Director of Multicultural Engineering Programs

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Campus City:
University Park, PA
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
Job Number:
Level/Salary Band:
05 – J – Exempt
Work Unit:
College of Engineering
Center for Engineering Outreach and Inclusion
Full/Part Time:


The College of Engineering at The Pennsylvania State University seeks an innovative leader for the position of Director of Multicultural Engineering Programs ( The Director reports directly to the Associate Dean for Equity and Inclusion in the College of Engineering. The Director will be a member of the Center for Engineering Outreach and Inclusion team and collaborate with the directors of Women in Engineering, Campus Outreach, and Undergraduate Research as well as collegiate departments and student support units (advising, career services). The Director will represent the College of Engineering as a member of Council of Collegiate Multicultural Leaders. The Director will develop and drive initiatives and interventions for student success, especially in the areas of improving retention and graduation rates, closing persistence and achievement gaps and building the capacity of all students as allies in a welcoming community. The Director will play an important role in strategic planning and implementation related to college of engineering goals to improve student learning and success. In addition, the Director will be responsible for directing and managing the multicultural engineering programs budget and staff development activities, including hiring, training, and evaluation. The Director will engage alumni and corporate partners in support of equity initiatives. In addition, the Director will provide leadership and support for equity and inclusion and serve as a strong advocate for student success initiatives as a part of ensuring access and affordability in public higher education. Attracting more underrepresented students into engineering academics and into the engineering workforce is a goal in the College of Engineering Strategic Plan and is also aligned with institutional initiatives in the Penn State Framework to Foster Diversity. The College of Engineering is one of the largest engineering colleges in the nation with an enrollment of about 10,000 students. The Center for Outreach and Inclusion directly serves the engineering student community through annual programs serving multicultural (primarily racial and ethnic minority) students, women students and majority student allies in engineering. This critical position works with students, faculty and administrators to help underrepresented students enter the pipeline towards successful careers in engineering. Multicultural Engineering Programs are supported by a combination of external corporate funding, alumni gifts, federal grants and institutional support. Thus, fundraising through proposal writing and networking are vital to augmenting programmatic activities and to increasing their impact. These networks include: national professional organizations, Big Ten partner institutions, corporate sponsors, and internal diversity teams. The program Director sometimes needs to travel in order to maintain these relationships and to aid in the successful recruitment and retention of African American, Hispanic, Native American, and other underrepresented populations at Penn State. The MEP Director will supervise a staff of 1-2 people (staff, graduate or undergraduate program assistants) to carry out these duties. The Director leads all aspects of MEP undergraduate retention and pre-college recruitment program initiatives. The successful candidate will exhibit: a strong orientation towards the values of equity and inclusion within the student body, skill in engaging faculty, staff, and students in outreach, an inclusive climate, and equity issues, a strong desire to consult national organizations and scholarly literature on climate inclusion and diversity, skill at managing people and events, an engaging personal history of understanding issues of inclusion and diversity, and ability to collect and analyze data for decision-making and organizing programs. Typically requires a Master's degree or higher in an education or social science related discipline or higher plus five years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. The successful candidate must be innovative and collaborative and have demonstrated success in developing data informed strategies for programs and services and must possess a record of leadership and the potential to contribute effectively to the mission of the college of Engineering. Essential qualities and skills include, but are not limited to, planning, organizational, and management skills, excellent public speaking and communication abilities, high energy and creativity, capacity to work with others, ability to solve problems, experience in the application of technology to support student success, and sound judgement. Review of applications will begin on February 4, 2019, and will continue until the position is filled.

These salary bands have been established to provide salary guidelines for staff positions.

Salary Band Minimum Midpoint Maximum
A $16,584 $24,456 $32,328
B $18,240 $26,904 $35,556
C $19,728 $29,592 $39,456
D $21,708 $32,568 $43,416
E $24,312 $36,468 $48,612
F $27,228 $40,848 $54,456
G $30,012 $45,744 $61,500
H $34,188 $52,140 $70,080
I $38,988 $59,424 $79,908
J $43,716 $67,740 $91,812
K $50,712 $78,600 $106,488
L $58,836 $91,176 $123,528
M $68,232 $105,756 $143,292
N $80,508 $124,788 $169,068
O $93,492 $147,252 $201,024
P $110,340 $173,760 $237,192
Q $126,396 $199,056 $271,728
R $151,668 $238,872 $326,088