University of Pennsylvania EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Posting Details

Posting Details

Reference Number 07-29117


School Name Wharton School

Org Wharton Customer Analytics Initiative

Posted to the Web 06/20/2018

Posted Job/Salary Grade 032

Employment Type Exempt

Hours N/A

Position Type Full Time

Position Schedule 9-5

Months 12

Position Length Contingent Upon Funding

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

The World’s First Business SchoolJOSEPH WHARTON, FOUNDERIn 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 Executive Director is responsible for overseeing the center’s research programs, events and communications, development/stewardship of corporate and individual donors, and student/alumni activities. The Executive Director will have expertise in data and analytics, having the ability to supervise data science staff, the ability to scope projects with leading data-oriented companies, and the ability to advise students (at all levels) about data analytics careers. The Executive Director will also act as an ambassador for the initiative and enhance its position as a thought leader by speaking at industry and academic events, contributing to white papers, leading roundtable discussions, and creating course content. The Executive Director will coordinate and lay out a vision for the teaching of analytics-based courses at all levels – undergraduates, Masters and Executives. To facilitate Wharton’s global presence in analytics, the Executive Director should have deep connections with analytics professionals and leaders in industry around the world, and be able to facilitate those conversations. The Executive Director needs to have capabilities around building a global footprint for WCAI which has been primarily US-based.The Executive Director will work closely with the academic co-directors and develop strategy for the future mission of the initiative. The Executive Director will be responsible for shaping future programs, determine resource requirements, oversee staffing decisions and manage those programs to success. A critical aspect of the job is developing and maintaining relationships with corporate partners, donors, scholars, and other organizations within the school and university to help the center achieve its mission of promoting customer analytics. The Executive Director will be directly responsible for managing the Research Director, Data Science staff and Associate Director for the center.


A master’s degree and 7 – 10 years of relevant experience or equivalent experience is required. The ideal candidate will have experience buildingrelationships between companies and universities, as well as experience managing university-based programs. Familiarity with analytics is required. Preferred experience in managing data and analytics staff so as to be able to act as an ambassador for the initiative, manage high-level corporate partnerships, and enhance WCAI’s position as a thought leader by speaking at industry events, contributing to white papers, leading roundtable discussions, and creating course content. Experience engaging with individual and corporate donors a plus. Demonstrated ability to manage others and successfully lead a group required.

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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