Job Details

University of Pennsylvania
  • Position Number: 3652580
  • Location: Philadelphia, PA
  • Position Type: Health - Health Education & Promotion

Administrative and Outreach Coordinator, The Internet of Things for Precision Agriculture (IoT4Ag) Center - Penn Engineering (Hybrid Eligible)

University Overview

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 Employers By State in 2021.

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.

COVID-19 vaccination is a requirement for all positions at the University of Pennsylvania. New hires are expected to be fully vaccinated before beginning work at the University. For more information about Penn's vaccine requirements, visit the Penn COVID-19 Response website for the latest information.

Posted Job Title
Administrative and Outreach Coordinator, The Internet of Things for Precision Agriculture (IoT4Ag) Center - Penn Engineering (Hybrid Eligible)

Job Profile Title
Coordinator, Program

Job Description Summary
The Internet of Things for Precision Agriculture (IoT4Ag) is a National Science Foundation (NSF) Engineering Research Center (ERC) headquartered at the University of Pennsylvania's School of Engineering and Applied Science. The ERC is a multi-university partnership with Purdue University, the University of California - Merced, and the University of Florida. The Center aims to ensure food, energy, and water security by advancing technology to increase crop production while minimizing the use of energy and water resources and the impact of agricultural practices on the environment. To realize this mission, IoT4Ag creates and translates to practice Internet of Things (IoT) technologies for precision agriculture, along with training and educating a diverse workforce to address the societal grand challenge of food, energy, and water security for decades to come.

Under supervision of the Managing Director of the Center, the Administrative and Outreach Coordinator will work closely and collaboratively with the Center's faculty leadership to assist with internal operations and support external outreach and communications efforts.

Job Description

Working closely with the Managing Director and coordinating priorities with Center leadership to help fulfill the organization's mission and goals across all four core campuses, the Coordinator will assist with ensuring smooth internal operations and coordinating IoT4Ag's internal and external communications, including the following:
  • Coordinate communications and engagement with IoT4Ag members, advisors, current and potential IoT4Ag partner organizations, and the public
  • Collate and maintain Center membership and programmatic information from participating universities, including internal databases and external resources
  • Work with Center leadership on assessment and data management of outreach, professional development, and community activities
  • Assist with the development of content and related materials for education, diversity, and research programs


Bachelor's degree in education, communications, technology, or related field and a minimum of two years of related experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Excellent writing and oral communication skills
Ability to serve as a creative self-starter and a team player
Skilled at managing multiple projects, meeting deadlines and prioritizing
Excellent attention to detail
Ability to manage Center operations in a largely virtual environment
Ability to represent the organization in a professional and positive manner
Strong and proven ability to communicate effectively and tactfully online
Experience in navigating social media platforms (Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn)
Proficiencies in Microsoft Office programs, Google Suite, WordPress, Zoom, Slack, MailChimp, AirTable, and Canva, and/or willingness to learn
Strong belief in the mission and values of IoT4Ag, including a commitments to supporting diversity and a culture of inclusion

Desired Experience:

The ideal candidate will demonstrate experience and competency in one or more of the following areas:
Creation and management of web-based membership, educational, or training programs
Preparation and dissemination of written and visual communications, especially related to
STEM, agriculture, or other technical fields
Development and administration of diversity, equity, and inclusion activities
Project management, event coordination, and community outreach activities
Writing and conducting program evaluation and assessment

Job Location - City, State
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School
School of Engineering and Applied Science

Pay Range
$24.13 - $36.36
Salary offers are made based on the candidate's qualifications, experience, skills, and education as they directly relate to the requirements of the position, as well as internal and market factors and grade profile.

Affirmative Action Statement
Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

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.

University Benefits
  • Health, Life, and Flexible Spending Accounts: Penn offers comprehensive medical, prescription, behavioral health, dental, vision, and life insurance benefits to protect you and your family's health and welfare. You can also use flexible spending accounts to pay for eligible health care and dependent care expenses with pre-tax dollars.
  • Tuition: Take advantage of Penn's exceptional tuition benefits. You, your spouse, and your dependent children can get tuition assistance here at Penn. Your dependent children are also eligible for tuition assistance at other institutions.
  • Retirement: Penn offers generous retirement plans to help you save for your future. Penn's Basic, Matching, and Supplemental retirement plans allow you to save for retirement on a pre-tax or Roth basis. Choose from a wide variety of investment options through TIAA and Vanguard.
  • Time Away from Work: Penn provides you with a substantial amount of time away from work during the course of the year. This allows you to relax, take vacations, attend to personal affairs, recover from illness or injury, spend time with family-whatever your personal needs may be.
  • Long-Term Care Insurance: In partnership with Genworth Financial, Penn offers faculty and staff (and your eligible family members) long-term care insurance to help you cover some of the costs of long-term care services received at home, in the community or in a nursing facility. If you apply when you're newly hired, you won't have to provide proof of good health or be subject to underwriting requirements. Eligible family members must always provide proof of good health and are subject to underwriting.
  • Wellness and Work-life Resources: Penn is committed to supporting our faculty and staff as they balance the competing demands of work and personal life. That's why we offer a wide variety of programs and resources to help you care for your health, your family, and your work-life balance.
  • Professional and Personal Development: Penn provides an array of resources to help you advance yourself personally and professionally.
  • University Resources: As a member of the Penn community, you have access to a wide range of University resources as well as cultural and recreational activities. Take advantage of the University's libraries and athletic facilities, or visit our arboretum and art galleries. There's always something going on at Penn, whether it's a new exhibit at the Penn Museum, the latest music or theater presentation at the Annenberg Center, or the Penn Relays at Franklin Field to name just a few examples. As a member of the Penn community, you're right in the middle of the excitement-and you and your family can enjoy many of these activities for free.
  • Discounts and Special Services: From arts and entertainment to transportation and mortgages, you'll find great deals for University faculty and staff. Not only do Penn arts and cultural centers and museums offer free and discounted admission and memberships to faculty and staff. You can also enjoy substantial savings on other goods and services such as new cars from Ford and General Motors, cellular phone service plans, movie tickets, and admission to theme parks.
  • Flexible Work Hours: Flexible work options offer creative approaches for completing work while promoting balance between work and personal commitments. These approaches involve use of non-traditional work hours, locations, and/or job structures.
  • Penn Home Ownership Services: Penn offers a forgivable loan for eligible employees interested in buying a home or currently residing in West Philadelphia, which can be used for closing costs or home improvements.
  • Adoption Assistance: Penn will reimburse eligible employees on qualified expenses in connection with the legal adoption of an eligible child, such as travel or court fees, for up to two adoptions in your household.

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