Director of Legislative Affairs

Location
Pennsylvania, United States
Posted
13 May 2019
End of advertisement period
13 Jul 2019
Ref
07-31856
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Law
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Hours
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
JOSEPH WHARTON, FOUNDER

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/

Reporting to the Faculty Director, the successful candidate will communicate directly with Senators, Representatives, Congressional staff, and others to communicate PWBM’s policy analysis capabilities. Additionally, the legislative affairs director will be in charge of tracking and anticipating the U.S. federal government’s legislative agenda.

The director will work to elevate the output of PWBM by designing a plan to reach lawmakers and working with a wide range of stakeholders to ensure that PWBM maximizes its impact by being a go-to source for facts and analysis on the public’s top policy priorities. Previous technical experience with either economic modeling or interpreting statistical results is valued. Since the director will work directly with influential individuals including lawmakers and their staff, excellent communication skills are a must, and contacts in Congress as well as at other top policy organizations are a plus.

Must be able to work with a team and under tight deadlines. Strong people skills, self-motivation, good judgment, and accountability are essential, as well as a demonstrated knowledge of economics and public policy. Two-year position subject to renewal based on the discretion of faculty director and available funds.

At least a masters plus a minimum of seven years of work experience; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Previous technical experience with either economic modeling or interpreting statistical results is valued.
Excellent communication skills are a must, and contacts in Congress as well as at other top policy organizations are a plus.
Must be able to work with a team and under tight deadlines.
Strong people skills, self-motivation, good judgment, and accountability are essential.
Must have a demonstrated knowledge of economics and public policy.

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.