University of Pennsylvania DIRECTOR, INNOVATIVE PROGRAMS in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Posting Details

Posting Details

Reference Number 32-29360


School Name Graduate School of Education

Org Education

Posted to the Web 07/12/2018

Posted Job/Salary Grade 028

Employment Type Exempt

Hours N/A

Position Type Full Time

Position Schedule TBD

Months 12

Position Length Ongoing

Position End Date

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.

School/Center Overview

At Penn GSE, staff, students, and faculty enjoy an Ivy League environment that supports both practical knowledge building and high-quality research. The community in this top-ranked school is united in its efforts to create positive change through education in our region, country, and world.


Catalyst @ Penn GSE connects people and ideas across diverse constituencies to develop innovative ways to address persistent and emerging problems in education. Building upon Penn GSE’s history of leadership in education, Catalyst is both a collection of unique programs and a facilitator within and beyond the University. Throughout its work, Catalyst combines education, business, and technology to embrace an ongoing process of generating, testing, adapting, and disseminating best practices. Catalyst’s new and established programs cut across sectors to serve educators, entrepreneurs, researchers, policymakers, investors, business leaders, and others with a stake in education’s power to create opportunity for all learners.PositionThe Director, Innovative Programs will have primary responsibility to identify and incubate new programs in Catalyst. This effort will include working across diverse stakeholders and establishing business relationships with a variety of organizations. This individual will be fundamental in helping Catalyst grow to another level with a clear focus on helping the Executive Director build a strong portfolio of effective programs along with a cadre of strategic partners, sponsors, and collaborators with whom to expand our influence and impact.Responsibilities* Work with the Executive Director and others to identify, incubate, roll out and grow new programs in areas that meet Catalyst’s strategic priorities and maintain GSE as an innovation leader* Build stakeholder engagement across diverse constituents in support of these initiatives, both internal to GSE and Penn and external. Understand the needs of these partners and design solutions to address them* Establish strong partnerships with a variety of aligned organizations, sponsorships to support the work, collaborative agreements to build capacity to implement the work broadly and drive thought leadership* Manage the portfolio of current and future certificate programs and ensure they are positioned to be institutionalized * Develop familiarity with areas of expertise in faculty research to match with needs of clients* Analyze and report on the successful completion of short and long-term goals through measured returns and outcomes for these programs


A bachelor’s degree and 5-7 years relevant experience required or equivalent combination of education and experience. Master’s degree strongly preferred. * Track record of developing education innovations on time and budget that meet/exceed expected outcomes* Passion for and experience in identifying new business ideas and partnerships in education environments * Excellent organizational skills, with emphasis on priorities and goal setting* Superior communication and presentation skills with ability to communicate information clearly and concisely with senior executives and faculty* Skills to understand and propose products and solutions by focusing on client requirements* Team player with capabilities to manage diverse stakeholder priorities toward consensus * High energy, results orientation and creativity

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.

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