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Posting Details

Posting Details

Reference Number 07-25944
School Name Wharton School
Org Institute for Social Impact
Posted to the Web 06/01/2017
Posted Job/Salary Grade 028
Employment Type Exempt
Hours 35.00
Position Type Full Time
Position Schedule 9-5
Months 12
Position Length Contingent Upon Funding
Position End Date
University Overview

The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn’s distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning.

Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.

The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.

School/Center Overview

The World’s First Business School

In 1881, American entrepreneur and industrialist Joseph Wharton established the world’s first collegiate school of business at the University of Pennsylvania.

Wharton’s pioneering vision was to produce graduates who would become ‘pillars of the state, whether in private or in public life.’ The Wharton School maintains a long tradition of educating visionary business leaders in academia, business, government, and not-for-profit organizations.

Today, Wharton has expanded the scope of this vision to become the most comprehensive source of business knowledge in the world – with over 225 faculty members, 95,000 alumni, 5,000 students across 10 academic departments, 20 research centers, and more than 9,000 executive education participants annually.


The Director, Special Project will be responsible for working with the Wharton Social Impact Initiative team to develop and implement new projects, beginning with a focus on Philadelphia-based activities. The ideal candidate will have a diverse set of qualifications including experience in: creating and developing programs; social enterprise/social entrepreneurship; urban innovation; inclusive economy strategies.

Duties include:
1) Working with WSII leadership, develop and implement a Philadelphia-based program, with a focus on bringing Wharton expertise and approach to support inclusive economic growth. Manage teams of students in project-based consulting and research activities. This involves: selecting appropriate clients/projects; identifying/hiring students; managing calendars/meeting times; ensuring quality of deliverables.

2) Working with the WSII team, support the development and implementation of other initiatives (including work in impact investing, inclusive economies, corporate strategies for social impact.)

3) Support WSII research activities through: collaborative research activities with faculty; identifying collaborative projects with other Penn centers, alumni, and industry leaders; as subject matter expert, contribute thought leadership to WSII research projects; manage student involvement in projects.

4) Support WSII communication strategy with a variety of written pieces, including but not limited to blogs, student profiles, stewardship reports, and faculty interviews/research reports.

5) Represent WSII with alumni, industry leaders, and students through presentations, conference attendance, SiriusXM111 radio, blogs, and other communication/marketing vehicles.


A Bachelor’s Degree and 5-7 years of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience is required.

We are looking for a strong strategic, efficient, and experienced individual to join the highly collaborative WSII team. The ideal candidate will be highly entrepreneurial, able to balance strategic planning with a willingness to ‘dig in’ and implement. An understanding of and commitment to the role of business in creating positive social impact is essential.

The ideal candidate will have a diverse set of qualifications including experience in: creating and developing programs; subject matter expertise in one of WSII’s areas of interest (urban innovation, impact investing, social entrepreneurship); and project management. Flexibility and good humor are essential, as is comfort with working in a large open office.

Experience working with students and in project management necessary; experience working with donors, alumni, and/or other high-profile individuals highly desired.

Affirmative Action Statement

Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

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