Director, Office of Global Engagement

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University of Pennsylvania

Director, Office of Global Engagement 2

Position description

The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn’s distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning. As an employer Penn has been ranked nationally on many occasions with the most recent award from Forbes who named Penn one of America’s Best Large Employers in 2023.


Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.


The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.




Posted Job Title

Director, Office of Global Engagement



Job Profile Title

Director B, Academic Affairs, Global Affairs



Job Description Summary

This role focuses on the development, administration and delivery of global initiatives, programs and courses at Penn. This position may work closely with faculty, staff, and students to propose and execute courses and provides strategic advising and enrollment management of the program. Develops strategic plan focussed on expanding the global reach of Penn’s programs.



Job Description

The University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School is one of the nation’s oldest and most distinguished law schools.  The School offers a unique approach, incorporating cross-disciplinary education, a distinctly collaborative environment, and an innovative curriculum to enrich student learning.  The small and highly interdisciplinary faculty achieves scholarly excellence while emphasizing a shared effort to advance understanding of the law.  The result is an intellectual community that bridges traditional boundaries and disciplines, within a resowed internal culture of collegiality, making Penn Carey Law an extraordinary supportive academic community for all its members.


Penn Carey Law’s commitment to interdisciplinary education for students extends to training outside the traditional classroom to meet educational and professional development opportunities across platforms and modes of delivery.  Penn Carey Law’s Office of Global Engagement (formerly the Office of International Affairs) promotes, develops, and facilitates student engagement with international programming, including study abroad; global fellowships; conferences and research opportunities; student-lead projects; and promotion of global engagement.


Reporting to the Vice Dean of Student Services, the Director of Global Engagement develops strategic plans and collaborations, oversees and implements innovative and high-quality student-focused programming, and creates and capitalizes on opportunities that ensure Penn Carey Law’s students can engage in research, study, and work around the world.



  • Demonstrated performance record of at least seven to ten years in successful and progressively responsible leadership.  This can be demonstrated in institutional management, higher education, international or global programming development, or law firm or legal industry experience. 
  • Excellent portfolio of programs and initiatives that establish an ability to think creatively about student-focused programming and an ability to collaborate across a variety of systems and organizational situations.  Experience developing and running successful student global engagement opportunities is strongly preferred. 
  • Demonstrated management skills with a record demonstrating effective leadership as a strong and motivational manager.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with diverse group of students, prioritizing educational and professional development goals.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity and sensitivity to cultural, ethnic, geographic, and experiential backgrounds; global experience and language(s) in addition to English are preferred.
  • Must show effective judgement, discretion, and the ability to handle confidential matters.
  • Bachelor’s degree required; 5-7 years of relevant experience required; JD or foreign equivalent, or Masters degree, preferred, with a concentration in higher education, international relations, or a related field.


Special Requirements

Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job. 

The University of Pennsylvania and its Law School are equal opportunity employers.

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