Job Opportunity: Postdoctoral Fellowship at CSIS

Ariel Schwartz
March 10, 2021

*This position has been filled.

Start Date
June 1 or July 1, 2021

End Date
May 31 or June 30, 2022 (with possibility for renewal) 

Job Description and Responsibilities
The Center for Social Impact Strategy (CSIS) and the Master of Science in Nonprofit Leadership (NPL) at the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy &Practice (SP2) is hiring a postdoctoral fellow to start Summer 2021. The position is a one-year fellowship with the possibility for renewal by mutual agreement and according to the policies of the University of Pennsylvania. 

The postdoctoral fellow will work under the supervision of Faculty Director Peter Frumkin and Managing Director Ariel Schwartz. The fellow will also work collaboratively with CSIS and NPL team members on a variety of program management activities and projects. To meet the needs and goals of the Center, the fellow will be expected to be available and work within normal business hours. Individuals interested in gaining research and teaching experience, while benefiting from the support of a creative and engaged team, are especially encouraged to apply. 

The main responsibilities of the fellowship include engaging in curricular review and development for the CSIS Executive Certificate Program in Social Impact Strategy and other CSIS and NPL educational initiatives; co-managing CSIS educational initiatives alongside other Center staff; and providing support for other CSIS projects as directed by the Faculty and Managing Directors. The fellow will also have the opportunity to continue to advance their research agenda by engaging in original research under the supervision of Professor Frumkin. The fellow will TA the online course NPLD 792 Social Entrepreneurship with Professor Frumkin in Fall 2021 and may teach and/or develop additional online and on-campus courses at the discretion of the Faculty Director. 

Applicants must hold a doctorate by the start date of the position. Applicants who are ABD are encouraged to apply but should indicate that their doctorate will be complete by the start date. Applicants should demonstrate an active research agenda related to nonprofit management; social entrepreneurship and social innovation; philanthropy and volunteering; international NGOs; or other related fields. Prior teaching experience, especially online teaching experience, is a plus. 

To apply, send a statement of interest (1 page maximum) and CV to with “Application for Postdoctoral Fellowship” in the subject line.

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. 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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