Job Opportunity: Executive Program Associate at CSIS

Vaughn Sayers
September 2, 2021

Executive Program Associate, Center for Social Impact Strategy

Scope: 10-20 hours/week for fall semester. Renewal conditional on positive review. Reports to: Managing Director.

Summary. The Center for Social Impact Strategy (CSIS) invites applications for 1-3 part-time student employees  at the School of Social Policy and Practice (SP2) at the University of Pennsylvania (UPenn) in Philadelphia, PA, USA, for immediate start. The primary purpose of the role is to support CSIS’s Executive Programs to create an exceptional student and applicant experience. This includes: provide direct administrative coordination and event planning including recruitment, admissions, enrollment, orientation, online course administration, and preparation for on-campus learning in 2022.

Applicants should have experience working in and learning about the social sector. Competitive candidates will have careful attention to detail collecting, managing, and reporting on messy data – there are humans behind those data –and communication that is both empathetic and crystal clear. Competitive candidates will also appreciate and thrive in a start-up culture embedded in a mature academic institution. That means balancing, on one hand, the flexibility and playfulness to pose and roll with new ideas, with, on the other hand, pride in your own competence and fussy ownership over your deadlines and deliverables despite whatever daily excitement is happening in the office.

This person will be self-motivated, detail-oriented, well-organized, and willing to enthusiastically work through the challenges of a venture committed to high-quality education in the field of social impact, continuous program improvement, and efficiency. A high-achieving work ethic, demonstrable respect for different points of view, and a commitment to teamwork and knowledge-sharing should permeate all work.

Required Competencies and Behaviors

  • Excellent time management skills
  • Maintains a precise account of tasks and execute them by or before agreed deadlines
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills, oral and written communication skills, including high levels of professionalism and courtesy in written communications
  • Proactive effort to learn new tools in accomplishing tasks
  • Accompanies every “no” with a constructive, realistic alternative
  • Proactively identifies potential problems and opportunities for better coordination
  • Must become a champion for the Center for Social Impact Strategy

Fall 2021 Responsibilities: 


  • Update and implement social media calendar, proofreading and creating engaging posts, and scheduling items in Sprout Social
  • Creative opportunities include, depending on interest: write news items, create infographic social media posts, or create short videos using existing footage and images.

Online course administration 

  • Create or update courses in the Canvas Learning Management System
  • Create or update course materials in Canvas, including: lecture slides, reading packets, course banners, closed captioning, and audio files
  • Create or update orientation materials

Executive Program Convening

  • Help organize three multi-day on-campus learning experiences, to take place in Feb-Mar
  • Help communicate details with alumni and facilitate registration
  • Help create learning materials

Application. To apply, send a resume and statement of interest (1 page maximum) to with “Application for Executive Programs position” in the subject line. If you have a portfolio, samples or links to your prior work, you are welcome to share those in your statement of interest. We would be very happy to take a look.

About CSIS. The Center for Social Impact strategy is a research and action center based in the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Social Policy & Practice (SP2). Our mission is to make tools and resources for social impact available to anyone, anywhere. Our educational, residential, and fellowship programs are designed for accessibility and affordability. For more information, visit

About SP2. The University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy & Practice contributes to the advancement of more effective, efficient, and humane human services through education, research, and civic engagement. In pursuit of this mission, our theory-based masters and doctoral programs in social work, social welfare, nonprofit leadership, and social policy encourage students to think and work across disciplinary lines and cultures as well as across national and international boundaries. The pursuit of social justice is at the heart of the School’s knowledge-building activities. Our innovative educational and research programs reinforce our vision of active student engagement in their own learning as well as that of social agencies and larger social collectivities organized at the local, national, and international levels. For more information, visit

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