Senior Associate Director, Venture Lab - Wharton (Hybrid Eligible)

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Senior Associate Director, Venture Lab - Wharton (Hybrid Eligible)

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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. As an employer Penn has been ranked nationally on many occasions with the most recent award from Forbes who named Penn one of America's Best Employers By State in 2021.

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.

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Posted Job Title
Senior Associate Director, Venture Lab - Wharton (Hybrid Eligible)

Job Profile Title
Associate Director D

Job Description Summary
Based in Philadelphia, this position reports directly to the Senior Director of Venture Lab. The Senior Associate Director provides leadership for key strategic priorities of Venture Lab through the design and delivery, launch, management, growth, and end-to-end operations for a portfolio of co-curricular programs including, but not limited to Social Entrepreneurship and Bet on Entrepreneurship (BoE) programs.

Job Description

The Social Entrepreneurship initiative is a comprehensive program with multiple program elements that involve internal, cross-organizational partnerships and external stakeholders. This position is responsible for leading launch and managing a portfolio of high-impact initiatives on social entrepreneurship and development, implementation, and integration of new initiatives to strategically expand student learning in social entrepreneurship. This includes the following: increasing impact among students and their social enterprises; promoting social entrepreneurship at the University of Pennsylvania; developing a speaker series with a focus on social entrepreneurship; supporting faculty offering courses in social entrepreneurship; coordinating with Penn student clubs related to social entrepreneurship; creating a new fellowship program for undergraduate students; partnering with the Penn Wharton Innovation Fund to award learning grants for social entrepreneurs looking to test concepts for new social enterprises; assessing feasibility of creating a new Social Entrepreneurship track within Venture Lab's Startup Challenge competition; offering Venture Initiation Program (VIP) Workshops and VIP-X awards to social entrepreneurs upon acceptance to Venture Lab's VIP and VIP-X programs; offering entrepreneur-in-residence (EIR) services to social entrepreneurs at Venture Lab; liaising with students, faculty, staff, and alumni to develop a Penn community of social entrepreneurs; and creating a new online microsite focused on social entrepreneurship at the Wharton School.

Develop social internship program and lead program design and delivery; assess program expansion to other regions and based on analysis, develop strategic approach and expansion plan; create and manage partnerships with external partners, donors, and other stakeholders; cultivating relationships on campus & developing creative ways to engage faculty and students and connect them to relevant programming in substantive ways. This position will market these initiatives, lead engaging presentations, create data driven reporting, and develop other creative ways to connect with a broad range of audiences.

The position is responsible for budget management and creation of annual work plan for the identified programs, preparation of management reports; development of performance measurement plan and tracking of key performance indicators (KPIs) to improve, iterate and scale programming. The position requires frequent interaction with seasoned, accomplished alumni entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, and other professionals engaged in entrepreneurship and innovation careers, including significant donors. The position requires a high level of judgment and professionalism in cultivating relationships with alumni, including donor stewardship. The position is also responsible for cultivating an open rapport and a professional, supportive educational approach with undergraduate and graduate student entrepreneurs and innovators from all disciplines across the University of Pennsylvania.

While schedule is generally business hours, some ability to work early mornings, evenings, and weekend hours and to occasionally travel is needed. This position is located in Philadelphia on Penn's campus. After successful completion of the introductory period, this position is hybrid eligible with some weeks requiring more in-person work as needed.

This position is contingent on funding.


