University of Pennsylvania SENIOR RESEARCH COORDINATOR in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Posting Details

Posting Details

Reference Number 35-29779


School Name School of Social Policy and Practice

Org Social Policy & Practice

Posted to the Web 08/31/2018

Posted Job/Salary Grade 026

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 School of Social Policy and Practice contributes to the advancement of more effective, efficient, and humane human services through education, research, and civic engagement. In pursuit of this mission, our theory-based masters and doctoral programs in social work, social welfare, nonprofit leadership, and social policy encourage students to think and work across disciplinary lines and cultures as well as across national and international boundaries.


The Center for High Impact Philanthropy at the University of Pennsylvania ( announces an opportunity for up to three Senior Research Coordinators. The ideal candidates are early career professionals who show a strong interest in honing their ability to conduct social impact analysis, and who are committed to strengthening the philanthropic and social sector. This position may require some travel.DutiesConducting reviews of academic and grey literature within issue areaEvaluating effective interventions and issue areas for potential for philanthropic impactAnalyzing the economics/cost-per-impact of various options for actionConducting site visits and interviews with non-profit organizations to understand and better communicate the operational details of effective and promising programs within issue area (may involve travel)Work with senior analysts, directors, advisors and others to synthesize applied research findings into draft final recommendationsSupervise student interns and other temporary research assistants in providing preliminary inputs into key center projectsPosition is contingent on continued funding.


A Bachelor’s Degree and 3 to 5 years of experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience, are required. Detail oriented, but also creative and resourceful in sourcing data and knowledge from a variety of sources and people. Experience working as a member of a small, highly collaborative, professional team. Outstanding communication skills (written and verbal). Demonstrated ability to interact effectively with individuals from multiple disciplines and levels of seniority and to write clearly and compellingly to a lay audience. Facility developing material and displaying analysis in a variety of formats (e.g., powerpoint presentation, excel spreadsheet, 1-page memo, 20-page report). Comfortable with ambiguity, intellectually entrepreneurial and enjoys a fast-paced learning environment. Mastery of excel and other analytic tools.Familiarity with standard research methodologies and key players/trends in philanthropy a plus.

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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