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Posting Details

Posting Details

Reference Number 07-27012
School Name Wharton School
Org Leonard Davis Institute
Posted to the Web 09/30/2017
Posted Job/Salary Grade 031
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.


The Managing Director (MD) will manage operations and lead strategic operational initiatives for the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics (LDI). While the Executive Director (ED) is responsible for achieving LDI goals and assuring that day-to-day operations align with these goals, the MD will directly assist the Executive Director in meeting these responsibilities and serve as the second-in-command of LDI operations.

The MD will be responsible for the supervision of the programmatic departments of LDI. Under the leadership of the Executive Director, the MD will set direction for LDI’s Associate Directors, and serve as their mentor, coach, and guide. Through metrics established with the Executive Director, the MD will manage LDI activities and hold the staff accountable for performance against those metrics. The Managing Director will be responsible for drafting/creating LDI’s annual report and operating budgets. He/she will identify best practices and improve internal systems with an eye toward future needs and budget realities. He/she will also lead hiring of new staff, promotions/raises of current staff, as well as nurture organizational culture and cohesiveness of LDI.

The MD will assist the Executive Director with strategic planning and the execution of strategic initiatives to align the organization’s programs, projects, and messaging with the strategic direction of the organization. The MD will take the lead on the execution of priority strategic initiatives. This responsibility will critically involve writing grants, contracts, and proposals at the initiation phase; executing new programs at the implementation stage, and marketing and communicating program success at the concluding state. Strategic initiatives include marketing campaigns, fundraising and donor management, business development, and partnership activities. Provide guidance to executive director for marketing, media relations, public relations and issues management activities. Trouble shoot any interim problems as they arise.


Masters degree and minimum of 7 years of progressively responsible management, business development, and program management in relevant higher education/academic research with healthcare focus or equivalent combination of education and experience required.

Minimum 5 years experience directing programs and supervising staff in dynamic and changing environment.

Demonstrated ability to design, develop, and implement healthcare-related programs.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
* Proven track-record of building long-lasting partnerships between faculty and public/private organizations to deliver collaborative impactful programs/initiatives.
* Strong business, financial and strategic acumen, and critical thinking skills. Experience writing and negotiating contracts.
* Ability to manage multiple concurrent projects and activities, as well as manage multiple and competing priorities under tight deadlines
* Proven ability to analyze complex problems and communicate effectively (both verbally & written) with multiple internal and external constituents, including senior faculty, and senior healthcare leaders.
* Ability to navigate complex and difficult environments.
* Demonstrated ability to design, manage and lead teams and individuals to manage multiple priorities. Ability to engage, inform, motivate and develop staff.
* Extraordinary relationship building and people skills
* Independent, self-confident and highly credible in representing LDI.
* Demonstrates strong commitment to understanding the health care system and supporting mission of LDI.

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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  3. * How many years of experience do you have related to this position?
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