Student Advocacy Specialist 4 (Assistant Director of Student Transitions and Pre-College Outreach)

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Campus City:
University Park, PA
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Level/Salary Band:
04 – I – 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 Assistant Director (AD) of Student Transitions and Pre-College Outreach. The Assistant Director reports directly to the Director of Student Transitions and Pre-College Outreach in the College of Engineering. The Assistant Director will be a member of the Center for Engineering Outreach and Inclusion team and collaborate with the directors of Women in Engineering, Multicultural Engineering Programming, and Undergraduate Research, as well as, collegiate departments and student support units (advising, career services). The Assistant Director develops and coordinates leadership programming, academic support programming and career development initiatives for undergraduate students across the commonwealth, veterans, and other adult learners entering the College of Engineering. The AD will initiate and manage retention programming for transitioning Engineering students who begin their education at Penn State campuses and complete their Engineering degree at University Park. This group includes racially underrepresented students, women, first generation students, and students in lower socio-economic groups, who statistically have lower rates of retention and graduation in Engineering. The AD will support the Director in strategic planning and implementation related to College of Engineering goals to improve student learning and success. In support of the Director, the AD will help design and implement Change of Campus (CoC) programs focused on students and mentors at Commonwealth Colleges (CWC). The AD will work with internal and external partners to recruit student participants. The AD will also develop and implement programming focused on paths to graduation. The AD will serve as a point of contact on behalf of the College of Engineering for the Change of Campus mentor programs in collaboration with student orientation and transition programs (SOTP). The AD will support CoC student success interventions including Jump Start program for first year students and STEP-UP and Leadership Conference programs serving second year CWC Penn State Students. The AD will provide consultation, professional development sessions, and related support services. The AD will introduce the value of undergraduate student support organization through guest lectures and other outreach opportunities. The AD will work as an expert in Veteran Transitions, serving as the College of Engineering as a liaison for veterans’ services. The AD will also initiate and mange retention programming for adult learners (namely Veteran students) who are entering the Penn State College of Engineering. The AD will address questions from various stakeholders (alumni, colleagues, industry) and answer and direct as appropriate. This will include identifying funding sources for programs and initiating funding requests through grant proposals. In support of the Director, the AD helps provide oversight of equity programs focused on the outreach to and recruitment of students who come from historically marginalized or underrepresented populations as they consider applying to Penn State Engineering programs. The AD will participate in recruitment initiatives as a representative of the College of Engineering in coordination with the Office of Admissions and College of Engineering Academic Programs. In support of the Director, the AD will design and deliver professional development on pre-college recruitment, to help prepare Penn State students in outreach and hosting of student visits. The AD will help develop marketing materials for Student Transitions and Pre-College Outreach, working with the College of Engineering. 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.

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