Executive Director

Pennsylvania, United States
11 Feb 2019
End of advertisement period
11 Apr 2019
Contract Type
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.

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. https://www.wharton.upenn.edu/

The Wharton Risk Center is seeking an energetic and visionary executive director to work closely with the faculty director(s) in developing and executing a strategy for continued growth and success of the Center. This person will provide high level thought leadership on topics in which the center works and will think creatively and deeply about how to position the center as a world leader. The executive director will work with faculty, students, and the center staff on research and outreach to achieve this vision and ensure a high level of impact. The executive director will develop and oversee plans for building the Risk Center brand and securing needed resources for its work.
(S)he will guide the day-to-day operations for the Center and oversee strategic planning and execution, communications, development, policy outreach, and financial management. The executive director will manage staff, with (a planned) three direct reports and four to seven indirect reports. This requires creating a dynamic and supportive team environment at the center. The executive director will work to build relationships with faculty and students across Wharton and the university. This person will also manage relationships for the center with private and public sector partners. This will also involve meetings, presentations, and briefings on Center work to key stakeholders.
Finally, the executive director will support and oversee the Center’s high-quality research and policy analysis. This includes developing strategy on center focus areas, as well project management, such as project design, staffing, budgeting, and reporting. This person will also maintain his/her own research portfolio of high-quality work relevant to the center’s agenda.

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.