Join University Life

Serving as the nation’s first university and as Philadelphia’s largest private employer, Penn offers great potential for a career in student affairs. The Division of University Life plays a critical role in the collegiate experience at Penn. We look for mission-driven applicants who demonstrate a collaborative approach to their work, a passion for lifelong learning, and a deep love for students.  

Students walking into a building on Penn's campus with flyer text
Students walking into a building on Penn's campus with flyer text

2023 Most Promising Places to Work in Student Affairs

University of Pennsylvania is selected as one of the “2023 Most Promising Places to Work in Student Affairs” by Diverse: Issues In Higher Education

The selection process focuses on workplace diversity, staffing practices, and work environment, the research uses a web-based survey approach to examine categories such as family friendliness, salary and benefits, and professional development opportunities.

Life at Penn: Staff Edition

The Life at Penn Staff Edition highlights our incredible team of advisors and educators, dynamic community builders, crisis managers, and partners dedicated to providing an engaging student experience here at Penn.

Amber Decker

Amber Decker

Associate Director, Community Engagement & Student Development, Space and Events Management

Rodney Robinson

Rodney Robinson

Associate Director, Office of Student Affairs (OSA)

Sheryl Warfield

Sheryl D. Warfield

Associate Director, Operations, Weingarten Center

Barbara Hewitt

Barbara Hewitt

Executive Director, Career Services

Open Positions

All applications must be submitted through Workday@Penn, the University of Pennsylvania online application portal. Below are positions available within University Life, however information about jobs across all parts of the University can be found at Workday@Penn and can be filtered using key words. Check back often as new positions and opportunities will be opening at University Life.

Associate Director, Case Management and Strategic Initiatives, Student Intervention Services

The Associate Director is responsible for collaborating with University representatives to respond to critical incidents, helps determine a recommended course of action, and provides support to members of the community. The Associate Director for Strategic Initiatives will collaborate with the Director to enhance SIS’ data collection, identify trends, coordinate development of multidisciplinary responses to emerging student issues, and evaluate outcomes of programs and interventions.

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Instructional Design/Technology Director for the Integrated Care Initiative, Weingarten Center

The Instructional Design/Technology Director position represents the Weingarten Center’s Integrated Care initiative with the goal to address the diverse educational needs of Penn students. The mission of the Weingarten Center is to empower students and provide them with strategies to incorporate in their learning repertoire. The incumbent serves as a nexus between the classroom experience and student learning.

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Associate Director, Access and Retention, Student Intervention Services

A major initiative within SIS is the emergency and opportunity funding program administered with Student Registration and Financial Services, Penn First Plus, and other partners. The program is an important intervention to alleviate financial hardship for students and promote equity and access to education and career opportunities for Penn students.

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Associate Director, Case Management and Outreach, Student Intervention Services

Student Intervention Services is the principal administrative office in the Division of University Life for responding to student emergencies and critical incidents. The Associate Director for Case Management and Outreach plays a key role in responding to student crises and collaborates with other departments to manage students in distress and other situations that may interfere with students’ ability to function in the University community.

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Director, Pan-Asian American Community House (PAACH)

The Pan-Asian American Community House is a hub of academic, personal, and professional growth for University of Pennsylvania students interested in Asian American culture and the Asian American Diaspora. Through advising, leadership development, advocacy, social and cultural programming we expand student access to the University’s resources.

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Facility Operations Coordinator, Space and Events Management

Reporting to the Associate Director for Operations for University Life Space Management the Facility Operations Coordinator is responsible for monitoring the daily operation of Perelman Quadrangle facilities including the student Center at Houston Hall, Irvine Auditorium, and the Arts, Culture, Research House. This includes serving as a customer service point person, performing opening and closing the facility, assisting with room set ups and take downs, assist with training and supporting staff including student employees. The coordinator also addresses equipment and facility cleanliness and performs required clerical work to ensure smooth facility operation. A person in this role will be expected to complete regular building walkthroughs throughout the day- for patron interaction, venue conditions, identifying facility issues, staff support. The schedule for this position is primarily during weekends, early morning, and closing shifts; and may include holidays. The Facility Operations Coordinator assists with the successful implementation of planned events and works closely with event planning staff. dining/catering services, audio visual services, Housekeeping, University Police, to insure safe and appropriate use of University Life managed spaces enter.

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Temp Administrative Coordinator, Pan-Asian American Community House

Temporary Employee – Non-Exempt

Reporting to the Director of the Pan-Asian American Community House (PAACH), the Administrative Coordinator will support the mission of PAACH to engage the community in celebration of South Asian, Southeast Asian, East Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander cultures. The Administrative Coordinator will play a key role in managing the daily operations of PAACH, assisting with organizing and evaluating programs, providing budget oversight, and handling departmental logistical needs.

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Organizational Structure

The Division of University Life supports 25,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students through its 17 departments located across campus. Our division is the hub for academic and career support, student involvement and leadership development, and culturally based community engagement. We work very closely with institution’s other student-facing departments to ensure students feel a sense of belonging during Penn journeys. 

Meet the department leaders who make up Penn University Life


Christine Brown-Lawrence

Associate Vice Provost for
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging

Will Atkins, Ph.D.

La Casa Latina

Krista Cortes, Ph.D.

Assistant Vice Provost
for Strategic Planning and Operations

Laurie A. Hall