University of Pennsylvania MANAGING DIRECTOR, PPEH in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Posting Details

Posting Details

Reference Number 02-28900


School Name School of Arts and Sciences

Org Penn Program in Environmental Humanities

Posted to the Web 05/19/2018

Posted Job/Salary Grade LIM-27

Employment Type Exempt

Hours N/A

Position Type Limited Service

Position Schedule tbd

Months 10

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 School of Arts and Sciences forms the foundation of the scholarly excellence that has established Penn as one of the world’s leading research universities. We teach students across all 12 Penn schools, and our academic departments span the reach from anthropology and biology to sociology and South Asian studies.


The School of Arts and Sciences (SAS) at the University of Pennsylvania seeks a proven collaborator with leadership experience and vision to help grow the Penn Program in Environmental Humanities (PPEH). PPEH develops and supports publicly engaged research and inquiry on the environment at the intersection of the arts and sciences and aims to play a key role in fostering advanced transdisciplinary scholarship, innovative curricular initiatives, and broad community participation in PPEH projects in Philadelphia and beyond. The Managing Director will work closely with the Faculty Director and the Program’s Strategic Advisory Committee to foster a collaborative and open knowledge community and to develop and manage the Program’s expanding infrastructure and services. Reporting to the Faculty Director and the SAS Dean’s office, the Managing Director will be responsible for overseeing smooth and effective day to day operations, including hiring and supervising an anticipated administrative support position.The Managing Director will also develop and support the Program’s annual activities around four interwoven themes: broadly interdisciplinary research and teaching on the environment, urban environments and urban ecology, living archives, and environmental justice. Program activities include public seminars, conferences, and workshops; artists’ residencies, including public-facing arts-driven inquiry; the development of an anticipated graduate certificate and undergraduate minor in environmental humanities and a cross-disciplinary curriculum; Graduate and Undergraduate Research Fellows programs, including research colloquia; a dynamic suite of interactive publications and communications using print, digital, audio, video, and immersive tools and platforms.


The Program seeks a professional with exceptional promise of success in one or more areas of environmental humanities, an innovative researcher and a team-builder who communicates credibly and effectively across this field with diverse stakeholders in the academy and beyond.Ph.D., terminal Masters, or comparable educational background in the humanities or humanistic social sciences is required. Essential qualifications are:Demonstrated expertise in interdisciplinary environmental inquiry, including broadly engaging public humanities and/or citizen science projects, and thorough familiarity with emergent global field of environmental humanities Demonstrated experience with project management for academic researchExperience in an administrative position with supervisory responsibilities and budget oversight and reportingExperience in curriculum designExcellent interpersonal and written communication skills and knowledge of an array of print, digital, audio, and visual tools and platformsExcellent organizational habits and ability to manage and prioritize diverse activities*Demonstrated leadership, problem-solving, and decision-making skills

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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