University-Assisted Community School (Uacs) Fellow

University Of Pennsylvania Philadelphia , PA 19107

Posted 2 months ago

University Overview

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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

University-Assisted Community School (UACS) Fellow

Job Profile Title

Netter Center Program Associate

Job Description Summary

The University-Assisted Community School (UACS) Fellow will serve as the connector between university-assisted community schools (UACS) school site and the University.

Major components of the position include planning, organizing and coordinating the UACS program's university academic partnerships, student workers and volunteers and supporting their delivery of effective instruction and programming. This position will also implement direct service related to program implementation.

This position will implement all required program reporting and compliance, including that of funders and the Netter Center. This position works as part of a team with other Netter Center staff and school partners and will work closely with ABCS courses and facilitate connections to faculty partners. This position works closely with school administrators and Netter site/program directors to ensure programming addresses the academic needs of students and also supervises undergraduate fellows, work-study and volunteer Penn students. The position is supervised by the UACS Executive Director.

Founded in 1992, the Barbara and Edward Netter Center for Community Partnerships is the University's primary vehicle for advancing civic and community engagement at Penn. It brings together the resources and assets of both the University and the wider community to help solve universal problems such as poverty, health inequities, environmental sustainability, and inadequate, unequal education as they are manifested in the University's local geographic area of West Philadelphia and Philadelphia at large.

The Netter Center develops and helps implement democratic, mutually transformative, place-based partnerships between Penn and West Philadelphia that advance research, teaching, learning, practice, and service and improve the quality of life on campus and in the community. The Netter Center works with and serves as a model for other higher education institutions across the United States and around the world.

The Netter Center's university-assisted community schools (UACS) is a strategy to educate, engage, empower, and serve all members of the community in which the school is located and engage students (K-16+) in real world, community problem solving. UACS collaborates with partners to advance teaching, research, learning and service, as well as the civic development of their students.

This position is a one year term appointment, with the possibility of renewal.

Job Description

Job Responsibilities

School day, OST/Afterschool and Summer Program

In partnership with Netter staff, University partners, school administration, after school instructors, UACS teacher-partners and Penn students select, design and implement programs that improve both student academic achievement and the problem-solving learning approach. Academic programming includes collaboration with school day teachers and administrators to support enrichment activities for learning across the core subjects through problem-based learning and community development activities.

This position will work closely with ABCS courses and facilitate connections with faculty partners. The position will also work with teacher-partners to plan and implement age-appropriate afterschool and summer programming that meets the needs of the enrolled youth.

Penn Student Recruitment and Supervision

Supervise Penn students engaged in school day and afterschool programming, coordinate undergraduate fellows, work-study and volunteer Penn students; convene regular reflection check-in meetings with partners; convene site-based stakeholder meetings and maintain communications within staff groups about site-related programs and information.

Evaluation & Data Collection

Record, track and maintain Penn student participant program enrollment daily attendance and manage required paperwork. Communicate with school leadership and liaisons about programs, enrollment and attendance. Collaborate with evaluation partners and provide feedback into program design; collaborate with other programs, staff, teachers and Penn students to ensure best program practices and sharing of resources; collaborate with Netter colleagues across all school sites to build team learning and best practices.

UACS Program Operations

Convene with school administration, faculty and Penn-based faculty and partners to plan, coordinate and implement school-based programs.


Maintain regular written and verbal communications with the UACS teams, school administration, school-based and Penn-based partners to keep all parties informed about program developments and updates. Collaborate with all Netter colleagues across all school sites to build team learning and best practices via presentations and other multimodal communication methods. Set goals and reflect on the functions of the UACS fellow position.

Capstone Paper

Complete a Problem-Solving Learning paper during your final summer utilizing and building upon your experiences as a UACS fellow.

Perform additional duties as assigned

This position is a one year term appointment, with the possibility of renewal.


A minimum of a Bachelor's degree and 1-2 years of experience working with K-12 students or equivalent combination of education or social work and experience. Strong experience with community schools, preferably university-assisted community schools, and service learning, preferably academically based community service and youth workforce development.

Knowledge about Penn and West Philadelphia preferred. Experience in facilitating successful youth development programs, collaborative endeavors, and managing multiple programs at once. Track record of both self-directed and team-oriented accomplishments. Organized, detail-oriented, accurate, dependable, and flexible.

Job Location - City, State

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School

School of Arts and Sciences

Pay Range

$37,220.00 - $56,087.33

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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University-Assisted Community School (Uacs) Fellow

University Of Pennsylvania