Careers at Annenberg

Faculty Opportunities

The Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania is seeking to fill a tenure-track faculty position in Global Communication Studies to begin the fall semester 2022.

We are looking for a productive researcher, engaged scholar, and committed teacher/mentor who studies cross-national, supranational, transnational, and/or translocal theories and subjects, using qualitative and/or quantitative methods. Topics may include but are not limited to: critical and/or comparative studies of media institutions, systems, and audiences as they relate to digital inequalities; diasporas; development; the uses and structural impacts of technologies; legal, economic and policy frameworks; journalism; the geopolitics of the popular; postcolonial and indigenous perspectives; and implications of communication infrastructures. This position is one of two hires we are making that reflect our desire to expand our footprint in global communication. Preference will be given to researchers whose work centers on the Global South. 

Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in Communication or a related field by the start of the appointment. Candidates who add to our school and university diversity are strongly encouraged to apply.

The Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania is a graduate school of communication theory and research, with 20 full-time faculty and approximately 80 doctoral students representing a wide range of disciplinary backgrounds and interests. The School’s Center for Advanced Global Communication is an impressively endowed center for global communication scholarship. The faculty also has primary responsibility for an undergraduate communication major within the School of Arts and Sciences.

Submit a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, evidence of teaching effectiveness, three names of references, and three articles, chapters, or other research to Professor John L. Jackson, Jr., Dean, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania via http://apply.interfolio.com/87752. For full consideration, applications must be submitted no later than Sunday, September 30, 2021.

The University of Pennsylvania values diversity and seeks talented students, faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds. The University of Pennsylvania is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.  Candidates are considered for employment without regard to 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. Questions or concerns about this should be directed to the Executive Director of the Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Programs, University of Pennsylvania, 421 Franklin Building, 3451 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6205; or (215) 898-6993 (Voice) or (215) 898-7803 (TDD).

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Staff Opportunities

The Staff Writer position has a concentration on content development for the Annenberg School for Communication, principally in writing news stories and press releases about schoolwide milestones and initiatives, and Annenberg faculty and student research.

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Job Description

  • Write news stories, press releases, newsletters, and email announcements for internal and external publication about the Annenberg School and the work of its community of scholars, researchers, and students.

  • Think creatively about new ways to promote the school’s work to diverse public audiences, including writing with a Development/Institutional Advancement focus.

  • Edit news stories or press releases written by other staff members or interns.

  • Strategize, develop, and post content for school websites and social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram).

  • Provide support with media relations, identifying stories, monitoring news for Annenberg mentions.

  • Maintain and update website content as part of the team.

  • Serve as point person for special event news items and project materials (i.e. Graduation).

  • Assist with team projects as needed.

  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

The writer is a highly motivated and creative communicator with a Bachelor's Degree and at least 2-3 years of experience in journalism, creative communications, or public relations, or equivalent combination of education and related experience. Reporting to the Director of Communications, the position coordinates closely with other team members responsible for graphic design and video.

We seek a flexible team player and strategic thinker, with the ability to proactively identify communications opportunities in order to widen the reach and enhance the reputation of the school. It is essential that the candidate possess superior writing skills, creativity, and a knack for making complicated ideas and materials easily understood and compelling. Experience with writing in an academic setting is highly desirable, as is translating a wide array of scholarly work and initiatives for a wider audience.

The position is currently a hybrid 3/2 remote work split – three days in the office and two days at home. Continuation of this work schedule is contingent upon changes/updates to the university/school remote work policy.

Please note that a resume AND cover letter must be submitted. They may be uploaded as one document or two.

Job Location - City, State

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Pay Range

$43,919.00 - $66,183.00

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.

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Under the broad managerial direction of the Annenberg School’s Director of Finance, undertake all financial and administrative tasks related to providing life-cycle grant management for federal and non-federal sponsored research at the Annenberg School for Communication (ASC), from pre-award submission planning through post-award management and close-out.

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Job Description

  • Provide premier customer service by serving as the initial point of contact for the grants team within the Business Office of ASC while displaying a positive attitude and high level of willingness and good nature while doing so; field inquiries from and serve as the financial policy and process resource for all school constituents; escalate inquiries to Director of Finance when appropriate.

