Director Wharton Global Forums and Lifelong Learning

Pennsylvania, United States
23 Oct 2018
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23 Dec 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

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.

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.

School/Center Overview

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 Executive Director of Alumni Relations at the Wharton School, the Director of Wharton Global Forums and Lifelong Learning (LLL), is responsible for the short- (1-2 year) and long-term (3+ year) strategic and tactical development and implementation of the Wharton School’s Lifelong Learning program, through which Wharton alumni remain ‘students for life.’
LLL provides the content for the ongoing education and engagement of Wharton alumni that is designed to be accessible, convenient and relevant to multiple stakeholders, with Wharton alumni being the primary stakeholder, as well as Penn alumni and the business community at large, when appropriate, as secondary stakeholders.

The Director is a member of the Alumni Relations team in Wharton External Affairs and in addition to working collaboratively with AR colleagues, works regularly and collaboratively with other departments of the School, including the Undergraduate, Graduate and Executive Education divisions.

Specifically, the Director is responsible for the ongoing strategic development of LLL content/programming for alumni, the engagement and coordination of more than 40 faculty participants annually, and for leveraging existing Wharton educational resources to advance LLL outcomes.


In partnership with both the Executive Director of Alumni Relations and the Director of Engagement and Programming, as well as colleagues working internationally, the Director will contribute to the strategic decisions for city selections for both global forums and LLL program delivery. The Director will also provide management and oversight of the Wharton Global Forums a flagship events delivered globally in which LLL programming is a core element. This oversight includes working with volunteers and Wharton Faculty staff on content and delivery as well as actively participating in the development of internal and external communication strategies to maximize awareness of LLL programs, Global Forum activities, LLL brand identity, and stakeholder cultivation and engagement. The work includes regular meetings with international volunteers virtually and in person (international travel required).

This position requires high levels of creativity, initiative, diplomacy and the ability to be influential with staff and faculty colleagues working outside of External Affairs. The Director must display the highest level of professionalism, both internally and globally, as a representative of the Wharton School and External Affairs by developing, sustaining and leveraging strong relationships with alumni, faculty, staff and other external constituencies.

A Bachelor’s degree or more is required with 7-10 years of experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience. A experienced leader and professional with expertise in developing strategic educational and institutional initiatives, innovative curricula, assessment practices, the integration of new technologies into the educational experience, academic planning and advisement, faculty employment and advocacy, budget management and strategic communications in collaboration with institutional leaders and stakeholders.


Must have a demonstrated understanding of higher education practices and culture, strategic planning and implementation, and innovative academic program development. The successful candidate will be a skilled leader who has experience motivating, managing and supporting a diverse team of professionals. Must be an accomplished leader and collaborator in a multidisciplinary, high volume environment who has the ability to keep multiple projects moving forward simultaneously while anticipating future demands and opportunities. Demonstrated experience in building collaborative relationships in a complex, decentralized institution. Ability to influence and inspire. Must have the ability to represent Wharton with the highest level of professionalism, both internally and globally. Valid drivers’ license and passport required.

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