Director of Student Placement and Partnership Development, School of Public Health

Posted by Drexel University on July 13, 2015

This is a full-time administrative position for an individual who enjoys extensive interaction with students and external partners in the field of Public Health. This position has overall responsibility for developing and maintaining partnerships between the Drexel University School of Public Health (SPH) and external public health organizations to identify and manage practical experience opportunities for students, identify employment opportunities for our graduates, and identify training and educational opportunities for our external partners. This position reports directly to the Associate Dean for Public Health Practice.

Specific requirements include:
 Completion of a Master’s degree in public health or equivalent.
 Minimum of two years administrative/project.
 Experience and comfort in working with individuals from many different communities and culturally diverse backgrounds.
 Strong interpersonal and organizational skills and ability to work with students, faculty, academic administrators, and external partners, including executives of these
 Understanding of practice requirements of the Council of Education in Public Health
(CEPH) for undergraduate, masters and DrPH students.
 Comfort and desire in networking, outreach, and external relations for the SPH.

Qualifications of the individual:
 Strong initiative and self-direction, skills in problem identification and problem solving, and anticipation of and response to changes in student body composition.
 Ability to respond effectively to changes in public health landscape, workforce needs,
and student/faculty interest and demand.
 Ability to represent the SPH to a wide variety of external partners, including executive leadership.
 Strong written and verbal communication skills.
 Ability to communicate with students, faculty, and practice partners in an engaged and professional manner.
 Ability to conduct multi-year planning and project management, continuous quality
assessment and improvement as the school and program grows.
 Enthusiasm for public health and in meeting the needs of the current and future public health workforce.

Specific Functions Include:
1. Outreach, identification and management of public health practical experience
opportunities in public health settings for students.
 Develop and maintain mutually supportive relationships with all external partners.
 Outreach to community partners to find practical experience opportunities to match
student interest. Continually asses supply and demand based on student need/interest
and workforce need.
 Develop and maintain online database of opportunities; assist preceptors and students in using the online system to post and find opportunities.
 Assist students in finding practical experiences that match with their academic and
professional goals.
 Develop materials—in-person, written, and web based—for students, faculty and
preceptors. These include orientation materials, learning agreements, assessment
materials, and other materials that the program requires.
 Maintain all communication with students, faculty and preceptors on program
 Collect and maintain all required information for practical experiences, including affiliate agreements, learning agreements, project descriptions, etc.
 Identify funding to support practical experiences; write grants to support practice
opportunities, stipends, and other student support.
 Coordinate with Academic Departments Administrative offices within the SPH to ensure student practice requirements are met in the appropriate timeframes.
 Coordinate with legal department regarding affiliate agreements and other partnership agreements as necessary.
 Understand and coordinate requirements for international students, including
requirements based on VISA type and other potential limitations.

2. Identification and posting of employment opportunities for current students and recent alumni.
 Identify and solicit summer, part-time and full-time employment opportunities for
graduating students and recent alumni.
 Maintain online career posting database.

3. Identify the education and training needs of external partners and recruit into programs at the School of Public Health.
 Understand the various degree programs offered by the SPH and articulate them to
external partners with a particular focus on the Executive MPH program.
 Identify non-degree training and professional development needs among partners and work with the Public Health Training Center and others to identify and develop training opportunities.

4. Conduct regular program assessment and continuous quality improvement.
 Create, administer and review student, faculty and preceptor evaluations for external
practice experiences and make recommendations for program changes or enhancement
to the Associate Dean for Practice.
 Ensure that practical experience requirements are met, are consistent with SPH core
competencies, and match student academic and professional goals.
 Review student submissions of reports on practice experiences and analyze data.
 Develop analytical reports for SPH faculty and administration; communicate to faculty and curriculum committee feedback that can inform the MPH program.
 Develop other reports and analytics as needed for the School, University, or external
entities on student experiences, types of placements, and other program data.
 Develop and implement ongoing plans for program revisions and improvements, both in internal management and in response to changes in the public health landscape and competencies needed for public health education and practice.

Local and regional travel to external sites is a large component of this job; availability on some evenings and weekends also required.

Please send cover letter and resume to Eleanor Lippmann:

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