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Posting Details

Posting Details

Reference Number 07-27167
School Name Wharton School
Org Marketing and Communications Group
Posted to the Web 10/18/2017
Posted Job/Salary Grade 026
Employment Type Exempt
Hours N/A
Position Type Full Time
Position Schedule 9:00am - 5:00pm
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 Director of Wharton Media Relations, the Associate Director of Media Relations is responsible for developing and maintaining relationships with journalists who interact with Wharton’s 225+ world-renowned professors and the news-making activities at our Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Beijing campus locations. Serve as a spokesperson for the School and promote the Wharton brand via external media, campus media, social media and other platforms. Spearhead media relations office’s media tracking and measurement analysis efforts. Serve as key liaison: within Wharton’s ten academic departments and 20 research centers; across the University including Penn Communications; with dozens of student and faculty conferences; and for high level visits by journalists. Build relationships with professors to access and analyze latest research for dissemination to the media. Audit media and maintain outstanding intelligence for new PR opportunities e.g. op-eds, LinkedIn posts, joint events, partnerships for Knowledge@Wharton. Serve as a contact for the School’s PR agency of record and other vendors. Coordinate radio-TV interviews for faculty, staff and students via Penn ISC and Penn Video. Contribute to the planning and implementation of the Wharton Seminars for Business Journalists which occur three times annually at various locations; responsible for building on relationships with journalists who are invited to attend these high visibility and prestigious events.


Bachelor’s Degree in English, Journalism, Public Relations or Communications or equivalent combination of education and experience is required. Minimum of 3-5 years of professional experience in a high volume media relations environment. Working knowledge of higher education preferred. Excellent oral, written, listening, editing and presentation skills. Must possess subject matter expertise including thorough knowledge of media with a proven ability to pitch stories to journalists. Proficiency in social media management as related to media relations. Proven engagement experience with followers across major platforms including Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube. Experience with HTML and WordPress required. Must be a self-starter with the ability to work independently. Occasional travel and evening/weekend hours required.

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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    • 5 to 7 Years
    • 7 to 10 Years
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