University-Assisted Community School (UACS) Fellow

Deadline is rolling.

Join the Netter Center and be part of a team that is a national leader in university-community partnerships, the community schools movement, and University-Assisted Community Schools.

The Netter Center’s University-Assisted Community Schools (UACS) strategy was built with school and community partners.  UACS educate, engage, empower, and serve all members of the community in which the school is located. UACS engage students (K-16+) in real world, community problem solving. Our work serves as a model for other higher education institutions across the United States and around the world.

The UACS Fellowship is an opportunity to help implement both new and existing programming. Learn from experts in the field and be engaged as a problem-solver and a leader in a fast-paced and rewarding environment.

Programming includes health and wellness, STEAM education, arts, culture and humanities, anti-violence, fitness and sports, college access and career readiness, and more. The UACS Fellow will take part in, and lead, initiatives that will make a positive change in both the West Philadelphia and the Penn communities.

To learn more about Netter’s work in UACS, click HERE.

To see a video of UACS in action, click HERE.

Impact local K-16+ education and community school programs while transforming Penn!



In partnership with Netter staff, University partners, community partners, and school administration and teacher partners, the UACS Fellow will help design and implement programs that improve school, community, and university wellbeing, particularly through a problem-solving learning approach. This position will work closely with ABCS courses and school day teacher partners. The position also will work with teacher partners to plan and implement afterschool and summer programming.

UACS Program Operations

  • Work with school, Penn and community partners to help plan and implement UACS programs.  Set goals and help determine the functions of the UACS fellow position.


  • Maintain regular written and verbal communications with all UACS partners. Help build team learning across sites.  Present work to local and national audiences.

Penn Student Recruitment and Supervision

  • Supervise Penn students engaged in school day and afterschool programming; coordinate undergraduate fellows, work-study and volunteer Penn students; convene regular reflection meetings with partners; help convene site-based stakeholder meetings and facilitate communications about site-related activities.

Evaluation & Data Collection

  • Communicate with school leadership and partners about program activities, enrollment and attendance. Collaborate with evaluation partners and provide feedback into program design; collaborate with Netter colleagues across all school sites to facilitate team learning. Help record and track participant enrollment as required by funders.   

Capstone Paper

  • Complete a Problem-Solving Learning paper during your final summer reflecting upon your experiences as a UACS fellow.

This position is a one-year term appointment, with the possibility of renewal.



This position is for an upcoming (spring 2023) or recent graduate.  A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree and 1-2 years of experience working with K-12 students or equivalent combination of experience working with service-learning, preferably academically based community service, and university-school-community partnerships, preferably university-assisted community schools, and/or youth workforce development. Knowledge about Penn and West Philadelphia preferred. Track record of both self-directed and team-oriented accomplishments. Organized, detail-oriented, dependable, and flexible.