Student Advocacy Specialist 4 (Assistant Director of Women in Engineering Programming)

Updated: 2 days ago
Location: University Park, ILLINOIS
Job Type: FullTime


The Penn State College of Engineering seeks an innovative leader for the position of Assistant Director of Women in Engineering Program (WEP). The Assistant Director reports directly to the WEP director in the College of Engineering. The Assistant Director will be a member of the Center for Engineering Outreach and Inclusion (CEOI) team and collaborate with the directors of Multicultural Engineering Program, Undergraduate Research, Student Transitions and Pre-College Programs, as well as, academic departments and student support teams (advising, career services, and global programs). WEP Assistant Director (AD) will initiate and manage a robust portfolio of retention programming for more than 1,700 undergraduate women engineering students at University Park campus. The AD will develop and coordinate academic support programming, leadership programming, and career development initiatives to optimize retention of female undergraduates in engineering and computer science. The AD will support all aspects of student engagement from program design, budget management, marketing development, and student selection. The AD will benchmark WEP initiatives to national standards and assess outcomes to verify that program components optimize success and facilitate engagement. The AD supports precollege recruitment and outreach for prospective engineering students and represents the College of Engineering with internal and external stakeholders, constituents, and alumnae. The WEP Assistant Director (AD) will support the director in strategic planning and implementation related to College of Engineering goals to optimize student learning, success, and retention. WEP AD develops and coordinates recruitment and retention initiatives for target populations. The AD will coordinate, promote, and execute flagship orientation, Women Engineering Program Orientation (WEPO), with the director. The AD will select and train the undergraduate WEPO Leadership Team, Sophomore Women Ambassador Team Envoys, and manage year-long engagement and professional development within the teams. WEP AD will develop, coordinate and manage multiple complex retention projects including WEP Facilitated Study Groups and year-long WEP retention programming. The AD develops, coordinates, and evaluates flagship K-12 outreach projects including Girl Scout STEM outreach and SWE Stayover, and delivers professional development to prepare undergraduate students to be effective precollege hosts, leaders and role models for outreach projects. WEP AD will serve as formal liaison for the department to collaborate with faculty, staff, external partners and valued sponsors. AD will identify and facilitate funding opportunities and initiating funding requests through grant proposals. The AD will facilitate engagement of multiple stakeholders (alumni, higher education, industry). The AD will assist in development of WEP marketing materials in collaboration with the College of Engineering communications team and will facilitate WEP social media. Occasional weekend and evening hours are required throughout the academic year to facilitate retention and recruitment programs. Typically requires a Master's degree or higher in an education or social science related discipline or higher plus three years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. The successful candidate must have demonstrated success developing data-informed programming. The candidate must be innovative, collaborative and have leadership potential to contribute effectively to the College of Engineering mission. This position requires excellent communication (verbal and written), interpersonal and presentation skills. The ability to effectively communicate and collaborate with diverse constituents and stakeholders including K-12 participants, parents, undergraduate students, corporate sponsors, faculty and staff is essential. The candidate must demonstrate the capacity to support an inclusive learning and working environment that accommodates the modern complexities of identity. This includes a demonstrated respect for differences in culture, age, gender, race, ethnicity, physical ability, sexual orientation, and religious affiliation. Essential strengths include project management and coordination, public speaking and communication proficiency, high energy and creativity, capacity to collaborate effectively across multiple work units, problem solving, experience in technology applications to support student success, and exceptional judgement.

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