Bachelor's Degree and 5 to 7 years of professional experience related to entrepreneurship and innovation and data analytics OR Master's degree from an accredited college or university with preference given to degrees related to social innovation, business, sociology, and leadership studies - Deep knowledge of social innovation/entrepreneurship to develop and lead a portfolio of programs; demonstrated track record of leadership ability and innovative thinking; visionary, creative, and entrepreneurial person. - Demonstrated skill in program development, design, and management, including creating work plans, managing budgets and developing financial plans, forecasting and tracking expenses, and monitoring and evaluating program performance against objectives. Experience with data analytics, developing dashboards and frameworks for business and programs. - Excellent judgment and ability to respond positively to mentoring and direction. - Demonstrated ability to function both independently and as part of a team - Ability to interact effectively and comfortably with diverse group of students, senior executives/professionals, and staff with demonstrated ability to cultivate and manage relationships professionally and with good judgment with a variety of stakeholders. - Must be organized and detail oriented with excellent written and verbal communication skills and a high degree of professionalism. - The successful candidate will be adept with technology and have the ability to multi-task in a time sensitive, high pressure environment, meet deadlines, prioritize workload and execute flawlessly on critical programs. - Must possess skill in Google software applications (Docs, Sheets, Slides) as well as the Microsoft Office suite (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Outlook). Familiarity with Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, Acrobat; cloud-based tools like,, and Typeform; email marketing tools like ActiveCampaign; additional tools such as SQL, data visualization tools; Qualtrics, SurveyMonkeyApply; and headless web platforms such as Brightspot are preferred.

Job Location - City, State
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Hybrid Eligible - This position is eligible for a hybrid work schedule with a work week divided between working onsite and working remotely.

Department / School
Wharton School

Pay Range
$61,046.00 - $95,972.00

Affirmative Action Statement
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.

Special Requirements
Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.

University Benefits
  • Health, Life, and Flexible Spending Accounts: Penn offers comprehensive medical, prescription, behavioral health, dental, vision, and life insurance benefits to protect you and your family's health and welfare. You can also use flexible spending accounts to pay for eligible health care and dependent care expenses with pre-tax dollars.
  • Tuition: Take advantage of Penn's exceptional tuition benefits. You, your spouse, and your dependent children can get tuition assistance here at Penn. Your dependent children are also eligible for tuition assistance at other institutions.
  • Retirement: Penn offers generous retirement plans to help you save for your future. Penn's Basic, Matching, and Supplemental retirement plans allow you to save for retirement on a pre-tax or Roth basis. Choose from a wide variety of investment options through TIAA and Vanguard.
  • Time Away from Work: Penn provides you with a substantial amount of time away from work during the course of the year. This allows you to relax, take vacations, attend to personal affairs, recover from illness or injury, spend time with family-whatever your personal needs may be.
  • Long-Term Care Insurance: In partnership with Genworth Financial, Penn offers faculty and staff (and your eligible family members) long-term care insurance to help you cover some of the costs of long-term care services received at home, in the community or in a nursing facility. If you apply when you're newly hired, you won't have to provide proof of good health or be subject to underwriting requirements. Eligible family members must always provide proof of good health and are subject to underwriting.
  • Wellness and Work-life Resources: Penn is committed to supporting our faculty and staff as they balance the competing demands of work and personal life. That's why we offer a wide variety of programs and resources to help you care for your health, your family, and your work-life balance.
  • Professional and Personal Development: Penn provides an array of resources to help you advance yourself personally and professionally.
  • University Resources: As a member of the Penn community, you have access to a wide range of University resources as well as cultural and recreational activities. Take advantage of the University's libraries and athletic facilities, or visit our arboretum and art galleries. There's always something going on at Penn, whether it's a new exhibit at the Penn Museum, the latest music or theater presentation at the Annenberg Center, or the Penn Relays at Franklin Field to name just a few examples. As a member of the Penn community, you're right in the middle of the excitement-and you and your family can enjoy many of these activities for free.
  • Discounts and Special Services: From arts and entertainment to transportation and mortgages, you'll find great deals for University faculty and staff. Not only do Penn arts and cultural centers and museums offer free and discounted admission and memberships to faculty and staff. You can also enjoy substantial savings on other goods and services such as new cars from Ford and General Motors, cellular phone service plans, movie tickets, and admission to theme parks.
  • Flexible Work Hours: Flexible work options offer creative approaches for completing work while promoting balance between work and personal commitments. These approaches involve use of non-traditional work hours, locations, and/or job structures.
  • Penn Home Ownership Services: Penn offers a forgivable loan for eligible employees interested in buying a home or currently residing in West Philadelphia, which can be used for closing costs or home improvements.
  • Adoption Assistance: Penn will reimburse eligible employees on qualified expenses in connection with the legal adoption of an eligible child, such as travel or court fees, for up to two adoptions in your household.

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