Posted: Jun 22, 2022

Administrative Director, MSSP Program

University of Pennsylvania - Philadelphia, PA
Application Deadline: N/A

Administrative Director, MSSP Program


Job Description Summary


Reporting to the MSSP Program Faculty Director, and under limited supervision, the MSSP Program Administrative Director will engage in strategic planning and oversight of all components of the MSSP Program. As part of this leadership role, the MSSP Program Administrative Director will strategically advance, coordinate and oversee the administrative operations of the MSSP Program, including curricular development and changes and guiding budgetary decisions related to personnel and programmatic expenditures. The MSSP Program Administrative Director will initiate and lead the development and evaluation of innovative curricular programming, including classroom- and internship-based learning, and ensure quality improvement processes in all aspects of the MSSP Program. The position will involve regular communication with SP2’s MSSP students, dissemination of programmatic innovations through professional publications and attendance at/participation in national professional meetings and conferences such as the Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management, scheduling MSSP courses each term, and offering support to MSSP instructors, including review of all syllabi.


  • All SP2 staff are required to participate in convocation and graduation ceremonies as needed.


Strategic planning and leadership/advancement of all components of the MSSP Program: lead and direct the daily and long-range administrative operations of the MSSP Program (including curricular innovation & development, dual degree programs, specializations, certificates including the MSSP + Data Analytics, and waiver exams). Develop, implement, and evaluate programmatic innovations at the school level and engage in continuous quality improvement with all aspects of the MSSP Program.


Schedule courses, recruit, and offer support to instructors for MSSP courses each term, including review of all syllabi to ensure quality standards of the MSSP program curriculum and programming; provide orientation regarding expectations and resources for teaching at SP2 for new instructors.


  • Supervise MSSP Program Associate Director.
  • Teach one MSSP course per academic year.


Recruit and interview prospective students and advise current MSSP students by responding to their inquiries via email, phone, and in-person meetings and participating in admissions events. Provide academic guidance for MSSP students and regularly communicate with them through email and in-person meetings about a range of topics, including curricular offerings and community events.




This position requires a doctoral degree in social or public policy or a related field; 5-7 years of social policy experience; 5-7 years of social policy education experience or a combination of experience and education; enthusiasm for social policy education, curricular innovation, and program evaluation; demonstrated effectiveness and commitment to excellence in social policy education; prior supervisory/program leadership experience; commitment to supporting students, instructors, staff and community-based partners; engaged pursuit of social justice aims of social policy education; strong interpersonal, verbal, organizational and writing skills; capacity for facilitating positive team interactions and functioning; ability to balance attention to detail and large-scale programmatic development; an optimistic outlook and joyful approach to one’s work; and a sense of humor. Prior experience with research, publication and professional presentations is preferred.


Job Location - City, State: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School: School of Social Policy and Practice


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.


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