Student Affairs, Social Work, or other related field.
  • Three to five years of relevant experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Strong information management skills.
  • Demonstrated commitment to serving and preparing underserved, diverse participants for academic success and post-secondary enrollment.
  • Experience with counseling/career instructional design and virtual learning environments.
  • Strong interpersonal, organizational, written, presentation, and technology skills.
  • working knowledge of any data processing language (STATA, R, or Python)
  • Experience with data tracking and data visualization.
  • Experience organizing, maintaining, and updating data from multiple sources into a single database.
  • Strong digital, interpersonal, and written communication skills.
  • Experience developing surveys/forms (Qualtrics, SPSS Google Forms, and/or another platform.)
  • Personal/professional experience working in TRIO K-12 and/or University setting with low income, first generation students a plus.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity.
  • Applicants must be authorized to work legally in the United States.


A Cover Letter and Resume/CV are required to be considered for this position. Please upload your Cover Letter where it asks you to upload your Resume/CV; multiple documents are allowed.

Budgeted Pay Range: $70,000-$75,000 annually, commensurate with education and experience


Job Location - City, State
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School
Provost Interdisciplinary Programs

Pay Range
$51,824.00 - $78,096.00
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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