  • Pre-award grant administration: Assist ASC faculty and others with the preparation of proposals for sponsored research to external and internal sponsors (federal, non-federal, corporate, foundation, intra-university) in accordance with funder, school, and university policies and procedures; review proposals for administrative requirements; provide guidance; assist with the preparation of standard to complex budgets and budget justifications; gather required documents for submission according to sponsor guidelines; prepare PennERA record for submission to the sponsor, review application for completeness, track proposal through the signature process to ensure deadlines are met.

  • Post-award administration: Review AIS information and award notices for accuracy and submit corrections for inaccuracies, budget awards internally and in BEN Financials, prepare and monitor ICR budgets, prepare and enter journals and cost transfers, prepare monthly account reconciliations; ensure regulatory and administrative compliance with sponsor, school, and university policies and procedures; exercise overall management and operational responsibility for issues of finance and reporting, compliance, and procurement services (approve and receipt grant invoices for payment, process and reconcile purchase orders, payments to vendors, ProCard receipts, and revenue deposits); work proactively with vendors and appropriate central university offices to investigate and/or correct issues as necessary; develop and distribute comprehensive monthly financial reports to investigators; work closely with school’s payroll coordinator to ensure accurate salary distribution and other payroll related issues; meet with PIs regularly and participate in all other activities required to support sponsored research projects; prepare and process travel reimbursements related to grant travel activity; plan reporting schedules and ensure compliance with same, providing reports or templates as needed; manage grants through close-out including overseeing the finally close PO process for sponsored research purchase orders.

  • Liaise with funding agencies, subcontractors, university sponsored project offices, and others.

  • Assist the Director of Finance by preparing ad-hoc grant projections, working with school’s business administrator as appropriate, for the school’s multi-year budget submission and periodic budget forecasts. May also support the Director by providing and/or analyzing ad-hoc data for dean or other senior management for long-range decision-making as needed.

  • Continually monitor risks associated with research administration to ensure full compliance with all regulations and applicable standards; provide recommendations for improved control and/or operation procedures.

  • Work on special projects as needed.

  • Perform other duties as assigned.

The position is currently a hybrid 3/2 remote work split – three days in the office and two days at home. Continuation of this work schedule is contingent upon changes/updates to the university/school remote work policy.

Position is contingent upon continued grant funding. A resume AND cover letter must be uploaded to be considered for candidacy.

Qualifications

A Bachelor’s Degree and 3 to 5 years of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience in pre- and post-award research administration is required.  Strong grantsmanship, compliance, and administrative experience essential. Exceptional knowledge and experience with spreadsheets, Excel, and MS Office suite of products required. Experience enforcing compliance, funding policies, procedures, and regulations essential. Experience in university financial and research administration accounting systems required. Experience in UPenn research and financial systems preferred (PennERA, Penn GFM Research Portal/Cayuse, Research Other Support App, ERS, HS-ERA, RIS, PHS-FITS, BEN Financials, Markview/BEN, Business Objects/Data Warehouse, Concur, Penn + Box, Secure Share, Workday@Penn, etc.).

Must exhibit the ability and desire to troubleshoot issues, have excellent written and verbal communication skills and outstanding customer service skills, demonstrate exemplary organizational and critical thinking skills, be timely and responsive to deadlines and adept at juggling multiple tasks simultaneously, know how to work independently and as part of a team, and must have a great attitude.  


Working Conditions

Office, library, computer room

Physical Effort

Typically sitting at a desk or table

Job Location - City, State

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Pay Range

$51,824.00 - $78,096.00

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.

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Visiting Scholar Opportunities

Please note that we will not be accepting any additional Visiting Scholars for the 2021-22 academic year. 

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Contacts

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Faculty Inquiries

Kelly Fernández
Director of Administration & Faculty Affairs
kelly.fernandez@asc.upenn.edu

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Staff Inquiries

Donna Burdumy
Director of Human Resources
donna.burdumy@asc.upenn.edu

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Visiting Scholar Inquiries

Margie Chavez
Assistant to the Dean
margie.chavez@asc.upenn.edu

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