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Posting Details

Posting Details

Reference Number 07-26757
School Name Wharton School
Org Student Affairs Office
Posted to the Web 09/05/2017
Posted Job/Salary Grade 030
Employment Type Exempt
Hours N/A
Position Type Full Time
Position Schedule 9-5
Months 12
Position Length Ongoing
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.


Reporting to the Deputy Vice Dean, this position is responsible for the overall vision and effectiveness of student community building, support services, and extra-curricular activities in the MBA Program. The Director plays a central role in creating, maintaining, programming and assessing a comprehensive strategy aimed to create a strong community amongst all MBA students regardless of racial and ethnic background, gender, class, sexual orientation, and prior experiences. The work of this position affects the student culture beginning with pre-matriculation events such as Wharton Welcome Weekend, the School’s major yield event, through orientation, the students’ two years on campus and finally through to graduation.

Foster a strong working relationship with the student government. Promote a caring and supportive relation with all students. Proactively be aware of student needs. Provide appropriate training to staff and affiliated student groups to ensure the MBA program provides an inclusive and supportive environment to all students.

Work closely with senior members of the MBA Program leadership team to support the academic mission of the program. Responsible for the Student Life Fellows selection, training and mission of integrating students into the MBA cohort and cluster experiences. Also, direct the Welcome Committee. Provide oversight for management and delivery of programs and services in the 2401 Walnut Street facility. Create and develop systematic ways to assess, continually improve, and renew student life programs — benchmarking them against best practices, gathering data for informed decision making to enhance the MBA student experience.

Serve as primary liaison to students, acting as an advisor to the vice dean, dean, deputy dean, and chief of staff on matters relating to students. Play key role as campus liaison to Vice Provost for University Life, Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), Graduate Student Center, Women’s Center, Office of Student Conduct, Student Health, Division of Public Safety, Multicultural Centers, and GAPSA. Proactively develop help and support resources. Support MBA students in managing and balancing the demands of academic, community, and career work; increase the visibility and student awareness of all available resources within Wharton and across the Penn campus.

Lead, mentor, and manage a team of six full-time staff members with overall responsibility for the creation, implementation, and assessment of student life advising, extra-curricular student clubs and conferences, Student Life Fellows, the Wharton Graduate Association, Young Alumni Program and MBA events. Serve as primary contact to Director of Events for the school; responsible for successful implementation of events, meetings and MBA graduation, working in collaboration with the Director of Events for the school and Wharton External Affairs.

This role requires evening and non-business hours.


A Bachelor’s Degree is required and 7 years to 10 years of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience. Seven plus years of increasing responsibility in a relevant business or academic setting. A thorough understanding of student needs in an MBA environment and an ability to shape and lead efforts to support students. Demonstrated ability to manage a diverse work force. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills. An ability to exercise independent decision-making and handle complex, confidential issues, in a fast-paced, demanding, changing environment.
A track record that demonstrates capabilities in:
* Management of staff, resources, and projects.
* Demonstrated ability to lead, plan and manage at both strategic and operational levels
* Delivery of complex service operations.
* A strong portfolio of communication skills, including presentation, advocacy, and executive presence.
* Strong analytic and technology skills.
* Ability to work collaboratively with colleagues/staff to create a results-driven, team environment.

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.

Special Requirements Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.
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