Associate Director, Education Entrepreneurship

Associate Director, Education Entrepreneurship


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. 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.

Posted Job Title
Associate Director, Education Entrepreneurship

Job Profile Title
Associate Director C

Job Description Summary
The Penn Graduate School of Education is committed to cultivating a workplace that values equity, diversity, inclusion, and collaboration. We seek talented individuals who will help lead our efforts to create a more inclusive workplace in a community with a substantive institutional commitment to equity and justice. Diversity is prized at Penn as a central component of our mission and helps create an educational and working environment that best supports the University's commitment to excellence in teaching, research, and scholarship.
The Associate Director (AD) is responsible for all aspects of the operational management of four global initiatives: GSE's Education Entrepreneurship Master's Program, Wharton School's Dual-degree Program, GSE's Global Certificate Program in Education Innovation, and Jacob's Foundation Impact Prize and Fellow's Program.

Job Description


Each year, the Education Entrepreneurship AD will help with the management and support of a 500-person global ecosystem including the following:



  • A master's program community of 50-70 new students, including 40% international (across 15 time zones), who join high-flex in-person, blended, and virtual programs.
  • An additional 50-100 global certificate learners, international partners, and faculty.
  • 300+ education entrepreneurship alumni.
  • 30+ faculty, entrepreneurs-in-residence, and others from 4 Penn schools (education, business, engineering, and design) and various industries.
  • A cohort of Jacobs Foundation Impact Prize Fellows and Alumni.


The AD reports to the Director of the Education Entrepreneurship Program. The AD also helps lead the Business Strand and may teach a core business course (e.g., Marketing, Entrepreneurial Finance, Management, Technology Strategy). Administratively the AD is responsible for overseeing all program operations and logistics, including but not limited to:




  • Management/Operations: Manage FT and PT staff and operations across 4 programs and initiatives and provide a range of financial, technical, instructional, and other support services to 35+ instructors.
  • Business Development: Design and run full marketing and sales cycles for all programs including co-development of strategic plans, customer-centric workflow, lead generation, data, and reporting.
  • Student and Alumni Ecosystem: Address critical policy issues impacting students; build global networks and PD opportunities to provide connectivity and resources across programs and initiatives.
  • Financial management: Manage multiple budgets totaling 3.5 to 4 million and work with Director to create new revenue streams to add resources for student aid and R&D for innovation projects.
  • Technology & Design: Provide leadership on digital innovation to support a range of high-flex learning models which include in-person, blended and virtual delivery across the globe.
  • Strategic Leadership: Work with the Director and leadership on building a global brand using market intelligence, stakeholder assessments, and business model innovation.


The AD also will work closely with the Director and Steering Committee on executing a comprehensive, integrated, strategic vision and growth plan. The AD will lead systems development, alignment, and improvement. They will continuously run program experiments that test new elements and incorporate learnings and best practice. The AD also will regularly build feedback mechanisms that capture and manage data to improve the student, staff, and faculty experience.


A master's degree and 5-7 years of experience is required or equivalent combination of education and experience. Preferred degree is a MS/MBA in Business, Entrepreneurship, or related area. Candidate must have demonstrated experience in high-level program administration and business development, including proven skills in management, finance, marketing, sales, customer relations, technology, and data management. Demonstrated understanding of current and future trends in core content domains such as education entrepreneurship, business, technology, and higher education, and awareness of the interests of working professionals in these areas. Proven ability to be innovative in approaches to challenges ranging from user experience issues to technology integration, curricular design, and global customer engagement. Can demonstrate excellent need-finding and problem-solving skills and think strategically about new market opportunities. Ability to communicate effectively with a broad range of stakeholders including students, staff, senior administrators, faculty, funders, and industry experts. Proven abilities to be an agile thinker able to juggle multiple, complex responsibilities and domains. Demonstrated skills in managing a diverse workforce via both in-person and remote teams and ability to foster a positive work environment. Ability to work evenings and weekends as needed and serve as essential staff in emergencies. Occasional travel required, primarily domestic.

Applicants must submit a cover letter.

Penn GSE actively seeks and welcomes people of color, women, the LGBTQIA+ community, persons with disabilities, and people at intersections of these identities, to apply.

The expected salary range for this position is $74K-$80K.

Job Location - City, State
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School
Graduate School of Education

Pay Range
$50,684.00 - $91,232.00

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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