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Posting Details

Posting Details

Reference Number 07-27719
School Name Wharton School
Org Institute for Social Impact
Posted to the Web 01/16/2018
Posted Job/Salary Grade 026
Employment Type Exempt
Hours N/A
Position Type Full Time
Position Schedule M-F 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 Wharton Social Impact Initiative (WSII) harnesses Wharton’s greatest strengths – the intellectual breadth and research rigor of our faculty; the brilliance, drive and curiosity of our students; and the reach of our alumni and friends – to make Wharton a global center for research and training in impact investing and social impact. Our multidisciplinary work focuses on the use of business strategies to drive social and environmental impact, from the supply and demand for impact investing to social entrepreneurship and corporate environmental, social, and governance (ESG) practices.

As Communications Manager, you will be responsible for creating, improving, and maintaining content (including reports, articles, newsletters, blogs, and social and traditional media) to achieve WSII’s strategic goals of building the evidence base, talent pipeline, and community for impact investing and purpose-driven business. You will be largely responsible for writing content, but will also work with other members of the WSII team to guide, copy edit and publish their work. You will also will support media relations, branding and design projects, and communications collaboration across Wharton and Penn, working with both WSII staff and with external marketing and design consultants.


Bachelor’s degree, preferably in communications, marketing or journalism, and 3-5 years of experience, or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience, are required.

A portfolio of published articles, blogs or papers, with business writing experience preferred.

Excellent verbal and written communications skills for a range of stakeholder groups expected.

Demonstrated ability to learn necessary topic related content for accurate copyediting.

Ability to communicate and “translate” academic research to a non-academic audience.

Professional experience implementing social media plans, producing digital communications, managing website content updates, and managing both digital and print publications.

Ability to navigate complex organizational structures and work well independently.

Demonstrated interest in social impact.

Familiarity with InDesign, Photoshop, and multiple web platforms is preferred.

Experience managing contractors preferred.

Experience working with or mentoring students a plus.

Experience in project management is a plus.

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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Applicant Documents

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