Promise Neighborhood Project Director, VP Univ & Community Partnership

Drexel University

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    May. 19, 2017
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Drexel University was founded in Philadelphia in 1891 to provide educational opportunities for women and men of all backgrounds. Now, as a comprehensive research university with over 26,000 students across its 15 colleges and schools, Drexel’s strength in co-operative education, experiential learning, and translational research provides its students and faculty with excellent opportunities for career success. Known for innovation and dramatic growth, Drexel has earned top rankings from U.S. News & World Report, appearing among its Top 100 National Universities for the past seven years and on its Best Colleges list for the past 11 years.

Job Overview:
The Promise Neighborhood Project Director will serve as the lead for the West Philadelphia Promise Neighborhood initiative.

The Project Director will be responsible for developing, executing and managing the up to five-year program that will meet the goals and objectives of the Promise Neighborhood initiative in a timely matter. The major focus of this position will be management of the project’s daily operations during the term of the award with a key emphasis on managing program staff and relationships with partners on a daily basis to ensure that all project goals, objectives, and deliverables are met/achieved on time, within budget, and at the highest possible quality of work.

This position reports to the Director of University and Community Partnerships and works in close collaboration with the Senior Vice Provost for University and Community Partnerships and the Dean of the School of Education.

A Bachelors and/or Masters degree in a related area of Education, Urban Studies, Public Health, Public Policy or closely related program of study.

Experience managing large grant programs with a diverse set of partners.

A minimum of three years of supervisory experience.

Very well organized.

Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

Ability to create and manage complex collaborations and cross sector teams; able to manage effectively and mediate disagreements.

Advanced computer skills (ex. Internet communication, research and business presentations).

Demonstrated experience in data-driven decision-making (for example, previous experience with Results Based Accountability).

Demonstrated ability to complete projects and achieve goals on time while delivering high quality results.

Ability to travel when necessary. (Minimal travel; local in the city).

Preferred Qualifications:
Work and prior experience in Philadelphia schools or nonprofit organizations working directly with Philadelphia schools.

A minimum of three years’ experience focused on educational and community based efforts. Experiences could include conceptualization, strategic planning, coaching and/or fundraising.

Essential Functions:
Engage partners, community members and others in the implementation of the West Philadelphia Promise Neighborhood work as a model for education and neighborhood-focused reform in Philadelphia.

Serve as the operational manager of the West Philadelphia Promise Neighborhood, including direct supervision of any staff, students and volunteers.

Serve as the primary contact for partner organizations, schools and other program providers.

Collaborate with service providers, school-based personnel and University faculty to better connect their programming with one another.

Works closely with project Data and Research personnel to manage, oversee, and report outcomes to a variety of stakeholder audiences.

Foster a culture of accountability within the Promise Neighborhood Project Management Team as well as among Promise Neighborhood partners and residents of the community.

Negotiates and manages sub-contracts, MOUs, and data use agreements with partnering organizations.

Work closely with the University’s Office of Research on project accounting and compliance.

Other duties as assigned.

Supplemental Posting:
This position is supported fully or partially by external funds; therefore, the continuation of employment is contingent on receipt of those external funds.

Drexel University offers an attractive benefits package including tuition remission, a generous retirement package with matching funds (up to 11 percent) and an opportunity to join a talented team of professionals directly helping the University achieve its record growth and quality reputation.
Drexel University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, welcomes individuals from diverse backgrounds and perspectives, and believes that an inclusive and respectful environment enriches the University community and the educational and employment experience of its members. The University prohibits discrimination against individuals on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, disability, age, status as a veteran or special disabled veteran, gender identity or expression, genetic information, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions and any other prohibited characteristic. Please visit our website to view all University Policies and Workplace Postings.

Background investigations are required for all new hires as a condition of employment, after the job offer is made. Employment may not begin until the University accepts the results of the background investigation.

How to Apply

To apply for this position, please apply online at: or visit and search for Promise Neighborhood Project Director, VP Univ & Community Partnership. The requisition number is Requisition # 8244.

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