Associate Director

Pennsylvania, United States
06 May 2019
End of advertisement period
06 Jul 2019
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.

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 Associate Director will serve as a key member of the leadership group of the Wharton Global Family Alliance (WGFA), with end-to-end responsibilities for a number of key tasks including managing all activities for WGFA,. The incumbent will work closely with the most significant global family businesses and family offices with net worth ranging from $300 million to $10 billion, plan and execute annual high profile international conference; and actively participate in the Executive Committee of the WGFA, the group that sets priorities for WGFA. Additionally you will manage interaction with international research partners and WGFA sponsors; implement surveys and develop and produce biannual benchmarking study and other reports. You will strategize and interact with Wharton External Affairs on fundraising, including identifying ways to engage alumni in WGFA and steward donors.

This position also includes responsibility and accountability for a wide variety of tasks related to teaching and research that includes course preparation for students and executive participants. Assume direct responsibility for a wide range of administrative affairs and managing third parties on occasion as well as manage the WGFA website.

This position is contingent on continued funding.

A Bachelor’s Degree and 5 years to 7 years of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience is required. Progressively responsible administrative experience required. Preferred candidate must possess the following skills:

  • Excellent verbal & written communications skills.
  • Willing & able to handle large variety of tasks; exceptional attention to details necessary; capable of balancing multiple projects.
  • Must be able to work independently and exercise initiative, as well as be a strong team player.
  • Ability to work under pressure and deal with difficult situations; ability to work in a demanding, fast paced, entrepreneurial work environment.
  • Experienced in scheduling meetings/conferences and managing complex schedules working on a global platform.
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills; experience working with people at all levels; excellent problem solving skills required; must be able to recognize deadlines and prioritize work accordingly.
  • Highly reliable, dependable and excellent organizational skills.
  • Highly proficient in Microsoft Office, including Word, PowerPoint, Outlook & Excel.

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.