Associate Director of Secondary School Services, Programs & Partnerships


About Harrisburg University:

Harrisburg University offers an applied science and technology education for students who want a degree and a dedicated pathway to a career. Its focus is to educate career-minded individuals in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM careers), giving them the tools to succeed, while helping to shape their communities, locally and beyond. Our goal is to help stimulate economic growth in our region by establishing a STEM educated workforce — a necessary resource in today’s economy.

Starting in Fall 2018, Harrisburg University will offer degree programs at the newly established Philadelphia, PA location!  The University will offer Bachelor of Science degrees in Interactive Media, Computer and Information Sciences, Cyber Security Operations & Management, , and Management & eBusiness at this location.  Classes will be in the University’s new 38,000 square-foot site at 1500 Spring Garden Street, across the street from the Community College of Philadelphia.


The Harrisburg University of Science and Technology is an independent educational institution offering innovative academic and research programs in science and technology that respond to local and global needs.  The institution fosters a diverse community of learners, provides access and support to students who want to pursue a career in science and technology, and supports business creation and economic development.


The Position:

Harrisburg University of Science & Technology is seeking an Associate Director of Secondary School Services, Programs & Partnerships at the Philadelphia location. Candidates should have an entrepreneurial and creative spirit.

Under the direction of the AVP for Secondary Programs and Partners, this Associate Director is responsible for maintaining and growing HU’s services, programs and partnerships with public and charter schools in the Philadelphia area.  This Associate Director works with public school districts and charter schools to build pathways for students from middle school, through HU, to their career in science and technology.  This position will pay particular attention to urban school districts and charter schools in the Philly area.

Ultimately, this position greatly expands HU’s capacity to serve and educate underrepresented populations of high school and undergraduate students in science and technology, as well as infuse a focus on first generation college students.

Position Responsibilities include, but not limited to:

  • Development of relationships within K-12 public and private institutions
  • Create and execute articulation agreements
  • Promote and champion STEM and Harrisburg University’s commitment to STEM
  • Recruit and assist local institutions with dual enrollment students
  • Development and expansion of summer STEM exploration camps and events which educate K-12 students about the HU experience and STEM careers
  • Partner with HU faculty in engaging with local schools to include aspects of our curriculum into their programs


Harrisburg University seeks dedicated professionals who have the experience and desire to work in an active, innovative and collaborative environment that stresses high quality service delivery, entrepreneurial spirit, and close contact with a diverse group of internal and external constituents. HU is committed to the support and encouragement of an inclusive environment and seeks candidates who can make a positive contribution.

The ideal candidate will possess:

  • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree preferred
  • A strong understanding of the secondary school educational landscape, within Pennsylvania and the region
  • A successful track record of coordinating, leading and building strategic direction and partnerships in the advancement of education
  • Strong leadership and administrative skills
  • The ability to think strategically and develop a shared vision
  • An understanding of how to build productive relationships with secondary school leaders and faculty members within a university
  • Attention to detail, excellent written and verbal communication and strong organization skills
  • Sensitivity and responsiveness to build effective recruiting relationships with a diverse constituency
  • Proficiency in Windows and Microsoft Office computer systems, knowledge of computer databases and receptive to the use of new technology while also able to utilize web and social media platforms for recruitment
  • Strong work ethic, high level of energy, creativity in and out of a traditional office setting and able to represent the integrity of the University
  • Event planning, college and admissions and financial aid knowledge preferred
  • Valid driver’s license and reliable transportation (reimbursement will be provided)
  • Experience recruiting first- generation college students
  • Experience working in an admissions communications funnel from inquiry to deposit
  • Ability to explain financial aid and scholarships to students and parents


Interested candidates should forward a cover letter and resume to the attention of:


Erin Hill, Executive Recruiter

Harrisburg University

326 Market Street

Harrisburg, PA 17101



Harrisburg University: At a Glance:

  • Only science and technology-focused comprehensive university between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh
  • Private, non-sectarian, nonprofit, urban, teaching university
  • Located in the city of Harrisburg
  • Incorporated in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania: December 12, 2001
  • Chartered by Pennsylvania Department of Education: January 20, 2005
  • Inaugural class arrived August 29, 2005
  • Accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, June 22, 2009
  • 250 full- and part-time employees
  • Signature 16-story, $73 million, state-of-the-art Academic Center

Harrisburg University: Philadelphia Location:

Harrisburg University’s Philadelphia campus offers Bachelor of Science degrees in Interactive Media, Computer & Information Sciences, Cyber Security Operations and Management & eBusiness, with concentrations in digital marketing and analytics.  This new 38,000 square-foot location at 1500 Spring Garden Street, is located across from the Community College of Philadelphia.

This new facility quadruples the size of HU’s Philadelphia presence and will accommodate up to 500 students.  This completely renovated space in Center City will provide students with an opportunity in science and technology education that doesn’t exist in Philadelphia.

For the past three years, HU has delivered courses to 1st-year students in a historic building on Independence Mall.  Following their freshman year, these Philly-based students were required to transfer to main campus.  Now they can complete all four years at the Philly campus.

HU also plans on offering new master’s degree programs in this space, which is shared with Hussian College.

Students in HU’s Philadelphia location have full access to Harrisburg University’s state-of-the-art educational tower in downtown Harrisburg.

Student Population:

  • The University’s total student enrollment for undergraduate and graduate degree seeking students: 5,300 as of Nov 1, 2017.
  • Undergraduate Student Body: 49% female, 53% minority
  • 98% of our students demonstrate financial need
  • Ranked in top 20 of US News & World Report’s ethnic diversity category for Best National Liberal Arts Colleges
  • HU places 92% of its graduates in family-sustaining careers in their fields of study within six months of graduation.
  • HU undergraduate student average debt upon graduating is $7,000 less than the national average student education debt.


  • Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degrees awarded in Analytics, Biotechnology and Biosciences, Computer and Information Sciences, Interactive Media, Management & eBusiness, Geospatial Technology, and Integrative Sciences
  • Master of Science Degrees awarded in Analytics, Information Systems Engineering & Management, Learning Technologies, Computer Information Sciences, Project Management & Healthcare Informatics
  • PhD awarded in Data Science – first student cohort begin in Fall 2017.
  • Trimester system

Institutional Leadership:

A 30-member, independent, self-perpetuating Board of Trustees led by an Executive Committee governs Harrisburg University. The Board of Trustees delegates authority for day-to-day operations to senior management.

Notes of Distinction:

  • First private nonprofit science and technology-focused institution chartered in the Commonwealth since Carnegie Mellon University
  • Educational framework is competency-based, applied and experiential
  • The University is a Project Management Institute® registered education provider
  • Home to the Center for Advanced Entertainment and Learning Technologies, Security Center of Excellence, Center for Environment, Energy, and Economy, The Government Technology Institute and The Geospatial Technology Center.
  • Co-PI on NSF-funded ADVANCE grant focused on the recruitment, retention, and development of women academics in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines

Institutional Affiliations & Partnerships:

  • American Council on Education (ACE)
  • Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Pennsylvania (AICUP)
  • Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities (CUMU)
  • National Science Foundation (NSF)
  • Technology Council of Central Pennsylvania (TCCP)
  • Consortium agreements with Penn State and St. Francis University
  • Articulation agreements with Community College of Philadelphia, Harrisburg Area Community College, Community College of Baltimore County & Lehigh Carbon Community College