Director of Strategic Initiatives & Partnerships

Pennsylvania (US)
14 Sep 2018
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14 Nov 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

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.

Founded through the generosity and vision of publisher, diplomat, and philanthropist Walter Annenberg, the Annenberg School is devoted to furthering our understanding of the role of communication in public life through research, education, and service.

Reporting directly to the Dean, the Director of Strategic Initiatives and Partnerships partners with him to play a vital role in the development, approval, implementation, management, and evaluation of his strategic initiatives and priorities for ASC in support of the School’s mission, vision, and long- and short-term plans. This high-visibility, high-accountability role builds and manages strategic relationships with the executive, administrative, and academic leadership of ASC and Penn, as well as with external stakeholders. Serves as a proxy for the Dean, making and communicating high-level decisions on his behalf, ensuring the clear and accurate delivery of key messages to faculty, staff, and other stakeholders.

A Master’s Degree or more and 5 years to 7 years of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience is required.
Must have a proven track-record of building partnerships to deliver collaborative, impactful programs and initiatives.
Demonstrated ability to synthesize information, prioritize goals, and drive results with a high sense of urgency.
Strategic and project management capabilities coupled with strong analytic, financial, and critical thinking skills.
Ability to build support across a wide range of stakeholders; create a strong network of relationships among peers, internal partners, external constituencies and decision makers.
Must be a pragmatic problem solver and forward thinker.
Must have excellent written, verbal, and inter-personal communication skills.
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 with multiple internal and external constituents.
Demonstrated ability to design, manage and lead teams and individuals to manage multiple priorities.
Extraordinary relationship building and people skills required.

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.