Young Quakers Community Athletics Director, Netter Center
Job Description Summary
The UACS Young Quakers Community Athletics (YQCA) Director (UACS YQ Director) will implement the range of activities that comprise the YQCA program and work with the team to develop improvements and new partnerships.
Founded in 1992, the Barbara and Edward Netter Center for Community Partnerships is the University’s primary vehicle for advancing civic and community engagement at Penn. It brings together the resources and assets of both the University and the wider community to help solve universal problems such as poverty, health inequities, environmental sustainability, and inadequate, unequal education as they are manifested in the University’s local geographic area of West Philadelphia and Philadelphia at large. The Netter Center develops and helps implement democratic, mutually transformative, place-based partnerships between Penn and West Philadelphia that advance research, teaching, learning, practice, and service and improve the quality of life on campus and in the community. The Netter Center works with and serves as a model for other higher education institutions across the United States and around the world.
The Netter Center’s university-assisted community schools (UACS) is a strategy to educate, engage, empower, and serve all members of the community in which the school is located and engage students (K-16+) in real world, community problem solving.
The UACS Young Quakers Community Athletics (YQCA) Director (UACS YQ Director) will implement the range of activities that comprise the YQCA program and work with the team to develop improvements and new partnerships. The position will report to the Executive Director of University-Assisted Community Schools (UACS) and supervise the UACS YQCA Coordinator. The YQCA program is implemented in partnership between Penn’s Barbara and Edward Netter Center for Community Partnerships and Penn’s Division of Recreation and Intercollegiate Athletics. This initiative, directed through Netter’s University-Assisted Community Schools program (UACS), creates mutually beneficial partnerships between select Penn intercollegiate athletic teams and UACS partner sites, which are West Philadelphia public schools. A major component of the Netter Center’s work is mobilizing the vast resources of the University to help transform traditional neighborhood schools into innovative university-assisted community schools (UACS). University-Assisted Community Schools engage students (K-16+) in real world, community problem solving. The UACS YQ Director will contribute to the field of sports-based youth development and UACS broadly by conducting research and presenting it to partners and to visitors to the Netter Center from around the world. The UACS YQ Director will be tasked to increase and integrate the partnership resources that support the program (including partnerships for evaluation, ABCS courses, work-study students and interns).
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