University of Pennsylvania — Director, Leonore Annenberg Institute for Civics

Director, Leonore Annenberg Institute for Civics

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Posted Job Title
Director, Leonore Annenberg Institute for Civics

Job Profile Title
Director F

Job Description Summary
One of four endowed projects in the Annenberg Public Policy Center (APPC), The Leonore Annenberg Institute for Civics (LAIC) manages the Civics Renewal Network, sponsors Annenberg Classroom, supervises creation of films and video games on the Constitution, and conducts yearly surveys of the public's knowledge about the Constitution. APPC is seeking a leader in the field of civics education to serve as director of LAIC. As part of the process of guiding LAIC, the director, who will answer to the Director of APPC, will engage in national outreach to increase public awareness of the need for high quality civics education, identify and fund innovative curricular content on the Constitution for Annenberg Classroom, superintend content production and dissemination, and expand the reach of existing LAIC materials in the nation's classrooms, home schooling settings, libraries, and in the military and business sectors. This experienced individual will work to raise the profile of and expand engagement with LAIC's two premier projects – Annenberg Classroom and the Civics Renewal Network – among educators as well other civics education organizations. The LAIC director also will represent LAIC and APPC in workshops, webinars, teacher institutes, conferences and major civics events, such as Constitution Day.

Job Description

The ideal candidate will possess extensive contacts in the education field and the skills and experience needed to function as a national leader in civics education, as well as have the proven capacity to develop and implement innovative approaches to civics education. Responsibilities will include:

  • Working with the 39 nonprofit, nonpartisan partner organizations in the Civics Renewal Network to increase the visibility and impact of high quality civics content and superintending the process of increasing traffic to the Civics Renewal Network and Annenberg Classroom websites
  • Seeking new audiences for LAIC's education resources and increasing their use by educators in elementary and secondary schools and community colleges and in the business sector and military
  • Building connections with teachers who can advise on curriculum and websites through workshops, conferences, webinars and summer institutes
  • Leading content development for Annenberg Classroom
  • Leading efforts to disseminate Annenberg Classroom resources on other websites
  • Managing the LAIC budget
  • Supervising APPC staff responsible for CRN and working with APPC IT and survey staff to achieve LAIC's goals


A PhD in a field related to education or civics preferred. A minimum of 8- 10 years of experience in civics education or related non-profit work is required. In addition, successful candidates will have:

  • A vision for LAIC that will carry it into the changing media and educational environment of the middle of the 21st century
  • A record of highly-regarded writing about civics education and/or a track record of creating and implementing innovative work in the civics education field
  • In-depth knowledge and understanding of current classroom requirements and teachers' needs
  • Ability to supervise the creation and dissemination of high-quality resources in a variety of formats
  • Excellent writing and speaking skills
  • Project and event management experience
  • Experience managing a multi-year programming budget
  • Experience leading a program delivery team, including internal staff and external partners and stakeholders
  • Demonstrated ability to achieve marketing and publicity outcomes for educational programs and resources
  • An extensive, national network of contacts in civics, education, and related fields
  • A commitment to and track record of championing inclusion, diversity, equity, and access

Application instructions:

Please submit the following via the Workday application portal:

  • cover letter
  • resume
  • (2) writing samples
  • 1 or 2 relevant samples of civics education work

Note: multiple attachment uploads are permitted.

Job Location – City, State
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School
Annenberg School for Communication

Pay Range
$126,841.00 – $202,945.66

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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.
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  • 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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